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Nothing Like a Duke (The Duke's Sons #4)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  302 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
A Georgette Heyer-esque tale of high society in the glittering Regency

Lord Robert Gresham has given up all hope that the beautiful Flora Jennings will ever take him seriously. He heads to an exclusive country house party to forget about Flora, but his plans are thwarted when she suddenly arrives.

Their attraction flares, but their romance becomes complicated when the sinist
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jun 04, 2017 is currently reading it
Shelves: dnf, on-hold-for-now
How I tried to get into this book, but it was a snooze fest that is literally putting me to sleep,DNF.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Review For: 'Nothing Like a Duke' by Jane Ashford 'Nothing Like a Duke' by Jane Ashford is book four in "The Duke's Sons" series. This is the story of Robert and Flora. Robert has agreed to attend a house party and is headed there when his carriage has an accident. Then he arrives to find that Flora is there who he thought to avoid. Robert tries to not take notice of Flora but it his hard for him to ignore the bluestocking. But Flora and Robert can't be discouraged for long. This was anothe ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars?

I liked Flora and Robert. They had excellent chemistry and their banter was feisty and intelligent. Sadly, we didn't get a lot of scenes with the two of them together and that's where I started to get bored. There are sooooooo many characters in this story and most of them were bland. Flora and Robert definitely stand out. I'm not sure what was going on with the dog...

Plot wise, I was expecting a lot of threads to follow, yet there weren't that many. It seemed like certain characters w
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nothing Like the Duke is poorly written and lacks structure. The segues from scene to scene were clunky and two of the plot devices were totally unnecessary. The story which takes place at a house party in Northumberland would have moved along splendidly without the cartoonish dog and pedestrian villains. Robert and Flora have enough issues to deal with just navigating through their own relationship obstacles amongst the drama of a tonnish house party to make it interesting. The whole set-up is ...more
Joann Maggio
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing Like a Duke ⭐⭐⭐ written by Jane Ashford

This was a rather mundane attempt at a historical romance.
A bored aristocrat, Lord Robert Gresham, ripe for marriage but still hesitating. He is apparently enamored with a bluestocking Flora Jennings but tries to ignore the attraction. He escapes to the country for the longest party I have ever read about only to find Flora a guest as well.

It seems the root of their attraction is that they constantly disagree. Their bickering really wears thin. The
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pub date: May 2017
3.5 An old-fashioned romance with a feminist bent, I liked the way Flora wanted to handle everything herself in an age that discouraged females from being their own persons. And how I wanted more of Plato the dog!
Eileen Dandashi
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Plato is much the stealth and steals the show! Simply a delightful read!

Author Ashford knows how to engage a reader.  First with action and danger, then humor.

I loved the relationship which ensnared Lord Robert Gresham.  He could speak his mind and be listened to. When he wanted to go somewhere, his wishes were complied with.  Dare he say those brown eyes held intelligence and understanding, knowing just how he felt?  In fact, this relationship of Lord Robert’s set the tone of the story, providi
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Romantic Historicals

I’m very much in the middle on Nothing Like A Duke. I liked it while I was reading it, yet when I think back on it the most memorable character for me was the rescued pup, Plato. So, yeah. I didn’t hate it nor did I love it so let’s say I enjoyed myself while reading it but it won’t, unfortunately, stay with me enough to want a re-read down the road. To be fair, a 3 star review does, to me, indicate a good book, it simply wasn’t a memorable one. The Duke’s Sons s
Angel Hatfield
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Robert’s carriage hit a rut and broke the axel. One if his carriage men took one of the horses to go back to the farm they had passed and he knew what the man brought back would probably be very crude but they were only about ten miles from their destination. Robert had never been this far north before but his friends had asked to come to their party and he had said yes so he would go. So he made this long hard journey to them. Robert got out to help his men and when under some shrubbery to avoi ...more
Roses R Blue
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Flora Jennings is a scholarly type of lady who has no use for society. Her mother was ostracized when she married Flora's father, and retreated to live a quiet life. She made a point of drumming into Flora how much being snubbed hurt, and Flora learned the lesson well. Despite all her misgivings, she has been persuaded to attend a houseparty with her friend, Harriet, and is dismayed to find Robert Gresham in attendance as well. Flora and Rober
Caitlyn Lynch
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do you solve a problem like Flora?

Like Maria in The Sound Of Music, Flora is ill-suited to the life she has to lead. She's an educated, intelligent, independent-minded woman living in an era when women were often considered to be nothing more than property, and at best young unmarried women were supposed to be prettily ornamental and do as they were told.

Flora, however, gets lucky. She has managed to find a man who appreciates her for everything she is, and doesn't want her to change into so
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Regency romance devotees.
A house party in the country brings together Lord Robert Gresham and Flora Jennings, once again. This is the fourth book in the series, and the first one I've read. I had no problem understanding what came before. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

A nice, light Regency. There's nothing ground breaking in this book, but the "good" characters are likable and the "bad" characters are despicable. I fell in love with Lord Gresham immediately. How can you not love a man who takes pity on and resc
A most unusual story with some very interesting scenes. The reader will enjoy this story and how the author introduces some fun games played back in the era this book is written about.

