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The Perfect Duchess

(The Macalisters #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  146 reviews
After his fiancée elopes with a footman, Andrew Macalister, the brooding Duke of Bradstone, is hesitant to trust any woman ever again. It is only fitting that the woman to melt his heart is Lady Clara Masson, the social outcast twin sister of the woman who jilted him!

When Clara's life is threatened, Andrew does the only thing he can think of to protect her: proposes marri
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Erica Taylor
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Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
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This is my first book by the Erica Taylor. The writing was pleasant with no jarring anachronisms. My issues with this book were the blandness of the main characters, their wildly fluctuating mood swings and a couple of holes in the plotline. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't great.

This was a free copy provided by NetGalley.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Perfect Duchess was a delightful romance with charming characters and a romance I couldn't help but root for.

When Lady Clara Masson sneaks out to attend the annual Macalister birthday ball, she knew her brother would be upset but she never imagined how far he would go to punish her. The one bright spot of the ordeal was that Clara was able to reconnect with Andrew Macalister, a friend from childhood and the man her twin sister abandoned at the altar five years ago to elope with a footman. Af
Nov 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley.

Andrew, the Duke of Bradstone, rescues his childhood friend Lady Clara, as she is being insulted publicly at his birthday ball. He was once engaged to her twin sister Christina, but she eloped with a footman rather than marry him. Andrew proceeds to dance with Lady Clara twice and takes her to supper, which leads to gossip and to Clara's brother disowning her.

DNF at 17% (after skimming from 11%). I try very hard not to give up on n
Lucy Banks
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ooh what a saucy Duke!

I always like it when you get romance books where the female isn't a complete wet blanket, unable to act without a man to prop her up. True, in the Regency period women probably were rather reliant on men (boo), but that's no reason for authors not to create the occasional feisty female, eh?

Clara, the protagonist in this book, is certainly strong and fierce, and I liked her from the start. Shunned from polite society, she takes matters into her own hands, attending an event
J. W. Garrett
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” –Ann Landers

This is book 2 in The Macalisters series and follows book 1: A Suitable Affair: [Lady Susanna Mccalister’s story]. Book two is a stand-a-lone and although I had not read book 1 [something I will correct] I was able to enjoy book 2 with no problems. I only
Barbara Rogers
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iblog, netgalley
Series: The MacAlisters #2
Publication Date: 4/17/18

This author has certainly gotten off to an impressive start as a writer. This is her second book and both have been excellent. While it is part of a series, you could certainly read it as a stand-alone. Frankly, I would recommend reading this as the first book in the series and then go back and read the first one. I have no idea what makes authors and publishers decide on the order of books in a series, but, in my humble opinion, this should hav
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free ARC from Netgalley.

Yay, a new historical romance! Or not...

This story is overly dramatic enough to cause multiple eye rolls. There is shocking domestic violence. I finished this but have no desire to read it again. I had high expectations from the cover.

I thought that there was a confusing amount of characters. The treatment of the heroine wasn't consistent.

She sneaks to a ball (no details as to how she arrived), dances, yet is given the cut direct by most. Then she is verball
Elena Love
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
*I received this book for free through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*

The Perfect Duchess follows the story of Andrew, a Duke who dislikes anything that has to do with social gatherings, especially the ball that is organized every year for his birthday. Nobody sees him for who he truly is and he must do what is expected of him, in order to keep up appearances. So, when he is seen courting Clara, a social pariah, rumors start circulating about t
This is a solid Regency romance. At times, the writing reminded me of some of my favorite historical romance novels with the constant intertwining of the gossip rags within the narrative.

Lady Clara has been in love with the Duke of Bradstone since she was a girl. Through a cruel twist of fate, he mistakes her twin sister for her and ends up being coerced into a courtship and an ill-fated engagement with Clara's sister. After a couple of tragic events, Clara and Andrew are reunited at his birthd
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely charmed...

