Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking #1
Published by Avon on May 29, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 11 Hours and 34 Mins
The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with the client. A simple thing to remember...unless you’re a matchmaker with amnesia.
The Duke of Rydstrom needs a wife. Preferably one with a large fortune and a complete lack of curiosity. The last thing he needs is a meddling matchmaker determined to dig up his dark family secrets.
All Jacinda wants is to find a bride for a duke. How hard could that be? He’s handsome, enigmatic...and hiding something. She’s sure of it. Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet, by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable—and she intends to use every skill she can to discover what’s in his heart.
When Miss Bourne can’t remember what brought her to his ancestral home, Rydstrom intends to keep it that way. Yet as the days pass, his true challenge will be safeguarding his secret while resisting this woman who—confound it all—may well be his perfect match.
It has been forever it seems since I have picked up a Lorret romance and I had forgotten how swoony her books are and they are so easy to get into. I have been in the mood for historical audiobooks lately, And I grabbed this one up from the library since I hadn’t read it yet and its the first book in her latest series “Misadventures in Matchmaking” which is about three sisters who start a matchmaking business together along with their uncle.
The Duke of Rydstrom is looking for a wife to help fill his coffers and help bring him the money he needs for his lands and tenants. Like many Aristocrats, he is need of a rich wife especially since he has a half sister that needs his love and all the support that he can give her. So he goes to the matchmaking business to find the right wife but what he doesn’t expect is to find the matchmaker rifling in his office in the middle of the night. Jacinda is determined to find the goods on the Duke of Rydstrom and she knows that he is keeping something from her and she finds a clue in a child named Sybil so she heads to the country to find out the truth but then she wakes up from a carriage accident and has no memory of who she is, all she has is a book with her name inscribed “Emma” by Jane Austen. When the Duke of Rydstrom finds Jacinda in a accident with no memory of who she is, he is instructed to keep her at his estate until she recovers or she may never recover her memory. So at first there is a high tension between Rydstrom and Jacinda that is the result of both of them denyig the sexual tension that they feel for each other. But their relationship is forbidden, because he is a Duke and she has no wealth or lands. Will these two find their way to their happy ever after?
How To Forget A Duke was a fun book but I will be honest at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did here. The heroine really threw me off at first, mostly due to how she treats the hero at first and how she intrudes on him just to learn his secrets. (in modern times she would probably make a good reporter though) but I did enjoy the amnesia twist and what really impressed me was that she doesn’t lose herself in the amnesia. We still see her personlity shine through despite her memory loss but she does make some foolish decisions that didn’t really make sense. For example when she is injured and just been taken to the Rydstrom estate, she is going out exploring the estate even though she has a head wound, dizzy, and wouldn’t even eat the meal brought to her….she just thinks its a good idea to go exploring despite how horrible she feels physically. It just seemed really foolish As the Duke and Jacinda keep running itno each other, chemistry between them keeps becoming stronger between them. And this is where the romance really became so satisfying and fun. I loved the swoony moments between these two and seeing them figure out the love that is developing.
I found this story to be a unique and charming one, both of these characters are flawed and make plenty of rash decisions but they also truly love each other and it was fun seeing them go on this journey together and discover what is most important in life. A fun and humorous filled romance to give you a smile.