England, Friends-to-lovers, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Nobility/ Peerage Hero, Older Hero, Regency, Romance, Strong Heroine, Unrequited Love

Review | Her Best Friend, The Duke by Laura Martin

Captivating and lovely. A story of friendship and unrequited love.

Her Best Friend, The Duke is a captivating and lovely story of friendship and unrequited love.  Our thanks to Harlequin Historical and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.


Book Details

Title: Her Best Friend, The Duke
Author: Laura Martin
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (May 19, 2020)
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Language: English
ISBN: 1335505539


Book Description:
(By the Publisher)

An excellent student… In the art of flirtation

Caroline Yaxley has always been in love with her best friend, James Dunstable, Duke of Heydon.

After years of waiting for him, she’s finally admitted defeat and decided to find a husband. James suggests she practice her nonexistent flirtation skills on him, which seems like a good idea—until she must pull away to avoid a shattered heart.

Their pretend attraction has begun to feel alarmingly real!

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Review 

You had me at Best Friend.

I’m a sucker for friends-to-lovers. I love stories of unrequited love. As long as there is a happy ending, the more heart-crushing, the better.

I still remember back in the 80s, the first time I watched Some Kind of Wonderful. The bittersweet pain of being so close to the person you love, and yet know you will never be close enough.

Her Best Friend, the Duke has all these delicious elements. The heroine is smart, fun, and lovely and the hero is clueless and powerful.

They get along so nicely, they have so much chemistry but, for James, it is just a friendship.

I know I should have fallen for James, but I fell for Milton instead. Milton is James’ friend and Caroline’s beau. This is one of those instances in which I disagree with the heroine’s choice. I understand her but humbly disagree. I hope Milton gets his own chance for a happy ending.

This is my first book by this author but will not be the last. I really liked the way her writing flows. The characters are well rounded and relatable, and the story is light and fun.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



About the Author:

Laura Martin writes historical romances with an adventurous undercurrent. When not writing she spends her time working as a doctor in Cambridgeshire where she lives with her husband and young son. In her spare moments Laura loves to lose herself in a book and has been known to read cover to cover in a single day when the story is particularly gripping. She also enjoys travelling, visiting historical sites and far-flung shores.

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26 thoughts on “Review | Her Best Friend, The Duke by Laura Martin”

  1. É o tipo de livro que me cativa também! Que bom que vai chegar leigo!
    Sua análise despertou em mim a vontade de desvendar esses personagens!

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