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Anthology Review: Duke I’d Like to F… (2019)

Heat Factor: Each novella has at least two sex scenes, but I don’t think the stories quite cross the line into erotic romance. Bonus points for lots of explicit consent. 

Character Chemistry: Sizzling. In every story. 

Plot: Woman propositions Duke. Duke agrees to sexytimes. “But we can’t have anything more.” Everyone wants more. 

Overall: Sexy and fun

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Review: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean (2013)

The Third Rule of Scoundrels

Thanks to Susan Craig for the recommendation! I was looking for inspiration for The Duke Project, and Temple is, indeed, a prime specimen of Duke-ish-ness.

Heat Factor: Simmering 

Character Chemistry: Sizzling

Plot: You ruined my life, and now I will have my revenge!

Overall: Well executed, but I couldn’t get over the initial premise

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Review: An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James (2007)

Desperate Duchesses, Book 2

Heat Factor: Sex is more poetic than explicit

Character Chemistry: Honestly, Poppy has more chemistry with Jemma, but, then again, she spends a lot more time with Jemma than with her husband

Plot: Fletch publicly insults Poppy, so she moves out, tries to convince herself she never loved him, and finds herself

Overall: My heart is glowing and I cannot explain why

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Review: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne (2019)

Devil You Know, Book 1

Heat Factor: There is a stupendous amount of very detailed foreplay

Character Chemistry: Their chemistry carries the book

Plot: Overcoming sexual trauma, with a heavy side of blackmail and death threats

Overall: The relationship is great, but the rest didn’t quite work for me

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In Which We Discuss the Similarities Between Dukes and Spider-Man

You know the line. It’s been repeated so many times, in so many reboots and memes and jokes about rice: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Spiderman’s mantra is so cliché, but it also points to a central component of our cultural understanding of what it means to Be A Man. 

Let’s start by talking about how Spider-Man gets to this point. (Thanks to my husband for talking through Spider-Man’s origin story with me in excruciating detail.) He is bitten by a radioactive spider, which results in him being able to climb walls and other spider-y abilities. This is the power, which he spontaneously gets without much effort. And what does he do with it initially? He climbs walls for funsies, and he uses his newfound skills to make money. He wants to impress Mary Jane, or be cool, or just goof off. In the throes of his self-indulgent stage, he lets a criminal go, because catching him is inconvenient, and plus, he’s feeling a bit petty – and that criminal goes on to murder his beloved Uncle Ben. Uncle Ben had given him a lecture on power and responsibility just recently, but it took a personal tragedy for Spider-Man to decide that he is personally responsible for making the world better – because he has the power to do so – and to start fighting crime. 

So what does this have to do with dukes? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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