Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he's infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea's mature, sensible and even rather attractive—what could possibly go wrong?
As a lady fallen on hard times, Thea doesn't expect tender sentiments from His Grace, but she does wish Noah had courted her trust, lest her past turn their hastily arranged marriage into a life of shared regrets. Is His Grace courting a convenient wife, or a beautiful disaster?
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"Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions [with] consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters."—Publishers Weekly
"Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes' writing." —Booklist
"Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!" —Fresh Fiction
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.
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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.
Great characterizations all around with especially endearing protagonists
With wonderful interactions, determined characters, revelations, descriptions and humor
Noah, Earl of Anselm is the protector and head of the family. Knowing his position, and the need for a suitable bride, he has spent the season weeding out the current crop to find the perfect, young, biddable bride. There’s only one glitch. She doesn’t realy want to marry him, and accepts another man’s offer. Now, with a season wasted and him no closer to the marriage he needs so desperately, he’s in a quandary. But, his intended target did have one quality that is helpful: her friend and companion Thea.
Noah shifts his focus to courting Thea, coming on strong and not taking her reticence as a possible problem, but mere missishness. But, Thea’s desires are to protect her young sister, and she knows that as the wife of an Earl, she is one step closer to that goal. She does, however, have a secret that she needs to share with Noah, but he’s not giving her the chance.
This is a marriage of convenience to a man who claims to not be nice, but Thea sees a far different man than Noah would hope to project: honorable, loyal and protective of what is his. Of course, her secret is revealed, and it is rough going for a while there, but what Thea has come to show is her inner core of strength and determination to protect her own family, and that common element between them becomes a small bridge to their happy ending.
Development of these characters was replete with detail and emotional moments that allow readers to empathize and understand their faults, hopes and dreams, and to appreciate them even more. With wonderful interactions, determined characters, revelations, descriptions and humor, this is an historical romance to please many.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.