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How to Marry a Duke

(How To #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,369 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

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Paperback, 396 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Forever (first published January 1st 2011)
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The beginning of this book was pleasant, but that was about all. I felt that the attraction between the hero and heroine was a bit ham-handed and abrupt. I also became very nervous when the author whipped out a competition and elimination a la The Bachelor. I am definitely not a fan of things like that.

But somehow I forgot my concerns as I got more and more into the story. Tristan and Tessa had a great dynamic together and I had a blast giggling over some of their interactions. The bride comp
♡Karlyn P♡
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
This one surprised me. I only read/listened to it because had it on their $5 sale, but I ended up really enjoying much more than I thought. I mean, come on, a historical spoof of the TV show 'The Bachelor'? Really? OK, it was a stretch -- a big stretch, in fact -- but regardless I found myself sucked into the story and routing for the H/h.

I think what really worked for me is how much I liked the lead hero and heroine, as well as some of the secondary characters. The H/h had great ch
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Bachelor, HR w/a Mix of Humor & Emotion
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"4.5 stars" Debut author Vicky Dreiling started off the new year with a bang for me with her first novel, How to Marry a Duke. In it, she created two likable and relatively complex characters with whom I enjoyed taking a journey to true love and happiness. Her historical spoof of the reality TV show, The Bachelor, was cute. It gave the story some lighthearted moments with a few of the courtship elements being laugh-out-loud funny. Yet it wasn't all fun and games. There was also a nice mix
Sep 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
May possibly be the most unoriginal historical romance I've read all year.

And if the heroine is richer than God, unmarried at 26 and enjoys her independence, why does everyone and their mother have to be all in her business?

Also a rake by name with no examples shown and just mentioned, is no rake at all.
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book kept me up all night reading. I both love and hate that! lol

But this is a different take on an Historical Romance. Any Bachelor fans out there? This book takes the Bachelor back to Regency England and throws in some fun twists. I'm actually not a fan at all of the TV show. So why on earth would I read a book based on said show? Let me tell you a little story. Everyone I know who has read this has loved it! My friend Catherine's review for fictionvixen is what had me picking it up ( )
I sa
2.5 out of 5
There are some situations and dialogue in this book that are implausible during this era, but I didn't let it bother me. The plot is slow and dragged on a bit. I first noticed the slow pacing when I was on chapter 8 out of 23. It usually doesn't bode well for a book when I notice its slow pacing this early. I almost didn't finish the book, but I just had to know how it ended for the H/h. The hero's speech towards the end of the book was a little cheesy and fan fiction-like. I woul
I finished this yesterday, and while I enjoyed it then, I can't remember much about it today. This is actually kind of disturbing to me, because I thought it was a pretty good book.

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne, wants/needs a wife. He even has a list of requirements for one. Voluptuous, graceful, intelligent, etc. And while it seems too clinical to most of you, it's not far from the truth to today's arranged marriages. Anyway, he doesn't exactly think that he should marry for love,
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Tristan Gatewick, Duke of Shelbourne
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Tessa drank in his features, committing them to memory- his black tousled hair, thick brows, perfect nose, and square jaw, freshly shaven, leaving only a hint of his heavy beard. Most of all she wanted to remember his brilliant blue eyes and the many times he'd gazed so intently at her.

I'm a very visual person for those who haven't been able to t
Jen Davis
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a sweet and feel-good Regency Romance, this is the right book for you. How to Marry a Duke is a little light in the sex department, but it's so fast-moving and entertaining that I barely had a chance to want for more.

Tristan is a duke looking for a wife. And he'll settle for nothing less than a suitable match. He wants a woman with intelligence, wit, breeding and fire. And the longer he searches, the clearer it is becoming that such a woman is hard to find. When he
This was very funny historical romance, I laughed so many times and vas very engaged in the story. I would have rated it 5 stars but I really do not like the bachelor theme and I like more steamy romance books with deeper feelings between the characters but this was a fresh light HR romance that many will like.
The first book in Vicky Dreiling's How To Series.

Light and entertaining. I felt like I was watching the reality show The Bachelor except it was set in the Regency era. I recommend it to anyone who loves a fun historical romance novel.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was full of wit and chemistry! Realistic? No. Entertaining? Definitely.
Jess the Romanceaholic
I received this book free from the publisher through the Goodreads "First Reads" contest.

A very enjoyable, easy read from debut author Vicky Dreiling.

Since this is an ARC, I will do my best to avoid spoilers, including in my shelf tags, so please keep in mind that this book would be categorized in at least three extra shelves than are listed (and yes, it's killing me to do that because I know I'll forget to come back after the novel has been released and fix them) :P

What worked for
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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I picked this book up with really no expectations. I liked the cover and the blurb seemed pretty interesting. But I was so pleasantly surprised with the storyline! This book was by no means a boring historical romance, it had some humor, some intrigue, gossiping tongues, an untamable (or so he thought) rake and a woman who thought she should give up on finding happiness for herself but wanted to find it for everyone else.

