Dukes by the Dozen

Dukes by the Dozen

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A Duke for All Seasons!

What's better than a dashing duke? A dozen of them! In this case, a baker's dozen—thirteen of your favorite historical romance authors have come together to bring you more than a dozen tantalizing novellas, with one per month, for a year's worth of never-before-released romances.

January – Duke in Winter by Alyssa Alexander — When the highwayman demanded that the Duke of Highrow stand and deliver, he didn't know she would steal his heart.

February – The Difference One Duke Makes by Elizabeth Essex — All it takes is one frosty night for two imperfect people, former naval commander Marcus Beecham and ruined Penelope Pease, to meet and make the perfect February Valentine.

March – Discovering the Duke by Madeline Martin — Reunited at a house party after a lackluster start to their marriage, the Duke of Stedton attempts to win his Duchess' heart. Will a sizzling wager be enough to melt the frost between them, or will it truly remain the coldest winter in London?

April – The Duke and the April Flowers by Grace Burrowes — The Duke of Clonmere must marry one of the Earl of Falmouth's three giggling younger daughters, but Lady Iris—Falmouth's oldest, who is not at all inclined to giggling—catches Clonmere's eye, and his heart!

May – Love Letters from a Duke by Gina Conkle — The Duke of Richland needs a proper duchess, but he wants his thoroughly fun, entirely inappropriate neighbor, Mrs. Charlotte Chatham. She's widowed, older, and if the whispers prove true—barren.

June – Her Perfect Duke by Ella Quinn — Still suffering over the loss of his wife and child, Giles, Duke of Kendal sees Lady Thalia Trevor at a market and is instantly smitten. There is only one problem. She is already betrothed to another man. Will she defy her powerful father to marry him?

July – How to Ditch a Duke by May McGoldrick — Lady Taylor Fleming is an heiress with a suitor on her tail. Her plan to ditch him is simple, escape to the Highlands. But there is nothing simple about the Duke of Bamberg. And even with the best laid plans, things can go awry...

August – To Tempt A Highland Duke by Bronwen Evans — Widowed Lady Flora Grafton must be dreaming. Dougray Firth, Duke of Monreith, the man who once pledged her his heart but then allowed her to marry another, has just proposed. Why now, after eight years? When she learns the truth, can she trust Dougray to love her enough this time?

September – Duke in Search of a Duchess by Jennifer Ashley — The meticulous Duke of Ashford is dismayed when his children ask Helena Courtland, the gossipy, busybody young widow next door, to find Ash a new wife. But she sweeps into his home and his life before he can stop her, turning Ash's precisely ordered world into a chaotic whirlwind.

October – Dear Duke by Anna Harrington — When the Duke of Monmouth, decides to build a canal, he isn't prepared for an old mill owner and his daughter to stand in his way. The only person who understands him is the anonymous pen pal to whom he's been pouring out his heart, a woman not at all who she seems.

November – Must Love Duke by Heather Snow — Lady Emmaline Paulson already has the only Duke she wants in her life—an adorable puppy she rescued from the Serpentine with the help of a handsome stranger. Can Maxwell Granville, heir to a dukedom, convince her there's room for him, too?

December – The Mistletoe Duke by Sabrina York — The Duchess of Devon can't think of a better way to tempt her widowed son into marrying again, than to throw a Christmas Ball. And there simply must be mistletoe everywhere! But it's not until Jonathan meets his mother's humble companion under the mistletoe, that fireworks erupt.

January – Dueling with the Duke by Eileen Dreyer — When Adam Marrick, Duke of Rothray, shows up on Georgie Grace's doorstep, she thinks it is to become acquainted with his cousin James's widow and daughter. Instead he brings news that will completely upend their lives and put them all in danger.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161415214
Publisher: Anna Harrington
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,916
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Thirteen of today's best loved and best-selling historical romance authors! Alyssa Alexander, Elizabeth Essex, Madeline Martin, Grace Burrowes, Gina Conkle, Ella Quinn, May McGoldrick, Bronwen Evans, Jennifer Ashley, Anna Harrington, Heather Snow, Sabrina York, and Eileen Dreyer

