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Nothing Compares to the Duke

(The Duke's Den #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Christy Carlyle concludes her Duke’s Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one.

His Only Regret…

Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with hi
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Avon
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Barbara Rogers
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Series: The Duke’s Den #3
Publication Date: 5/26/20
Number of Pages: 368

Rhys Forester and Arabella Prescott have a history – both a joyous one and a heartbreaking one. They were best friends from the time they were children running their family estates together – getting covered in mud, riding their horses – you name it – they were inseparable. Arabella was the person who knew Rhys better than anyone – knew all of his fears and secrets. Then, Arabella begins to see Rhys in a different light and he
I’ve enjoyed the previous two books in this series, so I was all in on this one.

I loved Bella and Rhys. She’s so clever and he’s charming and each needs the other’s help. Toss in their history + a fake engagement and I was here for all of it. There are a few other characters in this story, but the main focus is the two MCs. Seeing the previous couples just makes me want to go back to the other books.

Plot wise it was good. I was happy to see Bella was given a chance to work through her past hur
Susan (susayq ~)
I have been on a roll with reading books from authors that have been on my TBR for a while that I just haven't gotten to (too many books, too little time). With that being said, I don't know what I was waiting for with this author LOL

Fake to real romances are my FAVORITE! Watching Rhys and Bella fall in love for real was fantastic.

While this was third book in the series, don't worry. It can easily be read on it's on :)
Sissy's Romance Book Review
NOTHING COMPARES TO THE DUKE by Christy Carlyle is book Three in The Duke's Den Series. This is the story of Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forester, the Duke of Claremont. I have read the previous books (loved them) but felt this could be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Rhys and Arabella once were best of friends running around as children. But then when they were a little older Arabella started to have different feelings for Rhys who ended up breaking her heart and left. Now all these year ...more
Bella and Rhys were soooo good together! She’s clever and analytical. He’s the historical equivalent of a frat boy. Oddly enough, they paired very well together and I loved every minute of their not so fake relationship!
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
I hadn't read the first two books before starting Nothing Compares to the Duke, and I'm glad to admit I didn't feel like I had missed out, and was able to read without having any confusion.

Bella and Rhys used to be as thick as thieves until Bella, who had a crush on Rhys, found him with another woman. From then on, they never spoke until many years later when Rhys seeks Bella's help.

Bella [...] glanced over her shoulder at the man she should have slapped five years ago.

I greatly enjoyed getting
Pelusa Rivera
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't know that this was part of a series but I was not lost, and kind of figured out who the previous book featured and plan on going back to read it. I did enjoy this book. So we meet Arabella when she turns 18 and she has the biggest crush on her best friend, she is at her party and doesn't want to give her speech without him she is too excited until she finds him with a widow in a scandalous position, she runs away and tells him to go, not only does he go but they do not speak for 4 years ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
A no drama book. Those are sort of rare.

There is Bella who fell for her best friend Rhys, but he was busy with all the other ladies and being a, oh wait for it, rake! Shocking ;) So she was all bye!

Now he is back, he is a Duke, the estate is loosing money, his sister needs a season, and he needs to step up.

And Bella is entertaining suitors as a houseparty. And yes that is the story for much of the book. Them meeting again, talking, realising they still need each other, her knowing she never stop
This book had so little plot, I was 72% of the way finished and had no clue how I'd gotten that far because nothing of importance had happened. I guess it wasn't bad but there were some loose ends and overall I was disappointed by the characters. ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Rhys Forester, now the Duke of Claremont, believes his only talent lies in entertaining people and he's spent his life thus far completely immersed in scandalous parties and an even more scandalous interest in trade. But his inheritance comes with unexpected debts, leading to the necessity for Rhys to return to his family's estate and investigate the issue. This means confronting the beautiful neighbor who was his lifelong friend until he inadvertently ruined their relationship in the only true ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view.

Nothing Compares to the Duke follows Rhys Forester, Duke of Claremont, as he is coming to grips with his new position, and dealing with the dire financial situation his father left him in. He's got a reputation for living a life on the wild side, but knows that he needs to start to settle to his title, especially as his younger sister, Meg, is about to debut. He returns to the family estate, ho
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle-books
Spurned by her childhood crush/ best friend, Arabella was developed a thick skin over the past five years. A know beauty, she’s been propped too many times. But she has frozen her heart and not found the right suitor to crack the ice shield she has constructed to keep her heart safe and mind focused. Now Bella is determined to remain spinster and instead of creating a family, she wants to create puzzles! She has focused her brilliant mind to the task of creating a word puzzle book that she is de ...more
Twenty-three year old Bella (Arabella) has turned down numerous proposals, and really wants her parents to head off to Greece and leave her alone with her ambitions. But, despite things changing, they haven’t changed THAT much, and they are determined she will marry. She’s determined to find a publisher for her book, and she’s got ideas to share with the world - neither is particularly acceptable to society or her parents.

