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Julia and the Duke

Samantha Holt

4.6 Stars
From 15 Reviews

"One of them might now be a viscountess but it does not clear the taint of scandal from those frightful Chadwick girls. Why we must deign to entertain them, I will never know!" Lady Bromsley, Countess of Marlbury.

A new duke moving into their sleepy village doesn’t interest Julia, especially when she hears all about his scandalous behavior in London. Rumors of gambling debts, illicit liaisons, and pub brawls surround the far-too-handsome Duke of Weston.

The far-too-handsome duke who happens to want to build a mill on her favorite nature spot, meaning Julia’s beloved otters will be homeless.

No matter what she says, the stubborn man will not back down, but this bluestocking will not give up easily. With the help of her sisters, she must find a way to persuade him to make money another way.

If only the far-too-handsome duke did not seem to enjoy riling her so much. If only he would not insist on getting under her skin and pretending to be interested in her. All this talk of liking redheads and freckles will not make her forget those animals in need.

Will it?

Julia and the Duke is a Regency novella with some steamy content. It can be read as a standalone.

Historical Romance
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Nice read!

by Pat W

Good storyline and well defined characters made this book a very enjoyable and entertaining read!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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A Funny & Charming Romance

by Aunt G

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Julia and the Duke (Bluestocking Brides, #2) by Samantha Holt is a wonderfully fun and enjoyable book. A well written and charming storyline tells us the story of Julia, defender of otters and Guy, who's plans to build a mill that threatens the otters. This book was so packed with humor! I adored Guy and Julia. These two opposites made a perfect pair. An endlessly entertaining read.

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Charming Regency romance

by Viper Spaulding

Julia is the eldest unmarried Chadwick sister, and this is her story. She's a naturalist in a time when few knew what one was and fewer still knew that a woman could have the intellect necessary to appreciate the natural world. Guy is a duke with a wastrel younger brother in dire need of a new, quieter setting as well as a new source of revenue. He purchases land near the Chadwick home and pursues the idea of setting up a mill near the river. Unfortunately, that's the same river currently occupied by the otters that are the focus of Julia's recent study. Julia is determined to stop his mill plans regardless of her attraction to him, an attraction which becomes easier to ignore as the rumors of his possible misconduct start to flow. An unruly flock of pigeons, a risky late-night ride, a shocking misunderstanding - all these events work together to bring both Guy and Julia to the truth of their feelings and force them to confront their future.

This is a delightful battle of wills as Julia opens up Guy's mind to the beauty of nature and Guy shows Julia that not every rumor is to be believed. Their chemistry is often the only voice of reason between these two, and the writing perfectly depicts each step of their budding frenemy status. It's a fun book to read with compelling secondary characters and attitudes that are authentic for the period. There's one steamy love scene near the end of the book, but propriety is adhered to at all times.

I loved every bit of this book and look forward to reading more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided through Booksprout.

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Fun Read

by Anonymous

I thoroughly enjoyed this story with great characters, romance and intrigue. Julia was one of five sisters and the oldest living at home. She loved gardening, animals and otter watching. While watching the otters she met a handsome man that infuriated her. She found out he was a duke that had just moved there and was going to build a mill.that would destroy the otter habitat. They argued a lot, but fell for each other. The went through a lot, but finally got their HEA. The ending was great. I can't wait to read more books from this author. I received an advance reader copy from Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving this review.ceived a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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A quick but wonderful read

by Anonymous

This is a quick yet absolutely wonderful book. Ms. Holt is a wonderful storyteller. I love her books, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. There is much to be said for a good historical romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book in exchange for a free copy.

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Must read

by Anonymous

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Romantic loved it

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Entertaining

by Kim Fauntleroy

Very entertaining, captivating, and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong characters. I want to read more from this author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Good book

by Tammy

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Julia is the oldest of five sisters. She loves animals, gardening and Otter watching. She meets a Duke (Guy) while watching the Otter's one day, she discovers he plans to build a mill that will destroy the Otter's habitat. Guy is a Duke that is in need of a new quieter setting , he also needs new revenue so he decides to build a mill. Unfortunately the mill will destroy the place where the Otter's live that Julia is studying. This is a wonderful battle of wills story. Julia opens Guy's eyes to the beauty of nature and he teaches her not to believe everything she hears. A good read that kept my interest.

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Really great book

by Stephanie K

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I loved Julia from the start I felt like Julia was me because I was just told the same things she was that your too smart, your too outspoken, no one wants to marry a red head with freckles. I liked Thr fact that Julia was her own woman and even though she met Guy and started to think Of marriage she did not change who she was when she was around Guy and they still fell in love and after a short courtship they married and still went to watch the otters.

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.Great Read, Sweet and Sexy,Quick but Enjoyable Story..Loved it! very charming,a must read! Well Done Ms.Samantha!

by charmaine

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Four stars

by Cardona

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Loved this book!! So romantic and sweet. Sassy and steamy. Great book!!

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Sweet & hot

by Shanniepooh

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I enjoyed this book, just as I have others by Samantha Holt

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Funny & Enjoyable!

by Anonymous

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A Quick fast read! Sweet, Fun & Enjoyable! Hot Sexy Chemistry! A good storyline! A Good Must Read!

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Loved this book!

by Anonymous

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I truly enjoyed this historical romance. Julia is one of 5 daughters, 4 of which are redheads. Her mother despairs that no man will want the remaining 4 when the beauty of the bunch marries a Scottish lord and moves away. The Duke has purchased a country property in hopes of reforming his very young brother who cannot seem to keep himself put of trouble. The Duke becomes enamored with the head strong, nature loving Julia and must woo her into considering him as a potential husband. This book is well written with memorable characters. I enjoyed it so much, I ordered the rest of the series to read.

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Julia and the Duke. I do recommend it!

by nicoletta t

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Julia and the Duke (Bluestocking Brides Book 2) by Samantha Holt is a Regency novella with some steam. It can be read as a standalone, with no cheating and an HEA. What I like about Samantha Holt's stories is that they're funny, well written, with amazing characters that keep your interest to the end. Never a boring moment. I do recommend it!