How to Beguile a Duke
by Ally Broadfield
The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager...
Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.
Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...
Catherine is something else. She's certainly no lady, at least she doesn't act like one! Nick, the Duke, knows how ladies should act, and none of the ones he's met ever had a cutlass in their skirt.
She's pretty intriguing that way. He never knows what she's going to do next. Catherine really tries to be the perfect lady, but she slips every now and then. She takes her shoes off every chance she gets! She's also been known to slip in through a window. Yes, definitely not a lady. She makes an offer on her ancestral home,that he has bought and refurbished, and he refuses. After seeing the cutlass, Nick makes a wager. If she gets a marriage proposal from an upstanding member of the ton, he'll let her have the estate.
These two dance around their urges over and over again. That's always fun to read...wondering which will fall first! He keeps saving her from committing an unforgivable faux pas while in public, and he's hard pressed to keep her reputation from falling into tatters.
Besides trying to earn a proposal that will win her the wager, Catherine is searching for a pink diamond tiara that is supposedly hidden in the manor. Unfortunately someone else is also searching, and Catherine is in danger.
There was a nice balance of mystery, suspense, and some intense UST in this one. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to you.
*Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled Publishing ~ Scandalous, for the opportunity to read this book
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