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Ten Things I Hate About the Duke (Difficult Dukes, #2)

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Husband will rein her in has ruled that her beloved sister can’t marry until Cassandra does Now thanks to a certain wild living nobleman the last shreds of Cassandra’s reputation are about to disintegrate taking her sister’s future and her family’s good name along with them The Duke of Ashmont’s looks make women swoon His character Fresh from a jilting and a duel with one of his best friends an inebriated Lucian Duke of Ashmont causes a carriage accident that injures Miss Cassandra Pomfret’s groomfriend Being alone at an inn seeking medical attention could be interpreted as a compromising situation so Ashmont asks Cassandra to be his replacement duchess She is less than impressed but he is unrelenting This is the second book in the Difficult Dukes series It can be read alone but it takes place right after the events of the first book I really tried but I simply could not connect with this book I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and at the beginning I felt like Ashmont was creating of bond with Cassandra’s groom than with her I didn’t find him engaging or humorous and Cassandra felt eually flat and fickle I didn’t see the lovethe romance was lacking for me both emotionally and physically I received an ARC and this is my honest review #TenThingsIHateAboutTheDuke #NetGalley

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Flaws are beyond counting He’s lost a perfectly good bride through his own carelessness He nearly killed one of his two best friends Still troublemaker that he is he knows that damaging a lady’s good name isn’t sporting The only way to right the wrong is to marry herand hope she doesn’t smother him in his sleep on their wedding nigh 22 Sept 2020So excited to receive an ARC of this new Loretta Chase book I may be up late tonight reading The Popes Rhinoceros right the wrong is to marry herand hope she doesn’t smother him in his sleep on their wedding nigh 22 Sept 2020So excited to Island Peril (Aftershock, receive an ARC of this new Loretta Chase book I may be up late tonight Sweet Mountain Rancher (Those Marshall Boys reading

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USA Today bestselling author Loretta Chase continues her Difficult Dukes series with this delightful spin on Shakespeare's classic The Taming of the ShrewThis time who’s taming whomCassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn’t shy about voicing But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar and her exasperated father hoping a I hope this will be as much fun as the first book in the series 2019 though That's one heck of a wait And now pushed back to 2020 😰


10 thoughts on “Ten Things I Hate About the Duke (Difficult Dukes, #2)

  1. says:

