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  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

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By: Tessa Dare
Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
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Publisher's Summary

‘Prepare to Fall in Love’Julia Quinn, author of Bridgerton

‘I absolutely loved it; her style is so warm and funny.Nicola Cornick

*WINNER OF THE 2018 AUDIE AWARD FOR BEST ROMANCE*

Mills & Boon presents The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’

When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she's pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she's seen the man beneath the scars, he can't stop her from falling in love…

Praise for The Duchess Deal

‘The irresistibly provocative, classy love scenes set the bar high for other historical romance novels.’ Publishers Weekly

‘This book is funny, it’s charming, and the romance works so beautifully.’ Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

‘A rollicking and passionate romp that is just what… fans will relish.’ Library Journal

‘Wickedly funny and soul-satisfyingly romantic novel…’ Booklist

©2018 Tessa Dare (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Rod
  • 28-08-2018

Cute little love story

Easy to lidten to good audio sweet romantic live story which I really enjoyed. thanks

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The War Hero

Lovely romantic tale of a Seamstress meeting a Duke as his former finance ordered a dress but didn't pay the for the services. Extremely entertaining.

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Narration was awful

I gave it one star for performance because I couldn’t submit otherwise. It is not one star.
I listen to many audiobooks and rarely do I find a book I can not listen to. This was one. Im second chapter in and I’m sending it back, the story never had a chance. It’s almost comically spoken - like a funny story.

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Nice little listen

This was a heart warming story and the narrator was great I thought! Easy to listen too

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Just loved this witty interesting romance.

So much fun. A unexpected story line. So much love and restoration. It gives hope and a fun filled story to escape into. Thank you and I loved the narrator and her reading of the book.

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Fantastic narration

Great storyline, witty banter between the main and supporting characters, really well done! Highly recommend

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Entertaining

Likeable characters, fantastic narration by MJ Wells and a good entertaining story. I love Tessa Dare’s witty writing and recommend this audiobook and the rest of the stories in this collection.

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Shame the narration killed the story

I enjoyed the storyline but the Duke's voice was dreadful and some of the lusty parts of the book had no feeling in the way they were spoken.

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Hot fun!

Laugh out loud, saucy fun! Great narration and a superbly steamy story. Careful where you listen to this one, otherwise everyone in the office will be wondering why you're sweating and blushing so much.

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Typical chick-lit, almost ruined by narrator

Firstly, I did (for some reason) enjoy the light story even with the difficult to listen to narration and the inaccuracies of the time period this book was set in. If you find you don't mind books like The Duke and I, then you won't have any trouble with this.

I'm used to listening to my audiobooks at 1.5x but for this one I had to slow it to 0.85x because the words were just garbled and often skipped altogether. I did think my book just downloaded wrong but even re-downloading didn't fix so I instead had to dedicate +8 and a half-ish hrs to the story.

I'm one of those readers who doesn't really know (or care) about historical accuracies but even I noticed a few problems... that being said the story itself reads like a girlish fantasy. A simple story with a predictable end, girl meets misunderstood boy, they (8 hours later) fall in love while fighting the attraction the whole book and eventually live happily ever after (sorry for the spoiler). I didn't mind the simple with some comical humour that was meant to be set in a sort of Regency period. It was fine if all you're after is a love story but if you're a heavy historical fiction/Regency expert you might have trouble...

I might buy the other books eventually, just to hear how the other girls fare in their love stories but for now I don't feel a rush to go and buy the other 3 (at the time of writing this)

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