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No Dukes Allowed

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Who doesn't love a duke?
Find out in this Regency novella trio by Kelly Bowen, Grace Burrowes, and Anna Harrington...

Three ladies share a temporary seaside residence in Brighton to escape the London season's gossip and matchmaking. These women are most assuredly not looking for flirtation--much less love--and they would all agree that dukes are a perishing lot of bother
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Grace Burrowes Publishing
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May 20, 2018 rated it liked it

I'll only review two of the three novellas because I didn't read the first one.

Pursuit of Honor-Kelly Bowen
3 star

Diana thinks her friend Hannah want to hide behind plants at a ball to avoid the Duke of Riddington, the man who wants to marry Diana (for her fortune mostly) but she won't have him, no matter what gossips says. But Hannah doesn't want to be seen by Oliver Graham, Diana's childhood best friend and secret crush, but also the man Hannah is supposed to marry because of an arrangement
Sissy's Romance Book Review
No Dukes Allowed is a great box set with three books by three great authors!
Three widows who didn't have the best marriages are not out to get married again. They are looking for peace and to pursue there own interest. Each story was a quick easy read that you won't want to put down. But with box sets they are always good for a bedtime read or while waiting and for when you need your quick romance fix. In addition, its a great way to find new authors!

Book 1;
Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burro
Barbara Rogers
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iblog
Series: Stand Alone
Publication Date: 5/15/18

What a delightful concept – none of the heroes are titled gentlemen. As a matter of fact, all of them seem to have a distinct dislike, for some or all, of the titled, privileged folks of the ton. Include that three of my favorite authors (Grace Burrowes, Kelly Bowen and Anna Harrington) wrote the stories and you have a keeper. I really do have to congratulate a couple of the authors on the names they chose for their dukes – Riddington (because they wan
In No Dukes Allowed, three widowed duchesses travel together to Brighton hoping to escape the petty gossip and claustrophobia of London. Although each woman has personal reasons for wanting to get away, each quickly realizes the problems that plagued them in Town have followed them to their seaside retreat. Fortunately, true love and plot contrivances are here in abundance, and as the anthology unfolds, each eventually finds her prince charming where they least expected it. The trio of novellas ...more
Kind of a mixed bag. All three stories really depend on lust as the primary motivator rather than a deep love between main characters. Anna Harrington's story probably works best as far as believability (which is saying something as she's my least favorite author out of the trio). The other two were fine but didn't really make me feel the love. ...more
Maria Rose
No Dukes Allowed by Grace Burrowes, Kelly Bowen and Anna Harrington is a delightful collection of novellas set on the seaside in Brighton, with a trio of widowed female friends – Genie, Diana and Belinda- residing together who are fed up with Dukes and find love with other much more worthy gentlemen instead!

For a detailed look at all three novellas, please visit Harlequin Junkie:

A copy of this story was provided by the authors for review.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Read. Three stories that definitely provide an interesting and enjoyable afternoon of escape. 💙📚💙
Laura J.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you like Grace Burrows, you'll like this short story. Genie is a widow; she was married to a Duke who wasn't a bad person, just a bad husband (he ignored her and didn't bother to get to know her). Adam is a self-made man who followed in his father's footsteps as a builder. The antagonist is the son of a Duke. I liked both characters and was rooting for them to get together and find a solution to a blackmail attempt. My issue with some of Ms. Burrows books is that the main characters don't con ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-before-2020
Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burrowes - 4*

Pursuit of Honor by Kelly Bowen - 2*
The Double Duchess by Anna Harrington - DNF
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars, but I'm not feeling generous. 3 ladies (all Dowager Duchesses) share a seaside residence in Brighton. I get the sense the three stories occur roughly concurrently, but you wouldn't know, because said three ladies rarely interact in their own novellas, and the events of their stories are not referenced in the others.

