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Yours Truly, The Duke

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I enjoyed reading Yours Truly, The Duke by Amelia Grey.  The characters are wonderful!  Happy Reading!
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**
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Yours Truly, The Duke by Amelia Grey is a delightful historical romance novel that follows the story of the Duke of Wycliffe, who is looking for a wife to help him run his estate, and Miss Elizabeth Ashburton, a young woman who is determined to marry for love rather than convenience.

Amelia Grey does an excellent job of creating a vivid and engaging world, transporting readers back to Regency-era England. The characters are also well-developed, with the Duke being a particularly strong and charismatic protagonist who is both charming and vulnerable.

The plot is well-structured, with plenty of romantic tension and unexpected twists that keep readers engaged. The romance between the Duke and Miss Ashburton is also well-written, with a slow-burn build-up that is both satisfying and heart-warming.

Overall, Yours Truly, The Duke is an excellent read that is sure to appeal to fans of historical romance. The book is well-written, with a charming and engaging plot and strong characters that readers will love. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a delightful and romantic read.
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A well written story of a marriage of convenience.  It was captivating and a great escape read. 
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Fredericka is struggling with her newish position as guardian for her dead sister's three children. She is trying so hard to make them be perfect little people she is not allowing them to be children. She has a barrel of guilt over her sister's death and that is coloring all of her decisions. She has no one to turn to for help or guidance. Well, she has a cousin, Jane, but they have always been at odds. Now with Jane trying to take the children the divide between her and Jane is growing at record speeds.

Wyatt, a Duke now for 10 years, is a 28 year old who is simply clueless. He has barrel of guilt from his past. Clueless about...people, what he wants from life, women, how to talk to and interact with women, how relationships work, and most importantly- how to be a husband.

It was frustrating seeing Fredericka and Wyatt interact. They each had their agendas and never worked together, ernestly, toward any goal. Wyat gave lip service to helping Fredericka in her struggle to keep the children. Fredericka was determined NOT to inconvenience or get in Wyatt's way. They barely interact and when they do there is usaully an arguement. Very frustrating. They don't talk TO each other, open up, share or view thier life as a partnership...regardless of it being a marriage of convenienve.

Wyatt's friends, also dukes, are funny, but each has their own peculiarities and they are also a bit clueless. Their interactions with Wyatt are some of the funniest in the story, but that's not saying much. It will be interesting to see how each of them handle their journey to a HEA.

The children are lovely. While they are struggling to find their new normal adter losing their parents, they cling to each other brilliantly. Their governess/nanny is not, in my opinion, a very capable woman. She seems to be napping or reading when she should be attending to the children.

The final confrontation before the grand gesture was wrenching for me, but I know it had to happen that way for the grand gesture and ultimate coming together to happen. The total lack of due-diligence on the part of the Lord Chancellor made me angry, especially when he was always spouting off abput the best for the children. In the end, Jane pleasantly surprised me and I hope the relationship can start over.

I was excited for this story and was left feeling...blah. I hope more dimension and depth are given to Hurst and Rick in their stories. I hope we will see Wyatt and Fredericka Get some time in the rest of the series and have some of the depth and dimension they deserve.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Yours Truly, The Duke by Amelia Grey is a sweet, nice and clean Regency romance.
Fredericka and Wyatt agreed on a marriage of convenience, he in order to secure his inheritance, she to gain guardianship of her late sister’s children. But they got more than they were bargaining for, because they found love, family and trust. It’s a new beginning for them all.
Each chapter starts with poetry from The Lady’s Book of Flowers and Poetry (1859) which is a nice touch.
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Heart racing, action packed and emotionally thrilling roller coaster adventure filled with exciting charters, witty banter, thrilling twists and undeniable passion. An edge of your seat adventure from beginning to end and so hard to put down.
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This was terrible.

Aside from the lack of any sex scene (I was least expecting the romance that leads up to that moment, and got nothing), the characters suck. They are not interesting or good people. They are not even flawed in a way that can be deemed acceptable.