... by this story of love, angst, betrayals and murder!
Lady Clara Masson has been emotionally abused by her brother for far too long. Ever since her twin sister eloped rather than marry the Duke of Bradstone, Andrew Macalister.
Deciding to attend the Duke's masked ball some years later, Clara finds herself shunned by polite society, banned from Almanac's and generally looked down upon. The rumors spread about her are diabolical.
Andrew has been half in love with Clara since h
vaneeta naik
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
" The Perfect Duchess " is the first book of Erica which i ve read .. it was good . i liked it .. i am passionate about d reading Historical romances & particularly stories set in Regency era so dis book worked for me...

The book introduces Andrew - the Duke of Bradstone & his childhood friend Lady Clara who is abused by her brother for her money ... Andrew was engaged to Clara"s twin sister Christina who had jilted him at d altar ... bcoz of Clara's evil, cruel brother's false gossip about Clara
Shawna  Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
I love historical romances and was very intrigued by the premises of The Perfect Duchess. what I found when I opened the book was an enjoyable read interwoven with a interesting mystery.

One of my favorite things about the book is the Macalister family. From the Duke, to his siblings and their extended family, this is one formidable family that you would want on your side. This family has been through some very difficult times in their life, but no matter there differences they love each other a
Mari's Struggle is Real
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
How many tries does it take to get Duke of Bradstone married? 3

Andrew was the second son, but after his father and older brother pass on, he inherits the dukedom. He stonewalls himself after this happens. He goes from being the second son to being flocked by people that only want the power and prestige that comes with being associated with a duke. Andrew was fond of Clara, so I don’t understand why he would let himself be arm twisted into proposing to her twin sister instead of Clara.

I have t
Tracy Emro
2.5 rounded up

I liked the "idea" of this book, but it just didn't really work for me in the end.

Lady Clara and Andrew Macalister, Duke of Bradstone have a history, once upon a time Andrew was friends with her brother Jonathan, Earl of Morton and he was engaged to her twin sister Christina. But when Christina jilts him and Clara is sent to the country to let the scandal die down, they lost touch. Now five years later, Clara is back - but she is no longer welcomed by the ton.

Rumors abound about
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel was a good read. The novel continues with another Macalister trying to get down the isle. Lady Clara Masson has loved Andrew Macalister, Duke of Bradstone, since she was a girl. When he was engaged to marry her sister, it broken her heart. But, her sister left Andrew at the alter. Rumors began to spread about Clara, mainly due to her brother's influence. Clara has hated by her brother and felt abandoned by her family. One night, she disobeys her brother to attend Andrew's birthday cel ...more
Dora Okeyo
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love reading Regency romance and when I saw that this was set in 1811, I couldn't help but wish for it.
This book brings the heat. It has the scandal, drama, mystery, fashion, gossip, love and most of all it has the Bradstones! Well, what do you get when you have a handsome, rich and titled man who goes after a lady that is the talk of ton? The Duke, Andrew Bradstone, sees Lady Clara across the hall at his birthday ball and he approaches her and the way he showers her with his attention gets e
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to say I love the Macalister family and the way each of them stand out in their own way. I can't tell you how many times I thought I would love to read so and so's story (Luke!). Andrew and Clara's relationship was a bit whiplash like. I understand she had issues with trust but she really seemed strong one second and then wimpy the next over it. The book received a three rating from me because of the length. It could have been a bit shorter and it would have helped with the f ...more
Lux Lindsay
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read the first few chapters then skimmed a few. I read to finish just to see how everything and everyone fare in the end.

The vitriol of the despicable secondary character, Jonathan, is staggering. He became the be-all and end-all of the story!

Conflict and resolution are the components of my fictional romance. I appreciate the suspense/mystery element. But utterly loathsome characters which became the focus of the narrative is disconcerting. They exist in other genres but should not be in my r
Jan 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was excited to read this book and was very intrigued by the summary. The story was well written and I loved seeing the Macalister siblings interact. Unfortunately I did not finish the book completely, as the romance did not stay clean. I just couldn't force myself to finish, although the story had my attention.

I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect Duchess is the second book in the Macalisters series by Erica Taylor. It can easily be read as a standalone story.

