REVIEW: The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

Title: The Duchess Deal
Series: Girl Meets Duke
Author: Tessa Dare
Publication Date: 
August 22, 2017
Personal Collection
Historical Romance
Pages: 370
Add It: Goodreads
Rating: 5 ⭐️’s

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing. 
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…


I stopped reading historical romances a while ago because they all just seemed to be the same. They were getting to be a bit boring, and redundant. Then I discovered Tessa Dare, and it’s like a whole new world was open for me. I haven’t laughed at a historical romance like this in a very long time. This batch of characters was the absolute best and I just loved every single minute that I spent with these characters. I listened to this one on audio, and it just helped to enhance my love for these characters!

Our hero, the Duke of Ashbury is angry, grumpy and brooding. After being injured in war, he’s become a complete recluse from society. He’s probably one of the most unlikeable characters I’ve ever met, and I absolutely ADORED HIM! There’s just something about his whole menacing personality that made me fall head over heels in love with him. When Emma Gladstone comes flying into the Duke’s office in a complete monstrosity of a wedding dress, he realizes she is the perfect solution to his problem. He will make Emma his wife, and produce an heir.

The relationship comes with plenty of rules, and the Duke thinks that he can avoid any real feelings. However, he’s never met anyone like Emma, and before long these two stubborn people find themselves falling completely head over heels in love with each other.

The pacing that Tessa Dare created in this novel was absolutely perfect. Even though I knew long before our hero and heroine that they had fallen for each other, I never once felt the need to rush the story along and have it “get moving.” It was perfect exactly how it was. Plus there is an entire cast of side characters that I absolutely adored as much as the Duke and Emma and I cannot wait to read their stories.

Tessa Dare is now an absolute auto buy for me, and I cannot wait to go back and read everything she’s written!

Rating: 5 Stars!!

About the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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