Today we are celebrating the release of DUCHESS BY DECEPTION by Marie Force. This is Marie's first historical romance title and is part of the Gilded series. Grab your copy now!
DUCHESS BY DECEPTION by Marie Force
A Gilded Novel
In New York Times bestselling author Marie Force’s dazzling historical romance debut, the clock is ticking for a wealthy Duke who must marry by his thirtieth birthday—or lose his title...
Derek Eagan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline. But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex—and encounters a man digging on his property. Except he’s not a man. He’s a very lovely woman. Who suddenly faints at his feet.
Catherine McCabe’s disdain for the aristocracy has already led her to flee an arranged marriage with a boorish Viscount. The last thing she wants is to be waylaid in a Duke’s home. Yet, she is compelled to stay by the handsome, thoughtful man who introduces himself as the Duke’s estate manager.
Derek realizes two things immediately: he is captivated by her delicate beauty, and to figure out what she was up to, Catherine must not know he is the Duke. But as they fall passionately in love, Derek’s lie spins out of control. Will their bond survive his deception, not to mention the scorned Viscount’s pursuit? Most important, can Catherine fall in love all over again—this time with the Duke?
"...Force has crafted a masterpiece with the perfect amount of romance." —Starred Review from Publisher's Weekly
After reading some reviews for this book I was a tad skeptical about this story. A lot of complaints seemed to be around the whole yee olde world that this story took place in being inaccurate. So, if you're super into that I don't know what to tell you because let me just say I couldn't be more unfamiliar with the world that historical fiction is usually set in.
So, getting that out of the way I thought this book was rather enjoyable. The story was unique enough to me and didn't feel like an overdone trope. I enjoyed the characters and how they each grew throughout the story.
Derek is on a timeline to get married by his 30th birthday or he loses his title and has to cede it to his Uncle who is a complete and utter POS. Derek wants to marry for love more than anything and despite going to many a ball he has yet to find a woman to catch his interest. Leaving an event he rides home and finds someone digging a hole on his land. When he finds out it's a woman and not a young man like he thought he's immediately intrigued. Thinking he can't get the answers he needs as a Duke he pretends to be someone else to make Cat comfortable and immediately falls in love.
Cat is on the run from a man her father promised her to. Running into "Jack" she thinks she's finally found peace, love, and a man she can grow a family with. I enjoyed Cat's character and how fierce and independent, but also caring and nurturing. She cared for everyone and I felt for her when she finds out about who Derek really is.
I have to say despite the insta-love thing I don't think it was written poorly. I felt why and how they fell for each other so quickly and they had a real relationship that is sometimes glazed over in other books. It didn't feel too quick or like lazy writing.
The romance was written really well and at times I was happy I had my fan going. The sexy parts didn't take over the story or the characters and I really liked that they had a relationship outside of that.
Overall, a very good story. One I would most certainly recommend and see myself re-reading again sometime
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