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The Duchess of Love

(Duchess of Love #0.5)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,148 ratings  ·  195 reviews
A Duke In Disguise. . .

The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It's not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe's lands. And Venus Collingswood didn't want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister's betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving
Kindle Edition, 106 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Zebra (first published 2012)
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4 stars Historical Romance Novella

Cute, winsome story! This is the first I've read by this author and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Bedding Lord Ned (Duchess of Love, #1) by Sally MacKenzie

And I might give the author's Naked Nobility series a try at some point as well.

Note: According to the author's website, this prequel novella will be included in the print version of the first book, Bedding Lord Ned.

Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a short, fun, sweet novella that I really enjoyed. Venus Collingswood decides to go for a dip in her neighbors lake one last time before the new owners arrive in a few days. Besides, her dog is having fun in the water and it is blasted hot out. Just as she is about to dive in, she slips and is grabbed up by some very strong arms....male arms of a man just as unclothed as she is. Quite a fun interaction occurs and even though the man identifies himself as the new duke, Venus thinks he is ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Although this is a prequel to Bedding Lord Ned showing us how the Duchess of Love, matchmaker extradonnaire, the hero's mother and the Duke met and fell in love. I would recommend reading this after having read Bedding Lord Ned, or atleast I liked reading this knowing what is going to happen in the future and seeing them just as in love as they are when the novella ends, it made the romance that did seem a little bit rushed (it was love at first sight) seem more viable.

It is hard to judge it
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
review first posted on Demon Lover's Books & More


You can read this either before or after Bedding Lord Ned and Surprising Lord Jack, but its more fun to read it after Bedding Lord Ned just because it gives you a glimpse into the Duke and Duchess before they had children.

Here we see Venus, who will later become known as the Duchess of Love, trying to pull her sister out of her books and towards some eligible men. Living in a small town, and being daughters of a vicar arent really
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
Oh, this was a cute one! I can't wait to read the next one. :)
Kaycee ❤️

This is a quick prequel novella to the Duchess of Love Series. And it's actually my first taste of the author's writing, but it most certainly will not be the last because I enjoyed this books so much even though it wasn't totally what I was expecting. It's delightful, sexy, humorous, entertaining. Just an all around fun read. And for a short story, the character development was beautifully done. So yes, I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on Always a Booklover

Note: This is just gonna be a really short review. I simply have way too many reviews to write and not enough time

The Duchess of Love was a very fun read. I did wish it hadnt been a novella though, there was a lot of scope for the plot development. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading it. When I first saw the blurb, I just knew I had to read it. It seemed like everything I would enjoy. I mean, mistaken identity, headstrong heroine, whats not to
I got a flash of the image from the classic BBC Pride and Prejudice moment when Mr. Darcy dives into the pond at Pemberly when Drew (Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe) jumps in the water to save Venus Collingswood when he thinks she is drowning.
Of course they're both in their birthday suits (aka butt naked!) what else would you expect from the author that wrote the Naked Nobles series like Sally MacKenzie Bundle: The Naked Earl, the Naked Gentleman, the Naked Marquis, the Naked Baron, the
Vikki Vaught
Great novella, just a little short for any true depth of characters. I loved the plot and the characters, just would have liked more development. Happy reading!
I have to say I pretty much laughed through this entire story. I'm glad I "met" the Duke and Duchess in Lord Ned's story (Bedding Lord Ned). Having seen how strong their love still is, it was fun to learn how it all began. From their meeting in the pond to the garden party this was lots of fun.

Venus is afflicted with a family of bookworms. Both her parents and her sister think nothing of getting completely lost in their studies. Venus is smart, too, but she's much more of a people person. She
Rosie Comia
A short, cute & humorous, very fun to read historical romance with a case of mistaken identity or mistaken assumption & love at first sight.

The Duke of Greycliffe, Andrew (Drew) Valentine & his cousin, Mr. Nigel Valentine arrived at the former's inherited property Hyndon Hall at Little Huffington where the housekeeper mistook Mr. Valentine (Nigel) as the duke since he is older (28) than Drew who's only 21. Drew took advantage of this mistake since he wanted to experience how it is to
Nov 09, 2012 marked it as dnf
Shelves: reviewed
I should have known.

In general, I don't like historicals where people act like they are in the 21st century but something made me want to try this one out. I shouldn't have bothered. The characters act in such outrageous ways that it really didn't feel like a historical AT ALL (the heroine swimming naked and then telling the hero all about how she wants to hook up her sister with the Duke, etc.)

