Duchess by Deception

Duchess by Deception

Marie Force / Aug 21, 2019

Duchess by Deception In New York Times bestselling author Marie Force s dazzling historical romance debut the clock is ticking for a wealthy Duke who must marry by his thirtieth birthday or lose his titleDerek Ega

  • Title: Duchess by Deception
  • Author: Marie Force
  • ISBN: 1420147854
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In New York Times bestselling author Marie Force s dazzling historical romance debut, the clock is ticking for a wealthy Duke who must marry by his thirtieth birthday or lose his titleDerek Egan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex and encounters a man digg In New York Times bestselling author Marie Force s dazzling historical romance debut, the clock is ticking for a wealthy Duke who must marry by his thirtieth birthday or lose his titleDerek Egan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex and encounters a man digging on his property Except he s not a man He s a very lovely woman Who suddenly faints at his feet.Catherine McCabe s disdain for the aristocracy has already led her to flee an arranged marriage with a boorish Viscount The last thing she wants is to be waylaid in a Duke s home Yet, she is compelled to stay by the handsome, thoughtful man who introduces himself as the Duke s estate manager.Derek realizes two things immediately he is captivated by her delicate beauty, and to figure out what she was up to, Catherine must not know he is the Duke But as they fall passionately in love, Derek s lie spins out of control Will their bond survive his deception, not to mention the scorned Viscount s pursuit Most important, can Catherine fall in love all over again this time with the Duke Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Zebra More Details ISBN 1420147854 ISBN13 9781420147858 Edition Language English Series Gilded 1 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Duchess by Deception, please sign up

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foray into the genre, I m afraid I have to say that she should stick to writing what she knows best, because Duchess by Deception is simply awful it s based on a flawed premise and is full of really tired clich s than you can shake a bundle of sticks at.Derek, Duke of Westwood, came into his title at the tender age of six following the death of his parents in a carriage accident He has grown into his role and is a dedicated young man who manages his responsibilities admirably and is genuinely concerned for the welfare of all those who depend on him even so as his thirtieth birthday approaches Because, you see, some ancestor or other put a stipulation in his will that the holders of the title MUST be married by the age of thirty, or they will forfeit it and the dukedom will pass to the next heir And Derek, with just a week or so go to before his thirtieth birthday, hasn t yet found a woman he wants to marry The new crop of debutantes each Season are vacuous than the last, and don t get me started on the sexism inherent in statements like this Is there one among them who cares about anything other than her hair or her gown or her slippers and while he isn t necessarily holding out for a love match, he does want a wife with whom he can hold intelligent conversations and share affectionate companionship.Okay, so now let s rewind Derek must marry by his thirtieth birthday or abdicate his title Er, nope British inheritance law doesn t work like that It does not allow for a peer to make any stipulations of this sort as to how his title progresses a title is not a possession and thus is not something that can be bequeathed or have conditions attached to it For instance, the Queen doesn t have a say in who succeeds her although in very, very exceptional circumstances, I daresay she could, which would involve all sorts of constitutional upheaval and acts of Parliament and as far as I know, this goes for the peerage as well So the novel s plot is based on a completely erroneous premise, which, in my book, is enough to sink it without trace.You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance.On the plus side, the lovely K.J Charles was inspired to write a rant about how British Inheritance law works by this review flag 27 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Sonya Heaney Well, I just saw a review that said I don t read historical books, so I m glad this one focused on the characters and not the time period and no Well, I just saw a review that said I don t read historical books, so I m glad this one focused on the characters and not the time period and now I m seriously annoyed 49 minutes ago Caz Sonya Heaney wrote Well, I just saw a review that said I don t read historical books, so I m glad this one focused on the characters and not the t Sonya Heaney wrote Well, I just saw a review that said I don t read historical books, so I m glad this one focused on the characters and not the time period and now I m seriously annoyed Oh, Good Grief But I suppose it shouldn t amaze me that there are people willing to trumpet their ignorance to the world 42 minutes ago Jan 11, 2019 Nicola rated it liked it review of another edition With Marie Force s trademark stamp of likeable characters, romance and steam by the bucketload and a Downton Abbey esque setting, Duchess by Deception introduces us to Derek Eagon, Duke of Westwood and Lady Catherine McCabe whose feelings for one another move at a fair old clip I ve never seen anything quite like the way the two of you went from confirmed bachelors to happy matrimony in the blink of an eye My thoughts on this are mixed with parts I enjoyed and those less so Overall it was a With Marie Force s trademark stamp of likeable characters, romance and steam by the bucketload and a Downton Abbey esque setting, Duchess by Deception introduces us to Derek Eagon, Duke of Westwood and Lady Catherine McCabe whose feelings for one another move at a fair old clip I ve never seen anything quite like the way the two of you went from confirmed bachelors to happy matrimony in the blink of an eye My thoughts on this are mixed with parts I enjoyed and those less so Overall it was an easy going, low drama historical romance and as the story moved along, my enjoyment increased However it was impacted by the rapid speed at which Catherine and Derek fell for one another making it difficult to believe their feelings were real especially considering what she had experienced and some of the the narrative didn t quite fit the period, for example endearments such as honey, don t really belong in early 1900 s England A little extra research wouldn t have gone amiss either as with all the will in the world and a really fast horse, you re not making a carriage journey from Essex to Gretna Green overnight My whole life, Catherine, has led to you However, there s no taking away the fact that the romance is front and centre and it s passionate and sexy which is one of the many reasons why Marie Force is one of my most read authors And although I may not have loved Duchess by Deception, the setup for Deceived by Desire has me curious enough to see whether a US based story works better for me and the author writing this genre Copy received courtesy of Kensington via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion flag 18 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 18, 2018 Sonya Heaney rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves historical romance Also posted HERE Edited to askI can t recall why is this series called Gilded If it s referring to America s Gilded Age well, that has nothing to do with England where this series is set.Marie Force has been a prominent and well loved figure in the contemporary romance and romantic suspense scenes for years, and this is her move into the historical romance genre.Did it work for me Uh no, not really Ignoring the sexist opening chapter for a moment, my problem with Duchess by Decept Also posted HERE Edited to askI can t recall why is this series called Gilded If it s referring to America s Gilded Age well, that has nothing to do with England where this series is set.Marie Force has been a prominent and well loved figure in the contemporary romance and romantic suspense scenes for years, and this is her move into the historical romance genre.Did it work for me Uh no, not really Ignoring the sexist opening chapter for a moment, my problem with Duchess by Deception is that it reads like a throwback to the books of the 1980s, and it doesn t seem like Force has kept up with the changes in the genre since then.Initially I was excited about the book s description Mystery unconscious woman doing suspicious things on the duke s property Uncommon Edwardian era setting Sounded interesting However, apart from some research info dumps about technological developments, the feel of this one was no different to any century earlier, Regency set book were leading strings not an 18th century than 20th century thing Why are they still being used in 1902.Also, the tired and silly trope of the hero who has to marry by a certain date or he ll lose his title needs to be permanently retired It s simply not how the aristocracy works.There is a serious case of insta love lust here Even when the heroine is filthy, stinks, and is dressed like a boy and unconscious , the hero is so attracted to her he won t let anybody else care for her.And then when she wakes up we get lines like this She gave him an arch look, which, along with her fever reddened cheeks, only added to her overwhelming appeal. As for the sexism From the very first page, all the girls and women in London are referred to by terms such as simpering The heroine, of course, is not like other women Is there one among them who cares about anything other than her hair or her gown or her slippers Naturally, every woman in the book who isn t the heroine is annoying , and they fawn all over the hero.While Duchess by Deception isn t a horrible read, it is also a throwback to things most HR writers and readers moved on from years ago Force will shoot to prominence in the genre simply because she comes in with an already established name as an author, but I ve read lesser known historical romance books by lesser known authors that are surely as worthy of the attention Review copy provided by NetGalley. flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Lady Heather rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 1st in a series, 2019 release, adult, fiction, historical romance, arc to review, love the author a must buy, marie force I had originally put this book down at the 60% mark after trying to read it for 5 days.Today I picked it up again and finally finished it.The last 40% was amazing hense the 3 star rating flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves guiltypleasures javagirl When I saw Marie Force had written an Historical Romance, I was immediately intrigued I enjoyed Duchess by Deception very much The setting, characters, plot, and language were not groundbreaking, but they were entertaining The heroine, Catherine, is fairly typical in need of saving, yet intelligent, educated, and independent The hero, Derek constricted by the aristocratic life he was born to, searching for a bride in order to meet a deadline and retain the title of the Duke of Westwood, an When I saw Marie Force had written an Historical Romance, I was immediately intrigued I enjoyed Duchess by Deception very much The setting, characters, plot, and language were not groundbreaking, but they were entertaining The heroine, Catherine, is fairly typical in need of saving, yet intelligent, educated, and independent The hero, Derek constricted by the aristocratic life he was born to, searching for a bride in order to meet a deadline and retain the title of the Duke of Westwood, and all it entails is handsome, charming, very progressive, and lonely in spite of being one of the most eligible bachelors in the ton Their meeting, and whirlwind courtship, worked in this setting while it wouldn t have in a contemporary novel.Duchess by Deception has sex scenes than I recall from historical novels back in the day While they weren t explicit, there is definitely detail than those novels of my teenage years I did find the conversations between Catherine and her sister, Madeleine regarding wedding night expectations very amusing I was charmed by both Derek and Catherine, and felt invested and hopeful of their relationship working out in spite of a few obstacles in their path to happiness The requisite villain, in the form of Derek s uncle, added suspense and a slight sense of danger.I don t read this sub genre much these days, but it dominated my early romance reading days I tend to read historicals with a forgiving attitude than I do contemporaries, almost indulgent, really I m not sure why maybe a sentimental feeling for the sub genre as it was my first introduction to the world of romance novels Duchess by Deception was a fun book to read It brought back some happy memories for me I think I will seek out contemporary historical romance in the very near future flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Monique rated it liked it review of another edition This review is for the Advanced Review Copy It seems the finished version might be slightly different, regarding the duke s title Suspension of disbelief requiredI will most probably be accused of being mean spirited or petty, but the moment I saw the blurb, I knew I had to read this book The blurb says that the duke will lose his title if he is not married before his thirtieth birthday The thing is, this is impossible a dukedom is a matter of birthright and no cockamamie scheme can deprive This review is for the Advanced Review Copy It seems the finished version might be slightly different, regarding the duke s title Suspension of disbelief requiredI will most probably be accused of being mean spirited or petty, but the moment I saw the blurb, I knew I had to read this book The blurb says that the duke will lose his title if he is not married before his thirtieth birthday The thing is, this is impossible a dukedom is a matter of birthright and no cockamamie scheme can deprive the rightful heir of his title No one chooses who will bear the title or not, not in the past, not today The only reason a duke might lose his title is if he dies or is accused and condemned of treason, then the next in line inherits Case closed It is akin to someone writing a novel set in 2019 where Barack Obama had been re elected for a third term if the law has not been changed, it cannot happen I was hoping that it had been a mistake in the blurb, but unfortunately, it isn t The whole foundation of the story is built on quicksand I find it disconcerting that, for an author of Marie Force s stature, apparently no one cared