Title: How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling
Series: How To, #1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: January 1, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Regency, Romance
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Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...
Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.
★★ I received this book for free from either the author, publisher or tour coordinator in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ★★
Tessa Mansfield is well of and independent after inheriting her late uncles estate and money. She is a confirmed spinster at the age of 26 and is fine with her spinsterhood. She has a secret pass that she wants kept a secret, so remaining on the shelf helps protect Tessa’s secret from coming out. The ton barely tolerates her because of her match making business. Tessa has helped 6 couples find their happily ever after including her good friend and companion Anna.
Tristan Shelbourne has put off marriage and has spent the last years getting the family financial situation stabilized. Now that the finances are up to par Tristan is seeking a wife. His endeavors so far are proving frustrating since the belles of the Beau Monde are piratically doing what they can to snag his attention after he was declared the most eligible bachelor for season. Tristan has certain qualifications he is seeking in a wife but has not been able to find one woman to fit all of his qualifications. His mother has refused to help him so when Tristan meets Tessa at a party and finds out she is a match maker he enlists her help in finding his future Duchess.
The Bachelor meets regency England is probably the best way to describe this book. There is backstabbing, jealousy, suspense and crying all the elements to make a great reality dating show that centers around our hero Tristan. I enjoyed watching the eliminations of each potential Duchess. Tristan is determined to marry without love and Tessa is determined that Tristan marry for love. The by play between the two was hilarious. Tristan is jaded about love after witnessing his father’s philandering. He is determined to not base his marriage on love. I liked Tristan. He was honorable, loyal to his family, and sexy. Watching him trip his away around Tessa and fighting his attraction to her was comical. Tessa annoyed me with her manipulation at the beginning of the book. A lot of her actions was to make herself look better to the ton instead of worrying about how her trickery would put Tristan and the other girls in a bind once the courting was made public. Tessa’s character did win me over as the book progresses. She is independent and caring. The plot with Tessa’s pass coming back to cause trouble was nicely done. Added a new element to the storyline to move it along. The secondary characters were entertaining with their little comments during the whole courtship/contest to win Tristan. This was a nice debut novel from new author Vicky Dreiling. I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next book which is about Tristan’s sister and friend.
★★ Book was read in January 2011. I own my own personal paperback copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
- How to Marry a Duke (How To, #1)
- How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To, #2)
- How to Ravish a Rake (How To, #3)
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