Primrose and the Dreadful Duke (Garland Cousins, #1)
An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer … Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother’s best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn’t taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom.But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer…Oliver might be dreadfully annoying, but Primrose doesn’t want him dead. She’s going to make certain he survives his inheritance—and the only way to do that is to help him catch the murderer!A Baleful Godmother novel.

Primrose and the Dreadful Duke (Garland Cousins, #1) Details

TitlePrimrose and the Dreadful Duke (Garland Cousins, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherEmily Larkin
Rating
GenreHistorical, Romance, Historical Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, European Literature, British Literature, Family, Humor

Primrose and the Dreadful Duke (Garland Cousins, #1) Review

  • Mei
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such fun! I laughed at Oliver's antics! He's such a comedian! And he's soooo sweet!And he makes Primrose crazy! LOLThey're so perfect together! Oliver balances Primrose's seriousness perfectly!Wonderful romance and such a joy to read! I'm looking forward to the next one!
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  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: Garland Cousins #1Publication Date: 8/7/18This was a delightfully engrossing introduction to a new-to-me author and she could very easily come to be one of my go-to authors. I love that the book is imaginative, intelligently-written and very romantic. It is also very well plotted and the characters are exciting, entertaining, witty, likable and very relatable. I believe this is a follow-on series to Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series – and this book was so good I’m not only going to read Series: Garland Cousins #1Publication Date: 8/7/18This was a delightfully engrossing introduction to a new-to-me author and she could very easily come to be one of my go-to authors. I love that the book is imaginative, intelligently-written and very romantic. It is also very well plotted and the characters are exciting, entertaining, witty, likable and very relatable. I believe this is a follow-on series to Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series – and this book was so good I’m not only going to read future books in this series – I’m going to go find the books in the first series and read those as well. It was just the kind of humorous, non-angsty read I needed and I loved it. I read it straight through the night. I kept telling myself that I needed to put it down and get some sleep, but it was so interesting and exciting that I just had to see what happened next. Finally, at 7 AM, I read the last word and thought “WOW, just WOW.”Captain Oliver Dasenby is now a duke at the age of twenty-nine. He never expected nor wanted to be a duke, but with several deaths in his family over a short period of time, he is now saddled with the responsibilities and the privileges of being a duke. Maybe he also inherited something else – somebody is trying to kill him.Lady Primrose Garland, the daughter of a duke, and the sister of Oliver’s best friend, Rhodes Garland loves books – all kinds of books, but particularly those written centuries ago. Her favorite was written by Marcus Aurelius and she used his quotes in living her everyday life. She is prim, proper, serious, and she totally believes that her brother’s best friend is a useless fiddle-faddle. Oh – and by the way – she also has a faerie godmother who has gifted her with a special talent.Oliver has always been a good-humored jokester that causes everybody around him to love him. He’s more serious than many think because he is always in a good mood and happy. However, he does take serious things seriously – even if he might use his humor about them. Primrose ‘Prim’ has never seen that. To her, he just jokes about everything and doesn’t take anything seriously.When Oliver’s life is in danger both Rhodes and Prim will do whatever it takes to unearth the murderer and keep Oliver safe. The mystery is suspenseful because you never know where the next attack will come from and you don’t know who the villain is. Surely it must be someone close to home. When an invitation to a house party arrives, they all know they must attend to unmask a murderer. It is so entertaining to watch as Oliver’s good humor and zest for life slowly changes Prim’s opinion of him. That is quite a house party too – there is a LOT going on and you really need to read the book to keep up with it all.Did I mention that you get two HEA’s – well – I should have – because you do. So, you get an engrossing mystery, two lovely romances and two HEA’s. Along with all of that you get some of the most intelligent and witty banter I’ve read in a long time. All-in-all a wonderful read!Please check out my reviews at:Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages...Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRevTwitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview"I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."
