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The Duke's Embrace

(12 Dukes of Christmas #7)

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Unpaid and under-appreciated journalist Miss Eve Shelling never goes anywhere without a trusty notebook and her overprotective Duenna—who happens to be a bullmastiff. Eve learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted. She’s definitely not falling head-over-heels for the deceptively charming subject of her front-page column.

Local blacksmith Monsieur Sébastien le Duc
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Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by WebMotion
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Dianne
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She wanted to follow her dreams and she was willing to work hard for them. All Eve wanted was the opportunity to prove her worth as a journalist, an adult of worth, a nearly impossible dream, even though her father owned the newspaper and never forgot her one huge misstep in the romance department. Now she has her chance, or so she thinks when she begins to write a front page story of the upstanding blacksmith, Sebastien le Duc and his family.

What she discovers is that the handsome Frenchman
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Tracy Emro
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eve Shelling longs to be a serious journalist, but when her exposé about the founder of Cressmouth aka Christmas is published, her father, the owner of the Cressmouth Gazette is livid and says they only write about Christmas. She argues and he agrees to let her write one “non-Christmas” story as long as he approves the subject and the story before it is published.

Sébastien “Bastien” le Duc and his brother Lucien are the local blacksmiths in town, they came to Cressmouth many years ago when they
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Jessica Grogan
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it


Another very enjoyable story set in the town of Christmas!!

Sébastien le Duc wants nothing more than to help his brother get back to their beloved France. Miss Eve Shelling wants nothing more than to prove to her father what a serious journalist she can be. Together they work to reach their respective goals and begin falling in love along the way.

This was such a fun read! I’m a big fan of enemies to lovers stories and even though Bastien and Eve didn’t outright dislike each other, they were more
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Zuzu
Dec 25, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc
Unfortunately this book wasn't holding my attention. I ended up skipping quite a bit so I'm not rating it. The storyline wasn't interesting to me.
Caitlyn Lynch
Part of Erica Ridley’s 12 Dukes of Christmas series about a small town the residents have turned into a permanent Christmas-themed tourist attraction, you don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy this rather charming novella. Sébastien le Duc, French aristocrat turned blacksmith, is the hero of this one, and Miss Eve Shelling his heroine. Eve and her father run the Cressmouth Gazette, more of a promotional pamphlet extolling the town’s virtues than an actual newspaper, but Eve ...more
Elodie
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke's Embrace
12 Dukes of Christmas Series #7
Erica Ridley
https://www.facebook.com/ericaridley/
Release date 12/03/2019
Publisher Webmotion

Blurb :

Unpaid and under-appreciated journalist Miss Eve Shelling never goes anywhere without a trusty notebook and her overprotective Duenna—who happens to be a bullmastiff. Eve learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted. She’s definitely not falling head-over-heels for the deceptively charming subject of her front-page column.

Local blacksmith
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Cathy Geha
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Duke’s Embrace by Erica Ridley
12 Dukes of Christmas #7

Monsieur Sebastien “Bastien” le Duc is one of three French children brought to England by their during the French revolution. They lost their parents and land but have made a life and home in Cressmouth, England. Their income comes from the blacksmith shop and a side business with t heir friend...an illegal business that sees them all much more financially comfortable. In the last book their sister met the man she would marry and in the
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Micaela
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A perfect Christmas Historical Romance.
The women empowerment is strong in this one.
Eve is a journalist, or at least she's trying to, since she's the manager, writer and printer of the Gazette her father owns. Said father is overprotective and he decides which content may go in the journal, focusing on their town, specifically in Christmas in they town. But Eve wants to report real news and become a serious journalist, whatever it takes.
Sebastien le Duc is a blacksmith and a French refugee from
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Heike
Eve, aspiring journalist and sole employee of her father’s quarterly newspaper, wished she could write about more interesting things than theater schedules, sleigh ride rates and cookie recipes. Bastian Le Duc, the dandy of the French refugee siblings who run the smithy in town, seeks out her help in advertising said smithy for sale, so he and his brother can return to France. Sparks fly and Bastian’s foreseeable departure is becoming a concern, as well as Eve’s ambition to write a “real” story ...more
Cheryl
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eve Shelling wanted to be a serious journalist, she had a love for writing. Unfortunately, she had a father who didn’t appreciate her and all that she did. He had a poor opinion of women and their capabilities. He really annoyed me!
Sebastian ( Bastien) was known as a well groomed dandy but there was much more to him as Eve found out. I enjoyed how they got to know each other but what could come of it, as Bastien was selling up and moving back to his homeland. This was an enjoyable read and I was
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Carole Burant
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am SO enjoying the 12 Dukes of Christmas series!! I was looking forward to reading Sébastien's story and Erica Ridley did not disappoint. I just loved his fun character and being quite the dandy had some hilarious moments. Eve was his perfect opposite and adding her bullmastiff in the mix made for such a delightful story.

