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A sexy and distracting rake is tamed by a scholarly heroine with a penchant for the sciences in this dazzling and witty tale of Regency London. A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singula A sexy and distracting rake is tamed by a scholarly heroine with a penchant for the sciences in this dazzling and witty tale of Regency London. A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singular passion is chemistry—of the laboratory type. But Thorn has not forgotten—or forgiven—the shocking blackmail scheme sparked by that single kiss, or the damage caused to both their names. Now Thorn’s half-brother, Grey, has hired the brilliant Miss Norley for her scientific expertise in solving a troubling family mystery. And the once-burned Thorn, suspicious of her true motives, vows to follow her every move . . . For Olivia, determining whether arsenic poisoning killed Grey’s father is the pioneering experiment that could make her career—and Thorn’s constant presence is merely a distraction. But someone has explosive plans to derail her search. Soon the most unexpected discovery is the caring nature of the reputed scoundrel beside her—and the electricity it ignites between them . . .


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A sexy and distracting rake is tamed by a scholarly heroine with a penchant for the sciences in this dazzling and witty tale of Regency London. A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singula A sexy and distracting rake is tamed by a scholarly heroine with a penchant for the sciences in this dazzling and witty tale of Regency London. A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singular passion is chemistry—of the laboratory type. But Thorn has not forgotten—or forgiven—the shocking blackmail scheme sparked by that single kiss, or the damage caused to both their names. Now Thorn’s half-brother, Grey, has hired the brilliant Miss Norley for her scientific expertise in solving a troubling family mystery. And the once-burned Thorn, suspicious of her true motives, vows to follow her every move . . . For Olivia, determining whether arsenic poisoning killed Grey’s father is the pioneering experiment that could make her career—and Thorn’s constant presence is merely a distraction. But someone has explosive plans to derail her search. Soon the most unexpected discovery is the caring nature of the reputed scoundrel beside her—and the electricity it ignites between them . . .

30 review for Who Wants to Marry a Duke

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    In the Duke Dynasty, a woman marries three dukes and gives birth to three more dukes. There are also an assortment of others including spare, twin, niece, nephew and cousin. These are their stories. In Who Wants to Marry a Duke, the third installment of the Duke Dynasty, Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock finds himself once again in the presence of the woman who was part of a scheme nine years ago to blackmail Thornstock to into marriage. Thornstock goes by Thorn amongst his family and friends In the Duke Dynasty, a woman marries three dukes and gives birth to three more dukes. There are also an assortment of others including spare, twin, niece, nephew and cousin. These are their stories. In Who Wants to Marry a Duke, the third installment of the Duke Dynasty, Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock finds himself once again in the presence of the woman who was part of a scheme nine years ago to blackmail Thornstock to into marriage. Thornstock goes by Thorn amongst his family and friends. Thorn’s half brother, the Duke of Greycourt, better known as Grey has hired Miss Olivia Norley to determine if his father had been murdered by arsenic when Grey was a baby. Olivia is delighted by Grey’s faith in her tests to find arsenic in exhumed bodies as she is determined to make a name for herself as a chemist. As the book takes place in 1809, Olivia is a woman ahead of her time. No wonder she doesn’t have time for Thorne’s nonsense now or nine years ago. Since then Olivia wonders what if she had only said yes to Thorne’s grudging proposal. Thorn has wondered the same thing for nine years, while also wondering if his suspicions of Olivia’s participation in her step-mother’s scheme might have been misplaced. The possible murder of all three of the dukes, plus a few other duke uncles has been the intriguing mystery arc of the Duke Dynasty with the mystery heating up in Who Wants to Marry a Duke. Now the Dukes and their spouses, have their causes of deaths and a list of possible suspects. There are also new attempts on the lives of the half-siblings and Olivia Norley. I really can’t guess the killer and I’m pretty good at figuring the murderer. Is it the obvious red herring who is not the red herring? Is it the woman we will all love to hate? Or is it someone from out in left field? This series might be emphasizing the mysterious deaths more, but it does not neglect the romance and what a hot romance! High on the asbestos scale. Once again a woman "done wrong" does not make the man grovel enough, but truly, when has it ever been any different in any historical romance? Ever. On the other hand, Thorn seems awfully forgiving of the step-mother who caused him such misery for nine years. However what does set this book apart is Olivia’s determination to reach acceptance as a chemist and to have her tests finding arsenic in exhumed bodies also accepted. Usually the only women in the sciences in the early 1800’s were astronomers. FYI, Olivia’s work in finding arsenic is not a fantasy on the part of the author. Chemists in Germany were developing tests to find arsenic. I was happy to be able to continue to read about the characters from the first two books. Who Wants to Marry a Duke can easily be read as a standalone but then you would be missing stories that also touch upon original characters who have had very real and serious backgrounds or problems not often touched up in HR books. I look forward to discovering the murderer, but not the end of the series. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions of this review are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Addie H

    NB: Spoiler free ARC review – expected publication Aug 25th 2020 Who wants to marry a duke? At least not this one. ***** While I somewhat liked the character of Olivia and her interest/education in chemistry, and what someone might argue borderline autism/Asperger, I really did not like Thorn. He was selfish, and single minded. Possessive, sulky and with less charm than a slug. F*ck the consequences and Olivia as long as he got her in the sack. No matter how much he “redeemed” himself, I am certain NB: Spoiler free ARC review – expected publication Aug 25th 2020 Who wants to marry a duke? At least not this one. ***** While I somewhat liked the character of Olivia and her interest/education in chemistry, and what someone might argue borderline autism/Asperger, I really did not like Thorn. He was selfish, and single minded. Possessive, sulky and with less charm than a slug. F*ck the consequences and Olivia as long as he got her in the sack. No matter how much he “redeemed” himself, I am certain the world would be a better place without him. And so would Olivia. - “You distract me, all right? You can’t help yourself. You enjoy flirting and dallying with women, and I happen to be handy.” Olivia finished buttoning up her redingote before forcing herself to look at him in the eye. “But these experiments are too important for me. I refuse to make a hash of it simply because you are… being yourself.” “You didn’t enjoy what we did?” His eyes had gone cold, and she knew she had once again been too blunt in her speech. - Leaning forward, Thorn fixed her with a dark look. “You seem terribly concerned about Juncker’s feelings. Were you hoping he might stay longer? Shall I call him back so you can flirt with him some more?” - He scoured her attire with blatant impudence. “Did you wear that gown to tempt Juncker? Or to torment me?” - Damn. She really had only dismissed her maid out of kindness for the servant and not out of any eagerness to let him bed her. Meanwhile, he was in a fever pitch of excitement at just the possibility of taking her to bed. - …”you and I both have hobbies we enjoy, so we’ll simply have to agree on how far we would allow eachother to take those hobbies.” That was certainly a curious way of putting it. “I don’t consider what I do a ‘hobby’. I take my work very seriously.” “Fine. Then call it pastime.” “A profession,” she said. “Duchesses don’t usually have professions,” he pointed out. And the sex scenes ☹ - Then taking the hand she’d been caressing him with, he pulled it inside so she could stroke his bare flesh as he was stroking her. “Grab it, I beg you.” So she did. And his aroused member became even stiffer in her hand. - Thorn’s thick rod of flesh thrusting boldly toward her from a nest of dark hair, with large bollocks hanging down, was another thing entirely. He was no statue for certain. 