The Unexpected Duchess

The Unexpected Duchess

Valerie Bowman / Sep 21, 2019

The Unexpected Duchess Is there any greater surprise than falling deeply madly in love In This Battle of WitsLady Lucy Upton s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good and when her painfully shy fr

  • Title: The Unexpected Duchess
  • Author: Valerie Bowman
  • ISBN: 9781250042071
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Is there any greater surprise than falling deeply, madly in love In This Battle of WitsLady 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 juIs there any greater surprise than falling deeply, madly in love In This Battle of WitsLady 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 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.Kisses Are the Best WeaponLord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing 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 the spoils of this war just may be true love

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        Valerie Bowman is an award winning author who writes Regency set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps Valerie s debut novel was published in 2012 Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus She s been an RT Reviewers Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters she s number seven and a huge supply of historical romance novels After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs When she s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.Visit Valerie on the web at ValerieBowmanBooks.


    1. This book is for fans of scintillating dialogue and stimulating back and forth between the hero and heroine. It brings to mind "Taming of the Shrew" in the best ways. The chemistry is excellent, and while this is on the lighter side for a historical romance, it's a fun ride to watch Lucy and Derek go at it, and fall deeper in love with each encounter. It has a love scene that made me fan myself!Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine for the May 2014 issue. affairedecoeur.

    2. 3.5 starsCould have done without so much bloody drama in it, but I liked the characters :)I liked that just like Lisa Kleypas "Wallflowers" series, we have a group of women best friends who decide to help one another.I liked their banter, I liked their witticism.I liked the main romance _could have done without the soap opera thing :/.In the end I can't wait to read the friends future stories. The bluestocking in particular seems mighty promising!And I especially liked that I had fun while readi [...]

    3. A Bad Monty Python for Junior HighLord Derek Hunt has returned from the war. He has been made the Duke of Claringdon for his extraordinary service for his country in that war. He was sent home with instructions to find a suitable bride. One stipulation of his duchy is that his choice of bride must be approved by the Queen. His friend, as he was dying, requested that Derek marry Lady Cassandra. His friend assured him that Lady Cassandra was duchess material and his friend wanted Derek to take car [...]

    4. I wrote notes on this, but I'm not going to draw up an actual review because I already wasted hours of my time reading the novel.So here's what I jotted in Evernote as I went:So far this is just plain silly. the heroine stood behind her friend hidden by a hedgerow, feeding her lines and hero wasn't fooled.And now her plan is standing behind her friend at a balcony and speaking for her (imitating her voice) and hero's not supposed to figure that out eitherTheir sparring isn't even amusing yet (46 [...]

    5. Originally Posted At Addicted To RomanceSummary Lady Lucy Upton, is considered to bold and outspoken and is considered a “wallflower”, Lucy has always been daring enough to speak her mind. When one of her two closest friends, Cassandra, is being pursued by the Duke of Claringdon, when she is interested in another man, but the Duke is being persistent, so Cassandra’s asks for Lucy’s help in deterring his advances. So Lucy comes up with various ways to discourage Derek Hunt. Derek’s best [...]

    6. ARC provided by St. Martin's Press through NetgalleyI suppose we're all familiar, if not with Cyrano de Bergerac's actual life (which is very entertaining, since he was actually gay, and involved in love affairs with other gentlemen authors, and when these ended badly they published works vilifying the other, there were death threats, daring escapes, and all the entertaining things which populated the lives of libertines), then with Edmond Rostand's play about his love for Roxane and how he wooe [...]

    7. It’s always nice when an author can surprise you. I was underwhelmed by Valerie Bowman’s debut story and have dragged my feet in reading any of the follow-up books. However the description for this book was just too tempting to resist and I had to give her a second chance. Oh, how things have changed for the better!The play Cyrano de Bergerac was the inspiration for this story but the author put her own stamp on it by changing up the cues from the original. Lady Lucy Upton may start out with [...]

    8. The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides #1)By: Valerie Bowman narrated by: Alison Larkin Valerie Bowman is brilliant in this comical, powerful, heart clenching romance. It would be difficult to find a heroine anywhere with as much wit and cleverness as Lady Lucy Upton. Renowned for scaring the gents of the ton with her quick ton, Lucy finds herself alone without a prospect as the more marriageable ladies are swept up. At least she has her two best friends – the very bookish blue stocking Jane a [...]

    9. A delightfully witty and utterly enjoyable romance, The Unexpected Duchess was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was entertaining, romantic, and a lovely read.Lucy was a good heroine. She was very strong and fiercely loyal to her friends. She was definitely clever and her wittiness brought a lot of fun to the book. My only issue was that, sometimes, her wittiness tended to cross the line to mean and she made problems out of nothing. But, otherwise, I liked her.Derek was wonderful. H [...]

    10. The first book in the new Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman, one of the funniest and most charming voices in historical romance. This book features humorous themes from the play, Cyrano de Bergerac.I wish some historical romance novels would be made into movies; the stories are so beautiful, sweet, sexy, funny, and charming. But that will never happen. This is one I think would make a wonderful movie.Lady Lucy Upton is impulsive, direct, and often speaks before she thinks. She’s fearless [...]

    11. A lovely historical romance where Lucy and Derek fell in love without realizing when they did.I will definitely read Cassandra and Jane's stories.

    12. Oh my gosh!!! Valerie has done it again!!! I just have to say I absolutely adored this new series!I'm not saying that because I absolutely love Derek and Garrett but man I super love them!!! Oh and Jane is just my kind of girl~ She's so. Me!!! LOLAnyways, I was super happy to have received an early reader copy -in print- which I absolutely love and couldn't put down! And can I say that cover is just amazing. But that right hand of hers is just, distracting It really looks like she's missing an a [...]

