Romantic Thursday: Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins

Romantic Thursday
It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchie! So why is Thursday Romantic? Well, at my Uni, we classify the days as MWF (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and TR (Tuesday, Thursday), so in my mind, Thursday starts with an R, and so does romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

Why Dukes Say I Do - Manda CollinsPublisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (July 30th 2013)
Paperback: 352 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: Wicked Widows #1
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Even in London society—where everyone knows what you did last season—you never know who’s next in line to walk down the aisle…


With her whirlwind social life in London, Lady Isabella Wharton has little interest in the customs of the country. But when her godmother asks her to pay a visit to her bachelor grandson in Yorkshire, Isabella can’t refuse. It behooves her to please the old dowager, since she harbors one of Isabella’s most scandalous secrets. So off she goes to see the newly-titled—and notoriously rustic—Duke of Ormond…


Trevor Carey doesn’t care about what goes on behind ballroom doors. He is content with the simple life—and isn’t ashamed to admit it to a society flirt like Lady Isabella. But the country air brings out a different side of Isabella—one full of longing and passion. Can her sophistication be hiding a desire for love? When a blackmailer from the city arrives to threaten Isabella, Trevor will shield her from harm—even travel to London. Can the duke tackle the ton on Isabella’s behalf …and manage to keep her all to himself?


This is the first book in Manda Collins’ new series and it was quite the enjoyable one. It reminded me of why I enjoyed the Ugly Duckling Series. Cute romance with a dash of adventure and mystery.

Let’s talk about the romance:

Lady Isabella Wharton is sent by her godmother, who happened to also be Trevor Carey, the Duke of  Ormond’s grandmother to retrieve said Duke back to London. Preconceived notions tries to put a damper on the instant attraction between the two. Trevor thinks Isabella is an ice queen while Isabella thinks Trevor is an irresponsible duke, only caring for his country home to spite the Ormond family (and tenants) because his father (and consequently him) was disowned from without a penny.

As I was saying: instant attraction.

A jolt of annoyance shot through Trevor as he pictured Lady Isabella in an embrace with his friend.

Blakemore’s mouth dropped open. “Did you just growl?” he demanded, his eyes wide.

“Of course  not,” Trevor said, though he suspected that he had in fact emitted such a sound.

That was basically after meeting Isabella once.

Their romance is actually pretty tame if not still quite adorable. The more time they spend together, the more they realize each use their facade to shield their battered hearts. That being said, because their romance to me was so relaxed, I often started caring more for the side characters.

Let’s talk about Lucian Blakemore, Trevor’s best friend. He needs…no he has to get his own novella or something or I will cry. He just cracks  me up.

“What’s the matter with you?” Blakemore demanded in lieu of greeting the next morning as Trevor rode towards him. “You look as if you wish to throttle someone. And I know it can’t be me, because my winning personality does not inspire men to murder.”

What? You need a little bit more Blakemore? Sure.

“If you tell me that he, too, as engaged a governess with a bird name I will have to adapt a child so that I can hire one as well,” Trevor’s friend said glibly.

And! Pretty sure, we’re already getting suggestions about who he might just have his story with, hint, hint, hint.

Okay, now to the mystery.

The mystery part was pretty interesting, though it seemed almost irrelevant to the rest of the story (but makes more sense for the overall arc plot of the series). A blackmailer is making life difficult for Isabella, causing accidents and sending cryptic notes and gifts. Naturally, as Trevor starts to fall for Isabella, he’s not going to take this lying down.

I found the “mystery” part and Isabella’s history pretty dark and sad. I’m so glad that she ends up getting her happily ever after.

So overall, it was a very adorable read. I really liked Trevor and Isabella, though as I mentioned, a very almost laid-back couple. I never felt like I had to worry about them not being together. Manda Collins definitely teases me hints at the potential couples in the future books and I’m so ridiculously excited for Perdita’s (Isabella’s sister), unfortunately, her’s in the third book and so I must keep waiting.

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Cyn

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