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The Duke Before Christmas (The Duke Hunters Club Book 4) Kindle Edition
She accidentally proposed to a duke... then he accepted.
Marriage was only supposed to be a business arrangement; Portia wasn’t supposed to fall in love. But then, Colin North, the Duke of Brightling, wasn’t supposed to board the ship to Guernsey either.
Unfortunately, Portia isn’t informed about a clause of her late father’s will that stipulates that if she doesn’t marry by the end of the year, she will lose her inheritance, until it is almost too late. She must find a husband herself: one who is not picky and requires money. Fortunately, she finds just the person.
Colin North, the Duke of Brightling, does not require a bride. But when he mistakenly takes the cabin of Portia’s new betrothed on a ship bound for Guernsey, and she insists he marry her, he decides he may as well accept her offer. There’s something appealing about her, and he can’t abide the thought of ruining her life. After a decade of being chased by matchmaking mamas and simpering debutantes, it’s a relief to find someone who doesn’t know he’s wealthy and titled.
Then the chaos begins.
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My Favorite Duke
A Duke Never Forgets
The Duke Before Christmas
The Duke Meets His Matchmaker
The Truth about Princesses and Dukes
Can't Buy Me a Duke
Don't Tie the Knot
Dukes Prefer Bluestockings
The Earl's Christmas Consultant
How to Train a Viscount
The Bachelor Marquess
A Holiday Proposal
The Secret Life of a Debutante
Holidays for Spinsters
Always Avoid a Duke
The Sleuthing Starlet
Calamity under the Chandelier
Danger on the Downs
The Body in Bloomsbury
A Continental Murder
- ASIN : B08L5V9KBF
- Publisher : Somerset Park Press (November 24, 2020)
- Publication date : November 24, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4202 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1957458062
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #290,710 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Asking gentlemen to marry her seems to be her only option, but who to ask? When a no show groom is replaced by a footman, Portia offers him marriage instead, but this is no ordinary footman. A case of robbery, mistaken identity, a boat trip to Guernsey and a self-sacrificing bride, create a madcap romance at Christmas. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via Booksprout.
Portia Tate is left an orphan when her father dies. His cousin Vincent becomes her guardian. She thought it was nice he would take her in until she finds out he had reason of his own. Vincent didn't till her everything that was in her father's will. Two weeks before Christmas he informs her that if she doesn't merry by Christmas, she will lose all of her inheritance ! Which is a lot as her father was very wealthy. Unfortunately, most of society has left the city for their county homes for the season.
On top of that Portia is twenty-two which is considered on the shelf by society standards. Vincent offers to marry her and she is shocked by the way he is eyeing her. At a lost as what to do she calls on her best friend Daisy. Daisy has the answer, she knows of a gentleman badly in need of money as his fiancé just ran off with other man. So enters The Honorable Andrews Rupert.
The plot thickens, while she was at a ball right after she was told she needed to marry she runs into a footman in the study. It seems odd to her that he is cleaning the desk in the middle of a ball late at night. They talk and then go their own way.
The footman is really the Colin North, The Duke of Brightling. He is helping out a friend when he accidentally runs into Portia hiding in the study.
Now the story really gets interesting and even more fun.
We have Portia needing to marry, the Duke needing to get out of town, and Andrew hoping to marry a stranger to get money. Also, one must not forget the unforgettable Valet, Niles and the Lady's maid, Jonesie.
This is such a fast-paced fun read, lots of twist and turns for all of the above. Who will find their happy every after ?? How will it work out with so many different reasons why all are in the same place at the same time. I wish it would have been a little longer and answered some questions I had. But all and all I loved it and the story would not have been the same without the Maid and Valet.
I do hope you get a copy who doesn't need a fun story nowadays.
I received an ARC from the author and want to thank her. This is my honest opinion and am voluntarily giving it.
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I enjoyed this story. Portia's cousin is a cad to the worst degree. Portia is spoiled and somewhat of an ingenue. Colin is rather arrogant and full of his own importance. The result is a sweet and funny story. I loved the verbal repartee between Portia and Colin. Sit back and enjoy.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Neither Portia nor Colin had intended to get married just then, but the situation each found themselves in dictated otherwise.
This is a rather quirky story, filled with humorous scenes, which had me chuckling pretty often. And then we have some rather amusing characters besides the two main ones, in the Lady's Maid and the Valet.
I did enjoy this story which was a fast romp through the romance of Portia and Colin and would recommend it to those of you who like to be lightly entertained.
I read an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) and my unbiased review is given voluntarily.