Duchess By Design
by Maya Rodale
Series: The Gilded Age Girls Club
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen…
Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family’s estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead.
…And true love is always in fashion
Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker—not a duchess—and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can’t refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material.
It’s the perfect plan–as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal and above all do not lose their hearts.
Without thinking he grabbed her around the waist and tugged her close against him, out of the way of those dangerous riders.
She clasped the lapels of his jacket. Her lips were just inches from his.
He didn’t move an inch. Not at all. She clung to him and he didn’t exactly let go.
He stood tall above her, acutely aware that her breasts occasionally brushed against his chest, achingly aware just an inch would close the distance between his arousal and her skirts. He held her, his hand hot and possessive on her waist.
Kingston flirted with the possibility of kissing her.
He came so close he could taste it.
A slow, sweet kiss was just there between them, ripe for the plucking. Something stopped him, though. It was a deep, instinctive sense that once his lips touched hers it would be impossible to stop. When he kissed this woman, he was going to kiss her so thoroughly and completely that they would require all night and the morning, too.
“A woman wears seven pounds’ worth of dress and hasn’t a spot to put anything! We need rational dress. Shorter skirts. Looser corsets. More pockets. Then we shall take over the world.”
(The struggle is still real. My most comfortable work pants HAVE NO POCKETS. Don’t get me started on my skirts or dresses. And women have not yet taken over the world. Coincidence? I THINK NOT.)
Maya Rodale has a new series set in a new time period, y’all–and it’s so good. Like in her Regency novels, there’s still the odd duke or two hanging around, making life difficult for mere mortals–in this instance, specifically for seamstress/dress shop proprietor wannabe Adelaide Black. What all begins as a case of mistaken identity develops into an inconvenient attraction–for her, because she is a respectable female who needs to make a living and having a man hanging around is not exactly conducive to that and he because his dukedom is financially strapped and he’s only in NYC to find a rich heiress to marry. Which Adelaide is decidedly not.
As always, Ms. Rodale paints a convincing picture for why these two can’t possibly be together, even while showing that emotionally anyway, of course they should. I honestly didn’t see for much of the book how they could end up together, even as I knew that she wouldn’t let us down and there had to be an HEA. Fortunately Kingston was paying attention when Adelaide told him to “change the world” and he got right on that…
Well, okay. He got on it eventually. But make changes the two of them did, and it was glorious!
That Gilded Age Girls Club–it’s going places…and I can’t wait to see where 🙂
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About Maya Rodale:
MAYA RODALE began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
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