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Dukes, Actually

(12 Dukes of Christmas #5)

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The Duke of Azureford isn’t the arrogant, aloof lord his peers perceive him to be. Yes, he’s awkward, but he has a plan to fix it. In order to woo a respectable lady, he must learn how to flirt. The completely inappropriate girl next door would make a perfect instructor, but a terrible duchess. So why can’t he walk away?

Incorrigible hoyden Miss Carole Quincy likes fast
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Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by WebMotion
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Dianne
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a shy and introverted Duke and an outgoing, flirtatious young miss striking a bargain to help the socially awkward lord come out of his shell and find an appropriate wife.

DUKES, ACTUALLY by Erica Ridley is another quirky, yet charming tale filled with fun characters, a little romance and, as always, Ms. Ridley’s ability to pull it all together and leave her readers smiling!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Erica Ridley/WebMotion! This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Andrea
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
These book are like comfort food for me. They're short, lovely, and just leave you happy.

The latest addition to the series features a lovely and confident young woman who hides behind her logic, and a shy, awkward duke-next-door who is rather desperate to come out of his shell. I loved how both helped each other out without noticing it, and it was delightful to see Adam slowly become more open. Cue some cute bickering, and I really couldn't ask for much more.

My favorite moment? Adam trying out
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AnnMarie
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dukes, Actually is the fifth book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. It can easily be read as a standalone book.

The Duke of Azureford is shy, but rather than people realising that they think he is just plain arrogant. It's something that he needs to work on if he is ever going to find someone to marry and have heirs with. Visiting his country home is the perfect opportunity to work on overcoming his shyness. He wants to have a party, which he hopes he will shine at, unlike his
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Carole Burant
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another delightful novella written by Erica Ridley! I thought this was such a sweet and fun story and the two main characters, Carole and Adam, were very easy to love:) Adam first comes across as very aloof and grumpy but he's actually just the opposite, shyness is stopping him from being able to be himself when around people. Carole, on the other hand, is the opposite, full of life and loved by all who know her. And she's a genius at Billiards, how awesome is that?!!!

I loved seeing how Carole
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eyes.2c
Books and billiards, can they lead to love?

Another light romance in Ridley's 12 Dukes of Christmas series. The painfully shy Duke of Azureford covers his natural inclination up with a brusque and severe front. A warm young lady, Miss Carole Quincy, hides the pain she's known since her mother's death.
A lost sketch book and billiards bring them together--as friends. Nothing more as both have responsibilities. Carole undertakes to help Adam to learn to flirt and converse to make his quest for a
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
ARC PROVIDED BY AUTHOR FOR HONEST REVIEW!!

Adam Duke of Azureford is a rich, handsome and very powerful Duke in Parliment. But he is painfully shy. He decides to go to his cottage in Cressmouth to practice socializing. He will build a billiards room and invite the villiagers to a party.

Carole Quicy had been to a party at the Dukes home 6 months prior where she lost her Sketch book. Now she is trying to retrieve it. She runs into the Duke in his Library while she is searching for her Sketch book.
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Elodie
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dukes, Actually
12 Dukes of Christmas Series #5
Erica Ridley
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Release date 10/22/2019
Publisher Webmotion

Blurb :

The Duke of Azureford isn’t the arrogant, aloof lord his peers perceive him to be. Yes, he’s awkward, but he has a plan to fix it. In order to woo a respectable lady, he must learn how to flirt. The completely inappropriate girl next door would make a perfect instructor, but a terrible duchess. So why can’t he walk away?

Incorrigible hoyden Miss Carole
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Jessica Grogan
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adam Farland, Duke of Azureford, has been mistaken for an arrogant, aloof lord. What he actually is, however, is a quiet and shy lord. Adam devises a plan guaranteed to help him break out of his shell and find the society bride he needs. Miss Carole Quincy is as outgoing as she is unconventional, and will be the perfect practice for Adam’s flirting. Until that practice starts to feel very real...

I absolutely ADORED this title. Erica Ridley excels at creating heroes and heroines that are more
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Lori D
Another magical romance by the amazing Erica Ridley! I know when I start to read one of her stories, I will not be moving anytime soon. Plus there may be times I burst out laughing and others when I can only sigh.
Imagine a shy, introverted Duke. One who needs to learn to flirt to attract a potential bride. Then imagine a lady who is totally the opposite to the point of being everything bright and fun.
So begins Carole and her part time next door neighbor, Adam the Duke of Azureford's story!
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Vania Nunes
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oh my God! Of all the books in this series, this one has become my favorite.
Azureford and Carole are simply PERFECT together !!!

