Wish Upon a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas, #3)
From a New York Times bestselling author: The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!

Wish Upon a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas, #3) Details

TitleWish Upon a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 20th, 2018
PublisherWebMotion
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Holiday, Christmas, Historical, Regency, Humor

Wish Upon a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas, #3) Review

  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I adore this series! It's the perfect holiday fluff to get you into the Christmas spirit! And this one is my favorite yet. I've been looking forward to Gloria and Christopher's story ever since they were introduced, and it was a delight! A lovely wallflower who loves watching the stars because they make her feel closer to her deceased parents, and a rule-following, no-nonsense stickler for propriety? My favorite kind of people! Gloria and Christopher are both just waiting to be noticed: she beca I adore this series! It's the perfect holiday fluff to get you into the Christmas spirit! And this one is my favorite yet. I've been looking forward to Gloria and Christopher's story ever since they were introduced, and it was a delight! A lovely wallflower who loves watching the stars because they make her feel closer to her deceased parents, and a rule-following, no-nonsense stickler for propriety? My favorite kind of people! Gloria and Christopher are both just waiting to be noticed: she because she has secluded herself in a sleepy little village where it is Christmas all year round and refuses to let anyone get to close, and he because he has spent his entire life in the shadow of his rakish brother while all he wants is to find true love. They are both just the nicest people, and I wanted them to get their happily every after since the moment I met them. I loved how both brought out the best in each other, how patient Christopher was and how Gloria slowly teased him out of his stick-in-the-mud attitude. It was wonderful to see them grow closer! This series really a delight if you are looking for short, sweet, comfy romances that warm your heart! *I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • AnnMarie
    January 1, 1970
    Wish Upon a Duke is the third book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. It can easily be read as a standalone story but if you are anything like me you will enjoy catching up with characters from the previous books in this instalment if you have read the previous two.In the last book, Christopher's twin met and married his soulmate. Now it's Christopher's turn. He wants to marry for love and his main requirement in a wife is that she loves adventure and to travel. He has a month Wish Upon a Duke is the third book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. It can easily be read as a standalone story but if you are anything like me you will enjoy catching up with characters from the previous books in this instalment if you have read the previous two.In the last book, Christopher's twin met and married his soulmate. Now it's Christopher's turn. He wants to marry for love and his main requirement in a wife is that she loves adventure and to travel. He has a month to find the said wife, and when it's suggested that he use a matchmaker to help him he agrees.Gloria Godwin lives in Cressmouth and is determined to never leave there. She does love the place but secretly she would love to be able to travel. Fear holds her back after losing people she loves thanks to travelling, so she contents herself with reading about people and places. She also loves the stars/astrology and once a year she takes guests on a walking tour where she shows and names the stars and constellations. A serious start which then leads to a fanciful one when she gets people to pick names by saying what they themselves think the stars look like. It was during the fanciful part of the tour that she and Christopher first engage. There is an attraction for both of them at first sight, but the minute that Christopher hears her naming the stars all wrong he tells her off.It is, therefore, a shock to them both when the next day Christopher is knocking on her door with his request that she be his matchmaker. Of course, he didn't know it was her that he had been sent to, hence them both being as shocked as each other. Gloria's friend made the suggestion that she help Christopher and it's only because of that that she agrees.The problem is that the more time that they spend together the more they find themselves possibly falling for each other. A worse pairing couldn't happen because they are absolutely opposite to each other. Gloria wants stability and to stay in Cressmouth, Christopher wants to travel, explore and have many adventures. Can she overcome her fears for them to have a chance at love together, or will her fears win out? Can Christopher really expect her to change so dramatically when it seems her fear is so overwhelming? Is there any chance of a compromise or will Christopher have to choose one of the many other women vying to become his wife?This was a lovely, lighthearted quick read set in the lovely Christmasy town of Cressmouth. A place full of fabulous unique people that will make you smile. Christopher and Gloria are the perfect couple and the perfect example of opposites attracting. When they give in to that first kiss it was just perfect and from that moment on you just knew that they would have to end up together. Reading their romance develop was just wonderful and had me smiling. I really loved this story and can't wait for the next one. Why can't I live in a place like Cressmouth?!
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  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    I do like Erica Ridley’s books, they are easy read with wits, humor and no weak characters despite their flaws.Here we have two main characters who have totally opposite view of life, one can’t stay in one place while the other won’t move out safe range.Gloria wishes very much to be seen for once, to not be overlooked anymore and to find love, but in some ways, she hides herself in plain sight, playing the silly girl with her way to twist things.She is smart and resourceful, so certain of what w I do like Erica Ridley’s books, they are easy read with wits, humor and no weak characters despite their flaws.Here we have two main characters who have totally opposite view of life, one can’t stay in one place while the other won’t move out safe range.Gloria wishes very much to be seen for once, to not be overlooked anymore and to find love, but in some ways, she hides herself in plain sight, playing the silly girl with her way to twist things.She is smart and resourceful, so certain of what will be her future but she too longs for some kind of adventures, without risks, she has built walls around her home she forbids herself to trespass.She feels secure in her remote town, there she can’t be hurt, but life wherever it takes place is no safe thing.Christopher is one to follow the rules, nothing can make him bend them, he also has an innate need to keep moving, but now after years of going from one place to another, he hopes to share it with someone but his dream-bride-to-be is quite elusive, he is not attracted by the women who are close to his ideal but he can’t take his sight out from the woman who is so wrong.At the end, every personality trait he thought important is undermined when compared to the attraction he felt for Gloria, the one woman who can dismantle and assembly objets as a second nature but sees stars not as well known schemas.From the beginning, they know they have opposite aspirations but maybe love could help them overcome their difference. Not easy but with a little faith...
