Review: The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes

The Duke's Disaster - Grace BurrowesPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 7th 2015)
Hardcover: 417 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, spent months sorting and courting the year’s crop of debutantes in search of an ideal bride. When the sweet, biddable young thing he selected accepts another’s proposal, Noah decides to court her companion instead.

Thea Collins, though, is anything but biddable. She has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted, especially the handsome ones. When she reluctantly accepts, Noah rushes Thea to the altar before she can reveal her deepest secret. Can she finally move on from her past, or will it come back to haunt her?

Review:

This was kind of a different read than most romances for me. It was very realistic and surprisingly not that super dramatic considering the plot. And the fact that it’s called The Duke’s Disaster, yet not a lot of disaster-ing (but that was totally a-okay with me).

Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, says he’s not a nice guy, and I was expecting a brooding jerk…

“You know him,” Penelope said as she started arranging tea cakes on plates. “Tall, dark, grouchy, unless you’re his horse or a small child? […]”

…but the fact is he’s so nice. He marries Thea Collins, a pretty tenacious yet likable spinster, because he needs a wife. But of course, Thea’s got a secret that could change everything! I was expecting a little bit angst and drama as they fall in love but while we do get to see them fall in love, it’s more in the fashion of ‘slice of life’ and it’s quite adorable.

We get these ridiculously endearing scenes where Noah and Thea wake up in the morning and have their little routine:

“Now, will you march about demolishing your breakfast, leaving crumbs all over my bedroom, or get under these covers and bear me some company?”

“I would not get crumbs on your carpet,” he grumbled as he climbed into bed with her and took a sip of her tea.

“I’m married to a poacher.” A shy poacher, for all his vigorous animal spirits.

(Thea is a grouch until she gets her tea and Noah always has it ready for her, but not before he steals half the cup and they just share they morning, so cute).

It’s just so normal. Basically most of the book is snippets of their lives as settle into this new married life and try to get to know each other, and I was okay with that because they make such a sweet couple. I couldn’t help but go ‘awwww’ anytime they interacted.

“Good morning, Wife.” Noah leaned down to kiss her cheek. “You’ve allowed a trespasser into your bed.”

“We’re married,” Thea struggled to rise. her expression bewildered and grumpy. “It isn’t trespassing if we’re…Oh, aren’t you a lovely little kitty.”

There’s still a little bit of misunderstanding, and the near the ending there is a bit more drama, but overall, it was a pleasant read. Despite the slow plot line, the characters are delightful enough to carry the story.  Just be aware it’s a little less action and a little more conversation kinda romance.

{*Thank to Sourcebooks Casablanca & Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.
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