Read All the Duke I Need

Read All the Duke I Need (Desperately Seeking Duke, #3)

Raised in the splendor of Carlyle Castle by her doting guardian, the Duchess of Carlyle, Philippa Kirkpatrick is one of the greatest heiresses in England. The duchess is eager to see her wed, but Philippa hesitates to leave the only home she knows.

William Montclair is in London to expand his family’s trading firm, with little progress. Impulsively he takes a job managing the Carlyle estate—for the money, he tells his incredulous brother, and only for a year.

Philippa is shocked by the handsome, scandalously bold new steward. It’s all she can do to prevent the horrified duchess from sacking him on sight. She determines to teach him how to love Carlyle as she does, only to find herself reluctantly charmed by the rogue.

It’s true; Will is falling for everything about Carlyle…including the duchess’s beautiful ward. But he has promises—and secrets—to keep, and telling Philippa would resurrect a devastating family scandal. Not telling her, though, means he must break her heart—and his own.

Read this and the separate extended epilogue which gave some more answers to loose ends.

Really liked both hero and heroine.

I wanted a little more explanation of the hero’s change of heart. There was a big reveal that was purposely obfuscated by one of the characters through the whole book, so it wasn’t set up and could have used another chapter to let it settle, maybe, and to let us have a bit more time with the couple.


Re-read I Love the Earl

Read I Love the Earl (The Truth About the Duke, #0.5) by Caroline Linden

A single lady in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a suitor.

No gentleman in London is more in need of a wealthy bride than Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling. He contrives an introduction to Margaret because of her dowry, but she swiftly sets him right: no fortune hunter will win her heart or her hand. Far from put off, Rhys is intrigued. Interested. Entranced. And soon the only thing he needs more than Margaret’s fortune…is her love.

I especially like the climax of this story. But lots of funny little bits, with the tragic drowned sheep, crumbling ceiling cherubs, and put downs about goats.

I always call this book “I Heart the Earl” because of the unfortunate cover design. This won a RITA, you wouldn’t guess it from that cover *shrug*