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Never Say Duke

(12 Dukes of Christmas #4)

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The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published January 5th 2019 by WebMotion
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Andrea
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This series never disappoints. It's light and fluffy, funny and heartwarming. True, it's fluff and every little thing is neatly wrapped up in the end, but on the plus side, there is very little drama, and just a story of two people who couldn't deserve happiness more finding their happily ever after. I loved that both protagonists were more than the cliché they seemed at first (tortured war hero meets young and eccentric/ "different" heroine). I loved that Virginia, who in the previous stories w ...more
Tracy Emro
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Theodore O'Hanlon, Major Viscount Ormondton arrives at the Duke of Azureford's cottage in Christmas, he expects to recover from his war injuries in peace and remain completely anonymous - but what he got was a cat named Duke who changed his entire life.

Virginia Underwood is a resident of Christmas and a nurturer by nature, she cannot resist rescuing strays or tending the wounded. So when her cat Duke invites himself into the Duke's cottage and she finds Theodore, she insists on helping him
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Ira
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Nice, sweet, somewhat fluffy and totally christmassy, this story kept me reading and reading, and sighing and laughing. I really loved those characters. Our hero and our heroine seem to be some stereotypes but become so much more, the more you get to know them.

Virginia, who seems to suffer from some kind of autism, is so sweet, gentle and unique, as well as charming and witty, I love the way she cares about every stray that comes her way, no matter how many legs of wings it has. When we learned
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Dianne
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01read
Welcome back to Christmas, where the magic of the town is surpassed only by the magic of love!

NEVER SAY DUKE by Erica Ridley is one more sweet and sexy romance that brings two lonely souls together to find their surprise happily ever after! High on heartwarming interactions and actually low on drama, one injured soldier seeks a quiet and secluded place to recover only to find a quirky and delightful woman who won’t take no for an answer!

Theodore only wanted to be left alone, depressed, severely
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eyes.2c
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful regency tale!

I was completely won over by the rather unusual Miss Virginia Theodore and her cat Duke. A satisfyingly lyrical story spread liberally with a crazy cat, a wounded warrior (Theodore O’Hanlon, Viscount Ormondton) hiding out from his perhaps betrothed, and a mysterious young woman who is totally unexpected in both thoughts and habits. Ice cream and kisses sprinkle the way and if the two lead characters have troubled pasts then so much the better. Healing is a wonderful journ
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AnnMarie
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Say Duke is the fourth book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. It can easily be read as a standalone book, but having read the other books in the series I have to tell you that if you haven't read them, you really should, no matter what order you read them in. This series is so uplifting, you won't be able to read any of the stories without ending up with a smile on your face.

This book is Virginia and Theodore's story. Virginia is a caring, gentle woman, misunderstood by
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Caitlyn Lynch
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-georgian
For the fourth Duke of Christmas, Erica Ridley gave to me… an autistic heroine.

Yep. An honest-to-goodness historical romance heroine who is very clearly on the spectrum, Virginia has trouble reading the emotions of other people unless they’re smiling or frowning. She hates crowds, loud noises, bright lights, anything sudden, and people who don’t say what they mean. She loves animals (especially Duke, her irascible and hilarious cat) and in her own way, she’s quite brilliant. It’s just that to mo
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Alison
My favourite so far, although I have to say the cover bears little resemblance to the plot.

Theodore, Viscount Ormondton, has returned from the war scarred and unable to walk. Refusing to see friends and family he has hidden himself away at his friend the Duke of Azureford's cottage in the little village of Christmas with the servants sworn to absolute secrecy.

Virginia Underwood has taken refuge in Christmas after fleeing a lunatic asylum. She has a fear of noise and crowds and keeps mainly to he
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Heike
Virginia, the arrow headed aviary keeper of Christmas, and her cat “Duke” unexpectedly meet up with a wounded war hero. Virginia decides to nurse him back to health, and after fairly little hesitation “Mr. T”, who thinks he is incognito, lets her. Of course they fall in love, but it is hopeless for both of them – or is it not?
Another very cute, romantic, and well written romance novella set in the town of Christmas, where the holiday cheer goes on all year round.

I'd give it 3.5 star, rounded up
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Showie Ford
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book was LOADS better than I expected it to be. I love Erica Ridley, I don’t know why I would ever have underestimated her, but I have learned my lesson. Never again!

Virginia was such a lovely heroine. I absolutely adored her. I love quirky heroines, and Virginia was among the best I’ve ever read. Theodore also was a wonderful character. He was honorable, dashing, understanding, and just… *swoon* Anyone that knows me knows that I have a weakness for t
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TashNz
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Very good sweet historical romance where the two characters Theodore and Virginia slowly fall in love amongst a backdrop of an era which really brought the story together. Loved the cat!
Elodie
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do love this series, each new book bringing a different couple together.
This time is Virginia’s, the shy and kind rescuer of any wounded strays in Christmas town. Life has been harsh for a young woman who suffers probably from a a form of Asperger’s syndrome, why she pains to be among crowd and dislikes loud noises. But has in her a raw talent she trained to rescue and heal, preferably from the animal kind.
Theodore is in hiding, licking his wounds, bad memories from the war before taking his p
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Suzannah
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Say Duke is the fourth book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas regency romance series. I have to say that so far this one is my favorite. This is a very powerful story of two people who have endured great suffering and found each other through it. I love how Ridley even weaves poetry from an author of that time in her book. Matilda Betham ( 1776-1852) was a poetess and portrait painter in England. Ridley incorporates a book of poetry by Betham into this magical tale.The poem “The Heir” is a foca ...more
Niki
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-on-kindle, earc
After being badly injured in the war against Napoleon, Theodore O'Hanlon, Viscount Ormondton, has come to the village of Cressmouth (nicknamed Christmas) to recuperate in his friend's vacation cottage. The major is confined to a wheelchair with a damaged knee and bandaged face, hiding out from society and his overbearing father, a marquess, who disapproves of his only son and heir's behavior in going off to fight and expects him to wed the woman the marquess has chosen for him. Miss Virginia Und ...more
Lori D
Just when I think I have read the best book in this series, another one comes along that seems even better! Of course it is my favorite trope of the wounded hero who needs to find love and happiness. A cottage, a black cat and a town names Christmas finds Major Theodore, Viscount Ormondton, arriving in the town to stay in his friend's cottage and lay low. He has to recover from his mental and physical wounds from the war before he can return to society and take his position.
But who should find h
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Sofia Lazaridou
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Say Duke is the 4rth book in the 12 dukes of Christmas series. It can be read as a complete stand-alone, but I got the impression that the couples from the previous books make an appearance. The title of the book is very fitting to the story and it was one of the reasons I laughed when I was reading it. The novella was heartwarming and I loved reading it on a very rare for me snowy afternoon. There was some drama with Beatrice aka the woman Theodore was supposed to marry because their fath ...more
Cathy Geha
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never Say Duke by Erica Ridley
12 Dukes of Christmas #4

What an interesting tale this book proved to be! With an injured Viscount and a woman born to heal the match seems to be made in heaven...or...not? Theodore O’Hanlon, Viscount Ormondton arrives in Christmas to deal with wounds sustained on the battlefield. He has plans to hide out till he can return to society and take the position his father has created for him long ago...a position that includes a woman as wife that he really has no interes
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Julia
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Another fabulous installation in the Dukes of Christmas series.

I truly liked both main characters; their characters, problems and inhibitions were very realistic.. The banter was hilarious, as was the feline MC.

The library scene was my favourite of all. You'll know why, when you get to it.

Take a short break from real life and dive into Christmas for a few hours.
Jessica Grogan
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so excited for this title and, for the most part, it lived up to my expectations!

I loved Virginia and thought she was a lot of fun in the previous two books, and this title made me love her even more. She’s just such a unique and fun character. I felt it was refreshing to have a heroine that wasn’t perfect but was socially awkward.

I thought Theo was great, too, even if he stopped being beastly relatively early on. I’m a sucker for injured heroes that have bad attitudes in the beginning bu
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Elsbeth
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodread-authors
I read part 1 of this series and was very disappointed. I really love Erica Ridley's books, but that one I thought a bit too ridiculous. So I didn't felt tempted to read the next 2 books. But because I wanted to give this series a second chance, I decided to try Never Say Duke. And I'm glad I did!

Virginia is such a wonderful character! She isn't like 'normal' people. And that is what I love about her. And that is what a wounded viscount loves about her. Put a furry Duke, a faithful butler and lo
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Bernadette
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favourite story so far. Virginia and Theodore are both likeable and the cat is a real character. This story is a slow burn, the details are added bit by bit, much like adding tidbits to your ice cream.
This is a bitter sweet story. My heart ached for Virginia, whom I’d considered an eccentric in the other books. She gave to others, both animal and human, but felt unworthy herself. Her back story was heartbreaking. “She had longed her entire life to be accepted for who she was,
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Isha Coleman
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
She's at her strongest when helping the weakest. He needs her to help him heal. She needs his hope to help her survive. What began as an inconvenience could be a gift unlike any other. Never Say Duke is a wondrous tale of second chances. Ridley casts a spell that is unbreakable in it's magic and irresistibly fabulous romance. A showstopper with the heart of a champion.
Marti
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another clean, glorious romance by Erica Ridley! Virginia has always been disposable even to her parents. Theodore has always been the responsible son especially to his father until he left for the war and ended up seriously injured. This is truly an odd couple—isn’t it? Sweet, humorous, and happy ever after.
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
The fourth book in Erica Ridley’s 12 Dukes of Christmas series is a shiny, glittering star of a read, that may well have just become my favourite of her books!

Oh, this book was so sweet! I was a little apprehensive on starting this one, as the heroine is Virginia Underwood, who has been a background character in the previous three books. I’ve found her to be a bit annoying, as she has a habit of speaking in airy nature-related metaphors and then wandering off mid-conversation – BUT. Getting to s
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Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
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Never Say Duke by Erica Ridley is the first book that I have read in 2019 and I am so happy to have started with this absolutely lovely romance.

The story takes us to Christmas, a small town in the Northern most part of England where it is Christmas all year round. People of this town are poles apart from the Londoners. They are happier, friendlier and more welcoming to any and everyone who comes to their town. It is this warmth and acceptance that attracts
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Pamela
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Theodore O'Hanlon, Major Viscount Ormondton, being injured in the war, needs a place to heal away from society's prying eyes and ears. His friend, the Duke of Azureford, has graciously lent him his place, a small cottage on the outskirts of England, in a town called Christmas. Theodore is doing his best to stay incognito until a certain little devil named Duke, and his whirlwind owner come waltzing into his life.

When Virginia Underwood's cat, Duke, enters a friend's residence, Virginia gives ch
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Darlene Foster
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book four in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series is here. Never Say Duke hit booksellers shelves on January 5th. Not having read any of the previous stories in this series I had no expectations, only a fresh set of eyes. I'm enchanted. Erica Ridley has a new fan.

Theodore "Theo" O'Hanlon, Viscount Ormondton, is a military man, devoted and proud. A horrific battlefield wound has him on his way back to England, discharged from service, unhappy and looking for a place to hide out and heal. A friend of
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Linda
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This author has been a bit of hit and miss for me, this one was a winner I’m happy to say. Implausible though it was.

The oldest of 4 girls, Virginia is awkward in social situations & is intimated by crowds. So much so that her parents consider her a misfit and banish her to any asylum while putting out that she is unwell & in seclusion. After several years. Virginia manages to escape (don’t ask how?!) and finds herself in the Christmas where she finds a home in the castle and even makes
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Liz
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never Say Duke is another short heart-warming read from Erica Ridley. Viscount Theodore Ormondton went off to war because he believed it was a cause worth fighting for and also to prove himself to his father. Major Theodore O’Hanlon came home from the battlefields of France a broken man with no thoughts other than to recover his strength and mobility enough to dance with his young cousin at her coming out and to fulfil his father’s wishes by marrying the bride who was chosen for him when he was ...more
Mary Lou Hoffman
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NEVER SAY DUKE is the fourth book in the Twelve Dukes of Christmas series. Each will stand on its own, but I recommend reading them all and in the order of release.

Virginia has been present in the previous three books, each time poetically providing insightful suggestions or observations that lead to a happier conclusion. For herself, she doesn’t see happiness. She believes herself to be disposable. After all, her own parents said she was. I understand that perception. I’ve been there.

Then her c
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