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Rumour has it, charming adventurer Christopher Pringle is finally ready to settle down. He’s searching for a free-spirited bride to join him on his travels. Miss Gloria Godwin loves exploring the world… from the safety of a book. She’s trying her hand at being a matchmaker but detests her dashing client’s attempts to force her from her comfort zone. It should be easy to marry off the handsome heir to a dukedom. Another heart warming story that I was loathe to put down & read in two sittings. Rumour has it, charming adventurer Christopher Pringle is finally ready to settle down. He’s searching for a free-spirited bride to join him on his travels. Miss Gloria Godwin loves exploring the world… from the safety of a book. She’s trying her hand at being a matchmaker but detests her dashing client’s attempts to force her from her comfort zone. It should be easy to marry off the handsome heir to a dukedom. Another heart warming story that I was loathe to put down & read in two sittings. The story flowed very well & the characters were well fleshed, I particularly liked that with each book in the series we are introduced to some new characters so it builds the whole community of the village & hopefully some of these characters will also have their stories. Chris & Gloria are delightful, she has always been attracted to Chris & thinks he hasn’t noticed her. They then have a misunderstanding but gradually begin to become friends, like each other, the road to their HEA is amusing, poignant & had me smilingMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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  • Maggie Whitworth
    January 1, 1970
    ❤❤❤❤💋Back in the beautiful Christmas village, where romance lives and thrives . Christopher is next in line to be a Duke , but is finding it hard to find the right woman .Gloria is a bookaholic and is employed by Christopher to find him said wifey , but that’s a challenge when she’s slowly starting to want the position herself. Another great festive romp , some good amusing banter and a pleasing outcome for all . Excellent to relax with a brew and enjoy EricaRidleys great talent .I received an a ❤️❤️❤️❤️💋Back in the beautiful Christmas village, where romance lives and thrives . Christopher is next in line to be a Duke , but is finding it hard to find the right woman .Gloria is a bookaholic and is employed by Christopher to find him said wifey , but that’s a challenge when she’s slowly starting to want the position herself. Another great festive romp , some good amusing banter and a pleasing outcome for all . Excellent to relax with a brew and enjoy EricaRidleys great talent .I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightfully charming romance! Prepare to smile, chuckle and feel a little giddy reading Erica Ridley’s latest addition to the 12 DUKES OF CHRISTMAS holiday series! WISH UPON A DUKE is another quick read that trumpets fun, feel good reading from one of the most consistently entertaining historical romance authors.He loves to travel the world, she refuses to leave the tiny hamlet of Christmas, heck, they seem to be like oil and water, not that it should matter because Gloria is only playin What a delightfully charming romance! Prepare to smile, chuckle and feel a little giddy reading Erica Ridley’s latest addition to the 12 DUKES OF CHRISTMAS holiday series! WISH UPON A DUKE is another quick read that trumpets fun, feel good reading from one of the most consistently entertaining historical romance authors.He loves to travel the world, she refuses to leave the tiny hamlet of Christmas, heck, they seem to be like oil and water, not that it should matter because Gloria is only playing matchmaker for the handsome Christopher Pringle. But what happens when a fanciful young lady and a fact-driven gentleman find that opposites really do attract? I absolutely love Erica Ridley’s style of writing historical romance. It is always rich in the details of the era without being stuffy or over-burdened with “vapor-inducing” moments! Feisty heroines, sturdy heroes and the magic of love fills each book and this one is no exception!I received a complimentary ARC edition from WebMotion!Series: 12 Dukes of Christmas - Book 3Publisher: WebMotion (November 20, 2018)Publication Date: November 20, 2018Genre: Historical Holiday RomancePrint Length: 159 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Olga Miret
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC copy of this novel, which I freely chose to review.I do not read many novels in this genre, but I am due to translate a novel in the genre from Spanish into English and wanted to do some research by reading some modern novels set in the period. I have not read any of the other novels in the series, although I understand, from reading some of the reviews, that it is quite popular.The story seems to be one of opposite attracts, with the Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC copy of this novel, which I freely chose to review.I do not read many novels in this genre, but I am due to translate a novel in the genre from Spanish into English and wanted to do some research by reading some modern novels set in the period. I have not read any of the other novels in the series, although I understand, from reading some of the reviews, that it is quite popular.The story seems to be one of opposite attracts, with the man being a stickler for facts and lover of adventures, while the woman loves fantasy and is afraid of travel. As we get to know the characters, we realise that Gloria is knowledgeable and both share a love for technology and astronomy. When she ends up being his matchmaker, we know what to expect. There is love at first sight, a sex-scene that it is explicit but not as detailed as others I have read (and of course, it is wonderful even if it is the first time for her, at least), and a happy ending as required. I quite liked the characters, although they were both quite extreme in their positions, and the speed at which things developed between them required some suspension of disbelief, but I don’t think it was beyond the standards of the genre. The story is told in the third person, without relying too heavily on descriptions, but provides enough details to help us imagine a romantic setting that perfectly suits the story. It flows well, and it has the usual will they/won’t they moments, without going over the top and making readers get impatient.A short and light read, with engaging characters and fun moments and although the story is not outstanding for its originality, it should satisfy fans of the genre.
