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All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke

(Season's Original #0.5)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  541 ratings  ·  89 reviews
The holidays are a time for dining, dancing, and of course—dukes! Celebrate the Christmas season with this enchanting collection of historical romances featuring the most eligible bachelors of the ton…

A childish prank may have reunited the Duke of Hollingsworth with his estranged wife, but only the magic of Christmas will show this couple ’tis the season of second chances…
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Avon Impulse
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
The Duke&Duchess Trap - Valerie Bowman. -3 Stars
Basically a historical version of the movie 'Parent Trap'

Sophie and the Duke - Tiffany Clare -3 Stars
'Cinderella' redone historically. Reunion-romance between childhood friends.

The Duke's Christmas Wish - Vivienne Lorret 4.75 stars
The Best one so far ! A re-write of Princess and the Frog with an adorable blue stocking couple. Loved them x

One Magic Season-Ashlyn Macnamara 2.5 stars
Lacks content comparatively.Nothing very memorable.
Milica's Bookshelf
The Duke&Duchess Trap - Valerie Bowman. -3 Stars
Sophie and the Duke - Tiffany Clare -4 Stars
The Duke's Christmas Wish - Vivienne Lorret 4.5 stars
One Magic Season-Ashlyn Macnamara 2.5 stars
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What these novellas all have in common are Dukes and Christmastime.

The Duke and the Duchess Trap
Valerie Bowman

The title give a clue to the plot of this story. It's a "Parent Trap" retelling. Two estranged spouses and their matchmaking twins who meet for the first time at school will have a second chance at being a family. Loved the idea but a little difficult to believe in the fast reconciliation.

Sophie and the Duke
Tiffany Clare

This one had Cendrillon elements (like the mean stepmother and s
If I was just rating The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret, I’d give it 4-stars easily as it was my kind of catnip. The story revolved around a starchy, science-minded hero who invents a mathematical matchmaking system for the ton and whose experiment quickly goes awry when the brilliant, yet wholly unsuitable according to his theory, heroine appears on the scene and steals his heart. Chaos in the form of broken elevators, clandestine hand touches, kisses against bookshelves and an errant ...more
Valerie Bowman
Dec 03, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The Duke and Duchess Trap!
Lisa Filipe
What a wonderful, lighthearted read! Will leave you smiling!

I have to say, if you are a reader of my blog, you know that I don't read a lot of historical's (usually limited to Lisa Kleypas and now Vivienne Lorret), but I saw this one was four novellas, and those are usually quick reads, so I gave this one a shot...and I am so so glad I did!!

I have to say, I truly enjoyed all of the four titles, they were creative, festive, and just the perfect mix of sexy and romantic! I did thoroughly enjoy Val
Averaged out to 3.5 stars

Some of the stories were much stronger than others but my overwhelming problem was that they were all too short! By the time the action has put the main characters together and the story picks up some momentum (and we get a quickly sex scene) all the problems are resolved within a few pages and we get “The End.”

There are two really great stories in this group that are crying out to be expanded into a full length story, or at least a longer novella.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars Overall

The Duke and Duchess Trap - Valerie Bowman - 2.5 stars
An HR take on The Parent Trap.

Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare - 2.5 stars
The first story I have read by the author. Enjoyable, and I may pick up more from her.

The Duke's Christmas Wish - Vivienne Lorret - 5 Stars
This is the best part of this collection - it is also included in A Christmas to Remember which is a better buy IMO
Loved it so much.
This is what a novella should be like - complete, not rushed!
The characters an
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly, this was a 3 star anthology. I just wanted to see if the overall rating would change if I gave it 4 stars lol

Edit: It did
Okay, so I only read this for Vivienne Lorret's novella because I read the first book in her The Season's Original series before this, and it left me with the feeling that I was missing some things. Overall:

The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman: 2 stars
Basically a regency Parent Trap version, down to some lines directly from the second Disney adaptation with Lindsay Lohan. Meh. The only thing I liked was that (view spoiler)
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I was underwhelmed.

The Valerie Bowman is a Parent Trap retelling. It's fun and fluffy, but it's also slight, and I'm not sure it adds anything to the original story.

The Tiffany Clare is... baffling. I'm going to proceed to spoil the plot as I explain why, so if you don't want to be spoiled, skip the rest of this paragraph. Essentially, an impoverished gentlewoman is at her wicked stepmother's mercy (it's unclear how this is the case). Stepmother is trying to catch the Duke for token wicked ste
Michelle Rupe
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute, fun, and low angst anthology all set during the Christmas season. Just what I needed. Valerie Bowman's was my favorite. It was a historical version of the parent trap.

Three of these are second chance romance (so if you don't like that trope this anthology may not be for you).
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
3.5 stars overall. Some I liked more than others.
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman

I am sure this has been said more than one time but let be just say it again. This read is a blatant reminder of the movie 'The Parent Trap'. Right down to the twin daughters. The separation. The lingering love. The why you did not come after me. It was all there but in Regency style romance. This was a delightful read.

Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare

I felt a few different things here. The early childhood bond between Sophie and shall I say it 'HER
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Normally I’m pretty cynical about Christmas. I’m not a practicing Christian, and I’ve worked in either retail or logistics long enough that the commercialism and chaos that precedes the holiday season exhausts me (I once worked till 2 a.m. so a shipment of children’s bedsheets that were on sale would hit the store in time for Black Friday–then slept for four hours and went back into work).

