|Reviews for Dueling Dukes|
| bluesunVM 11/19/12 . chapter 47
I wanted to thank you for continuing to write great Duke family stories. I enjoyed this as well as your previous ones and look forward to new ones in the future.
| DixieDavenport 10/25/12 . chapter 47
I loved the chapter and the story! Great how you brought in Amy and Jill, yet put an end to Ruby and Mary Kaye. Glad there is hope looming fo the Duke future both at the farm and in relatonships! Poor Enos, good thing is with what Luke said he won't be able to hold the baby for years to come.
Would you consider a part two, several years in the future? Loved it! Hate tsee it come to an end!
| DixieDavenport 10/25/12 . chapter 46
Great Chapter! Loved seeing the 'kids' through Jesse's eyes. Glad things seem to be shaping up for the boys and it also looks like things are shaping up for Daisy too. Looks like Bo and Luke are well on their way to getting the farm rebuilt. It's good to see Daisy and Enos starting their own life. I hope Jesse is able to get her family to accept her again after te way she left. Heading to to next chapter eagerly but with dread as I know it is the last chapter in a story that I have so enjoyed. I've lovd westerns since watching them with my grandfather and in high school started reading them, this has been the best of both worlds, my favorite Dukes and a western theme!
| Mirthless Laughter 10/25/12 . chapter 47
Thanks for writing and sharing this one. I'm sorry to see it go, but I've loved coming on the ride - like you said, on horseback instead of in a car. It's been fun.
Aw! Daisy's pregnant! That makes me happy. And yeah, I'm inclined to agree with Luke's assessment there about how Daisy hadn't been halfway sane since she'd started showing. Pregnant people aren't the most fun to live with. xD
Now, Luke. It's just that Bo has to carry on the conversation for the both of you, is all. That's obviously the only reason why he talks so much. P
It's nice to see that the cabin is (mostly?) complete.
I'm just sitting over here grinning like a fool at Luke's thought about how he would take whippings or bullets for Bo, but he wouldn't take on Daisy. Well, Bo - he did try to warn you.
I can only imagine Luke's frustration over being told to take it easy on a normal day, so the way that he twisted that back around for his own benefit here makes me smile. As does Luke's thought about being perfectly willing to let Bo wear the apron outside. That's a nice older cousin.
First time Enos had met them at all - so does that mean that Jesse wasn't able to convince them to come down for Daisy's wedding? Aw. Well, I'm sure he gave it a good try... and anyway, I guess what matters is that they are coming now, and maybe there's a chance for something like reconciliation. It would be nice for them to be able to be a part of their grandchild's life, even if it's daddy isn't the one they'd picked.
The mental image of Luke taking care of Baby Paul amuses me. And his instructions to Enos about not letting the baby get the better of him... that was perfect.
Yes, absolutely. Much worse for Bo to go babbling secrets to their family than to the general public. Uncle Jesse talking about grandbabies makes me happy, though, especially since no one bothered to correct him (even if Luke did it mentally).
Hm. Luke's lady-friend wouldn't be Amy, would it? It would be interesting to see how that works out in this universe - although I, of course, remain steadfastly for the Duke boys being unattached their whole lives.
I don't know that I should be all that happy to see that Rosco and Boss are now on their way to having some kind of relationship that's more than just contempt on either side, but I am. Interesting that Luke describes Boss as Rosco's pet here, whereas it would probably be the other way around in the series. I do think it's cute that Rosco refused to give Boss up to another jail, though. And the mention of Lulu being sweet on Boss and therefore making him more hearty meals just makes me smile.
I was hoping it was crawdad bisque, although Bo bringing up rattlesnake stew did throw me a bit. Bo's never had crawdad bisque? What a shame. It's good that that's changing.
Rosco being good with Baby Paul makes me happy. And - I do remember you saying that Bo would always have a certain fondness for Rosco, which I can certainly see now, with him defending him against Boss. But don't worry, Bo - Boss is probably already pretty fond of Rosco himself.
