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The Duke Is But a Dream by Anna  Bennett
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bookshelves: historical, netgalley, romance, rrrc-2019, reviewed

This is my first Anna Bennett book. While I wasn't swept off my feet, I did enjoy the organic way the two characters got to know each other. The premise that Lily (a Miss from a well-to-do family) is left alone while everyone leaves town and has a head injury/memory loss and then Eric (the Duke of Stonebridge) decides to take her in until her family is discovered is far-fetched—but it worked for this particular plot, as the two wouldn't have socialized otherwise.

Regarding the swearing: several other reviewers have mentioned profanity in this book. I noted two f-bombs and six s-words. Etymology: (view spoiler) The author isn't writing something too "modern" or "out of time," as these words have been around for centuries.

And now back to our normal review. :)

Lily is energetic and enjoyable, and I loved the snippets of her columns prior to each chapter. The friendship between Lily and Delilah, Eric's sister, helped both characters grow and accept realizations and realities of the world around them.

I really liked Eric as a person, but absolutely didn't like his reasons for not wanting a romantic relationship. He aspired to have great intentions but his decision-making skills need some improvement. He's unwilling to commit, but gets involved with Lily anyway—even when she doesn't know who she is.

The circumstances of the story force both Lily and Eric to open up in ways they may not have otherwise. While I would have liked to have seen these characters come together in a less-forced manner, their story was still a fun and quick read. It isn't the most memorable of stories, but is an intriguing one. The book is part of the Debutante Diaries series, but can be read as a standalone.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Reading Progress

May 19, 2019 – Started Reading
May 19, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
May 19, 2019 – Shelved
May 19, 2019 – Shelved as: historical
May 19, 2019 – Shelved as: rrrc-2019
May 19, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
May 19, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley
May 20, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 23, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed

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