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Review: Accidentally Compromising The Duke by Stacy Reid

on May 25, 2016

Accidentally Compromsing the DukeAccidentally Compromising The Duke (Wedded By Scandal #1)
Stacy Reid
Entangled Publishing
2016, 287p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

England, 1817.

Miss Adeline Hays is out of options. Determined to escape marriage to a repugnant earl, Adeline plans to deliberately allow herself to be caught in a compromising position at a house party with the much kinder man she’d hoped to marry. Instead, Adeline accidentally enters the wrong chamber and tumbles into the bed of the mad duke.

Edmond Rochester, the Duke of Wolverton, is seeking a wife to care for his two daughters. A young lady of sensibilities, accomplishment, and most importantly, one who he is not attracted to—a complete opposite of the bewitching beauty who traps him into marriage. But despite the lust he feels for his new duchess, Edmond is resolved to never allow them intimacy, refusing to ever again suffer the tormenting loss of a loved one.

I really only have one word for this book and that word is: YES.

This is exactly the sort of historical romance that I love. Adeline is an oppressed, bullied woman. Her father is about to accept the offer of a boorish man who did something awful to her, someone that is horrible and frightens her. Neither her father nor her stepmother hear her pleas not to be married off to this man merely because he’s an Earl and so Adeline decides to do something drastic and arrange to be caught in a compromising position with a man she she cares for. Instead she is caught in the room of the reclusive Duke of Wolverton, a man known as the mad Duke.

Edmond, the Duke, does the honourable thing and offers for Adeline’s hand and a Duke trumps an Earl, so even her father and stepmother cannot find fault with this. Although Adeline goes in a bit hopeful, Edmond soon tells her he wants a marriage of convenience – his name and title will make sure she’s never shunned in society and in return, she’ll be a mother for his daughters. He doesn’t even plan to consummate the marriage – his first wife died in childbirth and it’s something that haunts him terribly.

The only problem is, Edmond is struggling to contain his feelings for Adeline. He’s been attracted to her from the beginning and he’s also been celibate for a long time. He was profoundly affected by the death of his wife, who he loved and his feelings surrounding it are extremely complicated. Edmond is a Duke who had two daughters first, so there was always the obligation for his wife to provide the heir, something that ultimately cost her her life. Morbidity in childbirth was a very prevalent problem at this time and Edmond is incredibly determined never to place a woman in that position again. That means he must attempt to exert quite a lot of self control….

The interactions between Edmond and Adeline are so awesome – from their very first encounter when Adeline realises she’s in the wrong room. Even though they’re in darkness, there’s a very strong chemistry and that only grows the more interactions they have. Adeline also desires children and she wants a happy marriage. It might’ve come about by mistake, but she wants it to develop and grow and believes very much that the Duke is a man worth loving, if only he would cast off his guilt and self-loathing over the death of his wife. Edmond is pretty stubborn though and at times it’s not an easy path for Adeline.

Although not a choice Edmond would’ve made if he’d gone about securing the next Duchess in the usual way of lords and ladies, it’s soon very apparent that Adeline is exactly what Edmond and also his two daughters are in desperate need of. The way in which Adeline takes his two daughters under her wing and begins to bring back fun to their lives is truly wonderful and the growth of those two girls leaps off the page. As Edmond’s mother mentions, Edmond has been merely existing since the death of his wife and it’s definitely had an impact on his daughters and the household in general. Adeline could change that, if only he would let her….but first he must get over the fear that being with her will lead to her dying in childbirth. And that is not going to be an easy task for him, especially when things do end up getting a little complicated.

Throughout this story, the seeds are sewn for what will most likely be the next installment, featuring one of Adeline’s friends. That sounds just as awesome as this one was and I can’t wait for that book. Angsty historical romance can be so good when it’s done right and after this, I’m convinced that Stacy Reid knows how to do it right. I really enjoyed this. Bring on the next one.


Book #111 of 2016

One response to “Review: Accidentally Compromising The Duke by Stacy Reid

  1. […] adored the first book in this series, Accidentally Compromising The Duke and was super excited for this one because I thought it would be about the Marquis of Westfall. […]

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