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    Can't See Over Shoulder

    ANNA BENNETT BRINGS MORE THAN JUST A TYPICAL ROMANCE WITH HER DEBUTANTE DIARIES #2. Lily Hartley is a young women with many things going for her. She has an amazing family and a talent for writing her Advice Column that are matched with her sister's fantastic art work. But.. her life alters when she sustains a head injury that results in amnesia. She does not even know her name! Mystery is complicated when her rescuer is the Duke of Stonebridge. Sparks ignite between the two but how can they commit to love without knowing if her past could include a beau. This can be read a stand-alone but Bennett's writing and characters are so great that I will be seeking out the first in this series. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." PICK THIS ONE UP FOR MORE TO LIKE THAN JUST THE MAIN COUPLE!
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    Authoress loses her memory but gains a Duke

    Lily is the younger sister of Fiona, the heroine from book one of the Debutant Diaries. Fiona and her now husband, Gray, fought off a blackmailer with a secret about Lily’s birth mother. Lily has known from a young age she was adopted, but never knew who her real mother is. In the second installment of this series, we find Lily in a bit of a jam. She is the authoress of the Debutante Diaries in a local newspaper. When she delivers her latest column to the paper disguised as a chimney sweep, she shelters in a rough pub when caught in a storm. After an ale and some Shepard’s Pie, she attempts to leave but gets accosted by some louts. Enter Eric Nash, the Duke of Stonebridge. He attempts to save the lad, but discovers she’s not a lad at all after she knocks herself out when she smacks her head on a table. No one knows who she is so Nash takes her home. When she awakens, she has no memory of who she is. I am a sucker for an amnesia story. Every author’s take is different. I love how Bennett deals with things that are familiar to Lily. She gets a tingly feeling in the back of her brain. I would describe it as having a word or phrase on the tip of your tongue that you just can’t get out. While Lily is living with a dashing duke, she also finds a life-long friend in Nash’s sister, Delilah. While Nash and Lily are slowly exploring intimacy, Lily finds another sister in Delilah. After Nash and Delilah lost Nash’s twin sister and their father five years earlier, Lily is a bright ray of sunshine in their dark lives. I love how in helping Lily heal her memory, she also helps to heal a family that has experienced such a devastating loss. Now that the Hartley sisters have found love, hopefully it is time for their friend, Sophie, to find her happily ever after. I would also love a story for Delilah! She hit some rough bumps in this story and she deserves a handsome rogue of her own. I received The Duke Is But a Dream for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    A thoroughly modern Lily!

    Lily is a delightful character, wise beyond her years, whose insightful romance column is the talk of the town. Having to disguise herself to deliver her latest article to the publisher, she's caught in the midst of a brawl and temporarily loses her memory. Nash, a somewhat cynical duke, rescues her and lets her stay at the home he shares with his sister while she recuperates. Their developing romance challenges each of them to think deeply about what they want, who they are, and what makes a good marriage. I really enjoyed these characters, especially Delilah (Nash's sister). The resolution to the amnesia part of the story was tastefully done, even while it was heartbreaking. The HEA was splendid, with a touch of humor and hearts held wide open. The story does require that we ignore a few anachronistic behaviors, but that's exactly what fiction is for. It was a lot of fun to read, with just enough steam between Nash and Lily and plenty of girl-bonding with Lily, Fiona, Sophie, and Delilah. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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    Historical Romance

    The Duke Is But a Dream by Anna Bennett Debutante Diaries #2 Well written rather unbelievable story of a young woman in disguise losing her memory and being saved by a Duke. With inserts from “The Debutante’s Revenge” - a gossip column – interspersed this story was fun but definitely not in keeping with the era. Why? What parent or sister would leave an unmarried woman alone unchaperoned and not let the household know even if that were a possibility? What woman of the ton would don a disguise, head out to a bar and think it was okay? What Duke would take a street urchin back to his home with his own unmarried sister in the house? What young woman – even with amnesia – would become involved in the physical side of a relationship without knowing who they were or what their prospects might be? All of that aside...if you are looking for a fairy tale and can leave belief behind perhaps you will enjoy this book. Thank you to NetGalley anad St. Martin’s Paperbacks for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars
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    3,5*

    This is my first Anna Bennett book and I’ll be honest and say it was OK but I was not blown away. I did like Nash and Lily. I liked that he wanted to help her anyway he could. I always roll my eyes when we have a man who thinks he is not good enough for the heroine of the story only to discovered he could never live without her. I found Lily to be a little spitfire. She was a bit ahead of her time with the way she behaved and even though see seemed like a young leave headed woman she was a closed romantic at heart. I liked the plot and banter but something was missing for me. I think what "bothered" me the most was the connection between them. The chemistry didn't feel like that all consuming lust/love, wrapped in each other’s arms like I’m used to while reading HR romance. Maybe that is why I’m giving this one a 3,5* because when I read HR I want to feel that love that is all consuming jumping right of the page for me. I'm hoping when i start my next Anna Bennett book i won't be miss this anymore. ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
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