What to Do with a Duke by Sally MacKenzie (review by Kristi)

what to do with a duke

(Let me start out by saying I fell in love with the cover of this book.  I loved the dress, the flowers, all the colors used and the cat!  I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s what I did.  I got this book without even reading what it was about!)

“She had no desire to wed. And he had no desire to die”. These two sentences sum up the plot of this book. Isabelle Catherine “Cat” Hutting has no desire to wed and, in fact, wants to be a writer. Marcus, the Duke of Hart, needs to produce an heir but knows that, due to a centuries-old curse, he will not live to see his heir. The two meet when Marcus goes to the village of Loves Bridge to fulfill his duty of naming the next Spinster House spinster. The attraction between the two is instant but due to their circumstances they try to fight it.

For the most part, this book was a fairly fun read. The characters are believable and, with the exception of a couple, are easy to like. My favorite character has to be Polly the cat. I’m thinking the author has owned a cat or was a cat in a previous life. She was spot on in writing Polly’s character.

The book is written on the humorous side. The author seems to have an edgy sense of humor and it shows in her writing. I did enjoy this aspect of the book. With all the talk of the curse, the book could have taken a turn to the darker side but the author kept the book light with her sense of humor.  Here is an excerpt which I think showcases this:

(While Marcus and Cat are looking around inside one of the bedrooms in the Spinster House) “Or perhaps it was the thought that his future had been stolen from him in this room–in that bed.  The huge fourposter was dark oak as well, with heavy red curtains and–

And Poppy sitting right in the middle of the bedclothes, studiously licking her private parts.”

I did have a couple of issues which kept me from giving the book five stars. First, I think some of the dialogue was a bit too brazen and modern day for the setting of the book. Of course, I wasn’t alive back then but I’m pretty sure some of what was said amongst the single ladies would have been considered downright scandalous. My other issue was the sudden ending of the book. I knew I was approaching the end but fully expected an epilogue or something to tie up all the loose ends. Nope. Didn’t happen. I know there are more books in the series, but the next book doesn’t seem to pick up where this one left off. I don’t like to be left hanging as I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers.

Warning: this book contains sexual content and language. If you don’t mind these things and are looking for a fun, light historical fiction read, I think you might enjoy this book.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

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