Kiss of a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #2)
Just one more kiss… (Milady, it’s cold outside) Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell took England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. And she has just the man in mind… Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle—known as “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways—wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing himself a ladies’ man. How hard can it be to charm a spinster into changing her mind? But when Penelope does the charming, this rakish scoundrel must decide between losing the war... or losing his heart. 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!

Kiss of a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #2) Details

TitleKiss of a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherWebMotion
ISBN-139781943794188
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Holiday, Christmas, Historical, Regency, Humor

Kiss of a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #2) Review

  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this book! Yes, it is historically inaccurate, and you should not expect much in that regard. But if all you are looking for is a short, funny, adorably sweet romance with two truly amazing leads and can ignore the silliness of the premise, this is the book for you."Running out of biscuits is like running out of…" "Oxygen?" she guessed. He shook his head. "Hot chocolate." "Humans can live very long lives with no consumption of chocolate," she informed him gently. "But without chocolate, I adored this book! Yes, it is historically inaccurate, and you should not expect much in that regard. But if all you are looking for is a short, funny, adorably sweet romance with two truly amazing leads and can ignore the silliness of the premise, this is the book for you."Running out of biscuits is like running out of…" "Oxygen?" she guessed. He shook his head. "Hot chocolate." "Humans can live very long lives with no consumption of chocolate," she informed him gently. "But without chocolate, are we truly living?"I loved Nicholas, our hero. Hardened rake that he is, he is appalled when he finds out someone has created a perfume that sort of levels the playing ground by making men irresistible (don't ask… Read the author's note and just go with it) and sets out to convince the creator to cease producing it. He's not prepared to find the one woman who wants nothing for him, and it was so cute to see him fall hard for logical, scientific-minded Penelope. They had a Booth/Brennan relationship, and their bickering was just the cutest!"But other people-" "The opinions of strangers are irrelevant. Live for yourself."I LOVED Penelope. She was scientific and logical without coming across as silly, off-putting, or annoying, and I loved seeing her falling in love for the first time, despite trying very hard not to. IT was heart-warming and made for a perfect story for cozy evenings! *I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Somia
    January 1, 1970
    Received this short read as an ARC from NetGalley and it made for overall an enjoyable easy one time read.The story is about female chemist Penelope Mitchell, who questions the validity of love as a concept, and who has made the highly popular perfume 'Duke'. A perfume that's making men usually in the shadows of natural born Rakes, irresistible to the ladies of the ton. And here is where self proclaimed Rake Nicholas comes in, he thinks the perfume is cheating, after all for him there is an art/ Received this short read as an ARC from NetGalley and it made for overall an enjoyable easy one time read.The story is about female chemist Penelope Mitchell, who questions the validity of love as a concept, and who has made the highly popular perfume 'Duke'. A perfume that's making men usually in the shadows of natural born Rakes, irresistible to the ladies of the ton. And here is where self proclaimed Rake Nicholas comes in, he thinks the perfume is cheating, after all for him there is an art/skill to being a Rake - so he intends to stop it's continued production.Initially I wasn't to sure how I would like it, the premise had me a tad debuious, and I was not overly keen on the first chapter but luckily the perfume issue becomes background for the interactions between Nicholas and Penelope, and that is what ensured I kept reading.Overall good writing style which is somewhat snappy - it's a nice light read.
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  • AnnMarie
    January 1, 1970
    Kiss of a Duke is the second book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone story. I read the first book and loved it, and I have discovered that I love this one as much.Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell has determined that she is a spinster for life. It doesn't bother her though as she is happy making perfumes which prove the scientific theory that its only chemical reaction that makes us want to be with a particular person Kiss of a Duke is the second book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series by Erica Ridley. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone story. I read the first book and loved it, and I have discovered that I love this one as much.Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell has determined that she is a spinster for life. It doesn't bother her though as she is happy making perfumes which prove the scientific theory that its only chemical reaction that makes us want to be with a particular person. She is thrilled with the success of 'Duke' which is taking London by storm with men wooing the women of their choice because they are using it. The male version of the perfume is working so well that Penelope decides to make a female version of it, aptly named 'Duchess'.Nicholas Pringle known for his fabulous good looks and his reputation as a rake is fuming about 'Duke'. Men should work at their reputations as a rake, not have it handed to them in a bottle. It's with this in mind that he approaches Penelope. He intends to demand she stops producing the cologne and is prepared to pay her for the rights to it so that he can make sure it never sees the light of day again. He is shocked when she tells him that not only will she not cease production, but that she is making 'Duchess' as well.So there we have the reason why Penelope and Nick make their connection. What follows is a great, uplifting, romantic tale of how Penelope decides to try out 'Duchess' by wearing it herself around Nick and seeing if he falls for her. As it seems to be working, and boy, does it seem to be working!! she becomes upset realising that it isn't her that he is interested in, it's only the effects of the perfume. Her long beliefs about love fly