How (Not) to Marry a Duke by Felicia Kingsley

Jemma Pears is a theatrical make up artist who is soon to be out of work. When she receives the news that her estranged grandmother has died and left her fortune to her. There’s just one catch, she must marry a man with a title to inherit. Ashford, the new Duke of Burlingham has inherited massive debts and the family estate is at risk.

When their mutual lawyer devises a plan that would see both benefit. A marriage of convenience. They must carry out the charade for a year or risk going to jail for fraud.

This is a story of opposite attraction set in modern England. Upper class Ashford finds it hard to understand his attraction to the fashion disaster that is Jemma. Meanwhile Jemma is struggling to fit into a world where individuality is frowned upon.

I enjoyed this book as it is well paced, with witty dialogue and compelling characters. The author takes a typical historical romance and turns it on its head by using a modern setting where society may be the same, but the rules are different.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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