Rhys has returned to the family estate to take up reins as Duke, and see
Norah Gibbons
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in Christy Carlyle’s excellent series The Duke’s Den. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I do highly recommend the first two books in the series. Rhys Forester is now the Duke of Claremont, but the estate matters are in a mess, his steward has gone missing, and he can’t make heads or tails of the account books as he suffers from what I believe is dyslexia. He ...more
Lori D
Once childhood friends, Rhys and Arabella had gone their separate ways when he had ruined their friendship on her eighteenth birthday. He began to live the life of his father, a rake with all the trappings that involved.
But five years later he inherited the Dukedom, which was not in the best of shape and he started waking up and seeing his life as it was.
Arabella had her seasons and was content to be left independent and write that book she knew she could. But her family decided it was time for
Debbie Brown
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
rabella Prescott has loved being the belle of the ball until her heart was broken by her best friend Rhys Forester, the future Duke of Claremont. Now five years later Belle has not married and Rhys show up at a party uninvited. She’s never forgiven him for his transgression at her sixteenth birthday party, she hoped to one day marry him. Rhys knows he owes Bella an apology, he broke her heart and their friendship was lost five years ago. Bella has several successful seasons with dozens of marria ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behaviour, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title don’t fit the carefree lifestyle he’s created and when he’s forced to return to his family’s estate, he’s also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind. Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more ba
Cary Morton
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Nothing Compares To the Duke by Christy Carlyle is not your usual historical romance. The heroine is extraordinarily clever, determined, and hard-headed, and the hero is a bit of a lost soul. Had the two never been childhood friends, this story may have gone an entirely different way, but there was something sweet about how close they were, despite being very different people.

The book overall was
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it

RHYS is a total fool. I'll tell you this. Growing up with Bella, they are the childhood sweetheart couple who grew up together and fell in love with each other. At 22, he's a randy young man who wasn't hesitant to sow his wild oats, but this time it's at the expense of the young girl who hold
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series, and like the previous two is a hit! The book can be read as a stand-alone, but I do recommend reading the others to get a better background of what exactly the Duke’s Den and to understand some of the secondary characters, this book does not really go as much into the Den as the previous books did. This book follows the story of Arabella Prescott, the beloved only child of a viscount, and Rhys Forester, the new Duke o ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forester live on neighboring estates, and have been best friends since they were young children, even though Rhys is four years older. Although much of their youth was spent running about and playing, Bella is remarkably intelligent, and helped Rhys with his reading disorder. The years pass, and it’s now time to celebrate Bella’s eighteenth birthday. She’s nervous about having to give a speech in front of everyone, and is counting on Rhys’s face front and center to foc ...more
Lovely Books Blog
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in the Duke’s Den series by Christy Carlyle. Rys Forester has just become the Duke of Claremont but before that he was just Rhys, a trusted friend and confidant to Arabella Prescott. After Rhys betrayed her trust, Arabella cut him off deciding she didn’t need him or anyone to be happy with her life. But all is not right in Rhys’ world and he has no one else to turn to besides Bella. Can she put aside her anger to help him, or will past mistakes make ...more
Claudine Gandolfi
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this novel down. So here I am, exhausted, because I finished it in one read, overnight. So, that gets high marks from me just for that.

Opening prologue really reeled me in as I felt so badly for the young heroine, Arabella (Arry to the hero, Bella to everyone else). She has her heart broken by Rhys Forester on her birthday severing their young friendship.

Skip forward 5 years and they're thrown back together as he takes ownership of the family estate after his father's death. Th
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-20
Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third and last book in the Duke’s Den series. The entire series is good, but the books can all be read as a stand-alone. The book was easy to read and flowed smoothly.
Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lived a reckless life with parties and loose women. Rhys had made a fortune by investing but his struggle with reading had made him postpone his duties as the new duke. He was not able to make any sense of the ledgers and the absence of Mr. Radley, the e
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 of the The Duke's Den series, Nothing Compares to The Duke, may be read as a stand-alone. Some characters from the previous books show up, but their relationships to the main characters are easy to understand.
Arabella Prescott has tried hard to make their parents happy, yet the happiest thing for them would be to see her married. However, Arabella had decided a long time ago she would never marry, because the only man who really interested her let her down on her 18th birthday. Since then
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Nothing Compares to the Duke brings us the story of Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forrester.

Our story starts with a young Arabella in the midst or her coming out, young and in love with her childhood friend Rhys. These two have grown up together, shared adventures, it was normal for Arabella to assume the next step may be marriage. What she does not realize is that Rhys is entering a discovery stage in his life. He is discovering women and the joys of being a young buck. Arabella walks in on him wi
2.5 Stars rounded Up

Rhys Forester had intrigued me from the first time his character appeared on the series and I was reaaally keen on his story. It turned out to be ...not wholly satisfying? I suspected the opening chapter would be the major blow that broken years long friendship. But what transpired just had me gobsmacked. Don’t get me wrong, it’s shitty of Rhys to do what he did, but Arabella struck me as spoiled and nagging brat of a young lady. And to have that one incident (only) erasing
Mary Gallo
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was going to be typical of the genre, but it wasn't. It was a delightful tale of childhood friendship that becomes more. When the heroine turned 18, she had a garden party. Her best friend since childhood, the hero, was 4 years older but he came to her party. She was expecting a marriage proposal and he was expecting a booty call with the local widow. Move up five years and she is having another birthday party. The hero had lead a dissolute life as a duke who does nothin ...more
I love a fake relationship. The whole mechanism of the trope works because it throws resistant people with a simmering attraction into situations that force them to be closer. It doesn't work when these't happen? From the initiation of the fake relationship to the time they bang, not much happens to bring them closer together. He's supportive of her, so I guess that helps her forgive him? They've always loved each other, so there's not much to overcome. Any stakes that in ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Arabella and Rhys were inseparable as children until
The teenage Arabella, who is smitten with Rhys has her heart broken when she realises he doesn’t feel the same as her.

In the five years since the very clever and well educated Arabella has enjoyed season after season and turned down a number of proposals. She has been working on a book of puzzles which she is keen to publish and has decided she is content remaining a spinster.

When her parents throw a dinner party for a number or eligible gentle
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