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Ten Things I Hate About the Duke

(Difficult Dukes #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,343 ratings  ·  282 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Loretta Chase continues her Difficult Dukes series with this delightful spin on Shakespeare's classic, The Taming of the Shrew.

Cassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn’t shy about voicing. But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar, and her exasperated father, hoping a husband will rein her in, has ruled that her beloved siste
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Published December 1st 2020 by Avon
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Jenna Alice is very minimally present in this book, not a ton, but moreso than the previous title.

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2.5 stars

Be careful what you wish for in a book. Have you ever read a romance where the guy is kind of a jerk and the girl just forgives him way too easily without him doing any groveling, apologizing, or major changes on his part? Welcome to the book that is almost 100% about the guy doing all those things he really needs to do to win over the girl. It's boring as hell.

I will say this is the second book in a series and I did not read the first book. So in just this book, we only see two example
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars) I went into the reading of this with few expectations. There's something about immature, bad boy, entitled rich jerks that does not sit well with me. I did not enjoy Chase's first book in this series very much for that reason and thought I'd enjoy this one even less because it's about the most immature of this immature trio called the Dis-Graces. But Chase managed to make me like this guy and I enjoyed seeing him grow up and work to make himself worthy of our heroine.

As you can tell
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I really enjoyed Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase, which was my first book by this author, if you can believe it. The novel really delivered with an interesting plotline and unique, exciting characters. Give me a repentant rake and an opinionated, strong woman and I'm a happy camper! How can you go wrong with a Taming of the Shrew retelling?

Ten Things I Hate About the Duke is a bit of a convoluted, long-feeling story, but I really got into it as I went along. I hadn't read the f
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One of my favorite books this year.

I'm taking away that half star only because I wish there was more romance (the kissy kissy cuddly kind) in this novel! I did enjoy it - but there's so much happening before the principal characters eventually confess their love for each other, we don't get enough of them as a romantic “stars in their eyes” couple. I know, I know, you're whispering "falling in love IS romantic, Em" - and you're right! I know it, too!
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A at AAR

It’s been three years since we last had a new book from Loretta Chase, and I’m sure the burning question for historical romance fans is – was the long wait worth it?  I’m happy to say that yes, it was; Ten Things I Hate About the Duke may be one of those silly movie-reference titles that abound in historical romance these days, but the book itself is – thankfully – far from silly.  It’s classic Chase, featuring a pair of well-rounded, likeable protagonists, oodles of s
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, series
3.5 stars

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.

A match made in Bedlam: the Gorgon and the prankster.

Second in the Difficult Dukes series, this starts off about a week after the first in the series, A Duke in Shining Armor, ended. If you read the first, you'll remember Lucius, the Duke of Ashmont as the drunken jilted groom. Lucius did not recommend himself much and as this starts off, he contin
Delirious Disquisitions
4.5 stars. So so so good!! Never thought reading about a himbo love interest who gets into feminist literature and starts reading to be a smarter, better man so he can woo his strong, intelligent, fiercely independent heroine could be something so personal. And yet here we are. I'm so completely enamored with this book and these characters. RTC when I stop fangirling over this and get my thoughts straight. ...more
Alexandria Jane
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Completely unrealistic, completely ridiculous, but damn if it didn’t surprise me at every page. Despite my ever lasting love for Loretta Chase, I was HIGHLY skeptical I would like this book after first being introduced to Ashmont previously. And yet, somehow, I did. Kudos!!!
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
3.5 stars

Cassandra Pomfret’s blunt plain-speaking has gotten her into hot water before, but now she’s gone a bit far and her father is exasperated. Not wanting to risk damage to his political career, Lord deGriffith issues an edict: Cassandra’s beloved younger sister must end her season and may not marry until Cassandra herself does. Now an encounter with a notoriously wild and rakish duke is sure to destroy what’s left of Cassandra’s reputation and take her sister, along with the rest of her fa
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

I put this one down, and really thought it was going to end up in the DNF pile. I read another book, and then went back to this one. I really enjoyed it. I'm wondering if I would have like it more if I had read the first book.

