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Christy Carlyle concludes her Duke’s Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one. His Only Regret… Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with hi Christy Carlyle concludes her Duke’s Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one. His Only Regret… Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title don’t fit the carefree lifestyle he’s created, and when he’s forced to return to his family’s estate, he’s also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind. May Be Falling in Love… Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. After three seasons and five rejected proposals, she’s done with the marriage mart. Bella’s hopes to live a comfortable life, alone, come crashing down when her parents demand she marry. But her salvation may come in the form of the man she hates the most. Bella has never forgiven Rhys for what he did to her, but desperate times call for fake engagements. With a few dozen rules, their scheme begins, but it’s not long before the former enemies find themselves breaking every single rule, including the most important of them all: don’t fall in love…


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Christy Carlyle concludes her Duke’s Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one. His Only Regret… Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with hi Christy Carlyle concludes her Duke’s Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one. His Only Regret… Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title don’t fit the carefree lifestyle he’s created, and when he’s forced to return to his family’s estate, he’s also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind. May Be Falling in Love… Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. After three seasons and five rejected proposals, she’s done with the marriage mart. Bella’s hopes to live a comfortable life, alone, come crashing down when her parents demand she marry. But her salvation may come in the form of the man she hates the most. Bella has never forgiven Rhys for what he did to her, but desperate times call for fake engagements. With a few dozen rules, their scheme begins, but it’s not long before the former enemies find themselves breaking every single rule, including the most important of them all: don’t fall in love…

30 review for Nothing Compares to the Duke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: The Duke’s Den #3 Publication Date: 5/26/20 Number of Pages: 368 Rhys Forester and Arabella Prescott have a history – both a joyous one and a heartbreaking one. They were best friends from the time they were children running their family estates together – getting covered in mud, riding their horses – you name it – they were inseparable. Arabella was the person who knew Rhys better than anyone – knew all of his fears and secrets. Then, Arabella begins to see Rhys in a different light and he Series: The Duke’s Den #3 Publication Date: 5/26/20 Number of Pages: 368 Rhys Forester and Arabella Prescott have a history – both a joyous one and a heartbreaking one. They were best friends from the time they were children running their family estates together – getting covered in mud, riding their horses – you name it – they were inseparable. Arabella was the person who knew Rhys better than anyone – knew all of his fears and secrets. Then, Arabella begins to see Rhys in a different light and he thoroughly breaks her heart. He just threw it down and stomped on it. Let’s just say that Arabella hasn’t been particularly forgiving – and I don’t blame her. Rhys has lead a debauched hedonistic lifestyle for the last five years. He throws wild parties, acts recklessly, and womanizes every night while sleeping his days away. However, he has made his own fortune by investments of many kinds, but particularly as part-owner of the Duke’s Den. Then, his father dies and Rhys becomes the fifth Duke of Claremont – only to learn that the dukedom isn’t as solvent as Rhys had assumed it was. It is devouring all of his funds and he has to figure out what has happened. His father couldn’t have been that much of a profligate – or could he? Rhys heads back to his estate to investigate – but balancing ledgers is not his strong suit and he’s having a very hard time of it. Arabella has had several very successful seasons and has declined a number of marriage proposals. She has ambitions of her own and they include publishing her own book – and remaining single. She thinks her parents have accepted her wish to become a spinster – until – she discovers that the house party they are planning is strictly to introduce her to several very marriage-minded men. Once she learns the reason for their insistence, she starts looking for ways around them. Who could be better to help her than Rhys? After all, he owes her – big time. Each has a skill and ability the other needs, so they strike a bargain – they’ll have a fake betrothal to satisfy her parents and she’ll help Rhys with the ledgers and his sister's debut season. Everybody wins! But, as they spend more and more time together, Rhys begins to realize what a horrible mistake he made years ago. Can he convince Arabella to trust him again? To love him again? Can Arabella learn to forgive Rhys and trust him again? I really enjoyed this book and truly came to like the main characters. I do have to admit that I didn’t really understand Rhys’s descent into debauchery – I understand that his father wasn’t the best example and they didn’t get along, but I think I just didn’t really get enough information on that to understand it. I hope you will give this well-written book a try and that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Reading I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I’ve enjoyed the previous two books in this series, so I was all in on this one. I loved Bella and Rhys. She’s so clever and he’s charming and each needs the other’s help. Toss in their history + a fake engagement and I was here for all of it. There are a few other characters in this story, but the main focus is the two MCs. Seeing the previous couples just makes me want to go back to the other books. Plot wise it was good. I was happy to see Bella was given a chance to work through her past hur I’ve enjoyed the previous two books in this series, so I was all in on this one. I loved Bella and Rhys. She’s so clever and he’s charming and each needs the other’s help. Toss in their history + a fake engagement and I was here for all of it. There are a few other characters in this story, but the main focus is the two MCs. Seeing the previous couples just makes me want to go back to the other books. Plot wise it was good. I was happy to see Bella was given a chance to work through her past hurt and that Rhys acknowledged out loud what he did. Their progression from no-longer-friends to partners in crime to love felt organic. There was a good amount of conversation and I’m always excited to get dialogue instead of inner monologue. Overall, it was a satisfying story with characters who were easy to root for. I know I’ll be reading this series again. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    I have been on a roll with reading books from authors that have been on my TBR for a while that I just haven't gotten to (too many books, too little time). With that being said, I don't know what I was waiting for with this author LOL Fake to real romances are my FAVORITE! Watching Rhys and Bella fall in love for real was fantastic. While this was third book in the series, don't worry. It can easily be read on it's on :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via Edelweiss). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. After enjoying the first two books in the Duke's Den series, I couldn't help but pick up Nothing Compares to the Duke. Not only does it have a bit of enemies-to-lovers, there's also a fake relationship and those are always fun stories. What immediately hooked me was Bella's (the leading lady) desire to publis Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via Edelweiss). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. After enjoying the first two books in the Duke's Den series, I couldn't help but pick up Nothing Compares to the Duke. Not only does it have a bit of enemies-to-lovers, there's also a fake relationship and those are always fun stories. What immediately hooked me was Bella's (the leading lady) desire to publish her book. She's just so clever and wants to share that with the world sans husband much to her parents' dismay. And throughout the story, she doesn't lose that dream which I really appreciated. So often I see whatever the heroine desires at the beginning cast aside for her significant other rather than getting both. I wanted her to get both! Rhys wasn't a character to cast aside, by any means, and I liked that he wanted to ensure the best for his sister even if it meant also owning up to past mistakes. He was in that role of the "reformed rake" for a bit and I wouldn't really consider him a standout male lead, but I liked his character. But the romance was my favorite part (of course). First, there's the tension between Bella and Rhys while they sort through their personal history and how it's going to play out now in their lives. I'm glad that this part doesn't take the whole book because that would have been exasperating. Once they moved to the fake relationship, I was all in and needed this romance to succeed (which, obviously it's a romance novel, happy endings are part of the deal, but still). The more rules they started breaking, the quicker I was reading and I didn't really feel inclined to set this book aside by the halfway point. There was other stuff happening throughout the book but I can't say any of it really stuck with me. Which was fine, I enjoyed Nothing Compares to the Duke as is. I don't often find historical romance series where all the books are consistently good but the Duke's Den trilogy is one of them! I'd definitely recommend checking out the first two books then grabbing this last one when it hits shelves! For More Bookish Content: Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Bloglovin'