Ah, so it is Amy. I was a little slower catching where the mention of the girl at the orphanage was going, but now I see. Anyway, I'm happy to see that they've agreed not to get married any time soon. (And Rosco made me laugh, with his bit about how he'd told Bo to let those ladies adopt him, not to marry one of them. XD)
I'm loving every minute of this get-together. Cooter showing up with a live turkey is just wonderful, as is Luke's decision to just keep it around the farm until November. Maybe by then Bo'll be too attached to it for them to kill it, at that.
Poor Rosco. Although the image of him trying to figure out what to do with the flask of whiskey does make me smile. And I'm glad so far the general census has been approval, it being Bo's first batch and all.
Interesting that Emery Potter ended up as the new Justice. Almost certainly for the best.
See, now, I was starting to worry when Uncle Jesse put the cap back on the flask that maybe he wasn't going to taste any. Which I'm sure would have been fine and dandy for his standing as pastor, but still. I think it was probably important to Bo to get Jesse's approval on having done it right. I'm certainly glad he got it.
Funny thing, how getting shot was the best thing that ever happened to Luke. I agree, but it's just weird to be saying.
Luke's thought about how they needed separate bedrooms because of how loud Bo snores just made me laugh. Just get used to it, Luke.
Sigh. Well, I'm sad to see it go, but that ending was absolutely perfect. I'm happy. And the closing line - "Life would be good." Yeah. I'm very happy.
Thanks again for sharing this! It was wonderful. ]
| Bookworm41 10/23/12 . chapter 47
Wonderful ending, makes me wish I was sitting right out there with them.
| Enos'sGal 10/19/12 . chapter 46
I LOVED this chapter! Hearing Jesse's thoughts about each person he cared for was extremely well written and touching. I particularly liked the exchange between Luke and Jesse, resolving old wounds and starting anew. The mud in the church was an interesting visual metaphor...how when we love it's still messy! Awesome, awesome work! Thanks for sharing your talents!
| Bookworm41 10/19/12 . chapter 46
Wonderful job I loved th ending and the referance to the shepard and the lost sheep was perfect. Thanks for the great story.
| Guest 10/19/12 . chapter 32
Cute chapter. Bo handled everything wrong, but he was Lucky he called Yellow Eye "Daisy" or he might have been in the bed next to Luke's - or worse! Cute interaction between him and Daisy!
| Guest 10/18/12 . chapter 31
Lol - Bo's mustache is a burden to carry around all by itself! That was good.
OMG! Luke slipped up and let the cat out of the bag that Yellow Eye is a she - Bo caught right on to it, too.
Okay, well, they got that worked out, we hope. Let's hope Yellow Eye, I mean Daisy, plays along.
Oh now - he wouldn't reckon he would mind a visitor in the morning, huh? He'd never admit it but he's kind of taken a shine to Bo.
Good chapter - on to the next.
| Mirthless Laughter 10/17/12 . chapter 46
Jesse's thought about how Enos was bound to be covered with mud just made me smile. Probably true.
It's nice to hear that most of the boys have come in from the feud, even if there are some hold-outs. And, hey, look! News about Boss! Yeah, I can see that eventual end coming true - him getting out on the basis of time served without ever having stood trial. Sounds like the kind of thing Boss would fangle the system into allowing. (That bit about Ol' Nut just giving up because he didn't have anyone to fight with was also interesting. I'm not sure whether or not I should feel sorry for the old man, seeing as how he was one half of the beginning of this whole problem, but I do, kinda.)
Aw. Poor Dobro. Well - at least the injury wasn't more serious.
I know I already made a fuss over Daisy and Enos getting engaged, but hearing that they're married now just makes me so very happy. As it should be. (It also makes me happy that Jesse got a chance to refer to them as "his kids" - well, children - in this setting, too. He hasn't had quite as much of a role in their lives, at least not in Bo and Daisy's, but - I think he still has the right to it.)
It's... painful, I guess, to see Luke so angry with Jesse. Understandable, and Jesse's probably handling it the only way that'll have any effect on Luke in the long-run, but it's painful to watch.
