Olive Harper's family has been feuding with the Westons for decades. The Westons’ stud farm is the biggest, but the Harpers’ is the most famous... and she's the sole heiress. Or was, until her father brokers a truce by offering the Weston heir the Harper farm. The only way to get it back is to marry the knave who kissed her and humiliated her, twice—or prove to her father that some rifts can never be healed.
Scholar and botanist Elijah Weston is dreadful at feuding. For one, he prefers horticulture to horses. For two, he's been desperately in love with his mortal enemy ever since he kissed her—and, yes, publicly destroyed her—all those years ago. When he's given ten days to win Olive's heart, he arrives with marriage license in hand. But where lies and double-crosses abound, how can lifelong rivals learn to trust their hearts?
I read almost everything that Erica Ridley writes, but it's rare that her books rise above 3-stars for me. I enjoy everything, but they tend to be more pleasant than exceptional. However, sometimes she comes out and wows me, and Ten Days with a Duke was one of those times.
One of the best things about Erica Ridley is her pacing. Her stories are quick and move along speedily, and they never fail to keep my attention. However, that's often a double-edged sword because sometimes the relationship building feels rushed. In Ten Days with a Duke, it felt just right.
I love, love, love a good enemies-to-lovers story, and I got a true one here. Sure, the male MC doesn't feel the animosity that the female MC experiences, but it was a real enemies-to-lovers. Elijah had to really prove himself to Olive to win her over, and I liked how Olive didn't give in easily.
I enjoyed the fact that Olive's father was deaf, and I liked the addition of sign language in the story. It was interesting to read the afterward from the author and find out a little bit more about sign language during that time period. I also loved the details about caring for horses and botany, which is Elijah's passion.
My one issue is that I didn't think Elijah's father needed any sort of redemption storyline. I won't go into it much, but I thought he was a cruel, horrible man, and he didn't need to be softened up at all. It actually knocked the story down 1/2 a star for me because it felt off for his character. However, despite that, I enjoyed the heck out of Ten Days with a Duke, and it gave me the lovely Christmas warm and fuzzies that I crave this time of year.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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