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Ten Days with a Duke: A Regency Christmas Romance (12 Dukes of Christmas Book 11) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B082J3X8KS
- Publisher : WebMotion (November 13, 2020)
- Publication date : November 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1314 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,424 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I continue to adore this funny and romantic series, and I am also selfishly happy that this book returned to steaminess after the last one, which while adorable and sweet in nature, was also a "sweet romance" in heat level as well.
One of the best running jokes in the series is that every book is about a duke, but it's not always a human aristocrat. We learn at the end of chapter two what this book's twist on "duke" is, and it's hilarious.
Olive is so smart and competent, and Eli is so smart and adores Olive for how smart she is. He's been a real jerk to her in the past because of daddy issues (I mean, standard issue for romance heroes, haha) but I still couldn't help but swoon over how much he's always pined for her, especially when he has thoughts like "Nothing was more attractive than a clever mind."
Our secondary characters are a delight as well -- since this is kind of a forced-proximity story, mostly we just see Papa Harper and the horses. Papa is Deaf and signs with Olive while Eli needs to have a spoken translation, which not only leads to some funny miscommunications (and Papa's snoopy lip reading) but enforces this theme of mix-ups and misunderstandings. We also have some great horse antics, including a completely hilarious, over-the-top romantic comedy climax that I could see in my head like a movie.
Also, Eli's mission to use plants for public health is truly admirable and it's such an interesting concept as well, centered around women's health. I'll warn you that the word "placenta" is used a LOT. But it's so inspiring and again, even though he definitely has a lot of inner conflict about stuff he's doing and has done, you can see exactly why his mission is so important to him.
Don't forget to read the author's note! She talks a little about the history of sign language, but also about her personal experience with translation as she speaks Spanish at home but English professionally.
Finally, even though this is *10* Days with a Duke, it is book 11 of 12. Next book we'll finally get the Duke of Nottingvale's story! I'll be sad to see this wonderful series end, though I actually have quite a few of the earlier books to catch up on.
By the way, for those who are curious -- this is much less Christmas-y than book 10, One Night with a Duke, and is more similar to book 9, Dawn with a Duke, because the characters have things to get done that are not directly related to the Christmas celebrations.
I adored this one.
This series is fabulous and each new installment is a marvel to cheer the mood.
After I am a sucker for romance with scholars as they are the male counterpart of Bluestockings or wallflowers as often overlooked with disdain.
And Elijah is seen as unworthy by his cruel father.
How he made do with such an ugly soul, is simply astonishing, a proof of his resilience.
Yet sure, he was ready to follow his father’s scheme but it is for a greater cause.
He is such a good man but embroiled in his sire’s need of revenge, he is torn between two fires when he wants only to make things right for the woman he wronged a decade ago and has never stopped to think about.
Olive emerged stronger from the issues of her youth, and while she made a cross on some of her dreams, she rebuilt herself in a more successful and liberated version of her old self.
She is suffering from the after effects of her encounter with Eli’s demonic father, yet, she is no more the young girl of 14 who ran away.
And what began as a lark with Elijah, turns into an exploration of their feelings and the healing of their twisted relationship.
I just loved them together, they chalenge one another, reopen festering wounds to better cure them but also smooth their scars.
I just does not agree with the non punishment of the Marquess, he deserves to be thrown from a horse and trampled by it, or the less bloodthirsty version a bit of groveling to request his son and Olive’s forgiveness.
Olive Harper knew her purpose in life and excelled at it. The Harper horses she and her father raised filled all her needs and being a spinster was least of her worries. That was until her father said (in sign language) "I've decided on a husband for you." Then he said his name.. No!! Elijah Weston, the boy who had humiliated her years ago!
Yes, Elijah was even more handsome than before, but no, he would have to win her and he had ten days. To say Elijah was shocked at her stipulation, is putting it mildly! It seemed "He had ten days to win the affection of a duke."
Oh yes, humor abounds as these two face off, but what a marvelous ride they will have!!