The Unexpected Duchess



Publisher:  St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Published date:  April 29, 2014

ISBN-10: 1250042070

ISBN-13: 978-1250042071

Genre: Historical Fiction—Regency Era

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description


Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.


Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love.

My Thoughts

If you’re looking for a book filled with witty banter and a sharped tongue heroine then The Unexpected Duchess is the book for you!!

Lady Lucy Upton isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  And she does so quite often.  When a Duke decides to court her best friend Cassandra against Cass’s wishes, Lucy decides to help.  Cass is as demure and quiet as an English Lady comes, so fending off the Duke is ever so hard.  But Cass knows that if anyone can help her thwart his plans to marry her, then Lucy is the one for the job.  But all of Lucy’s plans are discovered by the duke, leaving her frustrated and confused.  How is she to help her best friend if Lord Derek Hunt, the Duke of Claringdon, is just as clever and sharped tongued as she?  And why does she find that the more she engages in battle with Derek, the more she wants to be around him?

Lord Derek Hunt, Duke of Claringdon didn’t ask to be a Duke.  He would certainly rather be on the battlefield searching for his lost friends or sitting beside the bed of his dying one.  But instead his mission is to come to London, be celebrated, and find a bride.  None of which he wants to do.  But when he finds the young lady he’s been recommended, he finds he can’t get close to her because of her ever so annoying and interfering friend.  All Derek wants to do is fulfill a promise to a dying friend, marry Cassandra, and be done with the London drawing rooms.  Why won’t her annoying little friend, Lady Lucy, just leave him alone?  Instead she’s determined to issue setdown after setdown towards him.  Well, little does she know, Lucy has finally met her match.  If it’s a battle Lucy wants it’s a battle Derek will give.  But as they both set out to accomplish their (opposing) goals, they not only begin to develop a respect for one another, but also an attraction.  However Derek is promise-bound to Cassandra and it appears that a love match between Derek and Lucy just isn’t meant to be.  Can Lucy stand to watch Cassandra walk down the aisle with Derek or will this be the end of their friendship?  And what will Derek do now that he’s found love with Lucy but knows he must honor his promise?

This novel is an absolute jewel!  The hilarious dialogue, the rich characters and superb writing makes this one a great read!!  I am so excited about the start of a new series and can not wait to read more!!  With this novel being the first of a new series, it does an excellent job of introducing all the new characters and the overarching plot that will connect all of the books together.  I loved Lucy’s scheming, skilled tongue, and her sheer determination.  She is such a loyal friend throughout the whole novel and that is so refreshing to read, even if she does make a few mistakes along the way.  I adored Derek and his unwillingness to back down from Lucy.  The scene with the challenge between Derek and Lucy was genius!  I smiled the whole way through it!  I was very happy with the ending, but I honestly wasn’t exactly sure how Ms. Bowman was going to give us that happily ever after we all crave!  Overall, this is just an exceptionally well written book that is easy to read and is sure to put a smile on your face. Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating:  Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

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