To Marry the Duke is a pretty good book. It only took me a couple of days to read it too. It kept me interested so I read pretty steady. This is one of those books where the man starts off as a arrogant cad but falls in love with the woman and turns into a pretty decent guy. But only after she has fixed things for him of course!
That wasn’t the whole of it…the man had reasons for being scared to care about things…but not good enough ones for being deceitful. He made me mad. I was sort of hoping something really bad would happen and really teach him a lesson…but the way the story turned out was pretty good. He did learn better.
The only thing that bugged me was a couple of sex scenes…nothing extremely graphic…and they WERE married by them….but still. All in all I liked it. Enough that I’m keeping an eye out for the second book in the series. And any other of her books I come across. This one came from one of my mother’s trips to the local flea markets. If you like historical romance…you will probably like this.
From the back cover :
My dear sister Clara,
London society is so much more complicated than I could ever have known! Every night is a different ball or assembly, and a different swirl of glittering jewels and rustling gowns. Though I fear I am making social blunders left and right I am having some measure of success in my (or rather, Mother’s) objective. Mother is beside herself with glee at the attentions I have been receiving from a few gentlemen she finds supremely suitable as husband material.
But my dearest sister, it is so hard for me to even look at any gentleman but a certain duke, who, if I may confess, makes my heart beat so that I fear it can be seen across a ballroom. He is James Langdon, the Duke of Wentworth, and though I may sound dramatic, he makes me feel as no man ever has before.
But I must push these feelings away. I sometimes hear whispers about his dark past, and he is quietly called the Dangerous Duke. Oh Clara! I am secretly overjoyed that he may love me, and at the same time terrified of his attentions. I have waited so long for my true love, and now I must resist him to protect my heart.
If only I knew how to proceed…
Your devoted sister,
About the Author : After years of working as an accountant, Julianne MacLean made the difficult decision to write romances instead, finding success with her acclaimed first novel Prairie Bride. Julianne is fond of creating “tortured heroes” matched with “calm, reasonable and emotionally intelligent” heroines. She presently lives in Canada.