How (Not) to Marry a Duke
by Felicia Kingsley
Narrated by Madeleine Leslay
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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 05 Dec 2022
Can romance and riches ever work out?
One minute, Jemma Pears is a struggling theatrical make-up artist in London. The next, she's been left a vast fortune by her estranged grandmother. However, there's a catch: she must marry a man with a title to inherit.
Jemma thinks this is truly impossible: she's a romantic, searching for true love, not just a convenient marriage... and besides, where would she even find a titled guy?
Enter Ashford, the new Duke of Burlingham. His legacy: massive debts that he must pay back immediately or risk the bank seizing his assets. Or worse: his mother's wrath!
When their lawyer hears of their situations, a secret match is made despite their mutual hatred of each other: by marrying Ashford, Jemma can inherit and Ashford can pay back his debts immediately. Problem solved!
That is until their marriage is leaked to the press and everyone finds out... Now they have to play out the charade for at least a year or risk going to jail for fraud!
A hilarious pretence ensues and Jemma must battle against a crazy mother-in-law, a stuffy aristocracy, and finally, and most surprisingly of all, confusing feelings for Ashford!
A hilarious romantic comedy perfect for fans of ´The Hating Game´ and ´Red, White & Royal Blue´.
A Note From the Publisher
Felicia Kingsley is the author of ´How (Not) to Marry a Duke´. She was born in 1987, lives in the province of Modena, and works as an architect.
|DURATION||11 Hours, 25 Minutes|
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Average rating from 28 members
This was a fun RomCom and a quick read. I enjoyed the characters quite a bit, though, as with most RomComs or Romances, you can't take them too seriously. Of course they make stupid decisions, of course they seem to be caricatures of whatever group they represent, but that is part of reading a RomCom. If RomComs are your thing, this is a great enemies to lovers story, and it was a quick, fun read.
I loved the comedic relief that was provided by the two best friends and their venomous relationship. They cracked me up. I also loved the idea of Jemma's parents getting her mother in law high with a laced cake. There were lots of fun bits in the story, and it was an enjoyable read.
Another older book that has been redone on audio. I love how this is happening more and more as I'm discovering more backlist titles this way. Though an unoriginal storyline, I have to say I do enjoy the marriage of convenience trope and this one was all the more enjoyable thanks to the hilarious characters of Jemma and her parents. I found myself laughing out loud so often due to their antics. Ashton, though stuck up at the start, also showed his true colours by the end and was a likable main character. I finished this book with a huge smile on my face - definitely recommend!
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