Read All the Duke I Need

Read All the Duke I Need (Desperately Seeking Duke, #3)

Raised in the splendor of Carlyle Castle by her doting guardian, the Duchess of Carlyle, Philippa Kirkpatrick is one of the greatest heiresses in England. The duchess is eager to see her wed, but Philippa hesitates to leave the only home she knows.

William Montclair is in London to expand his family’s trading firm, with little progress. Impulsively he takes a job managing the Carlyle estate—for the money, he tells his incredulous brother, and only for a year.

Philippa is shocked by the handsome, scandalously bold new steward. It’s all she can do to prevent the horrified duchess from sacking him on sight. She determines to teach him how to love Carlyle as she does, only to find herself reluctantly charmed by the rogue.

It’s true; Will is falling for everything about Carlyle…including the duchess’s beautiful ward. But he has promises—and secrets—to keep, and telling Philippa would resurrect a devastating family scandal. Not telling her, though, means he must break her heart—and his own.

Read this and the separate extended epilogue which gave some more answers to loose ends.

Really liked both hero and heroine.

I wanted a little more explanation of the hero’s change of heart. There was a big reveal that was purposely obfuscated by one of the characters through the whole book, so it wasn’t set up and could have used another chapter to let it settle, maybe, and to let us have a bit more time with the couple.


Read First Comes Like

Read First Comes Like (Modern Love, #3) by Alisha Rai

Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

Read this in one sitting, loved it! I really liked Jia. I enjoyed seeing Dev learn how to have a relationship with his niece at the same time he’s learning how to have a relationship with Jia.

There were a few places in the story where I wanted a little more to happen, but in general it built up some tension about what would happen. I feel like that made it a sweeter book than a lot of contemporaries. I thought the fake dating setup was a little weak.

Haha it didn’t occur to me that this book would be substantially clean till the ending 😉