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  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh! This was one of the most enjoyable, smiling until my cheeks hurt, reads I’ve had in a long while. Upon his return from India, Oliver takes his new place as duke and makes a game out of all the young misses that throw themselves at him for his title. The only woman who doesn’t take him seriously or inflates his ego is his childhood friend Primrose. When it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him, Prim and her brother step in to help him find who the villain is as well as w Oh my gosh! This was one of the most enjoyable, smiling until my cheeks hurt, reads I’ve had in a long while. Upon his return from India, Oliver takes his new place as duke and makes a game out of all the young misses that throw themselves at him for his title. The only woman who doesn’t take him seriously or inflates his ego is his childhood friend Primrose. When it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him, Prim and her brother step in to help him find who the villain is as well as who it is not. Along the way, Oliver quickly realizes that what he feels for Prim is much more than that of friends.I absolutely loved this story! Oliver was just too dang cute! He had such a wonderful sense of humor and the author kept it completely appropriate to the era. He kept Prim on her toes and she did the same for him. Their banter was perfection and the romantic development between them was very natural. Prim was bookish and a bit nerdy as well as feisty and sweet. I loved how she was able to challenge Oliver and bring him to heel, calling him out when necessary. I was completely enthralled with both this heroine and hero and couldn’t get enough of them.There is definitely a villain, a couple actually, causing drama and mayhem to erupt throughout the story. The fact that I was grinning like a loon one minute and then gasping and wide eyed the next made me love this book even more than the characters alone. This is a fast paced read that never bogged down. The secondary characters were exactly what was needed, always adding to the story instead of acting as filler. While the steam level is a bit low, considering the era, this couple were definitely pushing the boundaries. They don’t find complete fulfillment until the end, but I can honestly say I didn’t miss it at all. There were lots of hot kisses to tide me over as well as the mystery they are trying to solve. It ends with a nice little epilogue that highlighted how wonderful this couple really are although it was too short. But then again, I’m not sure I would ever get enough of them.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Dual POVSafe (view spoiler)[no om drama; H is not a womanizer; his games are in his head as he tries to be completely obnoxious with ow who are after his title; some ow drama as one of the women try to eliminate any competition – this does not come between the H/h and there is no jealousy due to it; H is celibate; h is virgin (hide spoiler)]Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I loved, loved, LOVED this book! Though it should be called Prickly Primrose and the Dastardly Dashing, Delightful Duke (these two have a thing with alliterations, and it rubbed off). Fair warning though: this book is related to the rest of the author's books, in that every heroine gets a visit from the family's fairy godmother and is granted one wish - it can be anything, like the gift of being able to tell when someone lies, or to magically going wherever they want to go. That being said, I ab I loved, loved, LOVED this book! Though it should be called Prickly Primrose and the Dastardly Dashing, Delightful Duke (these two have a thing with alliterations, and it rubbed off). Fair warning though: this book is related to the rest of the author's books, in that every heroine gets a visit from the family's fairy godmother and is granted one wish - it can be anything, like the gift of being able to tell when someone lies, or to magically going wherever they want to go. That being said, I absolutely ADORED the main characters. They give off a sort of Castle & Beckett vibe, constantly bickering, with him taking almost nothing seriously but radiating happiness, and her constantly rolling her eyes at his antics, but loving them deep deep - deep down. "Aargh!" Oliver shrieked, and then pretended to swoon to the floor. "You should have been an actor, not a duke," Primrose told him dryly. Oliver opened one eye. "I know." Then he opened the other. "Wait! Do you think I could be a duke AND an actor?" He sat up on the floor. "That's a thought! What do you think, Prim? The Duke of Westfell as… Romeo!" "The Duke of Westfell as… Dogberry." "Harsh, Prim. Very harsh."Those two have the best chemistry I have read in a while! Watching them bicker was an absolute delight!I didn't even mind the who-is-trying-to-kill-the-hero subplot, and from me, that's saying something given that that sort of drama usually automatically loses a book at least a star from me. But this just worked for me somehow. I absolutely loved spending time with Prim and Ollie, and I can't wait to see more of them! "Idiot," she said, with great affection ... "Yes, but I'm your idiot."*I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer … Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother Rhode’s best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humour. Eight years in the cavalry hasn’t taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom but when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.Oliver & Primrose have known each An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer … Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother Rhode’s best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humour. Eight years in the cavalry hasn’t taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom but when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.Oliver & Primrose have known each other for years but she’s always been Rhode's annoying little sister however when Oliver returns to society as the Duke of Westfell he soon realises that to Primrose he’s still Daisy not a duke. An engrossing read that flowed extremely well, the characterisations are very good, I’ve loved all of the Baleful Godmother novels & this is up there with the best of them. Oliver & Primrose spend time together at the Cheevers’ house party & gradually they fall in love but it's their verbal spats that are so very entertaining. There's the mystery of who's trying to kill Oliver & then the ladies vying for his attention meet with accidents & of course a lovely romance.My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews are honest & they contain spoilers. For more, follow me: I’ve been eagerly waiting for the sequel to Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series for quite a few months now. Primrose and the Dreadful Duke, is the first in the Garland Cousins series and I’m happy to say it was a delightful read mostly because I adored our H and the h, Oliver and Primrose. Of course, I do love Emily’s writing style, so all in all, this was a great initiation to a new series!Though Primrose and the Dr My reviews are honest & they contain spoilers. For more, follow me: I’ve been eagerly waiting for the sequel to Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series for quite a few months now. Primrose and the Dreadful Duke, is the first in the Garland Cousins series and I’m happy to say it was a delightful read mostly because I adored our H and the h, Oliver and Primrose. Of course, I do love Emily’s writing style, so all in all, this was a great initiation to a new series!Though Primrose and the Dreadful Duke can be read as a standalone, I’d suggest you read the Baleful Godmother series and its prequels containing 4 books, titled the Fey Quartet. The prequels are set in the ancient times when magic seemed real and Fae