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Book Review - Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right

Written by Rita Jett, Romance Novel News
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DukestotheLeft“Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right” (St. Martins, $7.99), by Kieran Kramer: To discourage suitors, Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes claims a longstanding engagement with a faux fiancé, the Duke of Drummond. So what happens when the imaginary duke turns up at a ball to claim his bride?


Spy extraordinaire, Nicholas Staunton is the newly named Duke of Drummond. His latest mission requires the utmost discretion. Marriage is the best option to maintain his cover and Poppy’s ready-made engagement proves quite convenient.


Poppy is actually pining for Sergei, a Russian prince she has been in love with since she was fifteen. She is absolutely dumbfounded when the duke appears and proposes in front of half the ton.


Poppy feels trapped because her father favors the match with Nicholas and because and she can’t risk scandal by spurning him publicly. Things get more complicated when the Russian prince arrives and wants to court her. What’s a girl to do but play along, get involved with secret government intrigue, and try not to let her heart fall victim to her roguish fiancé?


“Dukes to the Left of Me” is a satisfying read that definitely hits some lovely high notes. There is some enjoyable repartee that will have readers laughing out loud. The plot has some interesting twists, but is also confusing at times.


The characters' inconsistent emotions can be irritating as well, but the same characters will ultimately endear themselves before readers hit the final page.


“Dukes to the Left of Me,” Kramer’s second novel in the “Impossible Bachelors” series, is one that will entertain and amuse any lover of historical romance.


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About the reviewer: Rita Jett is the founder of Not Another Romance Blog.

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