enough to ensure that her novel was not based on a fallacy, when it would have taken only a few minutes of googling to fact check first The worst is that the story could have easily been written otherwise without fabricating this preposterous premise The fact that Catherine was found by Derek the duke was entirely sufficient to make the romance happen.The writing is good, the pace is steady, and I was pleasantly surprised that I did not fine one single typo, although the book is riddled with inconsistencies of all sorts The romance is fine although it happens much too quickly there is instalust and instalove, which did not feel particularly realistic for 1902 However, it was easier to digest than the rake whose miraculous metamorphosis into a perfect gentleman happens literally within 5 minutes, which is the basis for a second it was rushed but it was a clever plot twist, and because of that, again, the preposterous clause in the will could have been dispensed with However, I was astonished that when Catherine learns that Derek has lied about being the estate manager, she does not give in to histrionics, and that the misunderstanding did not last for ages This was handled much better than it usually is, even when it happens a second time Because, of course, the first time Derek had forgotten to tell Catherine about the ludicrous clause in the will The reason for Catherine s presence on Derek s estate her quest turned out to be entirely anticlimactic, which I thought was a shame because it could have been fully exploited instead of the absurd premise of the will Catherine is a interesting character than Derek, but my favourite was by far Simon Derek s cousin and friend There are also several sex scenes, for the most part rather uninspired DUCHESS BY DECEPTION is the first book in the Gilded series, which sounds like a saga than the type of series we usually see, if I judge by the last pages flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Corinne Michaels rated it it was amazing review of another edition I m a huge historical reader and I was really excited when Marie announced she was jumping into this genre I ve loved her writing style for a long time and this book was just wonderful.From the first page I was captivated and it didn t let up until the end I was immersed in this world, taken through the emotions that Marie Force is known to envoke I loved every word and can t wait for This was a fantastic read flag 9 likesLike see review Jul 29, 2018 Anne OK rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 beta reads, 2018 reads First historical romance from a favorite author Marie Force Beautifully written, fun to read and two adorably lovable main characters The deception is delicious The story has a little mystery to it and an easy to hate villain You wont want to miss this one.FULL REVIEW CLOSER TO RELEASE DATE flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 MG rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves romance, historical, regency, steamy, smut tastic, you in danger girl, angsty, arc, daddy issues, fave author 4 starsI honestly struggled a little with this book at the onset because it felt like Ms Force was trying too hard in her historical debut I have been enjoying her contemporary Fatal series, so I was excited to give this one a try Derek Duke of Westwood is in a predicament he must marry by his 30th birthday or abdicate the duchy this was decreed by one of his ancestors, and while all of the previous dukes have met this deadline, Derek has grown weary of the vapid offerings each sea 4 starsI honestly struggled a little with this book at the onset because it felt like Ms Force was trying too hard in her historical debut I have been enjoying her contemporary Fatal series, so I was excited to give this one a try Derek Duke of Westwood is in a predicament he must marry by his 30th birthday or abdicate the duchy this was decreed by one of his ancestors, and while all of the previous dukes have met this deadline, Derek has grown weary of the vapid offerings each season seems to bring by way of eligible women The alternative to marriage would be to forfeit the dukedom which would mean his overly ambitious uncle would inherit the position and likely lay waste to Derek s progressive investment gains, not to mention his hard won battles in the parliament The pressure is too much for Derek only a week from this deadline, so he decides to remove himself from the London scene and retire to the country to think over his options for a few days.Catherine is out of options On the run for a couple of weeks from a lecher her father new to an Earldom betrothed her to, she is desperately seeking an escape Her grandmother left her a clue to where she could find the means to support herself In the process of attempting to procure this means of escape, she sees a man on a horse bearing down on her The last thing she remembers before succumbing to a fever and lack of proper hydration and nutrition is swooning in the arms of the man who accuses her of trespassing on a ducal estate.Derek cannot believe it when he finds young man digging on his estate, and when he confronts this hooligan, the boy has the nerve to stand up to him before fainting Upon further inspection, he realizes the boy is really a woman, and he is intrigued He takes her to his home, and he tends to her himself, swearing his staff to secrecy as to his true identity as the woman indicates to him that she despises all things aristocracy after witnessing her father s change of disposition after assuming the title of earl Derek assumes the identity of his estate manager in order to protect her from her heinous fiance and to ensure she will stay at the estate so that he can keep her safe.What I liked Very likeable main characters We got a 2 4 1 love match story Oh the steamy goodness level erotica The story definitely grew on me as it moved along if I were to rate the first part it would be a 3 the author made it worth my while as the story progressed the ending would have gotten a 4.5, so I went with the 4 rating overallWhat I didn t like as much There were times where Ms Force definitely tried too hard in this debut mentions of the Wright brothers and a famous archeological explorer were a little too much in terms of proving the duke s commitment to progressive investments as a devourer of historical romances, I have found that the subtle approach is better Not only was there one insta love match in this book, there were 2 though I enjoyed both of their stories, it is hard to justify the one rakish reformer, much less the two especially when it comes men of the station being describedOverall, I am excited that Ms Force has ventured into HR land as it is my favorite romance sub genre, and I am looking forward to her future historicals Plot 4 5Main Characters 4 5Supporting Cast 4 5Steam Level 4.5 5Violence not much Language none of notePOV 3rdI received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments HR ML Thanks for the helpful, detailed review Feb 01, 2019 01 43PM MG HR ML wrote Thanks for the helpful, detailed review Thank you and you re welcome 23 hours, 43 min ago Jan 24, 2019 Naadira Moodley BookedMercy added it review of another edition Shelves arc, historical romance, read in 2019, virgin heroine Review to come flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Kelsie rated it really liked it review of another edition Duchess by