ARC Review | The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare | Girl Meets Duke #1
Historical Romance
Published on August 22nd, 2017
ARC from Edelweiss


Book Blurb:

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…

| Book Review |

I’ve read Tessa Dare before, and while I enjoyed the book I read, it didn’t stick with me. I’m happy to report that The Duchess Deal swept me off my feet and carried me away; there will be no forgetting this one. There’s something about a gentle husband who entices his wife to fall in love with him without even realizing he’s doing it that I find so romantic. Romantic heroes who don’t know they’re romantic are one of my weaknesses. I can’t get enough of them.

Ever since her father disowned her years ago, Emma Gladstone has been getting by as a seamstress. But that all changes one night when she storms the Duke of Ashbury’s solitude to demand payment for his former fiance’s wedding gown while wearing it. Little does Emma know that she is the answer to the Duke of Ashbury’s prayers, as he’s in need of a wife. Or more precisely, an heir. Emma’s not sold on the fact that the duke actually wants to marry her, so Ashbury does have to do a bit of convincing. And as Emma has a friend in need of help (and who better to help someone than a duchess,) she takes him up on his offer. Emma doing something for someone else sets the tone for their entire marriage. Left with scars from the war, The Duke has lived in solitude in an effort to spare people from his ‘hideous’ appearance, but his new bride isn’t quite so easily dismissed. Emma makes it her mission to spend time with her husband, and in the process, she begins to fall for him. I adored Emma. I love it when we have a hero or heroine who, despite the fact they haven’t been shown the same because of past events, are able to show love and compassion anyway. And are persistent when those around them won’t accept it – Emma was determined when it came to her husband. It was devastating the way Ash had once upon a time had a family he loved and was loved by, but thought it wasn’t anything he’d ever have again. After all, how could a child, even his own, ever look at him and love him? I loved the way the duke softened towards Emma, wanting to make her happy and opening up to her little by little. I thought the pacing of this story was wonderful; this was definitely a slow burn love story, and I loved every moment of it. The friend’s Emma made in this story were hilarious, and I am hoping to see more of them. I think their stories, especially their scenes together, could be a lot of fun.

I loved The Duchess Deal. It has all the makings of a wonderful story – heart, romance, hilarity, and depth. If you’re a Tessa Dare fan – or a fan of historical romance –  this book is not to be missed!

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13 thoughts on “ARC Review | The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

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    1. This one was SO good! The one that didn’t stick with me was When a Scot Ties the Knot. I thought I didn’t like it until I went back recently and read my review. It turns out I did like it…I just didn’t remember.


  1. Yay! Glad your second outing with her was so fantastic. I still need to dip my toe in and try her books out. Now I know exactly which one I should grab first. This sounds great.


  2. I am so happy to see that you loved this one. I am hoping to get a copy from my local library. The cover is gorgeous!


  3. oh lovely review you have here of The Duchess Deal. I liked it quite a bit, more than I expected. These two had me laughing so hard, and there were some dynamics of the story that worked for me. And even though I didn’t love it like many others have, I do think its one of her best books since her Spindle Cove series.


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