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  • Heike
    January 1, 1970
    Christopher is looking for a wife. One that would travel and see the world with him. And like the stars. Yet he finds himself surrounded only by ladies looking for a quick romp, after his brother, a famous rake, is not available any more. A friend suggests Gloria as a match maker for him, but upon visiting with her he recognizes her as an ignorant dreamer he met the night before. Gloria, herself an accomplished astronomer, likes to play out her imagination even if she is aware of underlying scie Christopher is looking for a wife. One that would travel and see the world with him. And like the stars. Yet he finds himself surrounded only by ladies looking for a quick romp, after his brother, a famous rake, is not available any more. A friend suggests Gloria as a match maker for him, but upon visiting with her he recognizes her as an ignorant dreamer he met the night before. Gloria, herself an accomplished astronomer, likes to play out her imagination even if she is aware of underlying science. When Christopher belittles her, she is too proud to set him right.The uneasy couple sets out to find a wife for Christopher, while reluctantly start to appreciate each other.This was, like the other "Dukes of Christmas" novellas, an easy and entertaining read. It did not capture me as much as Kiss of a Duke, probably because both characters acted unnatural (e.g. Christopher jumping to conclusions way too fast), and Gloria's phobia for water did not make any sense to me. And Christopher was the one who had to make all the compromising.Don't let this scare you away, though - well written and well worth the time spend!A 3-star rating for me is a book I enjoyed, I will look for other books of the author, but I do not see me reading this same book again. 4-stars would be a book kept on my shelf to re-read. This novella was close, but not close enough to a 4-star read.
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    Christopher has lived his life mostly in the shadow of his devilishly handsome and rakish brother. Chris wants to settle down with a wife who is his perfect match so he does not repeat the mistakes he saw his parents make. Now that his brother is engaged, Chris finds himself suddenly surrounded by single ladies. Since Chris' policy is to never spend more than a month in one place, at the suggestion of his brother's fiancee, he enlists the help of a matchmaker to speed along the process of findin Christopher has lived his life mostly in the shadow of his devilishly handsome and rakish brother. Chris wants to settle down with a wife who is his perfect match so he does not repeat the mistakes he saw his parents make. Now that his brother is engaged, Chris finds himself suddenly surrounded by single ladies. Since Chris' policy is to never spend more than a month in one place, at the suggestion of his brother's fiancee, he enlists the help of a matchmaker to speed along the process of finding a wife. Gloria, the matchmaker, is Chris' perfect opposite in every way and refuses to ever leave her home, while Chris finds happiness in travel and adventure. Despite their differences, Chris finds himself inexplicably drawn to one another, but will their attraction be enough to make up for their differences?I found this quick Christmasy novella to be very enjoyable, although Gloria's fears were rather feebly founded. As with the previous installments in this series, you'll need to suspend your disbelief a bit and embrace the cheesiness to really enjoy them, but this one comes with references to Santa's reindeer and a TLC song if you can get behind it.I received a complimentary ARC via NetGalley. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Christopher Cringle is about to set out on the adventure of a lifetime and it’s one he would love to share with his bride. As a favour to a friend Gloria Godwin endeavours to help Christopher find his ideal woman. But although she finds several candidates that match up to his particular list of requirements Christopher finds himself drawn more and more to Gloria who pretty much drives him to distraction with her complete disregard of rules and her re-naming of the constellations. Is it a case of Christopher Cringle is about to set out on the adventure of a lifetime and it’s one he would love to share with his bride. As a favour to a friend Gloria Godwin endeavours to help Christopher find his ideal woman. But although she finds several candidates that match up to his particular list of requirements Christopher finds himself drawn more and more to Gloria who pretty much drives him to distraction with her complete disregard of rules and her re-naming of the constellations. Is it a case of opposites really do attract but can it last?The further into the 12 Dukes of Christmas series I get the more I love it. This book is a short, heartwarming addition to the series just perfect for this time of the year. The hero is a product of his upbringing but gradually Gloria makes him relax more and not take everything so seriously. At the same time Christopher encourages Gloria to break free of her comfort zone and to try new things. I loved that neither of them had to give up everything for the other. They learnt the art of compromising. And catching up with some familiar characters in this book was an added bonus. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half stars.Third novella in a series set in the English village of Cressmouth (Christmas).Miss Gloria Godwin is a remarkable young woman, astronomer and mechanical engineer, she was traumatised by first her father's death at sea and then her fiance travelling to India and never returning. As a result, she has a pathological fear of water and travel. Despite this fear she loves to read about travel.The Right Honourable Mr Christopher Pringle, previously the quiet overlooked Pringle br Three and a half stars.Third novella in a series set in the English village of Cressmouth (Christmas).Miss Gloria Godwin is a remarkable young woman, astronomer and mechanical engineer, she was traumatised by first her father's death at sea and then her fiance travelling to India and never returning. As a result, she has a pathological fear of water and travel. Despite this fear she loves to read about travel.The Right Honourable Mr Christopher Pringle, previously the quiet overlooked Pringle brother, is getting a taste of what it feels like to be the most eligible bachelor in the village, he is swamped by eager single women desperate for his hand in marriage. Christopher loves to travel, he makes a point to never stay more than one month in one place, but he would like to share that life with someone so he engages a matchmaker to find him a wife. Christopher's soon-to-be sister in law recommends Gloria as a matchmaker, and she does indeed find women who exactly meet Christopher's requirements, the only trouble is the infuriating matchmaker appears more and more attractive every day. It's a pity that their interests are so different.This was a charming Christmas novella, Gloria takes delight in teasing Christopher and indulging her imagination, Christopher helps her overcome her fears.I received a free copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Caitlyn Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Third in Erica Ridley’s charming The 12 Dukes Of Christmas series of novellas, Wish Upon A Duke follows Christopher Pringle, the younger brother of Nicholas who found his match in Kiss Of A Duke.After a life in his brother’s shadow, Christopher has fairly simple wants and needs, and the one thing he desperately wants is a wife. Honestly, he thinks his requirements are fairly broad - rational, logical, must love travel - so Gloria, the matchmaker whose help he engages, shouldn’t have too much dif Third in Erica Ridley’s charming The 12 Dukes Of Christmas series of novellas, Wish Upon A Duke follows Christopher Pringle, the younger brother of Nicholas who found his match in Kiss Of A Duke.After a life in his brother’s shadow, Christopher has fairly simple wants and needs, and the one thing he desperately wants is a wife. Honestly, he thinks his requirements are fairly broad - rational, logical, must love travel - so Gloria, the matchmaker whose help he engages, shouldn’t have too much difficulty helping him find a wife.Gloria’s beautiful herself, but utterly unsuitable, of course. Her wild flights of fanciful imagination drive him around the bend, but above all, she won’t set foot outside the town of Christmas.Watching Nicholas fall for Gloria quite against his own will and inclination was delightful, and the story also flips on his head the trope (which I despise) of the woman giving up what she cares about to be with the man. Instead, Nicholas made the decision to give up a dream to be with Gloria, hoping and trusting that she might one day be able to share his dreams, but more than willing to accept her and love her either way. It was well done and genuinely romantic, the kind of moment which brings a lump to the throat.This is another lovely addition to a delightful series I’m really enjoying. Five stars.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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  • Lori D
    January 1, 1970
    The stars align with this fun and humorous Christmas novella! Do opposites attract? Well yes they do! Is it an easy journey to love? Well it can be challenging, but with Christoper, who is seeking a wife, thinks he will find the "perfect" woman for him and fall in love. With the help of Miss Gloria Godwin, matchmaker, there seems to be no doubt she will find that lady. But as the two spend time together, what could possibly happen? Christopher loves to travel and be orderly while Gloria is the e The stars align with this fun and humorous Christmas novella! Do opposites attract? Well yes they do! Is it an easy journey to love? Well it can be challenging, but with Christoper, who is seeking a wife, thinks he will find the "perfect" woman for him and fall in love. With the help of Miss Gloria Godwin, matchmaker, there seems to be no doubt she will find that lady. But as the two spend time together, what could possibly happen? Christopher loves to travel and be orderly while Gloria is the exact opposite! She tends to break the rules and wants to stay close to home. But wait, isn't she the matchmaker for him, and not the intended? A regency romp that will delight you as the humor comes off the pages and these two opposites pull together!!
