Review: A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides #9) by Valerie Bowman

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: St.Martin's Press (May 1, 2018)

From General Mark Grimaldi is devoted to his service for the Crown, risking his life and giving up everything for his career. The political promotion he's always wanted is now within his reach, but he needs to convince his estranged wife to return to England and play the role of happy bride in order for him to get the position.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent the past ten years in France, not having seen her husband since she left England. But now he's on her doorstep, asking her to return with him, and Nicole sees the opportunity to get something out of this deal. So she agrees, on one condition: she wants a baby.

A Duke Like No Other is a Regency spy caper with Valerie Bowman at her best as husband and wife match wits and may just fall in love in the process.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Don't let the fact that this is labeled number nine in a series deter you from picking this one up. You do not have to have read any of the prior novels as this one completely stands on its own. 

On the whole, I really enjoyed this story. The characters were both stubborn and independent. I do think a lot could have been resolved much sooner if they weren't so stubborn and had merely given the other time to think before attempting a rational conversation, but then I doubt they story would have been as fun. 

One of my favorite aspects of this story is the way the author managed to weave this story of re-connecting with a murder mystery. The way these two characters worked together to get to the bottom of the who and the why was probably one of the most entertaining aspects. 

On the other side, I wish when they reconnected there would have been a little more talking, catching up, etc and a little less jumping into bed. Even though I understand then necessity of it for their bargain, it just seemed like again, things could have been resolved sooner if they had opened up to one another.

Overall, I think this novel will appeal to historical romance fans.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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