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Dukes by the Dozen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CathyGeha 15 days ago
Dukes By The Dozen What a delight this collection of historical romances was! I have read some but not all of the authors who have contributed to this book and felt compelled to write my review before finishing all of the stories because I want to get the review posted as soon as possible. I will read a story a night before I sleep because I am sure sweet dreams will follow the reading. The novellas I have read are: HOW TO DITCH A DUKE by May McGoldrick: This story had me smiling a number of times. Lady Talor Fleming was quite a woman and so wasted on her father and brother! Thankfully the Duke of Bamberg knew a catch when they met in the mud and pursued Taylor till he caught her. Loved this story! DUELING WITH THE DUKE by Eileen Dreyer: Another wonderful story with a bit of a second chance aspect to it. I loved the way Adam and Georgie meet and how their story unfolds. They so deserved one another and the happiness they found. THE DIFFERENCE ONE DUKE MAKES by Elizabeth Essex: What a wonderful this story proved to be! I loved both male and female lead characters and so many scenes in the story. Another couple well suited to one another and their story a marvelous read. I am looking forward to reading the other stories soon and may return with updates. I would like to thank May McGoldrick for the copy to read – this is my honest review. 5 Stars
Anonymous 27 days ago
What a wonderful idea to introduce the readers to authors we might not yet met. I have joined many of your authors pages & hope to read more.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I loved every Duke & his future duchess in this compilation of stories.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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AMHolden2018 3 months ago
This is a good collection of stories. Notably the women are strong, intelligent and determined. No wallflowers here. Since these are by different authors, the stories are very different. I won’t dissect each story but I did enjoy every one of them. This is a great book to have on your e-reader for those times you need a brief read or two to distract for awhile. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
DisneyMarie 3 months ago
This was a sexy historical romance collection involving dukes and the women who love them. Some had met for the first time or at first time romantically, while others were separated and involved in second chances romances. Some of the stories had happy for now endings that left me wanting more and others had happily ever after with epilogues. There was plenty of humor, suspense, and romance.
EmilyP23 3 months ago
Thirteen historical romance authors provide us with more than a dozen tantalizing novellas! If you already like historical romance, are curious as to what it’s like, or just want to see what new authors you can find in this collection, now is your chance! I think you will be very pleased with the content. If you need specific details on any of the books to help decide, most if not all of them are reviewed under their individual titles. But with this collection, you can’t lose! For example, in HOW TO DITCH A DUKE by May McGoldrick, each chapter recites one of the rules to follow when trying to get rid of a suitor. It was hilarious! You’ll want to read that one to see how well Lady Taylor Fleming followed those rules! The characters are portrayed well, usually very likable and easy for the reader to care about as they look for their HEA. The authors do a great job pulling you in and keeping you reading to the end. When you find a book you love -- and it won’t take long with the variety provided here -- check out the author’s other books and build your library of great reading experiences!
Crystal61 3 months ago
Discovering the Duke by Madeline Martin - Julia was so sweet and William was so adorable that I did not want to stop reading this story. I loved how he went out of his way to win his wife's love. Together, these two found that love conquers fear when with the right person. Love Letters From a Duke by Gina Conkle - Charlotte and Nathaniel were such a wonderful, steamy couple. I kept turning pages as they tried to avoid what was in front of them. With his determination to have what he truly wanted, Nathaniel ignored convention and the age difference, and went for what he wanted most in life, Charlotte. His mother was an interesting touch to the story. I have yet to finish all the stories and I look forward to adding to this review. If the others are like these two, this is a good collection. I received a copy as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
Robindpdx 3 months ago
This was a great collection of well-written novellas. Thirteen stories, each featuring a duke! What could be better? Each of these 13 novellas was entertaining and filled with humor and romance. Must Love Duke by Heather Snow - Lady Emmaline Paulson rescues a pup from the Serpentine with the help of Maxwell Granville, heir to a dukedom. Neither of them knows who the other is, and they are able to get to know each other without knowing each one's status in society. Funny, sweet and romantic - very enjoyable! The Mistletoe Duke by Sabrina York - this was such a fun story. The Duchess of Devon enlists her widowed son and her companion to help her throw a Christmas Ball. With this combination, you never know what might happen! I definitely recommend this anthology to others.
moonfox1234 3 months ago
This is a very entertaining and enjoyable collection of historical novellas. These fun stories offer up blends of drama, humor, excitement, charm, mystery, danger and of course, romance. My favorites of the bunch were: Dueling with the Duke by Eileen Dreyer: Which I thought was quite suspenseful and dramatic, Dear Duke by Anna Harrington: Which was funny, sweet and filled with charm and The Duke and the April Flowers by Grace Burrowes: This was a completely swoon worthy romance that was filled with sweetness, humor and heart melting romance.