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    Christopher Pringle is ready to marry but having difficulty finding a suitable bride – one that won’t leave him and will enjoy traveling. In spite of the women he is introduced to by Gloria Godwin…women that might be more suitable to his wants and desires…he falls for her instead. Trying to convince her to be his bride is not easy because the two are such opposites in what they want in life…at least it seems so for most of the book. This was a fun little love story that is novella length and was Christopher Pringle is ready to marry but having difficulty finding a suitable bride – one that won’t leave him and will enjoy traveling. In spite of the women he is introduced to by Gloria Godwin…women that might be more suitable to his wants and desires…he falls for her instead. Trying to convince her to be his bride is not easy because the two are such opposites in what they want in life…at least it seems so for most of the book. This was a fun little love story that is novella length and was a fun way to spend the afternoon. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsGloria Godwin is looking for love, Christopher Pringle is looking for a bride. Two likeable characters, however, even though they have the love of astronomy in common , they are the complete opposite in other ways. Christopher lives by rules and order whereas Gloria indulges in fantasy. An entertaining read.
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    Another five star hit! Erica Ridley never fails to please. Crisp dialogue, characters you quickly come to know and love, and a plot that is fun and makes sense. Christopher travels constantly and Gloria travels nowhere ever. Christopher loves facts and nice, constant rules. Gloria plays with imagination and firmly believes rules are to be broken. It’s a good thing Gloria is the matchmaker and not trying to be a match!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful addition to the Dukes of Christmas series. Both main characters were very likeable and it was cute to find out how they found their Happy Ever After.
  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    Marlowe Castle Cressmouth EnglandMiss Gloria Godwin leads groups of people on “sky-walk” tours where they learn the names of stars and constellations. This is a popular tour with people who visit the area. Named for Christmas, it is always Christmas here.Mr. Christopher Pringle, is part of a house party being held at the Castle. He is second in line to a dukedom behind his brother, Nicholas, who has always been a rake and is now engaged to be married. With Nicholas’s wedding announcement, now th Marlowe Castle Cressmouth EnglandMiss Gloria Godwin leads groups of people on “sky-walk” tours where they learn the names of stars and constellations. This is a popular tour with people who visit the area. Named for Christmas, it is always Christmas here.Mr. Christopher Pringle, is part of a house party being held at the Castle. He is second in line to a dukedom behind his brother, Nicholas, who has always been a rake and is now engaged to be married. With Nicholas’s wedding announcement, now the ladies have all turned their eyes to Christopher and he is being besieged by eligible young ladies. Christopher, who loves to travel, is looking for a wife. He hopes to find one in just a few weeks so he can marry and set sail on a voyage.Christopher loves astronomy and when he hears Gloria on her tour calling the different constellations by pet names rather than their proper names, he is outraged.After a discussion with his brother about finding a wife right away, Nicholas and his fiancé suggest he consult a matchmaker to help him find a bride. When he discovers she is none other than Gloria herself, he is quite put out. However, he realizes he must stick with her to get the job done.Each time Gloria introduces Christopher to a different woman and sees how well they get along, she thinks he has found the woman he wants to marry. Nope. He has not. But as they spend time together, they share their passion for astronomy and how they look at the stars. Christopher prefers facts and the proper scientific names for them. Gloria, on the other hand, enjoys using her imagination of what they look like to her and gives them pet names. Although they disagree on the names, they do share a love of the stars themselves. Could this love lead to a love between them? They say that anything can happen in Cressmouth if you just wish for it.A clever, if somewhat silly, little tale. I’m sure that Christmas lovers will enjoy this sweet little story.Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Karen Meeus
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! All the characters are as endearing as the picturesque town of Christmas (formerly known as Cressmouth) that serves as a perfect background for these heartwarming holiday romances. Christoper Pringle is that rare thing in romance novels, a non-rakish hero who actually wants to get married and is searching for a true life partner. Though he does need to adjust his vision a bit about what that might entail exactly. Gloria’s matchmaking attempts make for very entertaining readin I love this series! All the characters are as endearing as the picturesque town of Christmas (formerly known as Cressmouth) that serves as a perfect background for these heartwarming holiday romances. Christoper Pringle is that rare thing in romance novels, a non-rakish hero who actually wants to get married and is searching for a true life partner. Though he does need to adjust his vision a bit about what that might entail exactly. Gloria’s matchmaking attempts make for very entertaining reading, especially the unexpected twist concerning her career. Didn’t see that one coming. Go Penelope go! I loved both Christopher and Gloria in the previous books and I really liked that two people who so dreamed of finding a partner wind up with each other. Christopher is very serious-minded and a stickler for rules, whereas Gloria is far more fanciful in her approach to life, yet still these outwardly different characters have a lot in common. They share a passion for travel and astronomy, and they both know what it’s like to be overlooked and feel unnoticed among a crowd of people. I think Christopher must sometimes have felt a little like Alice in Wonderland during his first conversations with Gloria, who chastises him for “ruining perfectly good imagination with unnecessary facts”. Gloria is very intelligent, independent and has a great sense of humor. She’s his perfect match. One of the things I most love about Erica Ridley’s writing is the heartfelt moments that sneak up on you amidst the lighthearted banter. There is always some underlying sadness or hidden struggle that adds an element of realism to the story and makes the characters’ emotions more intense. Absolutely recommend this.
