Review: Last Duke Standing

Last Duke Standing (A Royal Match, #1)


First in a sparkling all-new series by New York Times bestselling author Julia London

When Crown Princess Justine of Wesloria is sent to England to learn the ropes of royalty, she falls under the tutelage of none other than Queen Victoria herself. Justine’s also in the market for a proper husband—one fit to marry the future queen of Wesloria.

Because he knows simply everyone, William, Lord Douglas (the notoriously rakish heir to the Duke of Hamilton seat in Scotland, and decidedly not husband material), is on hand as an escort of sorts. William has been recruited to keep an eye on the royal matchmaker for the Weslorian prime minister, tasked to ensure the princess is matched with a man of quality…and one who will be sympathetic to the prime minister’s views. As William and Justine are forced to scrutinize an endless parade of England’s best bachelors, they become friends. But when the crowd of potential grooms is steadily culled, what if William is the last bachelor standing?

A Royal Match

Rating: 5-stars


The Last Duke Standing by Julia London is a Victorian historical romance novel. It made me feel as though I have stepped back in time. Crown Princess Justine of Wesloria is an interesting heroine. She is intelligent, gracious, and charming. It is no wonder that no bachelor catches her eyes nor attention the way the one Duke helping her find a match does. William aka Lord Douglas is a notorious rake. Yet with Justine he sees her beauty and worth instantly. However, he feels he’s not worthy of the woman she is, yet he also feels that no other man is right for her. This intense attraction between the two starts off slow and delicate but grows wilder with every page. I was devouring the pages as fast as I could. They were funny, engaging, and romantic. It was similar to reading the juiciest gossip but at the same reading a historical romance. The bachelor men that were paraded for the princess was indeed fun! A bachelorette vibe with scandalously fun flirting can be found in Last Duke Standing. Overall, Julia London has once again proven her talent and quality of writing in this novel. I am pleased to have had read it and recommend it to all.

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