Never Say Duke by Erica Ridley (ARC Review)

Hi Blisses,

Would you believe me if I say this is the first book I’ve ever finished reading this year? No? Well, same here. I can’t believe it myself. This book is not even a full-length novel, it’s a novella, just 100+ pages. But please believe me when I say, this book did me some magic. It’s THAT good.

TITLE: Never Say Duke
Erica Ridley
12 Dukes of Christmas #4
Romance, Historical
January 5th 2019 by WebMotion

About the Series:
The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!

As stated this is fourth book in the series and features Theodore O’Hanlon, Viscount Ormondton and Virginia Underwood. Virginia loves saving strays, she even have a cat named Duke, who by the way, is the best cat in the world. This cat knows his name is Duke and loves being called Your Grace. (Just fantastic) Anyway, Theo is an injured war hero who chose seclusion until he gets better. He went to Christmas, a village literally covered in snow all year round. There, she met Virginia who at their first meeting decided to be her nurse. Though she ended up nursing not only Theo’s injury but more. (Aaaaw!)

Two-Sentence Review
(Just in case you’re feeling lazy to read a long one)
Simplicity at its best: neat, heartwarming, fluffy story line, likeable characters and fun dialogues. It knows what it is: A Romance Novel, and it knows what it wants: to entertain the reader.

Simplicity is indeed the best thing this novel have. I’m not saying this is mediocre, no. I’m saying, this novel don’t try really hard and still made me fall in love with it. It knows what it is-A romance book. And it knows what it wants:to entertain the reader. The story line is really neat. Boy meets girl, girl meets boy. Boy has a past, girl has a past. Boy has a future laid out and waiting for him, girl is contented with her present. The plot isn’t that complex that I’m into it from the very beginning. I didn’t have to think or decide if I love this book, I instantly know I would love this book. Sure the Main Character’s individual back stories are bit deep, especially Virginia, but still the author handled them really well.

The characters are very likeable-from main characters to the side characters. The dialogues are really fun to read. Like I said they’re not trying too hard. The author didn’t have to make our main hero too brooding and snub the main heroine for almost half the novel which is very common in this genre. No, the author just made the characters distinctive so I, the reader, knows who’s who. And I’m telling you, everyone is different and I like them all. Aside from the MCs and Duke the cat, my favorite would be Swinton, the butler. Even the other girl who’s supposedly hinder Theo and Virginia’s Happily Ever After, this other girl acted realistically without being a b*tch. That was a very realistic ending.

(Please note that the OTHER girl is not really Theo’s girlfriend, I only meant there’s other girl in the story. I don’t want anyone thinking there’s some form of cheating in here. Theo is technically single when he met Virginia. )

FINAL RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies


My thanks to the publishers for giving me an ARC of this book via Netgalley. I don’t really recall requesting it so maybe this is one of those books I was invited to review. So double thanks to that. This brought me to a question, what publishers e-mail you an invite to review their books on Netgalley and you’d just click a link they gave and voila, you have the ARC?

Okay tell me what you think of this book and my review? Ever read this or anything from this author? I’ve read one of her other books, and I liked it too.

Let’s chat,

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