- Mass Market Paperback: 353 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr (1 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250121736
- ISBN-13: 978-1250121738
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 172 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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About the Author
Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (shes number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzers, Huckleberry and Violet. When shes not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.
Valerie is the author of the Playful Brides series, including The Untamed Earl and Never Trust a Pirate.
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Nicole left England ten years ago for a quiet life in the French countryside, when it became clear her husband’s ambition far outstripped his affection for her. Now he’s come for her, and her loneliness prompts her to offer him a desperate bargain.
I quite like reunion romances, but this book did spend a lot of time teasing the reasons for their breakup, only to reveal eventually it was because they both concealed information from each other and Mark couldn’t get past it. Which, since Nicole was a teenager at the time, really made me think he was a bit of an ass. He expected too much of her, and never going after her was just ridiculous, frankly. Especially since, according to the timeline, she left to live in France in 1809 or so, slap bang in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars. An Englishwoman living peacefully in a country chateau in France in those years? Sorry, my suspension of disbelief doesn’t quite stretch that far.
That said, my suspension of disbelief had already ridden off laughing into the sunset when I was asked to believe that Mark had progressed from the rank of Army Corporal to General in ten years. A rank jump from Captain to General in ten years would be pushing it, even in those days where money and birth could buy rank; corporal is nothing short of flatly impossible. I don’t think the author understands how ranks and officer’s commissions work, and an editor should certainly have picked up such a wildly impossible assertion. A lowly corporal - an enlisted man just one step above the common private - would certainly never have been welcomed into the homes of the aristocracy without acknowledging his heritage, in which case he wouldn’t be a corporal anyway. It just doesn’t make sense.
Though I enjoyed much of the story and I do like the author’s writing style, Mark’s arrogance and pride and the unbelievable occurrences I’ve mentioned here make it impossible for me to give the story more than three stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
I have not read many of Valerie Bowman's books for an long while, and I am glad to say I will be reading more of her works in the future as 'A Duke Like No Other' is now going on my keeper list to be read again and again. The Hero of this story is General Mark Grimaldi who had through his own merit worked his way up through the ranks of the military without the benefit of a noble title. He is now being offered the prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. With this position he needs to be a married man and guess what he is already married and but has not set eyes on her in many years. Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has been living a very wonderful and comfortable life away from her husband in France . The she is asked by her husband to return to England to live as man and wife again. I loved this pairing of Mark and Nicole, although they were constantly at odds the love they felt for each other is clear. Nicole wants a baby is very determined that her wish is to be granted. She very smart and resourceful lady. Mark did not have a chance. I was cheering them on for their HEA. I recommend this book to all who love a enjoyable and exciting read.
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Nicole and Mark separated shortly after their wedding under very heated circumstances and yet after all these years of enjoying her freedom and life in France Mark shows up begging for a reconciliation on paper only. Mark must appear to be a happily, steady married man and only Nicole can accommodate that request. However, Nicole is willing to provide him a wife but she also has a request and one that shocks Mark to the tips of his toes. Nicole wishes to be a mother and the only legitimate way to make that happen is with Mark’s assistance which is readily agrees to but he wants the intimacy to have meaning not be a cold, distant coupling and Nicole fears if they do just that she will be back into the space where her love and obsession for Mark are returned. Nicole cares not for any title, or appointment Mark ever had she just loved him and now in order to have a baby that will be the love she desperately needs right now agreeing to Mark’s terms is a fact and her worst nightmare.
While Mark and Nicole spend days and nights together rekindling their friendship as well as their intimate relationship both are tested to see where they stand with each other when Mark’s cousin and next in line for duchy is murdered. Mark is now the heir apparent to a title and family he has refused to acknowledge his entire life, but they are here now and not going away so Mark does what he does best and finds the murdered. Nicole always had the knack for solving crime which is why the Bow Street Runners always relied on her abilities and Mark pulls her along for the crime solving part of their newly formed life and discovers that she is as smart as she is beautiful. With each night together they are both pulled into a dance neither forgot how to do, but fight to allow their love for one another to show. What has kept them apart can also draw them together and love will seal the deal of commitment.
Valerie Bowman shows readers how book after book a great writer can lay out a story, build characters, and pop the romance between the alpha male and female.
In London, his cousin John was found poisoned and he’s determined to find the killer. Mark does not care for his English relatives as his Italian father was not welcomed into his mother’s aristocratic family. His elderly uncle, John’s father, is a Duke, and Mark is now the Marquess of Coleford, the heir. He is shocked to find out that their line is rare as the duchy can be passed down via a female.
Daffin Oakleaf, a Bow Street Runner, has been ordered to get Mark’s help to solve his cousin’s murder. Daffin believes he was poisoned and Mark agrees. The plan is to get all the guests who were at John’s house to come to the Duke’s estate for a memorial. They can question them there. Mark’s Aunt Harriet and her grand-daughter Regina are at the estate also.
Hopefully this entices you to read this wonderful book. I will not spoil who is the murderer or the ending. I will say I hope Regina and Daffin get a story and a HEA!
I loved General Mark Grimaldi and his wife, Nicole, who are stubborn, prideful and passionate in their second chance at love and happiness. I really liked how snippets of their past were seamlessly inserted so I could better understand this couple. This is the first book I have read by Valerie Bowman but it definitely won't be the last. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys well-crafted Regency romance.
I received an advance reader copy of A Duke Like No Other from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my unbiased review. I liked the book so much, I purchased a copy for my keeper library to read again later.