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The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke: 01 Mass Market Paperback – 22 August 2017
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2017 RT Reviewer's Choice Book of the Year Nominee and 2017 RT Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best Historical Love & Laughter!
When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…
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.
- With conversation.
- 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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“Dare once again works her own irresistible brand of magic by taking a cast of richly nuanced characters, a deliciously clever plot… and a generous measure of addictively tart wit, and then she spins the whole thing into pure literary gold.” (Booklist (starred review))
“You’ll laugh and cry... while reading this daring reimagination of Beauty and the Beast that is pure romance at its best. Dare’s gift for crafting humorous repartee is matched by her talent for writing deeply emotional stories filled with steamy love scenes.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.
- Publisher : Avon; Reissue edition (22 August 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062349066
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062349064
- Item Weight : 191 g
- Dimensions : 2.79 x 10.41 x 16.76 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in India on 16 January 2019
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1. It is a marriage of convenience.
2. They will have sex with no lights and no kidding.
3. When Emma gets pregnant, she will have her own house in the country to raise the child.
Emma begs to differ.
1. They will have dinner together every night.
2. They will have conversation.
3. There WILL be kissing.
The whole book is strewn with their carnal activities but it never goes overboard or sleazy. The chemistry between the two is clearly perceived and their fallible in love, a given. I loved the humor between the two protagonists. Usually the heroine, at some point feels scared of the hero, but not this one. Thank God. She gives as good as she gets which I liked. No simpering, no kow- towing, no nervous twisting of the hands.
I liked this book and would definitely recommend it.
Reviewed in India on 16 January 2019
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When the Duke of Ashbury returns from the war horribly scarred ("Faulty rocket at Waterloo. You have precisely three seconds to move past it. One. Two...") his fiancée can't bear to look at him and calls off their engagement. In dire need of a wife and heir (so his estate doesn't fall into the hands of his 'toad of a cousin'), when seamstress Emma Gladstone explodes into his study demanding payment for the bridal gown his fiancée has cancelled, he asks her to marry him instead.
"If it's a wife you want, surely you could find many women - many well-bred ladies - who would be willing to marry you."
"Yes, but then I'd have to find them. This saves me so much effort."
Emma is not a fool and, although it takes her a couple of days (she's not entirely sure he's serious), she soon accepts. She thinks she might even grow to love the Duke, and is hoping for a real marriage, but the Duke has a few rules...
There are two things about this novel that make it outstanding: the cracking dialogue and the brilliant characters - particularly the hero, Ash. I was about halfway through the story when the penny dropped. Ash is basically Deadpool - manically cracking irreverent jokes to hide his pain, both mental and physical. Ash had once been an extremely handsome man, now he considers himself to be a monster who frightens small children. It's not the only superhero reference. Ash's relationship with his butler is very Bruce Wayne and Alfred ('Batman'), the encounter with Trevor (the teenage boy who wants to be the sidekick of the 'Monster of Mayfair') reminded me of 'The Incredibles', and then there's that very steamy kiss in the pouring rain ... 'Spiderman'?
So, if you love historical romances written in a very traditional Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer style, you're going to hate this. But it you love witty, warm-hearted romantic comedy, with characters that leap off the page demanding your attention, you'll love it.
This was definitely a five-star read for me.
Thank you to Tessa Dare, Mills & Boon and Netgalley for my copy of this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first Tessa Dare book and I enjoyed it immensely.
We have a marriage of convenience, a cold deal really. Ash needed an heir and Emma was down on her luck financially.
Usually I'd avoid the coldness to the beginning of this romance but I was drawn to this story and so glad I read it.
-There's a somewhat beauty and the beast theme to this.
-Emma's no damsel in distress and had no problem challenging Ash.
-Ash, a self-proclaimed monster could certainly be a D... but he was more grumpy with a dash of being jaded.
-Speaking of Ash and Emma, Emma's challenging mixed with Ash's dry wit was wonderful. Funny and charming, honestly.
-Then we've got the meddling house staff which were hilarious and my favourite Khan! Omg his sarcasm and humour killed me. I loved him.
-A c... blocking cat who honestly deserved more page time imo.
-Ash and Emma growing together and falling in love while trying to convince themselves they weren't.
-Emma's group of girlfriends
- Sweet and steamy
Now, this is a historical so yes, how some things are presented sometimes were not my favourite. I personally think Ash deserved to grovel way more but he got away with it because of things that wrapped up and glossed over way too quickly. The structure of the writing, it ran together. No separation of pov , threw me off at first But I did get used to it quicker than I thought I would. But hey ho, it was what it was and I still liked this story a whole lot and so glad I have it a go.
Other than the first two Bridgerton books I haven’t read any historical romance and if there were more on KU then I probably would. But when I saw this recommended by Chloe Liese I thought I’d give it a try.
This had major beauty and the beast vibes (not sure if it was supposed to, but a scarred hero with forced proximity?) Emma appears at the Duke’s residence looking for payment for a wedding dress she made that’s no longer needed because the duke is no longer getting married. Emma is in desperate need of the money and The Duke is now in desperate need of a wife. So Lord Ashbury comes up with an offer, he can either pay Emma for the dress or he can make her a duchess.
I loved Emma with her sensible head but also her big heart. The side characters were entertaining and despite being a total grump Ash was charming. I think if you’re looking for a easy, historical romance this is a great place to start.
--Most of the time, a girl needed to rescue herself.
How you feel about books is often dictated by what you’re going through at the time of reading them. And I read this one while heartbroken. You see, the evening before I opened this up, my boyfriend and I made the horrible decision to break up. In so many ways, we were perfect for each other, but there was one thing that just kept coming back up. You’d think, after having my own heart destroyed, I wouldn’t be able to read a romance. I didn’t think I would be able to.
And yet, I did read this. In fact, it was the only thing that could take my mind off of how much I miss him for more than a few minutes at a time.
This book was like a warm hug, a soothing balm, a much-needed respite. It showed me that love existed, and that a man would do anything to be with the woman he loved, even if just in fiction.
--“You’re mine,” he said hoarsely, lifting his head and staring deep into her eyes, willing her to believe. “If you leave, I will follow. Do you hear me? I will follow and find you and cart you home.”
It also showed a heroine who, despite being a seamstress, could stand up to a grumpy duke. It had a varied group of female friends, each wonderfully interesting in their own right. It made me smile and laugh out loud several times, despite how much I was hurting. It had passion and demonstrated female sexuality in a positive light. It even had a bodice-ripping scene, then went and flipped it on its head with the heroine ripping the hero’s shirt.
So basically, this book was magic. I’m going straight on to The Governess Game after this because Tessa Dare clearly knows how to deal with heartache.
The writing in this book is wonderfully witty, and Tessa Dare really developed the best characters in Emma and Ash and just how they bounce off each other. It was so fun to read all of their interactions, as they were so comedic and sometimes gruff and snappy with one another yet there was a constant underlying of love and respect for one another.
The side characters in this book are also really great from Emma's friends, who I know get their own books in this series and I can't wait to read, from the servants who love to plot about throwing Emma and Ash at each other in different ways to make them truly fall in love as well as the butler Khan who is knowledgable and kind, and not afraid to say what he thinks. Even Breeches the cat is a hit!
I thought how Emma and Ash really began to reveal their flaws and fears to one another, and the slow way Ash finally allowed Emma to really see him, and feel him, his scars fully on show was truly beautiful. This scene, despite being a sex scene, actually made me well up in emotion as I really felt the connection between the characters and I could almost hear all their walls come tumbling down.
Brilliant characters, wonderful plot and witty writing. A must read!