Title: A Duke Like No Other | Series: Playful Brides #9 | Author: Valerie Bowman | Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks | Publication date: May 1st 2018 | Num. Pages: 352 | Genre: Regency Romance
4 stars – A sweet but sexy Regency Romance
My thanks go to the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
General Mark Grimaldi is devoted to his service for the Crown, risking his life and giving up everything for his career. The political promotion he’s always wanted is now within his reach, but he needs to convince his estranged wife to return to England and play the role of happy bride in order for him to get the position.
Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent the past ten years in France, not having seen her husband since she left England. But now he’s on her doorstep, asking her to return with him, and Nicole sees the opportunity to get something out of this deal. So she agrees, on one condition: she wants a baby.
A Duke Like No Other is a Regency spy caper with Valerie Bowman at her best as husband and wife match wits and may just fall in love in the process.
A Duke Like No Other had that traditional Regency London flair with a twist of Americanisation.
The Americanisation was pretty much the only thing I didn’t like about this book. A Duke Like No Other had all the hallmarks of great regency novel with that previously mentioned traditional flair. There’s a certain something-something about regency books that I love but I can never put my finger on what it actually is.
Is it the dresses for the ladies? Is it the Hessian boots for the men and the sheer I-Just-Don’t-Care-What-You-Think attitude of pretty much everyone in London in this time period?
Is it the Bow Street Runners which are so infrequently put into Regency novels?
What is it about regency?
This is actually the first Valerie Bowman novel that I’ve read and I can tell that she has her facts and she has her fiction and they’ve got a super easy flow and they mix really well. The writing style wasn’t stodgy and stiff-upper-lip like some regencies can be which was great; the book flowed in and out of each chapter and each point of view with an almost seamless ease.
There were also some really great secondary characters whose back story was hinted at but not thrown at you – it was just enough to draw you in to these other characters lives and I can’t wait to see where Valerie is going to take them.
Read A Duke Like No Other and drop into the life of the Grimaldi’s and the intrigue and the haphazard life and times of Regency London from Valerie Bowman’s perspective.