‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’ When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, 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 secrets and some rules of her own: - They will have dinner together every evening. - With conversation. - And teasing. - Last, and most importantly… Once she's seen the man beneath the scars, he can't stop her from falling in love…
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This was such a fun book! It kind of hand a Beauty and the Beast feel to it with the characters, which I loved.
The Duke of Ashbury returns from war and he's scarred. People don't tend to look at him and when they do he knows they're uncomfortable and don't like the way he looks. To carry on his legacy he needs an heir but, to get an heir he needs a wife.
Enter Emma Gladstone. She is the daughter of a vicar, who has moved to London and makes dresses. After making a wedding dress for the woman who was suppose to marry the Duke she heads to his estate to demand the money she was promised for making it.
Instead she gets a proposal. After thinking about it she agrees. He has his conditions and she has hers. He doesn't want her getting close to him and she is interested in the man behind the scars. After a few months together, feelings change.
This was such a fun book. It had it's serious moments but, Emma made me laugh. She is headstrong and knows what she wants. She isn't afraid to talk back to the Duke and tell him how she really feels and at first he's shocked but, you can secretly tell he likes the teasing and he likes to tease her back.
A story of finding love when you least expect it.
This story is filled with drama, romance, laughs and a few steamy scenes that may make you blush.