Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Duke's Quandary by Callie Hutton

The Duke's Quandary
Release date: March 10, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

London 1814...

Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.

Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn't meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She'll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she's been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.

As Drake's family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?

My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet, enjoyable, lovely romance, The Duke's Quandary was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a delightful historical romance.

Penelope was a lovely heroine. She was very kind and a genuinely likable character. She was extremely clumsy and never seemed to say the right thing in Society. But, she faced all the gossip and snide comments with more strength and dignity than any of the debutantes could hope for. My only problem is that I wish she would have stood up to Drake more when he got too bossy about being a "proper duchess." But, overall, I really liked her.

Drake was good. He was very sweet and protective of his family. Most of the time, he was kind, sweet, and rather adorable. However, sometimes, I wanted to whack him upside the head for being an idiot. His whole obsession with "the perfect duchess" was frustrating and a bit baffling. I did't understand why he was so set on it, especially because his own mother was an unconventional duchess who enjoyed a love match and was still dearly loved by her family. It was annoying, to say the least. But, it did't bother me too much. So, I still ended up liking him, particularly because he did a brilliant job redeeming himself in the end. Overall, I thought he was great.

The romance was lovely. Despite Drake's issues, they were sweet together. They were perfectly matched, despite their reluctance to admit it. And, the chemistry between them was hot. Definitely some sensuous scenes in store.

The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The story was so sweet and lovely and I really enjoyed it. And, the ending was perfect.

The Duke's Quandary was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. It was a sweet, delightful, enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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