Christy Carlyle comes to the blog with the third and final in The Duke’s Den series, and my favorite of them all
Nothing Compares to You
Twenty-three year old Bella (Arabella) has turned down numerous proposals, and really wants her parents to head off to Greece and leave her alone with her ambitions. But, despite things changing, they haven’t changed THAT much, and they are determined she will marry. She’s determined to find a publisher for her book, and she’s got ideas to share with the world – neither is particularly acceptable to society or her parents.
Rhys has returned to the family estate to take up reins as Duke, and see that debts are settled and his little sister gets a debut worthy of a Duke’s sister. He’s had plenty of time to make his own choices and mistakes, and a reputation that proceeds him, but things have to change, and he’s determined to see it done. Knowing Bella from when they were children, he’s unaware that she held a crush then, or that finding him with ‘a woman’ on her birthday was devastating. But, he just might be the solution to her having to marry, and he’s not wholly detestable.
Setting up this ‘fake romance’ with plenty of ground rules and Bella’s determination to get her parents approval for the union soon – so they can leave believing her settled, the two are adorable together. Of course, the relationship keeps them in close proximity and there’s plenty of time for them to recognize and see the other: and for feelings to develop. Rhys wasn’t expecting Bella to be all grown up and so intriguing: Bella can’t help but feel a bit of the old excitement when she’s always seeing him. Full of laughter, broken rules and electric attraction, this book was my favorite in the series, and had plenty of heart, social changes and a heroine to adore.
Title: Nothing Compares to the Duke:
Author: Christy Carlyle
Series: Duke's Den #3
Also in this series: A Duke Changes Everything, Anything But a Duke
Genre: Family Saga, Friendship, Historic Elements, Historical Romance, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Victorian
Published by: Avon
Published on: 26 May, 2020
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 16 minutes
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Christy Carlyle concludes her Duke’s Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one.
His Only Regret…
Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title don’t fit the carefree lifestyle he’s created and when he’s forced to return to his family’s estate, he’s also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind.
May Be Falling in Love…
Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. After three seasons and five rejected proposals, she’s done with the marriage mart. Bella’s hopes to live a comfortable life, alone, come crashing down when her parents demand she marry. But her salvation may come in the form of the man she hates the most.
Bella has never forgiven Rhys for what he did to her, but desperate times call for fake engagements. With a few dozen rules, their scheme begins, but it’s not long before the former enemies find themselves breaking every single rule, including the most important of them all: don’t fall in love…
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.