Cassandra and the Duke/Ashmont/Lucius had a past. Okay, not really. They knew each as children and she, of course, was in love with him. He and his friends were trouble makers, and she knew to she should stay away. It was a nice romance with a hint o
3.5 stars

Well, I can definitely say I will never overlook a Taming of the Shrew retelling because this one was fun.

I really liked Cassandra and Ashmont. They're both stubborn and tend to act first, think later. I loved their childhood history and how the relationship evolved: from strong irritation to love for her and from utter cluelessness to obsessively smitten for him. There aren't a lot of characters; however, there are a lot a lot a lot of time/location shifts (all with headings) and more
Stephanie (Jump)
Jul 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
I hope this will be as much fun as the first book in the series! 2019 though... That's one heck of a wait! And now pushed back to 2020. 😰 ...more

An unexpected favorite book from 2020 and arriving in the final month, this second book in the Difficult Dukes series isn't perfect, but it did fill me with lots of happiness as I read it.

Of particular note for me is Lucius, Duke of Ashmont, respecting Cassandra and treating her the way she wishes to be treated by a man. The book has a number of memorable scenes to show Lucius's willingness to become the man who can make the object of his love happy in life, and among them is a faux self-defe
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25. I adore Loretta Chase and read Lord of Scoundrels annually, and I fear no book will ever carry me to those ebullient heights again. And while this one didn’t overtake my obsession with LoS, it was, as most of Chase’s books are, a lovely read. The research is clearly diligent and the book’s historical elements accurate, which I always appreciate. She uses historical data (coach styles, sartorial elements) to highlight her characters... character, if you will, and it’s so easy to feel like w ...more
Kate Reading's voice is a weighted blanket for my soul.

The first book of this series was ok but Ten Things I hate About the Duke hit it out of the park. I loved the self assured Cassandra. Bold and outspoken her relatable insecurities and desires made it easy to love and connect to her. Ashmont with this dissolute ways was loveable but as Cassandra knew, needed some polish. The character development was done well and I was rooting for the MC from the beginning. Cassandra's family was also a deli
M. Nguyen
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Difficult Dukes series gives me so much joy and keeps me engaged during this stressful time. I’ve enjoyed it even better than the first book. It picks up immediately right after book 1, but it can be read as a standalone.

The Duke of Ashmont was jilted by his bride-to-be on his wedding day (book 1). He’s one of the trio Dis-Graces who are notorious rakes, pulling pranks at every occasions and pretty much barred from respectable social events. Ashmont is constantly in his dr
Quite a disappointing read. I have really liked some books by this author in the past, but this one was very average for me. There are some good reviews of it, though, so don't let my grumpy thoughts stop you from trying this yourself. These are just my personal reflections after reading.

I think part of the problem for me is the trope itself. The three difficult dukes (shades of Madeline Hunter's Decadent Dukes???) were established in the previous book, (which I didn't much enjoy either.) I thi
3.5 stars

ten things i hate about the duke was a super solid addition to the series, and one of the better historical romances i've read this year! ashmont is a very sweet character and the lengths he goes to so cassandra understands that he loves her was adorable. i really love the childhood friends/acquaintances angle in historical romance and we got that trope along with a little bit of unrequited love to make things angsty.

i really really really can't wait to read about the final book in t
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victorian. Enemies to lovers.

Luc, a Duke, was bosky and caused Cassandra's
conveyance to crash. Her beloved head coachman
(and a former jockey) was injured and her maid
took off in a mail coach. The MCs knew each other
from childhood. Luc and his 2 mates, also Dukes,
pulled pranks, chased women etc. The MCs were
alone at the inn w/ the injured coachman. How
did others perceive this incident?

