Also in this series: A Match Made in Bed
Series: Spinster Heiresses #3
Published by Avon on November 27, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as "the Spinster Heiresses"...
Is it wrong for a woman to want more?
Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Reverly has watched her friends marry for love. Camberly may be the prize of the season, but she will not be "sold" to any man. She wants his devotion or she wants nothing at all.
When is a Marriage of Convenience inconvenient?
Newly named to the ducal title, Matthew Addison is determined to discover the secrets behind Mayfield, the bankrupt estate he has inherited. He doesn't have time to coddle a headstrong heiress who is determined to ditch him over something as silly as "love." Little does he know that his questions will place her in jeopardy. Now he must do what he must to save them both.
Could it be that in running from danger they might be racing headlong into a truly unexpected fate: falling in love?
The Duke That I Marry is the last book in the “Spinster Heiresses” trilogy and it was such fun to finally get the conclusion to this set of books. I have to say I was nervous about picking this up because this author is a hit or miss for me, sometimes, I struggle with getting into her writing. But I had no worries when reading this book and I am pretty grateful for that. This book was quite interesting and despite some issues I had with the heroine at times, overall, it was a likable read.
Men rarely ever do what you wish, or expect.
It sets off with Willa Reverly who is about to be married, but when her fiancee hasn’t spoken much to her since the betrothal party, she decides she doesn’t want the life her mother lives with her father….not being enough for anyone. So she sends him a letter to break their engagement ….the day before the wedding. Matthew Addison, the newly appointed Duke, has much riding on his shoulders and needs the funds that his marriage to Willa will bring. He comes from a family who have married for love. But too many are relying on him after his grandparents were blackmailed and lost all their funds. But when Willa tries to jilt him, he goes to London, and realizes that he made mistakes with her, and with some persuasion convinces her to marry him. Not only do Matt and Willa have to work through some complications with their marriage but there is a dangerous blackmailer who is a danger to them.
With Willa, he was more himself. The light illuminating her was an inner one.
The Duke That I Marry was such an interesting book and I did quite enjoy it. But my biggest complaint about this book was the heroine. *sigh* oh boy did I struggle with her at times. I really tried to be patient and understanding with her character but she was so not deserving of Matt. She was very selfish ridden, she really only ever thought of herself when Matt was the opposite. He would move mountains to keep her happy and content. We never really see her working nearly as hard as Matt to keep their marriage happy and strong. I really struggled with their wedding night and how she treated him. The author went really realistic on this scene (and its the only sex scene so I wish the author had put in a second one so we could see something better happen) we see the pain of being a virgin but Willa was really brutal with him and so judgmental. But she does redeem herself in the end though when she learns to stand by her husband when a dangerous villain comes for them.
He’d always thought true love was full of drama and turmoil. It wasn’t. Love was the sense that he was right where he was supposed to be. That at last, he’d found his home.
Even though I struggled with the heroine, I adored the hero. Matt just stands by Willa, he is willing to admit to his mistakes and try harder at being a better man and husband. I love how committed he is to her and how determined he is to make their marriage a love match and what a fighter he is for their relationship. He is definitely the type of hero that is “marriage material” and definitely a book boyfriend to this reader.
Overall I found this book to be truly enlightening and a fun entertaining regency romance that fans of this author will enjoy to their hearts content.