roamed the earth. You get to know why a family of females were gifted with special powers by a cold and scary-looking Fae named Baletongue. It began with the Miller Family; Widow Miller and her 3 daughters Hazel, Ivy and Larkspur. Then the female descendants of their families were gifted by Baletongue with a special power, what you can also call a ‘super power’ of their choice. The wish would be granted when they turn from somewhere between 21 and 25 depending on which sister they descended from. Girls born from a male descendant won’t inherit it and if a female who was the last of a line inheriting special power either lived her life as a spinster, or passed away without having a daughter, that line would die with her.The Baleful Godmother series is Regency set and contains 5 books and a novella, each telling the story of a girl descended from the Millers one way or the other. Some of them were cousins; others didn’t even know they had relatives with special powers until circumstances brought them together! It was a super fun series, and apart from book 1, I enjoyed them all. The novella is M/M, with 2 male characters appearing in the installment right before it. It doesn’t really connect to the theme of the series directly but the state of affairs in both books went simultaneously, so it’s connected that way. The novella was written in a way that if M/M isn’t your cup of tea you can skip it. I read and loved it myself. :)Book 1, Unmasking Miss Appleby is of Charlotte’s and book 2, Resisting Miss Merryweather is of Merry’s. They’re cousins. Book 3, Trusting Miss Trentham is about Letitia Trentham who turns out to be Charlotte and Merry’s distant relative. Book 3.5 is the M/M novella, between one of Letitia’s cousins and his best friend. Book 4, Ruining Miss Wrotham and book 5, Discovering Miss Dalrymple aren’t directly connected to the first installments but by the theme, though I think Charlotte and Merry do make appearances in book 4. I’m sure all those ladies are relatives one way or the other, whether they know each-other or not.The Garland Cousins are another set of descendants of Widow Miller. I said that Primrose and the Dreadful Duke can be read as standalone because none of the characters from Baleful Godmother make an appearance, nor are they mentioned. But of course, the story is connected by the common theme and our ‘favorite’ Fairy Godmother Baletongue. :P I don’t remember if Primrose was ever mentioned in any of the installments before, and right now, I don’t really care. The story flowed just fine and I enjoyed it being in the moment with her and Oliver.Primrose Garland AKA Prim as her closest call her is the daughter of the Duke of Sevenash. Though Prim didn’t lack the looks, the riches, the brains, an identity or anything else that may hinder a girl’s marriage prospective, at 27 she was fast becoming a dedicated spinster. Prim loved reading, especially books written by Marcus Aurelius. She enjoyed using her brain rather than being the air-headed misses that milled about inside the ballrooms. What she didn’t think she’d ever find was a man who was as intelligent, passionate and as considerate of his wife’s penchant for being intelligent, something that put her off of marriage for good. Prim thought she’d live out her life as a spinster, coddling her 3 nieces and nephews from her older brother Rhodes.Rhodes is the heir to the Dukedom. He married young, had 3 children, then lost his wife Evelyn just a year before. He’s been drowning in sorrow ever since. Prim and the rest of her family have been very worried about Rhodes but had no idea how to help him. The Duke and Duchess are alive btw. Prim also has 2 other sisters, Violet and Aster. All 3 of them inherited their gifts already so I’m safely assuming that Violet AKA Vi and Aster are over 21 themselves. The Duke and the Duchess or the sisters never made an appearance in this story but they were mentioned a few times. Primrose has chosen the gift of ‘translocate’ or what can plainly be termed as the power to teleport herself from one place to another, as long as she can imagine the exact location. Her super power comes into handy a few times in the story. I think I could imagine her doing it too. :DWhen Oliver Dasenby, the newly minted Duke of Westfell, returns home from India Prim felt nothing but relief. Termed as ‘Daisy Dasenby’ by Prim when they were young, Oliver is Rhodes’s best friend. Hence he’d also known Prim for a long time and never missed an opportunity to irritate the hell out of Prim by his ridiculous, overly dramatic activities, hence the name Daisy. :P It’s one of those things that annoys you but you can’t help but laugh at the perpetrator of it cause it’s harmless enough. Though Prim found Oliver to be annoying AF, when he left to join the Army some 8yrs. ago, she also deeply felt his absence. Over the years, she’d missed him much, something she didn’t acknowledge until the news of his death reached them a few months ago. Prim didn’t think the news would strike her the way it did, that a person full of so much joie de vivre, was dead! It was utterly unthinkable!!But then, the news of him being alive reached (it was an error of mixed up names) and Prim felt a sense of relief that she’d never felt before. And she’d gone to receive Oliver when he’d finally returned home. Out of the ship and Prim knew Oliver may have changed outwardly—he’s gotten tanned and even bigger than before—on the inside, he was still the Daisy Dasenby that made her laugh, because the first thing he did was to cast his dubious charm on her once more with some hyperbolic accolade to her beauty. It was all Prim did to not roll her eyes as she was used to around Oliver. Would this nutcase ever change? More precisely, would Prim ever want him change? In a few weeks though, Prim would know her answer. Oliver had been dazzled by Prim’s beauty and his accolade, however hyperbolic, was genuine. He’d liked Prim when she was young, and he’d found that Prim is even more likable now that she’s grown up to be an intelligent young woman. Beauty and brains went well together where she was concerned and Oliver was smitten. Though he didn’t think of it much in the beginning, he still kept on teasing Prim with his usual bit of shenanigans, calling her ‘Prickly Prim’ because of the way she’d look at him and twitch her eyes so that she doesn’t have to roll it, which would be very unbecoming of a lady of her status. He loved when she called him ‘The Duke of Westfool; a fiddle-faddle fellow with jingle brains’ (that’s how I surmised it from their banters, which was superbly funny). Only she and she would call Oliver that, and more, disregarding his new, elevated status in life. The status he certainly wasn’t groomed for since his father was the second son and was thrown out by his grandfather for making a love match. Hell, Oliver was planning on becoming a Colonel by 40 when news broke that his eldest uncle, the current Duke and his two sons had perished within the span of a few months. As he was the one direct in line, Oliver had to acknowledge the fact that his days in the army has come to an end.Oliver was an orphan himself but he had 2 other living relatives; his uncle Algernon, the youngest brother to his father and his cousin Ninian, Algernon’s only son. He was exceptionally happy to see his 2 last living relatives hale and hearty. He was grateful to find that Uncle Algernon had done everything in his power so Oliver can assume his duties as the Duke ASA he’s in England. But he wasn’t really saddened by the loss of his eldest uncle and his cousins Basil and Percy. It was said that the Dukes of Westfell are the cruelest POSs out there. Maybe except for Oliver’s father, who never really became the Duke. Oliver wasn’t fond of them since they’ve done their utmost best to ignore his family as per his grandfather’s decree. The only person who’d sneak in to check in on them was uncle Algernon and Oliver had always been thankful for