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Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right

(Impossible Bachelors #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,039 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Most women would not be pleased to be labeled a spinster. But Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes isn't most women. In fact, Poppy has invented an imaginary fianc�, the Duke of Drummond, to deter unwanted suitors. A very useful fellow, this duke, until the real Drummond turns up and uses Poppy's ploy to trap her in a betrothal.

A good spy flies below the radar. Which is why being named
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Press
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4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

The best compliment I can give this is to say that it was the perfect cure for my utterly craptastic, stressful week. There are tons of highly anticipated new releases out that I’m itching to read, but I’ve felt so drained lately and really just needed something light and fun that wouldn’t require a lot of thought or energy on my part. (Very lazy of me, I know.)

This is a charming, perky, feel-good romance with endearing characters that totally hit the spot and
...I didn't like it. I thought I would, after reading the first book in the series, but no, I didn't.

Poppy, our heroine, is a spinster, excuse me, Spinster. She vows to only marry for love and she is in love with a Russian prince. Not that she is lacking in proposals, but she has always referred to an absentee Duke of Drummond, as her true love to avoid awkwardness. But, the real Duke of Drummond enters the scene, forcing her into an engagement. Nicholas Staunton, the Duke of Drummond, aka. Lord
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
This novel started out so promising. Fun, intrigue, spies! But it quickly devolved into sorry cliches, obvious twists and the dialog seemed too modern. I just couldn't imagine men and women in the Regency era speaking so blatantly about sex to each other. (They might've - I certainly wasn't there!)

I'm just really sick of having a woman "choose" between the obvious jerk and the hero. It's dumb. It would've been far more interesting to have both men be good catches, but she really only has chemis
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I just finished reading this book, and I'm hesitant to give it three stars, but I feel two is just too low. When I bought it, I hadn't realized it was in a series, and that I had already read the first one -- When Harry Met Sally. If I would have realized this before purchasing it, chances are I wouldn't have bought the book. It just frustrated me, plain and simple.

I think the summary of the book sounds interesting, and I definitely thought this book would be a fun read, but I found it dull and
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had fun with this book. Just like her first. Not a lot of thought needed, just a little mystery, two people that like each other while saying they don't and some sexy scenes too. I didn't overthink this one at all and that is OK :). Read it for the fun of it!!
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (yes quite a mouthful), is the 2nd book in the Impossible Bachelors series. I really loved the first installment and I was very excited to start this one. I read Dukes to the left of Me (for short) very fast. It was a pleasure to read from start to end even if I'm not 100% happy with aspects of the plot. But once again, Kieran portrays great characters you can't help but love.

Lady Poppy has become a mast
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
In a very comical scene, the proud “almost spinster” Poppy who has rejected countless suitors, gets a marriage proposal from a Duke who she thought didn’t exist. Because she thought he didn’t exist, she used him as an excuse to decline all of her past marriage offers.

Nicholas, aka the Duke of Drummond, works for the British Secret Service, and now that Prinny has declared him an Impossible Bachelor, his name will be plastered all over England. Needing to keep a low profile for his job, he needs
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas is currently an agent for the British 'Service', unfortunately, he also recently got landed with the title of Duke of Drummond. Which means that he now must get married (a Duke is high in demand for marriage minded mothers and would bring too much attention to him as a Service Agent). Of course this is the worst case scenario for Nicholas, he thoroughly enjoys his bachelorhood and loathes the requirement of marriage that lies ahead of him.

Poppy has been pining after the Prince of Russi
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
The first book in the series was laugh-out-loud funny for me. This one? Not so much. Instead of seeming endearing and quirky, the characters and the plot came off as annoying and implausible. The plot was as ridiculous as it was in the first one (Poppy makes up a fake suitor to fend off other men, until, ta-da!, fake suitor turns out to be real). And because he needs to take a wife, he just blindly decides to marry this seemingly-crazy woman? Uh, right. I liked Harry and Molly so much, that I wa ...more
Jessica Grogan
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. Not for me.
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is Kieran Kramers second book in the Impossible Bachelors series and I thoroughly enjoyed it! If you are in the mood for a light, funny, laugh at loud romance with a delightful, spirited heroine and a dashing, spy hero this is the book for you. We get reacquainted with the second of four Impossible Bachelors, the Duke of Drummond, Nicholas Staunton (though he was know as Lord Maxwell I believe in the first book) who needs to marry to stay a member of the Service. Now, Lady Poppy Smith-Barne ...more
Book Review Diva
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Dukes To the Left Of Me, Princes To The Right” by Kieran Kramer

Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes is looking for adventure and true love. She has made a promise to herself and to the spinster club, that she belongs to, that she will only marry for true love and nothing less. Lady Poppy has turned down repeated proposals from good men, because she does not love these men. She has also told a white lie, well at least she thought it was a white lie. You see, Poppy thinks that the Duke of Drummond does not ex
Deborah Vespo
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this author! She's so wonderful that I went to the library and grabbed her whole collection! Poppy is a wonderful, funny, strong, and very likable character. She is lucky enough in life to be the only daughter to a very wealthy man. She is surrounded by suitable suitors and the marriage proposals abound. She however, unknown to her father and the rest of society, is part of a very small club of her and her closest friends, that have made a promise to one another that they will forever remai ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
DUKES TO THE LEFT OF ME, PRINCES TO THE RIGHT is a sweet and sexy historical romance with a bit of adventure thrown in. I love Kieran Kramer's writing style. It is light, fluffy, and fun. The characters in this story are fun and very well written. I really liked the premise of the relationship between Poppy and Nick. After telling numerous suitors that she was in love with the Duke of Drummond it was very funny to "see" her face to face with the man himself. The secondary characters - especially ...more
Shan ~A~
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Kieran Kramer. I am saying this after reading only 2 of her books, but she leaves me with such a good feeling when I am done. This is of course book 2 in the Impossible Bachelors series and it did not disappoint. I love that fact that the hero and heroines that she right are so perfect for one another and she always has me laughing out loud. At the end I finish the book and always wonder what is going to happen to every one else. The reason I say that is because all of the char ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
The first 100 pages were the best, those had me giggling. Later on it was also good, just not as funny. It started to take itself too seriously then. I have never really been overly fond of historical spy novels, sure I can enjoy them but they always feel too fake.

Poppy is a spinster and is so old as 21, omg, horrid (and here I just got used to older heroines where that seems more normal.) Anyway, Poppy wants to marry only for true love and she is in love with a Russian prince.

Nicholas is a spy
Sep 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I found this book slightly more plausible than Kramer's first book, and just as enjoyable. The heroine developed a crush on a Russian prince when she was 15, and has been holding out for him ever since, fending suitors off with a made-up duke. She's in England now, quite a bit older, and the prince has come to England with his sister. They've brought a painting to view. The hero has just inherited a rather obscure title, and his boss insists it's time for him to marry. The heroine. Her dad is ti ...more
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Holy wow. I give very few 5 star ratings, but this deserves it.

In this tale a young lady who's been turning down proposals due to her love of a pretend duke finds herself face to face with- and engaged to- that very man.

Fabulous characters that sparkle, shine, and have you rooting for them. A refreshing look at "spinsterhood" and women who are independent and strong. Spies and clandestine missions. Plot twists and turns I never saw coming. Oh and plenty of great dialogue and memorable moments.
Kimberly Kincaid
I loved everything about this book! The characters were witty and fresh, the plot was flawlessly layered, and both Poppy and Nicholas's personal journeys were poignant and wonderful. Add Kieran Kramer's charming, lighthearted voice to the mix, and you've got a complete keeper.

The next book in the series, and all of Kramer's books that come after, are a total auto-buy for me. Bravo!
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
While I liked Poppy (she didn't take any shit from anyone), I didn't like Nicholas as much. I really hated the 2nd chapter that had him in bed with someone that was not the heroine. Then, that person had to be a reoccurring character that was horrible (of course she was).
A highlight for me was Boris and the pendant. Poop patrol!
I had this book in my possession for a long time and finally decided to pick it up because I’m trying to cut down on the number of books I own (no more space). Anyways, the premise of the book really didn’t interest me, but I still decided to give it a try.

Poppy is in love (or so she thinks) with Sergei, a Russian prince she met when she was 16 while in Petersburg. They had a brief, but impressionable romance and Poppy has been refusing suitors left and right since then. I forget how old she is
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
For the most part this book was a fun read. Most of what I know about the Regency period has come from Regency novels, so to put it bluntly, I don't know a whole lot, but even I knew that this book wasn't factual. Mind you, if I was looking for that I could go read Georgette Heyer, who really did her homework, or someone from the Regency period. Moving on, I was a little uncomfortable with the beginning, since I felt it felt more forced attentions than overcome with passion type displays, but qu ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I was enjoying, put it down and never picked it back up. I don't know why. I was interested in where it was going. I liked our hero and heroine. It seems like it was going to be a first rate romance.

I think I was on a vintage true crime kick at the time... it couldn't push me into historical romance and so is lost forever.

Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't particularly like any of the characters... they all came off kind of flat to me.
Peach Blossom
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Although the plot twist wasn’t what I expected, it was still a fun read!
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soon will put up a review on my blog.... the book was enjoyable. fast read for me.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-novels
I could only read a third, then I had to put it down. The characters are inconsistent, there's no discernible plot or feeling of suspense, and the sex scenes are crude and awkward!
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: readin2019
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