out the window and she realises that she would like nothing more than to be with Nick forever. As for Nick, his outlook on love and romance, of settling down with just one woman changes dramatically too. Penelope sees the real him, and he has no secrets from her. He might even be contemplating the M word...but...what happens when he finds out that she has been using him to trial her 'Duchess' perfume. Surely all that has developed between them can't all be down to a chemical reaction, can it?Wow wow wow, I loved this story. I absolutely adored the author's description of how women reacted in his presence, the way they swooned or preened as he passed. I could picture it, especially in large social scenes and I couldn't help but laugh out loud! Anyway, to continue; Nick changed so much and was able to be true to himself rather than carry on with the persona that people expected from him. Penelope's growth too was a delight to read. She and Nick were so perfect for each other and the closer they got to realising that, the happier I was. Their passions when they gave into them were off the charts, talk about steamy. If you like a nice sweet story with all love making behind doors this definitely is the wrong book for you. That said, there was nothing crude about the intimate scenes between our couple, nothing offensive, so even if you do like a sweet story, I can still recommend that you give this one a try. All in all, this was a perfect book that left me with a big smile on my face when I finished it. I can't wait to read the next one.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    There should be a new genre created for many of the new 'historical romances' coming out nowadays. It should be called "Fantasy historical romance'. In the fantasy historicals, characters wear cravats and corsets, are constrained by social norms only when it is convenient to the story, and they talk like modern day people. I'm not saying this is necessarily a bad thing, but if you've been reading historical romances for a long time, it is frustrating that there is no distinction between the two There should be a new genre created for many of the new 'historical romances' coming out nowadays. It should be called "Fantasy historical romance'. In the fantasy historicals, characters wear cravats and corsets, are constrained by social norms only when it is convenient to the story, and they talk like modern day people. I'm not saying this is necessarily a bad thing, but if you've been reading historical romances for a long time, it is frustrating that there is no distinction between the two types of stories.Erica Ridley typically markets her books as the light-hearted, unrealistic, fairtyale brain candy so I was not surprised when I went into this story that there was very little focus on the historical aspect. I wanted something silly and fun in a novella format to start getting into holiday romances and she delivered. The historical focus is non-existent. The characters are not constrained by social norms, can interact alone at all hours without anyone in the made-up town of Christmas gossipping, can call each other by first names immediately upon meeting each other, can get married without any interference from family (the hero's father is a duke), and can make heavy-handed sexual innuendo jokes in mixed company without anyone batting an eye.If you let go of this set-up, then the rest of the story's components are quite fun and the reason I gave it 4 stars. I thought the heroine, Penelope, was a throwback to Dr. Temperance Brennan from the tv show Bones, as a hard core scientist obsessed with her perfumes (and their biological significance), her lack of belief in love, and her rational approach to life. I thought her friends Gloria and Virginia were hysterical (especially Virginia and all her bird analogies that seemed random but somehow made sense) and the presence of delicious biscuits throughout the story is always lovely. The hero, Nicholas, and his brother Christopher are both charming as well. Nicholas, for his gradual transition from rake to a man who starts to understand what love is, and Christopher, for his complete faith that love exists even though he has never seen it. The differences between the two made for some fun dialogue and I'll definitely be reading Christopher's story when it becomes available. As you can probably guess, the hero's name, obsession with cookies, his secret workshop, and at one point being on the roof, are all pretty heavy-handed references to Saint Nick for the holidays. I found this to be a bit much and stupid on occasion (cookies and the name would have been enough for me) but again, since the interactions between he and Penelope were so silly and fun, I did not lose interest in the story.At it's core, the romance was strong. I believed the transition from logical scientist and lifelong rake into a couple in love. The fun dialogue was the strongest point. Was it historically accurate? No. But it was fun to read all the same. I loved the little gifts the leads gave each other and I loved the short format of the story. This amount of silliness would not work in a longer format, but it was a perfect morsel for this time of year.In a nutshell, only read this story if you're into braincandy and have no expectations for an actual historical going in. Read it because you want fun dialogue and some themes that will get you in the holiday spirit and make you smile. I think that's all Ridley really intended and she does deliver on that score.
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  • Maggie Whitworth
    January 1, 1970
    ❤❤❤❤💋💋Wasn’t sure of this at first but started to get into it about chapter 5 , from then on I was hooked and really enjoyed reading it.It was amusing and had some pretty witty conversation, thought provoking too , as to what really attracts men and women to each other and can it be influenced.An enjoyable read in the end and definitely one to cozy in front of the fire with .I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review ❤️❤️❤️❤️💋💋Wasn’t sure of this at first but started to get into it about chapter 5 , from then on I was hooked and really enjoyed reading it.It was amusing and had some pretty witty conversation, thought provoking too , as to what really attracts men and women to each other and can it be influenced.An enjoyable read in the end and definitely one to cozy in front of the fire with .I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review
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  • Jeanette
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several books by Erica Ridley and have always enjoyed. This was another wonderful read and shall be looking forward to reading more. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review.
