Friday, October 31, 2014


Series:  Dukes of War #0.5
Author:  Erica Ridley
Publish Date:   11.01.14
Publisher:  Intrepid Reads
Category /Genre:  Regency Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Intrepid Reads via NetGalley (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 10.22.14
Description from the publisher:
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time—he needs her!
When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.

This is a prequel for the new Dukes of War series.  They will need to be read in order for best enjoyment, though each will stand on their own.
Lady Amelia Pembroke is able to run his brother’s home with ease.  For the sake of her brother, she determines that it is time she chooses a proper husband for herself.  Unfortunately, the venue she has chosen for meeting the tonne has been hit by lightning and the annual Sheffield Christmas ball has been cancelled.  With her customary determination, she decides that the ball must go on, and she lays siege first to Lord Sheffield’s soiree and then to his heart. 
As always, Erica Ridley delivers with humor and wit.  I love Lady Amelia.  She is brilliant, nurturing, reflective, and sweet.  Her single-minded determination is awe-inspiring and a little overwhelming (in a good way).  If she were a modern lady, she’d probably solve the Ebola problem and the ISIS situation in an afternoon and still have enough time off for a proper tea!
A huge thank you to Intrepid Reads for sharing this book with me through NetGalley.  I hope they will continue to allow me to read, review, and love Erica Ridley’s wonderful stories.  One more month until the next book in this series. Who needs a countdown to Christmas?  I’ll be counting down for each book as it comes out.
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
The Dukes of War series:
  1. The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
  2. The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower (coming 12.01.14)
  3. The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress (coming 2015)
  4. The Major’s Faux Fiancée (coming soon)
  5. The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride (coming soon)
  6. The Duke’s Accidental Wife (coming soon)
Other Books from Erica Ridley:
  • Too Wicked to Kiss
  • Too Sinful to Deny
  • Charmed
  • Midwinter Magic
  • Let It Snow
  • Dark Surrender

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