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I love romance novels by Georgette Heyer, Lisa Kleypas, Laura Kinsdale, Julia Quinn, and many more but This!Was! Wonderful! The perfect combination of humor (I actually laughed out loud), charm, intelligence, feminism, machismo, psychological insight, plot, children, cats, and OMG the sex! It was hot, inventive, not too much, not too little...All was made even more enjoyable by the stunningly adept, perfectly nuanced, absolutely spot-on interpretation, and always compelling performance by Mary Jane Wells, who is now my favorite narrator (and I've listened to a gazillion audio books, trust me). Other than the aforementioned Georgette Heyer's Regency romance novels, which are in a league of their own (and have no sex scenes, by the way, but you don't really miss it), I have never before loved a romance novel so much that I wanted to re-read it immediately, but this is so much fun I can't wait to read it again!
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If you could sum up The Duchess Deal in three words, what would they be?
Marriage. Of. Convenience.
What other book might you compare The Duchess Deal to and why?
This book is similar in concept to Lisa Kleypas's "Devil in Winter." In both books, two people get married to further their separate goals, but wind up falling in love.
Which character – as performed by Mary Jane Wells – was your favorite?
I adored Mary Jane Wells's portrayal of Ashbury, the hero. She makes him sound pompous, almost stuffy, which is not the typical voice for a love interest. But Wells makes it work, turning Ashbury into a hilarious, distinct, and lovable character.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same.
Any additional comments?
Mary Jane Wells knocked it out of the park with this performance. Tessa Dare exceeded expectations. This book should be a part of any Historical Romance library.
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