Primrose and the Dreadful Duke (Garland Cousins, #1)

Primrose and the Dreadful Duke (Garland Cousins, #1)

by Emily Larkin

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BN ID: 2940155722731
Publisher: Emily Larkin
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: Garland Cousins , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 25,778
File size: 924 KB

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Primrose and the Dreadful Duke (Garland Cousins, #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Really enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed and the surrounding history accurate. I a new fan of this author and am going to go back and read the whole series. Even light reading should be well written and I really enjoy this writer's style.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I've read all of Emily Larkin's Fairy Godmother series and enjoyed every one. I'm re-reading all of them now, they are that good. Well-drawn characters (Icarus Reid stands out), well-matched hero and heroine (very fond of Charlotte et al from Unmasking Miss Appleby), and well-played magical gifts from a sly, malicious fairy. This latest book adds a threat of mayhem and murder to a very satisfying romance.
Amber Pook 5 months ago
This story had a great little twist to it for me, in that it is a historical romance, but with some real magic thrown in. It was my first book by Emily Larkin and I loved it. It is a great story of how the love of friends can turn into so much more. Yes there is also mystery, laughter, and like I said magic, but most of all it is the story of how Primrose and Oliver learn that childhood friends can be so much more to each other. I would recommend this book to others, and would love to read more from Emily Larkin.
carvanz 9 months ago
Oh my gosh! This was one of the most enjoyable, smiling until my cheeks hurt, reads I’ve had in a long while. Upon his return from India, Oliver takes his new place as duke and makes a game out of all the young misses that throw themselves at him for his title. The only woman who doesn’t take him seriously or inflates his ego is his childhood friend Primrose. When it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him, Prim and her brother step in to help him find who the villain is as well as who it is not. Along the way, Oliver quickly realizes that what he feels for Prim is much more than that of friends. I absolutely loved this story! Oliver was just too dang cute! He had such a wonderful sense of humor and the author kept it completely appropriate to the era. He kept Prim on her toes and she did the same for him. Their banter was perfection and the romantic development between them was very natural. Prim was bookish and a bit nerdy as well as feisty and sweet. I loved how she was able to challenge Oliver and bring him to heel, calling him out when necessary. I was completely enthralled with both this heroine and hero and couldn’t get enough of them. There is definitely a villain, a couple actually, causing drama and mayhem to erupt throughout the story. The fact that I was grinning like a loon one minute and then gasping and wide eyed the next made me love this book even more than the characters alone. This is a fast paced read that never bogged down. The secondary characters were exactly what was needed, always adding to the story instead of acting as filler. While the steam level is a bit low, considering the era, this couple were definitely pushing the boundaries. They don’t find complete fulfillment until the end, but I can honestly say I didn’t miss it at all. There were lots of hot kisses to tide me over as well as the mystery they are trying to solve. It ends with a nice little epilogue that highlighted how wonderful this couple really are although it was too short. But then again, I’m not sure I would ever get enough of them. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
georgia1 10 months ago
Magical, delightful, loved every page!! There are so many wonderful things I can say about this book, but it would not do it justice. You just need to read it to see what I mean!! The author kept me enchanted by her imagination and humorous writing with characters that where lovable and witty. This is the second book I have read within the Baleful Godmother sphere and cannot wait to read every one of them!! Oliver Dasenby is back from the war and has inherited his title of duke due to the unexpected deaths in his family. But he begins to suspect somebody is trying to kill him and not sure why! He is a very easy going humorous jokestor who has the single ladies of the season after him for the parson's trap! Lady Primrose Garland is sister to Rhodes, Oliver's best friend and has grown up knowing him. At twenty eight, bookish and highly intelligent, she has always thought Oliver a fribble and they have always teased each other. Gifted with a special talent by her faerie godmother, she has not thought to marry but when Oliver comes back into the picture, things begin to change. Mystery, suspense and a lovely cat and mouse game occurs when they are all at a house party and strange things start happening. Oliver is definitely in danger but who could it be? "Settle on the type of person you wish to be and stick with it, whether alone or in company." One of the many great quotes in this book. Loved it!!!! Lori Dykes
Sunshine1006 10 months ago
I absolutely adored this book. Prim and Oliver have been frenemies since they were children. They ran into each other frequently as Oliver was best friends with Prim's brother, Rhodes. They constantly throw insults at each other. Oliver just inherited a title and several estates and many women are wanting to marry him. Some of them are willing to do just about anything to get rid of the competition. Suddenly, accidents are happening to him, someone wants him dead. But why? Rhodes and Prim plan to help him find out who wants to hurt him. They go to a house party and find out so many things. Does Oliver's uncle want to kill him or is it his cousin? Maybe one of the women whose feelings he has been playing with? Can Prim and Oliver put their differences behind them and admit to the attraction between them? And Prim has a secret. I loved the secrets and magic. It is a mix of a mystery, thriller and romance all rolled into one. I received this book from Net Galley for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.
Vesper1931 11 months ago
The former Captain Oliver Dasenby has recently inherited a dukedom. Is is just coincidence that three recent deaths have elevated him to a duke or is it suspicious. Primrose Garland, a childhood friend finds him just as irritating now as then. But he is the best friend to her brother. Both are concerned for his wellbeing. The story is a mixture of romance, mystery and the paranormal (faerie godmother). As I would expect, a delightful read, well-written with some very likeable characters. Such an easy to read book (a good point). I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.