I think the best way to tell you about the sto
Jan Crow
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
By Vicky Dreiling

Tristan James Gatewick, the Duke of Shelbourne, has been declared England’s most sought-after bachelor in England. He’s postponed finding a bride for several years and now finds that he should expedite his marrying. But, how to choose from so many women who weren’t quite what he wanted for a wife. His requirements are not odd – graceful, dutiful, modest and have decorum. She should be over 21, never married and of noble birth. So, attending
Aug 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was a headache to get through. There was potential in the first few pages, but the fact that physical attraction was what made these two so drawn to each other initially just made it your typical hohum bodice ripper.

Still, I kept my hopes up, but any chance of it redeeming itself went down the drain once a Bachelor-esque setup happened. "Is this really happening?" I asked myself. Unfortunately, it really was.

Things just spiralled downward from this point. The characters don't
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tristan, Duke of Shelbourne, has decided it is time to leave his youth behind and get a wife and take his duties as Duke seriously. He has many requirements but wants a woman, not some young debutante girl. When he accidentally steps on a fan and meets the lovely gaze of a woman, he is smitten. But when he learns her identity as a matchmaker who has declared that she will never marry, Tristan decides to hire Tessa. Tessa enjoys her matchmaking business as she helps the painfully shy and overlook ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have come to realize that the best books I've ever read were purchased on impulse, and this one is at the top. I was frankly STUNNED at how good this début book was. I started to read in the afternoon, and read it through the night, and early morning. I just could not part ways with it. The above blurb does not do it justice.

Our Hero meets our Heroine on page 4 by stepping on and crushing her fan. That scene was written so well, that it took me into that ballroom with it! From that point on,
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: 4.95 // Action: 2 / Emotion: 5 / Romance: 5 / Sensuous: 3 / Intrigue: 4 / Regency Flavor: 5 // Humor: 13 / Tears: 9

Vicky Dreiling accomplished strong emotional engagement with her debut novel, How To Marry A Duke , the first book in The 'How To' Trilogy. Although the depth of emotional angst suffered by Tristan James Gatewick, the Duke of Shelbourne was tame compared to many other heros starring in other books, it was very realistic to see why he would eschew marriage after watc
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Ok, so once again it's not Grand Literature, but hey!, my brain is scarcely working due to the rude awakenings I've fallen victim to (3 or 4 times a night, might I add, and every night on top of that!...) since my barely 4 years old has started suffering from nightmares. I needed something light and entertaining to read while every night I sit in bed with her, waiting for her to fall asleep. I've found it! Even though my brain is not working at it's usual speed due to fatigue (LOL, is someone go ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
I had the opportunity to meet Vicky at the Dreamin in Dallas writers’ convention. She told me the premise of her book and I was intrigued so I bought it. I had no idea how wonderful of a story was hiding under the steamy cover. I wish I had picked it up to read long ago.

The “bachelor” theme within the book was a little odd at first but I think she was able to form it to the time period very nicely. I was looking forward to what the next test/meeting would be. I fell in love with Tessa, th
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Historical romance is one of my guiltiest pleasures and I can't believe how wonderfully Vicky Dreiling combined modern storytelling with a well thought out story. I must admit that I have watched the Bachelor and found the little bits and pieces a charming jab at the show. Also, there influences of the Millionaire Matchmaker in there somewhat as well. So, by now you can tell I am a reality show junky.

The two romantic leads of this smartly written romance will have you yelling and scr
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-at-all
I only got about 100 pages in and I for some reason lost interest. I think it was because the last book I read was a 5-star awesome book, and I probably should have waited a few days before starting another... But this book, How to Marry a Duke, was written well, I can see how many like this book, but the Bachelore tv show theme wasn't working for me. I didn't feel chemistry btwn Tessa and Tristan either. For some reason, I had in my head that Tessa was frumpy and unappealing, going by the descr ...more
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I liked it. Nothing very new but the plot was ok. That aside I have to say...the writing...oh god! It was horrible. Conversations that did nothing but bring more words to count and sentences that do not flow. More like stagger. Sheeesh.
Tory Michaels
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
::sniffle:: The marriage proposal. Oh sheesh.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-romance
Very cute book. Predictable but a quick read. I adored the proposal. It was one of the best I have read!
Sameen Hasan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Somehow the girl annoyed me!
GENRE: Historical Romance
SETTING: Regency England
HERO: Tristan Gatewick, Duke of Shelbourne
HEROINE: Tessa Mansfield

OVERALL RANKING: 4 out of 5 Stars

For full review: http://feministfairytalereviews.blogs...

"How to Marry a Duke" is Vicky Dreiling's debut historical romance and, in my opinion, she does an amazing job right out of the gate. As mentioned in the summary above, this is the story of Tristan, Duke of Shelbourne, who is in desperate need of a wife. He has exacting qu
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Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname h ...more

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