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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 56 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 22, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0731J7QHB
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The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I was SO pleasantly surprised by the cheeky, often hysterical banter and quips inside of The Duchess Deal. At the surface, it reminded me of Beauty & the Beast meets Phantom of the Opera (both of which I love anyway), but the hidden gems within this book were delightful to me. I hadn't expected the novel to crack me up -- which it did, early and often! -- nor did I expect the depth of its themes to sweep me away or knock me out. There were several lines from this book that actually jarred my heart!
I'm officially obsessed. :D
All of this said, there are parts of the romance genre that won't be avoided (you know, like the main characters falling in love), and to me, this book was absolute perfection.
Emma and Ash are my new favorite book couple - the chemistry between them sizzled from their first meeting until the very last page.
George Pembrooke, the Duke of Ashbury aka Ash (as well as, bunnykins, my fawn, sunshine and honeybee along with several other pet names - LOL) is in need of a heir and for that he will need a wife. Almost as soon as he writes the words to his solicitor - a woman in a hideous wedding gown appears in his library. He doesn't go out in society since he was wounded in the war, so having a bride appear in his home is perfect.
Emma Gladstone is a seamstress and when Ash's former betrothed calls off the wedding - Emma is stuck with the gown and no money to show for her hard work. Desperate, she visits the Duke in hopes of payment. But to her surprise he offers her marriage. Of course she says no and leaves. But later she rethinks her refusal. Emma has scars of her own, but unlike Ash hers are not visible to the world. So when Ash shows up at her shop and tells her he really wants to marry her - she agrees.
They marry and Emma begins to break down the walls Ash has spent the last two years building. Love was never part of his plan - but as hard as he tries to keep her out, Emma storms the walls and steals his heart.
I laughed out loud, I cried and I had to fan myself reading this book - it was perfect. It is well written, flows perfectly, has a great supporting cast, witty banter, hilarious internal (and external) dialogue, steamy love scenes, a little heartache, a protective hero and a loving heroine.
If you are looking for a great read with a lot of laughs, emotion and a soulmate type of love, look no further - this is that book and it is a MUST READ KEEPER!!!
Emma Gladstone appears in the Duke of Ashbury's study wearing a Outlandishly hideous wedding dress. The Duke's ex finance Annabelle has refused to pay Emma for making the gown.
Ash has been horribly scarred from a rocket that hit him and exploded at the battle of Waterloo. The blast scarred one side of his face and parts of his shoulder and chest. The scars are hideous making Ash believes he looks like a monster. Ash is taken with the forth right beauty Emma who although working as a seamstress she is a gentlemen's daughter and she is very beautiful and intelligent. Emma is also, not afraid to look him square in the face. Most people run screaming from him or look away. But not our Kind and Courage's heroine Emma.
Ash needs and heir. Who else would marry him but a girl down on her luck in need of money. But Emma surprises him once again an refuses his marriage proposal. This is resolved quick enough No stupid angst with this couple.
There road to love, romance and very hot sex as a married couple is brilliantly written. There is not that dreadful misunderstanding angst that I think most HR readers are sick of!!. There eventual love story takes a road of learning to trust each other and talking about things. They don't hide behind there hurt feelings they discuss them and overcome them. They build a wonderful believable marriage together.
The storyline is interesting a twist on Beauty and the Beast. It moves fast, has very interesting secondary characters. Ash is written like a Duke should be written. Oh and thanks to the author he is not improvised he is very rich. That improvised Duke storyline has had its last days I hope!! Thanks Tessa Dare for writing believable, honest and intelligent H/H that the readers can love and not hate.
If I could give The Duchess Deal 10 stars I would. I Highly Recommend This Story!!
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