Duke, Actually Book Review

Duke, Actually

A Novel

By: Jenny Holiday

Avon and Harper Voyager


Publish Date 16 November 2021


100 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

I would like to thank both NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for allowing me to read and review this book.

Good Reads Synopsis:

Maximillian von Hansburg, Baron of Laudon and heir to the Duke of Aquilla, is trapped. Under pressure from his domineering father, he must marry a suitable bride before he inherits a title that feels like a prison sentence. In New York to meet a prospective wife, he ditches his responsibilities and appears on Dani Martinez’s doorstep. He’s been intrigued by the no-nonsense professor since he met her at the Eldovian royal wedding and is determined to befriend her.

Newly single Dani is done with love—she even has a list entitled “Things I Will Never Again Do for a Man”—which is why she hits it off with notorious rake Max. He’s trying to escape relationships, and she’s resolved to avoid them at all costs. All they want from each other is friendship and a distraction from their messy lives.

As their bond begins to deepen, so does their attraction, until they end up in bed together. Falling in love was never part of the plan—Max’s family doesn’t see Dani as a perfect match, even as his heart tells him she’s the one, and Dani isn’t sure she can make it in Max’s world. Can they find the courage to live they life they desire, even if it means risking everything?


I gave this book 4 stars. I had a great time reading this book. This is a slow burn romance and also a friends to lover romance.

This story is about Dani who is going through a divorce and trying to fix her life. Her best friend is off in another country getting ready to marry a princess. Yes her best friend is a guy. She has met the guy who was suppose to marry the princess and they strike up a friendship. He helps her to finally get her soon to be ex-husband to finally sign the papers.

She is afraid to get into another relationship but finds herself not able to have random sexual encounters with men she has met from an app used that propose. She does tell Max this new friend about all her dates because he worries about her.

When it is time for the wedding he invites her to come to his estate for a prolong vacation to relax and work on her book. No strings or relationship attached just friends. She has a great time until suddenly her ex-husband has signed the papers and she feels that she can get into a sexual relationship.

You will have to read the book to find out what happens.

Published by debbierpayne

Mother of six and Grandmother of 7. I enjoy reading, sewing, cooking, and crocheting. I am an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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