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    Well written novella

    The Duke's Embrace is a great novella in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series.. Eve and Bastian's story is compelling and well-developed even in a short length, which speaks volumes of Ms. Ridley's writing talent. Eve wants to be taken seriously as a journalist, and her own father doesn't even take her seriously. She sets out to write a piece on the blacksmiths, and that's where she meets her hero. Bastian's family was torn from their home in France years ago, and he longs to go back. It is his and his brother's main goal in life. Love was not on the horizon for him, but when he and Eve cross paths, it becomes inevitable. Well written, quick read. Enjoyable.
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    A Tale of Choices

    She wanted to follow her dreams and she was willing to work hard for them. All Eve wanted was the opportunity to prove her worth as a journalist, an adult of worth, a nearly impossible dream, even though her father owned the newspaper and never forgot her one huge misstep in the romance department. Now she has her chance, or so she thinks when she begins to write a front page story of the upstanding blacksmith, Sebastien le Duc and his family. What she discovers is that the handsome Frenchman has another, much more nefarious career, contraband smuggler. Too bad she couldn’t have discovered that before he smuggled away her heart. Now she must choose between the man she loves and printing the truth, which would surely ruin him. Does she follow her dream or her heart? Could there be more to Sebastien’s story than meets the eye? THE DUKE’S EMBRACE by Erica Ridley is a tale of choices, of taking a chance and of finding what is truly important in life. Once again, Ms. Ridley builds a romance when one least expects it around two likable and strong characters in the charming village of Cressmouth where anything can happen and love is just around the corner. Sweet, sometimes humorous and always entrancing, this author’s writing will take readers back in time to an era when choices were not always an option, but another woman ahead of her time dares to defy the “rules” but can she defy her heart? I was invited to receive a complimentary ARC edition from WebMotion. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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    The lady is a writer

    Eve dreams of the perfect story that will get her to London. Instead of writing just about the village and the celebrations during the holidays, she decides on a human interest story. Her most attractive subject is one of the local blacksmiths, Bastien. Only Bastien has a secret that can destroy the love they have for each other.. A short book full of conflict and romance.
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    Love Erica Ridley's Books

    Eve Shelling is a journalist. She is determined to make her family's paper readable. She does not want the paper to be the same old boring news. Her father has decided that Eve may only write what he deems appropriate. Sebastien Le Duc is a very handsome and talented blacksmith. His family is determined to return to France. His sister married an Englishman but Sebastien and his brother Lucien are planning on returning. When Eve is given permission to write an additional column about an English family in Crestmouth, she decides that she wants to focus on the blacksmith's family. Even though they are french, she does not see how her father could object to such upstanding pillars of the community. As she learns more about Sebastien, and Sebastien starts to learn more about her their attachment starts to grow. Can Eve and Sebastian make a relationship work?
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    Bastien and Eve lay it all on the line for love!

    This wonderful couple just about broke my heart. They're both so perfect for each other, building each other up and wanting the best for the other. They've each had such tragic losses in their early lives; the emotional healing they received from sharing with each other was cathartic even while reading about it was heart-wrenching. I loved seeing both these characters let their guards down and be real with each other. But this isn't a sad story; there's plenty of humor and a dash of steam as these two figure out how to fulfill the le Ducs' dream of returning to France as well as securing Eve's independence from her father. The HEA was as satisfying as it was inventive. I'm looking forward to the next visit to the charming community of Cressmouth. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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