4 star reads - Courtney

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare


Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. I read it in 3 hours it was that good. I had sat down to do chapter reads to find my next book, luckily I picked up this one first and just could not put it down.

This book was such a beautiful book. Honestly my review won’t do it justice.

The writing and overall story were just so beautiful. Your two MCs Emma and Ash have made a deal that she will give him a baby (heir) and in return she will want for nothing. They make rules, he will come to her room at night unless she is sick until she is pregnant with an heir. Once she is pregnant she will have a house in the country to raise the child and won’t have to worry about money.

This story is amazing, you see Emma over time break down his walls. You see how words and looks can tear a person down so far that they isolate themselves and think they are unworthy of love. It kind of gave off beauty and the beast type vibes.

Ash was hit with a rocket in Waterloo and has scarring from his temple down to his hip on the side of his body. His now ex-fiancé (who even I would like to slap) made comments that tore him down and made him afraid to ever let another woman look at him naked, until Emma comes along.

I do wanna say while it was sad at times to see ash think so little of himself he was also down right hilarious. Page 76 with the cat scene had me cracking up so bad I was crying. Ash was absolutely hilarious.

Emma was so sweet and caring. She felt herself falling for him and looked past what everyone else said. She loved him for who he was scars and all. She challenged Ash and wouldn’t take any of his crap. I think that’s something he desperately needed in his life.

This book was really steamy, it does have explicit scenes so if that’s something you don’t want to read about that I would highly recommend skipping.

Overall I’ve never read a historical romance before but Tessa dare has made me fall in love with the genre. I want to read all her books now. I highly recommend this one to anyone that loves historical romance or books with steamy scenes.

Courtney 💛


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