From the A Little Bit Cupid collection
It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s Billy last shift at The Chelsea Bunn. His photography career never took off, so it’s time to leave London, parcel up the leftover heart-shaped cakes and head back home to Hampshire.
Rumpled Charlie and his two mischievous dogs are Billy’s favourite customers, so when Charlie turns up at closing time with a mysterious wrapped gift and the offer of a whirlwind trip on the London Eye, Billy can’t say no. But Charlie is keeping a secret that could turn Billy’s world happily upside down.
As the snow falls over London and the big wheel grinds to a halt, Billy discovers that wishes aren’t just for Christmas.
So this has been sitting in my kindle for a few months and unfortunately sinking on my TBR list with all the adds I make to it on a nearly daily basis but the color and sparkle of the cover caught my eye yesterday and thought "Valentine's Day in August? Perfect!" Who doesn't like to be reminded that love on the most romantic day of the year is super-duper-uber special? So open it I did and read it in one sitting. YUMMY!
Followers of my blog and reviews probably notice that when I say "Yummy" I refer to the heat level but more times than not and especially in The Dishevelled Duke I'm referring to the sheer chemistry between our would-be lovers. Billy having to give up his dream and his crush sounds like a cruel joke for a romantic Valentine's Day novella, but those familiar with Curzon and Harkstead, know that there will always be a HEA. How Billy and Charlie get there is something you'll have to read for yourself but trust me, it's fantabulous!
As for Billy and Charlie, how can one not root for them, not cheer them on? They are adorable together and when one phone call creates the possibility to change everything, you just know Cupid must have been lurking around somewhere near.
Would I have loved to see more of Billy and Charlie? Of course but sometimes, short is the best way to bring out the greatness of a pair, showing that one point in time can be the catalyst to happiness. The Dishevelled Duke may be short on quantity but it's overflowing on quality, a delightful gem balanced between realism, romance, and fairytale.
Catherine Curzon is an author and royal historian of the 18th century.
In addition to several non-fiction books on Georgian royalty, available from Pen & Sword, she has written extensively for a number of internationally-published publications, and has spoken at venues and events across the United Kingdom. Her first play, Being Mr Wickham, premiered to sell-out audiences in September 2019.
Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine can often be found cheering for the mighty Huddersfield Town. She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill with a rakish colonial gentleman, a long-suffering cat and a lively dog.
Eleanor Harkstead likes to dash about in nineteenth-century costume, in bonnet or cravat as the mood takes her. She knows rather a lot about poisons, and can occasionally be found wandering old graveyards. Eleanor is very fond of chocolate, wine, tweed waistcoats and nice pens, and has a huge collection of vintage hats. She is the winner of the Best Dressed Sixth Former award and came third in the under-11s race at the Colchester Fire Swim.
Originally from the south-east of England, Eleanor now lives somewhere in the Midlands with a large ginger cat who resembles a Viking.