1.5 stars I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    STILL LOVE THE SERIES, BUT THIS BOOK FELL SHORT OF THE OTHERS This was still a good read, no doubt about it! It just didn't live up to the standart of the rest of the series. The chemistry of the two MC's didn't jump off the pages and the male lead Thorn let me down. However, I loved how the plot thickened and I am still very excited for the last in this series about Sheridan! 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Plot: The siblings are delving deeper in the mysterious deaths of their fathers. I really liked how the pl STILL LOVE THE SERIES, BUT THIS BOOK FELL SHORT OF THE OTHERS This was still a good read, no doubt about it! It just didn't live up to the standart of the rest of the series. The chemistry of the two MC's didn't jump off the pages and the male lead Thorn let me down. However, I loved how the plot thickened and I am still very excited for the last in this series about Sheridan! 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Plot: The siblings are delving deeper in the mysterious deaths of their fathers. I really liked how the plot slowly unraveled and still didn't offer any real leads. I was really drawn into the mystery and much as I tried, I couldn't figure it out (not yet anyway) so I am very much looking forward to the big reveal in the next book. Olivia: Many Historical Romances have nerdy heroines who prefer books to social encounters. Olivia was, in that sense, not any different. Still, I liked how her nerdiness deviated from many others because it was more scientific and professional. She studied chemistry, wanted to experiment and publish her findings and even dreamed of making it a way of life. I particularly liked that she wanted to be a self-made woman. 👎 WHAT I DISLIKED 👎 Thorn: There was just something about Thorn that I couldn't like. I didn't get his motivations - I didn't understand why he was so guarded and cynical. Nine years before the events of this book, Olivia and Thorn are caught in a compromising embrace and he reluctantly proposes to her. When she refuses, in stead of being relieved, Thorn turns around and becomes angry, acting in a much childish and petulant way. I really didn't understand this side of his personality and it was very unattractive. Chemistry: Olivia and Thorn have a second-chance love, which is something I usually enjoy. However, I just couldn't feel the chemistry between these two. I didn't feel their romance, I couldn't get into it. Probably because I didn't really like Thorn... ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 11 Crazy Literary Scandals

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I loved Olivia. So much. She is brilliant and thoughtful and determined to forge her path as a chemist. She is wonderful! Thorn, however, is a jerk. One little kiss goes awry and he becomes this cynical, bitter man who hides his own genius (along with refusing to acknowledge Olivia's). Can he overcome his stubbornness to realize she is everything he wants in a partner? I read this book in one fell swoop and then was disappointed that it was over so quickly...I think I need to go read it again!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a series that should be read in order. There is a series long mystery going on that really picks up in this book. If you don't care about the series mystery, or only plan on reading this book then it's probably okay as a stand alone....there's characters from previous stories in this one and the mystery isn't super overwhelming or confusing. This book takes place in 1809. Some in London and some at Grey's (Thorn's half brother) estate. Olivia is a chemist. She's not interested in having This is a series that should be read in order. There is a series long mystery going on that really picks up in this book. If you don't care about the series mystery, or only plan on reading this book then it's probably okay as a stand alone....there's characters from previous stories in this one and the mystery isn't super overwhelming or confusing. This book takes place in 1809. Some in London and some at Grey's (Thorn's half brother) estate. Olivia is a chemist. She's not interested in having a season and finding a husband. But when an innocent drink spilled on Thorn leads to her ruined reputation, she's facing a decision she wasn't ready for. Give this book a try if you're looking for -enemies to lovers – after their initial encounter, they dislike each other. Olivia thinks Thorn is a scoundrel rogue with zero principles and Thorn thinks Olivia is a scheming liar. -second chance – these two share a kiss and are compromised and reunite 9 years later. -working women/bluestocking heroine – while not a stable job, Olivia is a chemist and works to have her studies published -murder/mystery – it really picks up in this book with the series long murder suspicions -moderate steam – 2 full scenes with one being decently explicit, multiple short fondling scenes, and 2 kisses. This has been my favorite book of the series so far I think. The mystery for the series (someone has murdered people close to Grey (book 1), Gwen (book 2), and Thorn's (this book) mother) starts really picking up in this book. I would say most of the plot points revolve around this. Grey has some suspicion about his father being poisoned so Olivia is asked to test his organs for arsenic. This is what brings Thorn and Olivia back together after 9 years apart. I liked that the heroine was a chemist, it was a bit different. I liked the talk about the plays written, those were some of my favorite scenes. Yet, I just don't seem to be into this series. This book was a decent way to pass the time, it didn't make me angry, but it also didn't inspire any strong feelings either. It was a bit of instalust with the early kiss and the second kiss was pretty early too. I found Thorn as a hero quite similar to a large number of other Jeffries heroes. He just didn't stand out to me. I didn't feel a strong tension between the characters or fully get their pull to each other. And while I'm usually bored or annoyed with mystery plots, I didn't find that here. But I also wasn't super into it. I did think the whole beginning reaction by Thorn was over dramatic and ridiculous. The whole *hand to forehead* I can never love or trust because I was wronged! He took way too far. And I also hated how Olivia seemed to just forgive him and puckered up for his kisses. It just didn’t make SENSE. It didn’t seem like logical behavior. So that’s part of why stars were lowered. Possible spoilers – including the kisses and sex scenes and what percentages they are found. (view spoiler)[ First kiss – 5% Second kiss – 19% Light fondling – 36% Mutual fondling – 44% First full sex scene – 61% Second full sex scene – 90% (hide spoiler)] Thanks NetGalley for the ARC. All thoughts an opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    4.5 stars. Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock, might’ve been able to forget a passionate kiss nine years ago with Miss Olivia Norley, but he can’t forget or forgive her stepmother’s attempt to blackmail him into marriage and the resulting damage to both of their reputations. He has had no contact with Miss Norley in the succeeding nine years, but that’s about to change since Thorn’s half-brother, Grey, has hired her to employ her expertise in chemistry to help them investigate a family mystery 4.5 stars. Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock, might’ve been able to forget a passionate kiss nine years ago with Miss Olivia Norley, but he can’t forget or forgive her stepmother’s attempt to blackmail him into marriage and the resulting damage to both of their reputations. He has had no contact with Miss Norley in the succeeding nine years, but that’s about to change since Thorn’s half-brother, Grey, has hired her to employ her expertise in chemistry to help them investigate a family mystery. Suspicious of her motives and protective of his family, Thorn is determined to shadow Olivia while she’s on Grey’s estate. Olivia is keen to help Grey and his family and also highly aware of the fact that determining whether Grey’s father was poisoned with arsenic can establish her as a respected chemist. But when she gets close to a result, it becomes clear that someone is keen to stop her research. Perhaps even more surprising is the lingering connection between Olivia and Thorn and the caring nature hidden beneath his layers of rakish artifice. I really enjoyed this book, though not quite as much as its predecessors. Thorn was very jaded and rather arrogant and only really became likable for me closer to the end of the book, though very rapidly so at that point. It took me a little bit to warm up to Olivia as well, mostly because of how exagerratedly awkward she was at times, and yet at the same time this was oddly charming and relatable. Olivia didn’t cut Thorn any slack, but that was exactly what he needed to get his head on straight. I wound up loving these two as a very charmingly unconventional couple and the thread of mystery still running through this series is a delightful touch. I’ve always enjoyed a bit of suspense in my romance and now I can’t wait for Sheridan’s story and the culmination of the likely conspiracy against Lydia’s family. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  7. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Mysteries continue! So the gaining of a spouse by a ducally family member despite all odds falls once more within the orbit revolving about Lydia Fletcher, the Dower Duchess. Not that Lydia is a party to this latest event Indeed her son Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock managed and mismanaged the finding of a wife all by himself. The first time around with the chemistry research fixated, Miss Olivia Norley he managed to misread her, kiss her in a library during a ball, be discovered, and do the Mysteries continue! So the gaining of a spouse by a ducally family member despite all odds falls once more within the orbit revolving about Lydia Fletcher, the Dower Duchess. Not that Lydia is a party to this latest event Indeed her son Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock managed and mismanaged the finding of a wife all by himself. The first time around with the chemistry research fixated, Miss Olivia Norley he managed to misread her, kiss her in a library during a ball, be discovered, and do the right thing--propose. Two problems arose. Thorn believed that Olivia had deliberately trapped him. Not so! Secondly, Olivia was not looking for a husband despite the pressure being brought to bear on her. She was looking for acceptance as a serious scientist. The second time around with Olivia was equally as eventful. Running apace of these happenings, the step siblings including Grey, Thorn, Gwyn and Sheridan are trying to find out if Grey's father, and possibly their own, had indeed been murdered without letting on to their mother Lydia. And this is where the later meeting between Thorn and Olivia comes to pass, as Olivia starts those investigations . Grey has hired Olivia to test parts of his father's exhumed body for poisoning. There's a fair amount of excitement on all fronts as this particular piece of the saga continues. Olivia becomes a target. There's drama and rekindled romance. This is a reasonably satisfying addition to the overall arc, despite my losing patience with Thorn. I will say that I preferred Joshua and Gwyn's tale somewhat more. A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    Not bad.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Holy hotness!!! This was absolutely one of the most sizzling historical romances I’ve read in forever! I adore nerdy heroines and while Olivia wasn’t your typical nerd, she was definitely a heroine who had her nose stuck in chemical elements and experiments. She was more than capable of holding her own in society, but that was not where her interests laid. Her reaction to Thorn took her by surprise as she has not experienced the things he makes her feel upon first meeting him. Thorn was initiall Holy hotness!!! This was absolutely one of the most sizzling historical romances I’ve read in forever! I adore nerdy heroines and while Olivia wasn’t your typical nerd, she was definitely a heroine who had her nose stuck in chemical elements and experiments. She was more than capable of holding her own in society, but that was not where her interests laid. Her reaction to Thorn took her by surprise as she has not experienced the things he makes her feel upon first meeting him. Thorn was initially a well rounded duke but after having his beliefs dashed and his character min-angled, he quickly learns to embrace his rakehell title. I loved watching him fall for Olivia even as he didn’t realize that was what he was doing. He was a fun hero as he grumbled and groused his way into Olivia’s life. With a lot of protectiveness and a bit of jealousy, it didn’t take much to make him a new favorite for me. Together, this couple had me smiling, laughing, cursing, and cheering as they struggle to find their happy ever after. As the drama and action rolled across the pages, revealing new thoughts and ideas regarding this family and their past, I found myself growing more and more excited to learn who the ultimate villain is. This has a great pace to it that kept me turning the pages as it never bogged down or repeated itself. The chemistry between Thorn and Olivia was absolutely delicious in all its wickedness, and I am once more reminded that this author has kept up with the times when it comes to giving the romance reader exactly what they’re looking for. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[h a virgin; H a manwhore after meeting/kissing h although Nine years separate them from their first meeting to their reunion and H is with other women during that time but not once they reunite (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    2.5 stars Sadly, while I was entertained, I think this book was a bit of a miss for me. Historical romances are so nice to read when I love the characters and can feel the romance through the pages. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case here and I didn't really like or care about Olivia & Thorn. Our hero wasn't the best and he didn't really make me swoon or anything. I think one of the reasons why I didn't feel the tension was because the two characters already kissed barely after they were introd 2.5 stars Sadly, while I was entertained, I think this book was a bit of a miss for me. Historical romances are so nice to read when I love the characters and can feel the romance through the pages. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case here and I didn't really like or care about Olivia & Thorn. Our hero wasn't the best and he didn't really make me swoon or anything. I think one of the reasons why I didn't feel the tension was because the two characters already kissed barely after they were introduced and for me in this moment, I think I was a bit disappointed because we didn't have enough time to feel the build-up. Who wants to marry a Duke follows Olivia, a young girl who doesn't want to marry and prefer to study chemistry. When at one event she ends up being discovered kissing Thorn, he's expected to propose to her especially since Olivia's step-mother blackmails him. He does it reluctantly but when she refuses him to free them both, he acts like a petulant child and gets angry. His reaction was to go enjoy his "ruined reputation" with the ladies (married or unmarried). When Thorn and side characters investigate their parents' death, Olivia is here to help and figure out if foul-play was involved. That's how the two of them will grow close together after so many years while still staying single. They won't stay single for long but again, it lacked emotion and feelings for me. -> Overall, not my favorite historical romance but I might try another book by this author someday. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joana V.

