And the duke, for entirely pragmatic reasons, would catch her.
Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, needs a wife, and Lady Thea should make a good, obedient duchess. Noah prides himself on his practicality, so he's dismayed when his engagement to Lady Thea embroils him in nothing but trouble. Is he courting a duchess of convenience or a ducal disaster?
Lady Thea has fallen on hard times, and accepts His Grace's proposal because he shows every indication of being a distant and manageable husband. When the duke intrudes into every aspect of Thea's life, and adds humor, tenderness, and passionate kisses to their bargain, Thea must take His Grace firmly in hand…
"Grace Burrowes is terrific!"—Julia Quinn
"Smart, sexy, and oh-so-romantic"—Mary Balogh
"Exquisitely crafted, intensely memorable."—Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
After several contemporary American romances, Burrowes (What a Lady Needs for Christmas) returns to Regency England for this tender standalone. Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, has every intention of marrying the lovely Marliss Hallowell, but when he offers, she refuses. Being the pragmatic sort, he promptly proposes to Araminthea Collins, Marliss's companion. Thea considers turning him down, believing that her tarnished past makes her unsuitable to be a duchess, but she can't resist the protection of his name, financial security, and a stable home for her younger sister. The wedding night is full of good intentions gone horribly wrong, leaving Thea distressed and Noah feeling betrayed. But even with hurt feelings on both sides, they both try to be civil and salvage their marriage. Noah is a lovable rogue, stealing Thea's breakfast every morning. Instead of teasing or cajoling Noah into forgiveness, Thea just wants to move forward and be his friend. Every interaction, touch, and look is infused with warmth, sensuality, and humor. This romance has its funny moments and light banter, but the weightier themes of force and trust cast deep shadows. The marvelous protagonists balance out some ham-fisted handling of issues around sexual consent.
Great characterizations all around with especially endearing protagonists
What a Delight
Grace Burrowes is my new addiction. I've read all her books and I swear she's just getting better. The language throughout The Duke's Disaster was formal ... much as the characters were. There is a lot of humor in the story and gentleness. I'm sorry to have finished the book, I would like to spend more time with the characters.
I’m about halfway through the story and I’m bored to tears.
This is ridiculous! It just rambles on and on and on some more.
The whole story could be summed up in three words. “Lack of Communication”
Hundreds of pages go on and on when a single sentence from either party would end this painfully mundane drivel.
Where are all these positive reviews coming from?