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    NOTHING COMPARES TO THE DUKE by Christy Carlyle is book Three in The Duke's Den Series. This is the story of Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forester, the Duke of Claremont. I have read the previous books (loved them) but felt this could be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Rhys and Arabella once were best of friends running around as children. But then when they were a little older Arabella started to have different feelings for Rhys who ended up breaking her heart and left. Now all these year NOTHING COMPARES TO THE DUKE by Christy Carlyle is book Three in The Duke's Den Series. This is the story of Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forester, the Duke of Claremont. I have read the previous books (loved them) but felt this could be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Rhys and Arabella once were best of friends running around as children. But then when they were a little older Arabella started to have different feelings for Rhys who ended up breaking her heart and left. Now all these years later Arabella is turning down marriage proposals and working to get her parents to understand this but of course they aren't excepting of this. Arabella wants to continue writing and just settling in to a spinster's life but when she learns her parents have set in motion a house party to introduce her to eligible men she starts to think of a plan to help herself. Rhys is all kinds of wild with his life being a full on rake, even part owner in The Duke's Den. But when his father dies he is left to return home to see what is going on with his new Title. Which leads him to needing help with his ledgers then with helping his sister's debut season. This leads him to Arabella who they end up striking a deal to help each other with the situations they find themselves in. But neither counted on how their feelings start to be renewed and taking onto more emotions than before. This was another great story by this author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    A no drama book. Those are sort of rare. There is Bella who fell for her best friend Rhys, but he was busy with all the other ladies and being a, oh wait for it, rake! Shocking ;) So she was all bye! Now he is back, he is a Duke, the estate is loosing money, his sister needs a season, and he needs to step up. And Bella is entertaining suitors as a houseparty. And yes that is the story for much of the book. Them meeting again, talking, realising they still need each other, her knowing she never stop A no drama book. Those are sort of rare. There is Bella who fell for her best friend Rhys, but he was busy with all the other ladies and being a, oh wait for it, rake! Shocking ;) So she was all bye! Now he is back, he is a Duke, the estate is loosing money, his sister needs a season, and he needs to step up. And Bella is entertaining suitors as a houseparty. And yes that is the story for much of the book. Them meeting again, talking, realising they still need each other, her knowing she never stopped loving him, and him noticing her for the first time for real. And then they will live happily ever after. And Rhys will change his ways, and she can continue writing her books. All well that ends well. Good narration. I enjoyed her voices and tone. And well I guess she was good for this lowdrama book too

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    Bella and Rhys were soooo good together! She’s clever and analytical. He’s the historical equivalent of a frat boy. Oddly enough, they paired very well together and I loved every minute of their not so fake relationship!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    Rhys Forester, now the Duke of Claremont, believes his only talent lies in entertaining people and he's spent his life thus far completely immersed in scandalous parties and an even more scandalous interest in trade. But his inheritance comes with unexpected debts, leading to the necessity for Rhys to return to his family's estate and investigate the issue. This means confronting the beautiful neighbor who was his lifelong friend until he inadvertently ruined their relationship in the only true Rhys Forester, now the Duke of Claremont, believes his only talent lies in entertaining people and he's spent his life thus far completely immersed in scandalous parties and an even more scandalous interest in trade. But his inheritance comes with unexpected debts, leading to the necessity for Rhys to return to his family's estate and investigate the issue. This means confronting the beautiful neighbor who was his lifelong friend until he inadvertently ruined their relationship in the only true regret he carries. Arabella Prescott has had three seasons and rejected five marriage proposals and hopes to never have to endure the matrimonial scene again. She hopes to live comfortably, alone with her books, but her parents are intent on moving to Greece where her father has received a teaching position that greatly interests him and where the climate will be better for his health. They are loathe to leave her unsettled, but Bella knows thy need to go and soon, which means she needs a fiance and help may come in the form of the man she'd hoped to have no further dealings with. Though she can somewhat forgive Rhys, she can never forget the hurt his actions caused. A fake engagement to him is just what she needs to appease her parents, but she must be careful to guard her heart. To that end, she establishes rules for herself and Rhys to ensure their engagement remains fake and no one gets hurt, but soon they find themselves breaking all those rules and what was meant to be fake rapidly becomes all too real. I adored these two together, I just really wish Rhys had had a better sense of self-worth and not been such a wild, partying rake. I did love it when Rhys opened his eyes to the attraction he's truly always had for Bella. I just wished Rhys would've pursued Bella a little harder, rather than giving her so much time to think and decide. Overall, these two were cute together and I was glad to see so much open communication between them. This was a satisfying ending to the series and I'm looking forward to what's next from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)