  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Just one more kiss… (Milady, it’s cold outside)Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell took England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. And she has just the man in mind…Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle—known as “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways—wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing him Just one more kiss… (Milady, it’s cold outside)Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell took England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. And she has just the man in mind…Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle—known as “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways—wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing himself a ladies’ man. How hard can it be to charm a spinster into changing her mind? But when Penelope does the charming, this rakish scoundrel must decide between losing the war... or losing his heart.The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. My Thoughts:This is without a doubt one of the most entertaining books I have read this year.Penelope Mitchell cares for nothing beyond her laboratory with her concoction of a men's scent that makes all men who wear it swoon worthy.Nicholas Pringle, rake extraordinaire frankly doesn't want the competition so he decides to buy the rights of the scent from Penelope.This is a laugh out loud, well written regency tale. I read it twice and loved it as much the second time as I did the first.The play on names and even the misunderstanding between our hero and heroine make this a must read for this holiday season and many more to come.I gave this second book of this series 4.95 of 5.0 stars for storyline, character development and plot. There is only one physically intimate scene but it gets a warm rating of 3 of 5 flames.Give this reader more delightful Erica Ridley romance for this and many more holiday seasons to come.I received a complimentary Digital ARC of this book by invitation to read.This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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  • Caitlyn Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Second in Erica Ridley’s Twelve Dukes of Christmas series set in the small town of Christmas, the hero of this one isn’t actually a duke. It’s a perfume, well technically a cologne for men, called Duke, invented by the heroine. And it’s taken London by storm; even Prinny is wearing the new cologne with the near-magical ability to make women take an interest in even the most unassuming of gentlemen.Our heroine Penelope knows there’s nothing magical about her perfume at all. Just excellent science Second in Erica Ridley’s Twelve Dukes of Christmas series set in the small town of Christmas, the hero of this one isn’t actually a duke. It’s a perfume, well technically a cologne for men, called Duke, invented by the heroine. And it’s taken London by storm; even Prinny is wearing the new cologne with the near-magical ability to make women take an interest in even the most unassuming of gentlemen.Our heroine Penelope knows there’s nothing magical about her perfume at all. Just excellent science. Chemistry is her passion, and now she’s proved her abilities with Duke, she’s ready to turn her attention to Duchess, the version for women which will make even the plainest Jane fascinating to gentlemen. What better subject to test it on than herself, especially when one of the most handsome rakes in England is in Christmas?Nicholas Pringle, known as Saint Nick for his rakish ways, is disgusted by the very idea of Duke. He’s worked hard to be known as the worst rake in England! Bypassing all that hard work with a mere perfume is just laziness, in his opinion. He wants it off the market, by any means necessary. Penelope just doesn’t seem susceptible to his normal charms, though. And he’s finding himself inexplicably fascinated by her. Maybe there’s something to this chemistry business after all?These two were absolutely hilarious together. There were any number of laugh-out-loud funny moments, most especially when Penelope cut off Nick’s attempts to charm her with her no-nonsense attitude. My only regret about this was that it was too short; I could have read another couple hundred pages at least of these two! Five stars for a funny and charming read to keep you in the Christmas spirit all year round.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope Mitchell is a chemist living in Cressmouth who has taken England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies Duchess, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle aka “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways, wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing himself a ladies’ man. This is the second book in Penelope Mitchell is a chemist living in Cressmouth who has taken England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies Duchess, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle aka “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways, wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing himself a ladies’ man. This is the second book in the series but it can easily be read as a stand alone book.I’m loving this series which the blurb says is ‘ a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps’, this one ticks all the boxes & more. The characters are well fleshed & the pace is good in fact I sat down to read for an hour but continued until I’d finished it. Nick & Penelope are very likeable but they quickly become friends, their banter is amusing & are able to reveal their true selves to each other, of course they are attracted to each other but is that ‘Duchess’ working? A lovely heart warming romance that left me wanting the next in the series.My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    ARC REVIEW12 Dukes of Christmas #2, Back in Cressmouth, also known as Christmas, the perpetually snow covered