Thursday, 3 May 2018

A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman (2018)




Summary:
First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the other way around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark’s future into chaos…nor the undeniable desire they’ve rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.



Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides novels are:

“Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today

“Smart and sensual…readers will be captivated.”—RT Book Reviews

"Smoldering.” —Booklist


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Author Bio:
VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, travelling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of the Secret Brides and Playful Brides series.



REVIEW

My favourite genre- historical mystery romance.
Valerie Bowman delivers every time.
This is number nine in the series but the story feels as fresh and original as the first book.

In A Duke Like No Other we finally get the much anticipated story featuring Mark Grimaldi.
It is a tale of second chance romance between him and his wife Nicole. I thought it very daring that she would want to be involved in solving crime by helping the Bow Street Runners and the War Office. I really liked her but would have liked the couple to have been a bit more open with each other.
My enjoyment of the romance in this story was secondary to my enjoyment of the mystery and suspense. Good writing and a detailed plot ensured my desire to keep reading and find the solution. The murder mystery definitely kept me intrigued right to the end.

A fine ending to a great series.