The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke: 01 Mass Market Paperback – 22 August 2017
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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.
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- Publisher : Avon (22 August 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062349066
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062349064
- Item Weight : 136 g
- Dimensions : 2.79 x 10.41 x 16.76 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #138,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
By AlphaGirlReviews 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.
Emma works as a streamstress and walks into The Duke of Ashbury’s house asking for money that is owed to her, if she doesn’t get paid she will be out on the streets. Ash is the Duke and feels he looks like a Monster due to an injury he suffered whilst at war! To ensure his estate is safe when something happens to him he needs an heir, and with never leaving his house, he sees this down and out streamstress as the way forward! When Ash propositions Emma, she takes her money and storms out the house, back to the life in the shop.
Ash refuses to take no for an answer and arrives at Emma’s place of work, he tells her she will marry him and have his heir, although there are rules she has to abide by. Of course, she would be silly to not accept his offer, so signs the papers and married the Duke.
Emma refuses to allow Ash to be mean and hurtful to her, and gives as good as she gets. In doing this, they both start having feelings for each other, but thinks that the other isn’t interested. Can the two of them realise before it’s too late that they really want each other, or will they both end up being miserable and alone.
The content has some of the elements I don't like, as above, and the plot is certainly not a new one - the physically and mentally scarred war veteran being saved by the love of a good woman has been done again and again. That aside, I laughed out loud, rooted for the couple, loved their banter, especially the heroine's teasing of her stiff, starchy husband and the relationship with their staff, and just simply enjoyed this light, funny and uplifting book, and just set aside my usual reservations. For others like me, who might not want to read something which is not true to the period, I would say do try it and read it without reservations! Would I read other books by this author? - yes, if they come as highly recommended as this one, but she still wouldn't be an auto-buy for me.
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.
You’ve got a seriously battle-scarred Duke who is bitter and grumpy expertly manoeuvring a kind natured young woman into marrying him as he desperately needs an heir.
The deal is that once he has an heir, she needn't ever share his bed but she’ll be taken care of for the rest of her life and expected to raise the child well.
Sounds like a sweet deal right? Especially when you’re estranged from your family and barely making ends meet as a seamstress!
I love that Dare doesn’t dilly-dally in getting to the point. The Duke (aka Ash) and Emma meet in the first few pages and they’re married within a few chapters. It’s quick and transactional just like it’s supposed to be because all the fun stuff comes after they’re married!
Ash has a heart but it has been badly damaged by people’s cruel words and actions since returning from the battle of Waterloo badly disfigured. Emma has her work cut out for her to tear down the walls and reach his heart but she isn’t a cold, nor faint, hearted ninny so goes for it!
Watching the pair of them fall in love, and watching Ash learn to accept himself, was a pleasure and I inhaled the book over the course of a single evening as I couldn’t put it down.
It was the perfect little escape from the real world…
I’m very much looking forward to reading the other books in the series and watching Emma’s friends meet their matches, for I think this is quite possibly the quirkiest and most interesting bunch of women I’ve seen crop up in regency romances ever!