    I hadn't read the first two books before starting Nothing Compares to the Duke, and I'm glad to admit I didn't feel like I had missed out, and was able to read without having any confusion. Bella and Rhys used to be as thick as thieves until Bella, who had a crush on Rhys, found him with another woman. From then on, they never spoke until many years later when Rhys seeks Bella's help. Bella [...] glanced over her shoulder at the man she should have slapped five years ago. I greatly enjoyed getting I hadn't read the first two books before starting Nothing Compares to the Duke, and I'm glad to admit I didn't feel like I had missed out, and was able to read without having any confusion. Bella and Rhys used to be as thick as thieves until Bella, who had a crush on Rhys, found him with another woman. From then on, they never spoke until many years later when Rhys seeks Bella's help. Bella [...] glanced over her shoulder at the man she should have slapped five years ago. I greatly enjoyed getting a glimpse of these two being young and carefree, and having that specific scene when the encounter happens told through flashback, rather than from memory. It definitely felt more powerful and brought all the feels for Bella. I appreciated so much Rhys owning up to what he did and putting his feelings on the table right from the start. He knew it was the only way for Bella to forgive him and move on from the past. Once that happened, I just loved their little banter, and the course of them going on a "detective adventure". "I'd be more than happy to exchange favors, Bella." His smile was wicked, unlike any he'd ever offered her before. "If you change your mind, you know where to find me." I was slightly surprised by the fake-engagement, but at the same time, I loved it! I'm such a sucker for this trope. When Bella proposed the idea, my heart got so giddy! I respected Rhys so much when he gave his answer to Bella. Rhys is just so perfect. *dreamy sigh* I especially loved all the conversations these two characters had. I will always prefer dialogue because it truly shows the reader that the characters are connecting, at least in my eyes. Overall, Nothing Compares to the Duke is so lovely, enticing and marvelous! I'll be reading more books by this author!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    I didn't know that this was part of a series but I was not lost, and kind of figured out who the previous book featured and plan on going back to read it. I did enjoy this book. So we meet Arabella when she turns 18 and she has the biggest crush on her best friend, she is at her party and doesn't want to give her speech without him she is too excited until she finds him with a widow in a scandalous position, she runs away and tells him to go, not only does he go but they do not speak for 4 years I didn't know that this was part of a series but I was not lost, and kind of figured out who the previous book featured and plan on going back to read it. I did enjoy this book. So we meet Arabella when she turns 18 and she has the biggest crush on her best friend, she is at her party and doesn't want to give her speech without him she is too excited until she finds him with a widow in a scandalous position, she runs away and tells him to go, not only does he go but they do not speak for 4 years. Rhys has always regretted what happened with Bella and he truly misses her, but now he needs her help so he gets his gumption and goes and asks for it and for her forgiveness, she does agree but wants something in return, she wants to fake an engagement which she truly doesn't want but needs so that her parents will stop trying to get her married off, but you guys know what starts as fake doesn't stay there..I had read some previous reviews saying that Rhys betrayed her but he didn't they were friends, she saw him as more but at that time he didn't he just saw her as his friend. rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinion

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. Nothing Compares to the Duke follows Rhys Forester, Duke of Claremont, as he is coming to grips with his new position, and dealing with the dire financial situation his father left him in. He's got a reputation for living a life on the wild side, but knows that he needs to start to settle to his title, especially as his younger sister, Meg, is about to debut. He returns to the family estate, ho I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. Nothing Compares to the Duke follows Rhys Forester, Duke of Claremont, as he is coming to grips with his new position, and dealing with the dire financial situation his father left him in. He's got a reputation for living a life on the wild side, but knows that he needs to start to settle to his title, especially as his younger sister, Meg, is about to debut. He returns to the family estate, hoping to speak with the wayward steward, when he is reunited with neighbour, and once friend, Arabella Prescott. Five years ago, they left things on shaky ground, as Rhys ruined Bella's 18th birthday, and since then, they've not spoken. They were inseparable as children, but being together now is like pulling teeth. Bella is not without her own reputation, especially as she's turned down five previous proposals. She mainly cares about publishing her book and doesn't want to marry, especially when her heart was lost to Rhys all those years ago. However, her parents are going abroad to Greece for a few years, for her father to teach, and they don't want to leave her alone, and unmarried. So, she asks Rhys to pretend to be engaged to her, and in return, she will help with Meg's coming out, and also help him find the thieving steward, and help him with the finances - as maths was never Rhys' forte. Can they get through the next few months pretending, or will their feelings complicate things? Bella and Rhys were fantastic main characters for this book. Both were strong willed, and feisty, and knew what they wanted, and wouldn't take any crap from anyone. Both had been left heartbroken - though originally for different reasons - after Bella's birthday five years ago, and it was something that had really affected them and it was about time they dealt with it. I really thought Bella's goal to publish her book was admirable, especially when you consider that an unmarried women at this time had little chance of being successful. Rhys wanted to help her, and would move heaven and earth for her to be happy, even going along with the fake engagement because it was what she needed. Fake relationship tropes are a favourite of mine, and I adored how this time around we had the friends to lovers trope as well - and it was extremely well done. The subplot of Claremont's finances and the conniving steward was enjoyable too, but all I was invested in, really, was Bella and Rhys relationship. Their chemistry was off the charts, and it was inevitable that they would begin to blur the lines between real and fake sooner or later, and I was waiting with bated breath for that to happen. This is my first of Carlyle's books, but definitely won't be my last. Her world building and relationships are fantastic, and I need more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay S

    Spurned by her childhood crush/ best friend, Arabella was developed a thick skin over the past five years. A know beauty, she’s been propped too many times. But she has frozen her heart and not found the right suitor to crack the ice shield she has constructed to keep her heart safe and mind focused. Now Bella is determined to remain spinster and instead of creating a family, she wants to create puzzles! She has focused her brilliant mind to the task of creating a word puzzle book that she is de Spurned by her childhood crush/ best friend, Arabella was developed a thick skin over the past five years. A know beauty, she’s been propped too many times. But she has frozen her heart and not found the right suitor to crack the ice shield she has constructed to keep her heart safe and mind focused. Now Bella is determined to remain spinster and instead of creating a family, she wants to create puzzles! She has focused her brilliant mind to the task of creating a word puzzle book that she is determined to get published all on her own. Rhys, the Duke of Claremont needs help. Not only must he return to his estate that he has avoided for years since he destroyed his friendship with his neighbour, Bella, he must also solve the mystery of his disappearing funds. Rhys has a learning disability (my guess is dyslexia) and the only one who has ever understood and was able to help him (and make him feel intelligent) is the same person that hasn’t spoken to him in five years! Rhys sucks up his pride to ask for help… of course there are stings attached! Bella requires a fake fiancee to stop her parents from forcing the issue. Can these former best friends not only work together to solve the mysteries of the Claremont finances and get along well enough to convince Bella’s parents that they are a love match??? Oh yes, yes, and yes! I absolutely adore the former best friends… enemies to lovers… second chance romance vibe that was focused on for this book. Add in the fake engagement and the reformation of an extreme rake and you have a recipe for great fun and great sexy times!!! This was. Great book and I barely put it down from the moment I started! Nothing Compares to the Duke by Christy Carlyle is scheduled to release May 26th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books through Edelweiss+. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #NothingComparestotheDuke #ChristyCarlyle #Edelweiss #pinkcowlandreads