Adam Farland, the 6th Duke of Azureford, is considered superb, cocky, and in some cases people are afraid of him. All because when he is in any event, he usually stays by himself, gloomy, talking to no one. But the great truth is that he is... SHY!
He simply gets scared in a very crowded place, and doesn't even know how to start a conversation.
On the other hand, his fame
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Niki
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, hero-is-titled
Adam, the Duke of Azureford, is perceived as cold and aloof by his peers, but really he's just shy and socially awkward. Now he wishes to do his duty to the dukedom by marrying an appropriate bride, but he'll need to make some changes first. He's planning to reinvent himself by transforming his library into a billiards room and practicing his social skills on the people of the town of Cressmouth before trying his luck on the real stage in London. His wildly inappropriate neighbor turns out to be ...more
Janet
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Azureford hasn't visited his cottage in Cressmouth for quite some time so next door neighbour Carole Quincy visits to try to find her sketchbook which she left there some months before but someone’s moved all the books around & then Adam the Duke comes back & is going to give the majority of the library to the town. The Duke of Azureford is shy around people but he has a plan to fix it, he’ll convert his library into a billiards room. Carole offers to help Adam catalogue the ...more
Suzannah
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dukes, Actually is the 5th book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. Ridley is one of my “go to” authors. Her stories have humor and heart pounding romance. I have especially enjoyed this Christmas series. Each story takes place in a wonderful little town called Cressmouth. In Cressmouth, the inhabitants celebrate Christmas all year round. Ridley has a talent for creating characters of depth and feeling. I loved the heroine Carole Quincy - she is the sunshine in the town. Adam ...more
Cheryl
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story in parts, I’m afraid I skipped over the various billiard connotations. I did like that Carole was able to work in what would have been considered a man’s work and that Adam, Duke of Azureford was man enough to recognise her abilities. This was a sweet romance. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Elaine
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!
I do love a shy Duke, as well as a bold one. A charming story. Read it when I should have been sleeping. 5
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Cathleen
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming and lighthearted like the previous books in this series, I enjoyed this historical romance. The characters are likeable and easy to root for. I even learned some new things about billiards and Parliament.

It was fun that this a neighbors to lovers plot but there is also a commoner/nobility slant that seriously affects the story.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC from Netgalley.
Darlene Foster
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Dukes, Actually, by Erica Ridley, is available at booksellers on 10-22-19. Book 5, in Ms Ridley's 12 Dukes Of Christmas series, may be the best yet. I became invested in the characters, mostly the hero, and that makes for a pleasant read. Our couple are immensely likeable, although not a contemporary book, their situations are relatable in 2019.

Adam Farland, Duke of Azureford, is an exceedingly shy
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“…the perfect match is two imperfect people who happen to be perfect for each other.”

The Duke of Azureford is determined to step out of his introverted shell and become a new man…a man that can start the new London season looking for a perfect bride to be his Duchess and provide him an heir. Laying out a plan to create a billiards room in his country cottage and practice his socializing skills on the locals, the one thing he didn’t plan on was his feisty and beautiful neighbor, Miss Carole
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SH
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erica Ridley’s ‘Dukes, Actually’ is the fifth book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series. Whilst this is a great addition to the series, this is a standalone story. The story follows Adam, the Duke of Azureford, who is incredibly shy, yet loves being around people. He just isn’t sure what to say when they want to talk to him. Consequently, his air of arrogance is well known. Having purchased his home in Christmas, Cressmouth (England), he decides to clear out most of his library so that he can ...more
Brigitte
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy to read, lovely storyline, remarkable characters and fun.

Adam is a Duke. Admired by his peers in the House of Lords, but when it comes to social interactions, he is considered to be judgemental and aloof.

Carole is the girl nextdoor who has dedicated her life, looking after her father. She has also sworn to be a spinster. Wishing to remain a spinster doesn't mean that she can't dream and oggle someone from afar.

