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Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as "the Spinster Heiresses"... Is it wrong for a woman to want more? Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as "the Spinster Heiresses"... Is it wrong for a woman to want more? Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Reverly has watched her friends marry for love. Camberly may be the prize of the season, but she will not be "sold" to any man. She wants his devotion or she wants nothing at all. When is a Marriage of Convenience inconvenient? Newly named to the ducal title, Matthew Addison is determined to discover the secrets behind Mayfield, the bankrupt estate he has inherited. He doesn't have time to coddle a headstrong heiress who is determined to ditch him over something as silly as "love." Little does he know that his questions will place her in jeopardy. Now he must do what he must to save them both. Could it be that in running from danger they might be racing headlong into a truly unexpected fate: falling in love?


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Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as "the Spinster Heiresses"... Is it wrong for a woman to want more? Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as "the Spinster Heiresses"... Is it wrong for a woman to want more? Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Reverly has watched her friends marry for love. Camberly may be the prize of the season, but she will not be "sold" to any man. She wants his devotion or she wants nothing at all. When is a Marriage of Convenience inconvenient? Newly named to the ducal title, Matthew Addison is determined to discover the secrets behind Mayfield, the bankrupt estate he has inherited. He doesn't have time to coddle a headstrong heiress who is determined to ditch him over something as silly as "love." Little does he know that his questions will place her in jeopardy. Now he must do what he must to save them both. Could it be that in running from danger they might be racing headlong into a truly unexpected fate: falling in love?

30 review for The Duke That I Marry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Spinster Heiresses #3 Publication Date: 11/27/18 Willa Reverly is one of the wealthiest heiresses on the marriage mart and she is the last unmarried Spinster Heiress. At the beginning of the season, in order to make standing around at balls more tolerable, the heiresses came up with a game. They chose the most eligible bachelor of the season and then devised a point system for interactions with him. They ALL wanted to win the game and to win the Duke of Camberly – but – Willa won both the Series: Spinster Heiresses #3 Publication Date: 11/27/18 Willa Reverly is one of the wealthiest heiresses on the marriage mart and she is the last unmarried Spinster Heiress. At the beginning of the season, in order to make standing around at balls more tolerable, the heiresses came up with a game. They chose the most eligible bachelor of the season and then devised a point system for interactions with him. They ALL wanted to win the game and to win the Duke of Camberly – but – Willa won both the game and the man. Willa hasn’t seen her betrothed since the night of their betrothal party – quite some time ago. He left London without a word to her. She hardly knows the man since they’ve only spoken two or three times. She’d hoped for a kiss (at least) at the betrothal party, but that didn’t happen either. She knows they aren’t a love match, but she’d at least like to know that he has some respect and regard for her since they'd be spending their lives together. She definitely doesn’t want a marriage like her parents have. Since she is tired of stewing at home by herself, she sends Camberly a note to tell him that she is releasing him from their betrothal because they just will not suit. Matthew Addision, Duke of Camberly, did NOT want to be the duke. Matt’s father had defied his parents and married the woman he loved – an actress. He was quickly disowned, but he didn’t let that stop him from having several children and raising them in a family filled with love and happiness. When both of Matt’s parents died, his older sisters approached their grandparents and begged them to at least give Matt the education he should have as the grandson of a duke. They did that but totally ignored him personally. Now, he is the duke and is responsible for his grandmother and an impoverished dukedom. Matt always wanted to marry for love just as his parents did, but it appears that he is going to have to sell his title on the marriage mart in order to salvage the dukedom. He’d managed to obtain a betrothal to one of the richest heiresses on the Mart and now all he has to do is sit back and wait for his wedding day. Just imagine his shock when he receives a missive from his betrothed who is releasing him from their betrothal. WHAT! Matt has discovered that there are some very strange transactions in the estate ledgers. The money came in, but it never went to pay off creditors, repair cottages, purchase seed, etc. Where did it all go? After a confrontation with his grandmother, he learns that the old duke was being blackmailed and the demands had gotten greater and greater until the dukedom was bankrupt. As soon as Matt gets the letter from Willa he sets out to convince her to change her mind and to give him another chance. He manages to secure her hand and things proceed. Willa wants love and Matt wants love – but can they love each other? The path won’t be smooth or easy if they do manage to fall in love. Their path will include betrayal, kidnapping, and murder. The entirety of Chapter 8 could have been left out of this book and I would have been much happier. I really bothers me when someone uses the excuse of ‘losing control’ to excuse despicable behavior. The entire consummation scene was just too ‘over the top’ and not well done. One thing that bothered me in this book was the use of American terms rather than British. I could see one slip-up with something that wasn’t particularly obvious, but when you use the American term ‘feet’ for height measurement rather than the British term, that is very obvious. An even greater offense is using the term ‘lawyer’ throughout the book. In England, you either have a solicitor or a barrister, depending on your legal needs, but you don’t have a lawyer. Another term is when the author refers to him putting on his socks and boots – in that time period both men and women wore ‘stockings’. Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview "I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Duke That I Marry by Cathy Maxwell is book Three in the Spinster Heiresses series. This is the story of Willa Reverly and Matthew Addision, Duke of Camberly. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Matt's father married a actress who he was in love with but Matt's Grandfather disowned his father an the children they had. When their parents die his sister goes to the Grandparents to ask that they give Matt the education he needs as a Duke's The Duke That I Marry by Cathy Maxwell is book Three in the Spinster Heiresses series. This is the story of Willa Reverly and Matthew Addision, Duke of Camberly. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Matt's father married a actress who he was in love with but Matt's Grandfather disowned his father an the children they had. When their parents die his sister goes to the Grandparents to ask that they give Matt the education he needs as a Duke's grandson. But their Grandfather never warmed to them. Now Matt has inherited the the Family Title and with it the highly in debit estate. Matt has his heart broken by a women so he has settle himself to marry for money instead of Love that his parents had. Willa is a very wealthy women who at first her and her friends think Matt is the catch of the season but after their engagement party he up and leaves and doesn't interact with her at all during or before it. So she goes forward to write him to let him know she is releasing him from their engagement. Around that same time Matt learns that his Grandfather was being blackmailed and that is why the estate is in such money loss. But now he has to convince Willa to stick to their engagement. But they both start to think that maybe their marriage will be more than they ever hoped...but there is danger lurking near them. Enjoyed their story!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    The Duke That I Marry is quite the adventurous romp, something I did not expect from Cathy Maxwell. This book surprised me in many ways. I wondered how she'd "redeem" Matt in his own story after introducing him as someone who was in love with a married woman in the previous book. The redemption was slow, but it came and it was satisfying. There are a lot of things to like in this conclusion to the Spinster Heiresses series. The characters and situations are original and seemed truer to life than The Duke That I Marry is quite the adventurous romp, something I did not expect from Cathy Maxwell. This book surprised me in many ways. I wondered how she'd "redeem" Matt in his own story after introducing him as someone who was in love with a married woman in the previous book. The redemption was slow, but it came and it was satisfying. There are a lot of things to like in this conclusion to the Spinster Heiresses series. The characters and situations are original and seemed truer to life than most. I actually liked that their first time together was difficult. It can't be all unicorns and rainbows for everyone, right? I liked that they talk. Yes, I like that best of all. Not letting the misunderstanding fester. I also liked that the MCs for the three books are each drawn uniquely, that each is distinct and memorable. Even the secondary characters. I love the ending with the three heroines toasting their friendship. “May we be women unafraid to face whatever life brings us." I say cheers to that. 🥂