mountain town lives Penelope Mitchell a lady chemist, and natural philosopher. Her latest claim to fame is the perfume that took the ton by storm, Duke. She didn't do it for the money she just wanted to prove to the men of the Natural Philosophers Society that she, a woman, deserved admittance. But as soon as Beau Brummel told the Prince Regent about it every man has gone out and bought ARC REVIEW12 Dukes of Christmas #2, Back in Cressmouth, also known as Christmas, the perpetually snow covered mountain town lives Penelope Mitchell a lady chemist, and natural philosopher. Her latest claim to fame is the perfume that took the ton by storm, Duke. She didn't do it for the money she just wanted to prove to the men of the Natural Philosophers Society that she, a woman, deserved admittance. But as soon as Beau Brummel told the Prince Regent about it every man has gone out and bought a bottle.Not everyone was happy about it though, Nicholas Pringle the heir presumptive for his cousin Duke Silkridge, thinks the perfume is cheating; it's an unfair advantage to men who don't normally possess that kind of charm. Nick, who was dubbed St. Nick ironically because he is anything but a saint, is shocked and pleased when he finds out the creator of Duke is a woman and decides he can seduce her and get her to stop production of Duke. But Penelope is not what he expected and she seems immune to his charms but for some reason he can't stay away from her. Penelope had already decided to create Duchess the female equivalent to Duke and give women the same chance. Now she just needs to test it and what better way to test it than on a notorious rake. But the more time Penelope spends with him the more she likes him, he is so much more than the man the world sees he has hidden talents and is a much better man than he lets on. Now she starts feeling guilty and ashamed because she thinks her perfume seduced him but she's also scared that telling him the truth will break her heart.Overall, I really liked this one. Nick is a rake but as soon as he sets eyes on Penelope that's it for him he has eye for no one else. The people of Cressmouth are wonderfully quirky, and I can't wait for Virginia and Gloria's stories. It's not necessarily a Christmas read, it takes place after, but it could be read as one. This is a delightfully fun read and as always Erica Ridley delivers a great story with wonderful characters.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Kiss of a Duke features Penelope Mitchell. A rarity of her time, Penelope is a female scientist and the current toast of London after creating Duke, a perfume for men that will turn the most unassuming man into a rake of the first order. Buoyed by her success, Penelope has decided its only fair that the ladies have their own version and comes up with the idea of Duchess. Nicholas Pringle or Saint Nick as he is known to the ‘ton wants to put an end to “every dandy, greenhorn and featherwit believ Kiss of a Duke features Penelope Mitchell. A rarity of her time, Penelope is a female scientist and the current toast of London after creating Duke, a perfume for men that will turn the most unassuming man into a rake of the first order. Buoyed by her success, Penelope has decided its only fair that the ladies have their own version and comes up with the idea of Duchess. Nicholas Pringle or Saint Nick as he is known to the ‘ton wants to put an end to “every dandy, greenhorn and featherwit believing himself a dashing conqueror of women” or as he puts its so succinctly – cheating - so he offers to buy the exclusive rights to Duke so in an attempt to halt production entirely. After meeting Saint Nick, Penelope decides who else would make a better test subject to try her new creation on than London’s foremost rake. This is an amusing tale and the second book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series and I can honestly say I found it a more enjoyable read than the first book. There is no incessant mentioning of Christmas or the forced jolliness of the first book. The characters seem more rounded and likeable. Nick and Penelope’s relationship develops over the story making it more believable and I loved the witty conversations between them. I’m eager for the next book in the series where hopefully the secondary characters of Christopher and Gloria will be the next couple.
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  • Suzannah
    January 1, 1970
    Kiss of a Duke is the second book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas Regency Romance series, featuring 12 romps in a picturesque holiday village. Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell discovers a perfume for men that makes them undeniably attractive to women. England is a blaze with people clamoring for more of Penelope’s Duke perfume. When she decides to make a similar perfume for women, she uses a very special male as her test subject. Nicholas Pringle has come to the village to stop production of Duke per Kiss of a Duke is the second book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas Regency Romance series, featuring 12 romps in a picturesque holiday village. Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell discovers a perfume for men that makes them undeniably attractive to women. England is a blaze with people clamoring for more of Penelope’s Duke perfume. When she decides to make a similar perfume for women, she uses a very special male as her test subject. Nicholas Pringle has come to the village to stop production of Duke perfume. But when he meets the amazing woman inventor behind the product his world is turned upside down.I have loved all of Ridley’s books and this one is no exception. I love how she builds and layers her characters. Nicholas isn’t just an average vapid rake, but a man with deep vulnerabilities and a complex personality. Penelope wasn’t my favorite heroine. I found her spouting science to be at times tiresome. However, Nicholas makes up for any lack in Penelope. I can’t wait to read more.