his visits. Ninian was practically a kid when he left for the Army, but Oliver found him to be one of those fellows that loved their clothes more than anything else. A fop, I think? Ninian was a beautiful young man and though the clothes he wore looked marvelous on him, Oliver was too hardened in battle despite his joie de vivre. He viewed his cousin to be a weakling of sort. Later in the story, Ninian would prove that he was way more than what meets the eyes.In London, Oliver was trying to settle into the new life as a duke and catching up with everyone he’d missed while in India. Of course, his first stop was the Sevenash House to visit Rhodes. Oliver was aware of the tragedy that had befallen his best friend and tries his best to bring him out of his shell. Rhodes was becoming reclusive and Prim was ever so grateful to Oliver for helping him. While at it, and attending balls, Oliver also finds out rather astonishingly that someone is trying to murder him! As he was going out of a ball he was attending, on a secluded area someone shoves him down the steps. Oliver was hurt but largely unharmed; a fact he can thank to his years in the army, on a horse, which greatly improved his reflexes. This also put a new twist in his happy return to London. He knew the Dukes of Westfell were basically a$$holes and they may have any number of enemies but why him? He’d just assumed his title and definitely wasn’t one of them in that sense!Though Oliver hid the first attempt away as misgiving, thinking it may have been an accident, after the next attempt made on his life he was certain it’s something he can’t ignore any longer. If he’s to live and be the Duke—and Oliver doesn’t want to die so soon—he needs to find out what’s going on. So Oliver confides in Rhodes. Later Prim comes to hear of it as well. The three then discuss the possibilities and hatch a plan to catch the murderer in action at a house party which they were to attend in a few days. The suspects were also going to attend so that was their first step into investigating this insanity. Oliver, personally, still couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to murder him and he hated to suspect people he’d thought his friends. But if he’s to live, it had to be done. The rest of the story takes place in the house party investigating the murder attempts on Oliver. I kind of had a guess on the murderer early on, so that bit wasn’t very surprising for me. What I absolutely loved was Prim and Oliver’s budding relationship that becomes too deep too soon. Both had already figured out that behind all the poking and prodding, silly banters and eyerolling, there was something going on; something that began when they were young. Though they would’ve never believed it 8 yrs. ago and laugh at the thought of being romantically involved, in the interim the dynamics of their relationship has changed drastically. They’ve grown up and now view things in a different way. So while chasing a murderer, Prim and Oliver find that they very much would like to catch up on that bit of their life. It was, you can say, inevitable the way they found to be attracting each-other wherever they went. Rhodes certainly wasn’t surprised as if he’d been waiting to finally see this relationship come full circle. I could only laugh in the end, tremendously happy with how things turned out for these two. I totally agreed with Prim where she thought Oliver will always be Oliver; someone who had so much joy for life that he made everyone around him happy. He was like a ray of sunshine and Prim couldn’t think of him being any different. She wouldn’t have him any different, hyperbole, silly dramatics and all that. For Oliver, he was just, as I mentioned before, smitten with everything about Prim. I was never in doubt truth be told. ;)It seems like the next story in this series would be Prim’s younger sister Violet’s. I still don’t know the particulars but I’m really quite excited to read more in the series, so much so that that 2019 is looking a bit too far away at the moment. I also find myself quite smitten with Rhodes and hoping he’d find love again. 4.5 stars and totally recommended!Review copy received, thanks Emily! x
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    The former Captain Oliver Dasenby has recently inherited a dukedom. Is is just coincidence that three recent deaths have elevated him to a duke or is it suspicious. Primrose Garland, a childhood friend finds him just as irritating now as then. But he is the best friend to her brother. Both are concerned for his wellbeing.The story is a mixture of romance, mystery and the paranormal (faerie godmother).As I would expect, a delightful read, well-written with some very likeable characters. Such an e The former Captain Oliver Dasenby has recently inherited a dukedom. Is is just coincidence that three recent deaths have elevated him to a duke or is it suspicious. Primrose Garland, a childhood friend finds him just as irritating now as then. But he is the best friend to her brother. Both are concerned for his wellbeing.The story is a mixture of romance, mystery and the paranormal (faerie godmother).As I would expect, a delightful read, well-written with some very likeable characters. Such an easy to read book (a good point).I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best books I have read in some time and I read a LOT of books. The Larkin series of Baleful stories is excellent. This one is one of the best . It is a compelling read with mystery and suspicions abounding. I could not put it down till I read it all. The Duke is a delight and his relationship with Primrose grows from friendship to love in a meaningful and touching way. They so deserve each other, plus the suspense in the story is better than most mysteries I have read. I am so This is one of the best books I have read in some time and I read a LOT of books. The Larkin series of Baleful stories is excellent. This one is one of the best . It is a compelling read with mystery and suspicions abounding. I could not put it down till I read it all. The Duke is a delight and his relationship with Primrose grows from friendship to love in a meaningful and touching way. They so deserve each other, plus the suspense in the story is better than most mysteries I have read. I am so blessed to have read the ARC of this book. Grab a glass of whatever you prefer and sit down with this amazing story!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Based On A True Story
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    A welcome return to the wonderful world of the Baleful Godmother series. There is no need to have read the previous books - although the first of them, Unmasking Miss Appleby, is available as a free ebook so why not? I wouldn't have found this fantastic author if I hadn't picked it up as a freebie.One of Emily Larkin's biggest strengths is her male characters. Far too many heroes are clones of Mr Darcy. Hers are very real and human, with real human flaws. Oliver is one of my favourites. I'd find A welcome return to the wonderful world of the Baleful Godmother series. There is no need to have read the previous books - although the first of them, Unmasking Miss Appleby, is available as a free ebook so why not? I wouldn't have found this fantastic author if I hadn't picked it up as a freebie.One of Emily Larkin's biggest strengths is her male characters. Far too many heroes are clones of Mr Darcy. Hers are very real and human, with real human flaws. Oliver is one of my favourites. I'd find him just as infuriating as Primrose does, and also just as gorgeous.The dialogue is brilliant, witty and erudite.The mystery aspect of the story wasn't the strongest, it wasn't too difficult to guess the answer, but the emotional fallout that the whole mess caused was handled very sensitively.I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. It's definitely staying on my bookshelves as I'll definitely read it again!
