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Along Came a Duke by Elizabeth Boyle
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Jul 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, appealing-characteristic-story, historical, part-of-a-series, romance, 2014
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Tabitha Timmons is one of the cursed-ladies of Kempton. Anyone who marries a Kempton lass will soon perish. Except that this plot point really doesn't have to do much with the story except as a convenient reason that Tabby (as the hero calls her) is unmarried at 25. Being a vicar's daughter isn't enough? This is really my biggest quibble with the book. Why bring up something so juicy and gothic if you're not going to use it? Will it come into play later in the series?
Anyway, Tabby doesn't especially want to get married. She sees it as a sort of servitude and she's already treated as such, why would she want to trade herself into something even more permanent.
The Duke of Preston is in agreement with Tabby. Why marry? Just because he's ruined five women already this season? Not a reason. However, when he's introduced to Tabby, he's intrigued by her outspokenness. She doesn't know that he's a duke so she doesn't mince her words.
However, when a substantial inheritance rests on Tabby's getting married within a few weeks, her family scares up a fiance. Too bad she doesn't like him as much as she likes Preston...
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