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The Duke Meets His Match

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Thanks to Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for a honest review. 

I approached this book with some hesitancy. I don’t read a lot of regency era things, but I am a fan of the arranged marriage troupe (enemies to lovers, etc.) so I decided to give it a try. 

I was a little disappointed by how much I didn’t care about the main characters. With the aforementioned troupes, I often find myself desperately willing the duo to get together… but I really just didn’t care how Susan and George felt about one another. I also realize this is a clean romance, so I probably shouldn’t have expected anything particularly spicy… still it felt somewhat lacking without it. 

Overall, the writing wasn’t terrible per-say, but it was by no means exciting or thought provoking prose. The story was pretty predictable. It was just ok. 

My favorite thing about the book might be the cover, honestly.
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I loved every minute of this book! I love how they have to like each other even though they don’t and how they grow to love each other. This book is good the last drop. When you finish you will be wanting more.
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Thank you NetGalley for this ARC. This was entertaining and had what I was looking for when I first read the blurb, however felt like it was missing something and I was looking for it throughout the book. Despite this, I am up for reading other stuff from this author if she decides to release anything else.
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The first few chapters in this book were somewhat difficult to get through, due to the poor grammar and/or editing. I pushed through, however, and after a while, it seemed to improve dramatically.
While the story failed to completely capture my attention, and I found the characters slightly shallow and underdeveloped, I did end up enjoying the story. The sweet ending pushed it from a 3 star read to a 3.5.

(I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.)
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This was a highly entertaining read. It is a historical fiction novel set in the Regency Era. The two main characters are Susan and George.

Susan is what most would consider a spinster and she does not mind that title… too much. She enjoys reading and spending time with her sibling and NOT being the center of attention.

George is a duke. He is ALWAYS the center of attention, whether he wants to be or not. And he has a predicament: he needs to avoid the marriage the Prince Regent is trying to force on him as a “reward” for his services to the Crown.

Susan and George first met about a year prior to the events of the main portion of the book. And those circumstances were not the most pleasant. Each was left with feeling that the other was terribly rude. In her mind, Susan called George His Loftiness. And in counterpart, George called Susan The Harpy.

When George is face to face with the Prince Regent and asked why he cannot marry the foreign princess the prince has chosen, George blurts out that he is already engaged. And when pressed for a name, he names Susan.

So now both George and Susan are a bit trapped. They do not want to be together but they also don’t want to anger the Prince Regent too much. So they come to an agreement. They will marry within the fortnight as the Prince Regent requires.

As you can assume from the way in which these two first met, they have their struggles with each other. And both need to learn to communicate with the other in ways that neither were ready for. Their futures are not entirely their own, but they both want to make the most of it.

Overall, this was an entertaining novel where the interactions between the two main characters were filled with so much tension. That tension building and resolving and cycling through this is part of what makes this book intriguing.
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I thought I'd posted my review on this when I read this months ago. A clean story of how Susan and George moved from disliking each other to respecting each other and onto love. Recommend this.
Thanks Netgalley
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Although taking place across maybe a fortnight at most, this was an absolutely delightful slow burn fall in love story between the duke and his match.

She had fire, but she used it in such a powerful way.  Her fire never made her seem petulant.  She never behaved like she was trying to prove anything to anyone.  She was simply herself. 

The George and Susan shared an honesty with each other that was so refreshing.  There are misunderstandings, but never between each other.  Same page, every step of the way.  I loved him as much as I loved her.
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Karen Tuft has written quite the fun, entertaining and delightful read in her The Duke Meets his Match. Five stars.
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I enjoyed this sweet and clean Regency romance.  It was fun to follow George and Susan’s path to finding their happily ever after.  I loved the dialogue between them, and the way they changed their opinions about each other, They went from barely tolerating each other to becoming partners that pulled together seamlessly in a difficult situation.  The author did a great job of adding in all the little details of regency society and dress that formed a perfect setting for this story.  I’m hoping there’s more wonderful Regency stories to come from this author.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.
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Karen Tuft has delivered up a fun book.  I liked the characters, I liked the story line.  All in all, it's definitely worth your time!
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I had a few reservations about this novel at first, especially when the Americanisms started to get to me, It proved to be one of those stories that improved once you got into it. Susan is unsual as an older heroine, and honestly, I prefer novels in which the hero and heroine are older or not that physically attractive. I absolutely hate this trope of "I can't love him because he's old and ugly". 

Aside from that it was a fairly standard frenemies to love story, or misundersood lovers. Two people who got off on the wrong foot and misjudged each other learning that they were wrong and growing into love. Vague shades of Pride and Prejudice. 

I've never read anything by this author before, but I would certainly consider her work in future. Perhaps not one of my "go to" Regency authors Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd and Carolyn Miller but still very good. 

Thankyuou to Covenant Communications for approving my request to view this title. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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I liked that Susan wasn't a flowering 18 year old but a spinster at 30.  I love that these two first meet by accident. and hate each other.  I'm all about a good enemies to lovers book! I really enjoyed the characters in the story and their development.

