Monday, January 10, 2011

Review + Giveaway - How to Marry a Duke by Vicki Dreiling

How to Marry a Duke

TITLE:    How to Marry a Duke
AUTHOR:    Vicki Dreiling
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 396 pages
PUBLISHED:   Forever, 2010
ISBN#:   978-0-446-56537-0
OBTAINED:   Received from Hachette for Blog Tour and Review

FROM GOODREADS:  Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.

MY TAKE:  How to Marry a Duke is a fun read.  It's not quite as the title suggests as it ends up more of a "how to teach a duke to find love" story.  The premise is pretty straight-forward, the most eligible bachelor in England hires a matchmaker to find him the perfect wife.  That is precisely when things start to go awry, for all involved.

I thought Tessa was an interesting character.  She's independent, well-educated and has no inclination to ever get married.  I like the fact that she isn't a simple debutante and has lived on her own as her own mistress for awhile.  Her chosen "career" is as a matchmaker, although she makes no money from it (she's mega-rich already).  She enjoys spending her time finding suitable husbands for young ladies who may not attract them otherwise.

Tristan was a bit more puzzling.  He is reputed to be a rake, but doesn't seem to exhibit too much rakish behaviour.  He is gorgeous, pompous and rather inept at romance.  I enjoyed his revealing banter with his best friend "Hawk" (Hawk will be featured in the next book - "How to Tame a Rake" - out in July).  

Another character that I enjoyed was Tristan's mother, the Duchess.  She was sort of a behind-the-scenes instigator and master puppeteer.  It would be fun to hear more from and about her.

I won't go too much more into it as I don't want to drop any spoilers.  This was a very enjoyable read with a nice mix of mystery, romance and humor. 
Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:   

Five Fun Facts

1. Vicky concocted the idea for a Regency-era bachelor competition while watching the hit TV show The Bachelor one night. In a twist of fate, the new season of The Bachelor begins January 3, 2011, the same day as How to Marry a Duke debuts!

2. Prince William is off the market now, but his former status as the World’s Most Eligible Bachelor inspired Vicky to create Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne, the Most Eligible Bachelor in Regency England.

3. Tristan’s most striking physical traits are his vivid blue eyes and square jaw. Vicky used Henry Cavill, the British actor who starred in HBO’s The Tudors as a model for Tristan.

4. The idea to make her heroine Tessa Mansfield a matchmaker came from Vicky’s love of Jane Austen’s Emma.

5. Vicky writes to music and creates a soundtrack for her books. The theme song for How to Marry a Duke is I Believe in You (Je Crois En Toi) by Il Divo and Celine Dion.

Learn more about Vicky and find her on her websiteblogTwitter and Facebook.  Be sure to check out the awesome and instructional Guest Post vicky shared with us earlier.

Thanks to the generosity of the author and Hachette Books, we have a copy of How To Marry A Duke for TWO lucky winners.  Details are below:
  • Giveaway closes January 31st, 2011.
  • Comment on this post WITH your email address:  janedoe (at) iwon (dot) com 
  • You may only win a copy of a title once per household, no matter how many blogs you may have your name drawn at.
  • Drawing is only open to those with US or Canadian mailing addresses, no PO Boxes.
Good luck to all of you and
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  1. I enjoyed your review and would love to read How to Marry a Duke :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  2. Sounds like a fun read!

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  3. I'd really enjoy this book. Please enter me - thanks!

  4. I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good. I love the premise of a Recency Bachelor. I have had this book on my wishlist for months now and I can't wait to get my copy. BTW, love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  5. Sounds like a great book! Please enter me.

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  6. Sounds like a good book, I could use it for the Historical Romance challenge I'm taking part in this year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  8. I like the sound of this book and I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  9. It looks like a fun story and how great that it came out the same day as the Bachelor debuted it's season.
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  10. This book sounds wonderful and I'm adding it to my list! Thanks for the great post today!


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  12. Great giveaway
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  13. Thanks for a chance to win! Count me in please!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway, I plan on reading this book either way!

  15. Great review, I would love to read this book. Please count me in.

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway. It looks like a great book.

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  17. Count me in, thanks!

  18. I like that the author took something modern (the tv competition) and tweaked it to work in a historical context.

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  19. Hope I win, Deb-

  20. Sounds like a great book to read... Great review. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

    Aliya D.

  21. Would love to read this.

  22. Ohh sounds good!


  23. Please count me in, thanks!


  24. Thanks for the great giveaway! I so want to read to read this book! And I love the cover! Count me in!


  25. This one looks good. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks

  26. Based on the review this book sounds great!

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  27. I so want to read Vicki's book How To Marry A Duke. I love everything I've been reading about it.Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Carol L


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