Review: The Duke’s Accidental Wife by Erica Ridley

The Duke’s Accidental Wife by Erica Ridley
Series: Duke of War (# 7)
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Pages: 202
Source: book provided by the author for review



Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She’s convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy…

The Duke of Ravenwood isn’t cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn’t know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other’s company long enough to turn a compromise into love?


Review: It all started with an encounter or should I say a small mishap in a storage area, a misunderstanding that shouts compromise and leads to marriage…Kate and The Duke of Ravenswood pure magic. She has dubbed him the Frost King. But, she soon learns that his frosty demeanor soon melts turning up the heat in a very sensual way. For the Duke she wasn’t what he wanted in a Duchess but she soon proved to him that she was exactly what he needed. Sometimes making the best of situations show us that they or it is just what we needed or for this matter just what is needed in said situation.

From that wedding night kiss and lack of communicating properly to starting all over again they each had a lot to learn. Kate has a dream to help artists in all fields realize their dreams. Along with Aunt Havens she moves into the Duke’s house. Chaos tends to follow Kate, then you add in an Aunt (who I fell in love with) that is a little on the doughty side (after all she is old and sometimes forgets things…we all do right?), then throw in a new puppy and I found a bit of magical mayhem that I just adored. Oh, and then there is the Duke who wants things to be proper.

Once the Duke realizes that in order to get a little you have to give a little his heart melts and he finds himself falling in love with Kate. He ends up sharing his secret garden…where a kiss becomes magic…Kate is perfect just being Kate…the Duke is a poet…did I say it was magic? Ms. Ridley made me believe in hope. Ms. Ridley brought us an unlikely couple but showed us that sometimes well, most times love is found in the most unlikely of places.

Ms. Ridley took us on a very heartwarming adventure. The characters in her story were endearing. I loved the addition of Aunt Havens and a puppy named Jasper. The picnic in the secret garden was perfect in bringing the realization that they were for use of a better word perfect for each other. They each gave, shared and opened themselves up for the opportunity to find love/happiness. I felt as if I belonged. I felt the bond. I felt the love. When they finally had their wedding night it was worth the wait. It was sensuous and hot! I have to admit I was so focused on the relationship between these two characters that I couldn’t visualize the backdrop for the story. It seemed a blur but a good blur. When I finished taking my focus of the story I was able to visualize the backdrop. I guess I just enjoyed the story and the characters so much that I tended to get lost in their lives. I became a part of their happiness. It was a good thing a very good thing.