The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes
Synopsis:Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, spent months sorting and courting the year’s crop of debutantes in search of an ideal bride. When the sweet, biddable young thing he selected accepts another’s proposal, Noah decides to court her companion instead.
Thea Collins, though, is anything but biddable. She has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted, especially the handsome ones. When she reluctantly accepts, Noah rushes Thea to the altar before she can reveal her deepest secret. Can she finally move on from her past, or will it come back to haunt her?
Review: The first book in her new series, The True Gentlemen, was an entertaining and enjoyable story. I like how it starts out with the proposal and how they barely know each other. It gives me a glimpse of how things might have been when people married for status or security. I enjoyed the passion between the two characters and the conflict of how to trust someone you just met, and just married.
Noah Winters presents himself as not being a nice man, but he is nothing but nice. Yes, he reacts poorly on their wedding night when he finds out she isn’t chaste and has lied to him, and he did bring up her past a couple times, but overall he was a nice if maybe a very serious man. Thea is a strong woman with a painful moment in her past that taints her new marriage to Noah, but she doesn’t give up and slowly Noah does come around.
I enjoyed it and I look forward to the next instalment, Tremaine’s True Love coming out in August.
Favorite Quotes: This is part of the proposal at the beginning of the book, I call it “Giggling Twit”
“A young lady’s companion,” he said, withdrawing his hand, “is little more than a finishing governess, Lady Thea. You are in want of a position, I am in want of a duchess, and I am offering you that post.”
No eyebrows, no gasp of shock, no reaction at all as she regarded him out of puzzled green eyes. “You’re serious.”
To a fault, according to most women who’d ventured an opinion, including Noah’s most recent mistress.”Your papa was an earl,” he said. “You’re comely, quiet, past the vapid stage, and from good breeding stock. You are every bit as much a duchess material as that giggling twit you supervise.”
“Marliss is merely young,” Lady Thea said repressively. “But because you are not nice and I am not a giggling twit, you think we would suit?”
A fair summary. “I do, at least as well as I would have suited Marliss or any of her ilk.”