(12 Dukes of Christmas #11) by Erica Ridley
Published: November 13th 2020
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Olive Harper’s family has been feuding with the Westons for decades. The Westons’ stud farm is the biggest, but the Harpers’ is the most famous… and she’s the sole heiress. Or was, until her father brokers a truce by offering the Weston heir the Harper farm. The only way to get it back is to marry the knave who kissed her and humiliated her, twice—or prove to her father that some rifts can never be healed.
Scholar and botanist Elijah Weston is dreadful at feuding. For one, he prefers horticulture to horses. For two, he’s been desperately in love with his mortal enemy ever since he kissed her—and, yes, publicly destroyed her—all those years ago. When he’s given ten days to win Olive’s heart, he arrives with marriage license in hand. But where lies and double-crosses abound, how can lifelong rivals learn to trust their hearts?
This is the penultimate book in my favorite Regency Christmas series. each book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend you read all of them as the are fun, light quick reads perfect for the upcoming holidays.
I love the fact that Ms Ridley has characters that are not typical of Regency romances. While there is a mix of titled and commoners as characters, there are also people with disabilities, such as Olive’s father, who is deaf. Their differences are not played up nor are they treated any differently and that is what I love with this series. It is inclusive of everyone and in ‘Christmas’ everyone is welcome and treated equally.
I love an enemies to lovers story and this one did not disappoint. Olive and Eli were meant for each other and I loved how passionate Eli was about discovering a way to protect women in childbirth from the poor outcomes often associated with labor.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the last in the series.
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.