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How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling


Cover art: How to Marry a Duke Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: How to Marry a Duke - 3rd in the Regency Quartet series
Author: Vicky Dreiling
Publisher: Grand Central (Forever)
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-56537-0
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Regency Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Vicky's Website/Blog: www.vickydreiling.com

The Duke of Shelbourne, Tristan, needs to find a wife that he can stand to live with for the rest of his life. He doesn’t really believe in love and has no desire to find it. He just needs a woman that he can desire and enjoy the company of for the rest of his life. He’s put himself out on the meat market of the ton, but can’t find a suitable candidate among the tittering girls and their overbearing mamas who parade girls past him as fast as they can.

When he meets a woman at a ball who doesn’t appear to really want anything to do with him, he’s puzzled and charmed. When he finds out that woman is none other than Tessa Mansfield, the famous matchmaker, he has a brilliant idea. Perhaps she can help him wade through the mire of available girls and find someone suitable to marry.

Tessa believes he should only marry for love, but he’s not a believer. She devises a way to help him meet a maximum number of girls in a short amount of time. In a Regency-version of The Bachelor, she wants to help him narrow the choices down. Tessa is determined to see Tristan married for love. But after an ill-fated kiss between them, she finds herself struggling to remain unattached—and out of love—with the eligible bachelor.

A witty novel full of fun surprises for both Tristan and for the girls vying for the title of Duchess. I loved Tessa from the moment we met her. She is one of those people who wants to have fun and doesn’t really care what people think about her. I loved her carefree attitude from the start and her mock burial of her broken fan won me over. Tristan is a gentleman through and through. He isn’t too sure about the arrangements to have a contest for his hand in marriage, but decides to go through with it. He shows honor and integrity at every turn.

I was rooting for Tristan and Tessa from the moment they realize who each other really is. This is a delightful book full of humor and charm. I was enchanted with the beginning and other than a minor slow down about two-thirds of the way through, it kept moving at a good clip. Vicky Dreiling has a charming writing style and I look forward to her next book.


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