Tessa Dare needs no introduction. She is a-maz-ing. Here’s my review of The Duchess Deal:

The only thing better than reading a Tessa Dare novel is listening to a Tessa Dare novel narrated by one of my very favorites, Mary Jane Wells, ranked second only to Kate Reading and just before Davina Porter. Tessa Dare never disappoints. Her characters are smart, determined, courageous, and flawed in the best possible ways. Dare will make you laugh and laugh and then tear your heart out, stomp on it, and make you beg to have it back so you can love her characters even more. Tessa Dare novels could easily be prescribed as a substitute for mood elevators. The Duchess Deal is the first in Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series, and because I’m still so in love with the Duke of Ashbury, the heartbreakingly beautiful hero, The Duchess Deal is first in my heart.

And here’s the publisher’s 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.
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