Summary from Goodreads
‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’
When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.
His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
When a girl meets a Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…
Tell us a little bit about The Duchess Deal.
After being wounded in battle, the Duke of Ashbury came home to a broken engagement and a painful recovery from his injuries. He’s left with monstrous scars, both inside and out. He’d prefer to hide from the world, but he needs to marry and father an heir. When Emma Gladstone, a vicars daughter turned struggling seamstress shows up in a dazzling white gown, demanding payment for his ex-fiance’s abandoned wedding dress, Ash decides she’ll do for a bride. They agree on an impersonal arrangement, but of course it quickly becomes much more!
If the Duchess Deal were to ever hit the big screen who would be the ideal actor to play Emma Gladstone and the Duke if Ashbury?
I needed to ask for a bit of help on this one. Readers suggested Jenna Coleman for Emma, and let’s go with Tom Hardy for Ash. He’s gruff, he’s sexy, and he’s adorable with animals.
Who was your favourite character to write? Why?
Aside from Ash and Emma, who are givens, I loved writing Khan, the Duke of Ashbury’s long suffering butler. He had a dry wit and a soft spot for the heroine.
Favourite quote from the book?
Here in the US, we’ve had a tumultuous few years, in terms of politics. Perhaps a few Brits have noticed? J In particular, it’s been both a tough and transformative time for American women, from the Women’s March to the #metoo movement. The phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted” has become a feminist rallying cry. I was determined to work it into the book, and I did!
The description of a garish wedding gown as “unicorn vomit” also seems to be a reader favorite.
What are you currently reading?
A few books on my “to-read-SOON” list:
· Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren
· The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
· It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian