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How to Forget a Duke

(Misadventures in Matchmaking #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  858 ratings  ·  132 reviews
The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with the client. A simple thing to remember...unless you’re a matchmaker with amnesia.

The Duke of Rydstrom needs a wife. Preferably one with a large fortune and a complete lack of curiosity. The last thing he needs is a meddling matchmaker determined to dig up his dark family secrets.

All Jacinda wants is to fin
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Published May 29th 2018 by Avon
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Bambi Unbridled

How to Forget a Duke is the first installment of Vivienne Lorret's new series, Misadventure in Matchmaking. The series focuses around three sisters and their indulgent uncle, who allows the girls to run the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. Just take a gander at that beautiful cover - it totally sucked me right in and had me wanting to read this story.

Our hero of this first installment is Crispin Montague, fifth Duke of Rydstrom. First of all - that is a GREAT name. I just loved it. Unfortunately, Cris
Addie H
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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(Tropes: Arranged Marriage (or attempts at), Opposites Attract, Enemies to Lovers, Unstarched (hero)

It's hard not to love a heroine, when caught snooping in the middle of the night at the hero's home, has no shame in pretending she is exactly where she is meant to be.

-“What a pleasant surprise. I was afraid I’d have to wait here for hours before you awakened.”

- "I will not excuse you, Miss Bourne. You are trespassing in my home, disguised as a servant, and—”
“Aren’t we all servants to one anothe
The whole story was far-fetched. On top of that, amnesia stories are not my favorite. The amnesia was the catalyst for Jacinda and Crispin to spend time together because with the way these two irritated each other they wouldn't have done it willingly. Although more plausible reasons than amnesia could have been employed.

The romance was a hard sell for me. For most of the book they did not get along. None of their conversations were witty or endearing. They were opposites but not in an opposites
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crispin Montague, the fifth Duke of Rydstrom, is in need of a rich bride who's fortune will help repair his ancestral home. Miss Jacinda Bourne is one of three sisters who operate the Bourne Matrimonial Agency under her uncle's name. Crispin, instead of searching for a wife himself, applies to the agency. Jacinda takes his application and, based on the questions she asked him, knows Rydstrom is hiding something. If she is to find him a bride, then she will have to discover his secret. "In Jacind ...more
Jen Davis
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read a few different books from Vivienne Lorret now, and I have enjoyed them enough that I did not hesitate to pick this one up. It follows the story of a professional matchmaker who inadvertently falls in love with the man who has hired her.

That premise could’ve made it very trite. So too could the second major trope thrown in. The heroine gets amnesia. Though that is an eye-roller for some folks, it did not bother me here. I did have a few issues, but that wasn’t one of them.

I guess, fo
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't think I've disliked many heroines more than Jacinda. If this is what I can expect from the rest of the series' leading ladies, I'll pass.
Elley Murray
How to Forget a Duke is the first in an excellent new series by Vivienne Lorret called Misadventures in Matchmaking. Who doesn't love an opposites attract, enemies to lovers Regency romance? (Answer: Nobody. And if they don't, they're wrong.)

Jacinda is wonderfully wild, messy, impulsive, fiercely intelligent, and also has a big heart and enough curiosity to kill a cat. Jacinda is that best friend you wind up sitting in jail with going "Well that was fun, but maybe we shouldn't have done it..." I
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this one. The story sounded great and I did really like Rydstrom's character, his household staff, and his sister but it was the heroine, Jacinda, who ruined the book for me. I found her totally unlikeable. She wasn't just headstrong or independent, rather she came across as nosy and meddling simply to satisfy her own whims more so than out of a desire to really help others. She would make the appearance of saying she was poking her nose where it doesn't belong because sh ...more
Jessica Grogan
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely adored this title and can not wait for the next in the series!!

I am not the biggest fan of memory loss books but somehow Ms. Lorret made this one work.

Crispin was my favorite type of hero; grumbly, hiding his emotions, but unable to allow anyone he cares about to be hurt. His attempts to not care made the moments he let his emotions show even sweeter.

I really liked Jacinda, too, even if I felt she was being a bit of an idiot by refusing to rest. Her extreme nosiness kind of blew m
Lover of Romance
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It has been forever it seems since I have picked up a Lorret romance and I had forgotten how swoony her books are and they are so easy to get into. I have been in the mood for historical audiobooks lately, And I grabbed this one up from the library since I hadn’t read it yet and its the first book in her latest series “Misadventures in Matchmaking” which is about three sisters who start a matchmaking business together along with their uncle.

The Duke of Rydstrom is looking for a wife to help fill
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacinda Bourne work with her sisters and their uncle at their matchmaking agency. She takes her role very seriously and ever since the Duke of Rydstrom marched into her office, she's convinced he's hiding something and intend to discover what it is before she can find him his perfect match.

Crispin Montague needs to marry for money. And he must keeps a secret to protect someone. What he doesn't need is the busybody Miss Bourne prying in his affairs, but not even an amnesia phase after waking up o
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crispin is the Duke of Rydstrom and he is in need of a wife in order to be given a gift of £4000 by his aunt who thinks it's high time he married. He desperately needs the money even though he doesn't want a wife. Rather than go to the trouble of finding a wife himself, he decides to use London's only matchmaking service, The Bourne Matrimonial Agency.

