The Duchess Deal
Girl Meets Duke
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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…
Charming, funny and touching.
Five full stars, people. I do not do that very often. This is Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast rolled into one entertaining read.
Ash is a scarred, insecure man with a heart of gold, but he's surrounded his heart with hardness to protect himself.
Emma is equally scarred except emotionally and she's strong for surviving it. I loved Emma's determination to overcome every adversity.
There are some truly lol moments of dialogue between the two main characters. There are touching, heartbreaking ones as well. Even the dedication made me chuckle. I truly love this author's sense of humor.
Sex scenes are tasteful and sexy all at once.
Best Tessa Dare book ever, in my opinion.
Cute book! Poor Ash!! I feel so bad for him! I can understand where he's coming from with his scars-sort of. I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 14 years old and I have severe scars on my arms, chest, stomach & lower back & I hate them!!! Luckily, I'm able to hide mine easily. I really liked this book & how it's not a typical romance! The main characters are pretty much opposite what authors usually make them! He's scarred & cranky. She isn't in the same social class as he is & she was a laborer-working her fingers into calluses! I really liked both characters & I thought they suited each other really well! I recommend reading this book. It's entertaining & well written! I felt so bad for the main characters & the difficulties they have both faced/face. I wanted to give them a big hug! I'd like to know what happens with Emma's Dad-the big jerk! (SPOILER ALERT!!)-I wish someone, an old friend, would've come forward at the ball Ash went to & acted like he was glad to see Ash or Thanked him for being in the war! (His ex-fiancé doesn't count since she didn't do it for Ash but for herself!) I just feel bad that he doesn't have any male friends, besides his butler! Overall-this was a really good book!
The Duchess Deal
Good read. The characters were real. Flawed,proud, stubborn, kind and the banter between Ash and his lady was priceless.
Supporting characters were wonderful. The Menace, Kahn, Penny,Alex, and of course Breeches the cat.