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What’s a Duke Got to Do With It

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I’m such a sucker for historical romances. I can’t get enough of them. This was another I enjoyed. It was a nice break from all the adult fantasy I’ve been reading lately.

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Christina Britton should be on the shelf of anyone who loves historical romance. This is my second book by her and I need to have them all on my shelves. She writes such strong, smart and funny characters. I can see being friends with any one of the heroines I've read of hers so far and I love that. In What's a Duke Got to Do With It, we have Katrina and Sebastian. The two had a moment years and years ago that was rudely interrupted and the two didn't reconnect until several years later. Katrina is trying to clear her name as it is now associated with a couple of scandals. Sebastian is trying to save his title and land and needs to marry someone rich ASAP. Together they start helping each other with their issues but of course, they fall in love along the way.

I had such a great time reading this book. I love it when a romance makes me laugh and swoon but what really stands out for me is the friendship between Katrina and the other women of the series. I love found family and this book definitely has some of that in addition to the second chance romance at the forefront of the story.

If you have yet to read Christina's work, I highly recommend adding her to your TBR.

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I really enjoyed this book despite not living the first in the series, the two leads were well written and their journey was goodl

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I really enjoyed this one! i loved being back on the Isle of Synne! We got to meet Katrina (and mouse) in the first book and I am so happy to learn more about her! I loved her character no matter how much she had been knocked down and boy was she knocked down a few times she was still so positive and trying to make the best out of a super unfair situation. I also loved Mouse her big of brute of a dog, all the Parts with him had me smiling ear to ear and I especially loved the way Sebastian our Duke was with him! I also loved the Duke in this I loved the little bit of what never happened aspect of this story and I loved the moments him and Katrina shared together. I liked his background story and why he was doing what he was doing. I also loved the sea side setting of this and all the scenes we got on sea side. And of course all the people of the isle of Synne!

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I adored Katrina and Sebastian's story! I just loved watching these two find their way back to one another!

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I enjoyed What's a Duke Got to Do With It. Katrina and Sebastian were very likable and their situation rife with stressors. It was sad to see what had happened to each of them since their initial interactions. It was heartwarming that they still cared deeply for each other though everything was stacked against them.

I would have loved to have seen more of the Oddments. They were such fun in the first book and while we see them here and they're still fun, they didn't play as much of a role. Or at least it didn't seem so to me.

The times have sure changed but in accordance with the book's timeframe, poor Katrina is punished horribly for an act she had nothing to do with. She in no way played part in the unwanted suitor sneaking into her room, twice, Or in his death. But as a lowly women of the ton, she is banished to Synneto serve as a companion. Her employer, her friends, Sebastian and the reader all know what a lovely person she is and love her for it. She hasn't let this turn of events make her bitter or nasty tempered.

Poor Sebastian is also held captive because of an error he played no part in. Thanks to his father's misdeeds, he is forced to marry for money which means not to the love of his life, Katrina.

Watching these two leaves no doubt they are only meant for each other and I quite enjoyed their journey. Their story wouldn't make for a good romance without their HEA but I'll leave it to you to find out for yourself how they get there.

Thanks to NetGalley, Forever and the author for the ARC.

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I loved this book so much. Christina Britton creates such a deep world that envelopes you. Wanted to live in this book. It was a joyous time. I also love anything to do with dukes, so this was tailor made for me!

