on October 23, 2018
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In the first novel of Maya Rodale's enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess...
In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen...
Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family's estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead.
...and true love is always in fashion
Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker—not a duchess—and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can't refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material. It's the perfect plan—as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal, and above all do not lose their hearts.
Without thinking he grabbed her around the waist and tugged her close against him, out of the way of those dangerous riders.
She clasped the lapels of his jacket. Her lips were just inches from his.
He didn’t move an inch. Not at all. She clung to him and he didn’t exactly let go.
He stood tall above her, acutely aware that her breasts occasionally brushed against his chest, achingly aware just an inch would close the distance between his arousal and her skirts. He held her, his hand hot and possessive on her waist.
Kingston flirted with the possibility of kissing her.
He came so close he could taste it.
A slow, sweet kiss was just there between them, ripe for the plucking. Something stopped him, though. It was a deep, instinctive sense that once his lips touched hers it would be impossible to stop. When he kissed this woman, he was going to kiss her so thoroughly and completely that they would require all night and the morning, too.
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series.
Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But when his father dies and he takes on the Dukedom he also takes on a very run down estate, plus the responsibility of his mother and two sisters both needing dowries and all 3 needing the best of fashions. In desperate need of funds, he travels to America in search of a rich heiress to marry.
Miss Adeline Black is a seamstress whose dream is to own her own dress shop. A place where she can design new fashions ahead of their time. In the meantime, she works for a woman who won’t even let her suggest ideas in the shop.
Adeline and Kingston first meet when she is at the hotel that he is staying in. She is there to do a fitting with a client staying there. When their eyes meet there is an instant attraction and when Kingston has the chance to flirt with her he loves her sassy reactions to him. When he sees her enter one of the hotel suites he thinks his luck is in. He has met an attractive, sassy woman who also happens to have the funds to stay in a high-class hotel.
He manages to spend some time with her and he likes her more and more. When he finds out that she is just a seamstress he is distraught. He could really see himself married to her. His heart wants her but his head is telling him that he has to marry an heiress. As much as he knows he shouldn’t spend any time with her he comes up with an idea where he gets to spend time with her as well as searching for his future wife. They will be seen together at social gatherings, with her wearing one of her own creations. That will give her designs much-needed advertising, and while they are at various functions Adeline will advise Kingston on which women are eligible for him. The problem is that all the women that are suitable don’t compare to Adeline. Is there any way that they can be together, even perhaps as mistress to protector??
This was a beautiful story set in New York which I loved. It makes a change to read about an aristocrat needing to marry a wealthy woman with the freedom of the American way of life. Kingston was quite surprised at how different American women were, not one of them were afraid to speak their minds. I enjoyed reading how Kingston was enlightened by Adeline and loved the build-up of their relationship. The passionate scenes between them were steamy yet sensual and written really well. It was with a sense of ‘thank god’ when they finally gave in to their desires. Did they end up together, in any capacity, well of course they did, but in what capacity was it? You will have to read the book to find out. You won’t be disappointed.