The theme throughout this book gives the reader a clear sense of the era involved and how house parties functioned. I found it entertaining with all the hidden agendas this book had and how they were resolved was priceless.

Flora's courage to go to this party that she clearly wanted to avoid comes across the page in
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Robert Gresham and Flora Jennings 3.5 stars
This is my first book by Jane Ashford and it was a good story. Having won the book I decided to try coming into the series at such a late start and go from there knowing I may be coming in midstream. I looked to me that Robert and Flora had spent a great deal of time together while in London and are now attending a house party up north. He feels she argues a great deal with him and I think she feels they have a good connection and hopes it can continue
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lord Robert Gresham was intrigued by the intelligence of Miss Flora Jennings. When she arrives at a country house party, Robert comes up to her and reminds her that the fellow guests are the ones she had scorned as mindless simpletons. Flora and Robert might argue about various academic points but they were of the same mind and loved each other. Flora had to go up against Lady Victoria Moreton, who was determined to marry Robert and Flora was determined that she not. Robert wanted to marry Flora ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth in a series about the six sons of a duke in Regency England, and their respective romance stories. In this instance, Lord Robert Gresham is on his way to a long stay at a house party, hoping it will distract him as he tries to get over the intelligent but stubborn Flora Jennings. Of course, who should he see as soon as he arrives?

The chemistry between these two pops and sizzles, and the romantic tension is palpable. Flora is a strong feminine character, ahead of her time wi
Ginny Lurcock
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
While sorting out my Netgalley backlog I stumbled across the note that I'd read this already. A fact I'd totally forgotten because the title was *that* memorable. Really, the only high point is the dog rescued by the Nothing Like a Duke son of ... yeah, I lost the urge to be witty. Already. I'm yawning just trying to come up with something.

So while I don't really remember anything problematic about the book, the only good thing I have to say is that the nearly prophetic dog was pretty cool. A g
Really more like 2.5 stars.

I had a hard time figuring out what the purpose of this book was. H and h fall in love early on so there isn't much conflict there. There is the obligatory sex scene which only takes a couple of paragraphs and added nothing to the story. I had the feeling it was only in there because the author felt she had to throw it in just to have a sex scene. There is a villain who is summarily dealt with by the heroine. And the H and h live happily ever after. Georgette Heyer th
Mary Susan
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice change from the standard formula but it was a bit confusing to jump into the 4th book (unknowingly) but not too much. Good characters, and when things good steamy they were good until they got glossed over and left me wanting. It was really nice to have the couple more or less on the same page, united against another party for most of the book, rather than the classic back and forth of fights, intentions, and misunderstandings.
Lucie Paris
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hmm...Got bored!

Wanted to enjoy a light romance to change my mind, unfortunatelly the more I was turning the pages, the less I was entering into the story. Too many characters that have distracted me from the main duo.
Too little interractions between Robert and Flora. An when finally, they are together, they are arguing. Sounds too much like reality to me :)

Not the lovely break I was hoping for. Dissapointed.

Danielle Urban
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nothing Like a Duke by Jane Ashford is a hilarious yet romantic historical read. I loved the main characters. Their arguements were amusing. The sparks that flew between was fun to follow as the clever plot unfolded. Fast-paced, exciting, and one that will keep readers constantly on their toes. I didn't know what to expect next. From a woman trying for a Duke's attention when his heart is set on another to...a cheater found at the card table. Then, more danger is soon discovered. The unique part ...more
Kathy Bunbury
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting house party and a blossoming romance.

Another interesting look inside this family of colorful sons of the Duke and Duchess. This book was more cerebral than the other, but just as enjoyable. The most interesting character by far was little Plato and my only criticism is that he wasn't included in the HEA... unless he is to appear in subsequent books in the series...
Amy Burke
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
What I liked about this book was that Flora and Robert began already in love. This isn't the usual guy seducing girl. The two romantic leads begin the novel already "in love" with one another. This is a story of Flora trying to fit into Robert's world and what she does to keep the love she already has.
I wanted to like this more, but I felt too much happened before and off screen. A complicated villain and back story that could have been much better if it had all been more of part of the action of the book itself. Still, you have to read it all the way through when you read the series because everything of the Dukes sons is woven together.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down. I haven't read the rest of the series (but will now) so nit sure if there's a carryover but liked that we got both the H and h POV and knew there was something from the beginning
Kim Power
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Witty, engaging, well written, terrific characters. What more needs to be said. I read this book out of sequence and it can stand alone, but given the stories focus on one family, I think it preferable to read them in sequence.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I’m a few chapters in and it’s all about the quashing down of the intellect of a woman and how pleased her love interest is about that. Gross.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
A star off for the ridiculous ending.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book until approximately 2/3 the way through. Then it became a chore to finish it. The characters lost their pizzazz and I felt the book become became insipid.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
another one of her books that I found hard to put down
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 14, 2017 01:42PM  
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA. Today, she is somewhat nomadic.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been pu
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Other books in the series

The Duke's Sons (5 books)
  • Heir to the Duke (The Duke's Sons, #1)
  • What the Duke Doesn't Know (The Duke's Sons #2)
  • Lord Sebastian's Secret (The Duke's Sons, #3)
  • The Duke Knows Best (The Duke's Sons, #5)