What To Do With A Duke

What To Do With A Duke

by Sally MacKenzie

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Overview

Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosingor fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420137125
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Spinster House Series , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A native of Washington, DC, Sally MacKenzie still lives in suburban Maryland with her transplanted upstate New Yorker husband. She’s written federal regulations, school newsletters, auction programs, class plays, and swim league guidance, but it wasn’t until the first of her four sons headed off to college that she tried her hand at romance. She can be reached by e-mail at writesally@comcast.net or by snail mail at P.O. Box 2453, Kensington, MD, 20891. Please visit her home in cyberspace at www.sallymackenzie.net.

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What To Do With A Duke 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to read this book before release for an honest review. This was a fun story. Women were fighting over who would be the spinster to live in Spinster House. Cat wanted her freedom and to get out of the house she shared with her parents and seven siblings. She never understood why her two older sisters would give themselves to one man. Until Marcus, the Cursed Duke, comes to town to select the spinster to move into the Spinster House. The pull toward each other is strong but so is his fear of death and her fear of being chained to a man and not be able to write her novels. They go their separate ways after a moment of shared pleasure only to realize that they did not want to be apart. There is a HEA but the story continues into the next book that follows a friend of the Duke and another would-be spinster. I am looking forward to reading the next story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sally does it again with a unique storyline. This book is too enjoyable to put down. I always love Sally's books and have never found one that was slow or dull!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and entertaining historical read. Marcus is the Duke of Hart and his family has been cursed, no duke shall live to see his heir. Cat is the daughter of the vicar and the eldest of her many siblings, when she has an opportunity to move into the spinster house and gain some much needed quiet she jumps at the chance. Marcus must decides between the 3 candidates but finds himself attracted to Cat. Is there a chance that the curse can be lifted and is he willing to take it? I enjoyed the story and found Marcus and Cat a lot of fun and easily likable couple with great chemistry. The whole cast of characters are well written and enjoyable. The story held my interest throughout and I am looking forward to more in the series.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Marcus, the Duke of Hart owns the land that the spinster house sits on. His ancestor was cursed to die before his heir is born, until a descendant marries for love. The former resident of the spinster house, got married so the house is vacant and the duke is required to fill the vacancy asap. When he travels to Love's Bridge, he is greeted by Isabella "Cat" Hutting, daughter of the vicar and descendant of the scorn woman who issued the original curse. They are instantly drawn to each other and after they become friends and lovers. Will Catt and Marcus be able to beat the curse or will their love be doomed? I always love a good Sally MacKenzie book. She continues to write books that are funny, interesting and well written. She has quirky characters, leads with steamy chemistry, and a really cute cat that is very intelligent! I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.co
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellant read. This was the first book i have read by Sally MacKenzie. Love to read more books like this.....MARCUS( the family curs) CAT (the spinster. Both do not want to marry.... you will want to read this one. 264 enjoyabe pages. Hope Sally will write one soon.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Cat Hutting wants to be a spinster, regardless of her family’s objections. She’s helped raise all of her younger siblings and just wants peace and quiet to write a book. When the infamous Spinster House because available, she must have it. Marcus, Duke of Hart, is the cursed duke of Loves Bridge and in charge of choosing the next spinster for Spinster House.. He comes from a line of cursed dukes who always die just before their first son is born due to the original owner of Spinster House. The only way to break the curse is the marry for love. When Marcus has to come to Loves Bridge, he just wants to hurry up, pick a spinster and leave. When he meets Cat, there’s something about her and her determination to be a spinster that makes him want to get close to her. While a lot of the story is much like most historical stories, what makes this story stand out is the curse and the hero’s belief in it. While the book isn’t what one could call a paranormal, it added a nice twist to the story, especially considering it would’ve been a time when such things would’ve been laughed at. Overall, I did enjoy the story and the parts that made it unique. I recommend it for anyone that enjoys this genre.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Sally MacKenzie has written a charming, witty, and adorable love story. Marcus is the Cursed Duke of Hart. 200 years ago the third Duke of Hart fell in love with a merchant heiress but due to machinations by his mother, his love thought he left her and married another thus cursing all future dukes. Isabelle "Cat" Hutting is the eldest daughter of the vicar and a self proclaimed spinster. She is determined to live in The Spinster House so she can have quiet and become a writer. However, as their paths cross on numerous occasions sparks start to fly and a love blooms but is it enough to break the curse.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Spinster House series. Miss Isabelle Catherine (Cat) Hutting is desperate to get out of her parent's home. Not that she doesn't love her family, she does. But there are so many people in the family that she never gets any time to do what she dreams of...to write a book. When the Spinster House is suddenly vacated, her dreams seem to be coming true. Unfortunately, two other spinsters also want the house. She also doesn't count on being attracted to the owner of the house, when he shows up in town to see to the leasing of his property. Haunted by a curse given by the original owner of Spinster House stating that "No duke shall live to see his heir's birth", Marcus, the Duke of Hart, is prepared to spend a couple of days in town to find a new resident and then be on his merry way. He didn't count on falling for a woman who had no plans of getting married. What can two people who didn't ever plan on getting married do when they fall for each other? I loved this story!! We were introduced to Cat in In the Spinster's Bed and I had hoped we would see more of her. She is older and I think this always makes for a more interesting character. Then we have Marcus, who is definitely not ready to marry especially when it means his certain death. I liked reading the transformation of these two characters going from not wanting to marry to falling in love with each other. I can't wait to