Luc needed to grew up. He just fought a duel w/
his (Duke) friend Ripley over a woman. Over time,
Luc le
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Avon and Edelweiss for an eARC of Chase's second book in the Difficult Dukes series. Ashmont's story was a long time coming (3 years?) and when you consider what a mess he was in the first book, where he is decidedly NOT heroic, you get a sense of just why it might have taken Chase some time to work out just what to do with him.

The title gives a nod to Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and there are lovely little Shakespearean touches throughout, but the problem in the story is not
Fresh from a jilting and a duel with one of his best friends, an inebriated Lucian, Duke of Ashmont, causes a carriage accident that injures Miss Cassandra Pomfret’s groom/friend. Being alone at an inn seeking medical attention could be interpreted as a compromising situation, so Ashmont asks Cassandra to be his replacement duchess. She is less than impressed, but he is unrelenting.

This is the second book in the Difficult Dukes series. It can be read alone, but it takes place right after the ev
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janine Ballard
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

In Ten Things to I Hate About the Duke, Loretta Chase's new historical romance, Lucius, the Duke of Ashmont meets Cassandra Pomfret when he fires a gun into the air to disperse a crowd. Cassandra’s horses to startle and her carriage crashes. Injured in the accident is her groom, Keefe, a former jockey as well as her friend and mentor.

Cassandra is angry and upset. Since they are in the countryside, she, her maid, Ashmont, his friend Morris and Keefe all repair to a nearby inn. But then C
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I missed Loretta Chase! I enjoy her prose so much and I thought this was a good adaptation of The Taming of Shrew, and I LOVED how much work the hero had to do for the heroine. I remembered nothing about the previous book which was a bit of an issue at the beginning but it becomes less important as the book goes on. Would quite love a novella about the older matchmakers in this book, there's a story there.

**Read for #SnowInLoveBingo square Retelling/Mythology**
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke was an absolute delight. It's rare that I will actually laugh out loud when reading and I did more than once while reading this. This wasn't a mad cap adventure, but the biting wit between Cassandra and Ashmont was absolutely perfect. Cassandra was sharp tongued and it was highly entertaining when she directed her wits against Ashmont. As for Ashmont, who doesn't love a hero who's kind of stupefied by his heroine? After he causes a carriage crash, Ashmont finds h ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautify written story, classic in prose, with Loretta Chase's unique style, that's enchanting and heartwarming. I loved it all - the vibrant characters, the lovely prose, the heartwarming plot. It's nice to come to this world and escape the dreadful reality - there's conflict and adversity, but also humor and wit and passion. I can't wait for the next one. Recommend! ...more
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I picked up Ten Things I Hate about the Duke by Loretta Chase because a review referred to The Taming of the Shrew. I didn’t really care that it was book two in A Difficult Dukes series. It really doesn’t matter. Although my understanding is that a couple characters overlap, I read it for the two main characters.

Just back from staying with her grandparents in Paris, Cassandra Pomfret once again causes a sensation in London. She speaks up about a bill in Parliament that will limit the ability for
Loretta Chase's writing is so stylistically gorgeous that I'll happily read her books almost no matter what they're about - which is the only reason I got through the first third of this book, because the hero starts out the book as such an obnoxious guy. He's massively over-privileged, irresponsible, and voluntarily unaware of (and uninterested in) what life is at like for anyone with less privilege. And honestly, living in Brexit-era Britain, I found it very hard to root for a hero who starts ...more
Tracy Emro
After a confrontation with Mr. Titus Owsley, a member of the House of Commons, Miss Cassandra Pomfret’s father lays down the law – he forbids Cassandra’s younger sister Hyacinth to marry or even participate in a season until the outspoken, opinionated Cassandra is wed.

Needing to get away, Cassandra sets out with her groom and maid to visit her former governess, but she never anticipated that the recently jilted Lucius Beckingham, the Duke of Ashmont would be at the coaching inn getting drunk af
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more

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