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  • Excellent - Can't wait for book 10

    Dawn with a Duke by Erica Ridley 12 Dukes of Christmas #9 Just what I needed today! I needed to escape from a world that seems filled with more negative than positive and is too hot and humid to contend with. So, instead of sweating it out at home, I began to read and soon found myself in a carriage heading to Cressmouth with Lady Isabelle Borland and her ill maid. The carriage was forced to stop at an inn, weather and illness prevented moving on and it allowed Isabell to meet and get to know tailor Calvin McAlistair. The fun bit was being given a ringside seat to the development of their friendship and a bit more and what a fun escape it proved to be! What I liked: * Isabelle: dutiful daughter, skilled artist, and ready for but not sure how to have and be more. She and Calvin were perfect for one another. * Calvin: quiet loner, talented tailor, and ready to achieve his dreams if he can find someone to invest in them. He is perfect for Isabelle. * Ursula: a good friend to Isabelle as well as her lady’s maid. I would love to find out if she ever finds her own happily ever after. * The writing that put a smile on my face over and over as I read this story. * The way Isabelle and Calvin saw the best in one another and so easily slipped into a pattern that made them both happy. * Wondering who would be the next in line for a story in this series (Johnathan & Angelica) * Reading new terms for garments worn in the past, looking them up and learning something new. * All of it really! What I didn’t like: * Being reminded of the status of women long ago… Did I enjoy this book? Definitely Would I read more in this series? As soon as possible! Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • Loved & highly recommend!

    “I’ll be back for as long as you want me…” “I’ll always want you.” Belle and Calvin’s romance is what I’d consider a historical insta-love story. While traveling to the picturesque Town of Cressmouth, a snow storm keeps them staying in an inn where they become comfortable companions then lovers…never dreaming that it would develop into something so much more… Erica Ridley’s characters just make you smile when they get their HEA! I adore this series and can’t wait for the next installment! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

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  • What a wonderful romance on the way to Christmas!

    Calvin and Belle find themselves snowed in just long enough to fall in love! Both are on their way to Cressmouth, the mountain town where Christmas is celebrated year-round, and circumstances force them to rely on each other far more than propriety would allow. I absolutely adored the way these two were so uncharacteristically at ease with each other right from the start. It's a perfect match of two people who have a deep, innate connection even though they're from such far different worlds. Watching them fall in love is the sweetest part of the story, and just as their forever seems within reach, all Belle's secrets come rushing out and their HEA appears to have melted away with the snow. I really liked the way the author developed these characters. Belle's dilemma was heartbreaking, and her bravery to overcome it was admirable. This entire series is enchanting and I can't wait to read the next installment. Do yourself a favor this holiday season and binge-read all of these delightful books. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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  • "Tailor" made for Belle

    Dawn with a Duke by Erica Ridley is a very enjoyable addition to her well-received 12 Dukes of Christmas series. I have read all of the books in the series and found each of them to be witty, feel-good historical romances. They are filled with good humor, a nice flow to the prose, and a sweetly-spicy romance with the intimacy not overplayed. Dawn with a Duke has two engaging main characters and a clever premise to the story. Calvin McAlistair, a talented tailor with well-thought-out plans for his business, is staying at an inn which is now snowbound. Lady Isabel, “Belle,” finds herself snowbound at the same inn when her maid/chaperone falls ill. To get a room, she poses as a widow. Belle is the daughter of a Duke and her brother is the current Duke. Growing up she was always expected to be responsible and not do anything to harm her reputation. She’d never been alone before so with an ill chaperone she was faced with having to do many things herself, but she did need some help her with her buttons. It was delightful how she and Calvin developed a friendship and eventually a growing attraction to one another. She is impressed with Calvin’s talent as a tailor and his plans to expand his business. Calvin was impressed and grateful for the talents Belle had with her paintings and illustrations. Their sojourn at the snowbound inn changed both of them. Their romance was really sweet. I loved Belle’s first impression of Calvin…"He was like a portrait entitled “Dangerous Rake: Virtuous Ladies Should Not Dare Come Near.” I received an ARC of this work which has in no way influenced my voluntary and honest review. All opinions stated are my own. Book rating: 4 stars; Heat rating: 2 ½ - 3 stars.

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  • So amazing

    Lady Isabelle or Belle is sister to the new Duke of Nottingvale. She is expected to be an innocent with a sterling reputation but not much else. Catching the eye of a man with a title and getting married are the only things that she needs to do to please her family. When her chaperone falls ill on a trip, she must make arrangements for her care and save her reputation at the same time. Belle poses as a widow on her trip to avoid anyone knowing who she really is. When she meets Calvin McAlister, a handsome tailor while being snowbound at an inn, she is still pretending to be the widow. Belle has a real talent and once they combine them, they make Calvin's idea for a new type of clothing that are for everyone, not just tailored for the wealthy, a success. They do more than work together but fall in love at the same time. The Duke of Nottingvale has a large party at his house in Cressmouth also known as Christmas every year. Will the duke, her brother give permission for her to marry Calvin or will she finally stand up to her family and win the man she loves? There will be some eye opening done for the duke as Cressmouth has a large number of rules there already. I don't want to rewrite this book as it stands as an amazing one on its own. There is so much more that I would like to say. It is the only book that I have read about ready made clothing and is unique in this regard. It is part of the series about the Twelve Dukes of Christmas which makes it a great book just by the name. So happy to have been given a copy for a honest review.

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