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Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.
His terms are simple:
They will be husband and wife by night only.
No lights, no kissing.
No questions about his battle scars.
Last, and most importantly...once she's pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
They will have dinner together every evening.
And unlimited teasing.
Last, and most importantly...once she's seen the man beneath the scars, he can't stop her from falling in love.
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By Eugenie on 09-29-17
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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By Bellen on 09-26-17
A Comedic Romance That You Can Take Seriously
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.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful