Saturday, June 02, 2018

Book Giveaway: HOW TO FORGET A DUKE by VIVIENNE LORRET


The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with the client. A simple thing to remember . . . unless you’re a matchmaker with amnesia.
The Duke of Rydstrom requires a wife. Preferably one with a large fortune and a complete lack of curiosity. The last thing he needs is a meddling matchmaker determined to dig up his dark family secrets.
All Jacinda wants is to find a bride for a duke. How hard could that be? He’s handsome, enigmatic . . . and hiding something. She’s sure of it. Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet, by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable—and she intends to use every skill she can to discover what’s in his heart . . .
When Miss Bourne can’t remember what brought her to his ancestral home, Rydstrom intends to keep it that way. Yet as the days pass, his true challenge will be safeguarding his secret while resisting this woman who—confound it all—may well be his perfect match.




RRT's Review:

HOW TO FORGET A DUKE – Vivienne Lorret
Misadventures in Matchmaking, Book 1
Avon Books
ISBN: 978-0-06-268548-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-06-268549-0 (E-book)
June 2018
Historical Romance

Crispin Montague, the Duke of Rydstrom, has become a client at the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. His agent, Jacinda Bourne, isn’t satisfied with his responses and doesn’t feel she can find the right marriage partner without more information. He has only listed his Aunt Hortense as a relation. He just wants a rich wife--one only interested in being a duchess. This has led her to steal into his London house and his office very early one morning, and there she discovers a letter mentioning the name Sybil. The Duke finds Jacinda invading his office, and she lets the letter slip under his desk. She talks her way out of the house. Unfortunately, the Duke finds the letter and knows she has read about one of his deepest secrets, and he will do anything in his power to protect Sybil.

Jacinda’s Uncle Earnest, Lord Eggleston, supposedly runs the Bourne Agency. Jacinda, her older sister Ainsley, and younger sister Briar do the actual work. Their father abandoned their mother and his three daughters long ago, and now, with their mother’s death, their uncle shelters them. Her sisters will be furious with Jacinda when they learn what she has done. She’s not through with her investigation, though. She plans to travel to Sussex to his manor to try to discover who Sybil is. Her plans change dramatically when an accident near the duke’s residence causes her to lose her memory.

Quotes from Jane Austin’s Emma introduce each chapter in this pleasantly convoluted love story. Her mother left each daughter a copy of Emma, which they all treasure. This story about a matchmaker probably inspires the Bourne sisters. Crispin, a very contained and duty-bound man, finds himself continually harassed by his unwanted guest. He also discovers Jacinda is not only an impetuous, provoking, provocative, and inquisitive guest but also a thoughtful and compassionate woman. He might discover he is in love with Jacinda, but he still needs a rich wife to keep his manor house livable.

Robin Lee
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Happy first week in June!

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5 comments:

cheryl c said...

Amnesia adds a fun element to this story.

LSUReader said...

This sounds like an interesting premise for a novel. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Martha Lawson said...

I haven't read her before, but the blurb sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

Fedora said...

This sounds intriguing--thanks for the heads up!

Mo Boylan said...

This sounds really interesting! And I love trying new-to-me authors ;)