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Yours Truly, The Duke was an enjoyable marriage of convenience romance between a duke and a woman caring for her deceased sister’s children.

The Duke of Wyatthaven needs a wife by week's end to receive a sizable inheritance and Fredericka Hale perfectly fits his needs. She's lovely, intelligent, and has no desire to move to the city. Fredericka needs a husband in order to retain custody of her deceased sister’s three young children after a cousin has petitioned the court for custody. Prepared to lead separate lives, Wyatt and Fredericka marry and promptly go back to their former lives. But when circumstances force Fredericka to show up at the duke's door, their marriage of convenience becomes a whole lot more complicated.

The premise of Yours Truly, The Duke sounded fun and I loved the opening scene of the book where Wyatt writes his proposal to Fredericka with his friends while drunk. The scene was so outlandish and each letter the trio wrote was more ridiculous than the last. It was a great way to set up the marriage of convenience trope and I was immediately pulled in as I wanted to see how everything would play out.

Wyatt and Fredericka's first meeting doesn't go well as she believes he's joking about the proposal but once that is cleared up, the pair marry quickly. Not long after the wedding, Fredericka and the children rush to London due to threats Fredericka receives surrounding her custody of the children. I liked the friendship of sorts that the two develop although I did have a harder time buying into a romantic connection between the two. Their interactions were pleasant but I never really felt they moved beyond that in their relationship. I did like how the plot surrounding custody of the kids played out and was happy with the ending of the book.

Overall Yours Truly, The Duke was still an entertaining read despite the issues I had with the romance and I will definitely be picking up the sequel, Sincerely, The Duke, when it releases.

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I really loved this book. It's a marriage of convience, but of course there are feelings that get involved. I thought the romance was sweet and well paced. I would definately recommend this book to a friend.

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This made me cry!!!! UGHHHH I loved Fredericka, Wyatt, and the children. Plus, a good marriage of convience is always a fun one!

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I enjoyed this book despite how frustrating it was at times. Fredericka was too strict and tightly wound. She was quick to anger all the time when it came to Wyatt and Jane actually. I liked her at first but as the book wore on she got more and more frustrating and unlikable. She took the simplest things and turned them into these big arguments for no reason. And I disliked how Wyatt always backed down even when he was in the right. But eventually he got through to her and in that he learned he had some ghosts to banish. I did love the chemistry between Wyatt and Fredericka. Their relationship was contentious a lot of the time but there were good moments as well. I also loved seeing each of them with the children. Bella was my favorite and made me laugh a lot. I also appreciate the epilogue that cleared some things up when it came to Jane and Angela and how they treated Fredericka when they were children. All and all, this was a good book and I’m excited to read Rick’s book next.

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Fredericka and Wyatt agree to get married because it's needed - Fredericka wants to keep her dead sister's children and Wyatt wants to keep an inheritance. I enjoyed the story of them getting to know each other and working out their differing views on marriage, life, parenting and poetry. I thought Fredericka was annoying at times, but she usually apologized and did seem to change. I liked Wyatt throughout. Also, the children were cute. I will watch for other books in this series.

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This story was a thrill to read. Fredericka and Wyatt were thrown together for obligations and duty but stayed together for love. I thought Fredericka cousin was dead wrong for trying take her family from her due to jealousy. I hope to read more in this series

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I was not a fan of this one. I felt like some of the language used did not make sense and took me out of the historical setting. I did like the romance, but the language was distracting to me and took away from the overall story.

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Amelia Grey is a talented storyteller. I have enjoyed every one of her books that that I have read and this one, the first in a new series, has not disappointed. The series is about a trio of dukes, friends from Eton, who have a sporting club, the Brass Deck, which they use to fund a hospital for veterans of the Napoleonic War.

