From a New York Times bestselling author: a second chances, enemies-while-lovers reunion romance where nothing is as it first appears, and everyone’s motives are suspect…
Olive Harper's family has been feuding with the Westons for decades. The Westons’ stud farm is the biggest, but the Harpers’ is the most famous... and she's the sole heiress. Or was, until her father brokers a truce by offering the Weston heir the Harper farm. The only way to get it back is to marry the knave who kissed her and humiliated her, twice—or prove to her father that some rifts can never be healed.
Scholar and botanist Elijah Weston is dreadful at feuding. For one, he prefers horticulture to horses. For two, he's been desperately in love with his mortal enemy ever since he kissed her—and, yes, publicly destroyed her—all those years ago. When he's given ten days to win Olive's heart, he arrives with marriage license in hand. But where lies and double-crosses abound, how can lifelong rivals learn to trust their hearts?
Welcome to a heartwarming series of fun Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
THE 12 DUKES OF CHRISTMAS:
1. Once Upon a Duke
2. Kiss of a Duke
3. Wish Upon a Duke
4. Never Say Duke
5. Dukes, Actually
6. The Duke's Bride
7. The Duke's Embrace
8. The Duke's Desire
9. Dawn with a Duke
10. One Night with a Duke
11. Ten Days with a Duke
12. Forever Your Duke
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Ten Days with a Duke by Erica Ridley
Ms Ridley proves once again that she is a master of historical romance with this beautiful love story❣️Elijah arrives in Cressmouth, England (the popular town of perpetual Christmas) at the invitation of Olive’s father who offers his famous horse stud farm as a dowry to Eli once he & Olive wed‼️. Mr. Harper has done this under the guise of healing the 30 year feud with Eli’s father! Olive is furious‼️. After all, she is an independent & successful horse trainer & has been running their farm with her father since she was a very young girl & besides, Eli humiliated her when she was 14! What happens in the ten days he has to woo her - or leave for London - is for you to discover as you read this delightful romance! Buy your copy now, you’re going to love it❣️👏.
Times a wasting
Hint, Duke is a horse.
I thoroughly (pun intended) enjoyed this equine entry into the 12 Dukes.
Olive is an expert horsewoman. Who just had the rug pulled out from under her. Her father is selling all his shares in their farm (which she works on and manages and made into what it is) to her mortal enemy, Eli.
Eli is the more feminine, bookish, peacekeeper. I really appreciated this role reversal. She’s tough and strong and trains horses, he’s the soft, city boy. Who broke her heart when she was fourteen.
Now, he’s got ten days to win her and her horse, Duke.
Better get to work, Eli.
No Horsin’ Around
Mr. Harper and Mr. Weston had been partners in raising and training horses; then something happened (we don’t know what), the business was split, and they have been feuding for decades. Now it appears they plan to repair the rift with a marriage between Elijah Weston and Olive Harper. Why, all of a sudden, do their fathers think this is a good idea. Elijah kissed Olive when they were younger, then he taunted and humiliated her. She will not let it happen again. She doesn’t know Elijah wanted to kiss her, but taunted her because he feared his father. She has no intention of giving in to this marriage, but she will take a bit of revenge with her “test.” Elijah, who is more interested in horticulture that horses, has ten days to make friends with Duke, Olive’s famous stallion. Can he do it? Maybe, but it may not make any difference. Things are not what they seem.
This is a heartwarming story. There is drama and humor in equal parts. Olive and Elijah are so good together, before and after they realize they like and eventually love each other. The story has some interesting twists, thanks to the feuding fathers. A visit to Cressmouth is always a joy. Elijah’s visit is no exception. Miracles always happen in this happy Christmas village. If Elijah and Olive can escape their manipulations, maybe the scheming fathers can call a truce. This lovely story is a wonderful addition to the series. By the way, Olivia is one of the eleven ladies dancing at Nottingvale’s Twelfth Night Ball. One more Duke to go. Wonder who it is?
I received an ARC of this book from the author and publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.