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Duke Actually by Jenny Holiday

About the Book- Duke Actually

USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday follows A Princess for Christmas with another delightful contemporary Christmas romance between a playboy baron and a woman who has said goodbye to love.

Maximillian von Hansburg, Baron of Laudon and heir to the Duke of Aquilla, is trapped. Under pressure from his domineering father, he must marry a suitable bride before he inherits a title that feels like a prison sentence. In New York to meet a prospective wife, he ditches his responsibilities and appears on Dani Martinez’s doorstep. He’s been intrigued by the no-nonsense professor since he met her at the Eldovian royal wedding and is determined to befriend her.

Newly single Dani is done with love—she even has a list entitled “Things I Will Never Again Do for a Man”—which is why she hits it off with notorious rake Max. He’s trying to escape relationships, and she’s resolved to avoid them at all costs. All they want from each other is friendship and a distraction from their messy lives.

As their bond begins to deepen, so does their attraction, until they end up in bed together. Falling in love was never part of the plan—Max’s family doesn’t see Dani as a perfect match, even as his heart tells him she’s the one, and Dani isn’t sure she can make it in Max’s world. Can they find the courage to live they life they desire, even if it means risking everything?

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“It’s hard to explain. I feel like I’m always navigating these two worlds but always falling short in each of them. But at home, with my family, it’s not a thing. I’m just who I am.” 

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Our Review of Duke Actually by Jenny Holiday

The only thing you should and must look forward to, in this book is the Duke. He is absolutely hilarious and so witty that you will instantly fall for him. I can honestly say that I would literally wait for the Duke to make his appearance because the tone of the book would instantly lighten up. That is also my issue with the book that it appears as if only Duke got attention and the rest of the things sort of went as an added thought. 

I couldn’t see the full potential of the female character or the romance angle either because much effort was not put towards it or because I was too busy enjoying the Duke:p Seriously his dialogues are so on spot and makes such a difference to an otherwise linear narration.


Maybe because I hadn’t read the previous book, that could also be the reason why at certain points, things went over the top. But from personal experience, I can say that you can totally pick this book without having to go through the prequels. Read this one for the Duke 😛

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