Published by Avon on November 27, 2018
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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?
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Matthew Addison had been relatively content in his position as a tutor until he unexpectedly inherited the bankrupt dukedom of Camberly. In his short time as Duke, he had also made a fool of himself over his married lover, Lady Letty Bainhurst. Matt had always thought he would marry for love, but after a conversation with his grandmother, he knows he must sacrifice himself and go through with his marriage with Willa Reverly. The little points game that the Spinster Heiresses had played had been so successful that Willa had snagged the Duke of Camberly, who, alas, had proved to be a disappointment since their betrothal. That’s when Willa decided to cry off the day before the wedding, and Matt would have none of it.
And so we come to the conclusion of the brilliant Spinster Heiresses series, in which Cathy Maxwell has demonstrated much originality and flair. The reason for Camberly’s financial woes is brilliant, and not much was first as it appeared to be, and I couldn’t wait to see what would transpire. Matt and Willa are fabulous characters: she is tiny but has always had a spine of steel, even though she hadn’t been able to show it before knowing Matt. I loved that she felt as I would have with the few choices women had during the Regency, and I could only cheer her on. Matt is even more complex: he is very engaging and charming, however, a dreadful mistake he made had me nearly reconsider him as an honourable man. He did, however, make things right, and redeemed himself in my eyes.
How splendid it is to watch characters really communicate, as Matt and Willa do, and Ms. Maxwell’s dialogues throughout are superb. I also loved how both Matt’s and Willa’s parents had influenced their views on marriage, and how it defines their approach to their own. It was refreshing to see conflicts that did not stem from misunderstandings, and love that was built on more than sexual chemistry. The mystery that caused so much trouble, however, did not quite go the way I had expected; it felt a bit anticlimactic. In the last quarter of the book, I thought one issue was resolved a tad too easily while another could have been handled with a bit more subtlety. Still, THE DUKE THAT I MARRY is a fabulous and utterly captivating read that had me reading just one more chapter, just one more page, and too late into the night. Well done again, Ms. Maxwell!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.