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USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels returns to her Awakened by a Kiss series where overlooked fairy tale characters get their own happy endings, with a captivating romance about Miss Isobel Tinker and the duke who makes her believe in magic. All it takes... After a childhood spent cavorting around Europe with a dangerous crowd, Miss Isobel Tinker has parlayed her ex USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels returns to her Awakened by a Kiss series where overlooked fairy tale characters get their own happy endings, with a captivating romance about Miss Isobel Tinker and the duke who makes her believe in magic. All it takes... After a childhood spent cavorting around Europe with a dangerous crowd, Miss Isobel Tinker has parlayed her experience and language skills into a safe, reliable life. Working as a clerk in Mayfair’s Everland Travel Shop, she dreams of someday owning her own travel agency and has vowed never to leave the familiar shores of England ever again. When a handsome duke arrives at her doorstep, she realizes her staid existence is about to take flight. ...is faith and hope Jason “North” Beckett, the Duke of Northumberland, desperately needs a travel guide. He’s inherited a dukedom but has a final mission for the Foreign Office—rescuing his wayward cousin from Nordic pirates. Isobel Tinker is the ideal translator, discreet and unknown, but she’s also uncooperative, stubborn, and disarmingly beautiful. And a little bit of trust In exchange for her help, North promises Miss Tinker her own travel agency upon return and strict professionalism at sea. Isobel cautiously agrees but soon realizes “strict” and “professional” are not how she would describe her feelings for the irresistible duke. As their adventure sweeps them to the shores of Iceland and beyond, can temptation and growing trust give way to the magic of wild, passionate love?


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USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels returns to her Awakened by a Kiss series where overlooked fairy tale characters get their own happy endings, with a captivating romance about Miss Isobel Tinker and the duke who makes her believe in magic. All it takes... After a childhood spent cavorting around Europe with a dangerous crowd, Miss Isobel Tinker has parlayed her ex USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels returns to her Awakened by a Kiss series where overlooked fairy tale characters get their own happy endings, with a captivating romance about Miss Isobel Tinker and the duke who makes her believe in magic. All it takes... After a childhood spent cavorting around Europe with a dangerous crowd, Miss Isobel Tinker has parlayed her experience and language skills into a safe, reliable life. Working as a clerk in Mayfair’s Everland Travel Shop, she dreams of someday owning her own travel agency and has vowed never to leave the familiar shores of England ever again. When a handsome duke arrives at her doorstep, she realizes her staid existence is about to take flight. ...is faith and hope Jason “North” Beckett, the Duke of Northumberland, desperately needs a travel guide. He’s inherited a dukedom but has a final mission for the Foreign Office—rescuing his wayward cousin from Nordic pirates. Isobel Tinker is the ideal translator, discreet and unknown, but she’s also uncooperative, stubborn, and disarmingly beautiful. And a little bit of trust In exchange for her help, North promises Miss Tinker her own travel agency upon return and strict professionalism at sea. Isobel cautiously agrees but soon realizes “strict” and “professional” are not how she would describe her feelings for the irresistible duke. As their adventure sweeps them to the shores of Iceland and beyond, can temptation and growing trust give way to the magic of wild, passionate love?

