What To Do With A Duke

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What To Do With A Duke

Spinster House, #1

Like fellow historical romance novels of the year, I feel divided in this review of the story. The actual story itself is likable, charming and sweet, with a unique plot that was rewarding to read. Yet I think the book in its entirely was not a strong introduction to a new series and, for a new reader such as myself, to the author.

The romance lacked emotional and physical attraction. It is little hints of aspiring affinity that I think are necessary in a romance novel, especially one set in the historical era. When the chemistry was present between Cat and Marcus it was wonderful and believable. I wish the author would have only done more with the romance.

However the plot was enriching. I really enjoyed the concept of having a landlord for a hero. It's rare to find a hero that is not among the standards of other romances. So this simple fact made the plot and the race towards a happily-ever-after ending likable and entertaining.

As for the writing, apart from the romance I enjoyed it. This book was a sweet read that contained the right amount of humor exchanged between the characters throughout the book. I thought it was a delightful read that should it not have been labeled as a romance novel, I think I would have liked it much more.

I want to be clear and state that I found this to be a likable read. It wasn't my favorite but it certainly is not a bad romance. From a historical and plot standpoint this book was a great read that readers will certainly find desirable. The romance only was not my desired taste...


Book Blurb for What To Do With A Duke

Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 3.50