    45One of my favorite books this year I'm taking away that half star only because I wish there was romance the kissy kissy cuddly kind in this novel I did enjoy it but there's so much happening before the principal characters eventually confess their love for each other we don't get enough of them as a romantic “stars in their eyes” couple I know I know you're whispering falling in love IS romantic Em and you're right I know it too I just want people people every couple in the romance novels I read to acknowledge their love for each other and then to spend than one chapter enjoyingshowboating their Happily Ever After And NOT just in swoony epilogues which I love by the way Definitely keep those too Side note for the sexy times worriers out there There are uite a few sexy shenanigan moments in this story because the Duke of Ashmont is NAUGHTY AND HOT AND TOTALLY IN LUST WITH CASSANDRA And they can't resist each other So no need to worryAnyway moving on EVERYONE ON EARTH read me has been waiting for the second book in the Difficult Dukes series A Duke in Shining Armor was fabulous the audio was maybe even better and I couldn't wait for Ms Chase to spend time with our jilted naughty wild and flawed Duke of Ashmont one of Ripley's mischievousscandalous besties Friends family sort of auntswell they're exhausted by his antics and perfectly willing to tell him so Fortunately Ashton’s Come to Jesus moment happens hard on the heelshours after a duel disaster with Ripley who stole his fiance Lady Olympia Hightower Ashmont drunk and sad over nearly killing his best friend Ripley is biding his time over cocktails with his second at one of his favorite pubs The owners are used to his hijinks fond of his coin and tolerant of his behavior But as usual the day doesn't uite go to plan When chaos erupts at the pub Ashmont steps outside to shoot his pistol and put an end to the hijinks and inadvertently sends a carriage and its riders careening through the street Horrified he runs to help and watches the carriage tip over He’s relieved when the redhead who was holding the reins sits up and then the woman next to her her maid stirs and also appears unharmed He’s considering what to do next when the vaguely familiar red headed woman stands up begins insulting him and hits him with her hat knocking him off his feet Still drunk and now dazed and a little bit afraid he gets up and follows her to a man lying motionless near a tree Ashton immediately recognizes him It's Tom Keeffe a once successful jockey who survived a terrible accident that ended his career and Ashton is a fan They exchange greetings as Cassandra the redhead who seems vaguely familiar to Ashmont fumes until she finally silences the pair Ashton confused about why the woman is with Keeffe and uncertain what to do next he doesn't want to make her mad staggers and then passes out Oops Friends you read that right It’s been a LONG and DRUNKEN day He comes to after the redhead dumps a bucket of water on his face and tells him to get up and make himself and his money useful #badassCassandra Pomfret sometimes referred to as Medusa or deGriffith’s Gorgon or Cassandra Prophet of Doom is intelligent and opinionated She's also much to her father’s chagrin unafraid to share her opinions and when Ten Things I Hate About the Duke WOW THAT IS A LONG TITLE begins her plain speaking has gotten her into bigger trouble than usual Trouble with The Family Exasperated by her behavior and unwilling to tolerate it any longer her father issues an ultimatum he hopes will force her to change Hyacinth her beautiful beloved younger sister the belle of the season cannot marry until Cassandra does She also can't attend any of the events of the season The ultimatum saddens and infuriates Cassandra who decides to get away from London and reassess how to move forward without hurting Hyacinth who is remarkably kind about the whole thing From start to finish she's lovely Cassandra is enroute to the home of her former governess accompanied by her maid and companion and friend Tom Keeffe He’d taught her to ride and drive He’d been with her from the time she was a troublesome girl of fourteen and he a crippled ex jockey of six and twenty For nearly twelve years she’d relied on his wisdom and not only about horses when disaster strikes A group of men pour out of the Green Man onto the street and then a buffoon shoots his pistol into the air sending her horses into a frenzy Cassandra is cataloging her injuries and trying to sit up when she recognizes the man crouched next to her asking if she's okay It's the beautiful angel faced Duke of Ashmont the man she loved as a young girl until he proved unworthy of her affections The same idiot who just fought a duel with his best friend after his fiancee jilted him Well ShitOh friends This whole scene is a hot mess of Ashmont trying and failing to fix the GIGANTIC mess he’s made and Cassandra awesomely putting him in his place I loved her I loved him I loved sweet Tom Keeffe who uickly does some romantic mental matchmaking and I loved how the carriage disaster sets these two on a path together Ashmont is no dummy he just acts like one in public All the Time He’s a sexy badass who keeps making bad decisions but has finally realized that drinking and shenanigans are ruining his life He’s also just met the one woman who gives as good as she gets Fortunately he has an uncle and his only living relative to help him out of his various messes but this time instead of fixing everything he gives Ashmont adviceand Ashmont follows itUnfortunately for Cassandra a single woman involved in a carriage accident while minimally chaperoned plus an infamous drunken duke plus an injured former jockey plus a missing maid plus an overnight visit in a small village at a local inn famed for the exploits of the three dukes who love to visit euals a disaster in the making Fortunately the drunken duke is super rich and keeps the rumors uiet but then he just can’t stay away And then the real nightmare beginsASHMONT DECIDES HE WANTS HER TO BE HIS WIFE AND HE’S SEXY AND HOT AND NICE AND KIND AND TRYING TO BE BETTER FOR HER And lucky for readers the only person who thinks Ashton’s interest in Cassandra is a disaster is CASSANDRA well her dad too Ashton is IN LOVE And Cassandra used to love Ashton AND it is a battle of wits and sexy smirks and good smelling cologne and smart clever repartee and chemistry andfriends this novel is so much funLook the majority of this novel is a game of Cassandra trying to pretend she doesn’t want Ashton to prove his love to her and Ashton slowly but surely figuring out the best way to do it He uickly realizes Cassandra is good to everyone but herself and he makes it his job to understand his prickly brainy lady love He reads Wollstonecraft learns about issues that are important to her and protects her from anyone and anything that aims to do her harm Oh yeah there are a couple of villains in this story too Ashmont and Cassandra are lovely together in every iteration enemies co conspirators friends and eventually lovers and it is a JOY to read yet another terrific Chase romance Readers expect the carriage disaster to prove the biggest impediment to love between Cassandra and Ashmont but it's a nice misdirection from this brilliant author It's the villains of this story that actually nudge the romance in the right sexy times direction and keep readers on their toes with their fingers crossed Great chemistry sparkling dialogue well developed principal characters and a lovely opposites attract pairing made my heart go BOOM These two are meant for each other and this book is a TREMENDOUS follow up to the eually good A Duke in Shining Armor Fans of the series will be very happyTerrific HIGHLY RECOMMEND Can’t wait for the audioPS You want to know about Ripley and Olympia and the Duke of Blackmoor and Alice don't you? I wish we spent time with them but their cameos are all to brief We still don't know what's up with Alice