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    4.5 Stars Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behaviour, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title don’t fit the carefree lifestyle he’s created and when he’s forced to return to his family’s estate, he’s also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind. Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more ba 4.5 Stars Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy All, Regret Nothing. He’s devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behaviour, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title don’t fit the carefree lifestyle he’s created and when he’s forced to return to his family’s estate, he’s also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind. Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. After several seasons and five rejected proposals, she’s done with the marriage mart. Bella’s hopes to live a comfortable life, alone, come crashing down when her parents are leaving for Greece & the only way Bella can stay behind is if becomes betrothed. Her salvation may come in the form of the man she hates the most. Bella has never forgiven Rhys for what he did to her, but desperate times call for fake engagements. With a few dozen rules, their scheme begins. A well written book which is the third in the series, it could easily be read on its own. I loved both Rhys & Bella, sparks flew whenever they met. A lovely second chance, friends to lovers novel that gripped me from cover to cover. I loved how Rhys fell hard & fast for Bella but it was her who fought her feelings even though she’d never stopped loving him. The verbal sparring had me smiling & often laughing. A heart warming story that I thoroughly enjoyed My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in Christy Carlyle’s excellent series The Duke’s Den. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I do highly recommend the first two books in the series. Rhys Forester is now the Duke of Claremont, but the estate matters are in a mess, his steward has gone missing, and he can’t make heads or tails of the account books as he suffers from what I believe is dyslexia. He I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in Christy Carlyle’s excellent series The Duke’s Den. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I do highly recommend the first two books in the series. Rhys Forester is now the Duke of Claremont, but the estate matters are in a mess, his steward has gone missing, and he can’t make heads or tails of the account books as he suffers from what I believe is dyslexia. He turns to the one person he trusts to help him Arabella Prescott, his childhood friend and confidante from whom he’s been estranged for the last five years. Arabella Prescott had her heart broken on her 18th birthday when she encountered Rhys in flagrante delicto with another woman at her party. Since that time, she’s earned a reputation for being cold and unfeeling, having turned down several marriage proposals. The story has three of my favourite tropes … a fake engagement … a second chance at love … and friends to lovers as they learn to become friends again after being apart for so long. With a smart and adventurous heroine and a flawed but sexy hero who’s willing to become her hero, this book is one I thoroughly enjoyed. Medium Steam. Publishing Date May 26, 2020 #NothingComparesToTheDuke #ChristyCarlyle #HistoricalRomance #AvonBooks #HarperCollinsCanada #bookstagram

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Twenty-three year old Bella (Arabella) has turned down numerous proposals, and really wants her parents to head off to Greece and leave her alone with her ambitions. But, despite things changing, they haven’t changed THAT much, and they are determined she will marry. She’s determined to find a publisher for her book, and she’s got ideas to share with the world - neither is particularly acceptable to society or her parents. Rhys has returned to the family estate to take up reins as Duke, and see Twenty-three year old Bella (Arabella) has turned down numerous proposals, and really wants her parents to head off to Greece and leave her alone with her ambitions. But, despite things changing, they haven’t changed THAT much, and they are determined she will marry. She’s determined to find a publisher for her book, and she’s got ideas to share with the world - neither is particularly acceptable to society or her parents. Rhys has returned to the family estate to take up reins as Duke, and see that debts are settled and his little sister gets a debut worthy of a Duke’s sister. He’s had plenty of time to make his own choices and mistakes, and a reputation that proceeds him, but things have to change, and he’s determined to see it done. Knowing Bella from when they were children, he’s unaware that she held a crush then, or that finding him with ‘a woman’ on her birthday was devastating. But, he just might be the solution to her having to marry, and he’s not wholly detestable. Setting up this ‘fake romance’ with plenty of ground rules and Bella’s determination to get her parents approval for the union soon - so they can leave believing her settled, the two are adorable together. Of course, the relationship keeps them in close proximity and there’s plenty of time for them to recognize and see the other: and for feelings to develop. Rhys wasn’t expecting Bella to be all grown up and so intriguing: Bella can’t help but feel a bit of the old excitement when she’s always seeing him. Full of laughter, broken rules and electric attraction, this book was my favorite in the series, and had plenty of heart, social changes and a heroine to adore. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    Once childhood friends, Rhys and Arabella had gone their separate ways when he had ruined their friendship on her eighteenth birthday. He began to live the life of his father, a rake with all the trappings that involved. But five years later he inherited the Dukedom, which was not in the best of shape and he started waking up and seeing his life as it was. Arabella had her seasons and was content to be left independent and write that book she knew she could. But her family decided it was time for Once childhood friends, Rhys and Arabella had gone their separate ways when he had ruined their friendship on her eighteenth birthday. He began to live the life of his father, a rake with all the trappings that involved. But five years later he inherited the Dukedom, which was not in the best of shape and he started waking up and seeing his life as it was. Arabella had her seasons and was content to be left independent and write that book she knew she could. But her family decided it was time for her to marry. The friends to lovers trope that the two decided to help each other and they eventually began to see the inside of their hearts and not all the outward dressing. Loved these two characters and seeing how they tried to make their way back to each other, with some humor, and wonderful dialogue that made this story complete! Don't miss this one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Glenn Brown

    rabella Prescott has loved being the belle of the ball until her heart was broken by her best friend Rhys Forester, the future Duke of Claremont. Now five years later Belle has not married and Rhys show up at a party uninvited. She’s never forgiven him for his transgression at her sixteenth birthday party, she hoped to one day marry him. Rhys knows he owes Bella an apology, he broke her heart and their friendship was lost five years ago. Bella has several successful seasons with dozens of marria rabella Prescott has loved being the belle of the ball until her heart was broken by her best friend Rhys Forester, the future Duke of Claremont. Now five years later Belle has not married and Rhys show up at a party uninvited. She’s never forgiven him for his transgression at her sixteenth birthday party, she hoped to one day marry him. Rhys knows he owes Bella an apology, he broke her heart and their friendship was lost five years ago. Bella has several successful seasons with dozens of marriage proposals, but she has never forgotten her first love and childhood friend. The friends are reunited when they discover they both need help and they strike a bargain, Arabella helps to launch his sister debut into society and she helps Rhys with his ledgers. A captivating story of rekindled love and forgiveness. I have voluntarily read and reviewed this amazing story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cary Morton