The Duke of Wyatthaven has just found out that his grandmother, dead now twenty years, had a codicil in her will, that he was to be informed on the twentieth anniversary of her death that if he was not married he had 7 days to do so, or lose his inheritance from her. He has had no interest in marriage and has a reputation as a rake, because he believe he would not make a good husband and he did not need the inheritance, but he did not want it to go to The London Society of Poetry instead. He has a hatred of poetry thanks to a horrible teacher at Eton, who tortured his charges if they did not recite perfectly selected poems. He feels guilty about his friend, Grant Fenway, who was punished when Wyatt was the one who failed the memorization, but as the son of a duke the teacher punished his friend instead, destroying the boy's right hand. His lawyer recommended that he propose to Miss Fredericka Hale, who also has a need to marry to keep guardianship of her dead sister's children. A marriage of convenience for two people, who will live separate lives. But when they meet there is something there they both chose to ignore. However, when Fredericka's cousin threaten's to take the children away from her, she goes to London to seek Wyatt's help. Then they find that they make a great team and family. Wonderful story and delightful characters.

I read an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.com. this is my unbiased and voluntary review.

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I had mixed emotions about this one. It's my first by Amelia Grey, and I didn't know quite what to expect. I liked the premise of a marriage of convenience, and the added factor of Fredericka's guardianship of her sister's 3 young children. I liked the characters, aside from the extra-villainous villain of the piece. I enjoyed watching Fredericka and Wyatt get to know each other and watching their mutual attraction grow. As usual, 95% of the conflict between the two of them is caused by a lack of communication, of assuming each other's actions are based on one thing when in fact it's something entirely different. This is nothing new - it seems like 95% of the relationship conflict in most romance books could be cured by a little communication. It's what I've come to expect after years of reading romances. My one issue with this book was that sometimes the language was far too modern for the time - and while I don't want my authors using Jane Austen's writing style in 2023, I also don't really like TOO much modern language, phrases, etc creeping into my book that's set in the 19th century. It jarring, and it takes me right out of the story. There were bits where I wondered if the final editing might fix some of that, since I was reading an advance copy. Hopefully it did, because overall I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book in the series.
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

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This is my first time reading this author....half way through and I started to wonder if it was written by an AI bot. Some weird terminology and interactions that don't feel quite human....like who calls a library "the book room". I've never seen that in a historical romanace.

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Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. I was unfamiliar with the author, but the premise of the story sounded good. The poetry at the beginning of each chapter introduced each section with a non sequitur. Honestly, I could not figure out how they related to the subsequent chapters. It wasn’t until I reached the end and read the author’s note that I understood they were excerpts from The Lady’s Book of Flowers and Poetry, published in 1859. It would be helpful if the author mentioned that at the beginning. Now, I understand the reason for them, but I didn’t much enjoy them. I say this as someone who enjoys poetry.

This is the story of a marriage of convenience between a duke, Wyatt, who wants to secure his inheritance and a woman, Fredericka, who wants to ensure she can be the guardian of her deceased sister’s children. Reading about the evolution of their relationship was engaging and, at times, enlightening. I loved the interactions with Elise, Charles, and Bella, Fredericka’s sister’s children. Wyatt and Fredericka often misunderstand one another and have arguments, especially about issues regarding the children. During one, Wyatt tells her, “We are both wayward souls that can’t find peace. I am searching for redemption and you are looking for validation… Neither of us have exorcised our ghosts from the past. There may be no hope for either of us until we do.” As luck would have it, sharing their pasts with one another is just what they need to exorcise those ghosts.

There were a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors, which I hope were corrected prior to publication. I’m not deducting stars for it, but if I read a final copy and find as many as I did in this uncorrected proof, I will. I mean, one of the errors referenced Fredericka’s beautiful blue eyes when we’d already been told multiple times she had golden-brown eyes.

