Review: Cocky Duke by Annabelle Anders

Cocky Duke

Series: Cocky Hero World
Published by  on May 17th 2020
Source: Give Me Books PR
Genres:Historical
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mrs. Ambrosia Bloomington, now a widow, is ready to start a new life amongst Mayfair elites without the overarching reach of her late husband, Mr. Harrison Bloomington.  With her trunks loaded safely onto her own private carriage, she’s ready to face the world as an independent woman in Regency London.

She does not, however, bargain for cocksure Frenchman, Mr. Charles Cochran Bateman coming along and turning her very ordinary journey into the adventure of a lifetime.

She does not bargain for his laughter, his enthusiasm, nor his Joie de vie.

And blast and fiddlesticks, she certainly is not expecting to experience the sparks that charge the air between them.


When this world was announced, there was one genre that caught my eye. The historical genre as it would take some clever crafting and possible creating a family tree to tell the story in this world . However never did I think that we would get Audrey and Chance story’s re told. I was quite expecting to find out about one of Chance’s forebears and explain where all this charm came from. I was expecting a historical lesson about the Bateman family.

Well Anders has managed to retell Cocky Bastard so eloquent in a different era. As a Cocky Duke who has bit of problem that he is hiding from.  If you know the story, readers can figure the gist of the story.  The original  arc is there, repurposed to fit the time period. And it’s delightful as it’s predecessor.

In regency Engalnd,     Chance and Ambrosia (Aubrey)’s path crossing is refreshing as the first time , I read it in modern times. Their love story is as hot and tender as I remember it but has distinct  regency feel to the story. It feels familiar yet it isn’t. There are new places to discover and new memories to create.

Those memories create a  world that is hard not to get caught up in. It’s brash as the original , Chance is cocky as ever and  fits perfectly. It’s like he is made for this world and is easy to see why Anders went this direction when she wrote this story.  

It’s a rule breaking historical romance and it’s such fun revisiting this couple in a new setting. This retelling stays true to the main elements that readers fell in love with Cocky Bastard. However Anders makes it her own story with authentic regency elements and adding her own unique moments that add to the story.  The choices she makes for the characters’ image and characteristics stay true to their modern counterpoints. However it’s fitting of the period. And now I have another Frenchman to swoon over in a time period that I love.  1800’s Chance has his own moves that rival modern Chance and Anders delivered a book that is perfect retelling of beloved characters.

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