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William Chambers, Duke of Bedford, is desperate. He needs money to save the crumbling legacy his spendthrift father left him. He's even willing to become engaged to an American heiress, sight unseen. Fortunately he finds Francesca quite attractive, but comes to a mistaken conclusion and decides not to consummate the marriage until the first couple of months have passed.
Will Fran and the courtesan's diary break through William's reserve, or will misunderstandings kill their budding feelings before they have a chance to grow?
The Seduction of a Duke is a nice, entertaining story of a marriage of convenience that becomes more. Francesca is independent, stubborn, and clever. She wants to decide her own future, but as a woman she is often unable to do so, being forced to follow the dictates of her parents. She's crushed when she discovers they have engaged her to the duke, especially because she fancies herself in love with someone else. Her frustration was understandable, although some of her scheming to avoid the marriage was a bit silly. William is an honorable man driven to desperate measures. At first, he comes across as pompous and overbearing at times, but his good intentions come through. The conclusion he jumped to was also a bit silly, as it could have been cleared up with some discussion, but I guess it was understandable given the time period. I enjoyed watching Fran and William dancing around each other and slowly getting to know each other. There are some interesting secondary characters, such as Fran's maid, William's valet, and William's family in England. I wasn't too keen on the evil ex-mistress angle that appeared partway through the book and reappeared near the end, but it did add some action. Donna MacMeans isn't breaking any terribly new ground here, but after a bit of a slow start the book picks up and leads to a satisfying conclusion.
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Frosty Franny, the bee lady wants nothing more than a quiet life, possibly as the wife of her barrister friend. Instead she's "sold" for a title by her status seeking mother to William Chambers the impoverished Duke of Bedford. Both Franny and William are likeable characters. They each have their own trengths as well as insecurities. The banter between them is a joy to read and the sexual tension fogged my glasses. The surprising twist in the story kept me guessing until the very end.
Since THE SEDUCTION OF A DUKE is Ms MacMeans sequel to THE EDUCATION OF MRS BRIMLEY I was delighted to be reunited with Nichalos and Emma. I do hope Ms MacMeans plans to tell us Arianne's story.
Ms. MacMeans delivers a story with interesting characters, an intriguing twist, mystery and some steamy moments which the residents and guests of the home thought were ghosts. That point made me laugh out loud. I have to admit that once I started this delightful book, I couldn't put it down. I did not stop until the very satisfactory ending.
While this is second in the trilogy, it can be read as a stand alone. I have not yet read the first book, but will go back and do so now. I look forward
o reading more of Ms. MacMeans' books.