Wednesday, March 16

Book Review: A Deal with the Rakish Duke by Sally Vixen

Author: Sally Vixen
Title: A Deal with the Rakish Duke
Genre: Historical Romance, Novella
Format: ebook
Published: December 16th 2021
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

Lady Eleanor is a spinster. A shameless, foxy spinster, who is terrified of the prospect of marriage. But there is one thing she absolutely must achieve this Season: find a suitable gentleman for her younger sister. And keep her away from rakes.

The gossip columns are wrong. Isaac Brown, the Duke of Gouldsmith, is not looking to get married. Infamous for his rakish ways, the secret to his heart lies in his past—a past no one can ever know. After he asks Eleanor for a dance, he never expected to make a devilish deal with her: pretend to be courting to escape gossip.

Eleanor knows rakes are only trouble. Trouble she must stay away from, if she wants to salvage her already damaged reputation. But as her lips touch Isaac's, her hatred turns into a blossoming love with no salvation...

I was drawn in by the cover and then the title fits one of my reading challenges! Count me in

We follow Lady Eleanor who is a spinster with a damaged reputation and never wants to marry. However, she has to help her sister find a suitable gentleman and keep away the rakes. Walks in Isaac Brown, the Duke of Gouldsmith, who is a rake and never wants to marry. He also has a secret from his past that no one can never know. He and Lady Eleanor make a devilish deal....pretend that he is courting her. This will help Eleanor and her sister get invites to certain balls they have been cut from and help him keep women off his back. However, things happen after a single kiss. 

This was short and cute. Gotta love the moment with fake romances when real feels come into play. Makes me always chuckle. Fake romances never work people! Real feels ALWAYS happens for at least one of the two folks. 

I liked Eleanor and her sister. They are very sweet girls. 

It took a minute for me to warm up to Isaac. He for sure plays the part of the rake and cad. It took a minute to see his walls down. 

Ooooo Caro. SMH. At first I felt bad for her because she seemed to really like Isaac, but then she does somethings that made me want to punch her.

This was a light read. The drama was there but easily solvable. 

Now, I will say it took me a minute to really get into the story. The first 25% dragged for me. The rest was really good so the drag/lull at the beginning was worth it in the end. I'm glad I didn't give up. 

I enjoyed this and I am curious when book 2 will be coming out. I believe book 2 is about Eleanor's sister. She deserves a HEA!!!! 

Overall, this was short and sweet. The beginning was a little rough for me, but once I was hooked...I was hooked. 3 stars from me. 

- #11 for Romance Reading Challenge - "Duke in the title"


Melliane said...

Too bad for the beginning but otherwise it looks nice!

Jen Twimom said...

Oh... fake relationship, a duke, a naughty spinster... sounds wonderful!

Carole Rae said...

Mel, yesss the rest was good tho!

Jen, so much fun!

Blodeuedd said...

Too bad about rhat beginning tho

Carole Rae said...

Yesss it was rough