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  • Marsha Spohn
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfIf you’re in the mood for a lighthearted, fun, Regency Christmas romp then you’ll want to check out the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley this holiday season (or any time of the year). Ms. Ridley always delivers a spunky, sexy, love story and Wish Upon A Duke is further proof of that.Could there possibly be two people who are more opposite than Gloria and Christopher? One wants the life of adventure and travel, the other also loves experiencing new things, Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfIf you’re in the mood for a lighthearted, fun, Regency Christmas romp then you’ll want to check out the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley this holiday season (or any time of the year). Ms. Ridley always delivers a spunky, sexy, love story and Wish Upon A Duke is further proof of that.Could there possibly be two people who are more opposite than Gloria and Christopher? One wants the life of adventure and travel, the other also loves experiencing new things, but they travel through their imagination and good books. Each has a very real reason for why they want to keep their life style intact… and both were embroiled in a heated argument the night before they officially met. Sounds like oil and water, right? Just wait, love will find a way.Wish Upon A Duke is a quick read, but one that will easily draw you into the romantic antics of two people who would be perfect for each other… it they each were willing to take a chance. I had such fun with this story, and I’ve no doubt that if you love a good Regency Romp that you will be caught up in Gloria and Christopher’s romance as well. I would recommend this story or entire series to any reader who loves Historical or Regency Romance, the magic of the Christmas season, laughing out loud and interesting characters who live by their own design not by convention.*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    The third book in this series was unfortunately, another one of those stories that while enjoyable, did leave some things to be desired. As always, the characters that Ms. Ridley brings to life definitely stand out. I loved the interaction between them, even if the suitor falls for the matchmaker troupe is a little over-played. I was almost hoping for once he might actually fall in love with someone else (and was more than a little curious about what Christopher and Mademoiselle de Luc talked ab The third book in this series was unfortunately, another one of those stories that while enjoyable, did leave some things to be desired. As always, the characters that Ms. Ridley brings to life definitely stand out. I loved the interaction between them, even if the suitor falls for the matchmaker troupe is a little over-played. I was almost hoping for once he might actually fall in love with someone else (and was more than a little curious about what Christopher and Mademoiselle de Luc talked about). Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed their romance, but it did seem like up until the end Christopher was the one changing himself, and giving up his dreams for Gloria instead of them meeting in the middle. I am glad we got to see them in the future so to speak as I was wondering just how they would make their relationship work without compromise.It was nice to revisit the town of Christmas as it was dubbed, although I'm actually rather surprised that when Christopher first encounters Gloria and her little group, no one lets him in on what is really taking place (it seems like it would have solved so many problems). I also didn't really understand what her former suitor had to do with the death of her father as they seemed drastically different. Overall, this was a fun and rather quick read. I believe it will appeal to those who enjoy historical romances (even if they have not read the prior books). I would read more from this author. 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.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Wish Upon A Duke is the #3 Book in the series 12 Dukes for Christmas by Erica Ridley. It is The continuing story of Independent Wallflowers finding love in Cressmouth where there is the eternal celebration of Christmas. Gloria Godwin is the Lady Astronomer Of Cressmouth who wants to be bride and Christopher is the Spare to a Dukdom looking for a wife to travel the world with him. This certainly isn’t the ideal pairing of of the heroine and Hero of this lovely romantic story. She is happy to gaze Wish Upon A Duke is the #3 Book in the series 12 Dukes for Christmas by Erica Ridley. It is The continuing story of Independent Wallflowers finding love in Cressmouth where there is the eternal celebration of Christmas. Gloria Godwin is the Lady Astronomer Of Cressmouth who wants to be bride and Christopher is the Spare to a Dukdom looking for a wife to travel the world with him. This certainly isn’t the ideal pairing of of the heroine and Hero of this lovely romantic story. She is happy to gaze the skies in the comfort of Cressmouth forever and Christopher never stays anywhere more than a month before finding a new adventure to take. Gloria never met a rule that she didn’t want to bend and Christopher is ridged in everything never wanting to deviate from that straight line. Each drives the other crazy and cannot imagine being a couple and yet there is an undeniable attraction they both try to fight..well a little anyway. Can they ever get on the same page despite their very distinct personality differences? Erica weaves a lovely story for this mismatched couple showing how using their strengths each have can help make their weaknesses less of a problem. Their love a care for one another is all they need to a path for love everlasting. Can’t wait for for Virginia’s story to be told. It will have to be a very understanding Hero to handle Virginia’s special eccentricities!