    Review will be published soon

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Duke Dynasty #3 Publication Date: 8/25/20 Number of Pages: 352 Ah! The plot thickens! This is a series with an overarching mystery/villain and there has been nary a real hint about who that might be – until this book. There are still only hints and conjectures, but we can see the solution coming. While you could read this as a stand-alone book, you might have a bit of confusion about the overall storyline. I’ll give you a quick overview of the series scenario and you can decide whether read Series: Duke Dynasty #3 Publication Date: 8/25/20 Number of Pages: 352 Ah! The plot thickens! This is a series with an overarching mystery/villain and there has been nary a real hint about who that might be – until this book. There are still only hints and conjectures, but we can see the solution coming. While you could read this as a stand-alone book, you might have a bit of confusion about the overall storyline. I’ll give you a quick overview of the series scenario and you can decide whether reading this as a standalone is for you. We meet – and love – the five children of a duchess who has had three husbands – all dukes. She had one child, Fletcher (Grey)(Project Duchess), with her first husband; two children – twins – Marlowe (Thorn)(Who Wants to Marry a Duke) and Gwyn (The Bachelor) with her second husband; two children, Sheridan and Heywood (in the anthology Seduction on a Snowy Night) with her last husband. The series revolves around the untimely deaths of those three husbands. Were they murdered or were all of them just horrible mishaps? We get some definite answers in this book – and maybe the solution will come in Sheridan’s book since I assume that will be the final book in the series. Marlowe Drake (Thorn), the Duke of Thornstock, is the most secretive, skittish, and distrusting of the duchess’s children. He’d always felt separated from English society because he was raised more in Prussia than in England. When he was very young, his mother married the English Ambassador to Prussia and so, the children were mostly raised there. Marlowe’s mannerisms, phraseology, etc. were more Germanic than English, so he never felt he fit in. At twenty-one, he was newly in London and his older brother Grey warned him about grasping mama’s who would do anything to ensnare a handsome young duke for their equally grasping daughters. Immediately on the heels of that warning, he stepped into what he assumed was one of those very traps and ended up being forced to make an offer for a girl he’d just met. When the girl then refused him, he was incensed and he’s held a grudge against both of them for the last nine years. The blackmail used against him in that trap immediately soured his views on love and marriage. Olivia Norley is a chemist. It is all she’s ever wanted to be. She has no interest in love or marriage. When she realized the young duke was being forced, by her mother, to offer for her, she immediately refused his offer. Her mother was furious with her, but Olivia was adamant. She certainly didn’t want any man who was forced to offer for her – especially not one who looked as thunderous as this one. Thorn and Olivia never encountered each other again for nine years. Olivia felt as out of place in society as Thorn and she just didn’t participate. So, when she and Thorn are thrown together because Grey has engaged her services to determine if his late father was poisoned, sparks – both good and bad – fly. I loved Thorn’s acceptance of Olivia and who she was. It didn’t bother him that she didn’t fit in – he didn’t either. I loved their working together to solve the question of the poisoning and I loved how protective Thorn was – even when he thought he didn’t like Olivia. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and this book and I hope you will as well. It is well-plotted, well written, and the characters are interesting and very likable. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    HR-ML

    A disappointing Regency. 2.5 stars seemed generous. This had after-the-fact discussions of 4 mysterious deaths: 2 dukes (1 the hero's step-da ) & 2 uncles. Also the hero's father died in a carriage accident, 30 yrs ago, but was it an accident? The amateur sleuths narrowed the suspects down to 3 names by this story's end. I liked that the heroine Olivia, learned chemistry from her chemist uncle. She met a duke who went by his title "Thorn." They kissed, she was 'compromised' w/ her step -mom as wi A disappointing Regency. 2.5 stars seemed generous. This had after-the-fact discussions of 4 mysterious deaths: 2 dukes (1 the hero's step-da ) & 2 uncles. Also the hero's father died in a carriage accident, 30 yrs ago, but was it an accident? The amateur sleuths narrowed the suspects down to 3 names by this story's end. I liked that the heroine Olivia, learned chemistry from her chemist uncle. She met a duke who went by his title "Thorn." They kissed, she was 'compromised' w/ her step -mom as witness. He accused the h of trapping him into marriage. He proposed & she declined. They met again 9 yrs on. Grey, the hero's 1/2 brother & also a duke planned to exhume his late sire's body. Still single Olivia agreed to check his late father's major organs for evidence of arsenic poisoning. Then she planned to write a scientific article on her discovery. Olivia should have been on guard against arrogant & childish Thorn. He wanted to find fault with her science expertise + methods. He wanted to fondle her etc. What a hypocrite Thorn was! Why did she cave-in to him? He got on my nerves. Thorn's BIL Major Wolfe seemed more mature, reliable and honorable than the hero. A real man, married to Thorn's twin sis. Thorn: not a hero in my book. Did he ever learn being a man involved more than kissing, fondling and seducing a woman? He needed to validate and listen to a woman's thoughts, dreams and needs. And accept her as a brainy scientist.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After a fateful meeting nine years ago that lead to being found in a compromising position, and a failed proposal, neither Olivia Norley, or Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock, have met. When Thorn's half brother, Fletcher, the Duke of Greycourt, hires Olivia to discover whether his late father for poisoned, Thorn can't help but be suspicious. He always believed Olivia had planned for them t I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After a fateful meeting nine years ago that lead to being found in a compromising position, and a failed proposal, neither Olivia Norley, or Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock, have met. When Thorn's half brother, Fletcher, the Duke of Greycourt, hires Olivia to discover whether his late father for poisoned, Thorn can't help but be suspicious. He always believed Olivia had planned for them to be discovered, and was in cahoots with her stepmother about blackmailing Thorn, and doesn't want to see his brother hurt. So, he tags along with the group, and involves himself in Olivia's experiments, with an apparent purpose for him to keep an eye on her, but really he is more and more intrigued, and doesn't want to be away from her. After an incident in which it seems she is at risk, he whisks her off to his own estate, with a companion of course, and neither can deny their attraction any more. Everything about this book just drew me in from the get go. I adored Olivia, who wasn't like most society misses, and after she refused Thorn's proposal all those years ago, she fared fairly well, but cared only about her love of chemistry. She wants to be a chemist, and by developing a test to detect arsenic in bodies, this would be the push she needs. Thorn, on his part, was standoffish at first, but as we learn more about him, and understand why he was so suspicious of Olivia, he definitely grew as a character. He's also a secret playwright, using his life in Germany, and his experience with Olivia as inspiration, but he doesn't want anyone to know the truth. Olivia adores those plays, and he gets a bit jealous when the 'named playwright' meets her, and she swoons. Both he and Olivia want to deny their chemistry, but it's clearly difficult, and they were made to be with one another. I loved them together, and can see how both characters will continue to grow in their future relationship. I hadn't realised this was the third book in a series when I requested it, but it wasn't necessary to read the others as we learn enough about all the characters here. I do think if I had read the other books in the Duke Dynasty series, I might have picked up some quirks of the different characters, and I will be trying to read them at some point. Sabrina's writing was flawless, and I look forward to book 4!