Lila DiPasqua is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical romance with heat. She lives with her husband, three children and two rescued dogs and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after.
The Duke's Match Girlby Lila DiPasqua
As childhood friends, Leopold d'Ermart and Suzanne Matchet were inseparable. One unforgettable Christmas Eve, their relationship changed from the best of friends...to lovers.
Heat up the holidays with a scorching historical holiday romance novella from the acclaimed Fiery Tales series. A romantic, steamy retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl.
As childhood friends, Leopold d'Ermart and Suzanne Matchet were inseparable. One unforgettable Christmas Eve, their relationship changed from the best of friends...to lovers. But the heir of the Duke of Mont-Marly isn't supposed to fall in love with the daughter of his family's physician. Or vice versa.
Is this a second chance at first love?
Years later, Suzanne is dreading her first Christmas without her father. The heartbreak Leo caused when he left seven years ago is a distant memory. And she prefers to keep it that way. The last thing Suzanne expects is for tall, dark, and sinfully seductive Leo d'Ermart to show up at her door and announce he wants her back in his life. And in his bed. Worse, the now celebrated libertine is even more devastating to a woman's senses than ever before...
Or are they playing with fire?
The only woman Leo, Duke of Mont-Marly, has ever yearned for is the adorably unconventional, intelligent beauty who got away. He discovers Suzanne creating and selling matchsticks, elixirs for the ill...and is still so damned alluring. Leo is determined to show her the depth of his desire, win back Suzanne's heart. And give her a Christmas beyond her wildest imagination...
Warning: Explicit language and love scenes. 32,000 word novella.
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The Duke's Match Girl by Lila DiPasqua is a fairly short historical romance, a great choice for those with little time for reading. Miss DiPasqua has delivered a well written book. The characters are lovable. Suzanne and Leo's story is full of drama, humor and sexy bits. I enjoyed reading The Duke's Match Girl and look forward to reading more from Lila DiPasqua in the future. The Duke's Match Girl is book 3 in the Fiery Tales Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
*ARC received for an honest review. Leopold d’Ermant, the Duc de Mont-Marly or Leo, gives new meaning to redemption. Although a real jerk seven years ago he has finally come to his senses. Suzanne and Leo grew up together, they were childhood friends. As they grew so did their feelings for each other. Suzanne’s father is the family physician and Suzanne grows attached to the family. Leo and Suzanne can’t hide their feelings for each other and take their relationship to the next level. He makes her promises that he knows he will not keep, he knows that Suzanne wants to be married. Leo is already promised, through an arranged marriage to someone else. Leo however, never tells Suzanne. Suzanne disgraced and heartbroken leaves the home she always knew as her own-Montbrison, with her father. Leo goes on to marry his promised finaceé. When the novella begins it seven years later. Suzanne has become a very talented physician/ elixir mixer of sorts. She is very talented and has followed in her father’s footsteps. She is working at her little shop when she receives a note from Leopold. Upon receiving the note Suzanne tells Leopold what he can do with his note and his request. So how can such a jerk find redemption? With Ms. DiPasqua’s talent Leo redeems himself. After seven years he realizes that he can no longer live without Suzanne but he also realizes that what he did was unforgivable and he has to find a way to convince her of his regret. Most importantly, he has to convince her that he loves her and that he deserves a second chance. I really enjoyed this novella. Ms. DiPasqua was so engaging. The story read like a fairy tale with some very detailed “rekindling” between Suzanne and Leo. Suzanne was a great heroine. She was determined to not give into Leo and she really made him prove himself. She was witty and entertaining to read. Suzanne is no longer the innocent and vulnerable young women she was and she is ready to stand up for herself. Our hero was an equally entertaining character. He was truly sorry for his past and made sure to show Suzanne with not only his words but his very sincere actions. Midway through the story they return to Montbrison and they share very detailed and steamy acquaintances. Can these two finally find their happily ever after? The story does not disappoint. I found the novella to be fun, romantic and worth the read. The writing was engaging and the story flowed. Great and fun novella!
Leopold Charles Nicolas d’Emart, Duc de Mont-Marly has a plan, and he isn’t going to let anyone stop him, including the person he has set his heart on capturing. Truth to tell he heart was captured long ago; he has now finally decided to put action into play. Suzanne Matchet, was ten years old when Leo at twelve years old himself, first laid eyes on the daughter of the newly appointed estate physician to Chateau Montbrison. They had become instant allies and friends as Suzanne was not a girl to stand on formality regardless of Leo’s position as heir to the Duchy. The Duke’s Match Girl, this delectably, hot little morsel the newest release in Lila DiPasqua’s Fiery Tales series will definitely keep you (VERY) warm on a cold winter’s night! You know you are going to get a highly sensual story. Spun from Lila’s version of how this heartwarming fairy tale should be written! Lila’s high spirited characters, Leopold and Suzanne will also keep a smile on your face! Will the Duc get what he desires? Go read for yourself!
