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Series: Tricks of the Ton #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 4, 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Lillian Phillips could not imagine how her quiet, simple life had come to this. Blackmailed by the Mad Duke of Thornwood into accepting one wild dare after another...all because of a pocket watch. Desperate to recover her beloved father's pawned timepiece, Lily did something reckless and dangerous and delicious—something that led to a night she'd never forget.
He has a Reputation for Scandal
When Devon Grey, Duke of Thornwood, runs into a mesmerizing, intoxicating, thieving woman who literally stole from his bedchamber—with his new pocket watch—Devon plots his revenge. If the daring wench likes to play games, he's happy to oblige. After all, what's the use of being the Mad Duke if you can't have some fun? But the last laugh might just be on him...
This book was short and sweet, therefore my review will also be short. Must Love Dukes had everything I look for in good historical romance, or just in romance period. It had a steamy love affair, witty banter, and above all else, it had a very romantic and happy ending.
I don’t read historical romance novels for historical accuracy. I read them, like so many of the other books I read, to escape. In Must Love Dukes, Lily follows a strange man into a tavern, gets drunk with him, and follows him home to his bed. In the morning she steals his pocket watch, which was sold out from under her, and flees out into the wee hours of a London morning. A year later, after miraculously and luckily not getting pregnant, her brothers have decided to take her to London to get a husband. Of course being female she has no choice in the matter. Whom should she meet in a ballroom but the Mad Duke she had a passionate night with so long ago. The shenanigans begin then and there.
I really really liked this book. It was oh so sweet, oh so silly, and oh so romantic. I loved the antics the duke goes through to save his Lily from loveless marriages. The prospects were hilarious. The scene in the horse barn when one of the would be suitors compares Lily’s hips to a horse and comments on her breeding skills like she is livestock had me in stitches. Must Love Dukes is predictable, but it is a nice escape from reality. This book in the end left me floating on a nice cloud of happy. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. To find out how the duke’s friend will win his lady love.