- File Size: 4292 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Publisher: Rucrofts Publishing.; 2 edition (April 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0713NVHR2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Duke needs a Wife: The Belles of Bath Kindle Edition
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From the blurb it sounded like it'll be a fun read filled with scheme and humor trying to get out of a marriage match from both ends of the rope. But from the start it was sketchy and a bit difficult to jump into even though the story was tracking on a understandable route.
Cassie, the heroine just became a Countess through an inheritance and has obtained a ruined castle and some land. She can now care for her siblings without being threatened by an old disgusted Baron who takes a liking to little girls. The castle that Cassie inheritated is some 2-3 miles away from Bath and she has moved there with almost every villager from the old Byron's estate coming with her. In the time that she has moved there, the castle is still under repairs and pretty much inhabital with only about 3 rooms being used, when a conniving Dowager decides to invites herself to the castle with her daughters and bachelor son, the Duke.
Cassie and her family has lived from hand to mouth for years so Cassie is very protective of her family and friends and has grown some back bone to which she uses very well against the Dowager. Cassie also doesn't think for herself but more of others and what the future would bring to her siblings so marriage is not something that is on her table. So when the Duke appeared, she's pretty surprised by her attraction to him but reins herself to steer clear of him and treat him like any other.
The Duke is named Max. He's what you call a sexy machine on a stick, a rouge, and a disreputable rake with lots of money and plenty of girls on the side with no shame. A charmer and seducer, he of course isn't into the marriage game his mamma is setting up for him, and his mamma is one crazy lady. Of course he knows how to ignore the lady when she's in hysterics and though he's very close to his mother and loves her dearly, he knows when to put his feet down. When he meets Cassie, she's just another lady he think he can bump during their stay but she proves to be something entirely different from all the ladies he's used too. She's no whimpering miss and can hold her self up against his mamma. He also proves to be something entirely different from what people portrays him to be too and very open about his sexual attraction and desire for Cassie.
Both characters were great and their own flaws but both were also bit special and memorable. Max seemed very in your face and pushy at times but came also be every relaxed and amriable. Cassie is very thoughtful and independent, though she's too open and kind, she can also be frustratingly.
The numerous side characters are just busily moving the story along, the sisters, farmers, servants etc...
The writing wasn't bad but I didn't like it either. Maybe it was the format I was reading it in? It was not easy to read espeically when the dialogs run together when mulitple characters are talking. Certain word choices wasn't working in a historical setting. The repeat use of ''deuce" as a conversational term just didn't make sense to me when there's no card game being played. The editing definitely needed help.
Though this was a short and I liked the trope idea, I felt like it still needed more work if the story is to be great. The characters might need a bit more time to develop and come to themselves and the storyline may need to be tweaked and extended to have a stronger ground base. Over all, it could be a good read if you can look pass all the errors.
Maximillian, the 6th Duke of Taunton, is a renowned rakehell with multiple mistresses and no interest in finding a wife. His mother, The Dowager Duchess of Taunton, thinks it’s time for Max to take a wife and she thinks a humble young lady who has inherited a historic castle would make a perfect bride. Particularly since the Dowager wants to get control of the castle so she can invite and impress her ton friends. The Dowager connives to have Max travel with her to the castle where she invites herself, and entourage, to stay.
Max and Cassie can see the machinations of the Dowager but they are hard pressed to stay out of her way. Although Cassie hadn’t planned to marry as she describes herself as a “butterball”. Max finds her voluptuous curves enticing. Although he is crude and aggressive, he has promised not to take Cassie’s virginity until she asks him.
Max and Cassie grow in friendship as they work together to renovate the castle. But Baron Scudder is still chasing Belle and objecting to the removal of the farmers and villagers. This creates danger and tension that puts Max in the position to protect Cassie and her sister.
Although Cassie is immediately likeable, I can’t say the same for Max. Cassandra is a lovely character but Max is a gritty rake. Max is introduced as a crass, almost vulgar, womanizer. I’ve read many historical romances with rakehells and I prefer those who still show a sense of gentlemanliness, especially around innocents. Other than the crass attitude and steamy interludes, the plot, with interfering mother and revengeful suitor, is reasonable and engaging. Although this is more gritty than I like for this genre, those who like steamy regencies might want to try this.
I received this from Pump Up Your Book Campaign for an honest review. My Rating 3.75.
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A entertaining sassy quick read.
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