    13. Valerie Bowman Do you love a good best friends forever story? Three best friends are ready to end yet another Season unmarried. Lucy is bold, out spoken and has a sharp and cutting tongue. Cassandra is demure, quiet but she really loves everyone. Jane is the clever one with blue stock tendency. Each are different but the team up to help one another to get their greatest wish. This is Lucy's story!!Lady Lucy Upton is a woman that scares men away because she cuts, stabs and lacerated men with her [...]

    14. Arc provided by St Martins press via Netgalley for an honest review! "The Unexpected Duchess" was, well it would fit well if I say unexpectedly good , but I expected it to be good and the book did not dissapoint! Wonderful, Witty, Heartwarming romance!Lady Lucy Upton is for the most part on the shelf, not do to looks, nor due to standing, she is an earls daughter, Lady Lucy is on the shelf because she is smart , witty, competent and can wield wordsband her tongue like a cutless, she is also a fi [...]

    15. Handlung:Lady Lucy Upton souffliert ihrer schüchternen Freundin Cass um ihren Verehrer den Duke of Clarindon abzuweisen, da diese in einen anderen verliebt ist.Der Herzog ist aber ein Mann, der zu seinem Wort steht und ist bestrebt sein Versprechen Lady Cass zu heiraten, einzuhalten. Da Cass einfach zu nett ist um ihn abzuweisen, bekommt er es immer öfter mit ihrer besten Freundin zu tun, die ihn vergraulen will.Meinung:Beim erstmaligen Lesen hat mir die Leseprobe gar nicht so gefallen, aber i [...]

    16. Vydavateľstvo Ikar prinieslo do našich končín novú autorku. A musím poznamenať, že veľmi talentovanú. Valerie píše len niekoľko rokov, no už má na svojom konte peknú hŕstku románov. My sa môžeme začítať do prvej knihy zo série Playful Brides. Derek Hunt bojoval v napoleonskej vojne, no nastal čas vrátiť sa domov. Najnovším jeho poslaním je byť vojvodom. Titul získal za zásluhy a jeho prioritou je oženiť sa a splodiť dediča. Cieľ je jasný. Na radu svojho pri [...]

    17. This book was absolutely delightful. It's a cross between Cyrano de Bergerac and The Taming of the Shrew. The characters were charming and engaging, and the repartee between the hero and heroine was wonderful. The hero kept looking forward to his verbal jousts with the heroine, and so did I. I also loved the close friendship between Lucy, the heroine, and her two best friends, the subjects of the next two books in the trilogy. While the secondary characters will feature as leads in the next two [...]

    18. This book was soooo frustrating to read. The only parts I enjoyed were the ones with the lady friendships (we need more on HR, not just sisters!) and the parts were our otp was not exchanging barbs with each other. By the end of the book I was so done with these two. I understand honor and friendship, but I never like noble idiocy and sacrificing oneself without having all the information! Not even Lucy's proposal at the end, which was a lovely mirror to Derek's, could save this book for me. The [...]

    19. (Copy and pasted from my review on audible from 2015. May edit later.)I've listened to all three books in this series, and I like this one the most. I enjoyed the bantering between the hero and the heroine. Their banters were so much fun to listen to that I couldn't help but smile several times. Both characters are strong-willed, clever, witty, and loyal. They are perfect for each other! The love scenes were pretty hot and steamy. *fans self*I felt that some parts toward the end of the book kind [...]

    20. I received a ARC from the author to read and review. This is the first book in the Playful Bride series. It is a take on Cyrano de Bergerac. Lucy, Jane and Cassandra decide to help each other with finding mates. Cassandra has been in love with her childhood friend and cousin's Fiance as long as she can remember. She is not very happy when the Duke of Claringdon tries to court her. Lucy volunteers to help her get rid of him. What happens next is a lot of fun.I loved this book. I enjoyed the bante [...]

    21. Regency with all the credentials to be the first of a new good series: the characters are fun and well-chosen, their exchanges ironic and often I found myself laughing alone while I read. I just wonder who will be the characters of the next one that I look forward to.Regency con tutte le carte in regola per essere il primo di una buona serie: i personaggi sono divertenti e azzeccati, i loro scambi ironici e spesso mi ritrovavo a ridere da sola mentre leggevo. Mi chiedo soltanto chi saranno i per [...]

    22. This is the first book in the series "Playful Brides". This is a standalone book as I am reading them out of order and haven't found a problem. I enjoyed the interaction between the heroine, Lady Lucy Upton and her friends. I cannot wait to get to the next book! The hero, Duke of Claringdon is trying to make the best of a promise he made to a friend and finding it hard to ignore Lady Lucy.

    23. omundoencantadodoslivros.cFinalmente foi publicada!!!Valerie Bowman é uma daquelas autoras que me despertou a atenção no momento em que comecei a olhar para o panorama literário mundial. Os seus livros, pareciam-me na altura, serem dotados de histórias fantásticas e as suas capas apelativas faziam-me sonhar pelo momento em que chegassem ao nosso país. Finalmente chegou o dia e o que me chegou às mãos deixou-me deliciada, porque não só tinha finalmente um livro que tanto esperava, como [...]

    24. Rozprávka s pozicanou dobou, ktorá mohla byť pokojne aj celá vymyslená, len aby pasovala do príbehu. Ale oddýchla som si. Nečítam romantiku a príbeh nebol na úrovni, na akú som zvyknutá, no musím povedať, že to bolo lepšie ako knihy pre ženy, ktoré som sa pokúšala čítať doteraz.

    25. que belo início para a série de Valeria Bowman :)Opinião a ser publicada brevemente no Efeito dos Livros

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