The Duchess Takes a Husband by Harper St. George

Published: May 23, 2023


Pages: 335

Genre: Historical Romance

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Harper St. George was raised in the rural backwoods of Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. She lives in the Atlanta area with her family.

Despite her illustrious title, Camille, Duchess of Hereford, remains what she has always been—a pariah. Though her title means she’s technically accepted by London Society, the rebellious widow with her burgeoning interest in the suffrage movement and her American ways isn’t exactly high on every hostess’s guest list. But Camille starts to wonder if being an outcast is not without its perks when the tantalizing answer to her secret fear appears in the shape of Jacob Thorne, the illegitimate son of an earl and co-owner of London’s infamous Montague Club.

Jacob is used to making deals with his club members—he’s just not accustomed to them being beautiful women. Nor have the terms ever been so sweetly seductive as Camille’s shocking proposition. To finally buy his own club and gain the crucial backing of investors, Camille offers Jacob the respectability of a fake engagement with a duchess. In return, the tempting widow has one condition: she wants Jacob to show her if it’s possible for her to experience pleasure in bed.

The lure of such a bargain proves too delicious to resist, drawing the enterprising rogue and the wallflower duchess into a scandalous game and an even more dangerous gamble of the heart.

“Love isn’t obsession.”

Camille is a widow and the dowager duchess. She isn’t sad her husband died, though. He was a cruel man, and she is enjoying her freedom. Jacob has always known he didn’t want to settle down. He has enjoyed many lovers and makes his living allowing others to explore their sensual side. Who would have thought a simple proposal would lead to forever?

This was a sweet second-chance romance with lots of steam! I haven’t read the other books in this series, but I enjoyed this story.

Camille was such a sweet leading lady. She was soft, kind, and brave. Jacob was a delicious leading man, and his gentleness and honesty made him almost perfect.

I enjoyed the elements of women fighting for their rights throughout this novel. And the fact that so many of the male characters were strongly supporting the movement. That was powerful and beautifully written.

The romance was red hot, and I love how Jacob worked so hard to teach Camille to love, trust, and explore herself. Their dynamic was excellent.

I liked that the writing style matched the time period, and the descriptions brought the scenes to life. This was a dynamic novel about love, romance, and taking chances.

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