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  • Dixie
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this funny Christmas Castle/village treatment of the classic rake and the bluestocking spinster tale. This spinster, Penelope, happens to be a chemist turned perfumer. The rake, known by the nickname Saint Nick, wishes to put an end to Penelope's aromatic concoction that takes money and rank out of the equation and can make any man desirable to women by appealing to their olfactory sense. Little does he know that Penelope has a new concoction that attracts men to the woman who wears it. I liked this funny Christmas Castle/village treatment of the classic rake and the bluestocking spinster tale. This spinster, Penelope, happens to be a chemist turned perfumer. The rake, known by the nickname Saint Nick, wishes to put an end to Penelope's aromatic concoction that takes money and rank out of the equation and can make any man desirable to women by appealing to their olfactory sense. Little does he know that Penelope has a new concoction that attracts men to the woman who wears it. Character development is a bit shallow and the plot somewhat predictable, but the telling is humorous, full of anachronistic Christmas puns, and it brings us to the desired outcome.I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the author via Netgalley and I offer my honest opinion in response.
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  • Lori D
    January 1, 1970
    Erica Ridley continues with her 12 Dukes of Christmas series with another fun filled romance that will have you laughing as you turn the pages. Nick and Penelope are wonderful characters that have the best witty conversations back and forth. Penelope, a chemist, creates a scent for men called "Duke" and touts to turn the most unassuming man into a rake. Nick tries to convince her to stop selling the new creation, being the rake that he is and encourages her to make a perfume for women, which wou Erica Ridley continues with her 12 Dukes of Christmas series with another fun filled romance that will have you laughing as you turn the pages. Nick and Penelope are wonderful characters that have the best witty conversations back and forth. Penelope, a chemist, creates a scent for men called "Duke" and touts to turn the most unassuming man into a rake. Nick tries to convince her to stop selling the new creation, being the rake that he is and encourages her to make a perfume for women, which would have the same effect on men. She decides to try it on Nick and the adventure begins.A delightful read that has me only anxious for the next book in this series!!
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley is book Two in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series. This is the story of Nicholas Pringle 'Saint Nick' and Penelope Mitchell. I have read the previous book but, feel this can be a standalone book. Nicholas is the 'old fashion rouge' who seduces on his own merits. But Penelope has created a perfume that attracts women to men and makes the men hard to resit. Nicholas wants to stop Penelope from making this perfume. Penelope now is working on a perfume for women to attra Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley is book Two in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series. This is the story of Nicholas Pringle 'Saint Nick' and Penelope Mitchell. I have read the previous book but, feel this can be a standalone book. Nicholas is the 'old fashion rouge' who seduces on his own merits. But Penelope has created a perfume that attracts women to men and makes the men hard to resit. Nicholas wants to stop Penelope from making this perfume. Penelope now is working on a perfume for women to attract men. Penelope thinks that Nicholas might be the one to test her perfume on. Things get out of hand and feelings start to kick in. This was a cute read that I really enjoyed
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  • Heike
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope becomes semi-famous after she invented a perfume for men that makes women fall all over them. When infamous rake Nick meets her by chance he tries to buy the formula from her to stop production, as he is personally insulted that, with the help of this perfume, any man can be a rake like him.Penelope, a spinster by choice who does not believe in love but only chemistry, finds him to be a good guinea pig to test her new perfume, the version for women that makes men swoon. If the rake fall Penelope becomes semi-famous after she invented a perfume for men that makes women fall all over them. When infamous rake Nick meets her by chance he tries to buy the formula from her to stop production, as he is personally insulted that, with the help of this perfume, any man can be a rake like him.Penelope, a spinster by choice who does not believe in love but only chemistry, finds him to be a good guinea pig to test her new perfume, the version for women that makes men swoon. If the rake falls for the spinster, the formula works – doesn’t it?This was a fast paced, very enjoyable 200page novella with very likeable, fun characters. Definitely one of my favorites by Erica Ridley.
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  • Emris Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Nick and Penelope what a pair, the chemical reaction they exhibit was not just combustible but totally explosive. This book is an absolute doozy of a romance story, darn these two had me so entwined and inexplicably engross in the pages, waiting anxiously to see their next move. I couldn’t put this book down until I reached the end. Erica Ridley, I’m very disappointed, this book is definitely too short or was Me who read too greedily and too fast. This book is the three esses, Sweet, sexy and sa Nick and Penelope what a pair, the chemical reaction they exhibit was not just combustible but totally explosive. This book is an absolute doozy of a romance story, darn these two had me so entwined and inexplicably engross in the pages, waiting anxiously to see their next move. I couldn’t put this book down until I reached the end. Erica Ridley, I’m very disappointed, this book is definitely too short or was Me who read too greedily and too fast. This book is the three esses, Sweet, sexy and saucy. Beautiful and well crafted by a master crafter, I’m in love with this truly exciting and delectable tale, it's just plain romantic with lots of sexiness.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Another laugh out loud historical romance set in Christmas, a small fictitious town in northern England. This time Penelope, the spinster lady chemist, meets with Saint Nick, one of London's most well-known rakes. Nicholas wants Penelope to stop the production of her perfume for men. Penelope needs a subject for an experiment. Perfect match! The only thing this book did not provide: the recipe for the perfect Christmas biscuits. Ms Ridley, I am disappointed. (Just kidding!)
