How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield
Series: How To #1
Also in this series: How to Bewitch an Earl
Published by Entangled Publishing on December 8th 2014
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The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager... Nick will sell Walsley Manor if--and only if--Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season. Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
When I first discovered romance novels, it was through historicals, so they have a special place in my heart.
This book had a strong Mr. Darcy clashing with Miss Bennet feel to it. While I enjoyed the way the relationship between Nick, aka the Duke of pompousness, and Cat, the alleged daughter of a pirate developed; I had to struggle to keep reading for the first 30% of the book.
To me, it felt like the story was quite slow to start, but once the main characters started their association it picked up a bit. I have to admit I skimmed a bit and jumped to their interactions. There’s a bet involved, which is always fun to see backfire. We have an unconventional woman for that time and a rigid Duke who we see melt before our eyes.
I was hoping for a bit of ravishing (no historical is worth it without some ravishing) but thought that Nick was just too… stiff and set on propriety to deliver… so happy I was wrong! That was a pleasant surprise.
It had some funny moments, a bit of steam and its fair share of mystery. I had a good time reading How to Beguile a Duke, but I can’t say it’ll make it into my favorite reads list.
3 It’s Not A Historical Without A Good Ravishing Stars
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