Published by Zebra on November 28th 2017
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From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn comes a beguiling new romance brimming with her signature wit, timeless sensuality, and thrilling romance—as desire proves to be a great equalizer...
Daisy Bumgarten isn't thrilled to be trying to catch a duke's attention while dressed like a flower pot caught in a swarm of butterflies. But, after all, when in Rome (or in this case London society)... Since her decidedly disastrous debut among New York's privileged set, the sassy Nevada spitfire's last chance to "marry well" lies across the pond, here in England. If she must restrain her free spirit, not to mention her rib cage, so be it. She knows she owes it to her three younger sisters to succeed.
Now, under a countess's tutelage, Daisy appears the perfect duchess-in-training...Until notorious ladies' man Lord Ashton Graham, a distraction of the most dangerous kind, glimpses her mischievous smile and feisty nature—and attempts to unmask her motives. Daisy has encountered snakes on the range, but one dressed to the nines in an English drawing room is positively unnerving—and maddeningly seductive. When a veiled plot emerges to show up Daisy as unworthy of the aristocracy, will Ashton be her worst detractor? Or the nobleman she needs most of all?
~~Reviewed by Bonnie~~
Daisy Bumgarten’s family is newly wealthy, and leave their western ranch for New York high society. Daisy is young and accustomed to working on a ranch, so she continues to wear trousers, ride astride, and drink liquor with the men, thus disgracing herself and her family. After two years, Daisy has tamed her exuberance and travels to England, determined to marry a duke and elevate the social standing of her family. She doesn’t want her younger sisters to suffer for the mistakes she’s made, so she’s willing to sacrifice her future for them. The candidate she has in her sights is Arthur Graham, the young Duke of Meridian.
Arthur and his younger brother, Ashton, were orphaned and put under the guardianship (and collective thumbs) of their aunts and uncles. Arthur is a biddable young man, who continues to let his relatives run the show, even though he’s now of legal age. He is somewhat sheltered from society and likes to spend his time reading and researching butterflies. The relatives have also done their best to keep Arthur from his brother, Ashton, who is not so amiable and is quite aware of what they’re about. They keep Ashton in line since they are the ones who control his allowance. When the relatives learn of Daisy’s interest in Arthur, they are determined to keep them apart. Their scheme is to use Ashton to seduce her, if necessary, while he researches her bloodline.
Ashton is a rake of the first order, and he initially believes that Daisy is just another American heiress looking to buy a title. He has no qualms about seducing her if that’s what it takes to keep her away from his brother. However, as he and Daisy go on their quest to track down her family history, they develop a friendship and respect to go along with the simmering attraction they feel for one another. When Ashton sees Daisy with his brother, he notices how she brings out the best in him, causing him to take an interest in his dukedom and his estates, even giving him the courage to stand up to his controlling relatives.
While Ashton and Daisy seem to be made for each other, it’s also apparent that Daisy has a very good relationship with Arthur, and would make an excellent duchess for him. Author Bettina Krahn has written the character of Arthur in such a way, that, although he’s not as strong as his brother, he is a good, kind, and likeable man. He also wants to marry Daisy. The triangle is very well written, as the reader doesn’t want any of the parties to be hurt. Ashton shows that there is more to him than just a rakish, idle nobleman, and he’s willing to sacrifice his own love and happiness for his brother. I do believe that Ashton’s character would have driven him to play a greater part in his brother’s life than is shown – he certainly could have influenced Arthur earlier to stop dreaming and step up and take the reins of his title and inheritance. The aunts and uncles are truly odious, and I was happy to see them get their comeuppance. A GOOD DAY TO MARRY A DUKE is an engrossing, warm, and fulfilling read, with a satisfying conclusion for everyone.