Shakespeare meets Bridgerton in this witty and lively marriage-of-inconvenience romance.
As far as William Easton—the Duke of Blackheath—is concerned, love can go to the devil. Why would a man need passion when he has wealth, a stately home, and work to occupy his mind? But no one warned him that a fiery and frustratingly strong-willed activist like Lady Beatrice Haven could find a way to get under his skin...and that he might enjoy it.
Lady Beatrice is determined to never marry. Ever. She would much rather fight for the rights of women and provoke the darkly handsome Duke of Blackheath, even if he does claim to be forward-thinking. After all, dukes—even gorgeous ones—are the enemy. So why does she feel such enjoyment from their heated exchanges?
But everything changes when Beatrice finds herself suddenly without fortune, a husband, or even a home. Now her future depends on the very man who sets her blood boiling. Because in order to protect his esteemed rival, the Duke of Blackheath has asked for Beatrice’s hand, inviting his once-enemy into his home...and his bed.
Each book in the Never a Wallflower series is STANDALONE:
* The Spinster and the Rake
* Much Ado About Dukes
* The Duke's Secret Cinderella
Devon's solid second Never a Wallflower Regency romance (after The Spinster and the Rake) unites a very proper duke with a progressive firebrand. Lady Beatrice Haven is pleased her cousin Margaret has found love, but she wishes that Margaret's intended was anyone other than the brother of the infuriating Will Easton, Duke of Blackheath. Though they've never met, Beatrice has written to the unfeeling oaf many times urging him to help the less fortunate and progress the cause of equality for women—all with no response. For his part, Will has read all of Beatrice's letters and secretly admires her fire. Thrown together by their lovestruck relatives, they're both shocked to feel an instant attraction, and their relationship evolves from contention to tolerance to true friendship. When Beatrice learns that her uncle's poor financial choices have left her penniless, Will proposes a marriage of convenience, assuring her that it will be a purely practical arrangement—but Beatrice's growing feelings for Will threaten this plan. Beatrice's devotion to helping others is admirable, and Will's brooding interior monologue will make readers swoon. This fast-paced, socially conscious romance keeps the series going strong.
I loved discovering new authors and Eva Devon knows how to grab a reader right on the first pages. This was 2nd in series, but I didn’t even know it, can be a standalone. The Duke of Blackheath, William is the oldest of three brothers, he has protected and sheltered them from the tender age of 6 when his mother abandoned them for love. This has hardened his heart against love.
Lady Beatrice is a blue stocking and not wanting marriage, marriage is the way to lose the few women rights one has. But her cousin Maggie is in love and soon to marry the Duke of Blackheath younger brother, Kit. Oh how that man vexes her! All her correspondence ignored and then finally a very brief response. How will she endure the family togethers with the Duke there.? But than a Turn oder fate has the two getting married. A agreement is made between the two, no love! Will they abide by that rule?
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