Release Date-22nd February 2018
Kindle Edition-384 Pages
THIS IS A RE-RELEASE
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
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh, words cannot describe how much I enjoyed The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1) by Tessa Dare.
I wasn’t really expecting that much from this and it jumped up and hit me by surprise.
So The “The Duchess Deal” tells the tale of vicar’s daughter turned seamstress Emma Gladstone and The Duke of Ashbury’s “Ash”.
Ash Horribly disfigured after the war needs a wife and heir after his broken engagement and Emma a seamstress but a lady nether the less fits his bill precisely.
But there will be some rules to follow.
.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 sets a few stipulations of her own.
They will have dinner together every evening.
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
What follows is nothing short of sublime as Emma wagers one-woman guerrilla warfare against her new unsuspecting husband.
Emma can’t help falling for the grumpy bad tempered Duke and She will Teach Ash the real meaning of Love and care as she falls further down the rabbit hole herself.
So This was a fantastic read not only did it manage to keep my attention I found myself chuckling throughout.
Ash’s intriguing use of language had me grinning from ear to ear.
That original bed scene where it was like a game of blind man’s buff as Ash was feeling around in the dark for Emma was fantastic, so amusing.
Then there was that stray cat Emma just picked up from the street to take with her, lucky cat ay.
And as this story progressed you couldn’t help to fall along with Emma for the gruff, sarcastic stubborn but wholly worthy of love Ash.
It reminded me so much of a beauty and the beast tale just more risque and raunchy as Emma and her Duke proceed to christen all rooms in there home lol.
Ash may be disfigured but without his impairment, Emma and Ash would never have married so maybe it was a blessing in disguise resulting in his happiness and escape from his previous shallow engagement.
The many terms of endearment used throughout “The Duchess Deal” By Emma were brilliant and kept me smiling along.
And the added story of the “Monster of Mayfair” was also quite sad, I felt for Ash but at the same time wanted him to realise he was much more than just his face.
And when Ash did do sweet in his own particular snarky way well just SWOON GIRLFRIEND!!!!
“You are wet, and you are cold. You don’t like being cold. Therefore, I despise you being cold. I would go about murdering raindrops and setting fire to the clouds, but that would take slightly more than an hour. Perhaps even two. So we’re here, and you will cease complaining about it.”
Listen to me talking as if these characters are really real lol.
But that, in my opinion, is the sign of a well-written story that by the time I was finished here I felt I was leaving behind me, two old friends.
I was actually sad to leave Emma and Ash in the background.
But so happy they got to live there very own HEA.
“The Duchess was so refreshing to read and left me with such a happy feeling inside.
I was provided with an ARC of “The Duchess” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.