    I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nothing Compares To the Duke by Christy Carlyle is not your usual historical romance. The heroine is extraordinarily clever, determined, and hard-headed, and the hero is a bit of a lost soul. Had the two never been childhood friends, this story may have gone an entirely different way, but there was something sweet about how close they were, despite being very different people. The book overall was I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nothing Compares To the Duke by Christy Carlyle is not your usual historical romance. The heroine is extraordinarily clever, determined, and hard-headed, and the hero is a bit of a lost soul. Had the two never been childhood friends, this story may have gone an entirely different way, but there was something sweet about how close they were, despite being very different people. The book overall was well-written and well-paced. The characters had depth, and there were just enough hijinks to keep things going. My only real qualm with the story was the last chapter before the epilogue. There was something off about it - perhaps the desperation of the hero in the way he momentarily returned to his old ways… it just didn't sit quite right with me. That aside, the rest of the book was fantastic, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who loves historical romances.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Smitten

    Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series, and like the previous two is a hit! The book can be read as a stand-alone, but I do recommend reading the others to get a better background of what exactly the Duke’s Den and to understand some of the secondary characters, this book does not really go as much into the Den as the previous books did. This book follows the story of Arabella Prescott, the beloved only child of a viscount, and Rhys Forester, the new Duke o Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series, and like the previous two is a hit! The book can be read as a stand-alone, but I do recommend reading the others to get a better background of what exactly the Duke’s Den and to understand some of the secondary characters, this book does not really go as much into the Den as the previous books did. This book follows the story of Arabella Prescott, the beloved only child of a viscount, and Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont. Bella and Rhys have been childhood friends and used to know each other as well as they knew themselves. Until on the day of her birthday party he broke her heart and Bella vowed to never speak to him again. Bella went on to become one of the most sought after debutantes, but with five rejected proposals and three long seasons under her belt she is ready to live life alone on her own terms. This all comes to a halt when her parents essentially tell her she has to marry or she will be depriving her parents’ of one of their long held dreams to work abroad. Bella decides to take matters into her own hands and approaches Rhys with a proposition. While Bella has been amassing and rejecting proposals, Rhys was making a name for himself as a rouge with wild parties, dangerous behaviours, and many affairs – all while accumulating wealth through his investments. When he gains his father’s title he learns of all of the debts that come with it, and is forced to go back to his estate to get to the bottom of it all. When Bella approaches him with an offer to be her fake fiancé in exchange for help with his ledgers, he takes the deal. They both need something from the other, what harm could come into it right? Neither of them expected that their old feelings would resurface as quickly as they did, making their deal a little bit more complicated. I really enjoyed this series and book, Carlyle has a talent for writing historical romance that is still realistic to the time period but also empowering the females in her books. Of the three books in the series, this one was my least favourite – I still enjoyed it, but not as much as the others. I found Bella to be a very strong female who stuck to her beliefs and trusted that she knew what was in her own best interests without succumbing to the pressures of society. I enjoyed the back and forth commentary between Bella and Rhys and loved the sexual tension in the beginning half of the book. The second half of the book was not as interesting as the first, and I found myself reading just to finish it rather than eagerly looking forward to it. It became very predictable and I just didn’t find that there was really anything to look forward to. I also thought that Rhys’ sudden change of character to go from reckless party boy to a one-woman-man to be a bit quick and unrealistic. I would have liked some more insight into his character and his character development, it just didn’t seem very believable to me. There was a lot more development of Bella outlined in the pages than Rhys. Overall, I do recommend this book for fans of historical romance, I recommend that you read the first two novels as well. ~ Harshita

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forester live on neighboring estates, and have been best friends since they were young children, even though Rhys is four years older. Although much of their youth was spent running about and playing, Bella is remarkably intelligent, and helped Rhys with his reading disorder. The years pass, and it’s now time to celebrate Bella’s eighteenth birthday. She’s nervous about having to give a speech in front of everyone, and is counting on Rhys’s face front and center to foc Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forester live on neighboring estates, and have been best friends since they were young children, even though Rhys is four years older. Although much of their youth was spent running about and playing, Bella is remarkably intelligent, and helped Rhys with his reading disorder. The years pass, and it’s now time to celebrate Bella’s eighteenth birthday. She’s nervous about having to give a speech in front of everyone, and is counting on Rhys’s face front and center to focus on. She also has been feeling her love for Rhys turn in a new direction, and hopes that he returns her affection. When Rhys isn’t part of the crowd, Bella runs off to seek him. And she does find him, unfortunately, it’s in the arms of an obliging older lady. Bella’s young heart is broken, and she is too distraught to listen to Rhys’s apology. Rhys realizes he has ruined his beautiful friendship. Unknown to Bella, he had already begun to live the rakish lifestyle that he would become notorious for over the next five years. His life in London consists of some genuine business ventures with his two close friends, but is full of wild parties, gambling, and a string of affairs and liaisons. When Rhys’s father dies, and there are serious financial problems, Rhys knows he must go back to his country estate and try to sort out the mess, as he’s now the duke. While Rhys has been living as a libertine, Bella made her debut, and has turned down numerous marriage proposals. She is hopeful that her parents will give up on trying to marry her off, and allow her to happily become a spinster, and to write her puzzle books, which she hopes to publish. Her world is turned upside down when she hears Rhys’s voice for the first time since that awful party five years ago. I’m all team Bella in this story, as I hated Rhys’s actions from his awful deed five years ago to the frivolous and ridiculous life he chose to live since then. Having said that, he does have an abundance of good qualities which were buried underneath the persona he created. He also felt genuine guilt and remorse over how he hurt Bella, and accordingly lost his best friend. I admire that he had the courage to ask her forgiveness, albeit five years later. I loved watching Rhys change the more time he spent with the “new” Bella, becoming a better person, and vowing that he would never break her trust again. Bella was easy for me to like, as who doesn’t remember and sympathize with their first experience at heartbreak? What made this sadder was the decade of solid friendship before their falling out. I commend Bella’s resolve not to marry just for the sake of being wed, and how she worked at building her own future of becoming a published author. It takes a good person to forgive someone who has hurt you that badly, and I applaud Bella’s finally being able to do so. Nothing Compares to the Duke is well written and enjoyable to read, with plenty of emotional scenes and some steamy moments. I think it will appeal especially to those readers who enjoy drama and many hurdles to overcome. I have to confess that I was left with a kernel of doubt as to whether Rhys could truly stay faithful to Bella, or whether the siren song of his former life would lure him back. I know I’m rooting for them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Mae

    Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in the Duke’s Den series by Christy Carlyle. Rys Forester has just become the Duke of Claremont but before that he was just Rhys, a trusted friend and confidant to Arabella Prescott. After Rhys betrayed her trust, Arabella cut him off deciding she didn’t need him or anyone to be happy with her life. But all is not right in Rhys’ world and he has no one else to turn to besides Bella. Can she put aside her anger to help him, or will past mistakes make Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third book in the Duke’s Den series by Christy Carlyle. Rys Forester has just become the Duke of Claremont but before that he was just Rhys, a trusted friend and confidant to Arabella Prescott. After Rhys betrayed her trust, Arabella cut him off deciding she didn’t need him or anyone to be happy with her life. But all is not right in Rhys’ world and he has no one else to turn to besides Bella. Can she put aside her anger to help him, or will past mistakes make it too hard to forgive? This book was my first from Christy Carlyle, but I had heard of her through other authors and bloggers I follow. I enjoyed her writing style and found it was a quick read for me. I think the premise of the Duke needing his very smart childhood friend to help him out was great. I especially liked that Carlyle wrote a strong and engaging hero that just happened to have reading issues. Rhys was no less attractive or intelligent because of his difficulties and in fact, he was even more endearing for his willingness to ask Bella for help. I didn’t connect as much with Bella, she was a bit of a spoiled brat at the beginning being the only child to wealthy parents. I understood why she had become closed off after Rhys’ betrayal and loved that she decided to make her life her own. I guess I just didn’t think that the “betrayal” by Rhys was that bad to justify hating him. Both Bella and Rhys use the past as reasons to hurt each other or keep the other at an arm's length. Which I felt was immature on both their parts and made some of the beginning of the story hard to read. Once the fake engagement plot starts and Bella and Rhys are forced together the pace of the book picked up for me. I loved reading each rule they broke and seeing the tension build on the page. Fair warning to anyone out there that hates slow burns, but the actual culmination of that tension doesn't happen till the last third of the book. It feels organic because so much forgiveness has to happen first, but I also am always impatient when reading slow burns. In the end the love story gets a very satisfying conclusion and I’m happy to see these two together. I only wish there had been more page time devoted to them together in a real relationship. Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable read. If you’re in the market for a lighter historical romp, with some classic fake relationship tropes you’ll definitely enjoy this book. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars because of some of the character issues I mentioned above. Thank you to Avon and NetGalley who supplied the ARC, all opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Claudine Gandolfi

    I could not put this novel down. So here I am, exhausted, because I finished it in one read, overnight. So, that gets high marks from me just for that. Opening prologue really reeled me in as I felt so badly for the young heroine, Arabella (Arry to the hero, Bella to everyone else). She has her heart broken by Rhys Forester on her birthday severing their young friendship. Skip forward 5 years and they're thrown back together as he takes ownership of the family estate after his father's death. Th I could not put this novel down. So here I am, exhausted, because I finished it in one read, overnight. So, that gets high marks from me just for that. Opening prologue really reeled me in as I felt so badly for the young heroine, Arabella (Arry to the hero, Bella to everyone else). She has her heart broken by Rhys Forester on her birthday severing their young friendship. Skip forward 5 years and they're thrown back together as he takes ownership of the family estate after his father's death. The family is more in debt than he realized was possible. He wants to find out why but the only person he knows who is good with puzzles and understands his shortcomings on reading is Arabella. He goes to apologize for the scene she walked in on 5 years ago. Can she forgive him, though? Arabella Prescott is a strong female lead. Smart, discerning, compassionate, with the fire of curiosity in her. Her father's been offered a job in Greece, and her parents are moving. She's expected to marry or come with. She humors them for a dinner party where they've brought together 4 potential suitors - she's only interested in getting her book of puzzles published in London. She’s already had 4 seasons and has turned down multiple proposals. Seems no one can compare to Rhys. Rhys, now the Duke of Claremont, has followed in his father’s footsteps – or sheets. He’s got a horrible and well-earned reputation as a rake. No honorable woman would be seen with him. Or would she? As he asks Bella for the favor helping him with the missing funds she asks for his assistance – a dinner date that is soon followed by a fake engagement to run off the potential suitors and make her parents happy. Bella won’t be alone when they head to Greece. With the rules (no kissing, no touching, etc.) set, they try their hardest but nothing can keep them from wanting each other. The passion and longing between Rhys and Bella were fantastic. This is one of those -- they belong together, they both want each other and obviously love each other, now let’s see them figure it out -- romances. I was slightly disappointed with her replies to him toward the end - she's a little hard on him but it's good to make him work for it after what he did when she was 17. But Rhys is really such a reformed rake that only has eyes for her. Well done. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third and last book in the Duke’s Den series. The entire series is good, but the books can all be read as a stand-alone. The book was easy to read and flowed smoothly. Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lived a reckless life with parties and loose women. Rhys had made a fortune by investing but his struggle with reading had made him postpone his duties as the new duke. He was not able to make any sense of the ledgers and the absence of Mr. Radley, the e Nothing Compares to the Duke is the third and last book in the Duke’s Den series. The entire series is good, but the books can all be read as a stand-alone. The book was easy to read and flowed smoothly. Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, lived a reckless life with parties and loose women. Rhys had made a fortune by investing but his struggle with reading had made him postpone his duties as the new duke. He was not able to make any sense of the ledgers and the absence of Mr. Radley, the estate steward, lead him to believe that Mr. Radley had stolen money. He knew his childhood companion; Arabella Prescott would be able to sort the accounts but wasn’t sure if Arabella would talk to him let alone help him. His behavior at her birthday party five years ago was reckless and he hadn’t seen her since. Arabella Prescott “Bella” had her heartbroken when she found Rhys in the arms of another woman at her birthday party. She had hoped he would propose to her that day and her heart had been. She loved solving puzzles and logical problems and was wanted to take them to London to see if she could have them published. Her parents had decided to have a house party to celebrate her twenty-third birthday and had invited four gentlemen for her to consider marrying. They were planning on moving to Athens in a few months. She comes up with a plan when Rhys asks for her help. She would help him solve the mystery of the estate loses if he would pretend to a fake engagement until her parents leave. While searching for the estate manager, Rhys came to realize that he was shamelessly following in his father’s footsteps. He slowly came to realize his true feelings for Bella but was afraid his reputation would hurt her. Bella hesitates to trust Rhys again so tries to keep herself emotionally distant. This was a great book to finish the series and was enjoyable to read. Both Bella and Rhys grew into better people while working to solving the mystery. Rhys wanted to be worthy of Bella and her trust. Bella’s cousin Louisa played a large role in helping Bella to realize her dreams and I hope to see her in a future book. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Book 3 of the The Duke's Den series, Nothing Compares to The Duke, may be read as a stand-alone. Some characters from the previous books show up, but their relationships to the main characters are easy to understand. Arabella Prescott has tried hard to make their parents happy, yet the happiest thing for them would be to see her married. However, Arabella had decided a long time ago she would never marry, because the only man who really interested her let her down on her 18th birthday. Since then Book 3 of the The Duke's Den series, Nothing Compares to The Duke, may be read as a stand-alone. Some characters from the previous books show up, but their relationships to the main characters are easy to understand. Arabella Prescott has tried hard to make their parents happy, yet the happiest thing for them would be to see her married. However, Arabella had decided a long time ago she would never marry, because the only man who really interested her let her down on her 18th birthday. Since then, she has focused on writing riddles - her plan is to have a book published. In a last attempt to find Arabella a suitor, her mother throws a country party, inviting 4 elegible suitors. Arabella agrees to the party, still she plots to avoid the gentlemen as much as possible. She didn't count on her once dream, but now worst nightmare would show up uninvited, though. Rhys Forester, the new Duke of Claremont, and one of the owners of the Duke's Den, leads a life of fun and debauchery, avoiding responsibility at all costs. When such a life is threatened by a lack of funds, he decides it's time to come back to his seat home and check what might be happening. Trying to be sober too, Rhys acknowledges that he misses his best friend Arabella and he owes her an apology after letting her down. So, he goes to Arabella's house and finds out she's attempting to escape marriage. Rhys needs Arabelle's help with his estate ledgers (I guess he's dyslexic) whereas Arabelle needs him to pretend that she has finally got a suitor and persuades her parents that she'll get married. Thus, they get engaged. Of course, friends to lovers and fake engagements are not new plots, but Ms. Carlyle writes an enjoyable story, with kind characters, especially Arabelle. The book is a nice ending for this series - I'm only wondering whether Ms. Carlyle is planning to write about Arabelle's cousin, Louise, in the next series. I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roxana

