The Rigid Duke by Darcy Burke

The Rigid Duke (Matchmaking Chronicles #1)

Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: Matchmaking Chronicles
Publication Date: 3/8/22
Period: Regency
Number of Pages: 156

This short book was a nice introduction to a new series and I’m looking forward to the next books in the series. While the book was short, it told a complete story and didn’t make you feel as if you’d missed something. The characters were all interesting and I’ll be interested to see which of them, if any, continue to be featured in future books.

Mrs. Juno Langton has made quite a successful life for herself since being widowed. As a highly sought-after refinement tutor, she can pick and choose her clients. Her current student is Lady Marina – who is totally disinterested in the marriage mart and lessons from Juno. Juno is very happy to learn they’ve been invited to a house party where Lady Marina will have the opportunity to be matched with a duke. Now, if Marina’s disinterest doesn’t discourage him, Juno will have another successful debutante launch to her credit.

Alexander Brett, Duke of Warrington, is definitely rigid in all things. He’s dour, curmudgeonly, taciturn, and … well – you’d have a hard time finding anyone more rigid and less inclined to find himself in a crowd of any kind – especially a house party. Yet, that is exactly where he is.

Will there be a match between Lady Marina and the Duke? Well, there are certainly no sparks flying, but many marriages are based on less. But, there is Lady Marina’s companion. She ignites all sorts of feelings just by being in the same room with him. A duke absolutely cannot marry a lady’s paid companion – or can he?

I hope you’ll give this book a read. The characters are interesting and the story is well-told, so I’m sure you can’t help but love it.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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