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Maybe 4.5 stars. If you have been following the series, then you already know Willa Reverly and Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly. Willa is the last of the "Spinster Heiresses" and has recently become betrothed to Matt, the Duke of Camberly, the biggest "catch" of the season. She should be ecstatic, but she's not, in fact, she has just written to him breaking their betrothal. Matt has been at his country estate, licking his wounds, since his betrothal to Willa. He made a complete fool of himse Maybe 4.5 stars. If you have been following the series, then you already know Willa Reverly and Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly. Willa is the last of the "Spinster Heiresses" and has recently become betrothed to Matt, the Duke of Camberly, the biggest "catch" of the season. She should be ecstatic, but she's not, in fact, she has just written to him breaking their betrothal. Matt has been at his country estate, licking his wounds, since his betrothal to Willa. He made a complete fool of himself over a married woman before becoming betrothed to Willa and his lover's rejection broke his heart. He will marry Willa because his estate is bankrupt and while rusticating he spent time looking over the books - something doesn't add up. When his grandmother arrives and demands to know why he is not in London - he questions her about the estate and finally learns the truth - the former duke had been blackmailed. Matt wants to find the blackmailer and get the money back, much to his grandmother's horror. But his plans are halted when he gets the letter from Willa - before he can do anything about the blackmailer, he needs to fix things with Willa. Matt can be incredibly charming and as the only boy with four older sisters, he understands women - or so he thinks - he meets with Willa and convinces her to go through with the wedding. He is surprised to realize that he really wants to marry her, he will never love her because after the fiasco with Letty, he will never let himself love again (insert eyeroll), but she is very pretty and he likes her. She agrees, mainly because she knows her father will not let her jilt him and because she really does like him. They marry and have a disastrous wedding night - But Matt refuses to let her shut him out. He is determined to make this marriage work and will do whatever he has to, to succeed. Things seem to be going well between them, Matt begins looking into the blackmailer and Willa is starting falling in love with him. But when she catches him with his former lover, she is crushed and runs to her mother. Her mother sets her straight and sends her back to her husband, however, before they can be reunited, Matt's digging into the blackmailer comes back to haunt him and he may lose the woman he never believed he could love. I thought this was a good book, it has a lot going on, but it is well done and stays on point. I did think Willa acted a little spoiled at times and Matt is more of a beta hero than I would have liked, but overall, they are both likable, they communicate with each other instead of letting misunderstandings fester, the wedding night was a little disturbing, but it didn't dimished the story for me and actually made me like Matt a little more than I thought I would. The mystery of the blackmailer was ok, the identity didn't come as much of surprise to me, but it did add a layer of intrigue and danger to the story that kept me turning the pages. I thought Matt's declaration at the end was flat out the best part of the book and the epilogue was very sweet. I would happily recommend this book and while it could be read as a stand alone, I suggest reading the series in order to get the most out of this story. *I am voluntarily leaving a review of an uncorrected eARC that was provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    This is my first read by Cathy Maxwell, I know she is a renowned author of Historical, so finally I took time to read her new release. And I loved it, even if it is the last book in this series, I was not lost, the different protagonists were well introduced. I loved the main couple, they are far from perfect, they have flaws and made mistakes, lot of but they try to redeem them and do not run away, they face life even when they would have preferred to hide, plus they listen when they simply could This is my first read by Cathy Maxwell, I know she is a renowned author of Historical, so finally I took time to read her new release. And I loved it, even if it is the last book in this series, I was not lost, the different protagonists were well introduced. I loved the main couple, they are far from perfect, they have flaws and made mistakes, lot of but they try to redeem them and do not run away, they face life even when they would have preferred to hide, plus they listen when they simply could shut out the others. Willa is no different woman at first, except being a wealthy heiress, she has no special talent, she just has spent her life trying to be a good daughter and fulfill her parents expectations, until she reached her very limits and decided to cry off her betrothal. Matthew never thought he would inherit his grandfather tittle, nor get a bankrupted estate which put him in a situation to marry an heiress instead of marrying for love. Love he has sworn off after he made a mess of himself with a married woman. So when he receives a missive from his betrothed that she is releasing him from his promises the day before their marriage, he realizes it is time he gets to know his intended. « She was giving him a second chance . . . and she might be the person to help him become the man he wished to be. She had the strength of character to both test and challenge him, and he found he always wanted her to look at him as she had that afternoon when he’d rescued the kitten. Always. » I do loved how he tried to prove he was worth her trust, how he did not shy when their wedding night didn’t went well and tried his best to reassure her, I also appreciate Willa refused to be kept in a glass bubble and wanted to be really part of his life, even when events turned ugly, she stood her ground, refused to back down and he accepted her help. A very enjoyable and entertaining first read full of actions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chu

