Every Duke Has His Day
by Suzanne Enoch
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2023
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin
Brain meets Beauty in this sparkling, fresh take on the classic Bringing Up Baby – if Jane Austen had written it! A romantic comedy with a dash of chaos featuring the most ill-behaved poodle in Regency London, by New York Times bestseller Suzanne Enoch.
Michael Bromley, Duke of Woriton, has a passion, but it’s not for chasing ladies or gambling till dawn. No, his is the far more dangerous pursuit of the science of chemistry. He may be a tad eccentric, but he can navigate a society ballroom, and manage a polite conversation—if he must. He’s certainly capable of taking care of his aunt’s perfectly behaved poodle, Lancelot, while she’s on holiday.
Elizabeth “Bitsy” Dockering, third daughter of a viscount, is enjoying her second, spectacular Season in London. She is a Diamond of the Season and is adored by all—and especially by her precious black poodle, Galahad. To everyone else, however, Galahad is a demon dog. So much so that Bitsy’s most insistent beau and particular victim of Galahad’s bad manners, has hired a thief to steal the dog, clearing the way for his suit.
But none of them can plan for a chaotic encounter in the park, resulting in lost notes, a soaking in the Serpentine and an accidental dog swap…and Lancelot being kidnapped instead of Galahad! Determined to locate the dog, Michael isn’t thrilled to be saddled with a flighty female insisting on helping—except that Bitsy has a great deal more sense than he expected. And a sharp tongue to match. Still, what’s a scientist to do but continue to pursue an outcome, however unexpected it may be? But chemistry is all about attraction, and this is one formula with some hilariously romantic results.
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publishing: September 19, 2023
I love Suzanne Enoch as an author, and I knew that this read was going to be enjoyable. This is a slow-burn historical romance. I love the trope of enemies to friends and both the main characters get off to a bad start in the story with mild banter. Michael Bromley, the Duke of Woriton is a scientist enthusiast who cares about nothing if it does not relate to science and Elizabeth “Bitsy” Dockering, a darling diamond of the ton only cares about society. Having promised to watch his aunt’s poodle, Michael takes him on a walk in Hyde Park where Lancelot engages in a dog fight with Galahad, Elizabeth’s unruly dog that has already bitten another gentleman of the ton. Michael finds himself immersed in the Serpentine and later discovers that the dog he brings home is not the one left in his care by his aunt.
For Elizabeth, Galahad does not approve of anyone who will get in the way of him and his master. It is unfortunate that the dog she brings home is Lancelot. In an effort to find his aunt’s lost dog, they join forces to find the missing pooch…for the Duke, he meets his match and finds it hard to avoid Bitsy, a beautiful and sharp-tongued lady. Can his scientific mind create a chemistry of attraction between the two? One only knows in this hilarious historical romance.
I enjoyed the humorous side of this story and I loved budding romance between the secondary characters. It had its laughable moments and a dog-napping that made for chaotic episodes throughout the story. Totally worth reading…recommend.
This was a delightful read. Two opposites attract when they get thrown together with a dog mixup. Their interaction is wonderful and they soon find out they can’t live without each other.
Wow! I am still reeling from how much I enjoyed this story. A Duke with a scientist heart meets a Diamond of the Season. The two may be polar opposites, but they have more in common than they realize. Loved the creativity of the character building, especially the not-so-mad scientist who is also a Duke and society's darling "Bitsy." Not to mention the great sideline story of the poodles!! Highly recommend this read.
It appears that Michael and Elizabeth should be totally incompatible, she being a young debutant and he being a serious scientist. Fate brings them together when their Poodle dogs are stolen, and they must join forces to hopefully get back their dogs.
This book was a delight for the slow-burn romance and for the original plot. The villain is truly self-involved and evil. Although he thinks himself righteous. The character development is terrific. Perhaps a regency Deb would not be allowed this much alone time with a man but after all he is a Duke and very much an eligible bachelor. I can highly recommend this book to all Regency fans.
Michael Bromley, the Duke of Woriton, is a man of science. He prefers to spend his valuable time with his experiments than partaking in Society’s frivolities. Michael reluctantly agrees to look after his aunt’s beloved poodle while she visits a friend. However, an incident at the park finds him with the wrong poodle. Michael never expected to spend time with Society’s current Diamond. Or galivanting around London in search of a dog thief. Can Michael tolerate Bitsy’s presence? Or will opposites attract?
Elizabeth ‘Bitsy’ Dockering is the youngest daughter of a viscount. She enjoys being Society’s Diamond of the Season. Bitsy hopes to find a husband, one who sparks both her heart and interest. However, many of her suitors dislike her ill-mannered pet poodle. Bitsy encounters Michael at the park when they inadvertently swap dogs. When their poodles are dog-napped, she and the duke partner up to find them. Michael is nothing like the swains in her social circle. Can Bitsy and Michael overcome their differences? Will they find the culprit behind the dog-napping?
Michael’s neurodivergence reminds me a little of Sheldon Cooper from ‘The Big Bang Theory’. They both have that frank, straightforwardness that others view as rude or madness. I like how Michael has no interest in following Society’s status quo. He finds his peers’ indulgences pointless and silly. This makes Michael an oddity among his social class. He cares little how they view him. What I adore the most about Michael is his willingness to help others despite his idiosyncrasies. His projects are more to help humankind than recognition and fame.
Bitsy is Michael’s complete opposite. She enjoys spending time with her friends and the entertainment Society has to offer. I adore how Bitsy started to see the man beneath Michael’s aloof and prickly exterior. She realizes there is more to him than what she and their peers believed. What I like the most about Bitsy is how she respects and admires Michael’s intellect. She may not understand his fascination with science; she just knows that is part of his individual charm.
EVERY DUKE HAS HIS DAY is a standalone, historical romance by Suzanne Enoch. I have been a fan of this author for quite a long time. I must admit that I am liking the new direction Enoch is taking with her stories. They have a different feel to them from her previous works. I especially enjoy the light-hearted vibe the story gave me and the humor. I could not help but giggle at some of the characters and poodles’ antics. I also liked the secondary romance in the background. It was an extra bonus!
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