30 review for When You Wish Upon a Duke

  1. 4 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    This book is the perfect mixture of laugh-out-loud fantastic (as in, almost fantasy) hijinks and believable characters - one of our favorite kinds of romances. Jason is a recently-retired spy and currently-reluctant duke who recruits Isobel for one final mission. Isobel has tried to embrace a life of respectability after a wholly unconventional youth, but Jason embodies all of her particular temptations: carefree but respectful, funny but not meanspirited, and - of course - really sexy. We were This book is the perfect mixture of laugh-out-loud fantastic (as in, almost fantasy) hijinks and believable characters - one of our favorite kinds of romances. Jason is a recently-retired spy and currently-reluctant duke who recruits Isobel for one final mission. Isobel has tried to embrace a life of respectability after a wholly unconventional youth, but Jason embodies all of her particular temptations: carefree but respectful, funny but not meanspirited, and - of course - really sexy. We were in love with the entire trajectory of the novel and all of the unexpected twists and turns - we follow Isobel and Jason from her job at a travel agency in Mayfair, to a long sea voyage, all the way to Iceland, and then back to England to the ducal estate. This book is just so much FUN! We had smiles on our faces the entire time. Loved it! 45-Word Summaries: Meg: Ducal spy recruits lady travel agent as consultant for his last (unofficial) mission for the crown. She might’ve been able to keep from falling for him if he’d been able to keep from falling at her feet… in Icelandic hot springs… under the aurora borealis… Laine: Isobel strikes a bargain to return to the site of her life's great tragedy in exchange for financial and social independence. The guy offering it is super sexy. She won't be a mistress, and he doesn't want her to be, but she doesn't trust men. This objective review is based on a complimentary copy of the novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall: 4.5 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋 🦋 🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡ Romance: 💞💞💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 (for the main one, the other was very short) Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥 Humor: Yes (These are all personal preference on a scale of 1-5 (yours ratings may vary depending what gives you feels and how you prefer you sex scenes written, etc) except the Steam Scale which follows our chart from The Ton and the Tartans facebook Overall: 4.5 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋 🦋 🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡ Romance: 💞💞💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 (for the main one, the other was very short) Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥 Humor: Yes (These are all personal preference on a scale of 1-5 (yours ratings may vary depending what gives you feels and how you prefer you sex scenes written, etc) except the Steam Scale which follows our chart from The Ton and the Tartans facebook group.) Should I read in order? The hero is a side character in this book but doesn’t play a large part. There is mention of his marriage to the heroine in book 1. Most of the book doesn’t involve this and would be fine to pick up without reading book 1 if you really want to do that. BUT I really loved book 1, which is A Duchess a Day, so I think you should all try it :) Basic plot Isobel Tinker is working toward realizing her dream of saving up enough to run her own Travel Shop, so she won’t have to work for the despicable Drummond Hook anymore. Her help is requested by North, whose cousin has been kidnapped by Nordic pirates. North has found out Isobel has insider knowledge of Iceland’s terrain and towns and knows there’s no better guide for his mission. Give this a try if you want: - Fairy tale retelling – this one is a wink to Tinkerbelle/Peter Pan vibes - Regency time period – 1817 - Class difference romance – hero is a duke, heroine is a bastard and daughter of an actress - A consent filled romance (zero hints of dubcon/noncon here!) - Lower steam – there’s a few kisses, and 2 sex scenes, one being extremely short - Experienced heroine – this heroine has experienced life and has had lovers - Ex-soldier hero/travel agent heroine - Roadtrip romance – this book starts in London, they travel to Iceland, then return to England for the end of the book - Heroine is 27 and the hero is “older than her by at least 5 years” (his exact age may have mentioned but I missed it, if so, I think he’s like 6 years older) My thoughts: This is my 4th Charis Michaels and I really enjoy her writing style. I find her a wonderful mix of dialogue, character depth and cleverness. I have been loving this most recent series, probably because they are fairy tale retellings and that is just fun! And instead of the commonly done Cinderella, etc book 1 was Snow White and this one is Tinkerbell. This whole book I found to be a breath of fresh air and newness. I read almost exclusively HR, so some stories can feel the same to me after awhile. Not this one. Iceland? Yes please. A travel agent heroine? I found that part fun and interesting. And a duke that, well, he doesn’t want to be one. He’s lived a life of adventure and he doesn’t want to be stuck in a pile of boring paperwork. It’s a lovely story of two people working together towards a goal. They respect each other. They admire what each other brings to the mission. They trust each other. And ultimately fall in love and humble themselves to each other for the sake of it. North is caring and sweet and understanding. He’s absolutely not a jerk. He needs Isobel, but more importantly he wants her. He wants her as a partner and he allows her to take the lead when needed and do the hard parts when she can. He doesn’t believe she can’t do it because she’s a woman, or he knows better, or that she should let him do it anyway to keep herself safe. He really trusts her enough and believes in her, and it’s everything to their relationship and her confidence and healing. He wants to know her, the true her she hides from everyone else. And he doesn’t pressure her to shed her layers, he works towards it. He earns it from her. Isobel is a survivor. She’s lived life, a life many can only imagine. Adventure, risk, travel...It all came to a halt in Iceland. Hurt and a broken, she returns to England. Goals: recover. Never return to Iceland. Work towards a life selling travel dreams to London’s families. North comes and dashes her plans. But she knows she's the one meant for this, to help him. This book did grip my heart a bit. All the characters just feel so real. They came alive for me. As they shared themselves with each other, I fell more in love with them. Especially Isobel’s heartbreaking history. Much of this story is Isobel’s story. What she has overcome, accomplished, and all she hopes to be. I'll admit this one the romance itself wasn't quite as gripping to me. The tension was there, but maybe not quite as strong as I prefer. But this is one of those few stories where I just didn't care. I don't care. I loved them so much for other reasons, and was so fascinated with what was happening, I still adored the story itself. I think this book had a lot of really sweet, romantic parts. Their discourse with each other was funny, and as they shared more with each other, I couldn't help but melt with them. It especially tugged my heart when North called her "S'bell". And one of my favorite parts was witnessing Isobel going in and taking care of business in Iceland. I quite adored that she was the 'hero' here. Here’s a few random parts that I wanted to note from the book (view spoiler)[ Consent based thoughts. As a rule, he did not touch women uninvited – in his experience, no one of any gender welcomed random groping by another person – but his impulses seemed to be hung on a continuous loop. Stay. Lean. Touch. And just adorable tension combined in clever writing: She patted him again. A double pat. Pat pat. The arm beneath his coat was as hard as the railing, and it had a lovely little swell where the wool stretched over the muscle. She gave it another pat. A very short little rub. Back and forth, a gesture of comfort. Once more, back and forth. Touching his arm was totally acceptable, she though. She touched it like she might touch a very good book, as if she’d just read the last page, and gently closed the cover, and now she was….patting it. In fact - She bit off her glove and returned her hand, rubbing the rough wool of his sleeve. A squeeze. Such a good… Man. Not a book, she lectured herself, a man. He’s a man. And I don’t care about his tortured view of retirement. And I will stop touching him. And I do not want him to touch me. “Say something that will make me stop touching you,” she whispered. “I, ah-?” He stared at her hand on his sleeve and then at her. She couldn’t look at him. She also couldn’t seem to release him. “You want me to make you stop touching me?” “Yes,” she lied. “Are you mad?” Her fingers moved down his arm to graze his wrist. There was a gap between the leather and his bare hand, and she slid her fingertip so that it nudged his skin. She wouldn’t look at his face. He turned his wrist, pulse up, and gave a little jerk. The motion notched her index finger inside his glove, along with two other fingers. And now they shared the same glove. And this book showcases both of these in memory and action: There are places that we thrive and places that we merely survive, and perhaps they