    4/5 The Duke That I Marry started out with a mystery that needs to be solved, and then a beginning of what seems to be a budding romance - enough to get me started reading. Yep, can't believed I finished this book in one sitting. The characters have their own flaws and perfections. I like Matt - he seems to have a good head on his shoulder. He wasn't supposed to be in line for the title, but certain circumstances brought him to it. And now, he must save his crumbling estate and help his sister by 4/5 The Duke That I Marry started out with a mystery that needs to be solved, and then a beginning of what seems to be a budding romance - enough to get me started reading. Yep, can't believed I finished this book in one sitting. The characters have their own flaws and perfections. I like Matt - he seems to have a good head on his shoulder. He wasn't supposed to be in line for the title, but certain circumstances brought him to it. And now, he must save his crumbling estate and help his sister by marrying one of the richest heiresses in London. Only to find himself being dump a night before his wedding. Willow wanted love. She wants what her friends have who seemed to be happy and content of what they have. Everybody wants the Duke, and she wanted him not because of his looks but of the poetry he penned. But after their betrothal, he vanished and he expects her to marry him? Nooo way. So, she decided to let him go via letter. If she things he will let her, she was sorely mistaken. Matt can charm the dead. Poets are indeed deadly with words, and Matt was determined to have his bride. What he didn't expect was to like his bride, and wanting to spend time with her, especially during the wedding night. Although, their wedding night was such a surprise. It started out as romantic, but ended in a tone that was quite real, I was glad Cathy Maxwell didn't sugarcoat it like most author do. Their relationship might start out as a pragmatic one - she (or rather her family) needs him, and he needs her (or her fortune rather). Nevertheless, I like how Cathy allowed the love to grow without pushing it too far. Readers will enjoy falling in love together with the characters. It wasn't an insta-romance. There was attraction, and from their blossomed a relationship. They had their bumps, but all went well. The action part was pretty spectacular. It had my heart stop for a while, I couldn't breathe. It was just wow. The Duke That I Marry offers great romance, wonderful adventure and an i-am-on-the-edge-of-my-seat action that will have you hooked on to this book! Review originally posted on my blog Purchase Links: https://amzn.to/2Re7zCM Series Link: https://amzn.to/2KEF2n8 Follow me on: Twitter | Facebook | BookBub | Instagram More of my reviews at http://reviewsofabookmaniac.blogspot.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi Becker

