Once Upon a Duke - Erica Ridley

Once Upon a Duke

By Erica Ridley

  • Release Date: 2018-10-09
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 215 Ratings


Beware romantic spirits from Christmas past...

Due to the terms of an estranged relative's will, the Duke of Silkridge must revisit the cold, unforgiving mountains where he lost everything he once loved. As soon as he restores his family legacy, he'll return to London where he belongs. He definitely won't rekindle the forbidden spark crackling between him and the irresistible spitfire he'd left behind...

Noelle Pratchett is immune to charming scoundrels like the arrogant duke. He stole her heart, stole a kiss, and then stole away one night never to return. Now he's back—and they both know he won't stay. But how can she maintain her icy shields when every heated glance melts her to her core?

The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!


  • It’s January

    By Peg1951
    Once Upon a Duke takes place in Cressmouth, a beautiful little village in the far northern part of England where Christmas is celebrated year-round. Benjamin, Duke of Silkridge, hates Cressmouth and Christmas, the place and time he lost his parents. He left five years ago, fed up his grandfather, Cressmouth, and Christmas. He has returned for one reason, to hear his grandfather’s will and receive his mother’s locket. It would be a short stay. Hear the will, get the locket, leave for good. Easy, right? It might have been if there wasn’t a ridiculous condition for receiving his locket, and if he didn’t have to be close to Noelle Pratchett, the girl he kissed and left (no why or goodbye). A festive setting and a quirky cast of characters led by Ben and Noelle make this a charming Christmas tale (even if it is January). Fuzzy Wig, the clerk; Tiny Tim, the pigmy goat; and a partridge in a pear tree are some of the humorous, not-so-subtle allusions to some favorite characters and stories. Ben is a perfect Scrooge, and Noelle is Christmas Spirit(s) personified. The story is full of wit and romance. Ben and Noelle get a second chance for love. Will they take it? This is a delightful story and a wonderful start for the new series. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one.
  • A great story

    By Gallowaygirly
    The story revolves around Benjamin, the Duke of Silkridge, who is returning to his grandfather’s castle in order to retrieve his mother’s locket, which is the only picture he has of her before she died. He has no intentions of staying any longer than it takes to hear his grandfather’s will read and then retrieve the locket. Parts of the book run parallel to the Christmas Carol and Benjamin is definitely Scrooge. The last time he was here he kissed Noelle and then abruptly left without telling Her why. He lives such a preorganized life that she had no place in it. There is a HEA but a lot happens before that comes about, especially his realizing he needs her in his life. The book is a great read and I would highly recommend it.
  • Wonderful holiday romance

    By Suz Clark
    Wow I loved this holiday Romance. Ridley is a fantastic author. Once Upon a Duke by Erica Ridley is part of the 12 Dukes of Christmas historical romance series. I felt drawn to the heroine Noelle Pratchett. She lives in a snowy mountain village called Cressmouth in the northern part of England. Benjamin Ward, the fifth Duke of Silkridge, returns for the probate of his grandfather’s will. He and Noelle had a brief romance in the past. When old feelings are stirred, is it possible for something to sprig to life again or has too much time past? Truly enjoyed this work.
  • Once Upon a Duke

    By Anniedoyle
    Great read! Kept me wondering what the Duke would do next!