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A Duke in Disguise

(Regency Imposters #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  58 reviews
One reluctant heir

If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs is to discover he’s a duke’s lost heir. Without a family or a proper
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Avon Books
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

He held out a hairpin.
“When did you start carrying those in your pocket?” she asked, recalling that this was not the first time he had produced a timely hairpin. A very faint blush darkened Ash’s cheekbones and Verity felt her lips curl upward in response.
“I find them all over the house,” he said. “You ought to consider what conditions you’re subjecting your ha

Damn it. I was sure I was going to love this one. I loved parts of it. But then there were other parts that were less enjoyable for me.

*spoilers below*

I love that Sebastian included so much real history in the form of the female lead’s brother being involved in some seditious dissent against the British government and aristocracy. But then he was tidily bundled up and sent to America pretty early on and that all sort of disappeared.

I love that the female lead is bisexual and very upfront about h
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR.

Cat Sebastian returns to Regency London for the second instalment of her  Regency Imposters  series, A Duke in Disguise, in which an illustrator and a prickly publisher who have been close friends for a decade have to decide if friendship is really enough, or whether it’s worth risking what they have for the possibility of something more.  It’s a well-written story with a very strong sense of time and place featuring two engaging and complex principals; there’s a nod o
Sam (AMNReader)
"Leave it to Ash to spend a fortnight courting the meanest cat in London." He looked at her, his eyes lit up with amusement, his mouth round with surprise. "He has a type."

The first 20%-30% of this book just clicked with me. I've seen everyone's ratings and was confused during that time thinking "But I LOVE this"...and now I see why they are mediocre.

There's so much Cat Sebastian does right, but in the second installment of the Regency Imposters, tension is missing. Everything ends up feeling
Sep 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mf
It's Cat Sebastian...if anyone can get me to read a "straight up" MF title, she can.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, romance
"Be serious, Plum. There's far too much cheese for you to eat on your own."
"How little you know me," she said mournfully. This was a seduction. She was being seduced with cheese and lewd drawings and she could not be happier about it.

To quote Marie Kondo, "This sparks joy."

Cat Sebastian is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and I was thrilled to receive an early copy of the second installment in the Regency Imposters series. Her books never fail to make me feel warm and fuzzy, and th
BFF to more is one of my favorite things, so I was all over this book + the promise of a new to me author was something I couldn’t ignore.

I loved Verity and Ash. I loved their button pushing and loyalty. I loved her saltiness and his charm. I absolutely loved how they complimented and accepted each other. Verity’s brother Nate was a bit lacking, but I was especially smitten with Amelia and I hope we get more of her.

Plot wise, it didn’t quite go in the direction I was expecting. There was a lot
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I finished this a week or so ago, but unlike my usual habit, I did not immediately write up the review. It took me a few days to figure out why I didn’t want to revisit the book.

I think it’s that I was disappointed.

I expected to love this book. The first book in the series, Unmasked by the Marquess, was filled with light and verve and was just amazeballs. The author had managed to take a genre that has been done to death and took it into an entirely new dir
Amy Aelleah
Aug 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
*snicker/snort* 'Yes, this is an actual M/F romance.' *cough* Definitely hoping that we will still get some LGBT rep.
Elley Murray
Rating 4.5 stars

First off, HOORAY for a neurodivergent MC and a bisexual MC! *throws a party* When Cat Sebastian tweeted something about A Duke in Disguise being her first m/f romance, I was little like "but why?" Not that I don't read all sorts of romances (I do), but Cat does queer romance SO WELL. And if you haven't read the first book in the Regency Imposters series, Unmasked by the Marquess yet, GO DO IT - Robin is a nonbinary MC and the entire book is just AMAAAAZE. But I digress.

I'm a li
Putting this on pause at 30%. I love the concept of having queer MCs in an MF romance. However, I'm having difficulties connecting with the characters.
Aarya Marsden
Link to live tweeting thread:

I said it on twitter and I’ll say it again: A DUKE IN DISGUISE is a more effective manual/recruiting tool for socialism than The Communist Manifesto.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
This is only the second book I've read by Cat Sebastian, but I've already become a fan of her writing. I loved "A Duke in Disguise," a refreshingly different take on historical romance. Verity and Ash were such likeable, well-developed characters and I really appreciated the fact that they managed to stay true to themselves despite the many changes that took place over the course of the story. Not only that, both Ash and Verity were clear on what they wanted and were willing to accept in terms o ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, virgin-hero, england
Ash has never been able to deny Verity Plum anything, so he reluctantly agrees to help her with some scandalous illustrations for a novel she's publishing in an effort to keep her family's publishing company afloat. He's always tried his best to hide his feelings and keep them from developing further since his friendship with Verity and her brother, Nate, is a fragile thing. Ash has been mostly alone his entire life and he can't afford to lose either of them. Besides he knows Verity has made it ...more
What the blurb says this book is about: sekrit identity, Regency porn.
What this book is actually about: emotional labor.