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free, advanced copy of this book from the author. This is my unbiased and voluntary review This is another humorous, historical romance with delightful characters and a skillfully narrated, provocative plot.Back to Marlowe Castle, Christmas (Cressmouth) England. This book happens concurrent with the previous book. Mr. Christopher Pringle, has come to Cressmouth to find a forever bride, who will travel the world with him. His brother Nicholas had come along and not that he was lookin I received a free, advanced copy of this book from the author. This is my unbiased and voluntary review This is another humorous, historical romance with delightful characters and a skillfully narrated, provocative plot.Back to Marlowe Castle, Christmas (Cressmouth) England. This book happens concurrent with the previous book. Mr. Christopher Pringle, has come to Cressmouth to find a forever bride, who will travel the world with him. His brother Nicholas had come along and not that he was looking, but found his own bride first. His fiancee, Penelope, recommends her friend, Miss Gloria Godwin, as a matchmaker, something she has never done before. Perhaps, Penelope, has more insight into her friends character and heart? While none of the eligible women that Gloria introduces to Christopher set his heart on fire, they find they are drawn to each other, with similar interests. However, after loosing both her fiancee and father to the ocean, Gloria is terrified of water and traveling, while traveling is his passion. Is there anyway to reconcile their differences?One con, the same one as in the last book. While Nicholas is next in line to the Duke of Silkridge, and Christopher after him, neither is very likely to ever be one. So of the first 3 books, only one is really a duke.
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  • Linda Walters
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this story although I wouldn't say it was a favorite of mine. Both of the main characters were unusual in their differences. Christopher the rigidly rule follower and Gloria with the huge imagination. Christopher is a very knowledgeable man when it comes to the science of the stars. And he's not too sure that Gloria knows anything at all about that when he first meets her on her Skywalk tour. Gloria brings fun into that tour without much regard to the true facts and Christopher is incens I liked this story although I wouldn't say it was a favorite of mine. Both of the main characters were unusual in their differences. Christopher the rigidly rule follower and Gloria with the huge imagination. Christopher is a very knowledgeable man when it comes to the science of the stars. And he's not too sure that Gloria knows anything at all about that when he first meets her on her Skywalk tour. Gloria brings fun into that tour without much regard to the true facts and Christopher is incensed! Of, course there really is more to the story than just that as we will all find out later, Christopher included. Christopher is an adventurer and Gloria is afraid of just about everything. Water being at the top of that list, which makes any kind of adventure pretty much out of the picture. Other than her books and imagination about other places. She also had some other surprising skills though.There is a H.E.A. for Christopher and Gloria along with two follow ups of sorts. It was unusual but I liked it. It included, "the following year" and the Epilogue of two years later. I do have one question though. Whatever happened to Madge, her maid/friend/ almost like a sister woman? I voluntarily read and am reviewing an ARC of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest thoughts about it.
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  • Diana Aden
    January 1, 1970
    Erica Ridley’s Wish Upon a Duke is another entertaining read in her delightful series 12 Dukes of Christmas. This is the third in the series. I have greatly enjoyed reading all three stories which are set in the village of Cressmouth, where Christmas is celebrated all year round.Christopher, the younger brother of Nick, featured in Kiss of a Duke, is desirous of finding a wife who will fit his needs. Someone who loves to travel and will enjoy the types of adventures and the life he has been livi Erica Ridley’s Wish Upon a Duke is another entertaining read in her delightful series 12 Dukes of Christmas. This is the third in the series. I have greatly enjoyed reading all three stories which are set in the village of Cressmouth, where Christmas is celebrated all year round.Christopher, the younger brother of Nick, featured in Kiss of a Duke, is desirous of finding a wife who will fit his needs. Someone who loves to travel and will enjoy the types of adventures and the life he has been living. Penelope, who is soon to marry Chris’s brother Nick, suggests he use a matchmaker to help find the right type of woman to marry. She recommends he hire her friend Gloria. For one reason or another, Christopher ends up not satisfied with any of the choices he is given. There is an ongoing flirtation between Christopher and Gloria, but both realize they would have to make compromises if they were to carry their relationship further. Neither seems willing to do that.This story as were the first two in the series has an enjoyable plot, is full of wit, humor, eccentric characters, and a sweet growing romance between Christopher and Gloria. I loved reading this delightful story.I was fortunate to receive an ARC from the author and offer this voluntary and unbiased review of what I read.
