The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman was an expected pleasure to read. Lucy and Derek's story is a mixture of humor, drama, sass and spice. Ms Bowman has given us lovable characters and loaded them with sass and attitude. I enjoyed The Unexpected Duchess and look forward to reading more from Valerie Bowman in the future. The Unexpected Duchess is book 1 of the Playful Brides Series and can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.