I do not foresee myself recommending titles by this author to my patrons who enjoy a good romance.
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I liked the story and yet there were parts I didn't. The children were great but Wyatt and Fredericka always misunderstood each other. That part felt forced. The attraction between the two was very nicely woven in. There were tiny things mentioned through the story that could have been major parts of a plot, but they were just sporadically brought up and never investigated. (migraines and mistress) The ending didn't sit well with me at all. Besides the fact that Jane just came in constantly and never showed the respect due to a duchess, her ending actions wouldn't have been allowed. The idea of the story was really good, just some of the actions didn't make sense. Thank you for the advanced copy of the book to read!
(Dec 29, 2022)
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I "truly" wanted to adore Yours Truly, the Duke and found myself captivated the first half of the novel. The attraction between the Duke and Fredericka was tense but his love for her was shining through. However; I had to DNF this book at seventy percent because I couldn't take the miscommunication and random plot twists that occurred. I look forward to trying another Amelia Grey novel however.
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3 Need to Marry Stars
This takes the tried and true story of two people needing to marry, not for love but due to extenuating circumstances. Our gal has three children she is in charge of and loves dearly. Unfortunately, there is a childless relative that wants to take the children away from her. The only way to hold onto these children is to marry.

She finds a fella and he helps with her plan and off the story goes...except falling for each other was never the plan.
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Cute marriage-of-convenience Regency romance. I enjoyed all the characters (most of the time), the storyline, and the romance. 3.75 stars

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor or expectation.
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This was a great historical story. It hits all the points necessary for a historical romance. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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A lovely regency romance following the vein of the marriage of convenience trope. Three adorable children add mischief and fun. All that was missing was a cute little dog. Wyatt and Fredericka have chemistry right from the beginning but their interactions unpredictably alternate between flirting and arguing. However, they agree on the important thing; gaining custody of Fredericka's nieces and nephew. 
I wasn't totally convinced by the custody storyline. Fredericka was the children's aunt whereas Jane was just a cousin. Also, I found it odd that a Duke's household wouldn't have maids, a housekeeper or a butler to notice a neglectful governess or when the children were doing something they ought not to.
However, it was a cute story and I liked watching Fredericka and Wyatt's relationship develop and flourish. This is a series I will look forward to reading more of as it's published.
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The book opens with Wyatt and his two friends trying to compose a letter of proposal to our FMC, Fredericka. Immediately, we are shown how Wyatt views relationships and marriage and given a glimpse into the complexity of his background. Then we jump to Fredericka’s POV and begin to see everything she’s facing raising her sister’s three children, fighting her cousin for custody, and dealing with guilt and grief over her sister’s death. She and Wyatt agree to enter into a marriage of convenience, he gets his inheritance, she gets a title and husband to help her in her fight for custody. 

I really liked the premise. A marriage of convenience is one of my fave historical romance tropes, and I had high hopes for this one. I loved the interactions between Wyatt, Rick, and Hurst. I’m thinking they’ll be getting their own books which I’m excited for! I felt that Wyatt & Fredericka had good chemistry, and I liked that neither of them pulled away from it too much, and instead leaned into it in some ways. The kids were adorable and their personalities were fleshed out well. They are each suffering from grief and worry over their futures and that came across very well on page. 

What I didn’t like, was Fredericka. She and Wyatt had two very different parenting styles. I get that Fred felt she had to be perfect to retain custody, but it frustrated me so much that anytime Wyatt did something with/for the kids she thought it wasn’t proper or right and immediately devolved into an argument or them avoiding each other. Now, I’m not saying everything Wyatt did was great, ghost stories with a 5 yr old? Not the best decision, but it’s also not the end of the world like Fred made it out to be. There was a lot going on with Fred, she had a lot of pressure she was facing and many internal struggles, but I just could not get past this issue with the kids appearing perfect! It bothered me so much!! Wyatt questioning everything he ever did for her because she was always upset was just annoying. I mean, he spent an afternoon making a pillow fort with the kids and listening to them tell him fairy stories and that’s somehow improper and inappropriate behavior?! In what world?! The ending was also very rushed and predictable. Unfortunately, this wasn’t my favorite book from the author. 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the complimentary arc. All opinions are my own.
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I really enjoy this authors romances! I really enjoyed this marriage of convince between Fredricka and Wyatt. The kids were also so adorable! Fredricka needs a husband, fast! Wyatt needs a wife to collet his codicil….seems like a perfect solution to marry one another without love! Fredricka is also trying to gain permanent custody of her nieces and nephew. She wants to live in the country with the children while having Wyatt stay in on London. But these two get to know one another…and Wyatt get closer to the children. I loved the slow burn between the two. I thought it was a really sweet romance.
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This is the first book in Amelia Grey's new series, and it was an ok read for me. The story has a few tropes that I always enjoy, especially the marriage of convenience and the opposites-attract romance. Plus, the kids are adorable! I didn't love the romance as much as some of the other aspects of the story, like Wyatt's friend group, and Fredericka's relationship, and Wyatt's growing relationship, with the children.