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin A stolen kiss that nearly lead to a scandal can’t be forgotten in Who Wants to Marry a Duke . Sabrina Jeffries’s third Duke Dynasty novel features Marlowe Drake, the secretive Duke of Thornstock. Thorn meets his match in Olivia, the young chemist he never forgot…and who he’s still both equally attracted to and suspicious of. Even if I wasn’t already a Sabrina Jeffries fan, the idea of a Regency chemist heroine would have had me picking up Who Wants to Marry a Duk Reviewed for Wit and Sin A stolen kiss that nearly lead to a scandal can’t be forgotten in Who Wants to Marry a Duke . Sabrina Jeffries’s third Duke Dynasty novel features Marlowe Drake, the secretive Duke of Thornstock. Thorn meets his match in Olivia, the young chemist he never forgot…and who he’s still both equally attracted to and suspicious of. Even if I wasn’t already a Sabrina Jeffries fan, the idea of a Regency chemist heroine would have had me picking up Who Wants to Marry a Duke . I loved Olivia’s quick mind and determination to make her career. Thorn’s half-brother, Grey, has hired her to perform tests on the remains of his father. If she can prove the previous duke was poisoned with arsenic, it would give her the attention and respect of her fellow scientists. Thorn and his suspicions are merely a distraction from her goal… A very tempting distraction, she must admit. But Thorn and his siblings aren’t the only ones interested in Olivia’s experiments. Someone is determined the truth stay forever buried and this puts Olivia in danger. Of course Thorn is on-hand to rescue her and his protectiveness takes over. Though Thorn can be frustrating with his stubbornness and wounded pride, once he gets past that he’s an interesting hero. Thorn has ambitions of his own outside the dukedom and projects he keeps secret from even those closest to him. I enjoyed seeing Thorn’s creative side come out and it made him a well-rounded character. He and Olivia are opposites in some ways, but they really click. The energy between them crackled and made the pages of their story practically fly by. Thorn and Olivia’s romance is passionate and sometimes prickly and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Thorn’s mother has been married and widowed three times and the overarching series mystery of who may have murdered her husbands truly picks up steam in this book. I loved the action and the dashes of excitement that sprang from this storyline. And I truly cannot wait to see how things turn out in the final Duke Dynasty book! FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nonieღserenity2bliss

    Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advanced reading copy. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Much to my disappointment, I wasn't charmed by the story. My feet remained rooted when I expected them to be swept off by the chemistry between the main characters. Quite honestly, I don't really get the chemistry between Marlowe and Olivia. They are fine characters on their own, but together...they don't sizzle. I also find that the romance is s Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advanced reading copy. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Much to my disappointment, I wasn't charmed by the story. My feet remained rooted when I expected them to be swept off by the chemistry between the main characters. Quite honestly, I don't really get the chemistry between Marlowe and Olivia. They are fine characters on their own, but together...they don't sizzle. I also find that the romance is somehow buried with the whole chemistry/science stuff in the story. Science is not my thing (hello, communication major!) so I have to admit that I skipped those parts in my reading. As a whole, I think the story is fine. But it's definitely a far cry from Sabrina Jeffries's best.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    Who Wants to Marry a Duke Duke Dynasty Series #3 Sabrina Jeffries https://www.facebook.com/SabrinaJeffr... Release date 08/25/2020 Publisher Kensington Zebra Blurb : A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singular passion is chemistry—of the laboratory type. But Thorn has not forgotten—or forgiven—the shocking blackmail Who Wants to Marry a Duke Duke Dynasty Series #3 Sabrina Jeffries https://www.facebook.com/SabrinaJeffr... Release date 08/25/2020 Publisher Kensington Zebra Blurb : A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singular passion is chemistry—of the laboratory type. But Thorn has not forgotten—or forgiven—the shocking blackmail scheme sparked by that single kiss, or the damage caused to both their names. Now Thorn’s half-brother, Grey, has hired the brilliant Miss Norley for her scientific expertise in solving a troubling family mystery. And the once-burned Thorn, suspicious of her true motives, vows to follow her every move . . .   For Olivia, determining whether arsenic poisoning killed Grey’s father is the pioneering experiment that could make her career—and Thorn’s constant presence is merely a distraction. But someone has explosive plans to derail her search. Soon the most unexpected discovery is the caring nature of the reputed scoundrel beside her—and the electricity it ignites between them . My review : Will the past stand between them and a future together... I was curious about this third installment since I read the blurb. I have a love for scholar and Olivia is definitely one, devoted to her research but still a woman. I loved she is still feminine and dresses well despite her occupation. She wants to make her own mark in her area if competence but it does not lessen the fact she is a woman, she might be a bit socially awkward, she is also a young woman with feelings. While she wants to be successful as a chemist, she won’t renege a husband if he is one to let her indulge in her pursuit. When Thorn is quite a jerk in this tale. One bump and he swore of love and branded Olivia with her stepmother a duet of vile tricksters. Yet he does not mind seducing her aven when he still hold a grudge against her, and it does not bother him she is a lady. This story is a fast read with not many events but Olivia plays her role and brings a new turn to the background plot. Setting in motion the next and probably last book. The enemy part was short and mostly on Thorn’s side as while he was angry at having been tricked as he thought, his pride was much more mortified when Olivia refused his proposal. Olivia is very much too kind and forgiving, even more when he was not trustful with her. His hobby and what he does with it is easy to forgive, it is his lack of faith in her which is difficult to accept. A cute second chance tale with a bit of steam. 