The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Published: August 22, 2017
Summary: 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…
So I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was so cute though and I loved the romance and the characters! I actually got super attached to them and the story and it make me kind of sad that the next book will be about other characters most likely.
It’s about a guy who has scars from war and he is super self conscious about them and he has the ability to scare people away but Emma, while being shocked at first, isn’t scared of them. She was super sweet and saw him for who he was beneath the scars and the rude personality.
I think that’s why I liked her so much. She really was doing things for him and to him that he didn’t expect; and after keeping to himself for so long, he didn’t know how to handle it all.
I think the best example is when she gives him a new wardrobe and he was shocked because he asked her to get one for herself, but instead she got one for him and he was so surprised about it and it kind of hit him right in the feels for a bit.
I just thought it was so so cute of her to do that, and how she was really breaking down his walls. Their banter was so fun to read about as well. Emma never took his shit, and so when he would say something, she would say things back. She just was able to keep up with him and his mouth, which made this so much fun to read because they had such witty banter.
Also Emma had such fun friends, and they were sweet, supportive friends and I loved their girl banter and group. Female friendships are always my favorite and I love when authors include them in their novels because I think it’s so important to highlight that, especially healthy supportive friendships.
Ash was so deep and sad, and he had such realistic fears. He was worried that his future children would be afraid of him because of his scars, and Emma really helped him come to accept who he is.
Gah I just adore them so so much. I think that the way she was with him was very realistic and relevant, and I think they’re one of my all time favorite romance couples ever written. This is the second book of her’s I’ve read, I definitely plan to read more her works!
If you have recommendations for me to check out for Mass market romance I would love for you to leave some in the comments below because I am just loving these type of romances. I have so many I need to get to but I could always get more recommendations!
Let me know your thoughts as I would love to know and I’ll see you in my next post!