You know, it's interesting to see the difference in the way Jesse feels about moonshining here versus the way he felt about in the series. Here, it wasn't good for him or his life (or his kids), whereas in the series, he gave it up, but not out of any particular conviction (other than the "I don't want to see my boys in prison" one). Just - interesting to see.
"Despite himself, Luke loved Bo for no other reason than that he was Bo." - This line, and the paragraph that it's in just... perfection. I love every bit of it.
Oh, okay. So Jesse's not against it for his kids. Well - it is a Duke tradition. I think with Bo there, Luke could probably handle it okay - being a moonshiner.
It makes me smile, the fact that Jesse's thinking about getting Daisy's parents to embrace her again. I think they'll really like Enos, if they give him a chance... and I suspect her dad, at least, will probably be happy with what she's become. I mean, he's a Duke, too, at heart.
And, the end. Love the reference to the CB handles. :) The shepherd theme Jesse's role gets to have here makes me absurdly happy.
| HazzardHusker 10/16/12 . chapter 30
Wow! I finally got back to this story.
LOL about Bo seeing Luke's naked shoulder and that was more than Miss Mabel's girls has seen of him!
Bo is just adorable in this fic. He can be my nurse anytime, and I'll even get his name right!
| Jeremy Duke 10/16/12 . chapter 46
Very clever "lost sheep" parable - love the tie-in to their CB handle!
| Mirthless Laughter 10/7/12 . chapter 45
I do find it adorable that Luke is there at Doc Cooter's, in the role of expectant father, tearing up sheets while Mary Kaye's having her baby. Which, I guess is what he was doing when she had the baby in the series. (It's also nice to know that his arm is mostly operational again. Don't do that to me ever again, Luke.)
"He knew what alone felt like, and he reckoned not being alone was unarguably superior." - I really liked this line. It just makes me happy, because Bo isn't alone anymore and that's just as it should be.
Bo's thought about what the outcome of Cooter attempting to cut Luke's shirt off with some shears made me smile. Probably true. Doc Cooter surely does have some guts.
Ohh, Luke using the Babe nickname against Bo. Now, that's not fair, Luke. (Although I guess I won't hold that against him - that must have sucked to find out. I was afraid that whoever had done it might be someone close to Luke in the feud, but I hadn't even thought about Cap. Ouch. Poor Luke.)
I really like the paragraph about Luke's many faces. That's something you were bound to learn fast, Bo - Luke likes calling people stupid without ever actually saying the words. (I also very much liked Bo's thought about how he'd be teaching Luke how to smile. Luke definitely needs some help in the arena, Bo - go for it.)
Whether Luke is right in his assumption about who killed his family or not (and I noticed that there was a distinct lack of mention over what happened to Boss, by the way), I'm glad that he's given up the idea of actively seeking out revenge. Good. This is good progress.
Bo's method of testing to see if Luke's arm was okay just made me laugh. Yup, he's got Luke pegged. (For some reason, it also makes me absurdly pleased that Luke actually did manage to catch the mug. Skill.)
It makes me smile that Bo and Daisy are calling Jesse "Uncle Jesse" now. I'm sure Luke will come around eventually, but in the meantime, I'm content. And Bo's method of getting Luke to agree to going back to the farm makes me equally happy - just perfect. I agree: Bo's smile is definitely his best weapon.
That ended on a nice, high note. I'm glad. Even though Luke didn't get to end up with Mary Kaye (not that I thought he was going to in this story), it was good of him to be there for her. It's probably not such a good thing that I'm glad he doesn't get to end up with her, but - well. It is what it is. And anyway, Bo and Luke have a farm to rebuild.
| Enos'sGal 10/3/12 . chapter 44
Love how Daisy still ends up doing the proposing! HA! I like the way you have written the couple in this chapter, catching the push and pull of the relationship they had. The last line was great...she's taking his boots!
| Enos'sGal 10/3/12 . chapter 43
Fantastic chapter. The action was written exceptionally well and I laughed out loud at the exchange between Cletus and Rosco. Fantastic and entertaining as usual and something tells me that Enos may be giving up his collar for a badge?