Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa DareThe Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1) by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #1
Published by Avon on August 22nd 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 370
Source: Edelweiss
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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…


Just utter delightful fun! This book totally hit the spot on so many levels.

Emma Gladstone had learned a few hard lessons by the age of two-and-twenty. Charming princes weren’t always what they seemed. Shining armor went out of fashion with the Crusades. And if fairy godmothers existed, hers was running several years late. Most of the time, a girl needed to rescue herself.

1) I loved the Beauty and the Beast-esque story with Emma and the scarred Ashbury, with Ashbury in need of a wife and Emma ending up being in the right place at the right time. Dare always seems to give us very interesting heroes and heroines. I loved the ever optimistic Emma and the grouchy Ash.

2) The romance was so frick’n cute. Emma and Ash’s banter always left me with a big smile on my face. I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience because it always means lots of delicious tension as they fight their attraction for each other. I also loved the spark and heat between them.

3) Emma’s attempt to find the perfect pet name for Ash (and his reactions to them).

“What about precious?” She suggested.
“God, no.”
In response to that, he hit the shuttlecock so hard, it sailed all the way to the back wall and thwacked one of his ancestors right in the powdered wig.
She cheered. “Well done, my precious, angel muffin.”

4) The secondary characters were a hoot, especially Ashbury’s butler Khan (and his staff). I loved Khan and dedication to Ashbury, but also his stoic straight-faced one-liners. Emma also makes some new friends (who will likely be getting their own stories in the near future) with some interesting personalities and quirks!

5) The sort of side-story of Ashbury. So kind of spoiler, but I laughed so hard when I found out that Ash blows of steam by basically being a vigilantly and he some of unwittingly and unwillingly ends up with a protege/sidekick.

Overall, it’s a lovely romance with lots of cute and hilarious moments. Highly recommended!

“Look at us. How did this happen? I thought we agreed that there would be no affection?”
“We did.”
“We had rules.”
“There were precautions.”
The left side of his mouth pulled into a smile. “Not enough of them, apparently.”

Quotes (to entice you!);

“Yes, I am certain it’s infatuation. I’ve felt it before.”
Now Ash was the one who became a maelstrom of irrational emotion. That emotion being jealous anger. “Toward whom?”
“Why should it matter?”
“Because,” he said, “I like to know the names of the people I despise. I keep them in a little book and pore over it from time to time, whilst sipping brandy and indulging in throaty, ominous laughter.”


“You can’t be serious. Not really, truly, honestly, earnestly, properly.”
He allowed a few moments to pass. “Are you quite done listing adverbs? I should hate to interrupt.”
His little penguin bounced in agitation.


“It’s a finely made coat,” he said.

“But do you like it?”


He swung his arms. “Well, it does offer more flexibility in the arms. You know, for punching orphans and sacrificing lambs to Satan.”

About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties


Author: Cyn

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8 Replies to “Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare”

  1. I seriously need to add this author to my to read list this fall. So glad you liked this, so many people seem to love her books.

  2. Yes to all this! I loved this story.

  3. I started to bubble over with exciting from just reading the blurb. It sounds so entertaining. I didn’t even pick up on the Beauty & the Beast relation but so true, it does give off that vibe. Glad you enjoyed the story and characters. Emma seems like my kind of female lead 🙂

  4. Great review, and you picked some of my favorite quotes! Clearly, we’re on the same page about this book. 🙂

  5. I have heard great things about this book and the author as well. Great review. Happy weekend.

  6. I don’t think that I have seen a bad review for this book yet! It sounds so good. I love the quotes you shared. I can’t wait to read this one!

  7. I had a hard time with the ARC I received, Cyn. So I went ahead and purchased the audiobook and it’s narrated by Mary Jane Wells and it’s AMAZING! I am currently listening to it right now and OMG! I am LOLing out loud! SO FUNNY!

  8. This sounds adorable! I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read by Tessa Dare and I’m a sucker for the marriage of convenience trope. This is definitely going on my TBR! Great review!

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