How To Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Kate McKinley

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How To Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Kate McKinley
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (106 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Bluet

Lucas Alexander, the ninth Duke of Arlington, is a man who gets what he wants. So when he sees the alluring Miss Pippa Welby from across a crowded ballroom, he vows to make her his. But the bold and spirited Pippa has sworn never to marry into the haute ton. Now Lucas must win her the only way he knows how—one wicked kiss at a time.

The daughter of a wealthy tradesman, Pippa has been sneered at by the upper echelons her entire life. So when the duke arrives on her doorstep with an invitation to her own engagement ball—to him—in ten days, Pippa hatches a daring plan. She must lose the duke before the ball, or risk losing her own heart.

It’s difficult enough to try to make your way in society when your father is in trade, without being snubbed by one of the most eligible dukes in the land. After Pippa Welby is presented to the Duke of Arlington, Lucas Alexander, he turns his back on her and walks away without a word. The ton thinks the Duke is giving her the cut direct, and ridicules Pippa even further. Little does everyone know, but the Duke was struck dumb when looking into Pippa’s eyes, and was simply at a loss for words.

When Lucas learns that the beauty presented to him is also in line to inherit something he covets, he decides that he must have her for his wife. Pippa, still smarting from his supposed rejection is having none of it. She refuses his proposal (such as it was,) much to Lucas’ shock. Thus begins the cat and mouse game between an arrogant duke, not used to being denied anything, and a feisty young woman who won’t be anyone’s doormat.

In the beginning, I wasn’t very fond of Lucas. He seemed oblivious to the grief he caused Pippa by turning his back on her. I forgave him when I realized that she truly did knock him for a loop at their introduction. He lost my favor again when he only decided to pursue the marriage after learning she held the means to what he coveted. Pippa, on the other hand, won me over right from the start. Duke or not, she let him have it! She’s also strong enough to want to marry for love, not for status, or to save her reputation.

Lucas’ plan of attack is seduction at every opportunity, and he is a very sexy devil! Pippa has a wicked sense of humor, and she cleverly counters his moves with tricks of her own. Despite his arrogance, Lucas became very likeable as we see him genuinely falling for Pippa. I wanted them to get together, but I admit that I enjoyed the dance Pippa was leading him. This is a short novella, but it’s perfect for a feel good, humorous, and very sexy read.

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