Ally Broadfield's HOW TO BEGUILE A DUKE features an extremely likable hero and heroine, and a plot that forces the two to work together. I enjoy stories like this one that draw the opposing couple together as a reluctant team, forcing them into a proximity that allows each to realize their attraction and admiration for the other.
Broadfield's heroine, Catherine Malboeuf, isn't your typical Regency miss. She's lived in the Bahamas and New Orleans, and she carries a cutlass with her for protection. She's determined, intelligent, and less concerned with propriety than the hero, Nick, the Duke of Boulstridge. Though he wagers with Catherine, who wants to buy her ancestral home back from him, that she will receive no proposal during her time in England, Nick's attraction for Catherine sparks from their first encounter. Broadfield does an excellent job of building the attraction and connection between the two with every scene.
The story is fast-paced, includes smart, witty dialogue, and Broadfield provides a strong motivation that propels both the hero and heroine toward a single goal, and each other. I recommend HOW TO BEGUILE A DUKE to anyone looking for a lovely Regency romance with a strong heroine, a side of adventure, and a hero who's easy to love.
When Catherine Malboeuf ventures to England determined to retrieve a precious heirloom and her family's ancestral home, she finds an irritatingly handsome and equally determined duke has bought the property and everything in it.
The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager...
Nick will sell Walsley Manor if--and only if--Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.
Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...