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The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke (Mass Market)
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My go-to recommendation to get people into historical romance. The Duchess Deal is a rom-com in the truest sense of the word: it's got a lot of humor baked into the plot itself, with shenanigans galore, but has real heft and heart as well. A sprinkle of Beauty and the Beast, a dash of Shakespearean swearing, one mangy cat up to no good, a marriage of convenience, and two main characters who begin to heal from their traumas together. This may be a perfect book -- I'm rereading this series for the umpteenth time right now.
If you're an audiobook person, consider getting this book from Libro.fm or the library app, Libby—the voice actor who narrates this book, Mary Jane Wells, is absolutely incredible. I've listened to the audiobook multiple times.— Joanna
An iBooks Best Romance of August Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's Buzz Books of Romance 2017!
An Amazon Best Romance of August Pick!
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…
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.
“Sexy, tender, and wickedly funny, Dare’s newest offering is a spirited tale with a Beauty-and-the-Beast theme and the perfect launch for her latest series.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“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)