Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes

The Duke's Disaster
by Grace Burrowes
April 7, 2015

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?

Kathie's Review:

This was wonderful. I started it, thinking I'd read just a couple pages...yeah, right. I finished it in two days. While Ms. Burrowes has written a huge stack of books, they are all different. I don't start reading and thinking, "Gosh, she's done THIS before." Nope...all different.

This one starts right off with Noah having been set aside by the giddy, young thing he's been wooing, and, since he needs a wife, he immediately asks her companion, Lady Thea, to wed him. A week later, the deed is done. Neither has a strong love for the other, although they find each other to be attractive, and while he says he's not "nice", she thinks he just may be. At least the kiss she asked for was more than nice! What pushed her into agreeing to wed him was the marriage contract. Her young sister will be safe and will have Thea's backing as a duchess to see her through life. Safety was her first concern. 

Their wedding night is stopped in its tracks by a confession. While we know things will eventually be smoothed over (otherwise, why would we read these books, you know?) it's the getting there that kept me reading (when I should have been editing!). 

There are plenty of "bad guys" here, and I was kept wondering who had really done the "baddest thing". 

There are also plenty of "good guys". Noah's brother, brothers-in-law, his ex-mistress, his sisters, his horticulturist! And Thea. Well, she has a backbone of steel, and determination to rise above. I liked her very much. He did buy the precious little girls ponies, and large ones at that. Thankfully, Harlan steered him that way. I'm actually thinking that Darius might have to share his spot on my favorites list with Noah. And that's saying something!

You see I mentioned an ex-mistress? No worries. She does not cavort with married men. And Noah, well, he just wouldn't do that to his wife. No cheating here!

While I have recently enjoyed this author's new contemporary series, I truly loved revisiting her historical voice. Well done!

*Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks, for the opportunity to read this book.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion
Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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