ARC Review: What to Do with a Duke by Sally Mackenzie

Posted August 26, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: What to Do with a Duke by Sally Mackenzie
What to Do with a Duke
by Sally MacKenzie

2 Stars


Released: August 25th 2015
Series: Spinster House #1
Published by Zebra
Pages: 352
Format: eARC

“Unfortunately, I didn’t find quite as enthralling as I hoped.”
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Cat wants one thing in life; peace and quiet so she can write her novel. However, being the eldest of nine siblings solitude and calm is not something that she experiences very often. So when the chance to be the Spinster house spinster comes along, she is determined to seize it. Marcus, the Duke of Hart, otherwise known as the Cursed Duke, cursed to never life past his firstborn son’s birth, due to the rakeish ways of one of his ancestors, has come to the village of Loves Bridge to pick the next Spinster House spinster. As is his duty according to the curse. However, he can’t keep his mind (and hands) off the most eager applicant for Spinster House, Cat. True love is said to break the curse, but are Marcus and Cat destined to be the ones to break it, or is the past just about to repeat itself?

I love it when a spinster catches her man, the poor fellas never see the spinster (or wallflower) coming; they are swiftly knocked off their feet with their heart ripped from their chest by the one person no one suspects. They are the ninjas of historical romance. So, I was very much looking forward to What To Do With A Duke so I could once again see a ninja in action. Unfortunately, I didn’t find quite as enthralling as I hoped.

But, lets start with the good bits, I did like the characters and the idea behind this series and despite not being fond of this book, I would read the next one. Cat was funny and feisty, the traits I like in a heroine and I liked that Marcus although troubled, wasn’t afraid to admit that he was lonely, and for once we have a hero who wanted a wife, if only he wouldn’t die soon after the conception of his first son.

However, there were two reasons why I couldn’t rate this book any higher. The first one being how quickly and easily Cat fell in love. I’m aware that insta-love is a massive plot device in romance, but after just a couple of conversations I just found it unbelievable that such a confirmed spinster believed herself to be in love. It just didn’t feel right.

The second reason I was frustrated with this book was the ending. Maybe it is wrong, but I fully expected this book to be wrapped up in a neat little bow and I would know once and for all if the curse is broken by the last page, so we can then move on to one of Marcus and Cat’s friends. That didn’t happen, and it left the book feeling half-finished and me feeling unsatisfied, it was almost like they had forgotten to add the last chapter or an epilogue.

Although this book didn’t live up to my expectations, I will read the next book, I now need to know what happens! But, I am not sure it is something I would recommend.


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About Sally MacKenzie

USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie writes funny, sexy romances set in her favorite time period (other than the present): Regency England. Her novella, “The Duchess of Love,” was a 2013 RITA® finalist, and two of her books—The Naked King and Bedding Lord Ned—made ALA Booklist’s top ten romances for their respective years. Many of her books are available in audio format, and her stories have been translated into Czech, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Sally graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in the first class of women. She’s a Cornell Law School dropout, former federal regulation writer, recovering parent volunteer, mother of four grown sons, and middle-of-the-lane Masters swimmer. She loves to travel, especially to England to research historic sites and hike through—and frequently get lost in—the English countryside.

A native of Washington, D. C., she lives with her husband in suburban Maryland, not far from her childhood home.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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‘The ninjas of historical romance’ …I love it!!


Thanks Suzanne for the review

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Amy R

Bummer it didn’t work for you, thanks for the review.

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