Saturday, August 17, 2013

Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins + Featured Freebie

Why Dukes Say I Do (Wicked Widows, #1)
Release date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Wicked Widows #1

Even in London society—where everyone knows what you did last season—you never know who’s next in line to walk down the aisle…


With her whirlwind social life in London, Lady Isabella Wharton has little interest in the customs of the country. But when her godmother asks her to pay a visit to her bachelor grandson in Yorkshire, Isabella can’t refuse. It behooves her to please the old dowager, since she harbors one of Isabella’s most scandalous secrets. So off she goes to see the newly-titled—and notoriously rustic—Duke of Ormond…


Trevor Carey doesn’t care about what goes on behind ballroom doors. He is content with the simple life—and isn’t ashamed to admit it to a society flirt like Lady Isabella. But the country air brings out a different side of Isabella—one full of longing and passion. Can her sophistication be hiding a desire for love? When a blackmailer from the city arrives to threaten Isabella, Trevor will shield her from harm—even travel to London. Can the duke tackle the ton on Isabella’s behalf …and manage to keep her all to himself?

My Rating: 5 Roses

Loved this historical romance! Why Dukes Say I Do was a brilliant read, full of thrills, surprises, romance, and a mystery. Fans of historical romance, you are going to love this book.

Isabella was a strong heroine. After a horrible marriage, she's won her independence. Well, mostly. She didn't figure the dowager duchess into her plans. I thought she was a great character. On the surface, she seems jaded and somewhat snobbish. But, as the book went on, we underneath her mask and that part of her was very likable. One thing I really liked about her was that she didn't let her experiences with her father, husband, and brother-in-law sour her toward all men. In a lot of romances, one bad experience leaves a heroine a man-hater and sometimes it's a little annoying. But, with her, even after having bad experiences with 3 men, Isabella still knew that there were good men in the world. She just hasn't met very many of them. I found her to be a lovely character.

Trevor was so amazingly sweet, I just wanted to give him a hug. If you want to see a true gentleman, here he is. Trevor was just wonderful. So sweet to his sisters and Isabella, determined to his duty, and willing to do whatever in order to win the love of his life. He was brilliant and I adored him.

The romance was wonderful. Isabella and Trevor were a lovely couple. Their romance was sweet, and their feelings for each other were palpable. I appreciated that they didn't wallow in denial about their feelings and, instead, acted on them. And, there was some heat between them for sure.

The plot was fast paced. The mystery of the blackmailer had me on the edge of my seat and I was hooked the entire way through. And the ending was lovely, tying up the romance while leaving the mystery open for the next book in the series. This looks like a promising series and I can't wait to read the next book.

Why Dukes Say I Do was a lovely romance, one that I really enjoyed. Lovers of the genre, you will love this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Paperbacks for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have western historical romance that sounds good: The Bounty by Beth Williamson. Go forth and get it for free!

What happens when a bounty hunter finds his prey only to discover she’s his mate?
Nicky Malloy is on the run—from guilt, fear, and a murder charge. After three years, the notorious bounty hunter Tyler Calhoun catches up with the elusive lady outlaw. The intensity of their dislike for each other is only matched by the growing passion they cannot seem to control.

A loner by nature, a cold hard hunter by choice, Tyler fights his feelings for his prisoner the only way he knows how—by denying them. He’s not prepared for how deeply his feelings will run, or how hard it will be to hold her life in his hands.

Pursued by two hapless cowboys bent on taking Nicky in themselves, Nicky and Tyler are forced to turn to each other for aid, trust, and comfort as their journey progresses on its rocky road. Caught in a web of lies and murder, they hold on to each other as they travel to Wyoming to confront the man that brought them together. Tyler has to decide if his love for her is worth more than the bounty he was sent to find.


  1. I loved that they acted on their feelings, and that they were characters you liked. This sounds lovely, and I do love my regency romances! Adding to my list, thanks Farrah!

  2. Hope you like it as much as I did when you get the chance to read it :)