Title: When You Wish Upon a Duke (The Wylder Sisters, Book #1)
Genre: Georgian Historical Romance
Author: Isabella Bradford
Publisher: Ballantine Books 2012
Source: Purchase, Kindle /$.99
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Raised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn’t care one bit about well-bred decorum. The dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty would rather ride a horse than attend a stuffy ball. So when Charlotte learns that she is to leave immediately for London to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, a perfect model of aristocratic propriety, she is less than enchanted with her arranged marriage.
But to her delight, their first encounters are brazenly flirtatious, and their wedding night burns with passion. March’s broad shoulders and dark countenance make Charlotte want to rip every button off his waistcoat. She may even be falling in love with her new husband. Yet whenever their desire boils over, March reluctantly pushes Charlotte away. Will past secrets and present misunderstandings mire their marriage in scandal, or serve to strengthen a bond that is destined to last a lifetime?
This was a well written story by an author known for her historical fiction written as Susan Holloway Scott. I have long been a fan of her blog, co-authored with Loretta Chase, known as Two Nerdy History Girls. With this background it is no wonder that the historical details in this novel are accurate and give us the feel of the 18th century.
The characters are well drawn and appear to this 21 st century eye to exhibit ideas and character traits common to the period. We feel immersed in the constraints of the day and it truly is a wonder that marriages were ever successful with so many dictums as to behavior. We cheer when Charlotte finally gets through March’s steel veneer of responsible respectability. The hero and heroine have sizzling chemistry but he fights it and she wants to indulge. This is about an 18th century married couple finding true love.
A first book in the Wylder Sisters Trilogy, I will be reading the stories of Charlottes sisters in the already available series.