Known as The Marble Duke amongst the Ton, Garret Weston, the Duke of Kendal, sets himself apart from his peers. Nothing will hinder his guilt-driven attempt to become a perfect duke. Nothing, that is, save the alluring and imaginative betrothed he’d thought dead. His intended believes—of all things—that she is a Vicar’s daughter. The “perfect” duke needs a “perfect” duchess, but how is he to discern her suitability? Employing her as a governess to his niece seems like an ideal solution. But whose “suitability” is being tested? His betrothed refuses to see he is beyond redemption. And most grievous of all, she stirs his blood, making him forget what’s important.
Cara believes fairy tales really can come true, until she meets the unrelenting and arrogant Duke of Kendal. He looks like a Prince, but acts like a Beast. Why must he challenge her at every turn? Her greatest peril is her attraction to the vulnerable, seductive man behind the title. A match between them would be impossible. But can she show him, without losing her heart, that “perfect” is in the eye of the beholder?
Late 18th century England
Heat Level 2
5 stars/Top Pick
REVIEW BY VIKKI
Oh my gosh! This is such a wonderful story. It captured me from the first page and held me in its thrall to the very last word. The depth of emotion in both characters is incredible and while this is a storyline that is familiar, Ms. Ireland gives it a new twist, which is very refreshing.
Garret Weston, the Duke of Kendal has a dilemma. His long lost fiancée has been found, but she’s grown up believing she’s Cara McClure, the daughter of a vicar, instead of Lady Caroline Pemberton. Determined to discover whether Caroline can be the duchess he needs, he hires her as a governess for his niece and brings her to Belcraven.
Cara immediately recognizes Garret as the prince in her dreams, but without his wonderful smile. Garret and Cara fight the growing attraction between them. He must wait until he sees whether she has the proper training to be his duchess and she knows that she is far beneath his station. But love is stronger and they give into their passions. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone so I’ll just say it’s well worth your time to read this great story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tale and highly recommend it to all who enjoy a true regency romance. This is a story that I’ll be reading again. One phrase held great meaning to me and I want to share it: “And suddenly all those little nothing moments in her life became more precious than the rarest of gems”.