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  • Roses R Blue
    January 1, 1970
    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-NgPRIMROSE AND THE DREADFUL DUKE is the next installment in the delightful BALEFUL GODMOTHER series, in which direct female descendants of a certain family line inherit a supernatural ability of their choosing. This gift is the result of a mysterious favor done many years ago for a genuine fairy. Primrose Garland is of this family line, and has chosen to have the gift of transporting her body to another location at any given time.Oliver Dasenby As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-NgPRIMROSE AND THE DREADFUL DUKE is the next installment in the delightful BALEFUL GODMOTHER series, in which direct female descendants of a certain family line inherit a supernatural ability of their choosing. This gift is the result of a mysterious favor done many years ago for a genuine fairy. Primrose Garland is of this family line, and has chosen to have the gift of transporting her body to another location at any given time.Oliver Dasenby is a soldier, and far enough back in line for the family title, that he never expected to inherit. Yet, a series of deaths has now caused him to be the latest Duke of Westfell. Young ladies flock around him, desperately hoping to be the next duchess. Oliver endures their attention while skillfully avoiding their snares. Still, he can't deny that his greatest pleasure is dancing with Prim, the sister of his best friend, who has no designs on him, and tends to keep him in his place. They even continue to use their dreaded childhood nicknames - "Lady Prim and Proper" for her, and "Daisy" for him.When it becomes clear that several attempts on Oliver's life were not accidents, Prim and her brother, Rhodes, make plans with Oliver to flush out the killer at an upcoming house party. The siblings immediately suspect Oliver's relatives, who are next in line for the title, but Oliver adamantly refuses to believe that his beloved Uncle Algy or his cousin Ninian can be the culprits.During the house party, as Prim and Oliver meet in secret to discuss their plans, they come to realize that not only do they like each other, but they're attracted to each other. Much to his own amazement, Oliver even begins to think that marriage may not be so bad, if Prim is his bride. As Oliver and Prim explore their attraction and begin to fall in love, there is still the issue of the attempts on Oliver's life. I truly adore this couple! Prim is not about to change the way she treats Oliver, just because he now has a title. She is intelligent, protective, and honest. I love Oliver's sense of humor and the way he could make fun of himself. He managed to remain charming to the females pursuing him, while not overtly encouraging them. His interactions with Prim are fresh, real, and smile-inducing. (Later, they become steamy, too!)PRIMROSE AND THE DREADFUL DUKE is another engaging and most enjoyable read from Emily Larkin. The suspense part was interesting and well done, but didn't overshadow the romance, which I really appreciate. Prim's supernatural ability did play a part, but also did not take over the story. I love Oliver's reaction when he discovered Prim's hidden talent. Prim's widowed brother, Rhodes, was a very endearing and sympathetic character, and I hope he finds his own happily ever after somewhere down the line. PRIMROSE AND THE DREADFUL DUKE is a fabulous read which left me smiling, and I highly recommend it for fans of "friends-to-lovers" stories and those who enjoy a touch of magic with their romance.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Publisher's Description:An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer ... Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother's best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn't taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom.But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.Oliver might be dr Publisher's Description:An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer ... Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother's best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn't taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom.But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.Oliver might be dreadfully annoying, but Primrose doesn't want him dead. She's going to make certain he survives his inheritance--and the only way to do that is to help him catch the murderer!My Thoughts:This newest addition to Emily Larkin's Baleful Godmother's novels and book #1 in the Garland Cousins spin off is so delightful. This humorous story with a mystery is a real page turner. Unlike some other readers I couldn't finish it in one sitting although I would have liked to. It is Back to school season and I work at an office supply store. Those in this industry treat this like Christmas with extended hours and lots of sales so work has been a priority over reading.I loved the characters and the storyline. Even with the attempted murder of our hero and the suspected murder of others that held the title of Duke before him no matter how briefly, this book was humor filled and had a very sensual ending with steamy love scenes. I gave this book 4.8 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. I this case the most heated intimacy was saved for the last.I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read from the author. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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  • Lori D
    January 1, 1970
    Magical, delightful, loved every page!! There are so many wonderful things I can say about this book, but it would not do it justice. You just need to read it to see what I mean!! The author kept me enchanted by her imagination and humorous writing with characters that where lovable and witty. This is the second book I have read within the Baleful Godmother sphere and cannot wait to read every one of them!! Oliver Dasenby is back from the war and has inherited his title of duke due to the unexpe Magical, delightful, loved every page!! There are so many wonderful things I can say about this book, but it would not do it justice. You just need to read it to see what I mean!! The author kept me enchanted by her imagination and humorous writing with characters that where lovable and witty. This is the second book I have read within the Baleful Godmother sphere and cannot wait to read every one of them!! Oliver Dasenby is back from the war and has inherited his title of duke due to the unexpected deaths in his family. But he begins to suspect somebody is trying to kill him and not sure why! He is a very easy going humorous jokestor who has the single ladies of the season after him for the parson's trap!Lady Primrose Garland is sister to Rhodes, Oliver's best friend and has grown up knowing him. At twenty eight, bookish and highly intelligent, she has always thought Oliver a fribble and they have always teased each other. Gifted with a special talent by her faerie godmother, she has not thought to marry but when Oliver comes back into the picture, things begin to change. Mystery, suspense and a lovely cat and mouse game occurs when they are all at a house party and strange things start happening. Oliver is definately in danger but who could it be?"Settle on the type of person you wish to be and stick with it, whether alone or in company." One of the many great quotes in this book. Loved it!!!!