It's... really good. The conflict is real, and the stakes are emotionally very high. And they're all doing their best to be true to themselves and each other. Which means that this was a book I liked very, very much.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ash has a problem: after successfully keeping his fondness and attraction for best friend Verity Plum under control, things have changed. First, she asks him to illustrate an erotic novel and deliver illustrations where the woman looks like she's enjoying herself. Then, he discovers that he's not the illegitimate nobody he was raised to believe, a duke's missing heir. He asks for a month to indulge in what his heart most desires, but will a month of Verity Plum ever be enough?

I loved this book.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-f, romance
A very solid 4 stars. 4.25, even. It didn't tear my heart out (it's not that brand of angst) but this book felt like someone you look up to putting a hand on your shoulder and saying with confidence, "You can do this". In this case "this" is "decide to marry your friend even though you're a radical bookseller and he's suddenly a Duke and you might have to wear bonnets now". And it's GOOD.

Full review--->
Helen Kord
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come later but please know that Cat managed to make me love a book with Duke in the title and as someone who hates dukes in histrom, that's a huge deal
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friends to lovers romance with a wee bit of sedition and Perkin Warbeck slash-fic. What’s not to love?

If you were hoping for a little Pembroke-and-Robin action, they don’t appear as characters here, although Mrs Allenby and Amelia appear as wonderful additions to this story. This narrative is almost parallel to that of Unmasked by the Marquess.

(To the cover designer: Verity would NEVER wear that gown.)
3.5 Stars rounded Up

“A Duke in Disguise” is a second book in Cat Sebastian’s “Regency Imposters” series but it can be read as a standalone. It’s a love story between two friends - a bisexual bookseller and a virgin engraver; a slow burn romance and long time crush that finally came to fruition! And let’s not forget the surly, demonic cat who adopted Ash (and Verity) as her human AND the lewd novel that bridged Ash and Verity’s so-called wooing.

Told alternately from Ash and Verity’s POVs in stea
Norah Gibbons
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. A Duke In Disguise is the second book in Cat Sebastians excellent The Regency Imposters series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I do highly recommend reading the first one Unmasked by the Marquess because I enjoyed that book as well. This is a story of friends to lovers and a missing heir. Verity Plum is an awesome heroine, she is the one everyone turns to and depends upon and she’s grumpy and disgruntle ...more
Lauren K.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll preface this by saying I'm newer to reading romance novels. I've only read a handful and only in the last two years. That being said, this is the third novel I've read by Cat Sebastian and it won't be the last. The characters have their own very distinct personalities and honest to God, I laughed out loud at a couple different parts. It's charming, and tangible and feels appropriately sexy. My only issue is that I run into a Goldilocks situation - I want it to be just right. Since I haven't ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

She is probably my favorite romance heroine ever. She's grumpy, forthright, and wonderful. She thinks deeply and speaks passionately about a woman's place in society and her role in marriage. She's passionate and wonderful and everything I love in a character! Also the best bi rep that I've read. And Ash is the perfect cinnamon roll love interest. He supports her and treats her with respect without losing himself. Love, love, love this book!
Tracy DeNeal
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I love the way that Cat Sebastian infuses her stories with history and creates characters with depth of emotion and true feeling. Ash and Verity were such delightful characters. I enjoyed reading this book immensely.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was just an absolute delight and those who know me can only imagine the unholy shriek I let loose at the Isabella of France mentions.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A glorious romp, with a lot of sweetness that really works.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Kara Jorgensen
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A romance is nothing without its characters and let me say that I absolutely love Ash and Verity. Verity is a spit-fire and Ash is incredibly sweet and even-tempered, which works well to balance them out. Both are driven characters with their own talents and goals, and that fact that their stories go before the text begins makes them seem even more real. Plus, it's rare to have a good friends to lovers that doesn't feel awkward or stilted. As someone who is in a long-term relationship with their ...more
Shivani Seth
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-f-romance
Review en route soon, but I loved this book so much I devoured it in a night.

The wit and back and forth are so evident and I loved the realism of how they deal with getting to their HEA.

My heart.
Jenny Rae Rappaport
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I occasionally review books, especially when they blow me away, and Cat Sebastian’s A DUKE IN DISGUISE fits that description exactly. There’s so much to love about this book—the hero, Ash, is a sensitive, intelligent person; the heroine, Verity, is strong and independent without seeming cliched; and the love story that develops between them is rooted in an incredibly strong friendship.
Ash, who has a seizure disorder, doesn’t remember his early childhood as an orphan, and most of his memories a
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