are both important. I loved her confidence, and how North let her go: She wasn’t listening. “Did you not hear me describe the life I led before Mayfair? I have not always been a girl in a travel shop. I can do this.” And just break my heart: She shook her head. “No, no, it is an unbearable story.” “It’s not obviously, because you have survived. You have borne it.” And how he humbles himself for her: “Meanwhile,” he said, his voice now raised, “I’m the one who cannot do my own filing. Who is unworthy now? I wanted you to see this. I wanted you to forget your alleged lack of worth and see that we are both simply human!” And my favorite advice from Isobel’s mother: Do not miss the sweetest moments in life because one time, long ago, you took too much sugar. And I just thought this was beautiful: I love this family. It was Isobel’s next thought. I love this family, and I love the duke, and I have as much right to be a part of their lives as anyone else. I fought pirates, for God’s sake. I speak seven languages. I’ve traveled the world. They see me. I deserve to be seen and they see me. (hide spoiler)] Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[ A bit of sexual pressure/extortion of the heroine from her boss (he corners her but she eludes him, it doesn’t result in assault) Miscarriage (remembered in emotional detail on page) Abandonment while pregnant (father didn’t know she was pregnant) Light violence/poisoning of pirates (hide spoiler)] Locations of kisses/intimate scenes: (view spoiler)[ 19% - first kiss 41% - kiss 60% - kiss 68% - kiss (brief) 74% - kisses and vague, brief description that leads to her orgasm (with ‘his hands and mouth’, so some form of fingering/oral) – she orgasms, I counted it as a flame, but it’s really not much of anything. 94% - kiss (brief) 96% - sex! Window seat sex. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Series: Awakened by a Kiss #2 Publication Date: 8/24/21 Period: Regency London (and Iceland) - 1817 Number of Pages: 384 I am a bit at war with myself over this book. It is witty and entertaining, yet totally anachronistic – more like reading a contemporary novel. I understand it is a nod to the Peter Pan fairytale with Tinkerbell as the heroine and I think the author did a nice job of working in references with the pirates and the missing watch. I think the ‘Lost Boys’ Barbara’s Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Series: Awakened by a Kiss #2 Publication Date: 8/24/21 Period: Regency London (and Iceland) - 1817 Number of Pages: 384 I am a bit at war with myself over this book. It is witty and entertaining, yet totally anachronistic – more like reading a contemporary novel. I understand it is a nod to the Peter Pan fairytale with Tinkerbell as the heroine and I think the author did a nice job of working in references with the pirates and the missing watch. I think the ‘Lost Boys’ reference was a bit of a stretch though. I liked both of the lead characters very much, but I would have expected our male lead to be more of an alpha hero than a very beta one. As a much-lauded war hero and agent for the crown, you’d expect someone much more alpha and much less beta. However, I still loved the romance between the two leads. Jason (North) Beckett is the newly minted Duke of Northumberland, and he isn’t in the least happy about it. He dearly loved his father and two brothers who have pre-deceased him, so now, he’s grieving and having to adapt to a lifestyle he has never wanted. All of his life, he has abhorred idleness, stillness, inactivity and that is all his life as duke will hold. His restlessness has served him well as a soldier and then a secret operative for the crown. Having to give that up is tearing his heart out. He has just one more mission before his work is done – and that mission isn’t an ‘official’ mission, though it really is. His hapless cousin, Reggie, has managed to get himself and several other merchants from his village, captured by pirates. Not just any pirates – no – these are Icelandic pirates. Not a lot is known about Iceland and certainly little, if anything, is known of Icelandic pirates. North needs to find someone with practical knowledge of the country and the language. His agency has a file on a woman who has spent time in Iceland and she speaks the language, all he has to do is convince her to help him. As the manager of the Everland Travel agency, North assumes the lady will be middle-aged, but in his several days of observing the agency, he has only seen two younger women entering – one is very tiny and very lovely. Where can the manager be? Isobel (Bell) Tinker led a nomadic lifestyle as the daughter of a renowned actress. Together, they traveled the world when Isobel was very young, and when Isobel was older she traveled on her own with the children of others involved in the theater. Seven years ago, that all ended in tragedy for Isobel. Her uncle managed to rescue and retrieve her from Iceland and bring her home to England, and Isobel has sworn that she’ll never, ever, under any circumstances, leave English soil again. What is she to say when a duke approaches her at work and asks for her help? She’ll tell him what she can for the money he offers – but that is all she’ll do. So, when he comes back again and asks her to go to Iceland with him to rescue his cousin – what is she to say except a resounding – NO? What if he sweetens the offer to include her heart’s desire? Uh-Oh! I loved that a large part of this book took place in Iceland – something you certainly don’t normally see. I loved Jason though he seemed a bit milquetoast to me. I loved Isobel with her strength and intelligence. I loved the vivid descriptions of Iceland, the northern lights, etc. I thought the pirate portion was anticlimactic and much too easily solved. I enjoyed this book and I can recommend it. It is witty – and heartbreaking – and romantic – and has a lovely HEA to it. However, if you want any semblance of period correctness at all, you might want to read this at your own risk. Since it was a feel-good fairytale, I could ignore all of the anachronisms and just enjoy the story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    When You Wish Upon a Duke follows Isobel Tinker, who runs Everland Travel Agency and North, a man in search of someone to help him rescue his cousin. Because of her background, Isobel knows a lot about many different countries, including Iceland. North has one final mission in Iceland, and he seeks Isobel’s help in helping him have a successful one. Isobel is quite happy with her life as a travel agent and has no intention of going back to Iceland. But when North dangles an offer that will secur When You Wish Upon a Duke follows Isobel Tinker, who runs Everland Travel Agency and North, a man in search of someone to help him rescue his cousin. Because of her background, Isobel knows a lot about many different countries, including Iceland. North has one final mission in Iceland, and he seeks Isobel’s help in helping him have a successful one. Isobel is quite happy with her life as a travel agent and has no intention of going back to Iceland. But when North dangles an offer that will secure her future, Isobel can’t resist. However, can Isobel and North resist the growing attraction between them? Will they succeed on this potentially dangerous mission? Jason “North” Beckett, the Duke of Northumberland, is handsome, charming, and intelligent. A newly retired spy, North resents the dukedom, which has been thrust upon him. North longs for adventure and detests stagnation, so having the opportunity to lead one final mission is like a dream come true for him. North is still grieving the loss of his father and brothers, and he is unhappy about his future. He’s also struggling between familial duty and personal desires. Plus, he didn’t expect to develop feelings for Isobel, which adds to his inner turmoil, especially since she is so resistant. Isobel is wonderful! She is strong and outspoken, a woman who is comfortable taking charge. I think that is part of the reason North falls for her. Behind her reserved and respectable mask, she is adventurous and unafraid. The more that is revealed about Isobel and her younger years, the more you realize why she chose such a sensible and controlled life for herself. I love that she faces life head-on and doesn’t back down. She is brave and strong and fierce, and she lives her life on her terms, whether it is the wilder, unconventional side or the serious and work-oriented side. Even though she presents herself as a self-assured and independent woman, Isobel still struggles with trauma from her past and feelings of worth. As she journeys with North, she faces these inner demons. Isobel and North have fantastic chemistry from their very first meeting. The way they tease and flirt is funny and charming, and it’s clear that they are a well-matched pair. I like that they challenge each other and share similar feelings about what they long for in life. I also love their ease with each other. They let their walls down and confide in each other, which is rare for both of them. Of course, responsibilities, being of different social classes, feelings of unworthiness, and more stand in their way, but I enjoyed watching them face and deal with their obstacles. There was something about her that reminded him of a demonstration he’d seen in a chemist’s lab at Oxford: a luminous burst of electrical current flickering inside a tiny glass orb. She strummed. Her bearing suggested coiled energy. He was afraid to look away for fear of missing the explosion. I also love how patient North is with Isobel and how much