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My Darling Duke

(Sinful Wallflowers #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,970 ratings  ·  481 reviews
Miss Katherine Danvers is a desperate wallflower. Her family is on the brink of financial ruin, and it is up her to save her mother and sisters from a life of indignities. So she transforms herself into the incomparable Kitty Danvers, the fiancée of the enigmatic and reclusive Alexander Masters, Duke of Thornton—once dubbed the mad, bad, and dangerous catch of the Season.

Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Entangled: Amara
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MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4.25 "couple goals" stars

Love me some Stacy Reid, so I paid the full price for this one when it came out because I couldn't wait for a sale after I read the blurb and saw some of the reviews!

This book is the first in a new series by one of my favorite HR authors (she always delivers my "musts" in books!), and it features a group of 5 women who have labeled themselves, "Sinful Wallflowers" -- the only problem is that none of them have ever done anything remotely sinful... but they are determined
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Oh so many tears! Simply amazing story.
I have to tell you I got the major feels with this book. I found myself reading with tears rolling down my face several times. The author crafted a completely different story with a twist that simply captivated me. And the last part nearly broke my heart.

It’s not easy to catch the attention of a reviewer because we read so many stories. Sometimes it feels like I’m numb to emotion. However, when a author breaks through that tough exterior, th
Stacey is Sassy
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Darling...and very stubborn Duke

This was my first story by Stacy Reid and it will definitely not be my last. The characters were interesting, the storyline was original and I was emotionally invested in their courtship and the struggles they faced.

I absolutely loved that this author was not afraid to approach an issue that is rarely raised (wink, wink) in romance. A man sacrificing his own happiness because of his inability to give his love everything he thinks she deserves. By the end, even
Stacy Reid
I loved writing Kitty and Alexander's love story! I hope you enjoy their journey to HEA as much as I loved taking them there.

Barbara Rogers
Series: Sinful Wallflowers #1
Publication Date: 12/31/19

I finished reading this book yesterday and it has been on my mind all day today. It is a wonderful book filled with wit, humor, and hope – so much hope. We have a truly traumatized and damaged hero and I absolutely loved how this author handled him, his injuries, his spirit, and his bleak outlook on his future. This could have been one of those dark, intense, angsty books that I hate, but it wasn’t that way at all. I’m not usually a huge fan
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio...3.5 stars
Story 3 stars

This was really a great and emotional story. I loved how sweet, loving and accepting the heroine was of the hero who was facially scarred and physically disabled. I can see why this book will most likely get high ratings. My one and only reason for 3 stars was the pacing. It was sloooowww. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Miss Katherine (Kitty) Danvers is a heroine who decides to stop hiding who she is in order to conform to society's edicts, she has made the slightly crazy and daring decision to do what she needs to help her mother and sisters - a decision that if revealed would ruin her and her family. The Duke of Thornton, Alexander Masters, hurt and scarred, is ferociously whispered about by the Ton. He has spent a lonely decade or so only living for his younger sister, isolated at his estate. When h
Naima Simone
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid, the first book in the Sinful Wallflowers series. I don't often find myself throwing around words like enchanting and charming and delightful. But I'm about to throw all three around when it comes to My Darling Duke. Plus add a few more--romantic, witty, fun and passionate. Just a wonderful read that I so thoroughly enjoyed and love, as I have come to expect from Stacy Reid.

Kitty Danvers is a Sinful Wallflower, one of five friends who have seen
Oh my! With such a tormented, broken hero, it is no wonder I was completely captivated by every word in this book.


When Kitty is in desperate need to help her family she makes a wicked decision, sure that she is safe from her lie being discovered. At least by the man she has unknowingly pulled into her deception.

Alexander lives a lonely life. He has no hope for the future and lives with the memories of horror as his constant companion. But when he learns about Kitty and the con that she is pulli
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this first book in the Sinful wallflowers series.
We get a little bit of an introduction to some of the other wallflowers and some idea as of what´s in store for them. Looking forward to read more.
Jacqueline♡ beautyliterate
4/5 stars

I've been wanting to get into more Historical Fiction romances and I am happy to say I really enjoyed this one!

The characters I loved getting to learn more about and drives you to continue on to see what happens next with them. Also my goodness can she write some romance! The characters chemistry was great and I just loved how they ended up being with one another. Stacy Reid is able to write in a way that allows readers a way of seeing the world as if they were there with the characters
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid is quite the unusual historical romance. And you're probably thinking, "What's unusual about another beauty and the beast story with a scarred hero?" Plenty, actually.

Miss Kitty Danvers decides to make up a lie to save her family from penury. The newspapers and gossip pages are constantly publishing unfounded stories about the reclusive Duke of Thornton. The Duke has never bothered to write back to p
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3.5-4 stars! I've been wanting to read a Stacy Reid book for a while, and I'm glad I got to this one! It's so different from the other historical romances, or romances in general, that I've read, and I liked that. It just lagged during the middle of the story and I wanted the romance to pick up a bit. But I really enjoyed Kitty, Alexander, and their Beauty & the Beast twist. I can't wait to read more from the Sinful Wallflowers series! ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Since her father's death the Honorable Miss Katherine Danvers has carried a great deal of responsibility. As the oldest and only daughter out in society she needs to make a good match so she can help her three younger sisters find their own comfortable matches and ensure stability for them and their mother. But Katherine has gone unnoticed as a wallflower and is growing increasingly desperate to save her family from genteel poverty. So she develops a shocking plan: Kitty writes to a scandal colu ...more
This was a new to me author and I was in love with the cover and synopsis and beyond excited when my wish was granted by the publisher.