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We are back to the Isle of Synne in Christina Britton's second in the series, What's a Duke Got to Do With It! I love this cover, it is one my recent favorites! The dress, the colors... just fantastic! I know we are not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but this cover is a promising start.
This is a good story! Katrina, our heroine, has a promising start at the beginning as a debutante who is very successful in the start of her first season. It ends badly when one of her erstwhile suitors tries to compromise her and ruins her reputation. The compromise and ensuing duel ruin her reputation, and she becomes the companion to a woman and living on the Isle of Synne.
On the Isle of Synne, living her life with her oddball employer and huge dog named Mouse, she is reaquainted with her first love, Sebastian. Sebastian has inherited a title and considerable debt, and has to marry someone with money. But the two are drawn together, and a lot of hijinks, pining, and pondering about what is important in life occur!
While this was mildly entertaining, I wasn't fully into this book. It took me a while to get into it because I really don't like tropes involving a woman being blamed and living a hard life for a man wanting something and feeling entitled to it. The dialogue is written well and has some funny bits, especially with Katrina's employer and clumsy, overeager dog. Some of the book didn't make sense-- like did Katrina's brother fight in a duel when he really doesn't seem to be that connected to Katrina? Katrina is so memorable to two men (regardless if they're good or bad men) that they are in love/lust with her after four or five years yet she's still wasting away as a ladies companion just did not make sense to me, and made the story kind of jarring around to me.
I really like Sebastian and Katrina together, they have great chemistry and you root for them the entire time. All in all, it was a mid-range in liking for for me and while not my favorite, I did enjoy this book.
I received What's a Duke Got to Do With It as an ARC for my honest opinion, and I was really excited to read this one! I really enjoy Christina Britton's series. It is a an enjoyable read!

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Love, love, love!!! Christian Brittons book NEVER disappoint me.

The character make you beg for them to fall in love. Her plot pacing is perfection. Her surrounding cast delights!

If you enjoy Regency romance, do yourself a favor and read this book!
The only thing that makes me sad is waiting for her next release.

Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.

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I fell hard for all three couples in Christina Britton's Isle of Synne series but you know what? I'm enjoying her spinoff Synneful Spinsters even more. A collection of intelligent, independent-minded women past the first blush of youth who don't quite fit in with society for a variety of reasons but who win the hearts of men who love them precisely because of who they are, not in spite of it.

I always enjoy a complex, emotionally-layered, second chance romance, especially when the couple was separated by events beyond their control. In this case, Sebastian and Katrina were on the verge of declaring their feelings when his father's health called him away and another man's stupid decision cast Katrina out of society in shame (though she did nothing wrong). When they are unexpectedly reunited years later, it quickly becomes apparent the feelings they once held still simmer but circumstances for both are quite significantly changed. Which will prevail this time around? Hearts? Or duty?

Oh, the yearning in this book. So much yearning between these two. I loved it. Britton does a wonderful job of layering their journey with a complex web of obstacles and emotions that test their resolve. She gives them opportunities to become reacquainted which then begin to deepen feelings between them that never really went away while also keeping the reasons that prevent them from being together in full view. She does not make it easy for these two and, I confess, I couldn't quite figure out how she would work it all out to my satisfaction in the end. Of course, she did.

I love the chemistry between Katrina and Sebastian but also the foundation of friendship that it is built upon. I enjoyed the clear communication between them, how they both moved forward with eyes open, knowing the consequences for any actions and making decisions together, how they defended and supported one another. Especially, how Sebastian repeatedly leaped to Katrina's defense. I also loved their easiness and humor and especially how Sebastian interacted with Mouse, Katrina's lovable but exceedingly exuberant Great Dane. You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats your dog. Just saying.

The secondary cast once again provides richness and texture - not to mention matchmaking - with several characters from other books popping in and out. You can absolutely enjoy this second Synneful Spinsters book on its own but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I highly recommend all of the books in the two Isle of Synne series.

If you enjoy emotion-driven romances with complex characters, witty dialog, strong female friendships, swoony heroes, intrepid heroines, humor, and a hard-won happily ever after, you can't go wrong with Christina Britton's What's a Duke Got to Do With It. And, if you especially enjoy seeing the heroine's selfish, unfeeling brother get what's coming to him in the end? Well, that's just extra icing on this delicious historical romance cake.

4.5 Stars
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley. Fair and unbiased review.

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What’s a Duke Got to Do With It continues the Synneful Spinsters series with perhaps a second chance romance for Katrina and Sebastian, yet there is still so much in the way before their happy ending can come to pass. Frankly, a big, goofy, lumbering pup named Mouse pretty much stole this one from the main characters with his antics and personality.

