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  • Enjoyable

    It takes lots of baby steps for Nicholas and Isabella to consummate their marriage. He is very sweet in the way he slowly gains her trust by telling her stories, playing cards and talking about his childhood. Slowly, Isabella begins to open up to him, and lets him see who she really is, not just what her mother raised her to be. It's a sweet romance with very little drama which makes it very enjoyable. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

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  • likable characters in this sweet and sexy story

    This delightful historical romance is the story of Nicholas and Isabella. When Nicholas inherits a dukedom through a fluke of incorrect ancestral paperwork, he also gains Isabella, betrothed to the previous gentleman who held the title, and now, his to marry. With her parents threatening to cause him problems if he reneges on the deal, he reluctantly agrees. But Isabella is more than just the perfect duchess and as he gets to know her, she also surprises herself with the realization that with Nicholas she can have the freedom to come to know what she wants, and not just what's always been expected of her. And suddenly their marriage brings more to the table than either ever thought possible. This was my first time reading a book by this author and I have to say that I was thoroughly charmed by the story. Nicholas, though ostensibly a misbehaving Duke in the sense that he likes to box and prior to marriage spent time with many a lady of the night, treats his new wife with nothing but respect. I really liked how his concern for her inexperience in the bedroom made him go slowly with Isabella, getting to know her and earning her trust so that when they do consummate their marriage it is with much deeper feelings on both sides. Nicholas comes across as a caring, friendly, and humorous man. Their love scenes were tender yet sexy and I enjoyed seeing through Isabella's eyes as she learns that making love to her husband can be a wonderful experience (unlike the dastardly deed her mother told her it would be). Isabella really comes into her own over the course of the story, from a woman who has always done anything to please her parents and others around her to someone who is willing to speak her mind and express her opinions. They are both very attractive individuals but quickly learn that it's the beauty beneath the surface that counts. I enjoyed their witty conversations (once Isabella learned that she could speak her mind). I also quite liked Nicholas's interactions with his brother Griff and Isabella's care and concern for her sister Margaret. Overall, this was an enjoyable read, with no angst to speak of and very likeable characters who get their happy ever after. 4 stars.

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