Duchess by Mistake
by Cheryl Bolen
Series: House of Haverstock, #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Another of Cheryl Bolen's classic marriage-of-convenience stories
An innocent visit to the Duke of Aldridge's to request a donation for her war widows puts Lady Elizabeth Upton in the midst of a most shocking scandal. . .
The Duke of Aldridge offers for his best friend's sister, Lady Elizabeth Upton, after a mix-up sends her to his bedchamber—just as he's emerging from his bath. She most certainly does not want to force the duke's hand, but how can she bear the shame her scandalous behavior has cast upon her dear brother, the Marquess of Haverstock?
Once she agrees to marry her childhood heartthrob, Elizabeth realizes she wants nothing more than to win her husband's love. But capturing his heart is no easy task when former loves threaten to destroy the fragile bonds of their marriage.
When Lady Elizabeth is asked to help a war widow she goes to the Duke of Aldrige for help. Little does she know that is about to walk into her ruin. She sees that which she shouldn't, her brother's best friend in the nude. He also happens to be the man of her adolescent dreams.
The Duke of Aldridge has only two men he considers best friends and like brothers. The lady in question happens to be the sister of one and the sister-in-law of the other. He can't leave her to ruin. It also helps that she is not the little girl he remembers of her youth, but a gorgeous young woman with a caring though somewhat scarred heart.
Though married others from their past create huge problems. The Duke sees no way out of a situation and his choice could ruin his happiness. His sister or the love of his wife? Who should come above the other? When Lady Elizabeth's past comes to haunt her it could create more than jealousy which isn't needed from an out of sorts husband.
As the story evolves and the problems increase I truly didn't know what the outcome would be. It seemed everyone was against them, including themselves. Apparently neither had heard the philosophy of "The truth will set you free", rather they were being lead away like blind sheep by the wolves. I enjoyed the ending, but after such a great build up to the mess, it seemed the answer to correcting it came too smoothly and without any further interference. I'd love to have seen more take place to the fixing of the problems. I enjoyed the book and it wasn't a long read. It was a great way to spend a cold afternoon. I'll be looking for the author's other books in the future.
Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of over 20 romances, both historical and contemporary mystery. Many of her books have placed in contests, including the Daphne du Maurier (romantic suspense) and have been translated into ten languages. She was Notable New Author in 1999. In 2006 she won the Holt Medallion, Best Historical, and in 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards and she's had four other titles place in that competition. Her 2011 Christmas novella was named Best Novella in the Romance Through the Ages. She invites readers to www.CherylBolen.com, or her blog, www.cherylsregencyramblings.wordpress.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheryl-Bolen-Books/146842652076424.