In New York Times bestselling author Marie Force’s dazzling historical romance debut, the clock is ticking for a wealthy Duke who must marry by his thirtieth birthday—or lose his title…
Derek Egan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline. But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex—and encounters a man digging on his property. Except he’s not a man. He’s a very lovely woman. Who suddenly faints at his feet.
Catherine McCabe’s disdain for the aristocracy has already led her to flee an arranged marriage with a boorish Viscount. The last thing she wants is to be waylaid in a Duke’s home. Yet, she is compelled to stay by the handsome, thoughtful man who introduces himself as the Duke’s estate manager.
Derek realizes two things immediately: he is captivated by her delicate beauty, and to figure out what she was up to, Catherine must not know he is the Duke. But as they fall passionately in love, Derek’s lie spins out of control. Will their bond survive his deception, not to mention the scorned Viscount’s pursuit? Most important, can Catherine fall in love all over again—this time with the Duke?
Duchess by Deception by Marie Force is one that I could not stop reading! These characters are both funny and charming. The way a young lady becomes a duchess was interesting. Deception was a key word that sparked my interest in this book. From there, this writer caught my full attention. Irresistible plotline, characters I loved, and the pacing was fast. Intrigue and curiosity won out. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for the characters.
A greedy no-good uncle, a rich parliamentary man who can buy anything and anyone, plus, a family title about to expire had me entertained. So many bad guys and hurdles for the couples to get past, I loved it!
Plus, there was some family in trouble, hearts on the line, and family treasures to uncover.
I highly recommend this fascinating novel to all readers. Whether you’re into romance, historical, or mystery-this is a must have on your bookshelf!