    "What if love wasn’t a grand, passionate, overwhelming emotion but a quiet serenity and a sense of peace?" There's a good reason I'm on a Regency Romance kick and Cathy Maxwell's The Duke That I Marry is right at the top. This may be the first in the series that I've read but I already know I'm going to reading books 1 and 2 in the very near future. This had every element I love in well, a romance story. An inattentive fiance with a scandalous affair in his recent past, a brave bride to be, and m "What if love wasn’t a grand, passionate, overwhelming emotion but a quiet serenity and a sense of peace?" There's a good reason I'm on a Regency Romance kick and Cathy Maxwell's The Duke That I Marry is right at the top. This may be the first in the series that I've read but I already know I'm going to reading books 1 and 2 in the very near future. This had every element I love in well, a romance story. An inattentive fiance with a scandalous affair in his recent past, a brave bride to be, and mystery and intrigue, and the very "real" chance that these two may just fall in love. Willa Reverly is a the best sort of Regency Heiress. Coming from a moneyed family, her father intends to align the family with royalty, and it appears Willa has landed the most sought after bachelor of the season, the Duke of Camberly, a.k.a Matthew Addison. This is no love match, but Willa takes some early preemptive actions that bring Matt around a bit. He'll have to prove his worth to her and this unfolds in the most spectacular way. I loved the slow burn romance in this story. They are forthright with each other, but Matt contends that there's nothing to stop them from building a marriage with love in it. They have such great chemistry and the falter through a few of lifes' tests. They also face outside forces that threaten not only their relationship, but their very lives. Cathy Maxwells' brand of Regency Romance is s sure thing. I have never read anything by her that I didn't love. Matt and Willa's HEA made my heart so very happy and I highly recommend this story. Again, I have every plan of reading books 1 and 2 in the series in the very near future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I read a lot of reviews prior to picking up this novel & a lot of the negative ones commented on the questionable consent scene. As someone who reads lots of books with questionable consent (I know it's not everyone's cup of tea) I felt that I couldn't rightfully take away from the rating because of it. Was it surprising to see in something as tame as historical romance? Yes. Normally in these regency novels our heroes are some of the only men who refrain from sexual assault. But I was think I read a lot of reviews prior to picking up this novel & a lot of the negative ones commented on the questionable consent scene. As someone who reads lots of books with questionable consent (I know it's not everyone's cup of tea) I felt that I couldn't rightfully take away from the rating because of it. Was it surprising to see in something as tame as historical romance? Yes. Normally in these regency novels our heroes are some of the only men who refrain from sexual assault. But I was thinking as I read that this was more realistic in terms of how it probably was back then, even with the nicest of guys. Was it a good scene? Not particularly. Was it the most rape-y scene ever? Not even close. Grey area. Read at your own risk if this is an issue for you. As for the rest of the novel I quite liked it. I don't know that it was Cathy Maxwell's best writing (I think I preferred the story lines in the other two books better) but I liked the characters a whole lot. There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing and a decent amount of action to keep me entertained. I like this series as a whole. I find that some historical romances are very hung up on "sounding" historical and sometimes the terminology and references bewilder me. Some readers were upset that Maxwell uses American words for certain items and professions, but I'll be honest I didn't even notice until someone pointed it out (although historicals aren't my preferred subgenre). A diehard historical reader will probably be bothered, though.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Matthew Addison had been relatively content in his position as tutor until he unexpectedly inherited the bankrupt dukedom of Camberly. In his short time as Duke, he had also made a fool of himself over his married lover, Lady Letty Bainhurst. Matt had always thought he would marry for love, but after a conversation with his grandmother, he knows he must sacrifice himself and go through with his marriage with Willa Reverly. The little points game that the Spinster Heiresses had played had been so Matthew Addison had been relatively content in his position as tutor until he unexpectedly inherited the bankrupt dukedom of Camberly. In his short time as Duke, he had also made a fool of himself over his married lover, Lady Letty Bainhurst. Matt had always thought he would marry for love, but after a conversation with his grandmother, he knows he must sacrifice himself and go through with his marriage with Willa Reverly. The little points game that the Spinster Heiresses had played had been so successful that Willa had snagged a the Duke of Camberly, who, alas, had proved to be a disappointment since their betrothal. That’s when Willa decided to cry off the day before the wedding, and Matt would have none of it. And so we come to the conclusion of the brilliant Spinster Heiresses series, in which Cathy Maxwell has demonstrated much originality and flair. The reason for Camberly’s financial woes is brilliant, and not much was first as it appeared to be, and I couldn’t wait to see what would transpire. Matt and Willa are fabulous characters: she is tiny but has always had a spine of steel, even though she hadn’t been able to show it before knowing Matt. I loved that she felt as I would have with the few choices women had during the Regency, and I could only cheer her on. Matt is even more complex: he is very engaging and charming, however a dreadful mistake he made had me nearly reconsider him as an honourable man. He did however make things right, and redeemed himself in my eyes. How splendid it is to watch characters really communicate, as Matt and Willa do, and Ms. Maxwell’s dialogues throughout are superb. I also loved how both Matt’s and Willa’s parents had influenced their views on marriage, and how it defines their approach to their own. It was refreshing to see conflicts that did not stem from misunderstandings, and love that was built on more than sexual chemistry. The mystery that caused so much trouble however did not quite go the way I had expected; it felt a bit anticlimactic. In the last quarter of the book, I thought one issue was resolved a tad too easily while another could have been handled with a bit more subtlety. Still, THE DUKE THAT I MARRY is a fabulous and utterly captivating read that had me reading just one more chapter, just one more page, and too late into the night. Well done again, Ms. Maxwell! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Revived an ARC. Just ok; the hero's progression from indifference to 4EVA LOVE was unbelievably quick and the heroine's inability to make up her mind was a little irritating.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    It takes time to find out that you are made for each other. Nice ending to the Spinster Heiresses series. Willa wants what her friends have while Matthew needs money to keep his estate going. There was tensions and an added danger to their marriage. A nice mix of romance, misunderstanding and danger keeping the tension high. I liked how both worked to make their marriage work. Each admitting to some mistakes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    Miniseries: The Spinster Heiresses

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Givan

    Ok I didn't understand Willa wanting to marry Matt knowing he loved another. I was happy when she sent him that 'thanks, but no thanks' letter. Too bad she gave in so easily.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melania Ramona

