Wednesday, November 13, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- The Duke's Bride by Erica Ridley


From a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author:
Single father and confirmed bachelor Jack Skeffington is the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring, yet unable to control his rambunctious ten-year-old twins. What he needs is a stern, experienced, no-nonsense governess. What he gets is his business partner’s untouchable sister, whose delectable body Jack yearns to pull close.
Mademoiselle Désirée le Duc cannot wait to return to France and regain her lost vineyard. But to do so, she must repay crippling debt. Determined to buy freedom, she accepts temporary employment from an Englishman with a wicked smile and a big… wine cellar. His kisses taste like heaven and his arms feel like home. How can she choose between two families separated by the sea?

What a sweet, charming, fun story. 
 Désirée was someone that I really liked. She was so talented and I enjoyed her "inventions".  She was not only smart but funny, semi-wild and she tries so hard to improve the lives of those around her.  She also loves from a big heart.  I can also see why so many people adored her.  She might not feel like she belonged anywhere but so many people around her would disagree. 
Jack never stood a chance when it came to Désirée.  Her beauty called to him but as he got to know her, he found he enjoyed so much more about her.  Jack was a character all on his own too.  He has a wicked sense of humor and a very other side of the law "job".  He also loves his children with all that is in him and that is shown time and again.  "Family first" is more than just a motto to him.  And it's something that both of the main characters live.
Jack's children, Annie and Frederick don't want a governess.  But it doesn't take long for Désirée to charm them and encourage them to grow.  She has a unique way of teaching them and it works.  The close relationship between Annie and Désirée has it's own funny moments.
I liked how the story ended and that it includes a good Epilogue.

'' I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

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