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New Release Review! DATING THE DUKE by Emma Hart (The Aristocrat Diaries #2)


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A duke and a writer walk into a bar, and the barman says—never mind. They’re in the library, and they’re not wearing any clothes. Oops.

My name is Adelaide Astley, and if there was anything remotely exciting about me to tell you, I would.

Sure, my uncle is the Duke of Leicester, and my mother bucked family tradition to marry “below” her and open a hotel, but I’m nothing but an aspiring author with a Tudor era obsession.

Oh, and I’m spending the summer tutoring the daughter of the current Duke of Worcester—who happens to be a regular in my highly inappropriate midnight dreams.

Thirty-year-old Alexander Winthrop-Bentley is so not my type, but hours of chess games and arguments over Tudor dynasties mean we’re thrown together more often than we should be. And when he shares with me that he needs a date for a charitable event, my mouth betrays me by offering myself up for the evening.

How I find myself naked in the library is another matter entirely. Ahem.

When the society papers declare us an item, neither of us have the heart to tell our families the truth. Only my twin sister and best friend know the truth, but they both agree we need to keep up the charade, even if only for the summer.

But when the end of August comes and my return home beckons, I have to ask myself a question.
Is it only his daughter who’s stolen my heart, or has Alexander done the very same thing?

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Dating the Duke is a typical Emma Hart story–a cute, rom-com-y style read that this time features a single dad duke; his precocious ten-year-old daughter; loads of cuddly, fluffy animals; and trained teacher/struggling writer Adelaide, Gabi from Love Language ‘s BFF. Honestly? I think I liked it even better than Gabi and Mile’s book. (Shhh, don’t tell them.)

Abby and Alex were absolutely wonderful together, though it did get a bit frustrating at times that it was perfectly obvious to apparently everyone but the two of them. Plot wise the story jumps around a bit, but the basic premise is that Addy is spending the summer at the duke’s fancy house to help keep his special needs daughter on track for when school starts up again. Abby and Alex are friendly to start–he’s Gabi’s cousin, so they run in similar circles–and they are kind of half-backed into an almost-fake relationship early on though they hardly ever leave the estate so that doesn’t really impact the story much since everyone close to them knows the truth.

There’s a lot of dancing around each other, dream snogging, real snogging, and much talk of not wanting a relationship and it wouldn’t work out anyway–though I wasn’t terribly clear on why that last one was…and obviously they *do* end up together and it’s without too much bother other than what they create themselves in the end, so…? All’s well that ends well, and all that. And it does end very well, and then is followed by an epilogue that gives major hints about Abby’s twin Eva’s story to come which all but insures you’ll be back for that one if you liked this one at all.

So…guess what I’ll be doing whenever The Accidental Countess comes out? Yeah, not too much of a surprise, I know 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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