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Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelors #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,883 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews

Most women would not be pleased to be labeled a spinster. But Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes isn’t most women. In fact, Poppy has invented an imaginary fiancé, the Duke of Drummond, to deter unwanted suitors. A very useful fellow, this duke, until the real Drummond turns up and uses Poppy’s ploy to trap her in a betrothal.

A good spy flies below the radar. Which is why being na

Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

The best compliment I can give this is to say that it was the perfect cure for my utterly craptastic, stressful week. There are tons of highly anticipated new releases out that I’m itching to read, but I’ve felt so drained lately and really just needed something light and fun that wouldn’t require a lot of thought or energy on my part. (Very lazy of me, I know.)

This is a charming, perky, feel-good romance with endearing characters that totally hit the spot and
...I didn't like it. I thought I would, after reading the first book in the series, but no, I didn't.

Poppy, our heroine, is a spinster, excuse me, Spinster. She vows to only marry for love and she is in love with a Russian prince. Not that she is lacking in proposals, but she has always referred to an absentee Duke of Drummond, as her true love to avoid awkwardness. But, the real Duke of Drummond enters the scene, forcing her into an engagement. Nicholas Staunton, the Duke of Drummond, aka. Lord
Dec 26, 2010 Mallorie rated it liked it
I just finished reading this book, and I'm hesitant to give it three stars, but I feel two is just too low. When I bought it, I hadn't realized it was in a series, and that I had already read the first one -- When Harry Met Sally. If I would have realized this before purchasing it, chances are I wouldn't have bought the book. It just frustrated me, plain and simple.

I think the summary of the book sounds interesting, and I definitely thought this book would be a fun read, but I found it dull and
Dec 13, 2010 Donna rated it it was ok
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Jan 23, 2011 Virginia rated it it was ok
This novel started out so promising. Fun, intrigue, spies! But it quickly devolved into sorry cliches, obvious twists and the dialog seemed too modern. I just couldn't imagine men and women in the Regency era speaking so blatantly about sex to each other. (They might've - I certainly wasn't there!)

I'm just really sick of having a woman "choose" between the obvious jerk and the hero. It's dumb. It would've been far more interesting to have both men be good catches, but she really only has chemis
Jan 01, 2011 ChloeLeeNH rated it really liked it
I had fun with this book. Just like her first. Not a lot of thought needed, just a little mystery, two people that like each other while saying they don't and some sexy scenes too. I didn't overthink this one at all and that is OK :). Read it for the fun of it!!
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (yes quite a mouthful), is the 2nd book in the Impossible Bachelors series. I really loved the first installment and I was very excited to start this one. I read Dukes to the left of Me (for short) very fast. It was a pleasure to read from start to end even if I'm not 100% happy with aspects of the plot. But once again, Kieran portrays great characters you can't help but love.

Lady Poppy has become a mast
Mandi Schreiner
Dec 13, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
In a very comical scene, the proud “almost spinster” Poppy who has rejected countless suitors, gets a marriage proposal from a Duke who she thought didn’t exist. Because she thought he didn’t exist, she used him as an excuse to decline all of her past marriage offers.

Nicholas, aka the Duke of Drummond, works for the British Secret Service, and now that Prinny has declared him an Impossible Bachelor, his name will be plastered all over England. Needing to keep a low profile for his job, he needs
Mar 31, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Nicholas is currently an agent for the British 'Service', unfortunately, he also recently got landed with the title of Duke of Drummond. Which means that he now must get married (a Duke is high in demand for marriage minded mothers and would bring too much attention to him as a Service Agent). Of course this is the worst case scenario for Nicholas, he thoroughly enjoys his bachelorhood and loathes the requirement of marriage that lies ahead of him.

Poppy has been pining after the Prince of Russi
Jan 14, 2011 Bird rated it it was ok
The first book in the series was laugh-out-loud funny for me. This one? Not so much. Instead of seeming endearing and quirky, the characters and the plot came off as annoying and implausible. The plot was as ridiculous as it was in the first one (Poppy makes up a fake suitor to fend off other men, until, ta-da!, fake suitor turns out to be real). And because he needs to take a wife, he just blindly decides to marry this seemingly-crazy woman? Uh, right. I liked Harry and Molly so much, that I wa ...more
Dec 17, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
This is Kieran Kramers second book in the Impossible Bachelors series and I thoroughly enjoyed it! If you are in the mood for a light, funny, laugh at loud romance with a delightful, spirited heroine and a dashing, spy hero this is the book for you. We get reacquainted with the second of four Impossible Bachelors, the Duke of Drummond, Nicholas Staunton (though he was know as Lord Maxwell I believe in the first book) who needs to marry to stay a member of the Service. Now, Lady Poppy Smith-Barne ...more
Book Review Diva
Jan 11, 2012 Book Review Diva rated it it was amazing
“Dukes To the Left Of Me, Princes To The Right” by Kieran Kramer

Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes is looking for adventure and true love. She has made a promise to herself and to the spinster club, that she belongs to, that she will only marry for true love and nothing less. Lady Poppy has turned down repeated proposals from good men, because she does not love these men. She has also told a white lie, well at least she thought it was a white lie. You see, Poppy thinks that the Duke of Drummond does not ex
Deborah Vespo
Apr 15, 2013 Deborah Vespo rated it it was amazing
Love this author! She's so wonderful that I went to the library and grabbed her whole collection! Poppy is a wonderful, funny, strong, and very likable character. She is lucky enough in life to be the only daughter to a very wealthy man. She is surrounded by suitable suitors and the marriage proposals abound. She however, unknown to her father and the rest of society, is part of a very small club of her and her closest friends, that have made a promise to one another that they will forever remai ...more
Shan ~ A ~
Jan 25, 2012 Shan ~ A ~ rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Kieran Kramer. I am saying this after reading only 2 of her books, but she leaves me with such a good feeling when I am done. This is of course book 2 in the Impossible Bachelors series and it did not disappoint. I love that fact that the hero and heroines that she right are so perfect for one another and she always has me laughing out loud. At the end I finish the book and always wonder what is going to happen to every one else. The reason I say that is because all of the char ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
DUKES TO THE LEFT OF ME, PRINCES TO THE RIGHT is a sweet and sexy historical romance with a bit of adventure thrown in. I love Kieran Kramer's writing style. It is light, fluffy, and fun. The characters in this story are fun and very well written. I really liked the premise of the relationship between Poppy and Nick. After telling numerous suitors that she was in love with the Duke of Drummond it was very funny to "see" her face to face with the man himself. The secondary characters - especially ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
The first 100 pages were the best, those had me giggling. Later on it was also good, just not as funny. It started to take itself too seriously then. I have never really been overly fond of historical spy novels, sure I can enjoy them but they always feel too fake.

Poppy is a spinster and is so old as 21, omg, horrid (and here I just got used to older heroines where that seems more normal.) Anyway, Poppy wants to marry only for true love and she is in love with a Russian prince.

Nicholas is a spy
Mar 03, 2011 Gail rated it liked it
I found this book slightly more plausible than Kramer's first book, and just as enjoyable. The heroine developed a crush on a Russian prince when she was 15, and has been holding out for him ever since, fending suitors off with a made-up duke. She's in England now, quite a bit older, and the prince has come to England with his sister. They've brought a painting to view. The hero has just inherited a rather obscure title, and his boss insists it's time for him to marry. The heroine. Her dad is ti ...more
Jan 09, 2011 May rated it it was amazing
Holy wow. I give very few 5 star ratings, but this deserves it.

In this tale a young lady who's been turning down proposals due to her love of a pretend duke finds herself face to face with- and engaged to- that very man.

Fabulous characters that sparkle, shine, and have you rooting for them. A refreshing look at "spinsterhood" and women who are independent and strong. Spies and clandestine missions. Plot twists and turns I never saw coming. Oh and plenty of great dialogue and memorable moments.
Dec 12, 2010 Steffi rated it really liked it
A light funny read.
I especially loved hilarious, adventurous and headstrong Poppy. She is a lot of fun and makes the book a great one. Lord Maxwell/Duke of Drummond was kind of different than I would have expected him to be from "When Harry met Molly". In the first book of the series he actually appeared to be a kind of brooding, arrogant man. But not so in "Dukes to the left of Me, Princess to the Right". I really enjoyed the book, but don't go expecting it to be a steamy one, like wHmM. It foc
Kimberly Kincaid
I loved everything about this book! The characters were witty and fresh, the plot was flawlessly layered, and both Poppy and Nicholas's personal journeys were poignant and wonderful. Add Kieran Kramer's charming, lighthearted voice to the mix, and you've got a complete keeper.

The next book in the series, and all of Kramer's books that come after, are a total auto-buy for me. Bravo!
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Nov 06, 2015 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
While I liked Poppy (she didn't take any shit from anyone), I didn't like Nicholas as much. I really hated the 2nd chapter that had him in bed with someone that was not the heroine. Then, that person had to be a reoccurring character that was horrible (of course she was).
A highlight for me was Boris and the pendant. Poop patrol!
Lucy Sisk
Oct 31, 2016 Lucy Sisk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kdybych věděla, že vyjde další kniha, neváhala bych a rovnou si ji dala do Košíku na Jenom by to muselo být až po prosinci, protože jsem se zařekla, že si další knihy tenhle rok už neobjednám. Hm… Slovní přestřelka Poppy a Nicholase si musí každý oblíbit. S těmi dvěma se nikdo nudit nebude, protože sledovat dva sejné lidi, jak tvrdí opak, je k popukání.
(originally posted on The Librarian Next Door)

A new Regency romance series by author Kieran Kramer pits four “Impossible Bachelors” against each in a hilarious race to avoid the alter.

