The Duchess Deal

The Duchess Deal

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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...

Publisher: New York, NY :, Avon Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062697202
006269720X
Characteristics: 271 pages.

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AlwaysAwry
Sep 15, 2018

This book was absolutely amazing. I love the main characters and how different they were from typical historical leads are in books. It was quite refreshing that Ash wasn't the dashing womanizing rakish Duke and Emma wasn't the typical society girl or gentleman's daughter who either is in desperate need of a husband or who is charmed by the male into bed and finds herself having to marry him. It was also nice that Emma was allowed to be sexually aware and to find sex enjoyable from the very beginning. And boy does Tessa know how to write those sex scenes, hot hot hot! This is a must read book for anyone who likes historical romances!

JCLHebahA Aug 21, 2018

Tessa Dare's witty writing and strong heroines keep me reading her books, but somehow I never got around to reading this one until I needed some travel reading. It did not disappoint, and in fact reminded me a lot (in a good way!) of her Spindle Cove series with its core of unconventional friends. Can't wait for the next one!

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RosaReads2
Jul 11, 2018

To all the people who have recommended Tessa Dare, I will humble myself and now bow to you. It was every thing you said and more. I loved it! Poignant, romantic, and whip-smart. Oh, and funny. The banter was some of the best! I am a convert.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 04, 2018

I loved this book! Tessa Dare's historical romances are full of strong women, engaging and thoughtful men and a ton of witty banter and humor. I can't help but laugh out loud as I read her books. I totally loved the lightness of this particular story and found all the characters to be very likeable.

JCLRachelN Sep 14, 2017

The first in a new series by Dare introduces Emma, a seamstress, and her three new friends who have interests in animals, science, and astronomy. I enjoyed that Emma works before she is married and continues to express passion in creating garments after the nuptials. Dare does well creating strong female characters. Can't wait to see what she does with the rest of the "Girl Meets Duke" series.

martha_w Aug 07, 2017

A lot of romance novels have a Beauty and the Beast feel to them (since the redemption of the hero is often a key part of the plot), and that is very much the case here, with the hero having been horribly disfigured at Waterloo, and therefore convinced no one will ever love him, etc. Fortunately, since this is a Tessa Dare book, there was plenty of charm and humor to balance out some of the angst (for which I generally have little patience). This was often laugh-out-loud funny, as her books tend to be (there is a cat named Breeches in this book, which is reason enough to read it), and while I don't love the power dynamic of the relationship (the hero is a duke, and the heroine's a seamstress -- I generally prefer both halves of the couple to be on more even footing), I understand its necessity in this particular case (for plot reasons), and this was still thoroughly enjoyable. Not my absolute favorite Tessa Dare book, but a fun summer read that is sure to please her fans.

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