The Rigid Duke
The course of true love never runs smooth. Sometimes a little matchmaking is required.
As a refinement tutor, Mrs. Juno Langton helps young ladies develop the skills and confidence to secure an advantageous marriage. Her cheerful disposition never wavers no matter how challenging her assignment. When a house party provides an opportunity to match her difficult charge with a duke, Juno will go to any lengths to satisfy her employer and ensure the young lady’s future. Too bad the duke is an unsmiling, rigid grouch, albeit an irritatingly handsome one.
The Duke of Warrington dislikes social gatherings and despises the Marriage Mart which makes it nigh impossible to find a wife. He plans to secure his future duchess at a house party, but she’s being managed by a thoroughly meddlesome—and provocative—Mrs. Langton, who is determined to find his better nature. He’ll do anything to avoid her sunny charm and room-brightening smiles, but she’s breaking through his shell and the only way he can think to keep her quiet is to kiss her. He must marry the young lady, not desire the companion.
But now he’s rethinking his wife choices.
Dare & Juno
****1/2 stars- Mrs. Juno Langton is employed by Lady Wetherby to be a companion to her daughter Lady Marina. She is to instruct and help Marina find a husband. Marina has no interest in marriage. She just wants to be left alone with her books. Juno will have a difficult time making Marina less shy and strengthening her confidence. Alexander Brett, Duke of Warrington and Marquess of Daresbury, hates social gatherings. He is invited to a house party where Marina will be attending. He needs a wife and he will go and meet Marina to see if they are have a connection and are compatible. This will be the perfect opportunity for Juno to help Marina secure a marriage proposal from the Duke.
Alexander, also known as Dare, is brusque and dour. He does not like surprises or anything that breaks his routine. Juno has nicknamed him the Rigid Duke. Juno spends time with Dare as she tries to get him to open up to Marina. As Juno and Dare spend time together Dare finds himself smiling and even laughing. This is something he has never done before. He finds Juno alluring and a temptation. The Duke is handsome and he suddenly becomes charming when in Juno’s company. He finds he is captivated by Juno and this irritates him. Juno is breaking through his rigid outer shell and tumbling down the wall that he has created around his heart. He does not understand his feelings. Juno is intrigued with the Duke but she has no desire to wed again. The Duke is always in control but with Juno he becomes unbalanced. She is the light to his darkness.
Dare is suppose to be getting to know Marina but all he can think about is Juno. I enjoyed Dare loosening up. Dare and Juno’s interactions were entertaining. I loved how Dare fell for Juno. Their unusual courtship will sweep you away. They have a sizzling passion when they are together. Their playful banter and subtle flirtations were a delight. Can he prove to Juno he is the right man for her? Will Juno follow her heart and marry Dare?
Lady Cecelia Cosford was a fun supporting character. As the host of the house party she was entertaining. She befriended Juno and provided the perfect opportunities for Dare and Juno.
This was a quick and sweet novella. It was an awesome read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me interested from the first pages. It was easy to read and flowed well. The book will sweep you away! I look forward to reading the next book in the Matchmaking Chronicles. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
The wry sense of humor and fantastic dialogue keep you entertained until the very last page!
The Rigid Duke by Darcy Burke
I loved this historical romance by Darcy Burke & highly recommend it to all who like stories of a seemingly unlikely match!
Juno, a companion & Dare, a Duke with a rep of being rigid - a curmudgeon, who wears a scowl most handsomely!🤪.
They meet at a house party where Juno will do her best to match her difficult charge (Marina) with the aforementioned Duke! After that fails, she will most certainly be dismissed by Marina’s determined mother‼️
The attraction between Juno & Dare has been escalating & reaching a hot, sexy pitch as the house party comes to an end, but will our formerly surly Duke & independent Juno realize what they could have together!?🤔.
Grab your copy of The Rigid Duke to find out if Juno & Dare reach for a HEA❣️👍. I believe you’ll agree with my 5-star rating - Ms Burke captures your attention on Page 1 & doesn’t let go until the final word‼️👏. ENJOY!