read about the next resident of Spinster House! Thanks go out to Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting (aka Cat) Just wants some peace and quiet! She wants to a writer more than anything. Unfortunately, she can find neither peace, nor quiet in her home! Her father is the local vicar in Loves Bridge. They are very prolific, to say the least. With 10 children, it often falls to Cat, the oldest and as yet unmarried daughter to watch after them while her mother is busy. Each time Cat tries to get any writing done, something gets in the way! She has ni interest in marriage, as a husband and children would interfere in her plans and dreams. She only wants to be a spinster, in a cottage somewhere near her family, writing away. Her dreams may not be too far off. She learns that the "Spinster House" across the way has suddenly come available. And just who should happen to be in the neighborhood for the reason of reassigning that particular house to a new spinster is none other than the landlord The Duke of Hart. Marcus has lived with his family's curse from birth. One in which he didn't even know his own parents. His father died before his birth, the curse, and his mother abandoned him not long after to his Aunt and Uncle. He is in need of direction to the solicitor who handles the estate and the "curse" and Cat is available. She convinces him to give her the spinster house on the way to the office, but neither of them realize it's not that easy. This was a wonderful story of not always getting what you want, but truly getting what you need, even if you didn't realize it! The characters were full of life in some cases, and much too caught up in history in others. But it gave a great contrast to them all. Some believed in the curse and some scoffed at the silliness. The entire town knew of the situation and was a good backdrop for the main characters. The screen descriptions were wonderful as well and I loved the cat! Poppy seemed to know exactly what was up! I would give this book 5 stars! And I can't wait to read the next in the series! Heat rating of 2.5 out of 5. *I received a copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Sally MacKenzie in her new book, “What To Do With A Duke” Book One in the Spinster House series published by Zebra introduces us to Isabelle Catherine Hutting. From the back cover: Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love… Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least… With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin… This is a great way to begin a series. There is a curse on the Dukes. Once the wife is pregnant the Duke will never live to see the birth. Makes you not want to marry. Unless you are Marcus and you meet “Cat” who wants to live in your house called Spinster House. Their relationship develops and that is what the book is about. This is a very nice romance. Cat and Marcus are highly characters that capture your attention and bring you into their world. My only problem with this book is that it should be rated “R”. It is not something that I appreciate otherwise I am glad I found this talented author and am looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Sally MacKenzie's What To Do With A Duke, Spinster House book one, was a lively and entertaining start to what promises to be a fun series! This winsome story put a smile on my face with its engaging interaction between all the characters. Small town politics let loose over the vacancy of the legendary Spinster house and the arrival of the long absent Duke of Hart create comical results. Beyond all the joviality there was a sweet romance between the hero and heroine, who despite their insistence on remaining apart are drawn together by a mutual attraction and shared loneliness. Highly enjoyable this novel is an uplifting and great way to spend a day. *I received this ARC via Netgalley.*
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
This was such a wonderful read! The Duke of Hart believes he is cursed. Cat believes she wants to live her life as a spinster and write novels. When the two meet, neither one is quite sure what they believe or want anymore. Cat was wonderful, if a little naive and single-minded. Hart was so sweet and wonderful, and tortured. The two of them together were funny and swoon-worthy. This was one of the best historicals I have read in a long time. Can't wait to read the next in this series.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
London 1817 Marcus, the Duke of Hart, a.k.a., the Heartless Duke has fought getting married for quite awhile now. He knows that he must soon do so though to get an heir. However, there is a curse that was put upon the family many years back by Isabelle Dorring that unless a man marries for love, he will die shortly after his heir is born. This has been the case for many years. Marcus owns a place called the Spinster House in Loves Bridge. This home was first lived in by Isabella Dorring, the woman who placed a curse on his family. The house is where a spinster can live rent-free for life for until she marries. The latest resident has just married so Marcus must find a new resident. Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting, known as Cat to her family and friends has reached the age of 24. She is the eldest daughter of a vicar and his wife who have an enormous number of children - ten to be exact. Cat is adamant that she does not wish to ever get married. Her dream has always been to live in the Spinster House in town and be free to write. When Marcus arrives in Loves Bridge, he finds that there are three young women who all want to live in Spinster House. Therefore, Marcus decides to have a drawing to decide which lady gets the house. Marcus and Cat become well acquainted as she tells him how much she wants to live in the house. He is quite taken with the outspoken young woman and very surprised that such a pretty and intelligent woman does not wish to marry. When Cat wins the drawing, she is thrilled and immediately begins to move into the house. She discovers that the house is already occupied by a very independent cat who appears to be very intelligent. Cat and Marcus are attracted to each other but Marcus is afraid to give into passion. What if Cat got pregnant? He would have to marry her and if the curse is right, then he knows his life would soon be over. Sally MacKenzie has penned a clever and humorous novel once again about the Spinster House and the curse. I enjoyed it very much.
Catherines_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This is an amazing series and this book is a great second book really delving into the curse placed on the house of Heart. I can't wait till the next book in the series comes out so I can find out what happens next.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I am so into this series. The enchanting spell of The Spinster House. The star crossed romance of it's residences and the happily ever after you pray they will be able to achieve. I received an ARC of What to Do with a Duke by Sally MacKenzie in exchange for an honest review. This story was an absolute dream. Each character brought something to the story. Isabelle's innocence and cheer lit up the page every time and her stubbornness made her a great female lead. Marcus was dashing, aloof and handsome. He was also a puzzle. Could Isabelle be the missing piece? Sally Mackenzie will cast a spell on romance readers everywhere with this series.