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  • SH
    January 1, 1970
    Emily Larkin continues to shine with this series “Garland Cousins”, that follows on from “Baleful Godmother” series. Oliver Dasenby has returned from war, to take on the role of the Duke of Westfell; however, he soon finds himself in danger of being killed. Primrose, the daughter of a duke and her brother Rhode’s, quickly agree to help uncover the murderer.I found myself constantly smiling at the dialogue between Primrose and Oliver. Primrose finds him infuriating but loves how he is always so c Emily Larkin continues to shine with this series “Garland Cousins”, that follows on from “Baleful Godmother” series. Oliver Dasenby has returned from war, to take on the role of the Duke of Westfell; however, he soon finds himself in danger of being killed. Primrose, the daughter of a duke and her brother Rhode’s, quickly agree to help uncover the murderer.I found myself constantly smiling at the dialogue between Primrose and Oliver. Primrose finds him infuriating but loves how he is always so cheerful, whilst Oliver finds Primrose prickly but wants only to spend time with her. They were such a delightful couple, as they struggle to piece together the accidents that occur around.The secondary characters were well developed and added depth to this lovely story. Whilst this is a stand-alone novel, the Baleful Godmother series will simply add to any reader’s enjoyment.I received an advanced review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • SiriusB
    January 1, 1970
    Emily Larkin’s introduction to the Garland family line in the Baleful Godmother series delightfully entertains with magic, mystery, and romance. Our hero and heroine are interesting, complex characters in their own right, and their affection and attraction is evident from the start. The banter between characters is at times laugh-out-loud funny. We are drawn into their adventures from the beginning, and by the end we’re craving more. This first novel in the Garland series offers a sweet, funny, Emily Larkin’s introduction to the Garland family line in the Baleful Godmother series delightfully entertains with magic, mystery, and romance. Our hero and heroine are interesting, complex characters in their own right, and their affection and attraction is evident from the start. The banter between characters is at times laugh-out-loud funny. We are drawn into their adventures from the beginning, and by the end we’re craving more. This first novel in the Garland series offers a sweet, funny, sexy romantic intrigue - recommended reading!
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  • Rainer Prem
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the first in a new spinoff series of the "Baleful Godmother" series. Since it tells the story of one of three sisters - all gifted by the well-known fae - we can expect more of this family to come.This is a new highlight in the series. There is very little actual sex compared to the predecessors, but it does have a crime story apart from the inevitable romance.If I needed to write about the flaws, I'd say that in the middle of the book it becomes slightly repetitive. Running up some This book is the first in a new spinoff series of the "Baleful Godmother" series. Since it tells the story of one of three sisters - all gifted by the well-known fae - we can expect more of this family to come.This is a new highlight in the series. There is very little actual sex compared to the predecessors, but it does have a crime story apart from the inevitable romance.If I needed to write about the flaws, I'd say that in the middle of the book it becomes slightly repetitive. Running up some stairs, looking for a trap, running down again, then signaling his/her love interest to secretly meet in a mothballed room somewhere in the mansion, rinse and repeat - that could have been shortened in favor of more fleshing out the characters themselves.But that's high-level whining. This book deserves a total of five stars.I received an advance copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Astra Astrid
    January 1, 1970
    I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of the Baleful Godmother series and this book is no exception. We are introduced to a different branch of the family of which each of the daughters of the house receive a carefully thought out wish (we saw in the early stories what happens when they're not carefully thought out). I'm hoping that we get glimpses of the previous characters. Emily Larkin has quickly become one of my three favourite living Regencyish Romance authors (Georgette Heyer and Jane Auste I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of the Baleful Godmother series and this book is no exception. We are introduced to a different branch of the family of which each of the daughters of the house receive a carefully thought out wish (we saw in the early stories what happens when they're not carefully thought out). I'm hoping that we get glimpses of the previous characters. Emily Larkin has quickly become one of my three favourite living Regencyish Romance authors (Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen are alas, gone). Considering that the other two are Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn, that's pretty impressive, I think.I forgot to say that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. However, I also bought a copy when they became available, since I want to support authors I enjoy this much.