    Nothing Compares to the Duke brings us the story of Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forrester. Our story starts with a young Arabella in the midst or her coming out, young and in love with her childhood friend Rhys. These two have grown up together, shared adventures, it was normal for Arabella to assume the next step may be marriage. What she does not realize is that Rhys is entering a discovery stage in his life. He is discovering women and the joys of being a young buck. Arabella walks in on him wi Nothing Compares to the Duke brings us the story of Arabella Prescott and Rhys Forrester. Our story starts with a young Arabella in the midst or her coming out, young and in love with her childhood friend Rhys. These two have grown up together, shared adventures, it was normal for Arabella to assume the next step may be marriage. What she does not realize is that Rhys is entering a discovery stage in his life. He is discovering women and the joys of being a young buck. Arabella walks in on him with a widow, breaking her heart and setting in motion the future of their relationship. Fast forward ahead and now we find Rhys as the new Duke of Claremont. The estate that has been passed down to him by his father is experiencing financial difficulties. Things that he was not aware of, and he struggles to understand the family accounts. He searches out his childhood friend, as she is the only one he can trust. But Bella has still not forgiven him. After many Seasons and turndown proposals she has developed a cool exterior inside and out. Her parents have an opportunity to go to Greece, but will not leave until she is married, so they are turning on the pressure. Bella proposes a fake engagement to Rhys, in exchange with helping him with his accounts and the coming out of his sister. I’m a little torn on how I feel about their story. The mystery of the financial records kept me interested to continue to read on. I grew a little frustrated with Bella’s supposedly betrayal from Rhys. She was cold and unapproachable. I found it interesting that Rhys never hinted at a possible relationship when they were young, yet having walked in on him grew bitterness and coldness inside her. Their chemistry was not off the charts, but more of a gentle simmer. Overall it was a nice story to read on a lazy afternoon, *** I received an advanced copy in exchange of an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Didi