Lady Clara Masson hasn't had an easy time of it for the last 5 years since her twin sister jilted a Duke at the altar to run off with a footman. Thanks to that scandal and the lies spread about her by her brother Jonathon, aided by the fact she stayed in the country so long, Clara is looked down upon by society. Being a Lady she is still entitled to attend social function
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Perfect Duchess by Erica Taylor is book Two in The Macalisters Series. This is the story of Andrew Macalister and Lady Clara Masson. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book.
Andrew and Clara knew each other since they were young and Andrew had been on track to marry her twin sister but that sister ended up walking away to marry the footman. Later her sister died along with her father leaving her under her awful brother's control. Andrew and Clara reconnected with
Candace N
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erica Taylor weaves a completely mesmerizing story. I couldn’t put this book down. There is an abundance of characters and it wasn’t confusing in the least. It was easy to follow and they were all very captivating. Lady Clara is a strong and likeable heroine. Andrew is exactly what I love in a hero. The story flowed nicely and it only had one small hole at the end. The hole did not detract from the story at all though. It was all very well done. What I really loved is how completely unpredictabl ...more
Lori Quick
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Erica Taylor that I have read. I really enjoyed The Perfect Duchess and look forward to reading future books from this author. This book has kidnapping, attempted murder, blackmail, abuse, second chance at love, family loyalty, romance and much more. I am happy I am given an advance reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book! ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
So I was given this in exchange for an honest review and I just cannot read it. I was actually really disappointed. I just finished A suitable Affair which is listed as book 1 in this series but really it shouldn’t be. I couldn’t figure out some parts of the story because it seemed like we were missing a story before this one and I was right. The author for some reason made book 2 set before book 1. I just don’t like reading books out of timeline order. So I won’t be reading this one. I definite ...more
~Book Reviews by Trish~
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

About: Andrew Macalister, oft regarded as the Stone Duke of Bradstone, hates his annual birthday ball tradition. He dislikes facing those around him who only see him for his title, and has given up on a chance to live a normal life. That is, until he spots Lady Clara Masson across the ballroom. Clara's twin sister is the woman who infamously jilted Andrew at the altar five years ago, but little does Clara know, Andrew had been smitten with h
Amanda Richardson
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The Perfect Duchess,” by Erica Taylor was a very lovely story, with likable main characters and interesting side characters to boot. Andrew, the Duke of Bradstone, is calm, cold and steady – and also known as the Stone Duke. It is pretty much a ruse, he was a second son who should never have inherited the dukedom and he sometimes doesn’t feel up to the task of being a duke.

Lady Clara had known Andrew since she was a young child, he was a friend of her older brother, and had a childish crush on
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Erica Taylor has managed to pack so much into one story. Lady Clara Masson has always loved Andrew, the Duke of Bradstone and has done since his childhood friendship with her brother Johnathan. However, several years have passed and Clara’s sister has vanished, her younger brother away at sea for several years and she has become a pariah in society, largely due to the rumours circulated by Johnathan. This becomes apparent to Andrew, when at ball held by his family that he finds himse ...more
Duke of Dreams

So I was offer the chance to read this book first, through NetGalley
It’s actually my first book by this author and I was not deceived
This is a Historical Romance Novel Based out of London in the high society of the time.
This Story is about Andrew Macalister and Clara Masson

Andrew Macalister, often regarded as the Stone Duke of Bradstone. He dislikes facing those around him who only see him for his title, and has given up on a chance to live a normal life. That is, until he spots La
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely little romance about a young woman, Lady Clara, whose life isn’t as wonderful as all that. She lives with her ogre of a brother and isn’t invited many places as she has a slightly tarnished reputation, although not as a result of anything she has ACTUALLY done. Clara attends a huge party one evening, against her older brother’s wishes, and runs into the party’s host, Andrew, who is now a Duke, but as children, he was her friend.
This meeting turns into an evening that is filled w
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Erica Taylor is a mother of two and military wife married to her high school sweetheart. Raised in the mountains of Colorado, she holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado. Erica has been writing stories since she can remember, picked up her first romance novel while on a beach vacation as a teenager, and fell in love with falling in love, with sexy heroes and the feisty women who chal

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