HOW TO MARRY A DUKE
- Pub. Date: January 2011
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- ISBN-13: 9780446565370
- ISBN: 0446565377
In Dreiling’s whimsical debut, matchmaker Tessa Mansfield meets her greatest challenge yet in Tristan James Gatewick, the duke of Shelbourne. Under pressure to find a wife, Tristan employs Tess, who comes up with an alarming and unconventional proposition: she presents him with two dozen single young ladies, from whom he must select a single candidate. Despite the implausibility of Regency speed-dating, the book works well when dealing with the candidates and the wealth of subplots arising from their friendships, alliances, and rivalries. Less rewarding is the heavy-handed attraction between Tessa and Tristan, with a conclusion even more foregone than usual. The usual villain from the past makes an appearance, but might have been better left out in order to spend more time with the potential brides. (Jan.)
SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM HACHETTE BOOK GROUP AND DOES NOT EFFECT THIS REVIEW!
HOW TO MARRY A DUKE by Vicky Dreiling is a delightful,fast paced historical romance set in 1816 London.It is this author’s debut novel. It is well written with detail,depth,and will keep you turning the page from beginning to end. It is full of humor,heart,passion, action packed, laugh out loud humor,wit, matchmaking, romance, love, sweet sensuality,warmth,secrets,tenderness and finding true love. The characters are full of charm,are enchanting, sexy,witty,and a challenge. The hero, Tristan, is handsome, a Duke, on a mission:to find a suitable wife,strong, sexy, meets the most enchanting women he has ever meet and decides to use her to find his wife. The heroine, Tessa, is a spinster, has a secret, a matchmaker,beautiful, rich,and accepts Tristan’s offer as his matchmaker. But Tessa will break her number one rule:never fall in love with the prospective groom. Sparks fly even from the first time they meet. Tristan is attracted to her as much as she is to him. What follows only fate and destiny could have arranged. Tessa’s past comes to light and threatens to destroy her.Tristan is determined to protect her,even if he has to hold off on his engagement announcement. For actually Tristan has fallen in love with Tessa just as she has fallen in love with him. This is an enchanting story of love,sacrifice, and forgiveness. It will leave you longing for more long after the story ends. This is an author to watch out for, she has created a fast paced, full of humor,life,wit and love story. A keeper. I would highly recommend this debut novel especially if you enjoy Regency at it’s finest. This book was received for review form publisher and details can be found (Hachette Book Group)at Forever,an imprint of Grand Central Publishing.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn