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In the first novel of Maya Rodale's enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess... In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen... Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family's estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry In the first novel of Maya Rodale's enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess... In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen... Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family's estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead. ...and true love is always in fashion Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker—not a duchess—and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can't refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material. It's the perfect plan—as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal, and above all do not lose their hearts.


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In the first novel of Maya Rodale's enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess... In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen... Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family's estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry In the first novel of Maya Rodale's enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess... In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen... Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family's estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead. ...and true love is always in fashion Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker—not a duchess—and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can't refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material. It's the perfect plan—as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal, and above all do not lose their hearts.

30 review for Duchess by Design

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale’s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set – not surprisingly – in New York’s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While the premise – an impoverished duke who needs to marry money falls for a penniless woman instead – is a well-worn one, Ms. Rodale gives it a fresh coat of paint while also encompassing the many changes in society that were hap I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale’s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set – not surprisingly – in New York’s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While the premise – an impoverished duke who needs to marry money falls for a penniless woman instead – is a well-worn one, Ms. Rodale gives it a fresh coat of paint while also encompassing the many changes in society that were happening at the time and providing a solution to the central dilemma that is completely and absolutely right for this story. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, inherited a pile of debts along with his title, and is now faced with the time-honoured method of restoring the family finances, his crumbling estates, his tenant’s livelihoods and providing a dowry for his sisters. He must marry an heiress. On the advice of his cousin, Freddie, Lord Hewitt, Kingston travels to New York where his title will gain him an entrée in to the highest society and thus present him with his choice of current crop of Dollar Princesses – heiresses whose families have made huge sums of money from railways, manufacturing, real-estate and so on. It might not be what he wants for himself, but it’s the only way he can provide for all those who depend on him; even if he can’t marry for love, it will at least mean that his sisters will have the chance to do so. You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Els

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her own shops, and she has this crazy idea in her designs. Pockets! Yes I told you that she is insane. Pockets, like why would women need pockets? (oh this makes me so sad, we still do not get pockets. I need pockets.) Her Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her own shops, and she has this crazy idea in her designs. Pockets! Yes I told you that she is insane. Pockets, like why would women need pockets? (oh this makes me so sad, we still do not get pockets. I need pockets.) Her boss is not a big fan of her crazy idea of pockets. Poor Adeline. The Duke of Kingston is looking for a Dollar Princess to save his dukedom. And I get it. He has responsibilities. His tenants, his family, his legacy. He needs money. He does not want to sell land and makes his people work in mines. I could not dislike him for it, because the dollar princesses thought the same. They wanted a title. These two meet and sparks fly. But he needs a rich wife, and she needs her freedom. But he really likes her, and she is always the one fleeing away. I think this would have been great as a historical fiction novel instead. She brought up so many interesting things. The Dollar Princesses, the 400 and their lives, the suffragettes, a woman's place in the world. I do think I would have liked it even more then. It would have been richer. I did not know how this would end. I know there must be a HEA, but at times I just did not know how it would happen. He needs money. She has none. But do not fear, there will be a HEA. New York, Balls, and dresses with pockets. It is a new world. Interesting. Narrator. Charlotte North She had a good range

