Title: Accidentally Compromising the Duke
Author: Stacy Reid
Series: Wedded by Scandal #1
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: May 30th
Miss Adeline Hays is out of options. Determined to escape marriage to a repugnant earl, Adeline plans to deliberately allow herself to be caught in a compromising position at a house party with the much kinder man she’d hoped to marry. Instead, Adeline accidentally enters the wrong chamber and tumbles into the bed of the mad duke.
Edmond Rochester, the duke of Wolverton, is seeking a wife to care for his two daughters. A young lady of sensibilities, accomplishment, and most importantly, one who he is not attracted to—a complete opposite of the bewitching beauty who traps him into marriage. But despite the lust he feels for his new duchess, Edmond is resolved to never allow them intimacy, refusing to ever again suffer the tormenting loss of a loved one.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Scandalous via NetGalley
I found this Regency romance of accidental scandal and a rushed wedding pure enjoyment from start to finish. Adel is a nice heroine who isn’t asking for much in life, except to avoid marriage to an awful man, while Edmond is simply looking for a mother to his children. They’re both decent people thrust into an unexpected situation, determined to make the best of it.
Of course, Adel’s idea of the best differs wildly from Edmond’s, which is where all the fun begins.
I liked Adel, she’s not foolish or silly. She’s just wants a comfortable life with a little affection from her spouse. When she ends up with Edmond instead, she determines not to settle for anything less than her due – love. I loved how easily she fits into Edmond’s life and the bond she forms with his daughters. I also really liked how she creeps into Edmond’s heart simply by being herself and showing him that life doesn’t have to be sad and contained and serious all the time.
They also have great chemistry, which helps a lot. In fact these two are hot together. It’s no wonder Edmond doesn’t stand a chance, once Adel sets her sights on him. Their marriage might be scandalous and hasty, but I liked how solid it became throughout the book, leading to friendship as well as love.
Not that this prevents some stupid behaviour from arising, because of course it does, and I wanted to shake the one involved until sense returned. I knew it was coming, because it’s the sort of storyline I have read before, and I do think a little more grovelling should have been involved, but the ending made me smile anyway. Much like the rest of this book.
If you want an easy, romantic Regency that deals with married life as well as love, and throws in plenty of heat to help things along, then give this a go. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be investigating more of this author’s work soon.
Accidentally Compromising the Duke is out May 30th!
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