She has a hidden talent which she intends to keep secret as being a woman this
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Cathy Geha
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dukes, Actually by Erica Ridley
12 Dukes of Christmas #5

Love, LOVE. L O V E these novella length holiday romances! In this one shy adam Farland, duke of Azureford comes to his summer home in Cressmouth, England to become a new man. He believes that it is time to learn to get his flirt on and be able to socialize so he can find a bride to breed with. Little does he know that Miss Carole Quincy will show up looking for her sketchbook and give him a hand not only with his social skills but also in
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Traci
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dukes, Actually is the 5th book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas Book series. It is another great novella by this author and perfect for a cozy read on a cold day. The novellas in this series all take place in the town of Cressmouth, that had been nicknamed Christmas. They are all fast past, have fun characters and can be read as standalones.
Adam, the Duke of Azureford, appeared cold and aloof, but instead he was shy and didn’t know how to make conversation. It was spring and he decided to return
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Debra Martin
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore these sweet Christmas romances! Ms. Ridley is masterful in the latest book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series. Adam Farland, Duke of Azureford, gets tongue-tied in social settings. He has no problem addressing Parliament, but is at a total loss with small talk. He plans to visit his cottage to practice his social skills by building a billiards room. His next door neighbor, Miss Carole Quincy lost her precious sketchbook in that same cottage and tries to retrieve it only to be confronted ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Dukes, Actually by Erica Ridley is book 5 in the 12 Dukes of Christmas. This is the story of Carole Quincy and Adam Farland, The Duke of Azureford. I have read the previous books but feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Adam is a shy person but it comes off as being arrogant. Now that he has to start looking for a wife he thinks he needs to work on his issue. Carole is young women who doesn't let most things get in her way to do what she wants. Which has lead her to
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Supriya Saran
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Christmas series by Erica Ridley is enjoyable and till now (5 books) ‘quick’ reads that are perfect for the season. Who does not enjoy a Christmas novella? And here it’s always Christmas!

The hero, Adam, is painfully shy and this shyness and awkwardness around people is always mistaken for arrogance. This leads to some funny some heartwarming moments throughout the book. And he wants to change that and find himself a duchess. He meets, next door neighbour Carole who is anything but suitable
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Kaye
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FREAKING AWESOME!!!
Pegging partners! Erica troupes a kaleidoscopic reign as she tosses all the revelations, determination and triumph into one incredible mix that blaze this baby to life spectacularly. Daunting circumstances and enthralling events set the stage as shenanigans run rampant with all the wonder fusing this bad boy together sleek, shiny and tight. Erica weaves a web around us drawing us deeper and deeper until everything else ceases to exist. Pushing through trials and tribulations
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Brenda
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Duke of Azureford isn’t the arrogant, aloof lord his peers perceive him to be. Yes, he’s awkward, but he has a plan to fix it. In order to woo a respectable lady, he must learn how to flirt.
Carole who lives next door left her treasured sketch journal in the Duke's library by accident. She will do most anything necessary to recover it including helping him obtain a suitable Duchess or will she.
I have been looking forward to the continuation of this series for nearly a year.
I read the first
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Diane
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished, arc
Erica Ridley's Series the 12 Dukes of Christmas is a surprising delight. The Christmas of the title is a town not a season and not all the "dukes" are holding a title of Duke. In this 5th addition to the series, the Duke of Azureford comes to his summer cottage in Cressmouth. He is convinced that the best way to overcome his shyness is to find a way to meet and spend time with people. To do this, he decides that billiards is the way to go.
Once in town, his neighbor Carole accidentally lost her
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Heike
This was an extremely cute romance to curl up with on a cold day!

The Duke of Azureford, perceived as aloof while he is only extremely shy, comes to his summer house with the intention to work on his social ineptness in order to find a suitable duchess.
His neighbor, a common lady well loved in town for her sunny character and willingness to help, is not suitable as a wife, but he accepts her help in reforming him.

I loved the characters, their interaction, the development of their relationship,
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Brenda Hughes
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful addition to the series. It was Adam, Duke of Azureford, and Miss Carole Mortimer story. The Duke suffers from extreme shyness and needs to learn the art of flirting in order to find his perfect Duchess. His next door neighbor, Miss Mortimer, needs to find her journal left at his home after dropping it at a soirée six months ago. Where he is introverted, she is outgoing and bright. Opposites attract. Their road towards love is a delightful journey that Ms. Ridley excels in ...more
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Erica Ridley is a New York Times andUSA Todaybest-selling author of historical romance novels.

In the new 12 Dukes of Christmas series, enjoy witty, 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!

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12 Dukes of Christmas (9 books)
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  • Kiss of a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #2)
  • Wish Upon a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #3)
  • Never Say Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #4)
  • The Duke's Bride (12 Dukes of Christmas #6)
  • The Duke's Embrace (12 Dukes of Christmas #7)
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