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…
I’ve been avoiding historical romance for a few years now and I honestly don’t know why. I read a ton of it in high school. I think maybe I thought I wouldn’t like it anymore, but I needed a change of pace from all the contemporary romance I’ve been reading. Tessa Dare is a well-loved historical romance author, so I thought I’d give this series a try. Oh boy, am I glad that I did.
I adored this book, so much that I finished it in one sitting and way after when I should have gone to bed. But I just couldn’t get enough. I liked that Emma was sassy and spoke her mind. She was doing what she needed to make the best life she could for herself. So, she was a seamstress. But then she meets the Duke of Ashbury and he gives her the offer of a lifetime.
I loved the Duke. He was rude and disagreeable. But Emma saw that as a challenge. She does her best to change how he sees himself, to show him how she sees him and make him believe it.
This book was sad but sweet. The characters taught and learned from one another. I just all around loved it. I loved the new friends Emma made. I loved the developing relationship between Emma and Ashbury. It wasn’t quite hate to love, but it was definitely fun. I immediately bought the next two books and can’t wait to read them.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.