Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday | Book Review

What an absolute delight to re-enter a story universe that I am familiar with for the holidays again. Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday is a companion to her A Princess For Christmas. This story was just what the doctor ordered and a great read for the week before I begin vacation. I cannot recommend highly enough both Christmas stories by Jenny Holiday. I do think that Duke, Actually is going to hold a special place in my heart though.

Duke, Actually follows Marie and Leo’s best friends – Daniela Martinez and Maximilian von Hansburg, baron of Luden. Dani is a professor and on tenure track. She is struggling because she just wants to get her divorce from Vince. However, he’s dragging his feet and also flaunting the new girlfriend. When Max is in town, he ends up attending the department Christmas party with Dani. The two have a really great time. They end up becoming best friends. Each has feelings that are developing into something more. However, there’s a few things standing in the way.

I am still in such a good mood from reading Duke, Actually. Holiday has such a talent for writing characters that I think feel real — even if they are blue blooded — and that I actually really like. This book is a fast read and kept my attention from beginning to end with no issues. I never lost my focus. Nor did I feel a lull where I was bored. Also — Dani’s dog, also named Max, is an added bonus. There’s some spice in this book, but nothing that detracts from the plot or makes me feel squicked out after reading.

On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday Have?

If you’re thinking that the title of this book gives you Love, Actually vibes, you’re on track. It is definitely a reference to Love, Actually which the movie does play a role in this book. We start the book during the holidays and with Dani not really feeling in the spirit. It progresses through the year and then ends on a holiday note. I felt so enthused about the season after reading this book. Actually I wanted to out and see a performance of The Nutcracker with good seats. In all — this is a wonderful escape with phenomenal romance and characters. Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday is a must read for the yuletide.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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