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No Dukes Allowed

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  60 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
Shell Cunliffe
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because of time restrictions, I was only able to read one of the books. I choose to read The Double Duchess by Anna Harrington.

This book was great, Maxwell is simply divine and Belinda talk about determined, wow she is a strong woman.

The book is centred around a hospital in Brighton, which Belinda is on the board. But Maxwell wants the hospital for a academy much to Belinda's horror. So its with great determination that Belinda try's to change Maxwell's mind.

When you read Ms Harrington's books y
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.
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.
Em Wittmann
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
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
Architect of My Dreams by Grace Burrowes - 4*

Pursuit of Honor by Kelly Bowen - 2*
The Double Duchess by Anna Harrington - DNF
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Read. Three stories that definitely provide an interesting and enjoyable afternoon of escape. 💙📚💙
Connie Fischer
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
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
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.
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
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
Lux Lewis
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
Irene Langston-Butler
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three terrific stories by 3 great authors all in one place. These stories are about three female friends who each finds her happiness. I enjoyed all of the stories from Architect of my Dream about Genie and Adam who meet while he is building a club across from her and she doesn't like the he making at all hour, it is fun watching their journey to love. In Pursuit of Honor it tells about Diana and Oliver who were childhood friends who kept in touch over the year. When he finally returns home it t ...more
Jan Goodard
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three young dowager duchesses share a house in Brighton, circa 1823. Not only are they friends and confidants, they are also being pursued by pompous dukes, they have absolutely no interest. Although this anthology features tales by three different authors, the stories are threaded together as each author takes a different duchess's storyline as each finds I've in unexpected places. These are stories of new found love, a long time friendship that became love, and betrayal of a love that would no ...more
Lisa C
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness there are no Dukes allowed, as the men that finally get their Duchesses are much better by far. These three stories involve three friends, Duchesses by their first marriages, that find their happily ever afters. I don't think I can pick a favourite of these three stories, all are so well written. These stories are complete, and well timed, despite being novellas (not an easy thing to accomplish). Kelly Bowen is a new author for me, but I will be reading more of her work soon. Grac ...more
Marichus Real
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is for The Double Duchess by Anna Harrington. Once I read the rest, I will update this review.
Belinda had to marry a Duke to save her family from her father’s debts. Now she is a widow and a Duchess. She has devoted all her life and effort to attend and take care of the pensioners from the veterans’ hospital.
Maxwell has been all his life in love with Belinda but he had to say no to her because he has no means to support her. Now things are different and he wants to grab the second ch
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and entertaining read that includes three great stories by three talented authors. Filled with humor, drama, tender emotions, and sweet passion, each of these stories was enjoyable. Genie and Adam had such a sweet and deep emotional connection in, Architect of My Dreams. I loved how they just got one another so easily. They were just like two pieces of a puzzle. Diana and Oliver have a sweet friends to lovers story. Filled with humor and all the poignancy of two friends struggling wi ...more
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Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.

But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not