Title: How to Beguile a Duke
The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager...
Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.
Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...
Author: Ally Broadfield
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: December 8, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace, Suspense
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Historical romances are so much fun. That proper and inflexible London society that makes it such a challenge for everyone to try and break the rules – without getting caught. So much fun.
So when Catherine Malbeouf comes to town from the “New World” it is little wonder that society looks at her with their noses in the air. Especially since they are all sure her father was a pirate and refused to believe otherwise. Someone said, so it must be true. Even when Catherine does everything right, as society dictates.
Of course, Nicholas Adair, Duke of Boulstridge leads the pack in that misguided belief. It is beside the point that he is living down ugly gossip about his own family. He is a Duke! He knows! Pompous – um – well I think you get the idea.
But then, considering the way they met, Nick could have some grounds to believe Catherine is uncivilized. After all, she did climb in the window of his library and paw through his books wearing pants and a cutlass *gasp* under her dress.
She did feel justified though. The place had belonged to her mother’s family once upon a time, and a family heirloom was still being held hostage there.
Boy did the spark fly between these two in some form or another. Thank goodness they fell in love before they killed each other.
This was such a fun, rollicking romp. Both Catherine and Nick learned much about themselves and each other. The characters were fun and interesting with well-developed back-stories. The story was nicely paced with plenty of action and excitement. Things were, mostly, tied up nicely for a hea ending.
I liked how the story ended much how it began with a bedtime story. Sweet.