Thursday, December 11, 2014

ARC Review: How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield

Title: How to Beguile a Duke
Author: Ally Broadfield
Source: Entangled Scandalous
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: December 8, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3

The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral
home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager...

Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.

Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...
I absolutely adored Catherine.  She was an incredible woman full of bravery and sass.  She understand most social etiquette, but would just rather speak her mind and do things her own way.  As she makes her way through the ton, she attracts much attention, but not the kind she really wants.  But the isn't her primary agenda.  She's out to solve a mystery - she needs to find a lost heirloom and the man with the key to finding it doesn't seem to interested in helping her out.

This man is the Duke of Boulstridge.  He starts off a quite a pretentious jerk, but you can see in his eyes and in the slight smirk that there just might be more to him.  He turns into quite a hero as the story goes on.  They make a very great pair, but it does take them awhile to realize it.  They are both so stubborn and set in their ways that they almost miss their chance.

There is a very exciting mystery that runs throughout the whole story.  The heirloom that Catherine is looking for is also sought by some very dangerous people.  When they think she is getting close her life is put in danger.  This kept the story moving very quickly and excitement could be found on every page.

The ending was actually a bit of a surprise.  Yes, our couple gets together, but other things didn't end quite the way I expected them to.  When this happens I love it - always good to have a bit of a surprise at the end.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

More Posts About Ally Broadfield
Coming tomorrow: Guest Post by Ally Broadfield: My Lasting Lasting Love for Historical Romance


  1. Wonderful review!!! I am going to go buy this one right now!! I love sassy heroines

  2. Thank you for taking the time to review How to Beguile a Duke. I'm so glad you liked it!

  3. Yay! I hope you enjoy it.


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