Another blog tour today and it’s for Tessa Dare and ‘The Duchess Deal’. Thank you to Mills and Boon for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’
When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, 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 secrets and some rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
What does TWG think?
It’s not often that I read regency romance novels as they’re not really my thing, but I have to say that this one intrigued me. I do enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone, that’s for sure!
Even though ‘The Duchess Deal’ had a few inaccuracies of a historical nature, I found the overall vibe of the storyline quite enjoyable. The romance was a large part of this book and it was written exceptionally well. I have to say that I did find some of the intimate scenes a little cringey! I am not a prude by any means, but I did feel like the intimate scenes between the characters were overdone a little. Certainly was saucy though, can’t fault that!
Tessa Dare is a new author for me and overall, it was a joy to be able to read something by a new author which allowed me to take a running jump out of my comfort zone. I fully appreciated the concept of this book and what it stood for, and I thought that the author brought the characters to life in such a powerful and memorable manner. I did enjoy ‘The Duchess Deal’ a lot more than I thought I was going to and, despite having a couple of issues with several things in the book, I can definitely say that I will be reading another Tessa Dare novel in the future.