4 stars I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Kensington, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    Absolutely do not pick up here if you haven’t read the first two books in the Duke Dynasty series, because the overarching plot about the deaths of Lydia’s three husbands is finally starting to get interesting, and if you haven’t read the previous two books, you’ll be quite lost. If you HAVE read those two books, you’ll enjoy the way things are finally starting to come to a head, with the heroine of this book a chemist recruited to test the remains of one of the dead dukes to determine if his dea Absolutely do not pick up here if you haven’t read the first two books in the Duke Dynasty series, because the overarching plot about the deaths of Lydia’s three husbands is finally starting to get interesting, and if you haven’t read the previous two books, you’ll be quite lost. If you HAVE read those two books, you’ll enjoy the way things are finally starting to come to a head, with the heroine of this book a chemist recruited to test the remains of one of the dead dukes to determine if his death was due to suspected arsenic poisoning. Sabrina Jeffries writes the best heroines, capable, confident women, and Olivia fits in perfectly here. A lady chemist, she is utterly disinterested in taking part in the marriage mart… even though she once turned down a proposal from none other than the Duke of Thornstock after being caught scandalizingly kissing him at a ball. I loved Olivia, but Thorn… well, Thorn behaved absolutely horribly. From their first meeting where he made assumptions about Olivia despite the evidence being right in front of him that she was precisely what she claimed to be, to in the present day him making MORE assumptions about her basically so he could tell himself she was the one in the wrong, I thoroughly disliked him. Yes, he eventually did a grovel, but I couldn’t understand why, long before that, Olivia was even tolerating his presence, never mind allowing him to take all sorts of liberties with her. There were parts about their relationship I liked; though Thorn doubted Olivia’s skills at first, once he recognised she really did know what she was doing, he respected what she said and didn’t question her. The scene where she ordered him out of her laboratory was one of my favourites, though it did mean we didn’t get a scene where he watched her work and admired her skills, something I always like to see when there’s a heroine with special skills in a story. I was also slightly bemused with the sub-plot of Thorn being a playwright; I feel like this is something that’s going to prove important in the next book, but here it was just a distraction. There’s just a bit too much going on and we really needed the focus to be on less things; the romance between the two, Olivia’s chemistry skills, and the murder plots was plenty. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series but I’m honestly a bit disappointed in this one. Several of the sex scenes felt shoehorned in at the expense of necessary plot and character development. I’ll keep reading because I’m invested in knowing the answers to the murder mystery, but I’ll hope for an improvement in the next one. This isn’t BAD - I don’t think Sabrina Jeffries knows how to write a bad book - but it’s not up to her usual amazing standard. I’ll give it four stars. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jaci

    The newest edition of The Duke Dynasty Series by Sabrina Jeffries is just as exceptional as the first two in the series. Thorn the Duke of Thornstock has met his match. Olivia is a clever young lady who has no interest in becoming some neglected gentleman's wife. She is a chemistry scientist and determined to prove that she is as good as the men in her field. Both of them are stubborn, clever, and want nothing to do with each other. The only problem is that they can't seem to keep their hands of The newest edition of The Duke Dynasty Series by Sabrina Jeffries is just as exceptional as the first two in the series. Thorn the Duke of Thornstock has met his match. Olivia is a clever young lady who has no interest in becoming some neglected gentleman's wife. She is a chemistry scientist and determined to prove that she is as good as the men in her field. Both of them are stubborn, clever, and want nothing to do with each other. The only problem is that they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. Thrown together by circumstance in the mystery of who is killing off Dukes who were married to Thorn's mother. Mystery abounds with moments of peril and more questions than answers. The chemistry between Thorn and Olivia is palatable and the erotic. They get their happy ending but the mystery of the murderer is not resolved in this book. I enjoy Sabrina's writing very much, that said all the Dukes and sons and stepsons were a little confusing for me. I had to refer to previous books in the Series to keep them straight. Overall this is a great read and I can recommend this book. It can be read as a stand-alone. However, I suggest reading the first two in the series then this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    Another fun read from Sabrina Jeffries. Who Wants to Marry a Duke is new series about an oft-widowed mother's grown children, and their quest for the truth about their fathers .Delightful characters whose chemistry is not just the laboratory type will keep you reading late into the night.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    4.25 stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    Les Romantiques

    Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site Reviewed by Fabiola Review Copy from the Publisher I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Who wants to marry a Duke is the third volume in the Duke dynasty series by Sabrina Jeffries. I didn’t read the previous ones but here is the plot: Lydia Fletcher’s children learn that they father could have been murdered and they investigate to know more about that. Lydia Fletcher married three different D Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site Reviewed by Fabiola Review Copy from the Publisher I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Who wants to marry a Duke is the third volume in the Duke dynasty series by Sabrina Jeffries. I didn’t read the previous ones but here is the plot: Lydia Fletcher’s children learn that they father could have been murdered and they investigate to know more about that. Lydia Fletcher married three different Dukes and she has 5 children (a son with her first husband, a son and a daughter with her second, and two sons with her last one). The series tells these children’s story and that’s why it’s titled Duke dynasty. The previous books are Project Duchess (with her first son) and The bachelor (with her only daughter). So, I will start this review with the suspense. And now you know there’s a common thread through all the books and although we can read this one (and probably the others too) as a standalone, I find that there was some lack of information in what brought Fletcher Pryde, Duke of Greycourt and hero in Project Duchess, to hire our actual heroine, Miss Olivia Norley, in order to search arsenic poisoning in his body’s father. So, when we close the book, the investigation is not resolved and the author only answers to one question: has Greycourt’s father been poisoned? I won’t give any answer here of course LOL Consequently : either you are very patient and you read the books in the course of their publication (the next volume will hit the shelves next year), or you will do like me and wait the publication of all the volumes to read them in a row. However, I can say that Sabrina Jeffries knows how to keep the reader on tenterhooks, and I have absolutely no idea about these stories’ ins and outs. Indeed, in this book, the heroine’s laboratory explodes and thanks to a witness, we know it’s a criminal act. When we close the book, we know the name of the culprit. Therefore, we have two investigations: the one about the arsenic poisoning and the one about the destruction of the laboratory. A third question is raised in this book and it’s about the actual hero’s father. So, back to the plot. In WWTMAD, the heroine is Miss Olivia Norley and the hero is Marlowe Drake, Duke of Thornstock, and brother of the previous heroine. It’s a reunion story (one of my favorite theme in a romance novel) and the book starts with a long prologue when the heroes meet each other and the scandal which follows. The first chapter