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The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal Book Cover The Duchess Deal
Girl Meets Duke Series #1
Tessa Dare
Fiction, Historical Romance
August 22nd 2017

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing. 
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

Maria’s Review

➦I’m really not that big on historical romances. And then suddenly… this is my third one this month!

➦If it has an arranged marriage trope, I’ll read it. Because, honestly?

➦It was a fast and entertaining enough read with a grumpy asshole duke of a hero and a poor seamstress of a heroine. He needs a heir and she needs the money. 

➦So I guess, in a way it was a Beauty and the Beast re-telling and, while I didn’t find it as humorous as some people did, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who loves sweet and funny historical romances. I was also pleased with the fact that this book was rather steamy and didn’t shy away from naming certain body parts.