The love story between Wyatt and Fredericka didn't quite hit the mark for me. They have a lot to overcome, and there were times when they both frustrated me with their miscommunication and failed attempts to understand each other. I almost think they were too different. I found Wyatt to be immature, and it was hard to get invested in his character. Fredericka, on the other hand, was a bit too strict, which made it challenging to connect with her. Fredericka is very disciplined and straight-laced, while Wyatt is a rake and very carefree. He has a lot of growing up to do to fill the role of husband and father, and their parenting philosophies were so different. There were times when they complemented each other well, but the chemistry wasn't quite there for me. It's definitely a slow-building and burning, closed-door love story.
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If the Duke of Wyatthaven wants to claim his inheritance from his grandmother, he will need to marry within 7 days.  At the same time Miss Fredericka Hale has been raising her sister's three children for the past year after their parents were killed in a crash, but now a childless, married cousin is petitioning the court for custody of Elise, Charles and Bella.  Neither of these two want to be married but they realize that a marriage would help each of them out.  Fredericka can stay in the country with the children while Wyatt stays in London doing what he usually does.

When the petition of the children is not dismissed after their wedding, and then Fredericka's cousin Jane Tomkin threatens her, she has no choice but to take the children to London and look for her husband.  Once they arrive the fun begins.  It seems that the Duke has been longing for his wife and seeing her brings everything out in the open.  It turns out that this marriage may not be in name only.  Wyatt decides he wants to do whatever he can to make his new wife happy and finds a way to make sure the children stay with them.  Now that Fredericka's in his life, Wyatt is going to make sure that stays permanent so they can have the happy ending that neither of them realized they even wanted.

I really enjoyed this sweet, marriage of convenience story.  Neither Wyatt or Fredericka wanted to get married but in the end it worked.  I really enjoyed the kids.  They added such a fun, laugh out loud sense to the story.  Overall this was a very fun read and I can't wait for the next in the series.
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This is the first installment in a new historical romance trilogy. It has marriage-of-convenience, instant-attraction, and forced-proximity.

This book follows Fredericka, an aunt-turned-mother to her orphaned nieces and nephew, and Wyatt, a Duke living a rake lifestyle while using tournaments to raise money for the hospital he started with his friends. Both are riddled by regret from their past, which are put to the test when they suddenly get married— Wyatt to be able to receive his inheritance and Fredericka to keep custody of her kids.

But what was started as a marriage of convenience with them living separate lives soon turns into the new couple living together as Fredericka’s cousin refuses to give up her claim on the children.
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I have been meaning to read Amelia Grey for years and what a perfect place to start with her first novel in her new series! Yours Truly, The Duke is the first installment in the Say I Do trilogy which is to focus on Dukes who must wed in order to gain their wealth. Amelia Grey's writing has a blend of lightness and humor which give this marriage of convenience story a charm and creates the perfect moments of banter and growth between the hero and heroine. This story is sweet, has family at its center and a slow burn romance. This romance is fairly low angst and really about the journey of two people entering into a marriage in order to gain something they need. The romantic plot slowly builds as the hero and heroine learn to work together and respect each other especially around the aspects of parenting. I found this to be a nice introduction to Amelia Grey's writing style. If you have never read her before her style feels very similar to Jane Ashford and Ella Quinn to me. Her writing is soft and sweet, the story pacing has a gentle ease that focuses on character development, and the romance has a very low steam level. So if you are looking for a novel with very light steam, a simple romance that focuses on family, this novel is one you should check out.
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Wyatt has a quick marriage to meet the terms of his grandmother's will. He wants his inheritance from her. Fredricka needs a husband, or she will lose her sister's children. It seems like an ideal situation where both sides are winning. Fredricka knows what it feels like to be an orphan and will do anything to keep her sister's children. However, Jane, her sister's friend, is barren. She cannot have her own children, so she has decided to make a better parent for Fredricka's sister's kids. However, when Fredricka marries Wyatt, she is convinced his title will save her from the suit and save her from losing the kids, but Jane is still pursuing the case. She wants the kids.  Wyatt thought that once he got married, he could do what he wanted, but he promised to help Fredricka save the kids, so he's a man of his word! 
I loved the characters' dynamics, and it was very well written. I have not read anything by this author before, but I enjoyed her writing style! Thank you, St. Martins Press and Netgalley, for the extraordinary opportunity to read and review this one!
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