Kieran Kramer continues her series “The Impossible Bachelors” with Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right which showcases the irrepressible Poppy Smith-Barnes. Poppy has spurned all of her suitors over the past few years while she waits for her true love but the problem is that she has used a fictional suitor’s name who turns out to be a real-life Duke with his own agenda. Poppy’s fond memory of a Russian Prince that she met several years ago has blossomed into a belief that he is her ideal mate but Nicholas Staunton has assumed the role of Poppy’s oft-cited beau the Duke of Drummond through the auspices of the Prince Regent and he refuses to comply with Poppy’s dictates. Can an “Impossible Bachelor” convince a member of the Spinster’s Club to inactivate her membership? Only if they can learn to work together to solve the mystery of the threat to the government while discovering the passion that they inspire in each other.
Ms. Kramer has done a nice job of creating more depth in her leading characters while presenting an intriguing mystery. Poppy and Nicholas are engaging and their interaction is entertaining and enjoyable with a deft escalation of passion as the relationship deepens. The secondary characters are still a bit underdeveloped but the potential for further storylines to continue the series is nicely established. A good sequel that shows the author’s improving style and will garner her fans who enjoy their Regency romances with a hint of spice and lively engaging characters.
Kisses and sparks fly equally fast in this fast-paced romp featuring second Impossible Bachelor Nicholas Staunton and Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes, a member of the Spinsters Club. Poppy won't marry unless it's for love, so she fobs off all her suitors with the story that she's on the verge of an engagement to the fierce and frightening Duke of Drummond, a product of her Cook's vivid imagination. Or so Poppy thinks, until she's trapped in an unwanted engagement with Nicholas, the real Duke of Drummond, who's just as mysterious as his fictitious counterpart and a true danger to even the most fortified Spinster heart.