  2. says:

    ARC received for reviewI put this one down and really thought it was going to end up in the DNF pile I read another book and then went back to this one I really enjoyed it I'm wondering if I would have like it if I had read the first book Cassandra and the DukeAshmontLucius had a past Okay not really They knew each as children and she of course was in love with him He and his friends were trouble makers and she knew to she should stay away It was a nice romance with a hint of intriguedanger thrown in I didn't even mind that view spoiler the first love scene was in the last chapter hide spoiler


  3. says:

    I hope this will be as much fun as the first book in the series 2019 though That's one heck of a wait And now pushed back to 2020 😰


  4. says:

    Thank you to Avon and Edelweiss for an eARC of Chase's second book in the Difficult Dukes series Ashmont's story was a long time coming 3 years? and when you consider what a mess he was in the first book where he is decidedly NOT heroic you get a sense of just why it might have taken Chase some time to work out just what to do with himThe title gives a nod to Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and there are lovely little Shakespearean touches throughout but the problem in the story is not the heroine Cassandra Pomfret it is the Duke of Ashmont He's a drunken thoughtless irresponsible mess who has blundered about hurting people and pulling pranks and generally behaving like he's 12 His interactions with Cassandra are a catalyst for him to realize it's time to get his act together and behave like a gentlemanCassandra is the real star of this book and although she's a problem in the sense that she's outspoken energetic and interested in expanding the constrained nature of women's lives; she is an utter delight in this book Her lack of interest in polite society does not make her a social hit and her father Lord DeGriffith attempts to get her married off by not allowing her traditional but still observant and intelligent sister to have her Season until Cassandra is married I appreciated that Cassandra's father is not a monster but genuinely loves his daughters and his marriage is very much a partnership In fact Lady DeGriffith has a delightful scene where she pushes her husband aside to exercises female soft power VERY effectively I was laughing out loud because you can definitely see where Cassandra gets it from Cassandra's family loves her although they don't always understand her and she loves them and this was a highlight of the bookIn fact I loved Cassandra Pomfret too through this entire book Her weapon of choice the umbrella her creative use of pantaloons her concern for her driver and partner in crime her energy and her wits all make her a remarkable person And the exasperation with 19th century 'mansplaining' was a chef's kiss She tried to remember the last time a man had sought her opinion about anything remotely important She tried to remember the last time a man had hesitated to offer his whether he was asked or not Never The answer was neverAshmont is utterly fascinated by her values her opinion and falls so fast that it's delightful to see She shakes him up and while she doesn't reform him he starts to realize he needs to do better with the gifts and privileges he has because so many are without them Cassandra agrees to a fake engagement for her sister's sake and because despite his mess he listens to her and she finds him beautiful The expression of female desire is really flipped here which was fascinating to see Usually in a romance novel it's the woman who is the object of desire Chase gives you Ashmont as the object of desire for Cassandra and what fun that is to read about in a historical in 2020 She doesn't need him but she surely wants him So who exactly is the Shrew being tamed here? It's about timeThere were so many little lines and scenes that I wanted to highlight but couldn't since it's an eARC but the whole book is just so skillfully crafted and beautifully written that I was just in awe Take your time Loretta Chase Because I still want to know about Lady Charles Aunt Julia and Lord Frederick and what on earth is up with the Blackwoods?5 enthusiastic stars


  5. says:

