Veteran author of Regency romances Sabrina Jeffries is returned with the third installment of her amusing Duke Dynasty series, Who Wants to Marry A Duke. I’m a sucker for a smart heroine, and Olivia Norley greater than suits the bill. While she’s extra interested by her chemistry experiments than attracting Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornwood, she sooner or later catches on and realizes there’s extra than one form of chemistry in the world.
Nearly a decade ago, Thorn and Olivia had been caught in a compromising situation, and he proposed marriage to keep face after being basically blackmailed into it with the aid of her mom. But Olivia stated no, because chemistry turned into her jam. She spent their time aside bolstering her mind with knowledge as opposed to the frivolous debutante info of her contemporaries, and Thorn spent his time becoming a well-known playwright below a nom de plume. Meanwhile, Thorn’s mom has been losing husbands, and it all stinks of arsenic poisoning. When Thorn’s brother hires Olivia to investigate, Thorn decides to tag along, as he’s nonetheless suspicious of her motives. It doesn’t take a genius to bet what occurs next.
Jeffries is an expert inside the Regency era. She does, after all, preserve a Ph.D. In English literature. (There’s a suitable primer on her website on the short duration of history that has sparked loads of years of fascination.) If you’re not acquainted with the Regency length, which lasted from 1811-1820, the most important component to recognize is that girls were predicted to be pretty, quiet and boring. The thing that makes all of Jeffries’ heroines stand out is that none of them are quiet and boring. Pretty? Often. But the women she writes are spirited, intelligent, devilish, brave, independent and politically and culturally savvy. They are real heroines; she-ros, if you will. And Olivia Norley is without a doubt a she-ro.