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    Erica Ridley’s books just keep getting better and better! Kiss of a Duke is the story of an innocent chemist (Penelope) who invents a men’s perfume called “Duke” that makes her famous. While Penelope doesn’t believe in love, supposedly “Duke” attracts women like honey attracts bees, so Penelope creates a ladies’ perfume called “Duchess” and tests it out on Nicholas, an infamous rake. Nicholas doesn’t believe in love either. Somebody is in for a BIG surprise!
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was an enjoyable quick read that kept me engrossed the whole time. The characters were witty and fun. The plot was easy to follow and kept me turning the page. I will be keeping an eye out for more from this author.
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  • Jayasree B
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful historical romance with a good female lead. I found the book a bit too slow, and also much too romantic for my taste. It was perhaps the lack of plot twists that made me feel so. On the whole, it is very light-hearted and a quick read. For more book reviews, visit Frost At Midnite.
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  • Cathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC from Netgalley.This historical romance, while improbable, is full of science, humor, and heart. The two main characters are likeable yet grow together throughout the plot. The dialogue is quick and snappy.Satisfying read that made me grin.
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  • Heather Fineisen
    January 1, 1970
    A quick and cute romance in time for the Christmas season. Penelope the scientist and Nicholas the Rake. The two become connected over a manufactured scent and a hypothesis that this scent will attract the opposite sex. Penelope creates a perfume and uses Nicholas as her test subject. Formulaic banter ensues. Do the two fall in love are is it just science?Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
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  • Jessica Grogan
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this title! Penelope is my favorite kind of heroine: smart and unconventional. While Nicholas was a rather typical rake, I thought his reasons for being one were interesting. And I just really liked him too. I felt like he had a vulnerability to him that most rakes don’t. I loved Penelope’s experiment and it reminded me a bit of the movie Love Potion No. 9. I loved the reasons Nicholas found to spend time with Penelope and found it very easy to keep reading. I received an eAR I absolutely adored this title! Penelope is my favorite kind of heroine: smart and unconventional. While Nicholas was a rather typical rake, I thought his reasons for being one were interesting. And I just really liked him too. I felt like he had a vulnerability to him that most rakes don’t. I loved Penelope’s experiment and it reminded me a bit of the movie Love Potion No. 9. I loved the reasons Nicholas found to spend time with Penelope and found it very easy to keep reading. I received an eARC for the next title in the series and can’t wait to read it!!
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope just wants to have her work recognized by the scientific community. But when she decides on a lark to sell her latest experiment as a men's cologne, it becomes a sensation across the entire country. Penelope is dismayed that her discovery is celebrated for its popularity as a perfume, rather than for its scientific significance. She has inadvertently been helping people find mates and fall in love, supposedly thanks to her perfume, which she believes to be preposterous since there is no Penelope just wants to have her work recognized by the scientific community. But when she decides on a lark to sell her latest experiment as a men's cologne, it becomes a sensation across the entire country. Penelope is dismayed that her discovery is celebrated for its popularity as a perfume, rather than for its scientific significance. She has inadvertently been helping people find mates and fall in love, supposedly thanks to her perfume, which she believes to be preposterous since there is no such thing as love. Nicholas is a confirmed rake and very much annoyed that this new perfume is leveling the playing field a bit; he is proud of his accomplishments as a rake and sees using the allure of the perfume as cutting corners and a flagrant and dishonorable deception. Unlike the men who swear by the perfume, Nicholas has no interest in a permanent mate; he has no desire to ever marry but prefers spending just the one night with his partners. He is happy to provide a good time, but no commitments, and a 36 he has done a fine job of avoiding them, and he certainly doesn't believe in love. At 34, Penelope is a confirmed spinster with no use for emotions; she just wants to test out her new perfume, one designed for women's use. Her new formula seems to be working just fine in her trials with Nick, leading her to be upset that he is only interested in spending time with her because of the perfume's effects. Little does she know, Penelope has turned Nick's world upside down and has him considering abandoning his rakish reputation entirely, except he believes her to only be interested in one night. When Penelope begins to question her beliefs on love and relationships, she decides she must avoid Nick to ensure the perfume's effects wear off,even if it will break her heart. When Nick learns that he was used as an experiment test subject, he is angry and hurt, and Penelope finally begins to consider that Nick's feelings could be genuine, it may be too late.I liked this one a lot more than the first one in this series. This is an entertaining, quick read if you can appreciate some whimsy, many cheesy Christmas references, and even a reference to a Killers song.I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Viper Spaulding