he respects her. You can tell that he really understands her and wants what is best for her. He teases and cajoles her, but ultimately North shows an incredible amount of understanding, patience, and love for Isobel. He doesn’t try to control her or squelch her identity as others do. Instead, he embraces and admires her uniqueness, strength, and fearlessness even when he wants to protect and shelter her. They have an amazing love story, and I wholly rooted for their happy ending. The Icelandic setting enhances the love story between Isobel and North. The Northern Lights, the beautiful scenery, the hot springs, and more create such a magical atmosphere, which is a perfect backdrop for the budding romance between Isobel and North. The high seas adventure, piracy, kidnapped innocents, daring rescues, and more add action and suspense to the story, especially when in Iceland. Other characters like Isobel’s work friend and both North and Isobel’s mothers are also well-developed and interesting. Many strong and intelligent women in the story contrast with the expectations of society. I love how these women lift each other up, respect, and support each other even though they are so very different. The dialogue and witty banter, as well as the letters included throughout the novel, contribute to the wonderful character development. When You Wish Upon a Duke is a fun, witty, and swoon-worthy historical romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are dynamically developed, the story is well-paced and interesting, and the romance is swoon-tastic!!! I also love that it is a nod to Tinkerbell and the story of Peter Pan. Characters, personalities, business names, different elements of the plot, and more are reminiscent of the beloved Peter Pan story. Though it’s the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. That being said, the first book is great too, and another that I highly recommend. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Charis Michaels, and Avon for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Jason “North” Beckett, former spy and the new Duke of Northumberland is in desperate need of a woman – but not just any woman, no, he needs Isobel Tinker, the manager of Everland Travel. His cousin Reggie has gotten himself kidnapped by Icelandic pirates and Jason has learned through his contacts in the foreign office that Miss Tinker is not only fluent in Icelandic, but she is very familiar with the country itself after residing there for quite some time years ago. Isobel Tinker is the daughter Jason “North” Beckett, former spy and the new Duke of Northumberland is in desperate need of a woman – but not just any woman, no, he needs Isobel Tinker, the manager of Everland Travel. His cousin Reggie has gotten himself kidnapped by Icelandic pirates and Jason has learned through his contacts in the foreign office that Miss Tinker is not only fluent in Icelandic, but she is very familiar with the country itself after residing there for quite some time years ago. Isobel Tinker is the daughter of the world-famous actress Georgina Tinker and spent most of her youth touring Europe – with and without her mother. Seven years ago while in Iceland, Isobel’s happy-go-lucky life took a sharp turn into reality and left her alone and broken in heart and soul. With the help of her Aunt and Uncle, she returned to England and vowed to never leave her shores again. So when the Oh-too-handsome duke tries to hire her, she has no problem shutting him down. But when he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, neither of them will be prepared for the adventure that awaits them! This is the second fairytale-inspired story in the series and it is just as fun and entertaining as the first book. For this story, the author has taken her inspiration from Peter Pan and has styled Isobel as a Regency-era Tinker Bell. While set in the Regency era, the author has taken a lot of creative license with what is considered proper etiquette for the period – something she explains in her author notes and honestly didn’t bother me at all. I loved this story, it is filled with witty banter, a duke that doesn’t want to be a duke, pirates, a bit of heartache, barely-warm love scenes, great secondary characters, a heroine who can save herself, and a hero who is fine with that, some incredible imagery and finally a HEA that is anything but typical. As mentioned there is a fair amount of creative license that might bother some readers, as well as title/formal address errors (that bother me, LOL), but overall this is a fun read and I would happily recommend this title. It is the second book in the series, but the books are easily read as standalone titles. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    Charis Michaels is a new author to this reader and was anticipating reading this book for the first time. "When You Wish Upon a Duke" was quite an interesting historical romance that I did somehow like although it had my attention span wavering in and out of the story. It was a story mostly of conversation between the H/h but the pacing was good. What I didn't like was the lack of steamy that I look forward to in my historical romance readings...this was lacking in that department. What I did li Charis Michaels is a new author to this reader and was anticipating reading this book for the first time. "When You Wish Upon a Duke" was quite an interesting historical romance that I did somehow like although it had my attention span wavering in and out of the story. It was a story mostly of conversation between the H/h but the pacing was good. What I didn't like was the lack of steamy that I look forward to in my historical romance readings...this was lacking in that department. What I did like was the Icelandic trips that drew me into the story as if I was right there with the H/h. This was just an okay read for me and I felt a bit lacking when I finished. Thanks to NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for this ARC for my fair and honest review. All opinions contained in this review are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    It's no secret that I adore Charis Michaels, but this series is just so good. I love her twists on fairy tales. They are so unique and well done and outside of the romance, I am constantly watching for the threads of stories that I know and love woven through the book. When You Wish Upon a Duke has all of the best elements of Tinkerbell/Peter Pan woven through a historical romance. Isobel Tinker is a travel agent to ladies in Regency London and North is a reluctant Duke trying to rescue a group It's no secret that I adore Charis Michaels, but this series is just so good. I love her twists on fairy tales. They are so unique and well done and outside of the romance, I am constantly watching for the threads of stories that I know and love woven through the book. When You Wish Upon a Duke has all of the best elements of Tinkerbell/Peter Pan woven through a historical romance. Isobel Tinker is a travel agent to ladies in Regency London and North is a reluctant Duke trying to rescue a group of merchants from a band of pirates. They both have pasts that slowly unfold as the story progresses across England and Europe. Her insecurities paired with his determination provide the perfect conflict and tension between the couple. As a die hard historical romance reader, I love a new twist and perspective. This is just that and more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Miss Isobel Tinker works as a clerk in Mayfair’s Everland Travel Shop, and dreams of someday owning her own travel agency. Jason “North” Beckett, the new Duke of Northumberland, has one final diplomatic mission and needs a guide. He'll pay for Isobel’s agency, if she agrees to help him on his voyage. But close quarters take them beyond just a professional relationship. This is the second book in the Awakened By A Kiss fairytale reimagining series. This book can standalone, although the hero from Miss Isobel Tinker works as a clerk in Mayfair’s Everland Travel Shop, and dreams of someday owning her own travel agency. Jason “North” Beckett, the new Duke of Northumberland, has one final diplomatic mission and needs a guide. He'll pay for Isobel’s agency, if she agrees to help him on his voyage. But close quarters take them beyond just a professional relationship. This is the second book in the Awakened By A Kiss fairytale reimagining series. This book can standalone, although the hero from book one has a small role. This book is built on the Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lore, and the winks and nods in the story are plentiful! Tinkerbell is my favorite Disney character, so I was really excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! Isobel has led an adventurous - and heartbreaking - life...all she wants is to live quietly, away from her past. But Jason barges into her orderly existence, whipping up memories she wished would stay buried. Jason is the opposite...family tragedy has dropped the dukedom in his lap, when he all he wanted was to continue his busy life with the Foreign Office. I enjoyed watching these characters connect and open up to each other. The steam was low, but I expected that having read other books from Michaels. The Icelandic backdrop was also very intriguing! It was lovely to read about a different location in historical romance. 4.5 stars rounded to 5. Tropes: Working Heroine, Class Difference, Spy/Govt Work, Ship Trip Romance Steam Rating: 1 Trigger warning for pregnancy loss * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #WhenYouWishUponADuke #NetGalley

