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I ripped through The Duke's Stolen Bride in less than 24 hours after watching a really not satisfying ending to Sanditon on PBS. So.... In some ways, The Duke's Stolen Bride is very old school: virgin heroine is put in an untenable position, and the local Duke ends up being a hottie who can help her out. Marian decides to become a courtesan to get her family out of debt after her father's death. She meets Nate, the dashing, if emotionally remote Duke and would-be tutor; and finally there's the villainous and kind of gross Mr. Lawrence. It all adds up to a sexy bit of melodrama that's an enjoyable read.
For Marian, it’s all about choice and control and later, pleasure, something women didn’t have much of in her time. Do I wish there was more focus on the witty, intelligent conversation aspect of being a courtesan? Sure. But that would make this a different book. I enjoyed the one Sophie Jordan gave us.