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21 February 2018

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

Source: Blog Tour | NetGalley

5 Words: Obligation, survival, attraction, understanding, love.

Recently I have been delving back into the world of romance and renouncing my "guilty pleasure" feelings, so when this dropped into my inbox with the promise of a hint of Beauty and the Beast I jumped at the chance to review it. Anything with a touch BatB is like catnip for me.

Tessa Dare is a new to me author, but I absolutely will read more from her. Her writing is magnificent.

With this book I was transported back through history, into the dark streets of London. I could see the fashions, feel rough skin on my own fingers. And whenever Emma was cold (spoiler: it's a lot of the time) I'd be reaching for an extra blanket.

Now I actually read the blurb for this book so I was slightly apprehensive that it might be a touch Fifty-Shades-esque. But worry not! This relationship is anything but toxic. And as much as each of the couple has their own rules, there is still consent and respect and discussion of boundaries, and goodness, is there anything hotter than that?

I loved the ending too, it made me feel a wee bit giddy and happy and full of love. Everything wraps up perfectly.

This book was an absolute delight to read, and I will read more from this author.


  1. Seems like a good book! Lovely review, Cora!😊✨

    Shirley |

  2. I'm a huge Dare fan and I love the cover

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  4. I'm not usually a romance fan (I like my books dark and twisty) but this sounds quite intriguing.

  5. A pot of tea and a book featuring a Duchess a great British combination manda


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