    2.5 Stars rounded Up Rhys Forester had intrigued me from the first time his character appeared on the series and I was reaaally keen on his story. It turned out to be ...not wholly satisfying? I suspected the opening chapter would be the major blow that broken years long friendship. But what transpired just had me gobsmacked. Don’t get me wrong, it’s shitty of Rhys to do what he did, but Arabella struck me as spoiled and nagging brat of a young lady. And to have that one incident (only) erasing 2.5 Stars rounded Up Rhys Forester had intrigued me from the first time his character appeared on the series and I was reaaally keen on his story. It turned out to be ...not wholly satisfying? I suspected the opening chapter would be the major blow that broken years long friendship. But what transpired just had me gobsmacked. Don’t get me wrong, it’s shitty of Rhys to do what he did, but Arabella struck me as spoiled and nagging brat of a young lady. And to have that one incident (only) erasing years long familiarity. I mean, really?? While Rhys’ backstory was actually interesting, I felt like it wasn’t fully told and revealed to give this book justice. His relationship with his father that becoming (almost) non existing in his adult life wasn’t much explored. I also thought as someone who was supposedly known him best Bella was quick to judge him after her wish wasn’t being reciprocated. So yeah, it’s safe to say I wasn’t too impressed with the heroine. She suffered others’ expectations of her station but she did the same in her dealing with her erstwhile best friend. And I was also disappointed that Rhys’ relationship with his partners in the Duke’s Den wasn’t particularly close given the plot of this installment. Color me naive, I just wish the more involving brotherhood than was shown here. Worry not, it’s a given that these former best mates found their way together - it’s not a spoiler, it’s what expected. But I wasn’t very excited with the way the story went. All in all, NOTHING COMPARES TO THE DUKE was a cute enough read with undeliverable potential. It riddled with loopholes that - were they filled - would whack more impact to the story. Copy of the book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I love a fake relationship. The whole mechanism of the trope works because it throws resistant people with a simmering attraction into situations that force them to be closer. It doesn't work when these situations...like...don't happen? From the initiation of the fake relationship to the time they bang, not much happens to bring them closer together. He's supportive of her, so I guess that helps her forgive him? They've always loved each other, so there's not much to overcome. Any stakes that in I love a fake relationship. The whole mechanism of the trope works because it throws resistant people with a simmering attraction into situations that force them to be closer. It doesn't work when these situations...like...don't happen? From the initiation of the fake relationship to the time they bang, not much happens to bring them closer together. He's supportive of her, so I guess that helps her forgive him? They've always loved each other, so there's not much to overcome. Any stakes that interfere with them finally being together are low. Sometimes I'm all for low stakes - but there's got to be something, like humor or ... anything ... to compensate for the lack of stakes. Parts of this that piqued my interest came to nothing. A financial mystery in the duke's accounts! Not high stakes, bc other income. Helping his sister come out! Barely attended to. Puzzles and publication! Briefly addressed, obstacles overcome off page. His dyslexia! Forgotten after the initial ledger read-through. The villain who robbed the ducal accounts and the investigation! Simple and an afterthought. I was excited for this series because I found the first novel so utterly beautiful. The second one let me down. This one let me down a lot. It felt like a story I'd read before. I mean, I guess all historical romances are kind of stories we've read before, but give me some characters I love, give me some balls (dances; I reread this and was like...ooop), some adventures on the road, some tropey-tropes, and I'm all in. A note on the history - I never care for historical accuracy, per say, but here their time spent alone pushed the boundaries of my suspension of disbelief. Meh.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria Griffo

    This was a great book, it had betrayal, mystery and romance. This is the story of Rhys and Arabella. These two were childhood friends. On Arabella's 18th birthday the boy who she looked up to and loved betrayed her. She was hurt and didn't understand how he could do this to her. In the years to follow Arabella had been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. She rejected 5 marriage proposal and she was done with the marriage mart, but her parents wanted to see her settled. Rjys the new This was a great book, it had betrayal, mystery and romance. This is the story of Rhys and Arabella. These two were childhood friends. On Arabella's 18th birthday the boy who she looked up to and loved betrayed her. She was hurt and didn't understand how he could do this to her. In the years to follow Arabella had been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. She rejected 5 marriage proposal and she was done with the marriage mart, but her parents wanted to see her settled. Rjys the new Duke of Claremont lives his life by four words Enjoy all Regret nothing. He was reckless and wild and loved to shock the ton with his interest in trade. When he was forced to return to his estate he was also forced to confront his only regret the girl he left behind with his heart Arabella. Bella has not forgotten what Rhys did to her he left and took her heart with him. She is not sure she can forgive him or trust him when he walks back into her life and needs her help. Arabella has never gotten over the man who stole and holds her heart but can she find it in herself to trust him. She needs his help too with a plan. As these two spend more time together they both find that the other holds the others heart. Can he gain her trust and become the man he wants to be for her? Will she be able to but the past behind her and take what she wants to have the life she has always wanted..........

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Absolutely dynamite read! I give Nothing Compares to the Duke by Christy Carlyle 5 Full Steeping Teacups! This is truly one of my favorite romances of the year! Rhys, the Duke of Claremont and Lady Arabella (Bella) have known each other from childhood, they were each other’s best friend and it's on Bella's 18th birthday that she truly awakens to the feelings brewing inside for Rhys and she wants to express these but is not given the chance. She finds Rhys with another lady in the garden and it br Absolutely dynamite read! I give Nothing Compares to the Duke by Christy Carlyle 5 Full Steeping Teacups! This is truly one of my favorite romances of the year! Rhys, the Duke of Claremont and Lady Arabella (Bella) have known each other from childhood, they were each other’s best friend and it's on Bella's 18th birthday that she truly awakens to the feelings brewing inside for Rhys and she wants to express these but is not given the chance. She finds Rhys with another lady in the garden and it breaks her heart seeing him flirt and kiss another. She kicks him out of her party and also kicks him out of her heart. Five years later Rhys comes back to his home as the now Duke of Claremont and he must figure out why all of his funds are gone, yes he has partied many of them away but not the whole of his accounts. While trying to figure out the ledgers, Rhys struggles as he's always struggled with reading. He then goes next door to ask his old friend Bella for her help. She turns him down but later she offers to help him on one condition that he enter into a pretend engagement with her. This story just takes on so many twists and turns and Carlyle does an amazing job at weaving all the different storylines together into one amazing tale! If you love a deep, yet slow love, then this is the book for you!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Arabella "Bella" Prescott is done with the marriage mart. There's only one man she's ever wanted, and no one else has ever lived up to expectations. Bella is ready to settle to a quiet life in the country, but unfortunately, her parents are serious about seeing her married. That is where Rhys Forrester, the Duke of Claremont, comes into the picture. Once upon a time Rhys and Bella were the best of friends, but he ruined that the night of her birthday party years ago. Still, Rhys needs help and so Arabella "Bella" Prescott is done with the marriage mart. There's only one man she's ever wanted, and no one else has ever lived up to expectations. Bella is ready to settle to a quiet life in the country, but unfortunately, her parents are serious about seeing her married. That is where Rhys Forrester, the Duke of Claremont, comes into the picture. Once upon a time Rhys and Bella were the best of friends, but he ruined that the night of her birthday party years ago. Still, Rhys needs help and so he seeks her out. Bella agrees, but only if he'll play the role of her intended to get her parents off her back. It's all fun and games until Rhys starts to realize he wants more. Could Bella possibly return his feelings? Author Christy Carlyle is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical romance writers. Her latest novel, NOTHING COMPARES TO THE DUKE, did not disappoint. Although it is part of her Duke’s Den series, it can be read as a standalone. Bella and Rhys have a simple, yet complicated relationship. It's clear they are meant to be from the start, but fate has other plans for them. They'll have some hurdles to overcome to get their HEA. I cannot wait to read the first two novels in this series. .

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