Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She’s convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiselled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy…
The Duke of Ravenwood isn’t cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unravelling his carefully ordered world. He doesn’t know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other’s company long enough to turn a compromise into love?
I have only read (I think) one other book in this series, but I had no trouble keeping up with the story. Author Erica Ridley did a good job with that aspect of her book.
The Duke’s Accidental Wife follows a fairly common theme for historical romance, but it did have a few interesting twists. I really enjoyed the socially awkward hero; socially awkward heroes and heroines are one of my favourite tropes. Though I am getting sick of fake titles with Raven, Grey and Hawke in them!
Our heroine is deathly (literally, actually!) afraid of pregnancy and childbirth, and this is the big problem in the marriage – and also the reason she doesn’t want to ever marry. She has grown up seeing many women die in childbirth, and this is a reality of the nineteenth century few romance authors tackle.
HOWEVER, what annoyed me was that the author quickly skipped over the heroine’s fears for her own life, and made it all about her being frightened of hypothetical babies dying. I’m sorry, but it is FINE for the heroine to be scared of dying, instead of going on about how babies might die. Those babies don’t even exist yet, and it’s not selfish to worry about yourself first!
However, this is the attitude nineteenth century women were expected to have – babies before anything – so it was historically accurate!
This is a pleasant book, just as the other one I read was. They’re not long, and I think the length works just fine for the stories. I think if you want a solid, quick historical romance read, you could pick one from this series.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.