I love love loved Kitty and Alexander. They’re both smart, stubborn, good people in seemingly difficult situations. They’re so much alike, it was delightful reading them navigate this fake real relationship. Oh, and I could have choked on the chemistry between them. Alexander’s sister, Penny is charming, and even the household staff was impertinent and so suppor
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the second beauty and the beast themed book I have read recently (not on purpose). I definitely found this to be the better of the two. This was a very sweet and sad book. The heroine, Kitty, pretends and engagement to a reclusive duke. Said duke, Alexander, is a recluse due to the scaring and injuries sustained saving his sister from a fire by jumping out of a window with her. Kitty makes Alexander feel again and they have a very sweet courtship but Alexander pushes her away because he ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stacey Reid Fans, Romance
4 Allowing Love Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Whenever I read historical romances, I thank my lucky stars not to be born of those times. What women had to endure and how they were regarded takes this modern woman's breath away. In My Darling Duke (Sinful Wallflowers, #1) by Stacy Reid, all of the challenges women had to deal with and workaround are front and center along with the rules of society and the Ton.

Ms. Reid takes the Beauty and The Beast concept and gives it a good shake, mixes it with wom
Books Just 4 Me
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a new author for me and I’m so glad I found her! Katherine/Kitty goes to extreme measures to help secure her sisters’ futures and save her family from poverty. She decides to fake an engagement with Alexander, the Duke of Thornton. She wills herself to become a sinful wallflower and take advantage of the fact that the Duke has not been seen in seven years. Kitty is an amazing character, full of sass, willfulness and energy. She’s constantly breaking society norms for a woman. Alexander ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this very much. Beauty and the Beast retelling is one of my favorite tropes. Just the right amount of steam for me. I look forward to the next in the series.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Darling Duke
Sinful Wallflowers Series #1
Stacy Reid
Release date 12/31/2019
Publisher Entangled Amara

Blurb :

Miss Katherine Danvers has always been a wallflower. But now, with her family on the brink of financial ruin, she finds herself a desperate wallflower. To save her family, she'll do anything. Luckily, she has the perfect plan...
She’ll impress the ton by simply announcing she is engaged to the reclusive and mysterious Duke of Thornton, Alexander Masters,
Unfortunately, it is not as good as Mistress or hot but it's ok. ...more
Vanessa (nessreads)
If there is one thing to be true, it is that after reading My Darling Duke I wholeheartedly need to read more historical romances.

From the very beginning I was taken with Katherine 'Kitty' Danvers brazen nature. She knows what she wants and she goes full force to get it. She’ll do anything she can to help her mom and sisters even if it means she’ll be the one to suffer the consequences because of her daring con. Her mischievous ways had me giggling and also ecstatic at her take charge manner. I
Smart Women Read Romance
You guys were totally right. I love Stacy Reid’s writing! This book was AMAZING. A beauty and the beast trope? You know it’s my weakness.

Kitty Danvers is taking a massive risk by openly claiming to be the fiancé of the reclusive Duke of Thornton. She’s desperate to save her family from poverty, so a little white lie to elevate her family’s status couldn’t hurt... until Alexander gets word that he apparently has a fiancé! Alexander is badly scarred but risks the public eye to meet the women who
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Great story!

So unique and sweet. Kind of a B&B retelling. Bold heroine, tortures and scarred hero.

Just delightful
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
4.5 stars.
Full of tenderness and pain, often melodramatic, but Stacy Reid’s elegant prose makes the story in “My Darling Duke” (Entangled: Amara) heartbreaking and the reading journey very enjoyable.
An amazing, very lonely, wounded hero and a great, unconventional heroine.
There's great chemistry and honesty between our romantic couple.
Alexander is afflicted with so many issues – the epitome of the wounded hero – yet this “intensely p
Victoria Vale
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. God! I've read and enjoyed other books by Stacy Reid, but I think this might just be her best. This story was everything and I was thoroughly engrossed from beginning to end. This was such a unique premise, and I sympathized with and loved both the hero and heroine.
I love a wounded hero, and Alexander is probably the most damaged I've ever read, both physically and emotionally. I loved how Stacy was able to convey both vulnerability and strength in Alexander. AND she was able to paint a
Sissy's Romance Book Review
My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid is book One in the Sinful Wallflowers Series. This is the story of Alexander Masters, Duke of Thornton and Katherine 'Kitty' Danvers.
Alexander was once in love or so he thought but the women he fell for called him a monster along with the town when he was scared and damaged from an accident. So Alexander left town and became a reclusive person, now several years later he gets wind of someone pretending to be his fiancée. Kitty family has been left destitute after t
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. Beauty and the Beast tropes are one of my favorites to begin with, but this one had such a range of deep emotions that there were times where that HEA felt very out of reach, and made it that much sweeter in the end. I loved the way this relationship developed, and there was very little outside conflict. It was really a story of them finding happiness with each other, and I found that refreshing. There are introductions to other characters I assume will be in future books, ...more
Amy  Malory
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book...GREAT read!I totally recommend it to be read! <3

I am gonna start with the things i didn't like .
1)It seemed the the last 50 pages were written in a rush and not the dedication that the rest of the book was handled.
2)It was not really into my taste all these "His love did this..." "Her duke did that..." aside that,which really a personal view,these phrases as well as words,were repeated,even throughout the same paragraph 3 or 4 times,which made the text seem written in a poorly manner
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Beauty and the Beast gets a fresh new retelling in the wonderful My Darling Duke . Stacy Reid has kicked off her Sinful Wallflowers series with a tale that’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Kitty Danvers is desperate. At twenty-three, she is both unmarried and the head of a family with almost no money. With three younger sisters she wants to see happily settled, Kitty makes a bold move to capture society’s interest: she claims to be engaged to the reclusive Duk
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