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  • Shamim
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks for the book Emily. Emily Larkin’s book Primrose and the Dreadful Duke is a wonderful blend of romance, mystery, intrigue, and fae magic. There are a number of attempts on the duke’s life before the murderor’s identity can be known. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down till you finish it.
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  • Donna Foster
    January 1, 1970
    Well this author has done it again. I was never a great fan of fairy tales, but these I love ! This had everything in it. Funny, who done it, there's a villan in it. A wonderful love story. Emily Larkin is a sure bet in great books! Start read her you wouldn't be sorry.
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  • Aud
    January 1, 1970
    "Primrose and the Dreadful Duke" by Emily LarkinI thoroughly enjoyed this 'magical' regency romance. Yes there is some steam... but I think it was very tastefully done. But should you not agree, you could easily skim those paragraphs, and still enjoy a well written mystery regency romance story that will most definitely keep you turning those pages. I did fall in love, just a little bit, with the three lead characters. I think you will, too . P.S. I was gifted a copy of this story and am happy t "Primrose and the Dreadful Duke" by Emily LarkinI thoroughly enjoyed this 'magical' regency romance. Yes there is some steam... but I think it was very tastefully done. But should you not agree, you could easily skim those paragraphs, and still enjoy a well written mystery regency romance story that will most definitely keep you turning those pages. I did fall in love, just a little bit, with the three lead characters. I think you will, too . P.S. I was gifted a copy of this story and am happy to say it was a good, fun, attention grabbing read.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book once again by an amazing writer! Very intelligent and set in her ways, Primrose Garland and her brother, Rhodes, reunite with an a long-time family friend, Oliver, the new Duke of Westfell,to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill him. Between keeping the young debutantes and the killer from attacking, the three friends are kept busy. Lots of unexpectected twists and turns abound as yet another wonderful read by Emily Larkin graces my bookshelves.
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  • Judith Eiler
    January 1, 1970
    A dear degenerate Duke...no that's not it. A dear dastardly Duke...no that's not it. Oh, yes, a dear dreadful Duke. Alliteration is an art and Ms. Larkin is it's artist. You have outdone yourself with this one! I read it in one sitting. I also rolled my eyes and laughed until I snorted in an unladylike manner.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the Baleful Godmother books by Larkin. This newest release is a spinoff of that series and I can honestly say it is even better. The characters’ relationship develops naturally into a more romantic one. The suspense includes two evil doers; the mystery surrounding their deeds is very well written. There are several hints at more stories to come....and I can’t wait for them! Note:I received an ARC but the opinions are solely my own.
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  • Peggy Hall
    January 1, 1970
    This story grabs your interest quickly due to the intrigue surrounding the Duke’s situation. The author skillful builds the characters and leads you on an enjoyable journey as they solve the mystery. Primrose’s special talent isn’t the main focus of the book so the story is equal parts Baleful Godmother and mystery. Very good approach to keeping the series fresh. Highly recommend.
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  • Delbora Dixon-Green
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! It contains mystery, humor and romance. Primrose and the duke are long time friends. His uncle stepped in and sent him to two of the best schools and purchased a commission for him in the army. He was a second father to him always. His uncle’s son Ninnian was a no account as far as he knew. He found out the hard way that things are not always what they seem.
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    Very well written book. From the first page the reader is plunged into a world of romance, suspense and laughter. Another winner from a very talented writer who leaves you wanting more.
  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2018...)My Rating: 4 starsLibrary recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance collections or new adult collections.Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ________________________________________Number of titles I have read by this author: 1Love story speed: This was a medium b Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2018...)My Rating: 4 starsLibrary recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance collections or new adult collections.Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ________________________________________Number of titles I have read by this author: 1Love story speed: This was a medium burn to me. It could be argued that it’s closer to a slow burn.Relationship dynamics: The Fairy Godmother Blessed Spinster of High Birth (h) / The Brother’s Titled Best Friend (H)Sexual content: Some; sex is exploratory, “onscreen” and explicitTriggers: None that I felt the need to flag.Grammar/Editing: I didn’t see any grammatical or spelling errors of note.Review: This book is written in a style that is suggestive of being geared toward a younger adult audience (i.e. 18-25), although it is still quite enjoyable for more mature age brackets. Some of the plot in the novel is quite repetitive but I enjoyed what ultimately ended up being a fairly straight-forward and pleasing story. The historical setting was a bit vague, although, overall, it seems to more-or-less fit within what I would expect for a Georgian or more specifically Regency period setting. Oliver and Primrose are lovely, playful characters and their relationship is very fun and lighthearted. However, the progression stalls a bit in the middle of the novel and is hindered a bit by the repetition mentioned previously. The amount of time they spend sequestered away from others at the house party also strains credibility. The supporting characters are, for the most part, well-developed, interesting, and engaging – particularly Ninian (Oliver’s cousin) and Rhodes (Primrose’s brother). I wouldn’t mind seeing more of them, although it doesn’t appear that that is the author’s plan for this series. Overall, a quick and light read. I will be adding the series to my to-read list and probably looking into the main series as well. Alliterative version: A fairly fun frolic featuring a delightful duke and likable lady. Regretful repetition and crumbling credibility do not seriously spoil an otherwise notable narrative. Full disclosure: I received a free advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Narrelle
