Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: The Duke's Accidental Wife by Erica Ridley

Title: The Duke's Accidental Wife
Series: The Dukes of War
Author: Erica Ridley
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
ASIN: B018SJ425I

Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She's convinced his heart is ice—until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy...

The Duke of Ravenwood isn't cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross—a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn't know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other's company long enough to turn a compromise into love?

My rating:

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

The Duke of Ravenwood is all about duty. Duty to the title, duty to the peerage, duty to country. And it's duty that dictates he marries Miss Katherine Ross after having been discovered together, unchaperoned, in a storage closet in her museum. It's duty that prevents him from seeking out his dream and marry for love, have the family he always wanted...

Miss Katherine Ross wants nothing to do with the Duke of Ravenwood, duty or not, respectability or not. But she has no choice in marrying the haughty, cold peer...

Until masks are slowly peeled away and each discover unexpected and not unwelcome facets of the other's personality. Sometimes doing one's duty isn't so bad after all.

A lovely ending to The Dukes of War series, with the Duke of Ravenwood's story tying up a lovely bow.

The characters were once more the best feature of the story. The duke with his haughty mask, hiding a romantic soul, and Katherine with her enthusiasm and exuberance that pulled him out of his shell, and taught her a lesson in not judging the book by its cover in the process.
Their story was organic, they both changed through the course of the story, grew up; their relationship progressing gradually and realistically, giving the reader an insight into what the ton marriages probably looked like back in the day, when people got married for reasons far removed from love, without even knowing the spouse. Katerine and Ravenwood's story probably ended up unlike most marriages, because they got to know each other, liked each other, became friends (of sort), and ended up in love, vanquishing all demons.
It's fiction and it's a romance, it could not have ended differently. It's stories like this (fictional romances) that keep us dreaming and hoping that maybe there is a chance for a true happily-ever-after in the world.

Characters, story, relationship development, writing, pacing, voice...Everything worked wonderfully, truly putting that little cherry on the cake.


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