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Duke Is But a Dream Mass Market Paperback – 2 Aug 2019
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About the Author
Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom's bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags--and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart(R). She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen.
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I am on a bit of a historical kick at the moment, and The Duke Is But A Dream was just the light, enjoyable read I was after.
Strong women, gruff men, amnesia, family secrets - this story had a bit of it all.
Lily and Nash's story has more hurdles to get over than an Olympic final, however they do it. I love that Lily goes after what she wants, she never waivers from her beliefs, and won't back down no matter what.
Nash - ugh, what is with all this "I don't do love" BS, dude? He is all kinds of swoonworthy and lovely and then BAM - nope, back that truck up lady!
I adored Sophie, Lily and Fiona. Their friendship is one that we could all aspire too.
The characters are wonderfully developed, the writing story was lovely and flowing, and even though I wasn't sure what historical period we were in, it didn't bother me in the least.
Now I need to go back and read Fiona's story and wait impatiently for Sophie's.
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Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous author behind The Debutante’s Revenge, an advice column for young ladies that the ton considers scandalous. One night while on her way home after delivering her next column Lily is forced to seek shelter in a tavern to avoid a storm. When a fight breaks out in the tavern Lily, disguised as a boy, is knocked unconscious and rescued by the Duke of Stonebridge. But upon awakening, Lily has no idea who she is or how she came to be in the tavern. As Lily spends time recovering in Nash’s home, the attraction between her and Nash grows stronger every day and soon the pair are at risk of losing their hearts.
Lily is a very clever young woman who believes other young ladies should better prepare themselves for what happens when looking for a match. In the ton’s eyes, Lily’s ideas are considered scandalous or radical as they encourage young women to take control over their own love lives, hence the need for anonymity. I liked getting to see how much the columns meant to Lily and how she simply wanted to help others with her advice.
Nash lost his twin sister and his father in a carriage accident several years prior to the start of the book which is something that still greatly affects him. Nash was very close with his sister and he blames himself for her death. Due to his guilt, Nash is very controlling when it comes to his younger sister which causes some tension between them. While I did understand where Nash was coming from, his overprotectiveness did get frustrating at times.
Lily and Nash’s relationship was wonderful from the start and I found myself really enjoying it despite amnesia storylines not being my favorite. Lily was able to open up and be herself without any of society’s constraints as she had no memory of how a lady was expected to behave. With Nash, she’s able to be open and honest and I loved how playful and sarcastic she could be. The story takes place over a very short amount of time, but I had no issues buying into their relationship as their circumstances made the rapidness of their relationship make sense. Lily and Nash have amazing chemistry and when their relationship progresses physically, it’s very well done.
Overall The Duke Is But a Dream was a very enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author in the future.
And worst, I even have the previous book in the series and it was forgotten somewhere on my shelves.
Lily with her sister and friend decided to improve in their own way the life of the ton’s debutantes with their wicked column. I liked her boldness, and strength. She is clever and has a level head.
« She wasn’t about to give up her spot among the potted palms for a man who thought women were mere ornaments. »
Nash is a good man, despite his guilt, he thinks only to protect his remaining sister even if his way to show it is quite over the top. And because of past experience, he has decided, Love is surrendering its sanity.
« In his mind, love always led to pain, devotion to disaster. And he didn’t have room in his heart for those messy, unpredictable emotions. Didn’t have room for her. »
I liked the side characters, I was just a bit upset at Nash’s sister, she knows how wounded he was from their family’s history and she repeats the storyline, it was trivial and hurtful.
The book sucked me in, the main characters were very lovable until at some stage of the story , it felt like something was missing.
I enjoyed reading Lily and Nash’s journey but he didn’t appear to behave like a duke, sure if I count well, he is only 23, but I thought a Duke would have acted more “duke-like”.
Plus their week-trip alone was not right, no inn would have accepted them so easily, did I missed something in the story?
In all, it was a lovely story and Mrs Anna Bennet has joined my list of to-read-authors.
I was provided an advance copy by Netgalley and St Martin’s Press, but I purchased my own copy and I voluntarily give my true and unbiased opinion.
This was a good read. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.