    I thoroughly enjoyed this heart-warming story and read it without pause. Cathy Maxwell has always been an author I apreciate.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Willa Reverly won the most points in a game with her friends when the Duke of Camberly proposed marriage. But she hasn't seen the man since and she's ready to call off the marriage so she sends him a note. That note sends Matthew Addison into a panic. He needs her money. The ducal estate should be very much more profitable than it is but it is actually deep in debt. In meeting with Willa again, Matthew realizes that there might be more to his soon-to-be-bride than he had thought, even more than h Willa Reverly won the most points in a game with her friends when the Duke of Camberly proposed marriage. But she hasn't seen the man since and she's ready to call off the marriage so she sends him a note. That note sends Matthew Addison into a panic. He needs her money. The ducal estate should be very much more profitable than it is but it is actually deep in debt. In meeting with Willa again, Matthew realizes that there might be more to his soon-to-be-bride than he had thought, even more than he had hoped for. A little thin on the "loss of money" plot line but otherwise a good book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is the third book in the Spinster Heiresses series. In the previous books, three friends devised a game to keep them from getting bored at balls. They picked the catch of the season as their target (the Duke of Camberly was this season's target), and then each woman could win points based on successful flirting attempts: a dance is worth three points. Most points at the end wins. Willa won the game as well as Camberly (Matt). This is their story, and it begins just a few days before their w This is the third book in the Spinster Heiresses series. In the previous books, three friends devised a game to keep them from getting bored at balls. They picked the catch of the season as their target (the Duke of Camberly was this season's target), and then each woman could win points based on successful flirting attempts: a dance is worth three points. Most points at the end wins. Willa won the game as well as Camberly (Matt). This is their story, and it begins just a few days before their wedding. However, Willa & Matt haven't seen each other since their betrothal ball because he left for the country to handle estate business since he is the unwilling and fairly new master of a bankrupt dukedom. Basically, even though it's a marriage of convenience, Willa ultimately wants love (and at the very least respect). But Matt was already in love with a married woman before and got burned. Also, there is mystery subplot involving the reason for the estate's financial problems: blackmail. I appreciate that the Spinster Heiresses are flawed women rather than perfect ideals, and Willa is no exception, but she's probably the one I liked the most out of the trio. Another dose of reality I appreciated was the consummation. I heard about it from other readers before I read it, so maybe it's because I was anticipating it, but I did not have a big issue with it. It's not perfect - which is real life - but the hero is aware, and it is something he tries to make amends for. I like Matt as a beta hero. He's so sweetly patient with Willa, I think he redeems himself from previous books, and he has a lot of growth in this one. My review of If Ever I Should Love You - 3 Stars. My review of A Match Made in Bed - 3 Stars. ARC provided by publisher for honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Wealthy heiress, Willa Reverly, will be married in one day to the handsome, penniless Duke of Camberly, Matthew Addison. Her father is thrilled to have this title in the family and his daughter should be ecstatic to be landing the season’s most sought-after bachelor. Willa has written a note to her intended to end their engagement. The rest of the story has intersecting storylines that are full of mystery, murder, and of course, love! Well-written and fun, this historical romance has endearing c Wealthy heiress, Willa Reverly, will be married in one day to the handsome, penniless Duke of Camberly, Matthew Addison. Her father is thrilled to have this title in the family and his daughter should be ecstatic to be landing the season’s most sought-after bachelor. Willa has written a note to her intended to end their engagement. The rest of the story has intersecting storylines that are full of mystery, murder, and of course, love! Well-written and fun, this historical romance has endearing characters that make the story engrossing and satisfying. The Duke That I Marry by Cathy Maxwell will be available November 27, 2018 by Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily S.