    Fresh from a jilting and a duel with one of his best friends an inebriated Lucian Duke of Ashmont causes a carriage accident that injures Miss Cassandra Pomfret’s groomfriend Being alone at an inn seeking medical attention could be interpreted as a compromising situation so Ashmont asks Cassandra to be his replacement duchess She is less than impressed but he is unrelenting This is the second book in the Difficult Dukes series It can be read alone but it takes place right after the events of the first book I really tried but I simply could not connect with this book I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and at the beginning I felt like Ashmont was creating of bond with Cassandra’s groom than with her I didn’t find him engaging or humorous and Cassandra felt eually flat and fickle I didn’t see the lovethe romance was lacking for me both emotionally and physically I received an ARC and this is my honest review #TenThingsIHateAboutTheDuke #NetGalley


  6. says:

    One of my favorite reads of 2020 This second volume of the Difficult Dukes series has been several years in the making I noted in another review for a different author that I really think the pressure of publishing every single year is taking its toll on writing uality This book is a perfect example of the magic that can happen when an author is given the time to tell the story they want to tell and how they want to tell it Ten Things I Hate About the Duke is a delightfully funny romp Ashmont is an absolute mess at the start which is no surprise after his performance in the first book Yet even when we meet him there's something redeemable in his behavior from the start It is a tricky business to make a character like Ashmont likable but Chase did it effortlessly I found myself laughing at him in a fond sort of way much as Cassandra comes to He's a mess but he's HER mess Cassandra herself is a powerfully feminist character If I have a uibble with Chase it's that I want the not like other girls line to be drop kicked straight into the sun and never be seen or heard from again There ARE other girls like Cassandra within her own world being that she belongs to a club full of women who are working toward their own worth and freedom But aside from that Cassandra is a character who knows her own mind and acts accordingly She is straightforward and not shy about going for what she wants even if society would have it otherwise The side characters shine from the much beloved jockey Keefe to Cassandra's parents and family I might have done without Owsley getting point of view scenes but I did enjoy seeing Cassandra's mother take on Lady Bartham's nastiness in her own way Sommers is delightful as a fussy valet and I laughed aloud at Chase's line regarding valets being either high strung or silent a seemingly tongue in cheek poke at the usual valets that show up in the genre Ashmont's attempts to right his own proverbial ship are endearing and amusing but underneath that show a man actually doing the work to improve I appreciate that Chase doesn't rely entirely on Cassandra showing Ashmont how to better himself He tries on his own with mixed results but it's the trying that endears him to Cassandra and readers alike I think it very neatly captures what a lot of people dream of in partners not that someone will be perfect but that they will try to be better than they were the day beforeI laughed a lot reading this book which is a gift all in itself this year It's sweet and funny and clever I will happily wait another three years for the next volume if this is the end result Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for providing an e arc in exchange for a fair review


  7. says:

    This is a beautify written story classic in prose with Loretta Chase's uniue style that's enchanting and heartwarming I loved it all the vibrant characters the lovely prose the heartwarming plot It's nice to come to this world and escape the dreadful reality there's conflict and adversity but also humor and wit and passion I can't wait for the next one Recommend


  8. says:

    22 Sept 2020So excited to receive an ARC of this new Loretta Chase book I may be up late tonight reading


  9. says:

    I was given an ARC in Edelweiss under no obligationI can't even I loved the first book in this series so much and I was waiting for the second one and it was SO MUCH BETTER than I hopedIt was hard to picture how Ashmont that good for nothing jilted groom from the first book was going to be redeemed But in his favor we knew he had a heart of gold from the final interactions between him Ripley and Olympia on the first book He wasn't pleased with the situation but he did what he could to actually save her honor and give her and Ripley a clean slateAnd seeing him at his worst meeting Cassandra and trying and failing to do the right thing is heartwarmingCassandra is outspoken valiant and very much an unconditional lady that refuses to let him get away with anything no matter how much she used to adore him when they were kids I was really drawn at how much she mourns the person she thought he could be and calls him on it Seeing Ashmont's transformation is a thing of beauty Not because is a 180 change because of a woman but it's because he really takes a pause to start thinking and realizing things He starts to listen and while he still makes mistakes you can see how he tries to be better and get better even to the point of letting her go if neededThis is a lovely retelling of The Taming of The Shrew and the secondary characters are a delightI honestly can't wait for Alive and Blackwood I can only imagine the angst on that one


  10. says:

    This is how it's doneI loved every single thing about this book


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