The Duke's Disaster

The Duke's Disaster

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Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he's infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea's mature, sensible and even rather attractive-what could possibly go wrong?

As a lady fallen on hard times, Thea doesn't expect tender sentiments from His Grace, but she does wish Noah had courted her trust, lest her past turn their hastily arranged marriage into a life of shared regrets. Is His Grace courting a convenient wife, or a beautiful disaster?

Praise for Grace Burrowes:
"Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions [with] consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters." -Publishers Weekly
"Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes' writing." -Booklist
"Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!" -Fresh Fiction

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781492605300
Characteristics: 439 pages ;,18 cm.


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May 13, 2018

“Your husband --" He had to start again, because something had caught in his throat. "Your husband thinks you were brave beyond telling to suffer this assault without doing violence to those who deserved your wrath. He thinks you might have lost your reason, were you a weaker person, and gone into a protracted decline. He holds your resilience, your wits, and your fortitude in highest esteem, Araminthea, and he vows to never allow another to harm you thus. Never.” (p. 374)

May 13, 2018

“What troubles your sleep? Before you prevaricate, recall that I am your husband, to whom you must transfer title to all your woes and worries." / More and more, Noah’s orders sounded like endearments. (p. 306)

May 13, 2018

“You are right." Erickson’s smile was back, though muted. "You think like a woman. You think of ways around a problem, while we fellows try to smash it to bits. You are on the other side of it while we’re still bashing away.” (p. 230)


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May 13, 2018

One of my favourite plot lines begins with a hasty marriage between well-matched people who barely know each other and struggle toward surprising spiciness. Noah rushes into a dutiful marriage, concerned that Thea, companion to his former lady friend, will soon be jobless. Although Thea is also titled, the loss of her parents and an irresponsible older brother have forced her into service. Noah explains at the outset that he isn’t “nice” and stays true to form in their awkward early relationship, though not intentionally mean-spirited. To Noah, “handling a new wife was the same as acquiring a market, or the controlling shares in a business. One simply needed a plan, some resources, time, and determination.” Thea is burdened by her lack of chastity arriving at the marriage bed, while the double standard for philandering men is brought to light with compassion. Thea is slow to share details of her difficult experience, which keeps the pages turning as Noah gradually earns her trust. Noah has his own secrets and unsavoury family baggage, as two children suddenly appear at the country manor. Threat of slander and worse provides drama when a cad seeks to improve his lot at the couple’s expense. Many delightful turns of phrase, such as “disappointment as old as Noah’s oldest memory, as familiar as his own hands, settled in his belly where arousal had been moments earlier,” and the later realization, “with a wife, he could again have the pleasure of warm, happy little people wiggling right beside him like puppies at the start of the day.” Another delicious read from a marvellous author of historical romance.

ArapahoeKati Jan 26, 2017

While I think it's amazing to see a Regency romance thoughtfully tackling consent in a sexual relationship, the main characters didn't feel rounded out enough for me to make their marriage--their motivations and their emotions--seem realistic enough for me to buy their love story.

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