Also, this novella borrowed the beginning from P&P with a young Mrs. Bennett (yes, MRS.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sammy by: smile
Nice silly Popcorn romance book , the one you can read while waiting , or in travel , very short sweet & funny

Quinn's Book Nook
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-romance
2017 continues to be the year of romance novellas for me (seriously this reading funk is the worst!). As I've been having a difficult time concentrating on full-length novels, novellas have been my go-to. Therefore, I was searching for some new ones when I came across The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie. As this author has been on my radar for awhile, and my library had this one available on Overdrive, I gave it a try. The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie was a cute read, but I think it's ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical, 2017
I really enjoyed reading this novella, I can't wait to get book 1.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was drawn to the general plot, wanting to know how it ends just to satisfy my curiosity. Funny, bold, but not believable. This was more like historians acting in a modern way. Like watching highschool kids in an amateur play, entertaining enough, just not gratifying as a professional Broadway performance. They were kids acting like adults. And making adult decisions.

The writing seemed forced, it was amusing. Yet didn't have that lovely British sarcasm. . . "snarky-charm" I call it. "Snarky"
Lover of Romance
The Duchess of Love is a short novella that was included in the book Bedding Lord Ned. This short story is about Venus and Drew (Ned's Parents) and their love story. I wanted to do a separate review for this one, I found I really liked this one even if it was a bit short, with only being 97 pages. There was a sense of charm and sweet feeling to the story. Venus is well known in her country town as the matchmaker of love. When the Duke of Greycliff comes to town, she decides to try to set him up ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't normally like these short novellas much. But this one was an exception. I enjoyed Drew, the Duke of Greycliffe, as he switched places with his cousin Nigel just to have a little peace. And then Venus, the vicar's daughter, falls in love with him not realizing who he really is.

The story was humorous and touching. A nice, satisfying read.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Kind of cute, but rather simplistic. The speech and mannerisms often do not fit the period.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
An intriguing introduction into the series. I'm interested to read the rest.
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, audible
Nicely done, some heat, humor and historical romance..novella in length...voicing was excellent
Aly is so frigging bored
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
It was a funny novella, the story was not believable but I had a good time reading it :D
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I usually enjoy a good mindless historical romance, but this crossed the line from "mindless" to just "stupid". Pass.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Duchess of Love (A Prequel) by Sally MacKenzie (Audiobook)
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Series: Duchess of Love book 0.5

4 Stars - This was a super short, sweet story. Venus and Drew had a wonderfully fun meet-cute, along with great chemistry. The writing was easy and humourous, which makes me hope the rest of the series will be equally as good. The summary for this story did a good job in drawing me in.

The narrator did a fine job. Had a variety of voices for characters. I would listen to her
Sarah  (sarahandherbookshelves)
Cute Story! I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more as a full length novel so we could have a bit more time to get to know the characters and have the love story build instead of an insta love situation. I would have liked it to be longer so I could have got to know the sisters family better!
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-novels
Short story, cliché and beat-up storyline. You should read it when you don't have anything else to read or when you are taking a break from all the action and thriller type stories and want a short light something to read.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A short but very sweet romance story. 2 men running from marriage minded ladies, and then they find love. It is a good book.
Donna Ciriello
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, audiobook, 2017
Great listen. It was short and cute. No dramatic plot twists, but some LOL dialog.
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Sally MacKenzie decided to become a writer in grade school when she read one of her stories to the class. Her classmates laughed and she was hooked. She sat down immediately to pen her first novel.

Well, not exactly.

The hooked part is right--cursed might be a better description--but the sitting down and writing part came later. Much later.

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“Venus Collingswood ran into the vicarage and flung open the door to the study. As she expected, Papa, Mama, and her older sister, Aphrodite, were all there reading. “Papa,” she said breathlessly, “did you know the Duke of Greycliffe and his cousin are coming to Little Huffington?” “Hmm?” The Reverend Walter Collingswood kept his eyes on his book. Venus turned to her mother. Surely with two unwed daughters, Mama would have heard the news. “Mama, did you know?” Mama turned a page. “Did I know what, dear?” “That the Duke of Greycliffe and his cousin, Mr. Valentine, are coming to visit now that Greycliffe has inherited Hyndon House.” Venus paused before she delivered the most important part. “And neither of them is married.” 0 likes
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