reunite them 9 years later and we realize none have forgotten the other. Yet, after this incident, much as the heroine lost herself in her passion in chemistry which is now her occupation, the hero took a different way and became a rake. When he understands that Olivia has been hired by his brother, Drake decides to keep a close eye on Olivia’s actions because he doesn’t trust her. As he spends time with her, he realizes that he was completely mistaken about her. However, he will have to make apology several times, first because Olivia understands quickly that he doesn’t respect her work and also because he hides an important secret. The heroine is deeply honest but she let herself easily unnerved by her feelings for Drake, at least at the beginning of the book. The attraction is well lead in the book and we don’t doubt their feelings any second. I love that, in the end, each one thinks to make a step forward the other but the hero is definitely the one who has to make it up to Olivia. As for the secondary characters, Sabrina Jeffries puts Lydia’s family tree at the beginning of the book, which allows us to find our way amongst the different children. I find the characters very likeable on the whole and I am particularly fond of Lady Norley, Olivia’s stepmother. At first we think that she’s too much ambitious but that’s not the case. She just wants to be a good mother for Olivia. I love their relationship. To conclude, I had an excellent moment with this book although I was frustrated by the suspense side. As I said above, Undercover Duke, the next volume, will be published in 2021. It will tell Sheridan Wolfe’s story, who is Lydia’s second to last son.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Who Wants to Marry a Duke is the third book in the Duke Dynasty series and can easily be read as a stand-alone. When Thorn’s half-brother Fletcher hires Olivia, an accomplished chemist, to research his father’s mysterious death, Thorn is instantly suspicious of her motives. He hasn’t forgotten that night nine years ago when he and Olivia were caught kissing, and he was forced to propose. Since Olivia rejected him, Thorn still suspects that she and her scheming step-mother planned the incident an Who Wants to Marry a Duke is the third book in the Duke Dynasty series and can easily be read as a stand-alone. When Thorn’s half-brother Fletcher hires Olivia, an accomplished chemist, to research his father’s mysterious death, Thorn is instantly suspicious of her motives. He hasn’t forgotten that night nine years ago when he and Olivia were caught kissing, and he was forced to propose. Since Olivia rejected him, Thorn still suspects that she and her scheming step-mother planned the incident and the subsequent blackmailing scheme. Thorn determines to watch Olivia and ensure that she doesn’t dupe Fletcher the way that she did him. Olivia just wants to do her job and publish her findings. This opportunity could make her career as a chemist. Thorn is a distraction, and she refuses to fall for him again. However, as Olivia and Thorn grow closer, and things become more dangerous, neither can deny their attraction. Can they put the past behind them, or will their prejudices and Thorn’s cynical outlook on love prevail? Olivia is an intelligent and opinionated woman who stays true to her values and beliefs. I love her strength during a time when it would be very easy for her to rely on a man and marriage to feel secure. She’s more interested in her career goals to worry about marriage and love and is comfortable remaining unmarried so long as she can study science. She and Thorn are similar in that their interests defy societal norms and neither quite fit in. Thorn is a Duke who also has a secret profession, which I love! He is close to and protective of his mother and siblings, which isn’t surprising considering all of the misfortune they have suffered. I think his relationship with them says so much about Thorn as a kind, loyal, and dependable person. I also love the way in which he accepts and supports Olivia’s interests and career aspirations. He does not expect, nor does he want, her to fit into the cookie-cutter societal mold. The romance between Olivia and Thorn is fabulously spicy. This is a couple that went through an ugly scandal together almost a decade ago and spent years trying to repair the damage. Unresolved conflicts and feelings abound as the couple reunites under very different circumstances. However, they are still so obviously attracted to one another, and their chemistry (pardon the pun) is amazing! I love their quick and often funny banter and their growth as a couple. This is a great historical romance with an interesting, and continuing, mystery and a steamy love story. The excellent use of dialogue and the character-development are fabulous as are the messages about love, both familial and romantic, which are at the forefront of this novel. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    I don't know what it was about this novel, but I just couldn't get into the romantic aspect. When Thorn and Olivia meet for the first time in the prologue, there was an attraction there that was obvious - and then they get caught in what appears to be a very carefully laid trap (which I'm still not certain how that happened). However, when Thorn goes to propose the next day (after her mother blackmails him nonetheless) and Olivia refuses, he becomes angry with her. Why? Because she refused him w I don't know what it was about this novel, but I just couldn't get into the romantic aspect. When Thorn and Olivia meet for the first time in the prologue, there was an attraction there that was obvious - and then they get caught in what appears to be a very carefully laid trap (which I'm still not certain how that happened). However, when Thorn goes to propose the next day (after her mother blackmails him nonetheless) and Olivia refuses, he becomes angry with her. Why? Because she refused him when it was obvious he didn't want to propose in the first place? It made no sense. But then NINE WHOLE YEARS PASS without them seeing so much as a glimpse of one another. Until, his step-brother Grey enlists her help in discovering whether or not his father was poisoned the way he believes. Of course at first Thorn is irritated that she has re-appeared in his life and goes out of his way to not only be rude to her, but to try and disprove her abilities as a chemist. At least until they finish unpacking what will be her laboratory in which case he "cannot help himself" and starts kissing and fondling her. Which of course, she allows because for all his declarations that she was a schemer, and hers that she is interested in no man, they just can't resist each other. *sigh* I absolutely HATE when authors do this. Please give us something to believe in this connection. Later on they have a conversation about what happened nine years ago anyway, and you're telling me that absolutely could not have happened before he practically takes her virginity on a table? As the story progresses you to get to see bits and pieces of what could be a love story, however it still comes off as more lust and marrying in order to be able to have sex whenever they want than from any great affection for each other. I like to see more interactions in my stories. More of a heart-felt connection (for example Thorn claims to care for/love Oliva to the point he wants to marry her and he still doesn't confide in her his own secret? Which really isn't all that bad, although he sure makes it seems that way. Overall, I was more interested in the mystery aspect of the story that I was the romance. It seems they are getting closer to uncovering the truth of the matter, but of course once again, while more pieces to the puzzle are uncovered (yes, it would appear that the Dowager Duchesses three husbands were all murdered), we still don't know who did it or why. Despite my feelings on this one, I will read more from this author, and I eagerly look forward to the next installment of this series as I