Jacinda Bourne helps her sisters to run the agency, although everybody believes that it is run by their uncle who happily puts his name behind th
Oh how I love a story that starts with a ‘forbidden’ promise: the matchmakers of the Bourne Matrimonial Agency have a rule –NO falling in love with the clientele – even one as lusciously intriguing as Crispin, Duke of Rydstrom, now a client in need of a wife with a large dowry and no desire to share space, air or even a residence with him. Curious as to the why, and sure that there is something major (and potentially devastating) that he is hiding, unwilling to answer some of the most ‘basic’ pe ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the book and I loved the last chapter and the epilogue. Both of them were very sweet and they almost made my teeth hurt. I wish we had seen this side of Crispin long before we reached that point, but I can understand why we didn't. He was so closed off because he was trying to protect Sybil and help restore the castle to its former glory. Jacinda is another story altogether. She is not a very good person and she admits that. Personally, I didn't think that was true because I liked her, b ...more
Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Plot/Storyline: 📖 📖 📖
Feels: 🦋🦋🦋
Romance: 💞💞
Emotional Depth: 💔💔
Sexual Tension: ⚡️⚡️
Sensuality: 🔥🔥
Sex Scene Length: 🍆🍆🍆

This book would probably be loved by anyone who is not me. But I just couldn’t love it because there were some major downsides that overall drove me insane.

I read this hoping for a forced proximity trope. And technically it is, but it’s also very much not because though they happened to be on the same house, they were hardly ever together. Their not-togetherness w
Jacinda is one of three sisters that run a Matrimonial Agency with their uncle. Their number 1 rule is to never fall in love with their patrons. Jacinda knows this will never be a problem. She loves matchmaking and is good at finding out allllll the information about her patrons to make sure they get the best matches. When the Duke of Rydstrom needs a wife, she just knows he's hiding something. She can't match him without knowing any secrets he's hiding.

Crispin desperately needs a wife...and mon
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I’m not usually a fan of amnesia stories but this worked for me. I loved the characters. But the real reason this got 5 stars from me is three things. First, even though Crispin had an unsavory past it was never thrown in your face. Second is that he had been celibate for 4 years (I like a celibate hero even if it’s only a short amount of time. I hate it when the hero jumps out of another women’s bed into love with the h.). And the third reason I gave this 5 stars was the H ne ...more
This was just okay. I wasn’t crazy about either of the main characters and amnesia stories aren’t my favorite thing, but I liked the idea of the sisters’ matchmaking agency. I would give the other books in this series a try, since those seem maybe more my style.
• I was worried going into this one because a lot of people in their reviews disliked Jacinda for being nosy - but she is very clearly modelled after Emma Woodhouse, which just shows me that those people have not read the novel in question. Despite my initial misgivings, this book was absolutely lovely. Jacinda snoops because she's wary of secrets since her father kept a family on the side and her mother died of a broken heart. And Crispin was a sweetheart, really. I also loved that this is set ...more
Sophie Barnes
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vivienne Lorret's print debut is the perfect blend of deep emotion, compelling characters and the sort of romance that goes straight to the reader's heart.

When Society matchmaker, Jacinda Bourne, takes on the task of finding a wife for the Duke of Rydstrom, she soon suspects that the handsome and infuriatingly gruff aristocrat must have something to hide. Why else would he require an heiress with a large fortune to her name and insist she have no interest in sharing the same residence as him? De
Liz Clappin
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
There was really nothing redeeming about this book. The characters weren't very interesting, all the secrets were out of the bag too early, the chemistry was lackluster, and even the conflicts folded like a house of cards. Large portions of it just dragged and I struggled to finish at times. Most of all can we stop rehashing Jane Austen? Its been done well once or twice, but I was over it in the 90s. Really getting stale now. Tell a new story.
FV Angela
Going to DNF. Not a big fan of the heroine and couldn't make it past the first couple of chapters.
Pam P
Sep 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Omg shut up!

that heroine is the stupidest most conniving idiot ever. I don't want her to find love, I want someone to tell her to shut the hell up.
Morgan- Nothing Better Than a Book
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a story about three sisters who run a matchmaking agency, and need to find an heiress for a duke to marry. Jacinda feels as though he is hiding something, so she sets off to investigate. In the process, she loses her memory and is not longer allowed to travel. This means she is stuck living in his house. There is lots of forced proximity, hate to love, and slow burn in this romance.

There is also a side character who is mute. I really enjoyed getting to know this character, as she had a
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. There are many funny interactions between Jacinda and Crispin, the Duke of Rydstrom. He is (now) stuffy and staid after feeling guilty for potentially causing his parents to argue on the day they died in a storm on the cliffs by Rydstrom Hall. (Apparently Crispin was quite the rakish hellion in his youth) Unfortunately Rydstrom Hall is falling apart and he needs to find an heiress to marry quickly. He contracts with the Bourne matchmaking agency in London which is where h ...more
Dishari Sinha
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jacinda & Crispin, are two opposite people. Jacinda is curious wherein Crispin is a man of honour. Crispin has a secret that Jacinda wants to unravel. But before doing so, she herself lost her memory in an accident. The fire they denied at first sight, consumed them, when they started to live under a roof. The twist in their love story came as his Aunt. But, She herself is a nice person, though she seems to be a haughty person at the beginning. A sweet & sour love story, that I really loved read ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful story about a matchmaker who lost her memory, but not her personality, and a Duke who thinks he wants anyone but her. Loved it!
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Enchanting :)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars. Very well written, but I didn't love the heroine and I thought it was a tad too long. Loved the hero, though! Will definitely read the rest of the series!
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USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of series including the Wallflower Weddings, the Rakes of Fallow Hal, the Season’s Original, the Misadventures in Matchmaking, and the MATING HABITS OF SCOUNDRELS. For more information on her books, please sign up for her newsletter @ ...more

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