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Recent Release Review- The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman

Title: The Unexpected Duchess

The Unexpected Duchess

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, April 29, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:


Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.


Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love…


Yes, Lucy is determined to help her friend Cassandra get rid of the attentions of Derick. Lucy is not about to give up and comes to enjoy her exchange of barbs, snide remarks and ultimatums with the Duke. The Duke is also enjoying the constant debates. The game goes on until …..well… you will want to read until whatever.

This is a lighthearted farce, with lots of kisses and more. Lucy is a bit stubborn. Cassandra is a bit wimpy, or is she playing at wimpy? Jane is another friend who always seems to be sparing with Lucy’s cousin, Garrett, but then the two are always disappearing, hm-m-m maybe a hint at another book to come.

This is my first introduction to Valerie Bowman’s books but I will be reading more. What a delight to find an author who is so accomplished at bringing forth stunning characterization and a plot filled with good writing and humorous moments.


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