I will be the first to admit that when I saw the cover to this book, I thought “OH BROTHER, another cheesy romance novel…” but I was pleasantly surprised the night that I decided maybe some light, silly reading would be just the thing at the end of a long day…Lecia Cornwall’s How to Deceive a Duke was surprisingly fun to read, with just the right amount of cheesy and inevitable love, but some pleasant surprises giving it unexpected originality.
Meg (Marguerite) and her family have lost everything-if her older sister doesn’t marry the rogue, Nicholas Hartley, they will surely be ruined and have to sell off everything they own, and Meg will be forced to provide for the family by seeking employment. When her sister runs away from home at the prospect of marrying an infamous womanizer and all-around rake, Meg does the first thing that comes to mind-she puts on the gown and veil and walks down the aisle herself! The duke is none the wiser and by the end of the day she is a duchess-but what will happen when people learn that she is not the eldest Lynton sister, but the second? And what will it be like to be married to this terror of a husband?
The new duchess is in for a pleasant surprise, however, when she discovers that her womanizing husband is, admittedly, very charming indeed. She finds herself in a very confusing situation. Her duty is to bear an heir into the Hartley blood lines, but when the two of them are locked in a bedroom together, her duties are very little like duties, after all. Very confusing, indeed.
If you like bodice-rippers or historical romance novels, this novel is just what you need for an easy, pleasant read. Don’t be fooled by the cover, this is one of the better romance novels of the year.