A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman
Publisher & Release: St. Martin’s Press, May 01, 2018
Time and setting: Regency England, London
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Length: 368 pages
Heat Level: 1 Flame
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it's the otherway 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.
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This is the first book I have read by Valerie Bowman, and I enjoyed it immensely. I want to thank the publisher for giving me a chance to read prior to release. I received an advance reader copy, via Net-Galley, and this review is my unbiased opinion of this novel.
A Duke Like No Other is an emotional love story that captured my attention from the first page and held my interest until the end, no sagging middle, yay! The pacing is varied from fast to steady but never slow. The plot is intriguing with a mystery for the hero and heroine to solve.
Nicole Huntington Grimaldi’s character gained my empathy early on. Her reason for agreeing to Mark’s request tugged at my heartstrings. She’s a nurturing character, and I truly loved her. I wanted her to find her happy ending.
Mark Grimaldi is an interesting hero. He is not a womanizer–which is refreshing for a change–he is a driven man. He is determined to get the promotion and is willing to do what he must to achieve it while remaining an honorable man. He has strong reasons for disavowing his mother’s family, but most of it is based on misconceptions and bitterness from his father.
I thoroughly enjoyed the reawakening of the romance between Nicole and Mark. The chemistry is apparent from the first mutual scene and only grows stronger as the story develops. Ms. Bowman masterfully builds the sexual tension between the hero and heroine, as I expect in a Regency historical romance.
If you enjoy a novel with an emotionally-charged romance, engaging character and a plot with plenty of mystery, then you will love A Duke Like No Other. There are quite a few books in this series, so I plan to read the other ones in this series. Happy reading!