Decisions...hard decisions....had to be made, though. Sébastien has to choose between going back to France with his brother Lucien or stay in England for love. Eve has to
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Monika P.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet love story about people who have to make tough choices. And lots of times it's hard to make those choices. I enjoyed the way our hero and heroine approached their problems. Love or homeland? Love or career? To find the answer you'll have to read their story. It's very enjoyable!
Niki
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aspiring, though currently unpaid and unappreciated, journalist Eve Shelling learned early on the painful lesson that men cannot be trusted. So she focuses on her paper and not falling for the charming subject of her latest article. Sebastien le Duc runs the village blacksmith shop along with his brother, Lucian. He's a dandy with hidden secrets, like his involvement in a smuggling operation, but he has a good heart and he and his brother are now finally able to sell their shop and at last ...more
AnnMarie
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke's Embrace is the seventh book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. I have read the first six books and have loved every one, but you don't have to have read them to enjoy this one. It can easily be read as a standalone book.

One of the things I love about this book (and series) is where it is set, the beautiful town of Cressmouth lovingly known as Christmas because it's a town where it's like Christmas all year round. Now, who wouldn't want to live in a place like that?

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Maura
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Traci
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Duke’s Embrace is the seventh book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. This was another awesome book for the series! Eve Shelling was under-paid and under-appreciated by her father who owned the Cressmouth Gazette. She was ambitious and wanted the Gazette to become something better than a quarterly paper that only contained information about the town’s festivities for Christmas. She thought it should contain things about the actual people and families that lived in ...more
NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews
3.5 Stars

“Sometimes hope is the most precious gift we can have.”

Would be journalist Eve Shelling has stumbled upon a story to end all stories and finally gain her the respectability of being a reporter. But if she publishes, it could cost her the happily ever after she never dreamed she’d have…

Sebastien le Duc is one of two brothers who work the local smithy. Having fled France during the revolution, they have wished for nothing but to return to their homeland. Finally, with the funds they have
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke's Embrace by Erica Ridley is book 7 in the 12 Dukes of Christmas Series. This is the story of Sébastien le Duc and Eve Shelling. I have read the previous book which I think did help for me to enjoy this one but with that said you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Eve is the daughter of the owner of the Cressmouth Gazette which has made wanting to be a journalist in her blood but her father wants her to do all the unpaid work with the printers and finding stories ...more
Rosemary K
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eva Shelling wants to be a respected journalist. She knows that won't happen unless her father agrees to let her write more relevant stories. The paper needs to be more that a travelogue praising Cressmouth. Since her father owns the paper I didn't think she would be successful. Eva deserves her father's respect and his love, but he won't do that. I hated to see her blame herself for her mother's death. Meanwhile local blacksmith Sebastien le Duc and his brother want to sell their business and ...more
Janet
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Unpaid and under-appreciated journalist Miss Eve Shelling never goes anywhere without a trusty notebook and her overprotective Duenna—who happens to be a bullmastiff. Eve learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted when she was sixteen. Local blacksmith Monsieur Sébastien le Duc is a rakish dandy with a heart of stolen gold and two teeny tiny secrets.
A lovely read of two people who have been neighbours for years who suddenly find they are more than smitten with each other.
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Rolé
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The charming village of Cressmouth plays host again to the next installment in the series. This time we meet Eve Shelling, running the Cressmouth Gazette on behalf of her ageing father. She wants nothing more than to be recognized as a serious reporter, and to do that she has to change the tone of their quarterly paper to a more serious one. She has the idea to write about the upstanding citizens of their village, starting with the Le Duc brothers, who run the blacksmith.

