Title: What To Do With A Duke
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Genre: Historical Romance
Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…
Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…
With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…
USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie writes funny, sexy romances set in her favorite time period (other than the present): Regency England. Her novella, “The Duchess of Love,” was a 2013 RITA® finalist, and two of her books—The Naked King and Bedding Lord Ned—made ALA Booklist’s top ten romances for their respective years. Many of her books are available in audio format, and her stories have been translated into Czech, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Sally graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in the first class of women. She’s a Cornell Law School dropout, former federal regulation writer, recovering parent volunteer, mother of four grown sons, and middle-of-the-lane Masters swimmer. She loves to travel, especially to England to research historic sites and hike through—and frequently get lost in—the English countryside.
This beginning to a new series, Spinster House by Sally MacKenzie, is a delightful, witty read. The heroine, Miss Isabelle Catherine (Cat) Hutting, at the age of 25 is “on the shelf” (a spinster) and Marcus, the Duke of Hart, the hero is cursed.
Cat just needs some peace and quiet away from her 10 siblings and parents to write her novel. As luck would have it, there is an opening at the Spinster House. She can live there and put all the nonsense of her marrying behind her. But she has to be approved as a resident by the only man that has ever impressed her, Marcus, the Duke of Hart.
Marcus, has left London under a cloud after one lady tried to trap him into marriage. He is not ready to marry – since he has been “cursed”. The curse, placed on the Hard dukedom, cites that no duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. Unfortunately for Marcus, he would like to have a family, but he has seen the curse come true over several generations. You see, only true love can break the curse and Marcus doesn’t believe in true love. After meeting the feisty Cat, he may just change his mind.
I love the Regency romances where the heroine is not your typical woman of the period. Cat is feisty and has a mind of her own. The characters are great and believable. You get romance with just the right amount a humor. Excellent read and highly recommended for the fans of historical romance.