There was a time when Katrina and Sebastian might have married and had their fairytale romance… but certain events and the actions of others stole that away from them. Now, years later, they encounter each other only to rediscover those feelings never faded, but each is in far different circumstances. Katrina’s fall from grace through no fault of her own has ensured that she must marry a man she really wants no part of. Sebastian must marry well in order to help the people who depend upon him, as he may be the Duke now, but an almost penniless Duke cannot keep his people from starving. He has one last task to convince the young lady’s father that their marriage can take place when he comes upon Katrina again, and all those feelings return.

I enjoyed this one, but it’s not one that I’ll return to again. Katrina and Sebastian are wounded lovers with a lot of pining and “I would marry you… if only I didn’t need a cash influx into the Dukedom” type of angst. What had happened to Katrina was loathsome, but given the time, perhaps not that unusual… but still unfair all around. My favorite character turned out to be the four-legged kind, and Mouse and his antics won my heart early on. I had fun, and I’ll leave it at that.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, and I sincerely thank the author or publishing house for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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This is the second book in Christina Britton's Synneful Spinsters series, and this one focuses on Katrina Denby. She is the scandal plagued companion to the incomparable Lady Tesh.

When Sebastian Thorne, the Duke of Ramsleigh suddenly arrives on the Isle of Synne, he and Katrina are reacquainted after their ill-fated courtship.

I enjoyed this second chance romance. It was lovely seeing Katrina and Sebastian deal with their past and their mutual feelings while trying to fix their current situations.

This was a very sweet, low angst romance that I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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This historical romance is the second book in the Synneful Spinsters series. I don’t think it is essential to have read the first book to enjoy this one.

I had high hopes for this book because I really enjoyed the first book in this series and the original Isle of Synne series. ⁣

I had a tough time with this one because I don’t care for a plot where the hero wants to marry the heroine, but some huge obstacle prevents it. However, by the end of the book this huge obstacle turns out not to be not such an insurmountable problem. Meanwhile, a large part of the book is based on this unbelievable premise and too much time is wasted on this non-problem. Also, Sebastian is not the best hero - he must marry someone he doesn’t love for money, and lacks the imagination to figure out how to be with the one that he truly desires, until the very end of the book. Additionally, the incidents (yes it happened twice) that caused Katrina to become notorious didn’t seem that believable.

What I liked: Katrina’s dog Mouse provided some great light moments; Sebastian and Katrina’s first kiss was very well written; and the Oddments, Katrina’s group of friends on the island, were a bright spot.

I like this author, the setting, and most of the Isle of Synne characters so I will absolutely give the next book a try!

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Katrina and Sebastian's second chance love story had me enthralled. It was a slow burn, which I'm not really a fan of, but it worked for the story. I really enjoyed this book.

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I enjoyed reading another in this series by Christina Britton. It was interesting to see into a new character in the group of "oddments". It was also fun to see the rest of the group involved in this latest edition as much as they were in the last. I liked how this, like the last title in this series, was feminist without being over the top. It acknowledged the fact that often the actions of men during this time had major consequences on the females in their lives whether they had any fault in the matter or not. I am looking forward to her next addition to this series to see what happens to the rest of the group.

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This is an emotional and heartfelt historical romance with plenty of banter and fantastic secondary characters. There is also a puppy who plays a part in the story. Katrina has been struck by scandal through, no fault of her own, and doesn’t want her friends to suffer because of her. Sebastian has to Marie and Iris because his father blew through all their money by gambling. Katrina and Sebastian in the past had feelings and now those feelings have become reignited. Watching the progression of the relationship while they both try to solve their problems, while finding happiness at the end is highly entertaining . Their friends add to the story anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

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I loved going back to the Isle of Synne and reading Katrina's story. I really enjoyed her in Some Duke's Have all the Luck, but this book is technically a separate series.

Katrina is a strong character who has gone through a lot in her life. She fled to Synne after a scandal and the man involved in that scandal was found dead outside her window after falling from it. This brings even more shame upon her and the town turns its back, but her friends and employer Mrs. Tesh don't. In order to bring respect back to her name she decides she has to marry, but then the one man she's always loved comes to Synne and it changes everything.