simply HAVE to know who is behind everything! DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    Who Wants to Marry a Duke is the third book in the Duke Dynasty series by Sabrina Jeffries. The author does a good job of reminding readers what happened in the previous books, but I think I should have read the other books before this one. Just a heads up too that there are unanswered questions at the end of this story. Not a huge cliffhanger situation, but you will want to read the next book. I enjoyed this book for many reasons, not least being Olivia and the fact that she is a chemist. I can' Who Wants to Marry a Duke is the third book in the Duke Dynasty series by Sabrina Jeffries. The author does a good job of reminding readers what happened in the previous books, but I think I should have read the other books before this one. Just a heads up too that there are unanswered questions at the end of this story. Not a huge cliffhanger situation, but you will want to read the next book. I enjoyed this book for many reasons, not least being Olivia and the fact that she is a chemist. I can't recall any regency romance where the main female character is tasked with examining parts of an exhumed body! I don't want to go into much detail because I don't want to give spoilers. Suffice to say that this story has danger, intrigue and suspense which is almost palpable! All that and such a perfect budding romance between Olivia and Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock (Thorn). Their first meeting years ago did not go well and left Thorn with a distinct lack of distrust of her. When he discovers that she is going to play a part in examining his half-brother's father's body he can't believe she knows what she is doing and that she perhaps has other reasons for taking on the task. He might not trust her but another major reason he wants to be where she will be is that he is very much still attracted to her. He doesn't want to be. I loved watching the couple both try to fight their attraction and even at times when they gave in to their lust neither was willing to admit even to themselves that it could be more than that. Those passionate moments they shared were written so wonderfully, steamy and yet definitely nothing crude or written just to take up the word count. Sabrina Jeffries definitely knows how to write passionate moments that will have you reaching for a fan. Add that to her flair for mystery and you have one awesome book and series which I am happy to recommend. Now I just need to go back and read the books that I have missed!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    This is the the third book in this series, and please read them from the beginning or you wont get the feel or the who is who and why they are how they are. Since I read from the beginning I already had a feel for this cast of characters and have been waiting for this one. Did I love it, maybe not but I didn't hate it. It could be that my favorite is still the first book but all in all I enjoy and will continue to enjoy any book by Ms. Jeffries. Ok so we have Thorn who we wondered why he the was This is the the third book in this series, and please read them from the beginning or you wont get the feel or the who is who and why they are how they are. Since I read from the beginning I already had a feel for this cast of characters and have been waiting for this one. Did I love it, maybe not but I didn't hate it. It could be that my favorite is still the first book but all in all I enjoy and will continue to enjoy any book by Ms. Jeffries. Ok so we have Thorn who we wondered why he the wastrel that he is known for. Now I had read a review where someone hated him and couldn't understand why he was so bitter and I think you have to remember this era, if you were duped you had to honorably marry whether you wanted to or not, so yes I could understand why he felt duped. An surprisingly was a little surprised that Olivia didn't have much repercussion but I was happy that she continued on in her life and was doing what she wanted and no matter how much they could deny their feelings or wonder the motivation it was time for these two to deal with everything..And my friends that is all that I shall give you. rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    3.75 Who wants to marry a duke? Well, not Miss Olivia Norley. She had her chance when he did his gentleman duty and asked for her hand after they've been caught kissing during a ball. But she refused and almost a decade later, making a name for herself as a chemist is more important to the young lady. The ton knows him as a duke and think him a rakehell, but what the Duke of Thornstock is is a writer. A secret one. But Thorn is about to get a blast from the past when he learn that the chemist his 3.75 Who wants to marry a duke? Well, not Miss Olivia Norley. She had her chance when he did his gentleman duty and asked for her hand after they've been caught kissing during a ball. But she refused and almost a decade later, making a name for herself as a chemist is more important to the young lady. The ton knows him as a duke and think him a rakehell, but what the Duke of Thornstock is is a writer. A secret one. But Thorn is about to get a blast from the past when he learn that the chemist his half-brother hired to help with their father's death investigation is none other than the chit who tried to trapped him years ago. But what if the truth was something else? I really enjoy the continued investigation from books to books. Olivia and Thorn had a great chemistry (no pun intended😛) but I wish I felt more passion between them. Maybe it's because they were more cerebral person?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    Who Wants to Marry a Duke is the third book in the fun Duke Dynasty series. The earlier books in the series were amazing, so I was very excited to read this book. The book flowed smoothly, was fast-paced, and hard to put down once I started reading it. I've loved every book in this series and this book didn't disappoint. Now we must wait for the next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Saynab

    Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advanced reading cop I am a huge Sabrina Jeffries fan. I’ve been reading her books since her School for Heiresses series and I have been eagerly waiting for this one. The Marlow Drake, the Duke of Thornstock, Thorn to his friends and family, was caught in a compromising position with a young lady almost ten years ago. After being blackmailed into proposing, and then being rejected, he decides to become the rakehell the gossips make him out to be. O Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advanced reading cop I am a huge Sabrina Jeffries fan. I’ve been reading her books since her School for Heiresses series and I have been eagerly waiting for this one. The Marlow Drake, the Duke of Thornstock, Thorn to his friends and family, was caught in a compromising position with a young lady almost ten years ago. After being blackmailed into proposing, and then being rejected, he decides to become the rakehell the gossips make him out to be. Olivia Norley is a woman of science. She wants to be a chemist, but agrees to debut for her parents sake. In her first season she’s compromised by a Duke, but turns down his proposal when it becomes clear how much he resents having to ask for her hand. Ten years later the two meet again when Thorn’s older brother, also a Duke, asks for Olivia’s help in determining if his father was poisoned with arsenic. No one writes a romance series with an overarching murder mystery quite like Sabrina Jeffries. The Duke Dynasty books remind me so much of the Hellions of Halstead Hall series in all the best ways. All in all I felt very satisfied with Thorn and Olivia’s story, but can’t wait for the final book to see the mystery resolved and the last Duke in the Duke Dynasty meet his match!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

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