This year, though, I’m clinging to anything happy and festive, des
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable Christmas anthology.

Valerie Bowman's story was a take on the movie "The Parent Trap". Since I grew up watching Hayley Mills' movies I loved it!

Tiffany Clare's story was a Cinderella tale. I liked it a lot but wondered, since the heroine was a Lady, why her father had never set aside a dowry for her when he remarried.

Vivian Lorrett's Duke was an inventor and sure he had a formula for making matches with no emotions. That worked until he fell in love. This was fun.

Everything I wanted! 4.5 stars for this anthology. A welcome addition to any lover of Christmas-themed period romances library's. And very re-readable!
My ratings individually:
The Duke and Duchess Trap, Valerie Bowman 4 delightful stars
Sophie and The Duke, Tiffany Clare 4.5 reconnection stars. Loved Sophie!
The Duke's Christmas Wish, Vivienne Lorret 5 perfect romance chemistry stars. So much that I one-clicked the three novels in the series Season's Originals!
One Magic Season, Ashlyn Macnamara 4 s
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The first novella is “The Duke and Duchess Trap” by Valerie Bowman — 2.0

I was disgusted and disappointed with the hero. 

(Slight spoiler alert and rant)

I hate when the hero professes to have always loved a women, most especially one his married to, but has “meaningless” affairs during their separation even though the heroine has not (not that I would like that either). If I am to believe that the love means something, then the affairs — sex with another person — is NOT meaningless to me.  If the
Dec 12, 2021 rated it liked it
The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman -Parent Trap Remake. Like exactly. 3 stars

Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare- Cinderella retelling. 4 stars
An open invitation goes out to all of London for a Christmas ball, announcing that the duke is looking for a bride. Sophie and the duke were childhood friends, but hadn’t seen each other in 15 years after he went off to school. His dad passed away a year ago and left directions that he has a week to find a wife or he won’t get the rest of the
As a collection, this was overall a 3.

First two novellas were two stars. Third was 4 stars, because it made me want to reread. The last was very unsatisfying and had no plot.

So it averages out to about 3 stars. Overall a good read.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To begin with I thought this anthology, as well as having a Christmas theme, had a theme of taking a classic movie/story and giving it a regency twist. The first two stories I believe are based on The Parent Trap, and Cinderella. Neither fully follow the plots of those stories, so still manage to be original and a pleasure to read.
The latter 2 stories though don't follow that regency twist theme, so that put pay to my original idea. Either way, the anthology is a real delight to read.

The Duke a
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday-reads
Overall a joyful collection filled with a surprising variety of circumstances. I did find it funny when in "One Magic Season" the heroine, Patience, reflects on just how many Dukes there were. As any romance reader knows there's an infinite number of young, virile, attractive Dukes out there just WAITING to be swept off their feet. ...more
Andrea Guy
I have always been a sucker for Christmas Historical compilations. This book is absolutely fabulous. Usually there's a week story in the bunch, but not here.

Of the four novellas included in this book I loved The Duke and Duchess Trap. You can guess by the title that it is a twist on The Parent Trap. It is done so beautifully well. The children were perfect. I just love Gena and Evie and their pranks.

Like The Parent Trap each parent has custody of one twin and the children don't know about each
Jenny Koch
The Duke and Duchess Trap:
At the start when I realized this was basically The Parent Trap, Regency version, I was SO FREAKING EXCITED. In the end, I didn't quite care enough about the couple to really fall into the story though.

Sophie & the Duke:
A Cinderella type story. It's not holding my attention. I think I'm done with the entire anthology.

Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this anthology. The first story is a clever historical romance take on "The Parent Trap". The second is a pseudo "Cinderella". The third is a "Frog Prince" story. The fourth is a lovely lesson in "Second Chances".

I liked the characters in all of the stories and most were very fast paced. It was a very lovely Christmas read.
Sandra Aaron
This is an OK set of novellas, but they were all too short to have as much character development as I like. For that reason, I usually prefer full-length novels. My rating for the set is 3 stars.

The Duke and Duchess Trap, by Valerie Bowman -- 3 stars. This was a cute story of twin sisters who conspired to get their estranged parents back together. It really did seem like a historical version of the movie "The Parent Trap", so I didn't think the idea was very original.

Sophie and the Duke, by Tif
Jan 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These four charming and entertaining Christmas timed stories kept me smiling. The first story The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman is in essence a retelling in historical terms of the Parent Trap complete with a set of twins separated and one living with the Duke and the other with the Duchess. School brings them together where they plot if not to get their parents together to at least know their other parent. It was a charming and fun take on the story. The second story Sophie and the Du ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, christmas
Four holiday novellas

The Duke and Duchess Trap - based off "The Parent Trap"; Nathaniel and Elizabeth have been separated for 12 years and each raises 1 of a set of twin daughters. Major problems here. They haven'e seen each other in 12 years? He has cheated, but thinks she had better not have. 12 years? Just no.
3 stars

Sophie and the Duke - The duke of Helmsworth is having a masquerade ball to find a wife at the bequest of his father's will. Sophie is his childhood best friend, but they haven't
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk-food
Romance novellas always run risks in my view — especially if the author's committed to working in a sex scene. Most of the time, I find the compressed pacing leaves the story feeling more like erotica with just enough narrative to pass as a story, rather than a fleshed-out romance that also includes sex.

For various reasons, Vivienne Lorret's is by far the strongest and mostly fully realized of these four stories. The first two riff off a movie and fairy tale, respectively, with varying success.
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Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books h

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