Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #1
Published by Berkley on January 26, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Tropes: Arranged Marriage
Source: Netgalley, Berkley
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Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn't some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it's Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it's clear that August's outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitible for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage.
Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He's recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can't walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn't the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants.
But August won't go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she's no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more.
A modern, bold heroine with a clever head on her shoulders. A hero who is just enough bad boy to give him the certain something that’ll make you smile and swoon. An arranged marriage trope set in Victorian England. This is what you’ll get when you read THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE. Of course, it’s a little more intricate than that.
August is a headstrong, highly intelligent American woman who has to live by the norms of the 19th century. Her parents have gotten it into their heads to marry one of their daughters off to a British aristocrat. Any strong woman, ahead of her time like this heroine would balk at the notion and I commend August for fighting this really stupid idea for as long as she did and you knew even if she had to cave she wouldn’t do it without a fight and getting the best deal out of it. I really loved August who didn’t live by the rules of society and didn’t care what other people thought of her. The only niggle I had was that she didn’t tell her parents what she thought of them. How they broke her her trust in them.
Evan stole my heart. Gah. Even though he inherited a ton of issues from his father, making it necessary to marry a rich heroine, he kept his mischievous, open disposition. His growth from a man who didn’t consider the feelings of a woman who lost control of her own life to someone who actively listened and tried to understand what August was saying was huge. He was a delight to read about.
“Forgive me for not understanding earlier?” He placed petal-soft kisses along her jaw and neck.
“For not understanding what?” she whispered.
“That I need you for you and not your wealth.”
I admit that some parts of the story are a little on the slower side but it never got as bad that I found it boring. I also didn’t care for some of the miscommunications that could have been solved by both of them actually saying what they felt. Then again without those it would have deprived me of an awesome ending. The sizzling chemistry between the characters was palpable and I adored their forth and back, their conversations, their getting closer and obvious care for one another.
“Why me?” Her voice was quiet.
“Because I have never met anyone like you. Because I want to know you. Because you challenge me. People in my world marry for much less. For money, land, a name. I want you for you, Miss Crenshaw. That is far more than most people get.”
THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE is an engaging, wonderful historical romance that had me fall head over heels with both main characters. George St. Harper is a new-to-me author but I’ll definitely grab the next in the Gilded Age Heiresses series which will be about August’s sister and Evan’s best friend.
“I want you, August.” The intensity of his gaze only inches away burned into her. “I want the woman who fought me at every turn.”