    January 1, 1970
    Intelligent, witty, insightful, romantic - a perfect Regency romance!Penelope is a chemist first, top-shelf spinster second. She has no interest in intangible concepts like love, choosing instead to rely on scientific evidence that her pheromone-based perfume for men helps ordinary men find eligible women. As the most notorious rake in all England, Nick feels that leveling the playing field is vastly unfair and unnatural, and he sets out to stop Penelope's cologne by any means necessary. Even if Intelligent, witty, insightful, romantic - a perfect Regency romance!Penelope is a chemist first, top-shelf spinster second. She has no interest in intangible concepts like love, choosing instead to rely on scientific evidence that her pheromone-based perfume for men helps ordinary men find eligible women. As the most notorious rake in all England, Nick feels that leveling the playing field is vastly unfair and unnatural, and he sets out to stop Penelope's cologne by any means necessary. Even if that means showing up at her door every day, partaking of her delicious cookies and unwittingly participating in her field study wherein she tests the female version of her perfume on herself, with Nick's reactions providing the measurable data for her study. Nick's reactions are just as much of an object of study to himself, as well. He can't understand why the only woman he's ever met that doesn't want to marry him or bed him should still arouse such an interest from his own long-ignored heart. Penelope is likewise struggling to identify her own responses, knowing that she's not under the influence of any chemical reactant, and trying to figure out how she can reconcile her desire for Nick to choose her on his own with her need for his responding to her to be a demonstrable effect of her newest perfume. The writing throughout this delightful story is effortlessly charming, deeply soulful, and just a tiny bit tongue-in-cheek as the author deftly includes various aspects of the Santa legend, transforming Nick into one Hot Santa. The setting of a small mountain town named Christmas is almost magical in its sweet charm and idyllic lifestyle. The love scenes are surprisingly sensual and the HEA is solidly heartwarming. It was a non-stop read for me, an endearing escape with fellow intellectuals that shows just how sexy science can be. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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  • Bernadette
    January 1, 1970
    This story opens up more about Cressmouth and it’s unique inhabitants. The focus is less about the Christmas connections and more about the personal connections. The reader has the opportunity to catch up with some friends from the first book and meet new characters. I look forward to seeing if Virginia gets her own story. Although some of her animal analogies are a little obscure, she sometimes hits the mark perfectly. She’s not afraid to tell her friends what she sees is happening to them.In t This story opens up more about Cressmouth and it’s unique inhabitants. The focus is less about the Christmas connections and more about the personal connections. The reader has the opportunity to catch up with some friends from the first book and meet new characters. I look forward to seeing if Virginia gets her own story. Although some of her animal analogies are a little obscure, she sometimes hits the mark perfectly. She’s not afraid to tell her friends what she sees is happening to them.In this story we meet two people who have given up on the idea of love. To them it doesn’t exist. Nicholas is trying to protect himself against the unfortunate demise of his parents’ love match. Liking others makes him feel vulnerable. Penelope, as a scientist, does not believe in love because there is no evidence for it in nature. She would secretly like to be chosen for herself, rather than be forced to change herself to please others. These two flawed, logical people come together to find a solution for their problems. Nicholas wants to charm Penelope into selling him ‘Duke’, the perfume she has created for men. According to this premium rake it gives undue advantage to lesser mortals. Penelope is determined to try out ‘Duchess’ on him to see if the female version works as well as the men’s. They both end up with more than they could ever imagine and have their fundamental beliefs about themselves remoulded.This story is sweet and gentle. We watch each character do small, personal things for each other, despite the fact that neither will acknowledge this. Their interactions can be funny, moving, exciting and at some moments you want to give them a shake to wake them up to reality. They start to look for ways and reasons to meet each other. In the end they get their HEA, but there is a bit of pain in there as well.This story forms part of a series, but it can be read on it’s own.
