In the mood for a romantic comedy or a light romance? Do you sometimes watch The Bachelor on tv? You'll want to check out Vicky Dreiling's How to Marry a Duke.
Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne, is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary -- nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker: Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...
Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the sort of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.
I know I've been gushing about books lately, but How to Marry a Duke is such a fun read. Just to prove it to you, here's a passage I particularly liked:
"Suppose you were competing with another man for a girl's affections. The other gentleman brings flowers and sends poetry. What would you do to top him?"
I guess you have to read it in context. But How to Marry a Duke combines two romantic leads that have spent much of their adult lives adhering to duty and sacrificing for their families. The matchmaker is now one of the wealthiest women in England and doesn't want a man dictating her life. The Duke has decided to outsource the search for a bride to a professional -- he doesn't just want a pretty face, he wants someone intelligent, independent and rational. And he's drawn to the curvy matchmaker. When he finds himself urrounded by twenty-four of the most accomplished and eligible young women and their mothers, the Duke realizes that the "confidential" search for his Duchess has taken a very strange turn.
Contests, quizzes, essay exams, interviews -- the matchmaker and Duke come up with all sorts of ways to find the perfect match. And Dreiling takes full advantage of the situation. How to Marry a Duke had me chuckling and crying. It's thoroughly enjoyable and I'm glad to be able to give away 3 copies of the book. Check down below to join the contest!
ISBN-10: 0446565377 - Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Publisher: Forever; Original edition (January 3, 2011), 432 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author:
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.”
When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit that lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.
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