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The Duke's Bride

(12 Dukes of Christmas #6)

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Single father and confirmed bachelor Jack Skeffington is the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring, yet unable to control his rambunctious ten-year-old twins. What he needs is a stern, experienced, no-nonsense governess. What he gets is his business partner’s untouchable sister, whose delectable body Jack yearns to pull close.

Mademoiselle Désirée le Duc cannot
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Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by WebMotion
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Dianne
She longed for home, the French vineyard her family lost, but how could she get the money she needed? He may be a successful smuggler, but as a single father of creatively mischievous twins, he was floundering…and their story is a wickedly fun and flirtatious tale by Erica Ridley called THE DUKE’S BRIDE, because sometimes two hearts, two ten-year-olds and necessity equal love when you least expect it!

Quick, fun reading with just enough spice and “kid cuteness” to make me smile! Desiree was a del
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Tanya Sridhar
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I can't decide if I liked it or didn't like it, or just kinda-sorta-liked it.

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Tracy Emro
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack Skeffington, widower, father of twins, wine connoisseur and smuggler is meeting with his ship captain, Capt. Redmire, trying to find a new smuggling route, when his ten year old son Fredrick bursts in the room upset that his sister Annie is beating him and his friends at hoops, Jack sends him off and picks up where he left off, after he maps the new route, the meeting is interrupted again, this time by his daughter Annie. Once he takes care of her, Redmire tells him that he needs a wife. Ja ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Jack Skeffington is the logistical genius at the head of an international smuggling operation, but the brilliant widower struggles to manage his ten year old twins. He's come to the conclusion that it's time to find them an experienced governess who'll be firm with them, but instead he winds up with help from the lovely sister of his French business associates.

Desiree le Duc shares her elder brothers' dream of returning to France although she's no longer sure she'll fit in there. Before any of t
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Elodie
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke's Bride
12 Dukes of Christmas Series #6
Erica Ridley
https://www.facebook.com/ericaridley/
Release date 11/12/2019
Publisher Webmotion

Blurb :

Single father and confirmed bachelor Jack Skeffington is the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring, yet unable to control his rambunctious ten-year-old twins. What he needs is a stern, experienced, no-nonsense governess. What he gets is his business partner’s untouchable sister, whose delectable body Jack yearns to pull close.

Mademoiselle
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AnnMarie
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke's Bride is the sixth book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. This book, like all of the others, can easily be read as a standalone.

Jack Skeffington previously a privateer, now part of an international smuggling ring, is also a single father of twin 10-year-olds. Full of zing and character the children run rings around everybody and Jack decides they need a governess. They will benefit from being taught, and he will benefit from having some peace in order to concentrate
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Jen
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, christmas
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Brenda
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Single father and confirmed bachelor Jack Skeffington is the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring, yet unable to control his rambunctious ten-year-old twins. What he needs is a stern, experienced, no-nonsense governess. What he gets is his business partner’s untouchable sister, whose delectable body Jack yearns to pull close.
Mademoiselle Désirée le Duc cannot wait to return to France and regain her lost vineyard. But to do so, she must repay crippling debt.
This is Book #6 of the Tw
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Carole Burant
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack and Désirée's story was an absolute delight to read! It was lovely to read a lighthearted story with no great angst, villains or misunderstandings. Jack's 10 year old twins really steal the spotlight, though, and they had me giggling throughout the book with their antics. Both Jack and Désirée are also wonderful characters and they come together so naturally and the big decision she has to make at the end is figured out beautifully.

My first language is French so it was fun to be able to und
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Heike
Cute, almost no conflict, a bit too much about the kids, even if those are rather nice kids. It just reads along with a feel good vibe, both main characters are very likeable.

It was 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 recommend other books in the series that I liked even better, like
Kiss of a Duke or
Dukes, Actually
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Cynthia
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader’s copy of The Duke’s Bride.

I loved this friends to lovers story. Jack and Désirée were such great characters. The moments shared between them revealed who they were as characters. The conflict over their feelings and attraction for each other maintained the sexual tension throughout the story. The romance was developed over the course of the story and didn’t feel rushed.

The secondary characters were interesting and contributed to the story, enriching it further.

Thi
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Jessica Grogan
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
While this title wasn’t my favorite of the series, it was still an enjoyable read.

Désirée le Duc doesn’t feel as if she’s English despite living in England most of her life but doesn’t feel French either since she barely remembers even living in France. All she really wants is to find a place she feels she belongs. Jack Skeffington has two children that need a governess and a smuggling business that needs his attention. Together, can they solve each other’s problems?

I liked both Désirée and Jac
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Cathy Geha
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke’s Bride by Erica Ridley
12 Dukes of Christmas #6

Loved this story! Jack Skeffington is busy as a father and smuggler but realizes that he needs a governess for his two young scamps so he asks Desiree le Duc for names of people he might hire. Her choice is to work for him herself so she can add to the family coffers thus enabling them to return to France, take their land back and make the vineyards workable again. This had romance, family, community and was a joy to read.

Thank you to the
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Lori D
What could sway a single father of twins and confirmed bachelor to possibly put his heart out there again? Maybe a beautiful, intelligent, frenchwoman who comes into his and his children's lives?
A wonderful addition to this delightful series that always make me happy as the next story is published. Jack Sheffington is such a great hero.. Strong, caring, loves his children beyond measure and a great sense of humor. Needing a governess for his children, he enlists the help of Desiree le Duc, who a
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Lana Birky
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack Skeffington is a eligible widower (which he vows never to allow love in to his heart again) a landowner, a smuggler but most importantly the father of 10 year old twins, Annie & Frederick. Jack loves his rambunctious, opinionated children to a fault & his exhaustion has caused him to look at the facts - he needs a governess for them.

