ARC The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower – Erica Ridley (The Dukes of War #1)

I received this ARC from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.


Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

Rating: 3 Stars


To start of the review I’d like to say I really enjoyed the way the book was written, it found it to be enjoyable. There were parts of the book that were witty and made me laugh out loud. To use a quote “Death by Salad”, when on it’s own it does not sound funny but in the book it definitely is.

I liked both characters in their own way, what I found to be refreshing was both characters were upfront about what their situations were like. Both Oliver and Grace knew why the other needed to get married, and so this did not lead to a massive misunderstanding plot.

I do wish Oliver was more developed, because I wanted to know more about him. He was witty in his own way.

“Anybody who fantazied about war was an imbecile. Anyone who fantazied about inheriting a title was an even bigger imbecile “

“If he punched a hole in the wall, he could ill afford to repair it. His jaw tightened. Even that small avenue of release was now closed to him”

I do not know how historically accurate this book is at points, the research done in this is good but there were certain parts where I thought this would not have happened in that time period. The main thing was that Grace was too forward, she did not bat a eyelash when Oliver spoke about ‘eating her’. Also, usually if someone is ruined then they are cut from the ton, their invitations to balls are rescinded the next day but this did not seem to happen to Grace? I understand she got no new invitation once she was ruined but was surprised she was not taken off the guest lists for the ones she was already invited to.

The ending was nice, though I found it to be too neat and wrapped up a bit too quickly. I think what happened in the end was too big of a coincidence to make it more believable, but then who does not like a happy ending where all the loose ends are tied up.

This book is a nice easy read. It was enjoyable but there is scope for some more development.

Happy Reading!!


2 thoughts on “ARC The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower – Erica Ridley (The Dukes of War #1)

  1. oh well, at least the history parts were relatively accurate. It must be hard for an author to write an historical novel and research is ALWAYS necessary, so I’m glad this author did so, even if some parts gave you the opposite impression. Love the cover, by the way. Nice honest review!! 🙂

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