This incredible hot novella is one you don't want to miss! The Duke's Match Girl is a wonderful addition to the author's collection of Fiery Tales. Even at a scant 32k, the novella packs in a whole lot of emotions. Whether it's the turning point where you want to beat Leo over the head for his maltreatment of Suzanne, or for how he tries to convince her to return home with him. I loved the characters, and they're not so fictional if you compare their situation to modern times. Two unlikely people who after discreet liaison are separated as a result of obligations to their social standing. Only to meet again, and finally deserve the happily ever after they deserve. But not without our hero being made to regret his past transgressions, and by one who isn't afraid, he was wrong. I can't find one thing to fault this read over. I love my stories short and sweet, and this book delivered on all counts of what I'd expect from a novella. Ms. DiPasqua's style of writing is admirable, and I find that she never disappoints on delivering a clear and precise visual of the times. If you're looking for a new historical romance author to indulge in, and don't mind some uber sexiness tossed in, you need to check out this book and her other titles.
The Duke's Match Girl is no blushing historical romance. This was my first book by Lila DiPasqua. I'd read in another review that this novella works very well as a stand alone. It does, so that made it perfect for me. Sometimes I like to start off with a novella rather than a full book when I’m reading a new to me author. It’s usually enough to give me a taste for their work but doesn’t require much of a time commitment from me. My first impression upon starting into the story was, “Wow, this author can write!” THE DUKE'S MATCHGIRL tells the tale of Leo and Suzanne. They have a history together. Years ago, Leo and Suzanne were childhood best friends. That friendship developed into love as they grew older. The problem was that Leo was engaged to another woman all along. He didn’t know his intended and he didn’t love her. His position in society and his obligation to his family gave him no choice in the matter. Looking back, he realizes he never should have kept his impending marriage a secret from Suzanne. It broke her heart when she discovered his deception, and drove her away from him. Suzanne has spent the years since Leo’s betrayal working as a successful apothecary. It’s a great profession for her. As a woman on her own in life, it gives her a comfortable life. On a more personal side, it gives her the opportunity to use her love of science and quest for knowledge in a way which is socially acceptable for a woman of her time. You know how I love female scientists, so of course I was all about Suzanne. She is smart, determined, independent, and resilient. Leo’s sudden reappearance in her life threatens her carefully constructed happiness. There are so many good points to this little novella. The character development is very good. I got to know and connect with Suzanne very quickly. Enough so that I could feel her vulnerability to Leo. The quality of writing is just as good. The pace is perfect and the amount of dialogue, action, and inner thought was well balanced. The chemistry was spot on too. Their desire for one another was one big continuous smolder. THE DUKE'S MATCHGIRL is no blushing historical romance, this is an erotic historical romance. Surprisingly, that was the source for my biggest stumbling block with the story. The erotic nature of their relationship was too much for me. Suzanne was a brilliant woman and she had obviously made informed and rational life choices before Leo’s reappearance. I was a little annoyed that she couldn’t seem to sustain an intelligent thought when in the same room as Leo. Even when in a serious conversation, she couldn’t think beyond her lust. That frustrated me more and more as the story went on. I was so impressed with everything about this book, but the full-on erotic nature of it was a little too much for me. Because of that, I had to deduct a full point in my overall rating. I do realize though that every reader has a different reaction to a book. So, if you are looking for an erotic historical romance that is both well-written and engaging, this is your book.
I truly enjoyed this lovely Christmas book and recommend it to anyone who craves being romantically enchanted. Lila is truly a master at re-twisting favorite fairy tales and she hits another winner with this re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. The relationship between Leo, our tortured hero, & Suzanne, our lovely heroine, was complicated (of course!) and fraught with sexual chemistry. I was really pulling for Suzanne as Leo had been quite the cad to her years ago and she had risen to the challenge of surviving without him by helping others. I was so mad at Leo in the beginning, I didn't think Lila could repair the damage... but, don't despair! Lila's stories are full of unexpected twists and her books, like the beloved fairy tales, always have happy ever afters and will leave you feeling delightfully sated. Please know that you can easily read The Duke’s Match Girl as a stand alone. Once you do, I bet you'll want to read Lisa's other Fiery Tales. They're all wonderful reads. I truly enjoyed this lovely Christmas book and recommend it to anyone who craves being romantically enchanted. 4 1/2 STARS!