Here is a first for La Deetda Reads, this week I will review all three books in a series by new author Vicky Dreiling. On Wednesday I will review How to Seduce a Scoundrel and on Friday How to Ravish a Rake. Vicky was a three time nominee this year for awards at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference. She did not walk away with the awards but she has earned Deet’s award for up and coming new author.
Title: How to Marry a Duke
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Author: Vicky Dreiling
Publisher: Grand Central, 2011
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary–nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London’s infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she’s not the most captivating woman he’s ever met…
Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she’s determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife–she’ll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke’s affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan’s desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker’s number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.
Oh this was a delish historical! A clever twist on the ABC TV series “The Bachelor”, set in the early 1800’s. Well written, with a lovely long slow build up to the romance. There is a secret that we can surmise but it is just out of reach and it keeps us reading until the very end. This is about those sweet innocents of the Ton and their competition for husbands on the Marriage-Mart. It is also about how falling in love has nothing to do with arrangements.
Vicky Drieling has done wonders with this her first novel. I have already purchased the next two in the series as I can’t wait to find out about the side characters from this offering.