Deception by Marie Force is the first book in her new Gilded series Force is well known for her romantic suspense and contemporary romance, so this historical romance is a departure for her Derek Eagan, Duke of Westwood, must marry before his thirtieth birthday, or he ll lose his title and inheritance The problem is that his birthday is eleven days away and none of the high brow debutantes he s met this season appeal to him Catherine McCabe, daughter of the new Earl of Brisbane, d Duchess by Deception by Marie Force is the first book in her new Gilded series Force is well known for her romantic suspense and contemporary romance, so this historical romance is a departure for her Derek Eagan, Duke of Westwood, must marry before his thirtieth birthday, or he ll lose his title and inheritance The problem is that his birthday is eleven days away and none of the high brow debutantes he s met this season appeal to him Catherine McCabe, daughter of the new Earl of Brisbane, despises the aristocracy She s fleeing an arranged marriage with a viscount thirty years her senior and has no desire to be involved with any titled gentleman When Derek finds Catherine on his property he pretends to be Jack Bancroft, his property manager Catherine is devastated to learn that her beloved Jack is actually a duke Derek must now find a way to win back Catherine s love, while protecting her from the danger posed by the rejected Viscount.Marie Force has done an admirable job in her first foray into the historical romance genre She cleverly injects references to newly developed technology, such as electricity, motorcars, and manned flight I found Duchess by Deception hard to put down and give it 4 out of 5 stars I recommend this book to all readers of historical romance Those who dislike descriptive sex scenes will want to give this one a pass My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Caitlyn Lynch rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves other historical, edwardian I m going to start this review by saying that Marie Force is one of my favourite contemporary romantic suspense authors, and someone I deeply respect in the writing world But with that said, I really, really wish she hadn t tried her hand at historical romance because this is a hot mess It s got some absolute clangers in terms of historical inaccuracies and a hero who tells continued and repeated lies to the heroine and then tries to tell her it s all for her benefit While refusing to allow h I m going to start this review by saying that Marie Force is one of my favourite contemporary romantic suspense authors, and someone I deeply respect in the writing world But with that said, I really, really wish she hadn t tried her hand at historical romance because this is a hot mess It s got some absolute clangers in terms of historical inaccuracies and a hero who tells continued and repeated lies to the heroine and then tries to tell her it s all for her benefit While refusing to allow her to sleep apart from him because she d never forgive him if he gave her too much time to think about the many ways he d done her wrong and basically forcing himself on her even when she told him she wanted him to leave.I m getting ahead of myself Let s start with the historical and geographic inaccuracies Set in 1902, mostly at the Duke of Westwood s Essex estate However, it reads like a Regency romance than an Edwardian one the only thing non Regency was collar and tie on the gentlemen rather than cravats The duke, Derek, and his love interest Catherine elope to Gretna Green to get married hastily which is the first thing I scowled at In 1856 the law was changed to stop the scandalous Scottish marriages taking place, requiring at least one member of a couple wishing to marry to be resident in Scotland for 21 days prior to a marriage Which didn t happen So in 1902, no couple from England are running off to Gretna and getting married on the day of their arrival.Which brings me to another point In 1902, the journey from Essex to Scotland could have been managed in a couple of days, as Derek and Catherine did but certainly not by horse drawn carriage, which would have been a 6 day journey at least, but nobody would do it that way Trains ran the length and breadth of Britain by that time and they would only have taken a carriage as far as the nearest station Guess what else isn t even mentioned in the book That s right No trains The Duke s carriage magically transports them from Essex to Scotland with just one overnight stop.Historical and geographic inaccuracies aside, I thoroughly disliked the plot of this book Derek flat out lies to Catherine about who he is and continues to do so even after they re married until he s caught out, which is dubious consent in my book at the very least And then he refuses to allow her to be righteously angry because he s afraid she won t forgive him, which would frankly be the least of what he deserves.Oh, and did I mention the sex This pair are at it like rabbits within a few days of meeting, before getting married and afterwards, and not content with them, Force also writes in a romance between the duke s cousin and Catherine s younger sister and writes a whole separate story in which they get married and have sex too There were so many sex scenes I started skimming them after a while This is NOT supposed to be erotica.I almost quit reading this at the 70% mark, but I don t believe in critiqueing something without full and informed knowledge, so I soldiered on Shortly after that Catherine did finally read Derek the riot act properly, saying she couldn t reconcile the goodness she saw in him with the man who repeatedly lied to the woman he claimed to love At which point he went off in a sulk and took off to London for three days, letting her find out about it from the housekeeper.Guess what The genuinely epic grovel this story desperately needed never, ever happened, Catherine decided sex with Derek was good enough to not care about his lies and when he fell ill with influenza, blamed herself for putting stress on him, and SHE apologized to HIM Self gaslighting was a new low even for this book.I honestly can hardly believe a writer with as much talent as Marie Force wrote this utterly dreadful drivel Please, please go back to writing contemporary suspense, ma am Or maybe get a sensitivity reader and an editor knowledgeable about the historical period you re writing about to clean up the horrible mess of inaccuracies and dubious consent before you publish the rest of the series.I can hardly believe I m saying this, but I cannot possibly give this awful story any than one star.Disclaimer I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Tracy C rated it liked it review of another edition A relationship faster than a speeding bullet Derek and Catherine went from strangers to love in seconds And there is a parallel story line with Simon, Derek s cousin, and Madeleine, Catherine s sister, who also go from 0 60 in seconds Also, they just let Anthony go when they find out everything he did Just because they tell him to stay away doesn t mean they can trust him He s a criminal for goodness sake flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Robin Loves Reading rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 challenge, kindle, netgalley, robin loves reading 2019 challenge, historical romance, 2019 january march Derek Egan, Duke of Westwood, is about to