Taming A Duke's Reckless Heart
by Tammy Andresen
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Tammy Andresen
Genre: Historical Romance
Paperback: 232 pages
Available from: Amazon
With her mother gravely ill, Piper Baker’s situation grows desperate in a world unfriendly to women. Time and money dwindle to naught, and marriage is Piper’s lone option. Although potential suitors circle her skirts, none but Barrett Maddox, Duke of Manchester, captures her heart, after he saves her from a band of thieves. It is just her luck that the man Piper wants is the only one she cannot have. For wealthy, titled bachelor Barrett Maddox, the first rule in life is to avoid marriageable virgins, at all costs, and he has been successful thus far. That is, until he rescues the delectable, auburn-haired Piper Baker. For some unfathomable reason, or in a temporary fit of insanity, he agrees to broker a match for the unfortunate lady, in the target rich New York society. While he easily thwarts inept suitors, can Barrett keep his hands to himself? Entangled in a web they conspired to create, Piper and Barrett are left to wonder if there is anything more reckless than love.
Taming a Duke's Reckless Heart by Tammy Andresen
I cannot fathom being at the mercy of a society so fraught with intrigue, gossip and their dirty little secrets while looking down their blue noses at those not so fortunate. That is exactly where Piper found herself, her father gone, her mother gravely ill and penniless, hardly a recommendation for marriageability for Victorian London. Perhaps mingling with the high society of the States would prove more fruitful? It wasn’t that Piper’s beauty didn’t turn heads, it was that the men were too predictable, too bland and maybe too safe for her strong spirited side. Enter the Duke of Manchester, Barrett Maddox, businessman and the soul reason his titled family could live in luxury. A sworn bachelor for as long as possible, it was his bravery that saved Piper form thugs on the attack.
The feisty Piper and the commanding Duke have chemistry that must be denied, but as Piper’s sponsor in the States, Barrett works hard to discourage any suitor with eyes for Piper’s hand. I wonder why?;) Isn’t he a free spirit fighting having to return home to fulfill his obligation of a planned marriage, or has his heart found its eternal flame in the fiery spirit of a penniless beauty?
Some Victorian romances are stiff, but some seem to throw caution to the wind and bring full-bodied characters to life with sparks flying, brilliant dialogue and sometimes humorous situations. Taming a Duke’s Reckless Heart by Tammy Andresen is romance that both drips with the flavor of the era and the passion of two hearts that are meant to be together, no matter what they say!
Great supporting characters, especially Piper’s mom, this is a wonderful read that flies by quickly!
I received this copy from Tammy Andresen in exchange for my honest review.