I would definitely recommend to a friend!

Thank you netgalley for the ARC
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Susan Jennings isn't your typical regency protagonist. For one, she is firmly on the shelf at age 30. It's refreshing to see a well-written character above the age of 20 in a regency novel. Most of the time you read about girls who have seen a season or two and think they will never find love. Susan isn't like that, she is content with her situation knowing that her family will never force her to marry if she cannot respect the gentleman. 

Her life completely changes where her "fairy godmother," Lady Walmsley, takes her to London, gives her a makeover (to highlight what was already there), and helps her gain confidence not only in her intelligence but in her inner and outer beauty. 

Despite learning his heir is a criminal, George Kendell, Duke of Aylesham feels no need or pressure to marry-until Prinny decides to reward him for his actions for the crown. Unwilling to marry Prinny's choice, George names the first woman that pops into his head as his fiance, Susan Jennings.  Too bad that they hate each other. 

From enemies to engaged, George and Susan must learn to make the best of their situation by getting to know one another, proving you can't judge a book by its cover. This book is filled with plenty of familiar faces and a few new ones creating a story you won't want to miss.
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What a lovely little gem!  I got an ARC in exchange for my honest review but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), it got buried in my Kindle.  I came across it cleaning up my library.  It was a wonderful read on an icky January day!

I enjoyed Susan's character as she evaluated the world and her place in it.  It brought an interesting bit of contemplation to the story as I was reading it.
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The Duke of Ashylman is in a tight spot and needs to find  Bride. Susan Jennings is 30 and considered a spinster.  These two first mert by accident. and you can feel the dislike they have for one another. I really enjoyed the characters in this story.  This is such a great read.

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With a nod to Cinderella and a slight much ado about nothing feel, this story was so good. 
This story felt a little lighter than some of Karen's more recent novels, but still contained the growth of characters that she does so well. 
The end felt a little weak, compared to how much I loved the rest of the book. It was a little cheesy in parts, but a good cheesy. It didn't diminish how much I enjoyed the rest of the book though, I literally didn't want to put the book down!
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I love when I have a book I want to read and I have that inkling that it’s going to be a good one and I probably won’t want to put it down. And it’s even better when I’m able to enjoy it all in one sitting. And let me tell you, that was this book and me yesterday! I enjoyed every minute being immersed in this delightful story.

If you like stories that start with some funny and slightly awkward moments, this one has a pretty great first meeting between the two main characters. Talk about starting off on the wrong foot, a little pride mixed in and bam...awkward! Then flash forward to the next meeting between those two and you’ve got an entertaining start to a relationship.

George and Susan were both great characters and I loved reading about their backstories and seeing their differences and similarities.

The awkward moments and the shake your head moments, and the want to tell a few characters what to do moments, were plentiful. But all those moments combined together wove such a fun story.

The secondary characters added so many fun aspects to the story. I absolutely ADORED Susan’s aunt. Oh my heavens!!! She cracked me up so much! I want to be just like her someday.

With all the humorous and awkward moments there were just as many swoony and heart thumping moments. *Happy Sigh* I seriously loved George and Susan. They didn’t have a perfect relationship and they had to work at making their friendship and more grow and develop. And I loved that. I loved that they talked and that they listened and heard each other. Love, Love, Love!!! And those kisses...super swoony! 

If you’re looking for a fun Regency story with sweet romance, some suspense, many laughs and plenty of interactions with the royal family pick up a copy and dive in. But clear your schedules so you can do like I did and read it in one sitting!

Content: Clean.

I received a copy from the publisher, Covenant Communications, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!
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This book was a delight to read and I enjoyed the enemies to marriage progression. Susan and George's initial impressions of each other are less than impressive, but still impressionable.  The banter between the two main characters is witty, and I love how Susan stands up for herself throughout the book.  I also enjoyed the bit of history in this story with Prince George and the background during the War woven into the story and how the upper class took part in the war.  Lady Wamsley plays the delightful "fairy godmother" to Susan, and the natural progression of emotions of Susan and George from 'enemies' to friends to lovers.  Highly recommend!

Thank you NetGalley and Covenant Communications for an eARC. This is my honest review.
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This is the first book by Karen Tuft that I've read. I was immediately immersed in the store and it kept my attention all the way through. Will definitely pick up more books by her.

Susan is getting up there in age and still isn't married. Along comes this Duke and, due to a few issues, we have us a humourous tale with sharp wit, sass, and flirtations. Anyone who likes regency era romances will love this unique tale from Karen.
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I recommend this book because it's such an excellent read and you'll find yourself snickering and even laughing outright!
I love this new to me author. I enjoyed this book very much! The characters are wonderful and easy to make friends with. Their easy and fun banter will make you want to keep turning the pages to see what happens next!
I'm telling y'all! This author has added a little bit of everything to keep you entertained. 
I finished this book in one day. I didn't want to say goodbye.
I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.
This sweet story deserves more than 5 stars! 
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
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