Primrose and the Dreadful Duke

· Garland Cousins Book 1 · Emily Larkin
14 reviews

About this ebook

*A double award-winning historical romance*

An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer ... Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!

Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother's best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn't taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom.

But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.

Oliver might be dreadfully annoying, but Primrose doesn't want him dead. She's going to make certain he survives his inheritance—and the only way to do that is to help him catch the murderer!

"I read straight through the night. I kept telling myself that I needed to put it down and get some sleep, but it was so interesting and exciting that I just had to see what happened next. Finally, at 7 am, I read the last word and thought 'Wow, just wow.'" ~ Barbara @ NetGalley

Length: Full-length novel of 85,000 words

Sensuality level: A Regency romance with steamy love scenes

*Winner of the 2019 Romance Writers of New Zealand Long Romance of the Year Award*

*Winner of the 2019 Romance Writers of New Zealand Best Overall Romance of the Year Award*

"I read it in one sitting. I also rolled my eyes and laughed until I snorted in an unladylike manner." ~ Judith @ Goodreads

Q & A with the author

How would you describe this series?

It's Regency England with passion, danger, adventure, humor, romance?and a dash of magic. The stories are emotional, but not sweet. There's sex, and my heroes do swear at times!

Hang on. Did you say magic?

I did. But don't worry—the books are first and foremost historical romances. Only a few characters have magic, and it's a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.

But ... do magic and Regency England go together?

Definitely! Many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I've thought that Regency England and magic go very well together.

How would you describe your writing?

Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.

Who would like this series?

This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop and humor of Georgette Heyer, the sensual 'noir' feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!

14 reviews
Emma Davis
March 28, 2022
What an entertaining book. From smiling and laughing to suspense and sitting on the edge of my seat. I could not put this book down. I loved Primrose and Oliver. When i read the book, I realized the title was a play on words. There were moments that both of them made me laugh out loud and then the next page I was wide eyed holding my breath. There was a lot of action. Someone was trying to kill Oliver who just inherited a dukedom with a large fortune. At a house party there was a few young ladies vying for Oliver's attention to be his duchess. But when unfortunate accidents happened to some of the ladies, Primrose and Oliver were all over the mystery and was trying to solve it. At the same time Rhodes Primrose's brother and Oliver's best friend was helping trying to discover who was trying to push him out of the way and who was responsible for the attempted murder of Oliver. Primrose and Oliver's romance was not the only one. There was Oliver's only cousin Ninian who was a gentle shy man who was enamored of a shy gentle young lady. They made the perfect couple. An excellent book. I highly recommend. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Action-packed Entertaining Funny Page-turner Romantic Steamy Tragic Unpredictable Whimsical Witty Wonderful characters
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May 7, 2022
Oliver and Primrose have known each other since childhood; this familiarity makes both more keenly aware of the other's idiosyncrasies and provides the opportunity for delightfully humorous conversations which had me grinning a good deal. The first chapter introduces us to Primrose's magical talent, the second to Oliver's amusing private rating game which helps him get through his encounters with husband-hunting debutantes. Then things get a bit more serious at a house party, where they try to determine who is trying to kill Oliver. I loved the h and H and the "awakening" that slowly blossoms between them.
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Carol Haddock
January 4, 2020
Finally, a book where I could cheer for both the hero and heroine. As much as I like the characters, Oliver was especially grand. A lighthearted read too.
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About the author

Emily Larkin is the award-winning and USA Today-bestselling author of the Baleful Godmother historical romance series, a series that readers are calling “sexy, unusual and vastly entertaining,” and "ridiculously wonderful."

When not reading or writing, Emily can be found hiking—preferably somewhere off the beaten track. She loves to travel, and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe and North America, and traveled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica and a waitress on the Isle of Skye.

Emily writes historical romances as Emily Larkin and fantasy novels as Emily Gee. She has won multiple awards in New Zealand and Australia and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA award, as well as the National Readers Choice, Booksellers Best, and Sir Julius Vogel awards.

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