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    I just adore romance novels with a fairy tale twist, or that are new takes on classic tales, or that build elements from fairy tales into them. This series reminds me rather of Lenora Bell's Disgraceful Duke's series, where each book pulls in little elements from some story or other. When You Wish Upon a Duke is a Regency romance with some excellent Peter Pan flavor. Our heroine, Isobel Tinker, flitters about in green dresses with her long blonde hair pulled into a bun atop her head. She works f I just adore romance novels with a fairy tale twist, or that are new takes on classic tales, or that build elements from fairy tales into them. This series reminds me rather of Lenora Bell's Disgraceful Duke's series, where each book pulls in little elements from some story or other. When You Wish Upon a Duke is a Regency romance with some excellent Peter Pan flavor. Our heroine, Isobel Tinker, flitters about in green dresses with her long blonde hair pulled into a bun atop her head. She works for the dastardly Mr. Hooke at Everland Travel Shop. Isobel is trying so hard to be good, but then North (aka the Duke of Northumberland) sweeps in and tilts her world on its axis. North is just... *dreamy sigh* I just love an irreverent rogue with a heart of gold. And Isobel is this amazing, daring, strong woman that I'd either like to BE, or be best friends with. The chemistry between Isobel and North is bright and fun, but that brightness also reveals the shadows and caverns within both of them. Their banter is witty and playful, but they also throw some major sparks. Charis Michaels creates such realistic and deep characters that I completely forgot I was reading a book and was just sucked right into this world. The plot sets this historical romance verging on the edge of almost fantasy, which is lovely to see. There's a lightness and playfulness, and just an element of FUN and ADVENTURE, that made this book really hard to put down! (Which makes sense, really, for a book with a main character based on the infamous Tinkerbell...) I loved every moment of it, even the inevitable third act dark moment/drama (which was DELICIOUS). This is the second book in the Awakened by a Kiss series, and can be read as a stand-alone. Declan, the hero from the first book in the series, A Duchess A Day, is a side character in this book, but there aren't any spoilers for book one beyond what you'd read on the back cover blurb. (A Duchess A Day is ALSO a really great book, and I highly recommend it!) A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own. Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters I found very entertaining. I that Jason and Isobel’s characters were very strong and maintained a commanding performance and personalities. The writer maintained the intensity and excitement of the story by giving the readers descriptive details in the story. The writer avoided adding ill relevant verbiage that would turn you off from the story. I like the quick pace of the story. This prevents the story from lagging. The romance was sweet and I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters I found very entertaining. I that Jason and Isobel’s characters were very strong and maintained a commanding performance and personalities. The writer maintained the intensity and excitement of the story by giving the readers descriptive details in the story. The writer avoided adding ill relevant verbiage that would turn you off from the story. I like the quick pace of the story. This prevents the story from lagging. The romance was sweet and oh so charming. I liked everything about the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    This was one of those stories where the details and plot revolved around the couple and their relationship. In fact, some of the story takes place "off book," which made a huge difference in pacing, and I really loved it. In fact, I wish more authors did this - amazing. In my opinion, Charis Michaels' books are always really substantive. Jason, Duke of Northumberland, needs to travel to Iceland to save his cousin Reggie from Icelandic pirates. He bullies the proprietor of a lady's travel agency, This was one of those stories where the details and plot revolved around the couple and their relationship. In fact, some of the story takes place "off book," which made a huge difference in pacing, and I really loved it. In fact, I wish more authors did this - amazing. In my opinion, Charis Michaels' books are always really substantive. Jason, Duke of Northumberland, needs to travel to Iceland to save his cousin Reggie from Icelandic pirates. He bullies the proprietor of a lady's travel agency, Isobel, into helping him and leading the trip. Isobel is sort of this fragile, mysterious heroine with a past; part of that past takes place in Iceland, which is why she's the perfect person to assist him. The majority of the story is comprised of conversations between Jason and Isobel as they embark on a journey to Iceland. All the action takes place in the back half; most of the drama exists in the characters' pasts and present challenges as told to each other. Eventually, the story involves pirates but it's such a small part of the heavy weight of their falling in love. The Iceland storyline was well researched. I feel like I went on that trip to Iceland with them. Also, it had a lot of heavy themes, but it really worked. And when you finally get to know Isobel's story, there's a nice emotional payoff. The reader feels like they are right there with Jason as he falls in love with her. The story has steam but might disappoint some - Jason and Isobel do not have sex until the last chapter. Their relationship unfolds emotionally before it does physically. I also really loved the way the book ended, I have read almost all of Michaels' books, and I always feel like they are so wildly different. She writes trilogies, but each book really stands on its own, and the devil is in the details. I appreciate that about her as a writer. I can't recommend her books enough. This one didn't disappoint and is a good choice if you are looking for something a bit more emotionally heavier.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    When You Wish Upon a Duke is the delightful 2nd addition in Charis Michaels’ Awakened by a Kiss series. I adored the first book in the series, A Duchess a Day, a spin on Snow White, and couldn’t wait to read this book! This one is a spin on Tinkerbell but instead of the usual characters getting their HEAs, this series gives those overlooked fairy tale characters their much-deserved HEAs. Isobel Tinker works in Mayfair’s Everland Travel Shop, a travel agency that caters to wealthy women. Isobel sp When You Wish Upon a Duke is the delightful 2nd addition in Charis Michaels’ Awakened by a Kiss series. I adored the first book in the series, A Duchess a Day, a spin on Snow White, and couldn’t wait to read this book! This one is a spin on Tinkerbell but instead of the usual characters getting their HEAs, this series gives those overlooked fairy tale characters their much-deserved HEAs. Isobel Tinker works in Mayfair’s Everland Travel Shop, a travel agency that caters to wealthy women. Isobel spent her childhood traveling around Europe with a dangerous crowd and uses her past experiences to create wonderful vacations for her clients. She hopes to own her own travel agency but has zero desires to ever leave the shores of England again. One day Jason, Duke of Northumberland, shows up and needs her help as a travel guide. A recently retired spy for the Foreign Office who has recently (and reluctantly) inherited a Dukedom, Jason has one final mission…to rescue his wayward cousin from Nordic pirates. Jason knows that Isobel lived in Iceland and that she is the right person to help him rescue his cousin…he just has to convince Isobel to go back to Iceland, a place that holds bad memories for her. This book was so much fun! The characters, the travel (sea voyage!), Isobel’s strength, pirates, adventure, and Iceland! I cannot think of any other historical romance book that the characters travel to Iceland and it was so refreshing (the Icelandic waterfalls, hot springs, Northern Lights). Isobel and Jason together were such a great balance, I loved their adventurous spirits and how much they bond on their journey together. Jason is such a caring hero who respects Isobel so much but also enjoys teasing her on their journey. Isobel does have tragedy in her past (cw: a past miscarriage) and this book blended those hard, tender moments with the charming and fun moments really well. I adored all the Peter Pan nods in this book and just cannot exclaim more how delightful and charming this read was! *I received a copy from the author, all thoughts in my review are my own

