The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke

The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke

by Tessa Dare

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The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062349071
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: Girl Meets Duke Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 227
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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 makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

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The Duchess Deal 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story with wonderful characters. Ash and Emma are perfect. I love background history of the main characters. I could not stop reading it. I can't wait for more stories from the other friends of Emma. We got to know them only a little! I am sad that the story is over and I will have to wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just two adorable characters trying to live in a perfect story. Realistic dialogue and none of that constant arguing that most writers use as sexual tension. Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors, a truly pure romance writer with an original sense of humor. Enjoy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So funny, I was laughing out loud the whole read. Extremely witty!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the witty humor and the relationship between the two maon characters. Also loved the butler Khan he was so funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read. Keep them coming please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read this year. Witty characters with a true emotional connection to each other. I really didn't want this book to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads so far this year
Anonymous 27 days ago
Great book
LEH0644 3 months ago
Seamstress Emma Gladstone barges into the Duke of Ashbury’s home and demands payment for a wedding gown ordered by his ex-fiance. There will be no wedding as the spoiled heiress could not abide to look at Ash’s scarred face and body. He makes Emma a proposition. Ash will pay for the appalling dress or he will marry her and make her his duchess for he needs an heir. Emma agrees to marrying him. She sees his scars but also the brave, caring man who wears the scars. She doesn’t mean to fall in love with the grumpy duke but to only abide by their agreement. But love finds a way into both of their hearts. An endearing love story that a true romantic will love.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I read the free sample (too short) and paid $1.99 for this on the past enjoyment that I've had reading Tessa Dares novels. From the sample, both of these people are over the top snarky and extremely unlikable. I can only hope it gets better and I can redo this review but I'm not optimistic
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is an easy read with imaginative swearing, quirky servants and secondary characters. There is great banter between the Duke and his Duchess. I thought the love scenes were well written and steamy enough without going too far. I will seek out more from this author.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I wish that the story could continue for twenty more years! Simply lovely!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Enjoyed very much, hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I love stories about emotionally or physically scarred people getting past impediments together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not certain who the others are who reviewed this book so highly, but if you enjoy a good romance, do not waste your time on this one. I kept thinking it would get better, but around page 180 when the " big misunderstanding" appears, I just had to bail. Maybe it gets better, but I value my time too much to spend any more of it with these characters. The circumstances and dialog are both ridiculous.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
I just couldn’t take it any longer, my fellow romance book loving friends. I pushed my long ARC reading list aside and finally delved into a library edition of The Duchess Deal, a 2017 GoodReads Choice Awards nominee. So I’m here now just to post a few very brief comments to officially chalk this one up as a rare 5 star read for me. Emma, the heroine, really made this story for me. She was sassy, quick to give as good as she got, saw straight into the soul of this reclusive, scarred hero, and won over this duke’s stubborn, reluctant, afraid to love heart. You could definitely say Ash, the hero, got a whole lot more than he bargained for when he proposed this marriage of convenience arrangement. Naturally, after reading the synopsis, I was expecting his standoffish behavior and attempts to keep Emma at arms length. What surprised me was his own hidden sense of humor that peeked through in off the cuff comments, back and forth banter, and inner monologues. I can clearly see why this book was nominated. Here’s to hoping you’ll end up enjoying it as much as I did. (These comments are based on a library edition. This is not a detailed advanced reader copy review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful escape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all Tessa Dare books, this was an excellent story line with intriguing characters and totally enjoyable to read.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
THis was such a fun and touching romance. You are guaranteed to laugh and even cry through out the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty and charming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book loved the charactors funny and heart warming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read. Well written, fantastic characters, brilliant dialogue.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
The Duke of Ashbury was disfigured in the war by a bomb blast. Hiding away from the world, he glowers at his staff from the safety of his library only venturing out at night to vent his temper on the miscreants of London. Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter, now seamstress living on her own in London, dares to brave the Duke in order to gain payment for the wedding gown she tailored for his ex fiancee. Although he is scarred, she isn’t frightened by his appearance, and bravely negotiates payment. The Duke, not one to look a gift seamstress, er horse in the mouth, decides that she will do as a wife and strikes a deal. After all, he must see that his line continues since he doesn’t want his idiot relative to inherit his estate. This tale takes on the beauty and the beast theme but crosses it with a more modern wounded warrior trope that is now popular in more contemporary novels. I liked the novelty of a historical romance novel exploring the wounded warrior theme. Tessa Dare did not scrimp on the adjectives used to describe this Duke. He was burned down one side with patches of hair on his head. His looks were not romanticized and yet Emma was not frightened, nor turned off by his looks. In fact, she still viewed him as strong, intelligent and Duke-ish, despite those scars. I really liked Emma’s attitude! She flirted, teased, and yes vamped it up for this Duke. She made him love her, despite viewing himself as a “monster”. Just as the beast in the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”, he braved showing himself off to the world and in his mind facing ridicule and worse in order to make sure she was safe from harm. This is a hero I can get behind! I loved these two as a couple. Their verbal sparring was fun, and the heat factor, oh my! These two burned up the pages!