A Duke Like No Other

Valerie Bowman

Playful Brides #9


Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication date: 1-May-2018
Date Started: 9-Apr-2018
Date Finished: 17-Apr-2018
Format: eARC & Paperback
Pages: 352
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781250121738
Source: Author & Publisher


First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the other way around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark’s future into chaos…nor the undeniable desire they’ve rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.

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Valerie Bowman yet again wrote a wonderful romance. The reunited married couple is certainly a new angle for me and I love it. The characters are wonderful, the way the story is laid out is expertly done, and it is an excellent addition to the playful brides series.

Nicole is such a fiery, fun character that I adored. She is so strong and intelligent, that the story could not have been well done with a weaker character. I enjoyed the flashbacks that occurred frequently throughout the novel. They gave insightful snippets into the romance that originally attached the two characters. It fleshed out the characters much more, without them, Mark would have seemed like a much more severe, dominant male. When the flashbacks first start in the book, I was confused, but I quickly caught on. This was probably just a formatting issue with the eARC..

Overall, I definitely recommend this lovers reunited historical romance! (and the rest of the Playful Brides series for that matter!!)

About the Author

VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of the Secret Brides and Playful Brides series.

Social Links

Author WebsiteTwitter: @Valeriegbowman | Facebook @ValerieBowmanAuthor | Pinterest


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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