Series: , #3
Published by Avon on November 27th 2018
Genres: Regency Romance
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Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as "the Spinster Heiresses"...
Is it wrong for a woman to want more?
Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Reverly has watched her friends marry for love. Camberly may be the prize of the season, but she will not be "sold" to any man. She wants his devotion or she wants nothing at all.
When is a Marriage of Convenience inconvenient?
Newly named to the ducal title, Matthew Addison is determined to discover the secrets behind Mayfield, the bankrupt estate he has inherited. He doesn't have time to coddle a headstrong heiress who is determined to ditch him over something as silly as "love." Little does he know that his questions will place her in jeopardy. Now he must do what he must to save them both.
Could it be that in running from danger they might be racing headlong into a truly unexpected fate: falling in love?
“What if love wasn’t a grand, passionate, overwhelming emotion but a quiet serenity and a sense of peace?”
There’s a good reason I’m on a Regency Romance kick and Cathy Maxwell’s The Duke That I Marry is right at the top. This may be the first in the series that I’ve read but I already know I’m going to reading books 1 and 2 in the very near future. This had every element I love in well, a romance story. An inattentive fiancé with a scandalous affair in his recent past, a brave bride to be, and mystery and intrigue, and the very “real” chance that these two may just fall in love.
Willa Reverly is a the best sort of Regency Heiress. Coming from a moneyed family, her father intends to align the family with royalty, and it appears Willa has landed the most sought after bachelor of the season, the Duke of Camberly, a.k.a Matthew Addison. This is no love match, but Willa takes some early preemptive actions that bring Matt around a bit. He’ll have to prove his worth to her and this unfolds in the most spectacular way.
I loved the slow burn romance in this story. They are forthright with each other, but Matt contends that there’s nothing to stop them from building a marriage with love in it. They have such great chemistry and the falter through a few of lifes’ tests. They also face outside forces that threaten not only their relationship, but their very lives.
Cathy Maxwells’ brand of Regency Romance is s sure thing. I have never read anything by her that I didn’t love. Matt and Willa’s HEA made my heart so very happy and I highly recommend this story. Again, I have every plan of reading books 1 and 2 in the series in the very near future.
~Review by Cyndi
Her arms came around his neck. She stood on her toes. He picked her up and carried
her to the bed. His fingers began working her lacings. Her hands slid inside his jacket, pushing it down over his shoulders.
Dear God, he wanted this. He’d had her warmth beside him in bed but it had taken all his willpower to give her the time she needed to heal.
Matt lowered his arms, and his jacket slid to the floor. He pulled Willa down onto the bed beside him. He kissed her chin, her cheek, her nose, and her sweet ears before finding her mouth again. She laughed as if it tickled, and the sound made his heart grow fuller, the beat stronger.
She loved him.
He’d always thought true love was full of drama and turmoil. It wasn’t. Love was the sense that he was right where he was supposed to be. That at last, he’d found his home.
About Cathy Maxwell
CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. Fans can contact Cathy at www.cathymaxwell.com; Twitter: @maxwellcathy