The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
„Charming princes weren’t always what they seemed. Shining armor went out of fashion with the Crusades. And if fairy godmothers existed, hers was running several years late.“
So she ends up marrying a duke, because he needs an heir. No emotions involved. His ex found him revolting, because he was terribly burned at Waterloo, when a cannon misfired. Obviously this will go well, no pesky love or drama, right? And no run-ins with the ex, miscommunications, etc.
Pretty silly, almost farcical. There is a bunch of female friends that presumably will get books and devilish handsome/ugly rakes/misfits of their own.
Surprisingly little drama. There is some, otherwise the story would miss a crucial romance element, but it is just enough. Some humorous situations and even a trusty sidekick (own story?). Her backstory was nicely done.
My favourite side character was Khan, their butler. He needs a story of his own. The sub-plot with their servants was a bit daft. Come to think of it, this story has lots of little sub-plots. They are mostly fun. Plenty of plot bunnies!
His ex needs to trip down a long flight of stairs, obviously. But perhaps she‘ll get a book of her own as well.
In case you are wondering:
Waterloo is a place in Belgium, where the decisive battle of the Napoleonic wars took place in 1815. Allied troops under the British general Wellington really walloped Napoleon.
Other than that we are looking at a fairly typical regency romance, minus any attempt at accuracy in terms of language or gender stereotypes of the time.
I am not sure if I will read the next one. I might. However, I lost a little interest in the second half of the book. But I am having a slow month, so don‘t mind me.
4 brain candies for this one.
Check out When A Scot Ties A Knot by the author, if kilts are your thing! Marriage of convenience as well. Sorry for the lack of a link, Goodreads is wonky…
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