The love between Sebastian (a now Duke) and Katrina is well written and you can see how much they care for each other. The struggles to do what's right for his people (ie marry for money) verse his heart took a little too long to decide, but he chose the right thing in the end. I can't wait for the next adventure on the Isle of Synne.

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I loved this story even if it was heart wrenching with their love being impossible. It's a forbidden romance in that he needs an heiress to save his Dukedom responsibilities. She's penniless and twice embroiled in scandal through no fault of her own. It's also a second chance of sorts in that they meet again after years of being away. I love these types of stories when love finds a way in impossible odds. Both of these two have been in scandals and they find much common ground. They both know they can't fall in love with each other but it happens anyway. It's delicious.

Katrina Denby wakes up one night with Baron Landon at her bedside begging her to elope with him because he's madly in love with her. She had no idea he felt this way and horrified he's in her bedroom! Her brother Frances barges into her room and finds them together. Frances looses an arm after challenging Landon to a duel. She's sent away to her mother's old cottage with Aunt Willa and Frances recovers at the county estate. Eventually, thanks to their father's poor management, all the funds are gone and Katrina needs to find employment. She secures a companion position with Lady Tesh on the Isle of Synne. Years go by and she wakes one morning to Lord Landon dead in the garden after falling from her bedroom window...he tried again and failed. Scandal revives again even though she had nothing to do with it.

Sebastian Thorne, Duke of Ramsleigh, was gayly going through his bachelorhood and flirting madly with Katrina when he learns his father has died. When he gets home he finds that his father gambled away the estate's funds and set up a fraudulent investment scheme to recoup the money. The dukedom is broke. Sebastian sells everything he can and pays off creditors. He then realizes to help his tenants and dower his two sisters he must marry an heiress. Miss Diane Bridling, daughter of Baron Cartmel fits the bill. Lord Cartmel requires Sebastian to distract Diane's brother Harlow from his love affair with an actress. It's arranged that he accompany Harlow to the Isle of Synne and visit Lady Tesh, an old friend. Cartmel hopes that absence will make his son's heart forget or turn to someone more suitable. Both Sebastian and Katrina are shocked to see each other again. The more time they spend together, the more their old feelings revive and grow. What are they going to do? Will they find their happily ever after?

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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4 1/2*STARS*
Life can be very painful and unfair.
Katrina Denby and Sebastian, the Marquess of Marsten were just beginning their courtship when his father died and he had to leave London. Immediately after, her life is mired in scandal through no fault of her own. For four years she disappears from London and ends up as a companion to Lady Tesh on the Isle of Synne. Once more scandal comes to her window and causes more pain. The unexpected arrival of Sebastian, now the Duke of Ramsleigh and a Mr. Bridling, creates emotional conflict and gossip. Will Katrina ever have peace? So much turmoil. It's almost more than any character should have to endure. Definitely a few tears.
Mild descriptive sex.
I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book.

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Many historical romances have threats of scandal looming over the main characters. For Katrina and Sebastian, they have their own respective looming scandals plus the ones they have already weathered and got beat up by. Katrina takes the brunt of scandal when a jerkwad climbs through her window at night and ends up dueling her brother. Society does not look kindly on Katrina at all laying the blame with her instead of solely where it belonged: the jerkface. Sebastian deals with a scandal in the wake of his father's death when he finds out his father financially screws him and a lot of other people over.

This book, in my estimation, tackles the inequality of how scandals affect men and women. While Sebastian's scandal did leave its mark on him and caused him to be in comfortable situations, he was still an independent man allowed to be part of society. He had his hurdles but he was able to manage them decently well. Katrina, on the other hand, has to rely on the kindness of a member of the ton and the friends she makes when she is made to be in exile because her brother refuses to really support her. There is little choice she has on how to be independent and that is shown pretty well in this book.

Now, this is a type of second chance romance. Katrina and Sebastian knew each other and had feelings for each other before their respective scandals. However, before Sebastian could go into the full swing of courting Katrina, shit hits the fan. I do like this type of second chance romance a lot. It is the type of what-could-have-been love getting another go around. I do wish we had gotten a flashback scene or two of them during Katrina's debut into society. I think that would have added more to their chemistry.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will be reading on in the series.

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