turn thirty, and there is the unfortunate stipulation that he must marry before his next birthday If he does not marry, he forfeits his title as well as his inheritance Meanwhile, Derek discovers a woman on his property in Essex She is feverish and he takes her in with hopes of saving her life She is mostly unconscious that first night , and then Derek makes the choice to not tell her of his title He instructs his staff to do the same.Catherine has Derek Egan, Duke of Westwood, is about to turn thirty, and there is the unfortunate stipulation that he must marry before his next birthday If he does not marry, he forfeits his title as well as his inheritance Meanwhile, Derek discovers a woman on his property in Essex She is feverish and he takes her in with hopes of saving her life She is mostly unconscious that first night , and then Derek makes the choice to not tell her of his title He instructs his staff to do the same.Catherine has a single purpose which explains why she was on the property of the Duke of Westwood However, she is totally unaware that the man who announces himself as Jack Bancroft, estate manager, is actually the Duke Catherine reveals to Jack that she is on the run due to a violent man her father plans on marrying her off to From the moment their eyes met Catherine and Derek were smitten with one another Will the man pursing her locate Catherine What s , how long will Derek keep his true identity and need to marry a secret from her No doubt these revelations will bring angst to her and may just color her newfound feelings towards him Duchess by Deception is a love match of two people that found one another at the perfect time in their lives Danger ratchets up when the man pursuing Catherine gets too close and Derek shows his protective nature They marry without her knowing he is the Duke Their story is sexy, warm and tender There was an enjoyable side story with his cousin Simon and her sister Madeleine.Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this is Marie Force s first historical romance, and that is being published now I think something that was written years ago that brings in such a romance as well as the turn of the century technology that was being developed will go far in the hands of other readers As always, I am definitely a fan of this prolific author s work.Many thanks to Marie Force, Zebra and to NetGalley for this ARC to review This is my honest opinion Please see all of my reviews on my blog at robinlovesreading. flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Heather rated it really liked it Shelves reviewed Even though I don t frequently read historical romances, I had to pick up this one because I truly enjoy other books that the author has written In my opinion, Marie Force did a terrific job with her first historical romance and I truly hope she continues even though my preference will always be the contemporary novels In this story we actually had two couples find love when they were least expecting it, in fact, three of the people had given up on ever finding love Between the terrific chara Even though I don t frequently read historical romances, I had to pick up this one because I truly enjoy other books that the author has written In my opinion, Marie Force did a terrific job with her first historical romance and I truly hope she continues even though my preference will always be the contemporary novels In this story we actually had two couples find love when they were least expecting it, in fact, three of the people had given up on ever finding love Between the terrific characters and an engaging story line, I had difficulty putting the book down Since the story ends with the characters discussing plans to spend the following summer in Newport, I do hope that we will see a second book in the series flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Carissa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical romance, netgalley arc docs I think this was a great start to the beginning of a historical series Marie did a great job for her first historical I think some of the good points is that the book starts out with our Hero s pov I m glad for the variety The beginning sucked me in especially with the 1st few chapters The way how the story progressed was a bit unexpected You also get 2 love stories in 1 after the 50% mark This story has mystery, mistaken identity, secrets, and of course romance flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Brenda added it review of another edition I haven t read an historical in a very long time , but I loved this story Marie Force is truly talented in all genres This is a great storyline and a quick read because once you start it you won t want to put it down I recommend this book and look forward to Giled stories to come flag 3 likesLike see review Kat Valentine Great review Brenda Jan 30, 2019 05 43PM Jan 06, 2019 Fabiola Chenet rated it it was amazing review of another edition I loved it and can t wait to read the second volume Longer review to come flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Isha Coleman rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves first reads, netgalley Duchess by Deception Gilded 1 by Marie Force Force makes a strong case for herself as a well rounded author Duchess by Deception takes the best parts of contemporary romance and travels back in time to create a captivating tale of love lost, secrets found and new beginnings revealed Derek and Catherine meet by chance in a time where women are nothing than window dressing Knowing she s destined for , Catherine sets out to pave her own way in the world Derek is the dream she neve Duchess by Deception Gilded 1 by Marie Force Force makes a strong case for herself as a well rounded author Duchess by Deception takes the best parts of contemporary romance and travels back in time to create a captivating tale of love lost, secrets found and new beginnings revealed Derek and Catherine meet by chance in a time where women are nothing than window dressing Knowing she s destined for , Catherine sets out to pave her own way in the world Derek is the dream she never hoped to find An interesting first meeting paves the way for a romance unlike any other Can there love affair survive the secrets that they keep Force brings a fresh voice to a timeless genre flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 KK rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 books read I m SO not usually a fan of historical romance I ve read a few I really liked but it s definitely not my first, or even second, favorite genre But this book and these characters SO much to love I encourage everyone to give it a try you will not be disappointed flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Sheri Morell rated it it was amazing review of another edition I am not a fan of historical romance but really enjoyed this book I loved Derek despite his lies knowing that he did it to protect her I loved Cat for so many reasons and was so happy that they found there happily ever after I look forward to reading of this series flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 18, 2018 Niki rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves owned on kindle, earc, steamy Derek Eagan was saddled with the title and responsibilities of the Duke of Westwood when his parents were killed in a carriage accident when he was just six years old Now 29, he