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    A Fun Read

    I really enjoyed this book in the series! I love how strong Penelope is, I enjoyed the banter her and Nick had throughout the book. It was a lot of fun to read. I was given an advanced copy so I could volunteer my honest review. I do recommend this book, I recommend the whole series so far!
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    A delightful romance with a good dose of humour

    Returning to Cressmouth, where Christmas is a year-long event, we once again meet up with Penelope Mitchell, the chemist who prefers to lose herself in her fire-proof laboratory than to socialise and attract the attention of visiting rakes. Although this book is fairly short, it is laugh-out-loud funny, and the plot is well written and intriguing. Neither Penelope nor Nick believe in love. Nick thinks it is for fools and Penelope is convinced that it is an animal attraction. They both set out to prove the other wrong, and but end up forming a friendship that leads to undeniable attraction. Needless to say, when Nick finds out that Penelope is using him as a scientific experiment any chances of furthering the relationship are put in jeopardy. This novella is part of a series and although the characters do overlap, it is nevertheless a standalone. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.
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    Sweet story with a Christmas theme

    Such a cute story. If your looking for a literary masterpiece, although this book is good, this is not it. What this is is a sweet, simple, feel good love story. Penelope is a lady chemist, who lives in the remote, mountain top village of Christmas. She has created a perfume for men that she has called "Duke". It is believed that a man wearing Duke will become attractive to women. The perfume has become wildly famous with Beau Brimmel and even Prinney wearing it. Everyone loves it, except Nicholas Pringle. Nicholas Pringle is a rake. He is well known to the ladies, who have dubbed him Saint Nick because of his prowess. He never spends more than one night with a woman. Everyone thinks that it is because of his rake-ish ways. But it really is because of something deeper. Duke goes against everything that Nick believes. He doesn't like the idea of a perfume manipulating people's feelings. He comes to Christmas, with his brother, Christopher, to buy the rights for Duke and stop its production. Nick meets Penelope at a celebration for Duke. Penelope is more interested in the science behind who eats what type of biscuit than accolades for Duke. It's all science to her. She is currently trying to develop a new perfume she calls Duchess. The idea is that when a woman wears it, she will become irresistible to men. But she needs a way to test it in order to perfect the formula. What better way than to try it on an accomplished rake. There is more to Penelope and Nicholas than people see. Nick harbors secrets and has been deeply affected by his past. Penelope sees science in everything, right down to "mating". Can these two find what love really is and allow someone to see their true selves? I really liked this book. It is part of Erica Ridley's 12 Dukes of Chistmas series. The play on familiar Christmas words and themes is cute. Although it is a quick read, I felt like I really got to know the characters. I can't wait for the rest of the stories, especially Christopher's.
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    Celebrating Romance!

    Celebrating a scientific breakthrough begins this amusing romance! Penelope, a scientist, doesn't believe in marriage. Nicholas, a rogue Duke, doesn't believe in it either. The writing makes the story flow and grabbed my attention! This is the second book in the series and I've enjoyed both visits to Christmas, England! Voluntarily read ARC, from Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
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    Quick and Witty Friends to Lovers!

    I loved the quick wit and banter that Penelope and Nicholas constantly gave the reader! My favorite types of romance are when the H/h become friends before lovers story and this one was perfect. Neither believed in love for themselves yet came to discover that it really exists by the end of the story. A lovely read! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy!
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