NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Girl Meets Duke Book One

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When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, 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 a few rules of her own:

– They will have dinner together every evening.

– With conversation.

– And unlimited teasing.

– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…



Both hilariously enchanting and romantic, The Duchess Deal will appeal to all readers, even those who don’t normally veer into this genre. Tessa Dare excels at bridging the gap between Contemporary and Historical with her signature humor and authentically fresh characters. A marriage of convenience grew to have such unexpected depth and twists and turns, and a love story that was captivating from the very beginning.

Dare manages to always perfectly capture the strong, defiant heroines that don’t fit into their expected place in both society and relationships, and with Emma she brought a great sort of bold shyness to her which made her even more endearing. It greatly contrasted with the Duke of Ashbury’s brittle outer shell as it hilariously pushed his buttons and pulled at his heart, both of which took him out of his comfort zone. The dynamic between the two (made even more fun by the meddling of others) was hysterical and completely charming; watching them step about and cross boundaries, sometimes on purpose or not, was the most fun of it all. The heat between them was beguiling and became this powerful thing to unite two people merely in it for what it brought on paper. For all of Ashbury’s protestations, watching her slowly become the balm to soothe his soul was absolutely the best part of the story.

The Duchess Deal was a fantastic love story with compelling characters that effortlessly elevated this tale to the grand story it became. Dare’s writing flowed seamlessly from start to finish and easily brought to life a long ago time period. A top-notch start to a series and one that I cannot wait to continue on.



Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa lives in Southern California with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

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