The reason this doesn’t earn five stars from me is because I didn’t actually feel the emotions of the characters. The writing is fine, but it could have been better. In fact, there is a perfect opportunity to convey a greater depth of feeling when Fredericka encounters a heartbreaking setback, but instead of delving into that, the author ended the chapter and moved on to the next scene. I realize the Brits aren’t supposed to demonstrate emotions too much, but when we’re in a character’s head, we should be privy to what they’re really feeling. To me, it was just, "Meh, that’s sad. Oh, well." I should have been as upset and infuriated as I was told Fredericka was. The problem is that I was told and not shown.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and I’m glad to have read it, but there are so many good books out there. This one won’t make it to my list of favorites, nor am I inclined to read it again. I’m not saying don’t read it. It was fun. It’s not outstanding.

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Fredericka must marry as soon as possible to continue caring for her deceased sister's three children. The Duke of Wyatthaven must marry because if not, he will forfeit his grandmother's inheritance. They agree to marry, but this marriage of convenience quickly develops into a love match where neither party wants to give in first. It was an entertaining Regency romance.

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This was a fabulous book. It was enjoyable and had wonderful pacing. I would read this author again. I would recommend this book to others.

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This author did a great job with he characters Wyatt and Frederickca as both not wanting to marry by finding they have no choice. As they both have obligations that will require them to find a spouse. What has been giving Frederick as name by his lawyer and will fit his needs perfectly and he shows up on her doorstep to propose and she accepts especially if it will protect act he nieces and nephew from her cousin. Both agree to live separate lives that is until danger comes to Frederick as door step and needs the Dukes help. Wyatt is throwing a ball for one of his friends sister when Frederickca shows up to his London house in announced and see's her husband dancing in the arms of another women. Sparks f!y between the pair but have to work together in order to save her sisters children from her cousin. Great read.V

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This was enjoyable and I liked the kids a lot as well. And maybe the rest of the series will be enjoyable

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I kept reading in the hopes that this would get better, but this book just left me feeling disappointed. Fredericka was so controlling of the kids, that they didn't have any personality. She had "responsibility" for them but actually took no responsibility for what they were doing. So, for someone who was supposedly fighting for these kids, I didn't see any of it. Wyatt was fine but also had no depth. It being a closed-door romance also didn't help convince me that this marriage of convenience changed into love.

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This is a great start to a new series. I thought Fredricka and Wyatt's story was wonderful. Their story is unique and filled with romance and humor with a little suspense woven throughout. The three kids are a hoot and I love them. Looking forward to the next one.

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I really liked this one! The characters were great, and I liked the ending. Overall, I would definitely recommend!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.

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This was my first Amelia Grey book, and I had a hard time getting into it. There were some cute moments, especially involving the children and some frustrating moments of miscommunication between Fredericka and Wyatt.
I truly wanted to like this one more than I did.
It felt like there was so much potential with this story. However, it just never really lived up to it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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4/5 stars, honestly a great introduction to historical romance for me

Thank you to St.Martins Press for the arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Before this book, I had never read any book that was labeled as historical romance, though I had read historical fiction books with hints of romance in it. But historical romance is really such a unique genre, it has such specific tropes that this book was just scratching the surface of the possibilities. Since romance is new to me, and I had held my own perceptions of it before reading, I also held certain perceptions about this genre as well. While there was just a bit more I was hoping for from this book, I think it was a really great introduction and does genuinely make me want to check out more of this genre

The romance trope in this book was one of my favorites, which I definitely think helped my enjoyment of everything, the mixture of slight enemies to lovers as well as fake dating/marriage of convenience was lovely to see in such a setting. There was always loads of tension between the main characters, even if at times it felt a bit rushed when they were in close quarters with one another. If it had been a little longer I think there could've been more room for slower growth, which would have increased my enjoyment just a little bit.

In general, I enjoyed the main characters, but the main character did sometimes annoy me. She was the main source of miscommunication in my opinion. She was interesting and I do want to know if the rest of the series is going to focus on some of her other friends or the Duke's, but there were moments when she was a little bit annoying for me. Especially with the children, I understood they were living in "proper society" but completely not allowing them to play was a little bit too strict in my opinion, so I'm glad the Duke was trying to help with that.

[TW: infertility mentioned, death of parents mentioned, physical abuse]

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