Shocking misunderstandings complicate a marriage in this Regency romance by the USA Today–bestselling author of Surprising Lord Jack.
Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love—how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding but is now saddled with a wife he’s reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can’t seem to prove her guilt to the final judge—his foolish heart.
Jessica knows she’s bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale wedding makes no difference if she hasn’t got the marquis charmed to show for it. Well, she’s had enough of accidental encounters with naked gentlemen and near misses explaining things to her husband. It’s time to buck up and go win her man back—even if she has to fight very dirty indeed.
“MacKenzie entices her readers into a funny, romantic tale with her protagonists at cross purposes, sizzling sensuality, a touch of poignancy and a surprise twist. This all adds up to a delightful read.” —RT Book Reviews
“Readers will love being treated to this lively, hilarious Regency romp in MacKenzie’s Duchess of Love series and will want all three books.” —Booklist (starred review)
MacKenzie's third Duchess of Love Regency romance (after Surprising Lord Jack) rehashes old tropes for a rather dragged-out plot. Kit, Marquis of Ashton, discovered his groom's daughter, Jess, embracing a naked man. Kit implausibly married Jess to save her reputation, and immediately fled without consummating the marriage. For the next eight years, Jess lives the artist's life and provides safe refuge for "sodomites" at Kit's country manor, all the while pining away for her husband. When Kit arrives intending to make a deal for an heir and a spare, seeing Jess embrace another naked man sends him running once more. But Jess is determined to do things differently this time. The two overcome ludicrous sitcomesque shenanigans involving jealous wannabe lovers and society gossips, and finally have an obviously overdue heartfelt conversation that too neatly solves all problems. The comedy is stale, and truly humorous moments are few.