  13. 5 out of 5

    Luz Trevino

    When You Wish Upon a Duke 2nd book in the Awakened by a Kiss series Rating: 4 stars Thank you to the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. When You Wish Upon a Duke is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last! I truly enjoyed it. I loved the chemistry between Jason and Isobel. Their bantering was so much fun to read and it was fun watching them fall for each other when they really were not expecting to develop feelings. Jason a When You Wish Upon a Duke 2nd book in the Awakened by a Kiss series Rating: 4 stars Thank you to the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. When You Wish Upon a Duke is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last! I truly enjoyed it. I loved the chemistry between Jason and Isobel. Their bantering was so much fun to read and it was fun watching them fall for each other when they really were not expecting to develop feelings. Jason and Isobel's romance was very sweet and I loved how he gave her the time she needed and respected her decisions on when to take the next step. This book followed the Peter Pan theme...pirates, ships, our female lead with a last name of Tinker I have not read the first book, but I will soon look into that!

  14. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    Everything about the premise and the setting (ICELAND COME ON) was so made for me, but I'm in a mood and I started it and then put it down and didn't pick it back up. Maybe someday I'll try again. Everything about the premise and the setting (ICELAND COME ON) was so made for me, but I'm in a mood and I started it and then put it down and didn't pick it back up. Maybe someday I'll try again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A fun twist on Peter Pan and tinker bell. A Lord who is also a spy. An independent heroine who also has a career....and a past....dun dun dunnnn. New Duke of Northumberland needs to go to Iceland and Miss Tinker is the best person to take him, what with her speaking the language, personal knowledge of country, and being a woman works to his advantage. Isobel has vowed to never return to Iceland but can she do it for a promise of the independent future she wants? It was fun a read with great MC's A fun twist on Peter Pan and tinker bell. A Lord who is also a spy. An independent heroine who also has a career....and a past....dun dun dunnnn. New Duke of Northumberland needs to go to Iceland and Miss Tinker is the best person to take him, what with her speaking the language, personal knowledge of country, and being a woman works to his advantage. Isobel has vowed to never return to Iceland but can she do it for a promise of the independent future she wants? It was fun a read with great MC's. I loved visit to Iceland, such an unusual place for a hist rom. 2nd in series but can read as a standalone, I didn't read book one and did not feel like I missed out on anything.

  16. 4 out of 5

    AbadWallflower

    Dreams do come true in Tinkerbell-inspired book “When You Wish Upon a Duke” by Charis Michaels! Well-traveled Isobel Tinker was minding a business when she finally decided to confront the “Lurker” in front of Everland Travel. All five-foot-two-inches of her and her parasol found Jason aka North, new Duke of Northumberland, at the back door looking for his future cultural attaché for a rescue mission. Not believing North was a duke and preparing for her meeting with the welcomingly-absent owner o Dreams do come true in Tinkerbell-inspired book “When You Wish Upon a Duke” by Charis Michaels! Well-traveled Isobel Tinker was minding a business when she finally decided to confront the “Lurker” in front of Everland Travel. All five-foot-two-inches of her and her parasol found Jason aka North, new Duke of Northumberland, at the back door looking for his future cultural attaché for a rescue mission. Not believing North was a duke and preparing for her meeting with the welcomingly-absent owner of her workplace, Isobel dismissed him. The semi-retired spy used his tricks of the trade to get a clandestine meeting with her to explain why he needs her expertise. Said meeting consisted of answering questions, kissing to hide her identity from scandal, then telling him to leave her alone. A few days later, Bell escaped her boss’s ultimatum and agreed to accompany North to a land she promised never to return to in exchange for her own building. I thought this book was so charming and I smile every time I read the word “shimmer!” There was travel (by sailing, not flying), pirates, tummy-upsetting fairy dust, familiar names, and the color green. I love to travel so I loved that aspect of the book. We got to escape to Iceland where Isobel and North got to experience its wonders, and she got to heal from and replace bad memories. I enjoyed S’bell who was feisty, goal-oriented, and knowledgeable. I got a kick out of how she would barely let North explain himself throughout the book, for goodness sake he was a duke. North acted, as always, in spy-mode so he spoke to her as a person. I loved that North saw how valuable S’bell was as an informant, and how capable she was as an escapist. I love that they would have conversations and when things got too serious, they intuitively lightened up the mood. I am enchanted by book! If you want to read about a heroine who dreams and works for a happier future despite her circumstances, then this book is for you. If you want to read about a cinnamon roll hero who cares about his relations and does not mind a female being an equal, then this book is for you! If you like stories about hope and realizing we can be whatever we want to be, then this book is for you! Thank you to Net Galley, Avon Books, and Harper Voyager US for the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    I truly love the beauty of Charis Michaels' writing. Her stories just flow so well and we do get some beautiful words between the main characters. He reached up to trace a finger around her mouth. “You make me happy,” he said. “You make me more than simply ‘happy.’ You . . . you give me the will to go on.” I did enjoy the book, even if the heroine wasn't a virgin. I do prefer my historical romance books to have a virgin heroine. It was hard to tell but I think the heroine had more than one lover b I truly love the beauty of Charis Michaels' writing. Her stories just flow so well and we do get some beautiful words between the main characters. He reached up to trace a finger around her mouth. “You make me happy,” he said. “You make me more than simply ‘happy.’ You . . . you give me the will to go on.” I did enjoy the book, even if the heroine wasn't a virgin. I do prefer my historical romance books to have a virgin heroine. It was hard to tell but I think the heroine had more than one lover but only one was really mentioned. Trigger: (view spoiler)[This leads to the story of the heroine losing her baby with this other guy. (hide spoiler)] This is a loose telling of Peter Pan but this is about Tinkerbell and Peter Pan, or Peter Boyd in this instance was the bad guy, the past lover of hers who basically dropped her like a hot potato when his first "love" came back. There were missed opportunities in this book that I wanted to see: ✮ We needed to see North (the hero) beat the crap out of Peter. We had an opportunity if he had shown up on Iceland when they were there. After what he did to Isobel, we should've gotten it. ✮ Isobel meeting up with her half-sister, who actually turns out to be really sweet. Why didn't we get to see an epilogue (a big pet peeve of mine) where the half sister learns about her. Are we going to get a sequel with the sister? Maybe she is the next book and we'll get that then? ✮ Where's my epilogue? (see above) We deserved an epilogue, maybe not with a scene with her sister but with North and Isobel (view spoiler)[ having a baby, which she deserved after the tragedy that happened to her younger in life. (hide spoiler)] ✮ Not a hero who ate, at least not one we got to see. Always a bummer. Regardless, I'll continue to read books by this author, as I said I loved how she writes and I am usually really entertained by her books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Verity

