Series: Duchess of Love #0.5
Published by Zebra on April 24th 2012
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
A Duke In Disguise...
The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It’s not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe’s lands. And Venus Collingswood didn’t want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister’s betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice...
Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he’s his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he’s discovered swimming in his pond—if he can manage to get a word in edgewise...
2017 continues to be the year of romance novellas for me (seriously this reading funk is the worst!). As I’ve been having a difficult time concentrating on full-length novels, novellas have been my go-to. Therefore, I was searching for some new ones when I came across The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie. As this author has been on my radar for awhile, and my library had this one available on Overdrive, I gave it a try. The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie was a cute read, but I think it’s better if you’ve read the other books in this series, beforehand.
The Duchess of Love is about Venus Collingswood, who is a bit different from her parents and sister. While Venus’ parents and sister, Aphrodite, are very into research and intellectual pursuits, Venus is more into romance, especially matchmaking. When she learns a duke is moving in nearby, she’s determined to match the duke with her sister. However, Aphrodite is not at all interested. Frustrated Venus goes for a swim at the pond . . . and meets Andrew Valentine, the Duke of Greycliffe. However, because Andrew is very young, Venus doesn’t realize he’s the duke, and Andrew doesn’t fill her in. And then, romance.
Venus was pretty adorable, and easy to like. She is such a matchmaker. It was pretty adorable with how she was just so determined that Aphrodite make a match with the duke, even though Aphrodite never once indicted that she wanted that. It was clear how much Venus did love her sister, even if she didn’t really know who would be the best fit for her. At times Venus did seem a bit young, which isn’t a bad thing, but it did make it a little bit difficult to relate to.
Andrew was adorable, as well. He inherited the dukedom very young, and people are always surprised to realize he is a duke, because of his young age. And he can’t resist the opportunity to not be pursued for his title when people don’t realize he is the duke (they believe his older cousin traveling with him is the duke, and Andrew doesn’t correct them). I absolutely was shipping Venus and Andrew together. They were cute and I could tell they would make a great couple.
I think my one issue with The Duchess of Love, if you could even call it an issue, is that I think this book is best appreciated if the reader already read the other books in this series. I think it would have had a bigger impact if I was more familiar with Venus as a matchmaker. But, overall, The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie was a nice introduction to this author and this series. I definitely want to read more.
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