Mademoiselle Désirée le Duc came to Cressmouth 18 years ago with her 2 older brothers after the death of their parents & their escape from France. Her brothers,
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Maura
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Elaine
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmm, didn't love it but didn't hate it. It wasn't as enjoyable as others in this series. 3☆ ...more
Cheryl
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did like the main characters in this book. Desiree was such a kind and loving woman. She was also capable, bold and adventurous. Desiree wanted to return to France with her family. Jack is a handsome widower and father of twins who has no wish to remarry. This story moved along at a good pace, there was the sibling rivalry and the growing affection between Jack and Desiree. However they both had families to consider. This was an engaging read. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it ...more
Janet
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Single father and confirmed bachelor Jack Skeffington is the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring, yet unable to control his rambunctious ten-year-old twins. What he needs is a stern, experienced, no-nonsense governess. Mademoiselle Désirée le Duc cannot wait to return to France along with her two brothers and regain thier lost vineyard. But to do so, they must repay crippling debt. Determined to buy freedom, she accepts temporary employment from Jack
A lovely addition to the series
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Niki (nikilovestoread)
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Duke's Bride by Erica Ridley is the sixth book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series. It's a sweet story of second chances and finding where you are really meant to be. ...more
Wendy
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are already at number six of the 12 Dukes of Christmas. This time it is a female Duke. Desiree le Duc to be precise. Together with her brothers Sebastian (the smitty) and Lucien she has lived with their "Uncle" John for 18 years now. When they fled France all those years ago and lost their parents, it was John who took them in and kept them under his wing in Cressmouth. However, in order to finance this, he has mortgaged his home and land, which has to be repaid in time or John will lose his ...more
Emma
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable book about a young woman with two very overprotective brothers and the brother's business partner who is widowed with two ten year old twins. Mademoiselle Desiree le Duc is an amazing character. Mature, intelligent, ingenious, inventive, curious, investigative, hardworking, loyal and loving. Lucien and Sebastien are the only family Desiree has. Because of the war in France her kind and loving aristocratic parents were killed and she and her brothers fled France. A kind Englishman, a ...more
Darlene Foster
Nov 11, 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.

The Duke's Bride, by Erica Ridley, is available at booksellers on 10-12-19. We're already to book 6 of the 12 Dukes Of Christmas series. While a part of this series it's a nice stand alone story too. I've enjoyed the previous 5 books and now I can say #6 is no exception. Cressmouth village has been the setting for all our couples. In one way or another they're all connected to the village or castle
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Margaret Watkins
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A widower father with a pair of rambunctious twins, Jack Skeffington has vowed never to give his heart to another woman after losing his wife. His son and precocious daughter are in complete agreement with him. In fact, the twins are quite determined never to allow another woman into their lives under any guise, who might steal some of their father's limited attention from them. However, Désirée le Duc isn't just any woman. She is a friend that can outwit them, outrun them and outride them and s ...more
Michelle
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Erica Ridley's books.
They are short, entertaining and heartfelt. Perfect when you want a quick read.
The Duke's Bride was great!
A smuggler mastermind and devoted single father to a pair of rapscallion 10 year olds.
An on the shelf French emigres who is devoted to what remains of her family.
A need for a governess and the story begins.
Jack and his twins, Frederick and Annie, are perfectly fine on their own. They have no desire to replace their wife and mother. Jack realizes that
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Linda Walters
What a sweet, charming, fun story.
Désirée was someone that I really liked. She was so talented and I enjoyed her "inventions". She was not only smart but funny, semi-wild and she tries so hard to improve the lives of those around her. She also loves from a big heart. I can also see why so many people adored her. She might not feel like she belonged anywhere but so many people around her would disagree.
Jack never stood a chance when it came to Désirée. Her beauty called to him but as he got to
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Liz
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke’s Bride is the sixth instalment in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series and I have to say that this series just keeps getting better with each new book. Jack Skeffington is a widowed father of 10 year old twins. After the death of his beloved wife he’s decided he’s not risking his heart again and devotes his life to raising his twins, Fred and Annie and filling his substantial cellar with contraband wines and champagnes smuggled in from France. He wants more for his children though and, wor ...more
Luz Trevino
The Duke's Bride is the sixth book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series.
3.5 STARS!
This was an okay story for me. We meet Jack Skeffington, who is a widower with a set of twins who seem to need a better education. He then decides to hire a governess. He approaches his friends the le Duc's who have a sister, Desiree, who agrees to be his children's temporary governess. The reason she agrees is due to the fact that with her pay, she'll be able to help her brothers pay off a debt that is holding the
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Vania Nunes
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack was a very successful widower in his activity as a international smuggling ring, especially champagnes. He was an expert on the subject. But if there was one thing he needed help with, he was dealing with his 10-year-old twin children, Frederick and Annie.
When one of his friends tells him that he needs the help of a governess, Jack nods.

The le Duc siblings (Sebastien, Lucien and Désirée) had fled France not to suffer the same end as so many family and friends, the guillotine.
They were welco
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Laura
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack Skeffington is the widowed father of twins. He is meeting with the captain of his ship to find a new smuggling route when his twins disrupt the meeting. The captain tells Jack he needs a wife. Jack won't love and lose again, but he knows he needs a governess for his wild children.

Desiree le Duc is the sister of Cressmouth's blacksmiths. Beau, Lucien, and Desiree are working hard to pay off the lease on their property so they can return to France. Lucien says they need another year to earn t
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Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels, including the upcoming THE DUKE HEIST, featuring the Wild Wynchesters. Why seduce a duke the normal way, when you can accidentally kidnap one in an elaborately planned heist?

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