When the Duke of Trent meets a lovely American heiress on the balcony at a ball he decides he’s finally met the woman he intends to marry. She’s plain-spoken, doesn’t seem to give a fig about his title and has this peculiar habit of spouting off random facts at moments of uncertainty. She’s also rather gorgeous. He’s determined to procure an introduction from the hostess and find out the name of the woman who has so fully captured his attention. Then he realizes the woman he intends for his Duchess happens to be the same woman who that very same night accepted a proposal of marriage from his twin brother. So he’ll try to keep his desire in check and treat his future sister-in-law with the respect she deserves.
After breaking off two previous engagements, Merry Pelford knows the next time she accepts a proposal she must make it to the altar. No more wavering back and forth and falling in and out of love. When Lord Cedric Allardyce asks for her hand, she accepts and truly believes she has found the man who she will spend the rest of her life with. After all, he’s kind, well-bred and has no need of her inheritance. Then she meets his brother, who is his opposite in every way and yet exactly right for her.
This was a fun read. Light hearted, sexy and with a hero and heroine I liked very much. Merry is a delightful contradiction in almost every way. An outspoken American, proud of her heritage who is kind and soft-hearted. She’s also quite vulnerable and insecure, making lists about what she needs to improve in order to become more acceptable for her English husband. While Trent is described as reserved, when he meets Merry he comes across as anything but. Despite knowing she is meant for his brother, he can’t help but seek her out. He knows in his heart Cedric is not the right man for Merry, but is hopeful that she will curb some of his bad habits when they marry. IF they marry, because all of a sudden the more Merry gets to know Cedric the more she absolutely thinks they will never suit, and the more time she spends with Trent, the harder she falls.
Watching these two fall in love was delightful, from Trent’s passionate internal musings to Merry’s speaking her mind and questioning him on his opinions on love. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen to lead the way to them being together and then all of a sudden …. sigh. So romantic. The passion overflows after they are married and I do believe this to be one of the spicier historical romances I’ve read recently. There was a bit of angst toward the end that I could have done without, simply because the “I can’t love anyone, but I really, really like you” trope isn’t one of my favorites. But the HEA was so sweet, It really didn’t bother me as much as it would have otherwise.
I believe My American Duchess was written as a stand-alone, but I can certainly see where more books are possible. Maybe Cedric will get his story in the future. ln the meantime, if you are looking for a sweetly passionate historical romance on the lighter side, this one is definitely for you. Final Grade- B-
The girl who was too tall, who had no manners, whom no Englishman would want to marry.. that American girl was now a duchess.