must marry his 30th birthday, just a couple short weeks away, or forfeit his title and responsibilities to his undeserving wastrel of an uncle Fed up with empty headed debutantes throwing themselves at him in yet another failed season, Derek decides to retreat to his country estate in Essex to clear his head for a few Derek Eagan was saddled with the title and responsibilities of the Duke of Westwood when his parents were killed in a carriage accident when he was just six years old Now 29, he must marry his 30th birthday, just a couple short weeks away, or forfeit his title and responsibilities to his undeserving wastrel of an uncle Fed up with empty headed debutantes throwing themselves at him in yet another failed season, Derek decides to retreat to his country estate in Essex to clear his head for a few days On his ride in he encounters a man digging a hole on his property, except it quickly becomes apparent that this is woman, a sick one at that, who faints before Derek can get any answers from her Derek takes her to recuperate at his estate and is immediately captivated by the woman, who will only tell him that her name is Catherine After fleeing an arranged marriage to a lecherous viscount and witnessing all the changes the inheritance of an earldom has wrought on her previously loving father, Catherine disdains the nobility and doesn t want anything to do with the duke or his hospitality Desperate to learn Catherine s secrets and get to know someone as himself for once, not as the Duke of Westwood, Derek lies and tells Catherine that his name is Jack and he is the duke s estate manager As the two grow closer and begin to rapidly fall in love and Catherine s betrothed widens his search for her, Derek realizes he ll do anything to protect his newfound love and his lie begins to spiral out of his control Derek longs to hear Catherine speak his true name, but he feels he can t be totally forthright about his true identity until he has assured her safety by marrying her Meanwhile, Derek sends his cousin and friend Simon to London to ascertain as much as he can about Viscount Lindsey s whereabouts and Catherine s missing status The moment Simon claps eyes on Catherine s younger sister, Madeleine, it s love at first sight and he, much like his cousin, will do whatever it takes to be with her, including a hasty marriage to save her from the viscount as well.Derek continues to put off the revelation of his identity to Catherine after their instalust love marriage, which annoyed me, but I also saw that his reluctance came from a place of vulnerability and fear of rejection For someone who s never really had a family of his own and finally feels a real connection with someone, this does make sense Plus the fact that he genuinely was trying to protect Catherine from a fiance who definitely wanted to hurt her I also understand his desire to get to know someone without the cloud of his lofty title hanging over the encounter Overall, I really enjoyed this one and couldn t put it down once I got into it Some of the dialogue was a bit repetitive and the emotions just a bit over the top, but this didn t detract from my enjoyment of the book.I received a complimentary ARC via NetGalley Thank you All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Candace Nagy rated it really liked it I actually really enjoyed Duchess by Deception Marie Force is a new author to me and I loved her writing style and the storyline It was fun, fast paced, easy to follow and full of emotion Literally my only problem with this story is the glaringly similar personalities between all of the characters Catherine and Madeline , the only real noticeable difference between their characters was their name The Duke, Simon, Enderly, Jack Bancroft, and Michael The Grandfather it was literally like re I actually really enjoyed Duchess by Deception Marie Force is a new author to me and I loved her writing style and the storyline It was fun, fast paced, easy to follow and full of emotion Literally my only problem with this story is the glaringly similar personalities between all of the characters Catherine and Madeline , the only real noticeable difference between their characters was their name The Duke, Simon, Enderly, Jack Bancroft, and Michael The Grandfather it was literally like reading about the same person Then there was Lindsey, Lord Brisbane, and Anthony the same thing That said, I did love the hero and heroine, there was a depth to their characters and they were easy to like and as a result I liked the rest too because they were so similar I hope this all makes sense, I m having a hard time trying to describe it I don t want to detract from the quality of the writing or anything because it IS a good story I just wanted to explain why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 I would definitely read another story by this author flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Lesley rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Love at First Sight for Two Couples 3.5 Set in the early years of the Twentieth Century, Derek Eagan is under pressure to make a suitable marriage and continue the line When her father is intent on marrying his daughter to a lecher in honour of a debt, Catherine runs away from home and seeks the treasure that belonged to her grandmother The two meet but due to Catherine s dislike of peers, Derek lies about his title which decision of course comes back to haunt him.There is also love for rakehe Love at First Sight for Two Couples 3.5 Set in the early years of the Twentieth Century, Derek Eagan is under pressure to make a suitable marriage and continue the line When her father is intent on marrying his daughter to a lecher in honour of a debt, Catherine runs away from home and seeks the treasure that belonged to her grandmother The two meet but due to Catherine s dislike of peers, Derek lies about his title which decision of course comes back to haunt him.There is also love for rakehell Simon Derek s cousin who falls madly in love with Catherine s sister.There were some oddities in this story the second son of an Earl making his living as a blacksmith seemed extremely unlikely a Duke carrying the plebeian name Derek a second floor veranda but by far the largest was the main premise under which the story was written The author should change the story so that perhaps the Duke will not inherit some unentailed property that is of particular significance, or money if he does not marry by thirty BUT it is impossible for him to lose his title under the rules of primogeniture.