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USA Today best-selling author Loretta Chase continues her Difficult Dukes series with this delightful spin on Shakespeare's classic The Taming of the Shrew.

This time, who’s taming whom....

Cassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn’t shy about voicing. But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar, and her exasperated father, hoping a husband will rein her in, has ruled that her beloved sister can’t marry until Cassandra does.

Now, thanks to a certain wild-living nobleman, the last shreds of Cassandra’s reputation are about to disintegrate, taking her sister’s future and her family’s good name along with them. 

The duke of Ashmont’s looks make women swoon. His character flaws are beyond counting. He’s lost a perfectly good bride through his own carelessness. He nearly killed one of his two best friends. Still, troublemaker that he is, he knows that damaging a lady’s good name isn’t sporting.

The only way to right the wrong is to marry her...and hope she doesn’t smother him in his sleep on their wedding night.

©2020 Loretta Chase (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved it!!

This is the best book of the year so far for me!


I loved the character development, the plot, the evil machinations of the villain, how those machinations were overcome, and the wonderful end of the book. This book was a lo-o-o-o-ong time coming but it was worth every minute of the wait. Chase does her usual stellar job of storytelling, and Ashmont is now second only to Rupert Carsington as my all time favorite book boyfriend. Ashmont is a drunken, brawling, womanizing Duke and is very hard to like. Chase not only redeems him entirely, she does so in a very believable fashion. He actually starts listening to people, and begins to make changes in his habits and attitudes, and that is the making of him. The story is loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew, but quite loosely. I do not consider the heroine a shrew at all, merely an intelligent woman who marches to her own drummer. If you are a fan of traditional-style Regency romance, you will love this one. Perfect prose, delightful humor, three-dimensional characters, interesting settings, and a really fun story to top it all off!


My only (tiny) quibble is that I felt Kate Reading's voice was a bit off, she sounded like she had a cold and her register was lower than usual and her normal spritely vocal energy was dimmed a bit. I especially noticed this in the first half of the book.

I highly recommend this book to fans of romance in general but especially historical romance, romantic comedy, sexual tension, well developed characters, and unexpected plot twists.

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Disappointed!

I had high hopes for this book from its reviews but found it very disappointing. I have issues with any writer who does not bother with very basic history research .. dukes donot get shunned out of the ‘ton’ except for dire circumstances, the are referred to as ‘your grace’ not duke ..
Additionally the heroine was a shrew .. not simply outspoken .. not exactly the most lovable of characters. There just was not much depth to the story nor the romance .. my first and last read to the author

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Fabulous characters and narration!

I don’t have adequate vocabulary to describe how much I enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the exceptional narration which brings it all to life. Loretta Chase never disappoints, nor does the narrator Kate Reading, but they both outdid themselves this time! I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud in sheer delight at the dialogue. Five stars is an understatement.

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Of the Dukes, I liked him the least. I was wrong.

In the first book, I thought Lucian was the least likeable of the 3 Dukes.
I should have known that Loretta Chase could redeem him.
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I can’t wait to see how she will go about redeeming Ravenwood next.
For now, I must go back and re-listen to the first book, so that I can then re-listen to this one.
Bravo ma'am. Bravo.

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Perfect! Hero and heroine’s journey is well done

Loved the witty banter of the first one in this series. In this one, we get to see the Duke of A really earn his happy ending. Really liked seeing his thoughtful process of change, not just all of a sudden a perfect gentleman because of the heroine’s kiss. I like groveling as much as the next gal but he backed it up with actual work. Also was touched by how the heroine not only learns to trust the Hero but also how she learns she can trust herself. Now that’s romantic!

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Well-written, well-developed characters

This is one of those books you need to give a little more time before passing judgment. In the beginnig, the characters appear too zany. Kate Reading, the awesome narrator that she is, did a great job interpreting and presenting their zaniness. Consequently, I debated on whether I could tolerate those quirky characters for 12 hours. But, I stuck with it and came to develop a real liking for the characters as they developed into very personable people with depth. Cassandra, the female lead character, has a very strong personality who speaks her mind. She also has strong beliefs in women's rights which were unusual for that time perod. The reluctant hero of the story appears a real loser with weak character. At first the reader would think the disparities in their characters are insurmountable. Not so, Lucien, our hero, has strengths that Cassandra shows him that he has. This was a delightful book and I'll listen to again and again.

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Duffy, Drunken Duke Finds True Love and Redemption

I really enjoy this book even though this trope is SO over done! What made this book refreshing was that all of the misadventures, debacles, and debouching is detailed. This was great fun to for me. So often, the reader is just told that the hero is a deviant without any of the juicy details. Well, I like to hear about all of the naughty fun, and live vicariously by my delicious Dukes! Ms. Loretta Chase, aided by the narration of Kate Reading, always brings the fun into my reading; well done!

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My favorite historical romance author...

This author/narrator are an automatic download for me, I am always searching for her latest and have read/listened to all her books and have never been disappointed. In book 1 the the runaway bride found her match and in this installment the left behind groom finds his and it's a fun ride! Love it and the narrator, she is the voice of Chase characters.

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Loved it !

This series is full of laughs. I can’t wait for the next one. The performance was excellent.

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Slightly different version of Book 1

I loved Book 1, A duke in Shining Armor, since it had a fabulous story and used lots of humor. This book, was boring because it is such a similar story without much of the humor. There was lots of rehashing of emotions and bashing of men. Men did have almost complete power of women in those days but the author made this point so often that it got tiresome. Cassandra refuses the Duke's wedding proposals because she thinks him shallow and the story is about his evolution into a deeper person. I understand that her disdain for the Duke was part of his redemption but I didn't like how mean she could be to him. I think it was meant to be humorous but it fell flat.