clarkws 3 months ago
This is a compilation of 12 stories by 12 different authors. I didn’t write a review for 2 of them. Sorry. I only found time for 10. I was gifted a copy of this set. Duke in Winter - January by Alyssa Alexander A lady Robin Hood who steals from the rich in her village and gives to the poor - that is Lady Beatrice Falk. In disguise no one in the upper echelons of society knows who the Honorable Highwayman truly is under his masquerade. Until she meets Wulfric Standover, the Duke of Highrow, Bea has endeared herself to the people in her village. But when she shoots the Duke in a robbery gone bad, she has met her match. “Bea stared down at the duke. She was close enough to discern the lean planes of his cheekbones, the strong jaw. Although she did not need any light to remember he was handsome. Extraordinarily so.” I really enjoyed this story. It is a fun romp with some hilarious moments. The Difference One Duke Makes - February by Elizabeth Essex This is the second book by Essex that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Marcus Beecham has been at sea serving in His Majesty’s navy when he is called home to become the next Duke of Warwick. Suffering a handicap from the war, he is inclined to stay away from people. But when he is invited to a ball he runs into an old childhood friend. Lady Penelope Pease has grown into a ravishing young woman. Beech’s life is turned upside down when he meets Peas in the family library. “It was heaven - he was heaven,the calm, assured man who looked like a glowing archangel, one of God’s warriors, armored against the sharp weapons of society with his heroism and honesty and dashing courage. Nothing could injure her while she was with him. She was free - to feel the heat of his chest seep through the intervening layers of her clothing until she was as warm as a flower in the sunshine.” I enjoyed this book. Essex infuses a healthy dose of humor as well as steamy romance into the story. Discovering the Duke - March - by Madeline Martin This story was so charming and delightful. Martin is a master storyteller. William Sinclair, the Duke of Stedton has had a lackluster start to his marriage. He is determined to woo his wife Julia properly at a house party. So he begins a set of games to reach his goal of conquering her heart. I enjoyed the heated scenes. “The rough texture of his whiskers rasped against her skin as he arched her head back to kiss down the curve of her throat. His teeth slid down her neck to worry and nip at the hollow at the base of her throat.” Can’t wait to read more by Martin. The Duke and the April Flowers - April - by Grace Burrowes This was my first time to read a Grace Burrowes book and I wasn’t disappointed. Henning, Duke of Clonmere must marry and his pick must come from a family of 4 women. But as he gets to know them, only one of them captures his heart. “I have a dream too. I dream of a woman whose trust is precious, a woman of surpassing sense and generosity of spirit, one who has soldiered on without companionship for too long. I dream of that lady entrusting her heart to me. I want-I yearn-for such a lady to take her place at my side, not because I’m a duke, not because I am a competent kisser, not because I can damned waltz by the hour, but because I have earned her tender, lasting regard.”- Duke of Clonmere. This was a lovely romantic story. Unfortunately my review is too long to post the other books here. But they were all enjoyable
DianaInSC 3 months ago
Jennifer Ashley’s novella is vivacious and heartwarming This wonderful boxed set has 13 different duke-related romance novellas, each themed for a different month of the year, plus an extra January. So far, I have only read Jennifer Ashley’s tale for September. I absolutely adore it, and I plan to read many more of the novellas because they sound so good, based on the descriptions. Jennifer Ashley’s novella “Duke in Search of a Duchess” was so fun to read. It was less dramatic than the author’s Mackenzie series and had more of the playful tone of Tessa Dare's recent novels. I loved every page of this novella. The grieving Duke of Ashford (aka, Ash) had kept himself going for several years after his dear wife’s death by adhering to a strict, rather workaholic, schedule. His three young children think that if their father found a wife, he would devote more time to them. Therefore, they enlist the help of Helena Courtland, the nice widow next door, to find him a wife. The kids were adorable and the duke's best friend, Guy Lovell, is memorable. I hope that Guy gets his own story later. Although this novella only has kissing (no love scenes), the fireworks between Ash and Helena are spectacular. That first kiss! Delicious! I love both lead characters. Helena was a kind, relatable woman in her mid-twenties (she was widowed really early in her marriage). I love how she outmaneuvers the Duke in order to carry out the children’s wish. Ash is stubborn but not too stubborn, and he loves his children deeply. He is strong yet vulnerable. The story melted my heart into a puddle with its beautiful conclusion. This one is surely a keeper. I received a free advanced reading copy from one of the authors, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
MoniqueD 3 months ago
DUKES BY THE DOZEN looked like a dream come true for historical romance lovers, and best of all, it lived up to my very high expectations. While not all the novellas rated 5 stars, those that did were so stellar that I feel justified in giving the anthology a 5-star rating overall. With such a bevvy of fantastic historical romance authors, it was to be expected, but I am astounded at the results. If you like historical romance, are a fan of any of the authors', or want to discover new authors, or even give historical romance a try, you could not wish for a better collection. My personal favourites are the novellas by Gina Conkle, Elizabeth Essex, Jennifer Ashley, May McGoldrick, Grace Burrowes, Anna Harrington, Heather Snow, and Eileen Dreyer. As you can see, it's a very high number of outstanding stories for an anthology, and a book for the keeper shelf!