Published: October 22nd 2019
Length: 200 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
The Duke of Azureford isn’t the arrogant, aloof lord his peers perceive him to be. Yes, he’s awkward, but he has a plan to fix it. In order to woo a respectable lady, he must learn how to flirt. The completely inappropriate girl next door would make a perfect instructor, but a terrible duchess. So why can’t he walk away?
Incorrigible hoyden Miss Carole Quincy likes fast carriages, carom billiards, and the beautiful, buttoned-up Duke of Azureford. She’d be delighted to help him out of his shell and into her arms. Who cares if they’re just pretending to flirt? The heady, breath-taking, soul-consuming feeling inside her runaway heart surely can’t be love…
If you haven’t read any of Ms Ridley’s Dukes of Christmas series, then you’re in for a treat. I have read all of the current works. Each one can be read as a standalone, I read the books out of order, and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the series.
I loved Azureford, his shyness has held him back, and he is perceived as aloof. All he wants is to have friends, he has everything else he could possibly want, wealth, good looks, intelligence but no one to share it with.
Ms Ridley creates unique characters, women who are atypical for historical settings and male characters that you can root for. all set in a small village that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year. The stories are light, mostly clean sweet romances.
There were some slight issues where the lack of Azurefords friends is forgotten to move the plot forward, but this is only a minor issue.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.