The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke

The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke

by Tessa Dare

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When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062349071
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: Girl Meets Duke Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 2,258
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

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The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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A wonderful, heartfelt story!??????
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RoseinTexas2 11 months ago
The Duchess Deal is the first book in the “Girl Meets Duke” Series by author Tessa Dare. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Dare’s books and this one was no exception! What a fantastic start to what I expect to be an excellent series! George “Ash” Pembrooke, the Duke of Ashbury was disfigured in the war. Ever since his injury he’s been miserable and has made everyone around him miserable. If he was going to look like a monster, he might as well enjoy the role.... Emma Gladstone is a vicar’s daughter now working as a seamstress. Emma was thrown out of her father’s home after an indiscretion and walked to London to create a new life for herself. Oh my what a fabulous story! I adored Ash and Emma from the very start. They had a fantastic chemistry between them and the dialogue they shared was witty, entertaining and had me laughing at times. The secondary characters are extremely entertaining and add to the overall story. Emma’s friends Alexandra, Penelope & Nicola will be getting their own books and I can’t wait to read them. To me this was just an absolutely perfect story from the pen of author Tessa Dare!
Anonymous 11 months ago
A battle scarred Duke fights not only his outward appearance but his inner scars too..will he find love and heal or will he be doomed for torment forever? Great read!!!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved it.need more ? More
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Audio-book: Narrator – Mary Jane Wells Oh my gosh! This narrator completely nailed this audio in every form and fashion. This is one of the times that listening to the book was so much better than reading it could be. Mainly because when she does the hero’s role, she adds such amazing life and animation to him that is not projected in just the words alone. She gives a unique voice to Ashbury and I fell totally in love with him. She does the same with Emma as well, but Ash’s personality really shone through in her performance of him. It was almost like listening to a movie except so much better! I loved this book so much! I wasn’t expecting to which made it all the more thrilling. This couple were perfect together with their give and take/push and pull. Their quirky personalities that meshed just right added to my enjoyment. They had a few heavy conflicts to overcome but it never felt overly angsty. The steam factor was off the chart and listening to it was blush inducing. I loved the way Ash slowly gave way to Emma and allowed all his rules to be broken. Mostly, I loved that Emma didn’t see a broken disfigured man, but a man she respected and loved. So glad I chose this one to spend time with!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story that had me laughing out loud, and a little teary, too. Definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all! It made me laugh, it made me tear up. Loved Emma and Ash. Am on to the second in rhis series. Enjoy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a version of Beauty and the Beast. And being that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, I absolutely loved this book. A Duke who suffered a tragedy leaving him what he thinks is unloveable and a woman who can see past his deformity and rough demeanor. I loved that the servants were a large part of the love story along with Emma's friends. It added a deeper level to the story which I really enjoyed. It was nice to see the Duke trying his best to make Emma happy while he was vulnerable. If you like a Beauty and the Beast sort of theme, you will love this book.
