ARC Review: When a Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes

Posted April 20, 2019 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: When a Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes
When a Duchess Says I Do
by Grace Burrowes

3.5 Stars


Released: April 2nd 2019
Series: Rogues to Riches #2
Published by Forever
Format: eARC

“If you’re in the mood for a quieter style of romance then When a Duchess Says I Do is perfect”
~ Under the Covers

If you’re in the mood for a quieter style of romance then When a Duchess Says I Do is perfect. This isn’t a romance of two characters in the first blushes of love. Instead we have two mature characters, Duncan and Matilda, who have a wealth of experience, both good and bad, who seem to have the good sense to fall in love with each other.

Do I need violent fireworks of passion? No. I don’t need it; however, although I liked the understated style of this romance, a small sparkler would have been very welcome. I think Burrowes writing style may have had an impact on this. This book had a cadence that made it seem like it was written in a much earlier time, with that comes a certain formality that doesn’t quite lend itself to fiery emotions and sensuality.

There wasn’t just the romance to keep you turning the pages. Matilda was on the run at the beginning of the book, poaching on Duncan’s territory. I really enjoyed how Burrowes slowly revealed the danger Matilda was escaping. It was cleverly done, we were given breadcrumbs to keep us following the trail, never quite revealing the whole truth until towards the last quarter of the book. This is a bit of a double edged sword though, as once everything is revealed, it was then resolved almost immediately somewhat undermining the danger that had been built up.

I really like Grace Burrowes style and am really enjoying this series and getting to know the eccentric Wentworth family who it is based around. If you want a historical romance that takes you away from debutantes and balls and want something a bit more mature than you need to give this a try.

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About Grace Burrowes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.


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Thanks for sharing you thoughts on this. This author is a hit or miss with me.


Thanks for the review Suzanne

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Thanks for the review.