In Book Two, Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right, Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes has no intention of ever getting married. She’s quite happy to remain a Spinster, thank you very much. But gentlemen continue to insist upon proposing to her, so she invents a fake fiance, the Duke of Drummond, to ward off unwanted
Jan 15, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
DUKES TO THE LEFT OF ME,PRINCES TO THE RIGHT by Kieran Kramer is delightful
historical romance set in Regency London. It is the second in "The Impossible Bachelors" series,(Book One "When Harry Met Molly") but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with details,depth,fast paced and a page turner. It has romance, passion,sweet sensuality,humor,wit,spy, a fun heroine,a sexy hero,secrets,adventure,family secrets,and following your heart. The hero, Nicholas, is handsome,sexy, one of the Im
This is the second book in Kieran Kramer's Impossible Bachelor Series. Most books tend to use a characters title more then their name and I got confused on this one and had to go back to Harry and Molly's book which is Impossible Bachelors #1. The back cover blurb lists the Heroine as Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes and the Hero as Nicholas Staunton but no mention of a Title. Then early in the book it discusses the Duke of Drummond. Harry is Lord Traemore and his three best friends are Lord Maxwell, Cap ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Bunga rated it liked it
Ceritanya agak nyeleneh, dalam artian yang positif tapi. Humornya dapet, biarpun ga sampe bikin ngakak kaya Lyndsay Sands. Chemystry juga dapat, meski saya belum begitu geregetan membacanya.

Menceritakan tentang Poppy, gadis cantik anak duda kaya (bangsawan & politikus pula) yang bertekad jadi spinster ketimbang harus menikah tanpa cinta. Poppy ini punya first love seorang pangeran Rusia bernama Sergei, dan diam-diam Poppy pengen nikah sama Sergei. Nah, karena Poppy banyak yang melamar dan t
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“Dukes To the Left Of Me, Princes To The Right” by Kieran Kramer

Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes is looking for adventure and true love. She has made a promise to herself and to the spinster club, that she belongs to, that she will only marry for true love and nothing less. Lady Poppy has turned down repeated proposals from good men, because she does not love these men. She has also told a white lie, well at least she thought it was a white lie. You see, Poppy thinks that the Duke of Drummond does not ex
Aug 17, 2014 Elsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, the only reason I even read this second book in the series was because I got the first one, When Harry Met Molly, and this one at the same time. I'd heard such amazing reviews on the first one, that I was SURE I'd like it. Book One fell a little short for me though, the story was just too ridiculous for me to stomach completely. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this one MUCH more.

Poppy is determined to marry ONLY for love. She is even part of a Spinster Club with her two best friends an
Review by Rita Jett for Romance Novel News

To discourage suitors, Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes claims a longstanding engagement with a faux fiancé, the Duke of Drummond. So what happens when the imaginary duke turns up at a ball to claim his bride?

Spy extraordinaire, Nicholas Staunton is the newly named Duke of Drummond. His latest mission requires the utmost discretion. Marriage is the best option to maintain his cover and Poppy’s ready-made engagement proves quite convenient.

Poppy is actually pinin
Jan 29, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This fun, lighthearted Regency romance features two adventuresome protagonists caught up in spying, a fake betrothal, and petulant Russian royals. Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes has fended off proposals by inventing a fiancé, the Duke of Drummond. Unfortunately, the Duke is real and ready to make their imaginary romance a reality. The Duke, Nicholas Stauton, needs a wife as a cover for his spy career, but he wasn't expecting a spitfire determined to throw him over for a Russian prince. When the two tea ...more
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  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To #2)
  • A Winter Scandal (Legend of St. Dwynwen, #1)
  • Till Dawn with the Devil (Lords of Vice, #2)
  • Never Trust a Rogue (Heiress in London, #2)
  • Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed (The Byrons of Braebourne, #4)
  • Three Nights with a Scoundrel (Stud Club, #3)
  • Tempting the Marquess (Weston, #2)
  • Every Scandalous Secret (Scandalous Lady, #3)
  • One Week As Lovers (Somerhart, #3)
  • One Night Scandal (The Spinster Club, #5)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2)
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues, #1)
  • Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer currently writes fun contemporary romance for St. Martin’s Press. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up–in the Lowcountry of South Carolina–with her family. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at She also l ...more
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