The Kelly Bowen is probably my favourite, with Mr. Morecombe the architect. But it's one heck of a case of insta-love, plus a large helping of a very insidious Duke, follow
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Architect of My Dreams” - Grace Burrowes

Lady Alice is praising her hostess, Eugenia (Genie) the Dowager Duchess of Tindale, age 28, for being able to watch such gorgeous men as they work in constructing a new place across from her home. The newcomer is Adam Morecambe. Lady Alice’s husband has informed her that it will not be a residence but a gentleman’s club called the Blackball Club. It will be a club that is open only to commoners. The noise of the construction is so intense that Genie and A
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three widowed ladies, Eugenia Dowager Duchess of Tindale, Belinda Duchess of Winchester known as the Double Duchess & Diana Thompson retire to Brighton to share Genie’s Godmother’s house, to escape the London season's gossip and matchmaking. These women are most assuredly not looking for flirtation much less love and they would all agree that dukes are a perishing lot of bother anyway.

Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burrowes
Eugenia Dowager Duchess of Tindale lives in an exclusive street in Mayf
vaneeta naik
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a boxset of Three stories written by Grace Burrowes , Kelly Bowen & Anna Harrington. It is about three Friends ( Eugenia , Diana , Belinda ) ..

I read all the stories but the best i loved was the story by Anna Harrington in the collection. So i am writing a Review for " The Double Duchess by Anna Harrington "

This book is on the cooncept of " Second Chance at love " .. This is the story of Belinda Collins, Duchess of Winchester and Maxwell Thorpe.
Belinda and Maxwell were once in love but
Beverly Laude
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a duke? Well, I would say the three ladies in these three novellas! Despite being dowager duchesses, each one chooses another type of man to pursue!

The stories are all entertaining and do a great job in describing the Regency period, with all of its fashion, balls, décor and romance. I love the fact that these women decide what they want and then pursue it. The male love interests are well-developed and likeable and the Dukes that our ladies want to avoid are sufficiently odious
Sally Lake
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice stories

I will admit that I read this book for the Kelly Bowen story, as she is one of my favourite romance writers. The other two were nice enough but not quite to my taste. I would have liked a bit more interconnection between the stories, since the heroines were sharing a house and two of the heroes were friends, that might have given the whole collection more substance. Overall, a pleasant read.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dukes are always a girl’s best... or are they? In this clever book of three novellas dukes are anything but the answer. Each story focuses on one of the trio of dowager duchesses who have traded the Mayfair ballrooms for the Brighton seaside. However there is no escape from a troublesome duke, salacious scandals, and pompous dandys. This was a quick read that left me wanting more.
I received this book from the author at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The Double Duchess by Anna Harrington

I usually like that kind of plot but I didn't enjoyed it as much as A Match Made in Heather, another novella by Anna Harrington.

I would have like both Belinda and Maxwell to talk more about their feelings from the past to really start anew. I liked the ending, when Belinda found a way to stop "the war" over the hospital and the academy.
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Architect of My Dreams, Grace Burrowes
You know, I have never read about an architect in an historical romance and I liked it. I loved Adam’s kind of laid back attitude and Genie’s go-get-them attitude. No holdbacks allowed. Theirs is a sweet romance.

Pursuit of Honor, Kelly Bowen
A heartbreaking story of honor and courage. Whew, I was a little worried that Oliver and Diana would not find their way to each other, but hey, it is a romance and all worked out. A lovely story all around, except for Rid
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"No Dukes Allowed" is a book containing three Regency novellas. I'm choosing to review "Pursuit of Honor" by Kelly Bowen. I enjoyed reading Diana and Oliver's story. One of my favorite parts of the story was how Oliver dealt with the Duke of Riddington. These novellas are a pleasure to read. ...more
Sandi aka Maudley
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hist-rom
Three dukes lose their prospective smart, crafty duchesses to love - hard not to enjoy such a twist.
A trio of historical novellas featuring three widowed women spending the season in Brighton: Eugenia (Genie) Dowager Duchess of Tindale; Belinda Duchess of Winchester (the Double Duchess); and Diana Thompson.

Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burrowes
This book starts in London when Genie's peace is shattered by the noisy building works in the house next door. She confronts the new owner Adam Morecambe in a spirited exchange before heading to Brighton. They meet again by chance in Brighton where Ada
All the stories had a love triangle of sorts including a duke, and common-man (an architect, a nabob, and a career military man respectively), and the widows (two dowager duchesses and one plain Mrs.)

Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burrowes
4/5 My favorite of the three.

Pursuit of Honor by Kelly Bowen
3.5/5 Friends to lovers

The Double Duchess by Anna Harrington
3/5 Second chance
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
Just two favourites here for me. Enjoyable. 3☆
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
In No Dukes Allowed, three couples, actually four, fall in love and two pompous dukes and an arrogant marquess get their deserved and quite amusing comeuppance.

Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burrowes

After an argument with a noisy architect across the street from her residence, Eugenia, Dower Duchess of Tindale, decamps to Brighton to escape her unwanted suitor, an arrogant marquess, and join her friends for a holiday. Geni and Adam Morcambe meet again in Brighton, become friends and fall in lo
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a mixed batch for me. I liked the idea of three loosely connected stories (3 widows stay in the same home in Brighton). Overall I'd say about 3.5 stars.

Architect of My Dreams (Grace Burrowes) - I had some major issues with this one, particularly Genie's character. In the first chapter she's depicted as this diminutive but fierce duchess who has no qualms standing up to a man and inventing creative threats -- as long as he's a man beneath her socially, and that's where I had an issue wit
Lux Lindsay
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three great authors. One superb anthology of second chances. Three sensational widows eschewing all persistent dukes. Their stories intertwined with one another.

Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burrowes. Five stars.
Eugenia 'Genie' Dowager Duchess of Tindale and Architect Adam Morecambe got off on the wrong foot. The incessant construction noise across Genie's Mayfair townhouse deprived her of sleep. Words were exchanged but they reached a compromise of sorts. Their next encounter was in Brighton.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Architect of My Dreams
This is a warm, romantic and sweet story. Adam is charming, unpretentious and irresistible. Genie is sweet, kind and generous. They have a unique and special relationship that leaves you all warm and fuzzy inside. It's a must read story that belongs on your TBR list.

The Pursuit of Happiness
This is an entertaining and suspenseful story. Oliver is honorable, stubborn and kind. Diana is caring, loyal and honorable. Having been in love with each other for years, neither is
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
No dukes, just gentlemen

Three friends share a residence in Brighton, each one of their own reason. All three are duchesses and had their issues with dukes, the ton and men, still have in fact. Avoiding unwanted attention, they fight for what is important to them.

“Genie” is butting head with Adam, who happens to build a gentlemen’s club in her street, bothering her with the noise. Genie seeks refuge in Brighton only to be bothered by a man who blackmails her in order to get his hands on her money
Donna McMaster
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This anthology contains three stories from the Georgian era (1923). The heroine in each story is a widowed duchess, and each is being pursued by an pesky duke, for marriage or otherwise. They decide to decamp to Brighton to avoid their pursuers, but the three dukes also end up in Brighton. While there, each heroine falls in love with a wonderful someone of lesser consequence and the dukes are foiled. This plot device is hard to take seriously. I enjoy books with a sense of humor but am not espec ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this kind of Anthology where 3 authors write of the same characters. Also I have a need to read everything by Grace Burrowes. 3 widowed Duchesses are sharing a house in Brighton. Each are being pursued by men they either actively dislike, or just don't want. Burrowes story was my favorite, a Duchess and an architect. She is a wonderful character, and unlike some stories, she actually tells her problems to Adam, the architect. And together they solve the problem.
The next story, one of the
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Award-winning author Kelly Bowen attended the University of Manitoba, earning a BSc & MSc in veterinary studies. She worked as a research scientist before realizing her dream to write historical fiction. Currently, Kelly lives with her family in Winnipeg, Canada.

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