The Husband Hunter’s Club is back in session! To Pleasure a Duke is the third installment in author Sara Bennett’s delightful historical romance series set in England’s Victorian Era, where the girls at Miss Debenham’s Finishing School believe the only husband worth having is a husband they have hunted themselves. The intended husband the determined heroine of To Pleasure a Duke has chosen is a moody nobleman, not unlike Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, who has absolutely no intention of proposing—which leads to a delightful game of seduction undertaken by a most brazen and enterprising young lady.
Bennett (A Seduction in Scarlet) launches the Husband Hunters Club series with this sweet early Victorian romance. The dowager duchess of Somerton, a penniless bohemian's daughter, raised her children to be proper in every way, but her haughty son, Sinclair, harbors secret artistic longings. Sir Peter Belmont, a baronet and scam artist, raised his children to help him fleece their neighbors, but his hoyden daughter, Eugenie, dreams of respectability and love. A meet-cute involving three young boys and a goat sends Sinclair and Eugenie down the bumpy path of cross-class love, which unexpectedly leads to Scotland when Eugenie's wayward brother helps Sinclair's extremely silly sister and her meek chaperone run away from home. Any reader willing to accept that a duke might wed a common conman's daughter will enjoy the duo's adorably awkward and forthright conversations as they help each other escape their upbringings and find true happiness.