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  • Diana Aden
    January 1, 1970
    If there is any way I could give Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley more than 5 stars I would. I am so happy I was given an ARC from the author of this work because it was such a very enjoyable and delightful read. I offer this voluntary review of what I read. I have also purchased a copy of the work.The first book in the series, Once Upon a Duke, was a very enjoyable read. This one surpasses it. It has characters, to use the expression, that are “more fleshed out.” The dialogue is lively and witty. If there is any way I could give Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley more than 5 stars I would. I am so happy I was given an ARC from the author of this work because it was such a very enjoyable and delightful read. I offer this voluntary review of what I read. I have also purchased a copy of the work.The first book in the series, Once Upon a Duke, was a very enjoyable read. This one surpasses it. It has characters, to use the expression, that are “more fleshed out.” The dialogue is lively and witty. The two main characters’ relationship develops throughout the story. Penelope Mitchell is a woman chemist who thinks like a scientist and acts like one. Very rational and logical. She has no intention to marry. Nicholas Pringle is a rake, one night, and one time only. Fallen women are the only ones who hold interest. He has no intention to marry. Leave that to his younger brother, Chris. Nicholas wants Penelope to quit making her men’s cologne, Duke. It has taken the ton by storm and upended Nicholas’ world. Penelope has no plans to quit making it. In fact, she will develop a women’s version to empower women. There are many humorous, laugh out loud moments in Kiss of a Duke. One of my favorites takes place during a hilarious, wandering conversation Nicholas has with Penelope’s friend Virginia, an avid bird lover. The opposing personalities of Nicholas and Penelope actually complement one another The more he is around her, the more he wants to be with her. It’s a delightful, sexy romance that blossoms between the confirmed spinster and notorious rake. And biscuits are the secret? Erica Ridley excels at this type of work and genre. Highly recommend this read.The reasons I enjoyed this book: wonderful characters, a page-turner, witty, easy-to-read, funny, steamy, whimsical, and had a happily ever after.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story from Jess Michaels and her continuation of finding “Love” in Cressmouth or the town of Christmas which celebrates the holiday all year. This is the 2nd book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas-Kiss of A Duke and celebrates the local female chemist Penelope Mitchell. She is an independent local bluestocking spinster who lives life her way not believing in love in the least. She doesn’t need a man and can survive without shackling herself to a man who would never see her as academicall I loved this story from Jess Michaels and her continuation of finding “Love” in Cressmouth or the town of Christmas which celebrates the holiday all year. This is the 2nd book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas-Kiss of A Duke and celebrates the local female chemist Penelope Mitchell. She is an independent local bluestocking spinster who lives life her way not believing in love in the least. She doesn’t need a man and can survive without shackling herself to a man who would never see her as academically equal to a man, especially in the scientific world. Her latest invention is a perfume for men, called Duke, that makes them a magnet for all the ladies. That is the heart of the matter for the self confessed handsome as the devil himself rake St Nick aka Nicholas Pringle. He needs no special potion to draw the ladies and thinks it is fraudulent when men use this to get women. Penelope thinks it levels the playing field for everyone and she is developing one for the ladies too....called Dutchess! Nicholas comes to town and intends to try and stopped the chemist who invented the scent but got a surprise that the inventor was a woman. the worst is this woman also doesn’t care he is the favorite Rake of the Ton and doesn’t give him a second look. Well...I just love the back and forth between the two people who don’t think they need love. They are an unlikely paring but things start perculating with a little help from some just as quirky friends. There is fun in discovering little things about one another and giving support when needed. Is it Love or just the potion making thing happen? Read this fun and sassy story with two very different people trying not to fall in love. I can’t wait to see if some of the other players in this magical Christmas town will also find their true love in the next book. I sure hope so.
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  • Karen Meeus
    January 1, 1970
    I’m such a fan of Erica Ridley’s writing style, especially of the wonderfully quirky and sometimes even absurd humor that is such an important part of every story. Hiding wisdom and insight behind a laugh. Love it! Her books are also always well-researched, case in point all Penelope’s scientific knowledge, making her characters well-rounded and so very interesting.I adored Penelope and Nicholas both. They each have their reasons for not believing in love, or rather for being afraid of being unl I’m such a fan of Erica Ridley’s writing style, especially of the wonderfully quirky and sometimes even absurd humor that is such an important part of every story. Hiding wisdom and insight behind a laugh. Love it! Her books are also always well-researched, case in point all Penelope’s scientific knowledge, making her characters well-rounded and so very interesting.I adored Penelope and Nicholas both. They each have their reasons for not believing in love, or rather for being afraid of being unlovable. I always love stories where “non-believers” find love and Penelope and Nicholas were very much in need of some loving, I rooted for them from the first. Love creeps up on them, and Nicholas is slightly more honest with himself than Penelope who insists on hiding behind her science. Nicholas is more cognizant of “the danger” of what’s happening, and still he consciously decides to stay the course and ultimately risk heart-break. He’s a bit more vulnerable than Penelope, because of that. One of the (many) great things about this story is that both main characters are in their mid-thirties, because it’s rather unusual for a regency romance to feature a heroine of that ripe old age… So seeing a spinster who’s been “on the shelf” so long still find happiness was very refreshing, and it made the happy ending even more satisfying. Another wonderful thing about this book is that we get a great cast of supporting characters, some of whom we already met in book 1 in this series, and hopefully all destined to find their own HEA in following books. My favorite one is without a doubt Virginia and her amazing advice and metaphors. Turr Turr. I wonder if she’ll be this wise and aware when it’s her turn.
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