Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Duke's Quandary by Callie Hutton

Today I finished The Duke's Quandary by Callie Hutton. This is the second book in The Marriage Mar Mayhem books. Boy there is mayhem. If you read the first book in the series The Elusive Wife, you would remember Drake. After all he's the Earl of Conventry's best friend. Now Drake is on the prowl for a wife and he believes he has found the perfect candidate for the Duchess of Manchester. Drake believes he has everything worked out until his mother drops the bombshell that she will also sponsoring another young lady. The young lady is a bit socially awkward.

Miss Penelope Clayton would rather stay in the country and focus on scientific research than prance around London Society. However, her aunt has other plans and has inform Penelope that she must participate in a season and be a guest of the Duchess of Manchester.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Duke's Quandary, because you have Drake who is dead set on finding the perfect person to be the perfect Duchess. However, he has his mother who is trying to help him realize love is more important than obligation. While looking for the perfect bride he needs to keep an eye out on Penelope who seems to cause more trouble. I love Penelope, because she's just trying to make it through the season without making cake of herself. Yet, it just doesn't seem to workout for her.

At times I felt bad for Penelope for how the ton treated her and even Drake. While his family adore her, she still would see that she wasn't cutout to be part of society. She even tried to get back to countryside, but Drake is stubborn. Overall, a wonderful read about a bluestocking girl and a Duke set to find the perfection. Yet, stumbles into something better, but doesn't realize it. So, if this sounds like your kind of read, you might want to try The Duke's Quandary. Don't worry about reading the first book if this appeals to you, this can stand on its own.

Favorite Quote:
Marriage lasts a long time, and very few things in life can make you more miserable than an unhappy union.  
Copy provided by the publisher


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