    *all of my reviews have possible spoilers* "𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘕𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘈𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘥𝘰 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘓𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘰𝘭𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦" ♡ I think these lyrics perfectly describe Charis Michael's newest book 𝘞 *all of my reviews have possible spoilers* "𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘕𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘈𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘥𝘰 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘓𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘰𝘭𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦" ♡ I think these lyrics perfectly describe Charis Michael's newest book 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘞𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘜𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘈 𝘋𝘶𝘬𝘦! Where we take a beautiful journey alongside Miss Isobel Tinker and "North", Jason Beckett, Duke of Northumberland. We see our beautiful "Tinkerbell" embrace her magic and beauty as a woman and a person. Learning that all you need is a little faith, trust, and a bit of pixie dust. Or in Isobel's case, a bit of confidence. Which she discovers alongside North on their journey to Iceland. I adore North and his honesty and love for Isobel. Both the journey itself, and North, help Isobel realize she is 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘵. That she deserves no less than to be accepted and acknowledged by the people in her life. As a woman, in any day and age, self-worth and confidence are either sorely lacking or non-existent. We put up walls to protect ourselves and avoid risks. And Isobel constantly showed these struggles throughout the book. Even when they make you feel frustrated, as a reader, there's no way you cannot understand them and the reasoning behind her actions. It was wonderful to see her overcome these insecurities and fears. I loved the moments when she would cave in slightly, and risk just a little, because she loved North so much. Because she yearned so much for that connection and happiness with another. After all, love is essentially what causes us to hope and take these risks. We yearn to find that one true love. A relationship filled with trust, and faith in one another, and passion, and honesty. Someone we can be ourselves with. And these two were so easily themselves together. It was so beautiful how accepting they were of each other. Of their pasts, their actions, and even their inactions. They were both so very understanding with one another. Even when they tried to keep silent, they quickly found themselves sharing their pasts with each other and their honest feelings. They worked so well together, I absolutely loved their connection. It was like being in the rain on a chilly day but somehow feeling the warmth of the sun settling into your bones. It was magical. North was such a real character to me. He came off very raw and earthy in my mind's eye. (My type of man!) He was so rugged and wonderful. Yet he was also so brutally honest and very open about his feelings. Even to himself, he never denied how he felt about Isobel. 𝘏𝘦 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘸. And he pursued these feelings, and did all he could to keep her near and get to know her better. And their discussions were so real, I found it so unique to hear North's reasoning why he didn't want to be the duke. It didn't feel childish in the least to me. It was so understandable why he felt how he did, and how human it was. What I found commendable was his acknowledgement of it and honesty about it. This, and his automatic approval and appreciation towards his sister Ronnie, are just two of the reasons why I found his character so real and wonderful. As well as Isobel. For her past and learning to overcome it, and love herself. We see these 2 characters overcome their personal fears together and grow. It was such a beautiful adventure to read. And it truly was an adventure. How could it not be? Being inspired by Tinkerbell and Peter Pan!? The references were so awesome and so very obvious (if you know the story) but they were blended into the whole story so smoothly! It was just magical. But the true adventure was not the voyage itself, or the travels in Iceland, or dealing with pirates, or any of the other myriad aspects of their journey. The true adventure was of two souls learning and loving and growing and discovering happiness. It was a beautiful adventure. And I could not recommend it enough.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. When You Wish Upon A Duke by Charis Michaels is the second book in her delightful Awakened By A Kiss Series. The story re-imagines Peter Pan as a historical romance with Tinker Bell as the heroine, and while Peter is not quite a villain, he’s definitely not the hero. Isobel Tinker has created a nice life for herself, she manages the Overland Travel Shop in Mayfair and has plans to have her own travel business som I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. When You Wish Upon A Duke by Charis Michaels is the second book in her delightful Awakened By A Kiss Series. The story re-imagines Peter Pan as a historical romance with Tinker Bell as the heroine, and while Peter is not quite a villain, he’s definitely not the hero. Isobel Tinker has created a nice life for herself, she manages the Overland Travel Shop in Mayfair and has plans to have her own travel business someday, and while it’s not as exciting as her past, it’s what she wants safety and security being her goals. Jason”North” Beckett, the Duke of Northumberland, reluctantly gave up his career as an agent in the Foreign Office after his brothers deaths. Still, before he settles down at the ducal seat Syon Hall, he’s planning one last adventure, the rescue of his cousin from pirates in Iceland and for that, he needs Isabel as his travel guide because she speaks the language and is familiar with Iceland as she spent time there in that other life she’s left behind. I found this book to be an enjoyable read with lots of adventure, a daring heroine, a dashing hero and enough twists and turns to keep me up well past my bedtime as I could not sleep before finding out what happened next. Steam Level: Medium. Publishing Date: August 24, 2021. #WhenYouWishUponADuke #CharisMichaels #EdelweissPlus #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #MyBookPledge #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #HistoricalRomance #HistoricalRomanceReader #RomanceReader

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shalini | Book Rambler

    When You Wish Upon A Duke takes you on a journey from England to Iceland and along with romance, you'll get to meet pirates, spies and be thrust back into a ballroom. Inspired by Peter Pan, this is the story of Isobel Tinker and Jason "North" Beckett, the Duke of Northumberland. When Jason needs someone to guide him through Iceland, he thinks Isobel is a perfect choice and makes her an offer she can't resist. Jason didn't want to leave his job at the Foreign Office and be a Duke. He, like Isobel When You Wish Upon A Duke takes you on a journey from England to Iceland and along with romance, you'll get to meet pirates, spies and be thrust back into a ballroom. Inspired by Peter Pan, this is the story of Isobel Tinker and Jason "North" Beckett, the Duke of Northumberland. When Jason needs someone to guide him through Iceland, he thinks Isobel is a perfect choice and makes her an offer she can't resist. Jason didn't want to leave his job at the Foreign Office and be a Duke. He, like Isobel, loves to travel. Isobel has gone through a lot in life and as a travel agent, she only wants to help people travel. I loved their interactions; both of them have great chemistry and despite being from different rungs of English society, they fit together so well. While I loved the magical feeling of the story and the action up until their time in Iceland, this book lacked enough steam. Overall, this is a unique take on historical romances and I would recommend it to those who love where the protagonists go on adventure & fall in love. Thanks to the publisher for an eARC of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had read and enjoyed the previous book in this series and I was very excited at the synopsis of this one. I love love loved Isobel and Jason. She's smart and worldly and knows what she wants. He's steadfast and smitten and stubborn. Together they have excellent banter and instant intrigue that leads to some glorious chemistry. I loved reading their relationship grow through honest, open conversations and actual listening from both sides. Plot wise, it's a lot of fun. I wasn't quite sure how it I had read and enjoyed the previous book in this series and I was very excited at the synopsis of this one. I love love loved Isobel and Jason. She's smart and worldly and knows what she wants. He's steadfast and smitten and stubborn. Together they have excellent banter and instant intrigue that leads to some glorious chemistry. I loved reading their relationship grow through honest, open conversations and actual listening from both sides. Plot wise, it's a lot of fun. I wasn't quite sure how it would all relate to Peter, but I really liked how it tied together with the Lost Boys. These two are together for most of the story (hooray!) and the angsty part really doesn't last too long (double hooray!). I would have loved to see a bit more of a futuretake, but that's mostly me just being greedy because there really was enough breadcrumbs left to tell me how it was going to go. Overall, this one will be one that I revisit when I need something fun to read. I can't wait to get to the next in the series. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rajasree Jayaram