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Lisa books rated it really liked it review of another edition ARC from book tour Marie Force first historical romance, But, I was totally captivated by the story of Derek, a duke, and Catherine It had all of those elements that love in a novel romance, humor, and suspense Duchess by Deception now falls into the category of my most loved books that I will reread As I read I was reminded of some of my favorite historical romance novels from Julie Garwood,Which wrote some of the first historians I have ever read flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Beth Loflin rated it liked it Shelves giveaway shelf This was a fun book about a bachelor needing a wife by his 30th birthday As he is tired of society, he returns home to find a woman They both wind up smitten with each other over some twists and turns Quick read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Jenn YeahOrNeighReviews rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves beta arc, netgalley I m a huge fan of Marie Force and was pleasantly surprised by her first venture into historical romance A romance based on lies, this story will draw you in and have you falling for the characters tales of woe You can t help but treasure every moment flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Cheryl rated it really liked it review of another edition This was a lighthearted entertaining read The story moved along at a good pace I liked the character of Derek, I was unsure of Catherine, at times She seemed unable to forgive Derek, even though he had helped her from suffering a dreadful marriage There is also the secondary romance involving Simon and Madeline, a villain to spice things up and a happy ending I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 F Freewel rated it liked it review of another edition To read this and reviews feel free to visit my blog at Yes, another historical romance The blurb looked really interesting gotta love unconventional first meetings so why not I was looking forward to some uniqueness And the book ended up being quite good, I cannot stop mentioning that I love when there s good grammar, syntax and just good storyline in general You would think because a book gets published those should be the minimum but I To read this and reviews feel free to visit my blog at Yes, another historical romance The blurb looked really interesting gotta love unconventional first meetings so why not I was looking forward to some uniqueness And the book ended up being quite good, I cannot stop mentioning that I love when there s good grammar, syntax and just good storyline in general You would think because a book gets published those should be the minimum but I ve see cringe worthy published books before that lacked all those essentials, so now I m always grateful when I see a well put book The story starts with Derek the male MC desperately trying to find a wife Now, being a Duke, and handsome to boot, he certainly has a vast variety of eligible debutantes from which to pick and choose, but there s a slight problem he s not happy with just choosing a random bride to then do his noble duty and make her pop out a couple of heirs Nope, he actually wants someone he can stand you know, someone he wants to have deep, meaningful conversations with We re not talking about full on besotted love, but at least some semblance of care and interest between each other I ve talked to every one of them and haven t found one who interests me enough to pursue anything further Same as last year, Enderly said And the year before, and the year before that, Derek said, the despair creeping in once again Oh, did I forget to mention he needs to marry in less than a week Yep, an old law put by his ancestors states that every Duke of his lineage needs to marry before 30, or the title and all the holdings are taken away Gotta love outdated requirements Derek is just done with it all the balls, the strict society, the superficial rules he decides to cut his Season off and return to his country house early, absolutely not caring any if he loses his title Feeling a bit depressed, my lord As luck has it or, rather, as luck in fiction books has it a total unexpected encounter on his way to his estate quite literally changes the course of his life Derek sees, what he believes at first, a man digging in the ducal grounds He approaches to investigate, intrigued on why that person was digging so earnestly Well, obviously it turned out to be a woman Catherine our female MC had run away from home to escape an arranged marriage to a complete SOB of a viscount Apparently, her grandmother had been the mistress of Derek s grandfather kind of cringy, but ok, I ll flow with it and she had quite some shiny and expensive trinkets hidden in a chest that she left ownership to Catherine for whenever she may need the additional money The key, however, had been hidden, buried in the grounds And that, ladies and gentlemen, was why Catherine was digging in the dirt as much as a mole trying to find worms As well as that, Catherine seems to hate if not loathe all aristocrats from a bad experience of hers Ok Catherine, generalising much Derek senses it ok, like is hit repeatedly by it every time Catherine runs her tongue on how bad all nobles are so he decides to tell her that he s not the duke, but rather Jack, the estate manager Catherine buys it, and here comes forth a drama play of Derek acting like a commoner and Catherine falling in love with aforementioned commoner They have a hasty elopement to Gretna Green, and lo and behold, they see themselves married My first problem with the book apart from Catherine s complete and ignorant disdain of a whole social class is how fast their relationship progresses By the second day, they re completely into each other, and if my memory doesn t fail me, they marry scarcely four days later a bit fast and sudden, I must say Also, we get the POV of Derek s cousin, Simon, in the book too I personally don t like having multiple POVs except the main characters , because I just want to read and focus on one couple at a time in a book, so that reduced the enjoyment a bit Additionally, when Catherine finds the truth about Derek well, this is completely subjective, but her anger and moping about him lying to her I just found it so overdone Derek gives, for me, a very good explanation and logic on why he played the part, but she just seems not to care, preferring to be all hurt instead I understand being angry, I would have been too, but she drags that anger for too much like, geez lady, he only lied about his name and that he s not a duke Can you even blame him Your disgust towards people with titles probably scared his confession off too As Catherine washed and dressed, she thought of the wall she d built around her heart and was filled with foolish hope Who was this man to whom she was married Was he really so different from the boorish aristocrats she d had the misfortune to know in the past Yep, just found her a bit overdramatic even from the quote above, was she really comparing Derek to the viscount that attempted to rape her I would be mortally offended I found Derek to be a great male MC, he really cared deeply for Catherine and acted like a devoted puppy towards her, bringing her breakfast in bed, giving her books and full reign of managing his library, helping her dig in the dirt to find that blasted key, promising to take her to Egypt and Rome and the Americas Basically her every word was gold for him Where can I find you Derek, she doesn t deserve you Anyhow The book was not bad in general, and it was a nice read to be honest I kept reading just for Derek See you all for my next post I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book which was kindly provided through NetGalley by this book s publisher All thoughts and opinions are my own flag Like see review Jan 12, 2019 SS rated it really liked it Shelves adult, british, chick lit, crime, dysfunctional families, easy reading, england, feel good, fiction, giveaway The duke is approaching his thirtieth birthday, and he is required to have married a suitable woman by the time he celebrates Of course, he s handsome and intelligent and wealthy However, he s never found a young woman that