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A DUCHESS IN NAME
The Grantham Girls #1
Releasing on January 18, 2016.
Victoria Carson never expected love. An American heiress and graduate of Lady Grantham's finishing school, she's been groomed since birth to marry an English title—the grander the better. So when the man chosen for her, the forbidding Earl of Dunnley, seems to hate her on sight, she understands that it can't matter. Love can have no place in this arrangement.
Andrew Hargrave has little use for his title and even less for his cold, disinterested parents. Determined to make his own way, he's devoted to his life in Italy working as an archaeologist. Until the collapse of his family's fortune drags him back to England to a marriage he never wanted and a woman he doesn't care to know.
Wild attraction is an unwanted complication for them both, though it forms the most fragile of bonds. Their marriage of convenience isn't so intolerable after all—but it may not be enough when the deception that bound them is finally revealed.
It's been a while since I've read a historical romance, but this book was well worth the wait. I loved getting the story from both Victoria's and Andrew's perspectives. Neither one of them was expecting to feel any sort of emotion toward the other, so imagine how surprised they were to discover they actually do like each other. Going into the marriage was only supposed to be about money and aristocratic titles, but they manage to have a healthy respect for each other, as well as loyalty, even during the bad times. Their friends are great side characters that add to the story in a positive way.f
Now, this isn't to say that their marriage all of a sudden fell into a state of bliss soon after their meeting, because it damn sure didn't, but the fact that Victoria took charge and pretty much laid down the law to Andrew was impressive. You'll find yourself cheering for her as the story goes on.
I really enjoyed this book and I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.
Amanda Weaver has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.
A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.