Title: The Duke That I Marry
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Series: Spinster Heiresses #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Regency romance
Dates read: 30th January 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: “Did you write down a wager?”
Once upon a time there were threee young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the Marriage Mart a bit too long. They were known as the “Spinster Heiresses”…
Is it wrong for a woman to want more?
Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Reverly has watched her friends marry for love. Camberly may be the prize of the season, but she will not be “sold” to any man. She wants his devotion or she wants nothing at all.
When is a Marriage of Convenience inconvenient?
Newly named to the ducal title, Matthew Addison is determined to discover the secrets behind Mayfield, the bankrupt estate he has inherited. He doesn’t have time to coddle a headstrong heiress who is determined to ditch him over something as silly as “love”. Little does he know that his questions will place her in jeopardy. Now he will do what he must to save them both.
Could it be that in running from danger they might be racing headlong into a truly unexpected fate: falling in love?
This is a fantastic ending to a beautiful little trilogy. Not only does Willa, the third “Spinster Heiress” find her own happiness, but the final scene involves all three women with their own happily ever afters. I loved that it ended with the girls being together as friends, rather than that feeling I was beginning to get that made you think that once they were married, they travelled off into the sunset and didn’t see each other again. I’m so glad that their bonds are reaffirmed in this.
The beginnings of Willa and Matt’s relationship (and the hurdles they must face) are touched upon in A Match Made in Bed. In fact, on finishing the second book in the series, I was kind of desperate to pick up the final story, because there was a fantastic lead in to it. It meant that unlike the first two book sin the Spinster Heiresses series, it as possible to be thrown into the action immediately. Starting with Willa jilting Matt and making it quite obvious that she wasn’t the kind of woman who could just be walked all over.
There is a lot more hidden drama in this story than the first two books. Mainly because blackmail and bankruptcy lead to a pretty intense storyline. One which had me pulling the pages of the book closer and closer to my face as I was more and more absorbed by the storyline. Although, it was still the romance of the story and the couple who really swept me off my feet. After all, I’m a sucker for a good romance.
What I loved most about this story is that the moment both characters realised that they were in love wasn’t an insane lightbulb moment. There is sexual passion there from the very beginning and a bit of a lustful infatuation on both their parts. But it is that realisation that love doesn’t have to be full of drama and angst. It is about finding that perfect partner in another human being and being able to just work together… that was the part of this story which completely enthralled me.