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RememberingJulie More than 1 year ago
While it doesn't strictly follow the usual arc of romances with some grand misunderstanding that separates the main characters for days, I kind of enjoyed that there were several smaller issues that popped up after they'd become more attached and helped show how far they'd come. The banter was wonderful, too, and I appreciated some of the lines that nodded to the resistance.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
love tessa's stories and loved this one even more. i don't give a short or long explanation of any story, i feel it ruins it for others to read. however, this one is full of romance and giggles. i laughed my way through this story, ( in between the romantic parts). give a read, you won't be disappointed!! you will be wishing for more.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
I’ve had a galley of “The Duchess Deal” for several weeks and I cannot believe it took me until the publication date to get around to reading it! I’ve read Tessa Dare before and loved her books! “The Duchess Deal” had me laughing so hard I had to out the book down. There are so many funny and witty scenes I re-read them several times. I started highlighting witty dialogue and then gave up because more than half of the book would be highlighted! This is a true beauty and a beast love story with laughter, tenderness and very, very, sexy scenes! First, the heroine. She is one of my all-time favorites! Emma Gladstone vicar’s daughter turned seamstress was everything anyone could hope for in a heroine. She is sweet, tender, tough, funny witty and resourceful! Life has knocked her down a few times and she fought her way up. With pricked fingers from her trade she marches up to the Duke of Ashbury and demands compensation for the gown she sewed for his ex-fiancée. Although the wedding never took place, Emma needs the money to pay for her rent. Emma refuses to be kicked out on the street and in the cold again. She went down that road once before and she won’t do it again. Soon after his engagement is called off, Ash finds himself in need of a wife. It shouldn’t be so hard since he is extremely wealthy. But the brutal scars he received on the battlefield are deterrents to any lady of the ton. When Emma appears in his study wearing his ex-fiancee’s wedding dress Ash is sure that he has never seen anything like this before. First the dress is hideous and Ash tells Emma so and second he is in desperate need of a duchess. When Ash makes Emma an offer she cannot refuse-she refuses! She is certain that Ash is mentally unstable and gratefully takes her fee for the dress and leaves. But Ash is not ready to concede defeat yet and he finds Emma at the local dress shop where she works. Emma realizes that she is given an opportunity that she will never receive again. Her father has disowned her and her trade will only take her so far. She accepts but Ash has very specific rules for their union. Theirs is a union of convenience and there is to be no affection between them. Once Emma provides Ash with an heir her duties will have been completed and she can run off to a little house he owns in the country and live out the rest of her existence as she wishes. The plan seems simple enough if Emma and Ash don’t end up falling in love with one another. But both Emma and Ash carry a lot of hurt and anger from their past. They are both not use to feeling vulnerable since in the past it has ended up with both their hearts broken. Needless to say this was such a fun story to read! It was so gratifying on so many levels. The witty quips back and forth and the amazing chemistry made Ash or “bumpkin” as Emma likes to call him, a great couple. I really enjoyed both of them as individual characters and as a couple. I ached for them and all the hurt that they carried and triumphed with them when they finally find love! This is definitely one of my all-time favorite stories!
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (Audio Edition) Narrated by Mary Jane Wells Series: Girl Meets Duke, book 1 5 HUGE FUNNY STARS! This book was fantastic!! It was super funny and had me laughing within the first few paragraphs! The writing was superb, the use of uncommonly used words, in just the right spots made all the difference. The wounded/tortured hero is not my favourite plot line, as usually I find them too sulky or whiny. This book did not conform to that. While Ash did sulk, he did so with flair and wit. I loved how Ash was actually a good person, how he longs to love her.. and how sometimes he just can't stop himself from doing so- even when he tries to. Emma was a strong leading lady, she stood up for what she wanted and didn't let Ash get away with anything. She kept pushing his boundaries and they had wonderful chemistry together. The narration fantastic! Mary Jane Wells has a style all her own and pulls out the sarcastic wit that was needed for this audiobook to succeed! I highly recommend this book and I am sad it is over… because how will the next book I read compare?!?! ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
rlane More than 1 year ago
Tessa Dare’s writing is brilliant! She’s one of my all-time favorite historical romance writers, so it’s no surprise that The Duchess Deal was utterly fun, with clever banter, but also emotional and touching. The Duke of Ashbury is a dark and difficult man after the war left him a scarred shell of his former self. His fiancée could hardly bare to look at him so their engagement came to an end, but Ash still needs to produce an heir to inherit. As he’s mulling this over, Emma crashes into his life, a seamstress demanding payment for his former fiancée’s wedding dress, and the solution seems to appear right before his eyes. I had so much fun reading as this marriage of convenience inevitably turns into more. Emma wants more than just a physical relationship, and that more gradually pierces Ash’s poor, scarred heart. His insecurities over his injuries make it hard to believe that Emma could ever actually desire him, and Emma worries that if she falls in love she’ll get her heart trampled, as has happened in the past, so they each have hurdles to overcome. It took some time for the emotional barriers to come down, but their physical relationship turned hot right away! In the interest of producing an heir neither hold back, and, oh my, did they burn up the sheets! Pretty hard to keep someone at arm’s length when you’re lusting after them all the time! Witty, hilarious, sizzling and emotional, The Duchess Deal was a splendid start to Tessa Dare’s newest series: Girl Meets Duke!
