The Spinster and the Rake by Eva Devon

This book was so delightful! It was refreshing having a handsome attractive standoffish duke be actually a man who has struggled with social interactions, sensory overload and social cues. Everyone interpreted him as being cold and off.  His parents were loving but his nannies and teachers told them to send him off to a home due to his tantrums. 

We start the book with him needing to find calm in his chair that he had specially designed to block noise, but instead he finds a woman reading his book. A woman that also didn’t like to be in crowds and was a wallflower destined to be a spinster. Being found alone together in a compromising position these two are forced to marry.

They both have chemistry that their odd behaviors have never experienced with anyone. This is a delightful romance these two would have been miserable with other people who wouldn’t have taken the time to understand them or they wouldn’t have been able to be vulnerable or open with. 

There was a nice set up for book 2 as well. And the epilogue was so sweet! 

Thank you @netgalley and @entangled_publishing for the copy for my honest and voluntary review.

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Synopsis:

The marriage game is afoot in this clever blend of My Fair Lady meets Pride and Prejudice with a twist!

Edward Stanhope, the icy Duke of Thornfield, likes his life in a certain order. Give him a strong drink, a good book, and his dog for company, and he’s content. But when he goes to his library and finds a woman sitting in his chair, petting his dog, what starts as a request for her to leave quickly turns to a fiery battle of wits, leading to a steamy kiss that could ruin them both if they were caught.

So of course, damn it all, that’s when Edward’s aunt walks in, and thereafter announces Miss Georgiana Bly is the future Duchess of Thornfield.

Georgiana was content to be a spinster, spending her days reading and working to keep her family out of debt. But now her days are spent locked away with a growly duke, learning how to be the perfect duchess, and her nights spent fighting the undeniable attraction to a man who was never meant for her.

As their wedding day approaches, the attraction between them burns hot and fierce, but is it enough to melt the duke’s chilly facade?

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