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  • wonderfullyweird88
    January 1, 1970
    Christopher Pringle has always stood in his brother’s shadow. All he wants is to find his one true love, a wife to join him on his far-flung travels. With only two weeks left before he sets sail his time is running short. When his future sister-in-law directs him to a matchmaker he reluctantly agrees.Gloria Godwin loves her hometown where every day is Christmas. Every month she leads a star-gazing walk and wishes upon a star. Her wish is always the same. To be noticed. Her father taught her to l Christopher Pringle has always stood in his brother’s shadow. All he wants is to find his one true love, a wife to join him on his far-flung travels. With only two weeks left before he sets sail his time is running short. When his future sister-in-law directs him to a matchmaker he reluctantly agrees.Gloria Godwin loves her hometown where every day is Christmas. Every month she leads a star-gazing walk and wishes upon a star. Her wish is always the same. To be noticed. Her father taught her to love the stars and to follow them, she has always longed to travel but the sea has cost her the family she adored. The two have so many differences. Christopher is a rigid rule follower and Grace is unpredictable, but both want the exact same thing. To find the one that completed them. This is a light-hearted humour read that delights in its simplicity. I highly recommend this book. This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. I will certainly be looking for the next instalment. I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Bernadette
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely story! This is the third book in this series and it introduces us to two very stubborn characters. Neither of them is able to see a way around their set path in life. They have cocooned themselves in their own self imposed safety cage to avoid heartache. Christopher is constantly on the move and Gloria will not leave Cressmouth.Christopher makes a great first impression until he opens his mouth and criticises Gloria’s star walk discussion on the names of stars and constellations. L What a lovely story! This is the third book in this series and it introduces us to two very stubborn characters. Neither of them is able to see a way around their set path in life. They have cocooned themselves in their own self imposed safety cage to avoid heartache. Christopher is constantly on the move and Gloria will not leave Cressmouth.Christopher makes a great first impression until he opens his mouth and criticises Gloria’s star walk discussion on the names of stars and constellations. Little does he know this is the second part of the walk and he has come into the discussion without knowing what came beforehand. He believes that rules were made to be followed. This includes cooking and science. His frustrations with Gloria’s imagination rolls of the page in waves. It’s something you can feel as a reader and it’s funny.Gloria does not correct Christopher’s opinions about her knowledge of the stars, and agrees to act as his matchmaker. As they spend time together they fall in love. What should be a lovely time is full of anxiety and fears. They each reveal parts of themselves they have always kept hidden. Stepping out of their comfort zone is not easy, but could it be worthwhile? Read this lovely story to enjoy the interactions between these two and find out what happens when all of the ladies in Cressmouth swap their attention from Nicholas to Christopher.
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  • Viper Spaulding
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful opposites-attract romance!At first glance, world-traveler Christopher seems to be exactly the wrong kind of man for Gloria, who is content to never leave her small, picturesque town. When she's called upon to act as matchmaker for him, Gloria finds no shortage of women who meet his stated list of requirements. Christopher thinks he knows what he wants in a bride, so he's beyond confused that his heart keeps directing him towards the one woman who meets none of his criteria. I loved th Delightful opposites-attract romance!At first glance, world-traveler Christopher seems to be exactly the wrong kind of man for Gloria, who is content to never leave her small, picturesque town. When she's called upon to act as matchmaker for him, Gloria finds no shortage of women who meet his stated list of requirements. Christopher thinks he knows what he wants in a bride, so he's beyond confused that his heart keeps directing him towards the one woman who meets none of his criteria. I loved this delicious little love story right from the start. Christopher and Gloria each think they know what they want, but their hearts reveal what they really need. Their conflict was believable and seemingly insurmountable, making their journey to their HEA especially poignant and heartfelt. I'm looking forward to reading more in this wonderful series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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  • Mary Lou Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    WISH UPON A DUKE is the third book in the Twelve Dukes of Christmas series. They completely stand on their own and can be read in any order.I simply love this series! There continue to be references to famous, familiar, and traditional Christmas stories and songs. The romance is sweet and comfortable. Plus, there are puns!I think my favorite part of the story was Ms. Ridley’s choice in how to reference the three French hens (as the partridge in the pear tree was in the first book and the two tur WISH UPON A DUKE is the third book in the Twelve Dukes of Christmas series. They completely stand on their own and can be read in any order.I simply love this series! There continue to be references to famous, familiar, and traditional Christmas stories and songs. The romance is sweet and comfortable. Plus, there are puns!I think my favorite part of the story was Ms. Ridley’s choice in how to reference the three French hens (as the partridge in the pear tree was in the first book and the two turtle doves were in the second). Beautiful, inspiring, and heart-warming.Note: While I received this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.Title: WISH UPON A DUKESeries: Twelve Dukes of Christmas #3Category /Genre: Historical RomanceRecommended for: 18+ due to sexual contentGrammar/editing: book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused Received from: Erica Ridley (as an ARC gifted copy)
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  • Vânia Nunes
    January 1, 1970
    If in the previous book the couple lived in war - and the scenes were funny - in this book love is in the air.Christopher is Nicholas' younger brother, and despite living in the shadow of his rake brother, Chris has always longed to find true love. That's why he hires Gloria, the matchmaker, to help him.Gloria loves a good novel, that's why she's always reading. Her adventures are in the imagination, she never left the city of Christmas. There she found the peace she had always thought necessary If in the previous book the couple lived in war - and the scenes were funny - in this book love is in the air.Christopher is Nicholas' younger brother, and despite living in the shadow of his rake brother, Chris has always longed to find true love. That's why he hires Gloria, the matchmaker, to help him.Gloria loves a good novel, that's why she's always reading. Her adventures are in the imagination, she never left the city of Christmas. There she found the peace she had always thought necessary.When Christopher asks for help finding a wife for him, she promptly begins the search, but no candidate seemed right, and on the other hand, Gloria did not like the feeling of having to say goodbye to Christopher.But even though she'd like to be his wife, the differences between them were huge.Someone would have to give in. Someone would have to put love first.Could both work and build their own fairy tale?5 stars
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