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
For an author whose work I've seen time and again in the stores but never picked up, I'm just wondering what was wrong with me?! I grabbed The Duchess Deal on a whim, just happened to be looking for a historical romance that night, and couldn't put it down. This book starts off a bit rough. You're given very little background information and thrust right into the thick of things without much to go off of in terms of the characters, their personalities, and their desires. I wasn't really a fan of how the romance began with the duke simply pursing Emma because "she would do." That whole mentality rubbed me the wrong way but I will say he grew out of it and I warmed up to his character more later on. I think the humor is what ultimately sold me. Throughout the book and the rushed marriage of convenience, the Duke of Ashbury only wants to be called "Duke" or "Ashbury" by his new wife and she'll have none of that. She spends many scenes coming up with new and ridiculous pet names for her husband that had me cracking up more often than not, especially when she got her new "misfit" friends to help her out. That was another strength: the secondary characters. I didn't feel like anyone was just thrown into the story to be a plot device or another body in the room. I definitely hope to see Emma's friends again as each had their own quirks that made them unique and interesting. I wanted to know more! But Emma wasn't a slouch of a heroine. She held her own and I liked that she stood up for herself, whether through direct confrontation or in other ways that made her point known. And her duke's vigilante justice habits were a bit amusing but overall he was definitely the broken hero in need of saving and I felt like that trope was played up a bit. It did give Emma the chance to be the one in charge, though, which I liked. Sometimes I feel like male leads in romances are too dominating and that it's the only role authors see them in but Dare gave her duke more vulnerability and it worked. Was this book far-fetched? Absolutely. The entire situation definitely needed to be taken with a good dose of lightheartedness. The Duchess Deal is not for someone looking for a more realistic take on Victorian London with ton drama. It's about two people thrown into a crazy situation and is just a fun read perfect for when you're looking for something light and humorous!
PattyWPW More than 1 year ago
Don't start this book before you go to bed, you won't get any sleep! It starts off being interesting from the first page. You have a damaged hero and a poor heroine. It doesn't start in love but it gets there soon enough. You will love them, I did. I totally recommend this book.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare Book One of the Girl Meets Duke series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: August 22, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 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… What I Liked: You know those readers who have this author they love and they seem to LOOOOOOVE everything the author writes? And in your head you're like, chill, we know you're a huge fangirl/fanboy, you would never dislike anything that author wrote. Yeah, sometimes I catch myself rolling my eyes at people like that (you know, when you're like okay Jan we already know you're going to love the book, we get it). That is terrible of me and I should really stop that because I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. When it comes to Tessa Dare? I have yet to read a book of hers that I didn't absolutely love (or at the very least, adore). Granted, this is only the seventh book of hers that I've read... well, I guess that's a lot. She has written twenty, if I've counted correctly. Anyway. The lowest rating I've given any of those seven books is four stars and that is pretty much the definition of fangirling. I love this author's books. I can't help it. I know I'm not alone. Please don't judge me! The Duchess Deal is book one of a brand-new, unconnected series by Tessa Dare. The Duke of Ashbury came back from war horribly scarred, due to a rocket blowing up in his face. It destroyed much of one side of his face, and all down that side of his body. His engagement to a lady of good societal status has been broken. His estate is not in the best shape, due to him being gone at war for so long, and then in recovery when coming back from the war. Ashbury needs a wife, and a desperate one, at that. What does he do when Emma Gladstone, seamstress of the wedding dress that Ashbury's ex-fiancee was to wear? Well, he marries her, the seamstress, who was in need of a bit of money. Emma isn't repulsed by the Duke's scars - if anything, she is intrigued by them. She agrees to marry him and to follow his terms. She'll get pregnant and move into the country house, where she'll give birth and raise the child. No affection, no kissing, no lights on when they have relations. But both of them will discover that falling in love isn't something they can control, and all of Ash's rules won't stop love. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this. I loved the story line, the characters, the flow and details, and the amazing wit and charm. This was wickedly entertaining. I loved it! Ash and Emma were quite a pair. Right from the beginning I was pulled into the story thanks to their personalities. They had such a great rapport. It was just so entertaining with their animosity and verbal sparring. I loved Emma's logic and how she stood up for herself and show she challenges the Duke. And the Duke... oh my! He was a bit mean and spiteful because of his scars and past but I knew deep down he was so much more. I loved watching his walls come down and him open up. I loved watch Emma's attempts to draw him out of himself. It was so incredibly sweet. This almost had a Beauty and the Beast feel to me and I ate it up. There's some drama of course but not a lot. Enough to keep things moving along and add some spice to the story. There's a nice amount of emotion as well and a heck of a lot of heat. I loved it all. There is this beautiful building relationship and romance as they get to know each other and open up and I was excited about every detail. I also like the mischief that the Duke was up too at night, that added another layer of humor to the story. I thought the writing was excellent. The story flowed nicely. I loved the descriptions of the time period and details. I thought the build was fantastic and there was great character development. Wonderful pace. The smart, witty comebacks and pet names Emma called Ash were priceless. There were just so many great moments, I couldn’t get enough. I thought there was a great cast of characters as well between Emma's friends and the Duke’s staff. Their interactions created a lot of fun moments. It was just a really well rounded story. On a personal note, this is the first historical romance I ever read since 2013. After seeing so many positive reviews for this story and friends recommending it, I decided to step outside of my box and give it a try. I have to say, I have been missing out and shame on me because this was fantastic. Tessa Dare has a new fan in me! I finished and pretty much wanted to add her entire back list to my TBR. It was just so entertaining, I adored it! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book and had enjoyed a few other books from Tessa, so I was pretty excited to get to this one. I love love loved Emma and Ash. The chemistry and banter between them was absolute perfection. She's so sassy and he's so gruff and it really works. I throughly enjoyed reading their interactions. There's also a group of awesome ladies who I'm seriously hoping become the series. And fingers crossed for more Trevor. Plot wise, it's nearly all fluff and I loved it. There are a few scenes of tension and conflict, but nothing too bad and nothing lasted too long. They were together nearly the entire book. Overall, this was a lot of fun to read and had characters I liked right from the start. I can't wait to see who's next and I'm sure I'll be rereading this one while I wait. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Duchess Deal is book one of the Girl Meets Duke series. I'm addicted to books by Tessa Dare so of course, I had to grab this one. With this being the start to a new series it still brings all the great aspects that you'd expect from a Tessa Dare book. It's full of heart melting romance, with hard headed leading characters you can't get enough of. We start out meeting Emma Gladstone, a seamstress in a rather unconventional way. You see, Annabelle Worthing requested a wedding dress, which Emma made but then the wedding was called off and no one ever paid her for her work. Emma decides to go to the Duke of Ashbury and request the money due from his ex-fiancee, she does so by wearing the dress to confront him. Ash grants her the money but is in need of a wife that can bear an heir and sets his sights on Emma after that confrontation. He's so used to everyone being revolted by the scars he got from the war and has a major chip in his shoulder from it too. After a little back and forth, they decide to have a marriage of convenience but each sets some rules in place. He pretty much just wants her to get pregnant and then she's off to another estate, but she wants dinner together each evening as well as actual conversations to get to know one another. As you can imagine Emma ruffles his feathers and with each page you can see them grow closer, even though the Duke doesn't realize until he's hooked. The Duchess Deal is an addicting read you won't want to put down. The characters are attention grabbing and have their own flaws which really brings a touch of realness to the story. I've found the leading ladies in TDare books tend to not be pushovers which I really appreciate since it leads to an entertaining read. I'd recommend this book to anyone fond of historical romance with a marriage of convenience trope.