Noah Winters is the Duke of Anselm, and he promised his parents that he would marry by his 32nd birthday, which is rapidly approaching. He has been courting Marliss, but after several weeks she agrees to marry someone else. Noah does not want to dishonor his parents’ memory, so he asks Marliss’ companion, Lady Thea Collins, to marry him. She has been chaperoning him and Marliss and he feels comfortable with her.
Lady Thea has also lost her parents. She cares for her younger sister and her brother, who is old enough to take care of himself but instead is just running wild, leaving Lady Thea to negotiate her own wedding agreement. She is reluctant to marry the Duke, but he sweetens the pot by agreeing to allow her younger sister to live with them and to give her a good dowry, and that is enough for Lady Thea.
These two virtual strangers marry and then learn to love one another. Beginning with a proposal was a really interesting twist on the romance genre, and watching this couple learn about each other and fall in love was truly heart warming. I loved it.
12/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE DUKE’S DISASTER by Grace Burrowes. Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 7, 2015). ISBN 978-1492605300. 448p.