You’re the Duke That I Want

Avon. (Thunderbolt Club, Bk. 1). Dec. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063316881. pap. $9.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
When sheltered Sandrine meets Danny, a visitor to her idyllic seaside town, he is kind and caring, the perfect suitor. After the two are reunited in London, however, she learns that he’s actually Dane, heir to the Dukedom of Rydell and a notoriously devilish rake. Though becoming duke is the last thing he wants, Dane sorts through the web of embezzlement and blackmail his brother has created and pushes Sandrine away for her own safety. With the help of her newfound friends, the Pink Ladies, Sandrine is determined to shed her good-girl persona as she considers how to live life on her own terms. Swap fast cars for curricles and satin jackets for pink sashes, and you have Bell’s (Duke Most Wicked) first installment in her Grease-inspired “Thunderbolt Club” series. Though the nods to the film are almost too cheesy, the witty banter and steamy love scenes will keep readers saying, “Tell me more!”
VERDICT This book will appeal to readers seeking a fast-paced historical romance that is passionate and playful, with a heavy dose of modern movie inspiration. Recommended for fans of Eloisa James, Sabrina Jeffries, and Tessa Dare.
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