appeals to him or who can match his intelligence No idle, simpering young miss for him He s been in Town to make one last attempt at finding a proper mate during the Season, but gives up in disgust and heads home, despite knowing that his duchy and all it s holdings will The duke is approaching his thirtieth birthday, and he is required to have married a suitable woman by the time he celebrates Of course, he s handsome and intelligent and wealthy However, he s never found a young woman that appeals to him or who can match his intelligence No idle, simpering young miss for him He s been in Town to make one last attempt at finding a proper mate during the Season, but gives up in disgust and heads home, despite knowing that his duchy and all it s holdings will be lost and given to his greedy, conniving uncle.You know it never ends there In this case, he arrives at his estate on the side farthest from the main entrance to find a young boy digging up the ground But it s not a boy it s Catherine, and she despises the aristocracy Of course, she s been promised in marriage to a vile and disgusting older man The Duke, Derek, comes to her rescue.If this book was a Regency, it would be a smash hit out of the ball park But it s not a Regency story Unfortunately, it reads like one The only way you can tell that it s not a Regency is by a few mentions of twentieth century details They re scattered far apart and feel like they ve been dropped in to try and move this book into the early days of the 1900s You ll occasionally see mention of the Wright Brothers, motor cars Toward the end of the book until about three quarters of the way through, it s all horses and carriages, bed chambers and counterpanes, and night rails You will, however, find indoor plumbing as a big thing , and African adventurers If you remove those occasionally presented details, this reads like a true Regency, and I d venture that this is one of the better Regency books that I ve read were it set in the early 1800s.If you can overlook the swapping of the centuries, this was a quick and entertaining read It s light and fluffy and hot There s a duke and an earl and a viscount, some heroes and some villains There are some lovely young women, sisters, and the duke has a yummy rake of a cousin There re misunderstandings, lies, omissions, illness, tension, romance, and lots and lots of steamy sex.While overall the book is well written, there are a few continuity errors, typos, and misused words, but they are very few The good characters are very likable, but the villains are hard to believe The marriage in Gretna Green was missing the blacksmith and the anvil, two things that are historically required Instead, they re married by a magistrate and sign a registry The blacksmith and the anvil were part of the Gretna Green marriage ceremony until the 1940s, so it s a rather large error However, two of the irritating problem were that at times, the dialogue got clunky and stilted Also, we never do find out if the Duke s uncle actually leaves England I guess that might be left open to turn this into a series Despite the problems with details and the time period feeling of the book, even the, at times, awkward dialogue, I enjoyed reading it If you re into historical romances and not too fussy about details and facts, I think you ll enjoy this book I won an advanced reader copy of this book in a giveaway flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception All together, her books have sold than 7 million copies worldwide, have been translated into than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list 29 times She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack s House Publishing romance imprint She is a two time nominee for the Romance Writers of America s RITA award for romance fiction Her goals in life are simple to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news Join Marie s mailing list on her website at marieforce for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area Follow her on Facebook at Facebook MarieForceAuthor, on Twitter marieforce and on Instagram at instagram marieforceauthor Contact Marie at marie marieforce


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    1. This one gets a D for Dreadful at AAR Marie Force is a very well known and popular writer of romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, and is now turning her hand to writing historical romance Based on this first foray into the genre, I m afraid I have to say that she should stick to writing what she knows best, because Duchess by Deception is simply awful it s based on a flawed premise and is full of really tired clich s than you can shake a bundle of sticks at.Derek, Duke o This one [...]


    2. With Marie Force s trademark stamp of likeable characters, romance and steam by the bucketload and a Downton Abbey esque setting, Duchess by Deception introduces us to Derek Eagon, Duke of Westwood and Lady Catherine McCabe whose feelings for one another move at a fair old clip I ve never seen anything quite like the way the two of you went from confirmed bachelors to happy matrimony in the blink of an eye My thoughts on this are mixed with parts I enjoyed and those less so Overall it wa [...]


    3. Also posted HERE Edited to askI can t recall why is this series called Gilded If it s referring to America s Gilded Age well, that has nothing to do with England where this series is set.Marie Force has been a prominent and well loved figure in the contemporary romance and romantic suspense scenes for years, and this is her move into the historical romance genre.Did it work for me Uh no, not really Ignoring the sexist opening chapter for a moment, my problem with Duchess by Decept [...]


    4. I had originally put this book down at the 60% mark after trying to read it for 5 days.Today I picked it up again and finally finished it.The last 40% was amazing hense the 3 star rating.


    5. When I saw Marie Force had written an Historical Romance, I was immediately intrigued I enjoyed Duchess by Deception very much The setting, characters, plot, and language were not groundbreaking, but they were entertaining The heroine, Catherine, is fairly typical in need of saving, yet intelligent, educated, and independent The hero, Derek constricted by the aristocratic life he was born to, searching for a bride in order to meet a deadline and retain the title of the Duke of Westwood, an When [...]


    6. This review is for the Advanced Review Copy It seems the finished version might be slightly different, regarding the duke s title Suspension of disbelief requiredI will most probably be accused of being mean spirited or petty, but the moment I saw the blurb, I knew I had to read this book The blurb says that the duke will lose his title if he is not married before his thirtieth birthday The thing is, this is impossible a dukedom is a matter of birthright and no cockamamie scheme can deprive This [...]


    7. I m a huge historical reader and I was really excited when Marie announced she was jumping into this genre I ve loved her writing style for a long time and this book was just wonderful.From the first page I was captivated and it didn t let up until the end I was immersed in this world, taken through the emotions that Marie Force is known to envoke I loved every word and can t wait for This was a fantastic read.


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