The duchess deal (girl meets duke #1)
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale so of course I was super excited to read this authors version of it and once again Tessa Dare did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this funny and charming marriage of convenience! Vicar daughter Emma Gladstone learned the hard way to depend solely on herself. What she gets instead is a marriage offer. Of course rules are meant to be broken and what ensues is a battle of wits, lots of teasing and more than both bargained on. I love broken heroes and the grumpy Ashbury with his very sarcastic outlook on life was perfect!SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Guide to Tessa Dare (Historical Romance Recommendations)
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1)(58)
I keep them in a little book and pore over it from time to time, whilst sipping brandy and indulging in throaty, ominous laughter. Surely you know the feeling of infatuation.
Everyone does. About me. I have an unfortunate habit of looking for the best in people, and it makes me blind to their flaws. These things always do. Either you wake from the spell, or you fall properly in love. The illusion snapped, and I saw him for who he truly was. We can settle this right here and now. He slung a portion onto her plate. They grow longer, too. Are you keeping a little ledger of my virility in your nightstand? Charting my stamina? Making graphs? To that end, I insist on your proper nourishment and good health.
Eat your dinner. This was a problem, indeed. It was all well and good—expedient, truly—if they pleased one another in bed. Outside the bedchamber, however, maintaining distance was essential.
The truth was plain, he reminded himself. She was making excuses for having been caught in his bedchamber and then having fled as though the Devil licked at her heels.
She hoped to forestall his anger by puffing up his pride. And if she believed him to be taken with her, she left him no choice but to prove her wrong. Keeping his resolution proved more difficult than Ash could have guessed.
It was too early to go out walking—the streets would be thick with people at this hour. Get out. Ash gave up. He might as well go to sleep. He removed his boots, snuffed the candles, and lay down on the bed. It was a monument of a bed, passed down through generations of dukes. Four carved mahogany posts and hangings of richly embroidered velvet trimmed with golden tassels. The hangings trapped heat on cold nights and blocked light on unwelcome mornings.
They also made a nice little cave for hiding from reality. He folded his hands on his chest and groaned with displeasure. Perhaps Emma was right.
Maybe he was infatuated. All the symptoms were there. Her name kept running through his mind. The song with only one word. Emma Emma Emma Emma Emma. He took comfort in one thing. Ash would just have to snap himself out of it. He clapped his hands, sending a booming sound through the room. That resulted in nothing but making him feel incredibly stupid.
He squeezed his eyes closed until stars exploded behind his eyelids, counted to three, and then opened them. Stupider still. He thought of the most unappealing things his imagination could conjure: Shards of fire propelled with bullet-force, colliding with his face.
Vomiting himself dry while quitting opium. Not even the mildly repulsive yellow sort. Green, oozing, malodorous pus.
Ye gods. He sat up in bed. He was clearly hexed. The door to his bedchamber creaked open. Ash rubbed his eyes. As he watched, rapt and disbelieving, her hands went to the buttons of her shift. Glory above, she began to undo them. One by one by one. As she worked them open, the two sides fell apart, revealing a slice of pale flesh that widened as it dipped from her neck, to the valley between her breasts, to her navel.
When all the buttons were undone, he heard her draw a shaky breath. Then she slid her arms free of the shift, one and then the other, before letting the entire garment drop to the floor. Jesu Maria.
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A gown that showed my best handiwork, on display at one of the largest social events of the Season. Get out of the house. Take me with you. Vauxhall, perhaps.
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I keep them in a little book and pore over it from time to time, whilst sipping brandy and indulging in throaty, ominous laughter. Surely you know the feeling of infatuation. Everyone does. About me. I have an unfortunate habit of looking for the best in people, and it makes me blind to their flaws. These things always do. Either you wake from the spell, or you fall properly in love. The illusion snapped, and I saw him for who he truly was.
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1)
Emma Gladstone is in dire needs of the funds she should have gotten for sewing a wedding dress. So when the expectant bride calls off her wedding to the battle scarred Duke of Ashbury, Emma shows up at the Duke's doorstep wearing said dress to demand the payment for the time and effort it took her to make it. The Duke agrees to pay for it as soon as she hands over the dress. Or she can marry him and give him an heir.
Girl Meets Duke Series , Book 1. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. Content advisories are available for this book.
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke Series #1)
I realize I may not be as captivating as a shuttlecock or a decanter of brandy, but I am your wife. The woman who is to be the mother of your child. She might not win this silly game, but she was determined to triumph eventually.
He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. They need a loving home. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart.
The Duchess Deal
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