A Desperate Duke
Everything about Lord Harry’s easygoing life is about to change. After unexpectedly inheriting the title of Duke of Sommersville, he’s also discovered it comes with a load of debt. To save the estate, he’s going to need money. Lots of it—and quick.
A Free-Spirited Duchess
Lady Christina has no problem with Harry marrying her for her dowry. After all, they’ve been friends since childhood. But gone is the laughing, charming boy she once knew. And she won’t share anything of herself until she gets that Harry back. No matter how tempting he proves to be…
Review: Put together a sigh-worthy hero, a free-spirited heroine, mix in some ghosts and a mystery in a Historical Romance, and you have the makings for an enjoyable read.
The book started out a bit slow with a prologue set when the heroine, Christina, is a child. But it establishes that this is no ordinary historical romance when we learn that our future heroine can see a person’s auras.
Harrison Winston Somerset Beaufort Winchester, the new Duke of Sommersville, (aka Harry) is in dire financial straits. He’s inherited the dukedom from his suddenly deceased father and older brother, and must marry into money to set things right at his manor and in the village.
Christina just wants to find and be able to speak with ghosts. She has spent her entire life tromping about town searching for ghosts. She agrees to marry Harry, but will make him wait for a true wedding night until he loves her. In the meantime, she has a spooky old castle and manor to search for ghosts.
Christina is stubborn and willful, and I wasn’t sure how much I liked her until she suddenly grew up and took her marriage vows seriously. I really liked Harry, and felt for him in his trials and tribulations.
Both characters had a good arc – they had much growing to do until they learned to trust and depend on each other.
The setting of a spooky castle and manor with the resident ghosts was wonderful, and I’m now a big fan of Patricia Rice’s. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series about Christina’s sisters and their magical abilities.
Favorite Quote: Christina: “He’s a duke worth thousands of pounds a year. He can pay my father off and buy any woman who catches his fancy. Can you imagine me as a duchess? His ancestors would fall out of their noble picture frames.”