Review: What To Do With a Duke by Sally MacKenzie

What To Do With a Duke by Sally MacKenzie
Series: Spinster House (# 1)
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Zebra
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…


Review:  This is the first book in the Spinster House series. However, there is a book out that is the prequel to the Spinster House series. This book doesn’t need to read in order to understand the plot.

I really love a good regency romance. I like reading about the Haute Ton, and all of their strict rules of socializing. I love the dresses that the women wore. I love reading about simple country living, as well as living in London and being in the big city. I wouldn’t want to live in that time though, no deodorant. I think that explains it all.

I felt so sorry for Marcus, the Duke of Hart. He’s a true gentleman. He’s kind, courteous, he’s intelligent, and he takes the curse his family is besieged with, very, very seriously. He’s lonely, and he knows that he’ll never see his children grow up and become adults. That’s just so sad. He’s angry that his ancestor was so callous toward other people, which lead to the curse put on his family. He’s not angry in a selfish manner, he’s angry because the ancestor didn’t think of anyone but himself. Marcus was an easy character to like as well.

Cat was a real firecracker. She was so easy to like. She was funny, smart, independent, and had no desire to marry. She wanted to live her life on her terms and not anyone else’s. She had a charm about her, and she was so funny.

These two crazy kids had a hard time coming to terms with their feelings for each other because they each had their own personal fears to work through, but there were some great secondary characters that helped each of them work through their feelings and come to realize how much they each meant to the other.

Give this book a try. If Regency romance is your thing, you won’t be disappointed, and if you’ve never read a regency, this will be an excellent foray into Regency romance. I hope it will be well received.