She’s a secret sensation.
Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous mastermind behind the ton’s latest obsession: The Debutante’s Revenge, a tell-all advice column for young ladies. To keep her identity hidden, Lily delivers her columns disguised as a boy—which is well and good, until she lands in the middle of tavern brawl. As luck would have it, a devastatingly handsome duke sweeps in to rescue her.
He has no idea who she is.
Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge, discovers there’s a beautiful woman hiding beneath a lad’s cap, and, before long, he’s falling for the delightfully clever stranger recuperating in his house. He vows to help her find her home, even though he’s reluctant to part with her. There’s only one problem…
Neither does she.
Lily has no idea who she is. She could be a duchess or maid. Betrothed or married. There’s only one thing she does know—that her attraction to Nash is more than skin-deep, and it grows stronger every day. While Lily and Nash search to find her true identity, they just might lose their hearts to each other…
When I was offered The Duke Is But a Dream, I didn’t have to think for very long. I mean, look at the cover: sometimes I would wish I was born one hundred years ago, to experience being a debutante and coming out. Of course, it would e exciting, but also difficult to cope with all the hidden rules and expectations. Fortunately there is the ‘Debutante’s Revenge’, a weekly column in the newspaper, to guide you through all the steps. Since the advises can be somewhat scandalous, the author of the column is kept secret. To ensure her anonymity, Lily Hartwell dresses up like a messenger boy to deliver her column to the paper. When she gets caught up in a bar fight after delivering her column, she bumps her head and loses her memory.
Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge, witnessed three burly men harassing a young messenger boy and decided to intervene. Only to discover that it is a beautiful young woman, without a memory of who she is and why she is dressed as a boy. Feeling guilty, Nash decides to take the woman home, to tend to her injuries. Since she can’t remember her won name, they agree to call her Caroline for the time being. Caroline is frustrated, not to be able to recall who she is. She could be a maid, a governess or a duchess. But as long as she doesn’t remember, she can’t do anything than talking to Nash’s sister Delilah and trying to figure out who she is. She also can’t help to feel attracted to the grumpy duke, who ensures her he isn’t capable of love. But maybe she has a beau or even a husband at home, so it is difficult. Nash is sure, he isn’t capable of love any more. Not since the death of Emily and the guilt he is carrying over what happended. But he can’t keep his mind of the beautiful, headstrong and frustrating woman in his house. Caroline can’t help, but feel a strong connection to the column of the unknown author and Delilah is convinced she might be the author. Nash is growing more frustrated with the column every week, because his sister takes the bold advises more to heart than his warnings about men on the marriage mart. Afraid he will lose Delilah, his last living relative, he tries to keep her safe by restricting her to the house. But when Delilah flees, Nahs needs help to find her. Can he trust Caroline to help him? Find out for yourselves in this wonderful read. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: July 2019
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