Wednesday, April 30, 2014

{Kati Mini #Review} Historical Romance: The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman

Series: Playful Brides #1
Genre: Historical
Format: paperback from publisher
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 29, 2014)

In This Battle of Wits
Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the duke…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.

Kisses Are the Best Weapon
Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And the spoils of this war just may be true love…

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I struggled with this book. I wanted to love it. I really did but the book started out a little slow and Lucy just pushed the wrong buttons. Maybe I'm just in a reading funk and this book took the hit for it. I'm hoping to give it another go when I'm in the right reading mood for a historical.

Lady Lucy Upton's friend Cassandra is in love with someone else but the newly minted Duke of Claringdon made a promise to a friend that he would marry Cassandra. Lucy will have none of it and tries to push Cassandra to tell the Duke to back off. Cassandra being a sweet person, can't say no. I think this is where the book sort of took a turn for me and it's right at the beginning. A wager is thrown out and everyone's betting on who will win the war of words.

Lord Derek Hunt is a war hero and for that, he's now a Duke. He's made a promise to a friend and he will follow it through no matter what Lady Lucy has to say about it. But the kisses they share affects them both. Derek must decide whether he can honor his promise or one spitfire of a woman is worth breaking the promise for.

Fans of the enemies to lovers trope will enjoy this book.

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