    This is a really fun story! As with book 1, I love what Ms Michaels is doing with historical romances featuring reinterpretations of less popular characters from fairy tales. The heroine of this book, Isobel Tinker, is a take on Tinker Bell. Her story is very unique and a little sad, and I'm glad Jason/North helped her find the thrill in life again. Jason was a little bit of a goofball and seems irreverent on the surface, but his heart is in the right place and he is immediately captivated by Is This is a really fun story! As with book 1, I love what Ms Michaels is doing with historical romances featuring reinterpretations of less popular characters from fairy tales. The heroine of this book, Isobel Tinker, is a take on Tinker Bell. Her story is very unique and a little sad, and I'm glad Jason/North helped her find the thrill in life again. Jason was a little bit of a goofball and seems irreverent on the surface, but his heart is in the right place and he is immediately captivated by Isobel. He is not quite Peter, but his fear of his ducal responsibilities is a little similar to not wanting to grow up. I think this is my first (fictional) trip to Iceland, and it was cool to learn a little about its geography and demography. The other characters from Peter Pan, such as Peter, Hook(e), the Lost Boys and Wendy have been included in the story in an interesting way. I continue to enjoy the series, and I'm interested in reading future books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5 Witty banter is just the first spark between Jason, spy-turned-reluctant Duke, and Isobel, travel agent, former Lost Boy, and one of my favorite characters ever! When Jason enlists Isobel to help him rescue his cousin from pirates in Iceland, their passion ignites. It is romantic and sigh-inducing- I LOVED it! Plus, it's good fun! The only thing that took away from an enthusiastic 5 stars was the very end, which was a bit more angsty than I expected, but eventually it all got resolved in a v 4.5 Witty banter is just the first spark between Jason, spy-turned-reluctant Duke, and Isobel, travel agent, former Lost Boy, and one of my favorite characters ever! When Jason enlists Isobel to help him rescue his cousin from pirates in Iceland, their passion ignites. It is romantic and sigh-inducing- I LOVED it! Plus, it's good fun! The only thing that took away from an enthusiastic 5 stars was the very end, which was a bit more angsty than I expected, but eventually it all got resolved in a very sweet way. I will definitely be on the lookout for this author's previous and future books!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Piepie

    The way this story was set up with Peter Pan references was very clever -- I loved it! And the cover -- talk about gorgeous! Jason and Isobel were an incredibly great couple and their sexy scenes blazed up the pages. I loved the ending, and will probably check out the rest of this series. Thanks, Netgalley, for my arc.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandi aka Maudley

    This lovely book has a wicked sense of humor and a sneaky relationship to Peter Pan. Isobel and Jason are grown up, responsible people who unite to rescue Jason's cousin from pirates and find romance along the way. They banter and argue from London to Iceland and back - some of the most amusing dialogue I've seen in ages. All in all, a fun book to read and chuckle over. #Goodreads Giveaway This lovely book has a wicked sense of humor and a sneaky relationship to Peter Pan. Isobel and Jason are grown up, responsible people who unite to rescue Jason's cousin from pirates and find romance along the way. They banter and argue from London to Iceland and back - some of the most amusing dialogue I've seen in ages. All in all, a fun book to read and chuckle over. #Goodreads Giveaway

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenny T

    That was lovely! She's a travel agent, he's a reluctant Duke -- they both have their secrets, and somehow there are Icelandic Pirates... Our Heroine and Hero are both adorable people and I loved how their relationship developed. The perfect antidote to stressful times' That was lovely! She's a travel agent, he's a reluctant Duke -- they both have their secrets, and somehow there are Icelandic Pirates... Our Heroine and Hero are both adorable people and I loved how their relationship developed. The perfect antidote to stressful times'

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    It is to this book's credit that I enjoyed it, because it uses Peter Pan as its inspiration and I an NOT a fan of Peter Pan. Also it took place partly in Iceland, which I've never seen in a romance novel, or rather, a romance novel that wasn't about Vikings. It is to this book's credit that I enjoyed it, because it uses Peter Pan as its inspiration and I an NOT a fan of Peter Pan. Also it took place partly in Iceland, which I've never seen in a romance novel, or rather, a romance novel that wasn't about Vikings.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Grogan

    Overall, I enjoyed this title. I did feel it was rather slow in some spots, though. I look forward to the next in the series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Frothy, a bit over the top, and a lot of fun. Review to come.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    True Rating 4.5 stars This second installment in a fairytale inspired historical romance, we are dealing with a bit of a Peter Pan vibe. There is a lot of creative license taken here. When Jason becomes a duke, he didn't ever think that would be the case. He has one last mission for the crown, to rescue his cousin from pirates. When Isobel Tinker is approached by the duke, she does not want to go back to Iceland. But there is obviously some love along the way, and her feelings for this gorgeous ma True Rating 4.5 stars This second installment in a fairytale inspired historical romance, we are dealing with a bit of a Peter Pan vibe. There is a lot of creative license taken here. When Jason becomes a duke, he didn't ever think that would be the case. He has one last mission for the crown, to rescue his cousin from pirates. When Isobel Tinker is approached by the duke, she does not want to go back to Iceland. But there is obviously some love along the way, and her feelings for this gorgeous man can't go unanswered. It was cute. It's best to just enjoy this one, and not compare it to the fairy tale. It's a fun historical all on its own.

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