    I didn't really care for this. I didn't like the characters, and the story seemed rushed and far-fetched.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 12/10/2018. Finally, Willa's story! I really liked both Willa and Matt, and was quickly invested in their HEA--even though at times I felt that one of them (usually Willa) deserved it a bit more than the other (usually Matt). I liked that they were both flawed--unfortunately for Matt, one of his flaws was pretty publicly known--and that they both made attempts to overcome those flaws without needing to be bludgeoned over the head with them. I especially like Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 12/10/2018. Finally, Willa's story! I really liked both Willa and Matt, and was quickly invested in their HEA--even though at times I felt that one of them (usually Willa) deserved it a bit more than the other (usually Matt). I liked that they were both flawed--unfortunately for Matt, one of his flaws was pretty publicly known--and that they both made attempts to overcome those flaws without needing to be bludgeoned over the head with them. I especially liked that Willa wasn't ready to settle for less, even if she did waffle a bit in her resolve when Matt turned on the charm (and really, who can blame her?) she stuck to her guns and ultimately made him work for it but at the same time wasn't ridiculous about it. The blackmail/suspense plot took me by surprise, and the figuring out who dunnit and the resolution of that part felt a bit rushed. It did do the trick of bringing them together in the end, though, which I guess was its purpose, so... I also enjoyed the brief glimpses we got into the HEAs of the other series characters. They were really brief, though--so no worries if you haven't read them yet. This one absolutely works fine as a standalone. While The Duke That I Marry isn't my favorite of the series, but I did like it a lot when all is said and done--mostly because of the characters themselves. I'm looking forward to seeing what Ms. Maxwell will bring us next. Favorite line, which really shows where Matt is at the end of the book and the warm cozy feeling that the two of them together inspire:He'd always thought true love was full of drama and turmoil. It wasn't. Love was the sense that he was right where he was supposed to be. That at last, he'd found his home. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Connie Fischer

    Mayfield Country Estate of the Duke of Camberly - 1813 Matthew (Matt) Addison, the Duke of Camberly, is to marry Miss Willa Raverly the next day because she is an heiress and he needs money. Having recently inherited his title, he realizes he knows nothing about running the estate. In addition, the money in the estate has simply disappeared and Matt wants to know where it went. Confronting his grandmother with that question, she confesses that a man named Hardesty had been blackmailing his now de Mayfield Country Estate of the Duke of Camberly - 1813 Matthew (Matt) Addison, the Duke of Camberly, is to marry Miss Willa Raverly the next day because she is an heiress and he needs money. Having recently inherited his title, he realizes he knows nothing about running the estate. In addition, the money in the estate has simply disappeared and Matt wants to know where it went. Confronting his grandmother with that question, she confesses that a man named Hardesty had been blackmailing his now deceased grandfather because he claims to knows a secret about William, the Marquis of Tilbury, who died six months ago. Thus, the title has come to Matt. Matt’s own parents died when he was a young child. He has two sisters of whom his grandmother does not approve because their mother had been an actress. And now, Matt has just received a note from Willa calling off their wedding. London Willa and her two friends, Cassandra and Leonie, have been dubbed the Spinster Heiresses. Their fathers are all powerful and wealthy men who demand the best and titled men for their daughters. Cassandra and Leonie are both now happily married. Since Willa and Matt’s betrothal several months ago, Willa has not seen Matt and is tired of being ignored. She knows he can be a romantic man because when he was in university, he penned a book of poems called “Love Fulfilled.” Thus, she has called off the wedding in frustration at his lack of attention to her. When Matt rides to London later that day, Willa is surprised to see him. He then tries to explain to her why he has been so busy at his estate and hopes to woo her back. Can he do it and if so, can theirs be a happy marriage? I enjoyed this book and the relationship that Matt and Willa made with their honesty to each other. There is love, a mystery, and some violence but it all worked well together. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    There were so many yuck factors in this book, I can't even. First of all, yes, you CAN rape your wife. Even if she is your wife, if she says no, it's rape. The fact that I'm including that in my review is really enough, isn't it? There were many times I almost decided to DNF this book, and then it would have a moment that was truly GOOD so I'd keep reading, only to want to pitch it into a fire shortly thereafter. Just... no. Not good. The writing itself is good, mechanically speaking, the content There were so many yuck factors in this book, I can't even. First of all, yes, you CAN rape your wife. Even if she is your wife, if she says no, it's rape. The fact that I'm including that in my review is really enough, isn't it? There were many times I almost decided to DNF this book, and then it would have a moment that was truly GOOD so I'd keep reading, only to want to pitch it into a fire shortly thereafter. Just... no. Not good. The writing itself is good, mechanically speaking, the content is just SO PROBLEMATIC I don't even know where to start.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Perfect ending to the series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mikka

    Good reas Willa was pretty annoying at some points, but overall, I could barely put this one down. I just wish the epilogue had been a little different.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Landra Graf

    Review to come.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tonia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  28. 4 out of 5

    Geri

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kay Robinett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Babanics

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