Dawn with a Duke by Erica Ridley

As the daughter of a duke, Lady Isabelle’s pristine reputation is paramount. Her high status is how she’ll attract the titled suitor her mother insists she wed. When Belle’s chaperone falls ill en route to a party, she must pose as an independent widow to avoid gossip. Why not have a wee innocent flirtation with a handsome tailor staying at the same inn? She’ll be gone in the morning…

A sudden blizzard upends Calvin McAlistair’s plans when he’s snowbound at a posting-house. He has no time to play lady’s maid to the helpless beauty next door, no matter how much he enjoys unbuttoning the straitlaced widow. His future depends on impressing an important investor… who will ruin them both once they realize Calvin has spent a scandalous fortnight with Lady Isabelle!

Titles in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series include — Once Upon a Duke – Kiss of a Duke – Wish Upon a Duke – Never Say Duke – Dukes, Actually – The Duke’s Bride – The Duke’s Embrace – The Duke’s Desire – Dawn with a Duke – One Night with a Duke – Ten Days with a Duke – Forever Your Duke

Title:  Dawn with a Duke
Series:  12 Dukes of Christmas #9
Author:  Erica Ridley
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  September 4, 2020
Publisher:  WebMotion
My Rating:  4 stars

Dawn with a Duke‘ is the ninth story in the ‘12 Dukes of Christmas‘ series.  Although I’ve purchased the previous titles (in a binge-buying spree), frankly time got away from me before I could read them prior to this release.  So, it’s a good thing these are Christmas themed stories for I can get caught up easily over the next few weeks.  It’s also a good indicator to me (one who tries to read series in order) that this title could be read and completely enjoyed on its own, which makes me believe the earlier ones could be read that way as well.

Most of what you’d want to know before picking up this title can be found in the Cover Description.  What can’t be felt there is the utter rightness of these two people being together, slowly falling in love in spite of their differences, or finding a way to make sure that love lasts a lifetime – no matter what life or society tossed their way.  I liked Belle and Calvin so much.  Yes, there is a feel of steamy chemistry between them, yet there is also the feeling of a slow burn, a getting to know each other through those quiet moments, a sense that they are exactly what the other needs in their lives.

I had an excellent time in this world, which only makes me want to start a binge-reading of the earlier titles immediately.  If you love a really good romance with believable people in unusual circumstances then you’ll want to pick up ‘Dawn with a Duke‘ right now.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle

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