Dukes Do It Better
by Bethany Bennett
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Pub Date 24 May 2022 | Archive Date 19 Aug 2022
After a debut season plagued by scandal, Lady Emma Hardwick is ready to return to London, now with her young son in tow, and make a match. She's looking for someone respectable. Someone wholly unlike Malachi Harlow, the new Duke of Trenton and former ship captain, whose long hair and tattoos make him decidedly dangerous to her peace of mind.
Malachi would rather be at sea than in a London ballroom. But until he can sort out why the admiralty brought him home, he has to stay landbound. That becomes less of a hardship when he meets the beguiling Lady Emma, whose dimples and easy laughter capture his imagination. When they start receiving threatening notes, they realize that there's more to their connection than chemistry, and they'll have to work together to figure out why someone wants to ruin their lives.
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"Packed with disguises, debts, and debutantes, this delightful Regency does not disappoint."—Publishers Weekly, starred review on West End Earl
“Delicious, sexy fun.”—BookPage, starred review on West End Earl
"In [a] splendid Regency-set debut . . . Bennett turns a spotlight on the class distinctions and gender restrictions of 1819 England, with a formidable leading lady and a swoon-worthy hero with lower-class roots. Filled with gripping drama, strong characters, and steamy seduction, this tantalizing story is sure to win the hearts of Regency fans."—Publishers Weekly, starred review on Any Rogue Will Do
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Oh Bethany Bennett - I think this might be the best one yet. Dukes Do It Better is the third installment in the Misfits of Mayfair series. We have watched Emma's story unfold through the stories of Lottie and Phee and have been waiting impatiently for it for months. It was worth the wait.
Things I need to gush about:
*seeing these friends together as a unit. I loved seeing Emma's relationship with Cal. I adored the friendship between the women and the new friendship between the guys. As we have read each of their stories, it's so rewarding to see them all come together.
*Open discussion about almost everything. They talk sex candidly. They argue and miscommunicate and then clear it up. The kids help this along, but all of the conversations are testament to how much thought and intention the author puts in her work.
*How much she adores her son. I love watching her let him be. I loved reading about how much she loves him in small tiny ways and all of those moments made his interactions with Mal so much sweeter.
* Pirate hero. That's all.
Ultimately, Bennett's books have this magical ability to FEEL like their characters. Each book in this trilogy has a different vibe. As I read this latest book, I realized that the vibe is different due to the differences in the characters. Emma's books feels more like Emma. I adore Bethany as a human (this is my disclaimer. She's the actual best just in general) but I adore her books and would even if I had no idea who she is.
I have not read this author before, but she has become a favorite already. The story of a fallen woman doing everything in her power to protect her young son and a Naval captain trying to get out from under his father’s interference is the basis for this book. Both families are anything but perfect, which makes the reader appreciate that the author understands no family is perfect. As the woman reaches out for some life, and the man reaches for a future that keeps slipping through his hands, together they learn how to weather the storms. Along the way, they find love, friendship and joy that surpasses the evil among them. I loved the ending, …a vindication, if you will, that is oh so sweet and somewhat sad. Well worth the time!
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