Sebastian le Duc had
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Lori D
Back to beloved Cressmouth, England or "Christmas" where anything can happen, especially if there is a Duke around!! But one young lady, Eve Shelling was determined to be a good journalist and write about other items beside the same old aritcles. Of course, her father was the owner of the paper and he was determined to make her follow the rules, drat it!
Determined to write her own article, she continues to take matters in her own hand. The new subject, Local Blacksmith and dandy Monsieur
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Suzannah
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke’s Embrace by Erica Ridley is book 7 in the 12 Dukes of Christmas Series. I have loved each of Ridley’s stories. They can truly be read as stand-alone books. I think this hero was one of my favorites. Monsieur Sebastien le Duc is a dandy - an incredibly masculine dandy. That sets him apart from most Regency character heroes. In other books, a dandy ( someone who is unduly devoted to style and appearance) is generally seen as foppish. But in The Duke’s Embrace, Sebastien is an incredibly ...more
Vania Nunes
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The books can be read as stand alone, but if you read the previous book, then you already know Sébastien, the French blacksmith who can't wait to return to his country (he and his siblings had fled so they wouldn't end up dying by the guillotine, as so many other acquaintances), but who did not make his fortune by honest work.

When the opportunity arises to return to France - and after his sister Desiree married a Briton - Sébastien decides to sell his business. To do so, he asks Miss Eve for
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LaCath
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had a few issues with this book.
First, I speak french. And one of my pet peeves is americain authors who include a french character in their books and randomly add french words to make it more authentic. This is one of those books. The good point is that at least, the french words are correct. The bad one is that there are parts where the characters are supposed to discuss in french, although the text is in English... but with a few scattered french words nevertheless. And just to be clear,
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Gladys
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I thought the storyline was fun and the characters likable. Bastian and Eve had great chemistry and I enjoyed seeing the sparks fly between them. Eve was quite spunky and Bastian is a quite charming rascal. Together I thought they made a great couple. There is plenty of emotion in this read. Both of these characters tugged at my heartstrings. All together a very enjoyable read that left me eager for the next book in this series. This is my independent, impartial review.
Marti
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, sweet romance! Snappy, fresh writing, crisp dialogue, and great characters. Sebastien le Duc finally meets a girl who doesn’t swoon over him, Miss Eve Shelling. Eve discovers that Sebastien may be more, much more, than Cressmouth’s resident handsome dandy. But Sebastien is headed back to France — isn’t he?
Laura
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Eve and Sebastien's story! Sebastien struggles with wanting to return home to France and his budding relationship with local journalist Eve Shelling. This was a perfect Christmas novella!

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the author. Thank you!
Cyliena
The Duke's Embrace is the seventh book in Erica Ridley's 12 Dukes of Christmas series. Sébastien le Duc, one of the local blacksmiths in the town of Cressmouth, is eager to return to his home country of France now that the family debt is paid off. Eve Shelling aspires to be a journalist whose stories are more than just fluff, yet finds it hard to be taken seriously in a world ruled by men. When the le Duc men decide to sell the blacksmithy in order to fund their voyage home, Eve is right there, ...more
Nanna
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book 7 in the 12 dukes of Christmas series. You do not have to read them in order but I think you will get more enjoyment if you do.
This one is about a young woman, Miss Eve Shelling who dreams of being a great journalist. She works
and writes for The Cressmouth Gazette a paper her father owns. Eve does all the work for the paper, runs the press, writes the articles and make sure the shipping is on time. Her father orders her to write and print only what he wants in the paper, positive
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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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