My favorite Tessa Dare novel
and I’ve read & enjoyed everything the author has written. The dry wit & dialogue are incredibly good, but then throw in numerous odd, funny scenarios such as a Batman/Dark Knight trope… The heroine is strong, sensible & funny, the hero is awful & awfully adorable.
I WILL reread this particular book again & again, if only for the “hell demon visitation” chapter & any scene with Khan or The Menace.
The Duchess Deal
I Loved It ! First time reading this author, won’t be the last. Held my interest, touched my heart, laughed out loud, got tears in my eyes. What more can you expect from a book ?
Great Read if You Love Romance
By Suzanne Golt
I have to be honest, I am generally not a fan of period romances. I love movies from various eras, but for some reason I always gravitate to books about the present. That was until I read the Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare. I read about five books a week and when I saw this book recommended in one of my reader groups, I put aside the 50 unread books I have on my I pad and purchased this one. And I am so glad I did. I liked the book from the very first page and didn’t stop reading until I finished it.
I loved the Duke of Ashbury and how he and Emma met. He needed a wife and an heir, and she needed love and companionship so they decide to come together in an arrangement that will benefit them both. They each have issues, he was injured at war which left him badly scared, and she had an incident happen when she was a teen that made her flee from her home.
In order for me to not put a book down, I have to admire and respect the heroine, and I thought Emma was awesome. She was kind, smart, bold, educated, patient, wise, and oh so witty. I loved how she stood up to him, wanted a true partnership, and made him see all the good that she saw in him. This was not easy as he was a bit of a bear to live with and their clever banter was a normal part of their dialogue and what I liked reading about best.
Ash was so complex but all he wanted was to give and receive love as well. He was hurt and broken from a past relationship, in addition to his war wounds, and Emma helped to heal him. I loved in the end how he did fight for her and finally admitted his true feelings.
Other reviewers compared this book to Beauty and the Beast and I do agree with a bit of Batman and Robin thrown in (you will see how he meets his young protégé). Parts did get a bit crazy, but it’s a book based on fiction and I am reading for an escape. I liked all the verbiage used in this book and am glad I read an electronic version so I could easily look up words from Old England. The book took me back in time and it was truly a pleasure to experience their journey and how they became a family.
THis was such a fun and touching romance. You are guaranteed to laugh and even cry through out the book!
Whitt and charming. I love Emma’s whit and her indomitable spirit. Well written and an easy read. Looking forward to more from this author.
‘The Duchess Deal’ was romance at its best!
❝You’re mine,❞ he said hoarsely, lifting his head and staring deep into her eyes, willing her to believe.
❝If you leave, I will follow. Do you hear me? I will follow and find you and cart you home.❞
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It had everything: amazing characters, stunning writing and a steamy storyline that had me swooning!
The Duke of Ashbury desired a wife to continue his lineage. Yet, he didn’t want a partner or a companion, he simply wanted an incubator. After being horrifically injured in war, he was used to people looking at him in horror. When his previous engagement ended he was left feeling that he “deserved nothing more than scraps and shadows of affection, and even then, only in the dark.”
When Emma barged in demanding money for her services, the Duke decided marrying her would be a win for both. He would get an heir, she would no longer want for money.
❝A broodmare. Hm. I’m not certain I mind that comparison. If you’re a broodmare, that would make me the stud.❞
❝And there,❞ she said, ❝is the injustice of the world in a nutshell.❞
Emma Gladstone had had a difficult time of it the last six years. After being kicked out of her fathers home, she set forth on her own to London. Penniless and without help, she persevered, found a craft and worked as a seamstress. It was hard work, but Emma was good at it. When she wasn’t paid for the work she’d done for a wedding dress she’d made, Emma had no other choice but to ask the Duke for reimbursement. Even if it was humiliating. Emma didn’t expect to get a marriage proposal out of it. Even though it didn’t offer the four things she’d been craving since she was a child; Understanding. Admiration. Affection. Love. she knew the proposal was too good not to accept, he was a Duke, after all, she would be a fool to say no.
The Duke pushed Emma at every turn and Emma challenged his every move. She was determined to make him see the beautiful person he was, not the monster he’d been made to believe.
❝It’s not pity or distaste that worries you. You’re not afraid of rejection. You welcome it. But if you’re seen for everything you are—the strengths and the flaws, the beauty and the scars—you might have to believe you’re wanted. Loved. Really, truly, honestly, earnestly, properly.❞
She pressed her forehead to his. ❝And completely.❞
If I could shout my love for this book from the mountain tops I would! The banter was hilariously written, making me cheer this couple on. The strength and fortitude Emma exhibited made me wish she were my friend!
❝That can’t be entirely true. You’re a seamstress, aren’t you? Your fingers are for let.❞
❝If you don’t know the difference between a woman’s fingers and her womb, I would definitely not share a bed with you.❞
This may only be the second book I’ve read penned by this author, but I am a huge fan! A story about the healing powers of unconditional love, ‘The Duchess Deal’ was romance at its best!
The Duchess Deal
By Armik B
I love this book it made me laugh out loud, it made me tear up a few times the hot romance was great absolutely love the characters and the butler he was great I am hoping for a follow up series 😊
This was my first historical romance read and I love it!
If anything, this book had me engrossed due to the clever wit & playful banter between the two main characters. A few occurrences seemed a bit random but not too much to have you confused as to the storyline. Definitely worth reading.
Another great one. This witty tale of 2 people who so desperately need each other captivates the reader from the beginning. It's a love story with fun, humor, and a cat.