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USA Today bestselling author Loretta Chase continues her Difficult Dukes series with this delightful spin on Shakespeare's classic, The Taming of the Shrew.
This time, who’s taming whom…

Cassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn’t shy about voicing. But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar, and her exasperated father, hoping a husband will rein her in, has ruled that her beloved sister can’t marry until Cassandra does.
Now, thanks to a certain wild-living nobleman, the last shreds of Cassandra’s reputation are about to disintegrate, taking her sister’s future and her family’s good name along with them.
The Duke of Ashmont’s looks make women swoon. His character flaws are beyond counting. He’s lost a perfectly good bride through his own carelessness. He nearly killed one of his two best friends. Still, troublemaker that he is, he knows that damaging a lady’s good name isn’t sporting.
The only way to right the wrong is to marry her…and hope she doesn’t smother him in his sleep on their wedding night.

Ten Things I Hate About the Duke (Difficult Dukes, #2) by Loretta Chase
Published by Avon on December 1, 2020

Genres: 2 Flames- PG Closed Doors, 3 Flames: Rated R, Historical Romance

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Christy's Thoughts

Ten Things I Hate About the Duke the second book in Loretta Chase’s Difficult Dukes series.

Shrew, Hoyden, Termagant, and Virago.  All the terms used to dismiss and shame outspoken women.  Cassandra Pomfret has voiced one too many strong opinions aloud in public and now her father has put his foot down.  Her behavior is reflecting badly onto her family and she will settle down and marry soon.  Until this happens her beloved sister’s season will be on hold.  Cassandra is set on finding a work around for this ultimatum.

Ashmont, the jilted duke from A Duke in Shining Armor, realizes something has to change in his life.  His bride ran from him on their wedding day, he almost killed one of his best friends in a duel, and his drunken actions caused a carriage to crash injuring the passengers.   This accident is when Ashmont meets Cassandra again and he has to help her clean up some of the damage his wreckage has caused.  As his brain fog lifts, he begins to grasp his role in all these situations.  He is determined to become a better man, the man Cassandra adored as a child before he turned into one of the Dis-Graces.  In their current situation, all Cassandra sees is the dissolute duke and he is hell bent to change that, do right by her reputation and marry her to get the love and family he has always desired.

I enjoyed Cassandra’s family.  Her mother and her father, not as hard-hearted as would first appear when he issues his ultimatum, are supportive of Cassandra and very loving parents.  I also like the running joke of Ashmont’s inability to remember her sister’s name, calling her every flower he can think of except Hyacinth, which is her actual name.

This book could be read as a stand-alone book.  You wouldn’t need to have read A Duke in Shining Armor to enjoy Ten Things I Hate About the Duke.  I liked the first book, but at times it seemed confining since a lot of the story took place in a carriage.

I am looking forward to the next Difficult Dukes book.  Alice and Blackwood’s story.  There have been hints of estrangement throughout the series and I like reading about couples finding their way back to each other.

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books for the ARC.


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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them.  Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance.  She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women.  She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature.  Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers.  They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.


About Loretta Chase

Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New England public schools, before she went off to college and earned an English degree from Clark University.

After graduation, she worked a variety of jobs at Clark including a part-time teaching post. She was also moonlighting as a video scriptwriter. It was there that she met a video producer who inspired her to write novels and marry him. Under her married name, Loretta Chase, has been publishing historical romance novels since 1987. Her books have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA.

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