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    loved the hero, hated the heroine

    The Duke’s Desire is book 8 in Erica Ridley’s 12 Dukes of Christmas romance series. So far I have loved each one of Ridley’s books. I have scored them with 5 star reviews because I felt that’s what they deserved. Unfortunately I can only give a four star review for this one. I loved the hero, but hated the heroine. Lucien le Duc is one smoldering, hot Frenchman. I enjoyed his taciturn personality, and his glaring silent rebukes. I enjoyed watching him gradually melt. But the heroine Meg Church just didn’t grab my heart. I thought her too vulgar and unbelievable for her Regency setting. Her crudeness and self centered lust made her unappealing and unbelievable. I am still a Ridley fan, just not a fan of this book. I was given a copy of this book.
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    Laugh out loud fun

    The Duke's Desire is the most enjoyable historical romance novel I have read in a long time. Meg is outrageously fun and original. A spinster with a huge crush on the town of Christmas's brooding french hottie, the things that come out of Meg's mouth will have you laughing out loud as she tells the great Luc what she would like to do with him. Lucien le Duc wants to reclaim his family's birthright that has been his only goal for the past 18 years but the spunky, spinster milk maid has him reevaluating what he wants in life. Funny, sweet, and sassy, this is by far my favorite story in the 12 Dukes of Christmas story. Meg is the kind of unconventional character that leaves a lasting impression. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
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    Fun!

    This is exciting - my first ARC! Thanks Erica and NetGalley. I requested this one because I've read the first 4 books in the series (she's releasing 4 every Christmas season, finishing the 12 next year) and fell in love with the world Erica Ridley has created. The town of Cressmouth's claim to fame is that they celebrate Christmas all year round and many sexy "dukes" in it. The duke in this one is Lucien le Duc, eldest of the le Duc siblings who had to flee France during the revolution. His siblings settled and Napoleon defeated, he dreams of returning to claim his family's lands and position. The woman who claims him is Meg Church, who will end up surprising him in multiple ways. I'll admit I wasn't interested in the le Duc's after reading the first 4 but right away Meg is a breath of fresh air, a woman who is comfortable in her sexuality and doesn't want to marry. (Sounds familiar!) She doesn't turn shy or missish around the object of her desire but is upfront about what she wants. She's also incredibly perceptive at seeing beneath the surface of Lucien's aloofness, which masks an incredibly loyal and caring man. They are both wonderful people who don't beat around the bush and are upfront with each other throughout the book, which is why I love this series so very much. They are sexy and funny and witty and so much fun to spend time with. Again, I love that the story isn't dragged out with maximum angst, just with worldviews that clash and resolve by the end. Both characters learn to confront their own prejudices and to find a new way to live in the world together and that's my favourite kind of story. If it's yours, you owe it to yourself to read this.
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    Solid 4* read

    Luc and Meg seemed so wrong for each other but the more you read the more you see that they are perfect for one another. Meg was a spitfire while Luc is more closed off and only has one goal and that is restoring his family name and it's wealth. But love is never a narrow road and as they spent more time together it shows them what is really important in life. Another great read in the series and I can't wait what comes next. ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
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    Regency romantic comedy

    Lucien has a goal and nothing is going to distract him from returning to France to claim his inheritance. Unfortunately, he makes a promise to his young nephew and niece to learn English, something he has stood against the whole time he has resided in Cressmouth, where Christmas is a year-round event. His quest takes him to the Marlowe Castle library where he literally runs into the outrageous Miss Meg Church and before he knows it, she is tutoring him in English. Lucien is uptight and controlled, whereas Meg spills every thought, much to Lucien's bewildered amusement. The unlikely couple has more in common than initially meets the eye, but it could just be that their very heritage will stand in the way of them finding happiness. This well-written novella has laugh out loud moments, but there is also an underlying pain as both Lucien and Meg have to deal with their past. Having met these characters in previous books in the series, I enjoyed reading about their story. I received a copy of this book through NegGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.
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