    January 1, 1970
    I love Emily Larkin's Baleful Godmother series of historical romance with a magical twist so much that I leapt on the chance to read an advance copy of the latest in the series, Primrose and the Dreadful Duke.This was an excellent life choice because this book (the first in a subseries about the Garland cousins) combines so many of my favourite things: a believable romance with strong, textured characters, elegant writing, a lot of humour - and a murder mystery!The dreadful duke in question, Oli I love Emily Larkin's Baleful Godmother series of historical romance with a magical twist so much that I leapt on the chance to read an advance copy of the latest in the series, Primrose and the Dreadful Duke.This was an excellent life choice because this book (the first in a subseries about the Garland cousins) combines so many of my favourite things: a believable romance with strong, textured characters, elegant writing, a lot of humour - and a murder mystery!The dreadful duke in question, Oliver Dasenby, is only dreadful because of how he so often plays the clown with his best friend's sister, Primrose Garland. He's smarter than he pretends. He's also kind, loyal and spirited and, while flippant, he knows how and when to take things seriuosly, after eight years in the cavalry. He's returned to England having inherited a dukedom and suddenly he has a new battlefield, where he's a kind of prey for all the young ladies hoping to score a duke for a husband. Oliver is also slightly concerned about how he's going to learn to be a duke after being a soldier.Primrose is intelligent, well-read, tart-tongued and good hearted, and her childhood friend often makes her laugh with his cheek and tomfoolery. Her faerie gift (one of the hallmarks of a Baleful Godmother novel) is incidental at the start, though later is useful as part of all the intrigues taking place. She's quick-thinking too, observant and has a strong regard for the philosophies of the world's most unlikely cupid, Marcus Aurelius.It's a love story waiting to happen, but a few things might stand in the way. One is a duke-hunter who may be a bit of a harpy, and the other is that someone seems to be trying to murder Oliver.Primrose and the Dreadful Duke is light on its feet - charming and funny, full of personality and well-paced excitement and dangers from several dangerous directions. It balances light and dark, in tone as well in the supporting characters – and you can't help but love Prim and Ollie as individuals and as they slowly work out how they really feel about each other - and solve a case of murderous intent.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by Emily Larkin, and it was such fun! Primrose's brother Rhodes was best friends with Oliver (formerly a cavalry officer and now a duke), and Oliver was also friends with "Prickly" Primrose. After Oliver becomes duke, it seems someone is trying to kill him, but who? Rhodes and Prim are determined to keep their friend alive as the three attend the house party from hell. Besides someone trying to put a period to Oliver's existence, someone is also trying to take out the compe This is my first book by Emily Larkin, and it was such fun! Primrose's brother Rhodes was best friends with Oliver (formerly a cavalry officer and now a duke), and Oliver was also friends with "Prickly" Primrose. After Oliver becomes duke, it seems someone is trying to kill him, but who? Rhodes and Prim are determined to keep their friend alive as the three attend the house party from hell. Besides someone trying to put a period to Oliver's existence, someone is also trying to take out the competitors for Oliver's attentions in non-lethal ways.Oliver and Primrose were great characters. Oliver laughed and joked at just about everything. He didn't let much get to him. Primrose was a bit of a bluestocking....she wanted to read by herself at the house party. That's my kind of gal! Oliver loved that Prim treated him normally and not like a duke. Even when friendship starts to morph into something more, I adored that they both kept the humor between them. Prim's names for Oliver (Daisy, Jingle Brains) are very funny, and I enjoyed their alliteration. This story isn't all fun and games; there was also some heartache. But the humor stands out the most.The only thing I found unnecessary here was the bit of magic. However, after reading that this book was an offshoot of a series containing magic, its presence here makes sense. I really look forward to the next books in this series. I think I must check out the first series, too! I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This story is probably best described as a friends-to-lovers romance. Although the title and blurb led me to expect that the initial relationship is adversarial, it is more one of good, long-time friends teasing each other and not really thinking of each other in a possible romantic light. From there the romance slowly blossoms, naturally but never dragging. There is also light mystery and adventure, humor, and a shared focus on the other relationships in their lives, which I enjoy. In reviews t This story is probably best described as a friends-to-lovers romance. Although the title and blurb led me to expect that the initial relationship is adversarial, it is more one of good, long-time friends teasing each other and not really thinking of each other in a possible romantic light. From there the romance slowly blossoms, naturally but never dragging. There is also light mystery and adventure, humor, and a shared focus on the other relationships in their lives, which I enjoy. In reviews that I have previously written about Larkin’s Baleful Godmother books, I have noted how I like the way she incorporates magical elements into a story: The characters react in what I would consider a “natural” way to supernatural occurrences and the supernatural powers do not magically solve all problems. My one quibble with this book is that it could have easily discarded the supernatural element with very little effect on the story. Primrose is so careful about not accidentally revealing her power, she hardly uses it and it seems like a minor convenience more than a vital element to the story. The possible conflicts that the Big Reveal might pose are resolved quickly and humorously, which is great from a healthy relationship point-of-view but fell a bit flat from a dramatic element point-of-view. This might bring the book to a 4.75 stars level, but I still think the book deserves a 5 star since the rest of all the elements are so spot-on.I received an ARC, but all opinions are my own.
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