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the place to go hunting. Adeline Black is a seamstress with dreams of opening her own shop and creating her own designs, her dreams do not include love, marriage or handsome dukes - until a chance meeting in a hotel lobby. Sh 4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the place to go hunting. Adeline Black is a seamstress with dreams of opening her own shop and creating her own designs, her dreams do not include love, marriage or handsome dukes - until a chance meeting in a hotel lobby. She is attracted to the stranger, who must be the duke the papers have been writing about, but dukes don't marry seamstresses and she tries to put the encounter out of her mind and concentrate on her goal - to convince the heiress Harriet Burnett to go with her dress designs, including her signature - pockets! Kingston cannot believe his luck, he meets the woman of his dreams his first day in New York, she is lovely, poised, intelligent AND an heiress! He sends a note to the suite she entered, asking her to meet him in Central Park. She is going to refuse until she reads a description of her outfit in the paper - this could be her break! She agrees to meet him and the attraction between them is red hot. But he still thinks she is an heiress... When he learns the truth, he confronts her, she never lied to him, he never asked. She tries to walk away, but he follows her and his attention causes her to lose her position at Madame Chalfont's shop. He feels badly and offers to help her - she refuses and tells him, that he has no idea what it is like to be poor - he may think he is poor, but what he really is, is entitled. Adeline spends the next week trying to find work and Kingston tries to find a bride - he narrows his choices down to two. Adeline gets an intriguing offer when she runs into Harriet at a speech in Union Square. Harriet and several friends have a club - Ladies of Liberty, they help women find work, they offer to fund her dream, but she must swear to keep their secret. While out with Freddie, Kingston happens upon her shop - she refuses to see him - hilarity ensues! When she gives him the heads up about the two women he is considering for his duchess, he asks for her help. He invites her to the opera, she will wear one of her creations and get free advertising when the papers write about it. She agrees and at the opera, suggests a potential duchess, Miss Alice Van Allen. Kingston can't seem to forget about Adeline and wishes he could marry her, but he has responsibilities to his title, family and tenants - he can't let them down, even at the cost of his own happiness. He begins to court Miss Van Allen and she is all he could ever hope for in a duchess, but his heart is not in the courtship - it is with a dressmaker who has no desire to marry and has no fortune. Things start to take off for Adeline, her shop is a success and when she receives another letter from Kingston saying he has met Alice and yes she is perfect, but he thinks he should consider a few more ladies and asks her to attend a ball with him. She agrees. They attend and she tries not to feel hurt when he spends time with Alice and leaves her with his cousin Freddie. She doesn't like Freddie, he is handsy and makes her uncomfortable, she is angry because she cannot completely rebuff him, his wife is a client and he has yet to pay his bills - she cannot afford to anger him and it makes her more determined to remain independent. Kingston makes assumptions about her and Freddie and is jealous. On the way home, he realizes that he will marry Alice, but a part of his heart with always be with Adeline. They have no contact for weeks and then have a random meeting on a rooftop garden. He misses her and again wishes that there was a way they could be together. The arrival of his mother and sisters remind him that he must propose to Alice, but he continues to stall. When they meet again at a masked ball, sparks fly and he makes a decision. When Adeline leaves the ball, he follows her, knowing everything will change. She takes him to the bowery, hoping to scare him away, but they end up sharing their pasts and spend the night together. When he asks how she got the money to start her shop, they fight and she leaves, hurt. Kingston follows through with his new plan and the fall out threatens Adeline's dreams. Can there be a HEA?? I loved this book, it was almost unputdownable - I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about him actively trying to find a bride who was not Adeline, but found that it didn't bother me at all. I loved Adeline and her friends and thought Harriet and the Ladies of Liberty were wonderful. I loved watching Kingston begin to envision a different future for his duchy - to let go of the past and bravely embrace the changes happening in his world. He and Adeline together were magical, she was exactly the duchess he needed - he just had to be brave enough to take the risk and she in turn had to be brave enough to trust him with her heart and dreams. There were a couple of title errors and typos that I assume will be corrected by publication - but overall, this was an outstanding start to the series and I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next book in the series!! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an Uncorrected eARC that was provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    nick

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved the focus on independence, feminism and chasing dreams. Brandon, Duke of Kingston, is broke and is in desperate need of a wealthy wife to make amends on his estate. His search for a bride brings him to America whe I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved the focus on independence, feminism and chasing dreams. Brandon, Duke of Kingston, is broke and is in desperate need of a wealthy wife to make amends on his estate. His search for a bride brings him to America where he stumbles upon Adeline, a seamstress with aspirations of becoming a dressmaker. When Kingston approaches her with a deal that would allow her to showcase her gowns at glamorous events in return for insight into the heiresses he intends to woo, she can't refuse him. Adeline was the star of this novel for me. She stole every scene that she was in. She was fierce, independent and resilient. As a woman of that era, she encountered many unfortunate obstacles, but she always rose up from them stronger than ever. She was brilliant in every way and very much of an admirable sort. Her passion for dressmaking truly shone through. It was very encouraging to watch her meander through society and charm all the rich ladies with her gowns with pockets, paving the way for her success. I also liked Brandon a lot. He was a little bit stubborn and snobby at first, but a sweeter facet of his personality emerged as the story progressed. It was great to watch his views about women slowly change into something more progressive as he got to know Adeline better and I was totally rooting for him. I didn't particularly find Adeline and Brandon's romance to be life-changing or swoon-worthy - it was a somewhat of a gentle and quieter romance - but I found it to be quite sweet. The two made for a compelling couple especially as they were willing to listen to each other. I would have liked to see them interact a bit more and for the book to have focused more on their relationship. Instead of the romance, Duchess by Design was centered around the themes of feminism and Adeline's career aspirations. I'm not complaining, however, as I found the book to be enjoyable in every way. I was particularly into the book because of the Gilded Age Girl's Club and all their efforts into helping and allowing women to be a more productive part of society. They were such an interesting group and I'm looking forward to learning more about them. I also thought Maya Rodale did a wonderful job at making the Manhattan setting come to life. Everything was just luscious and glitzy - I loved it! Though not the most romantic book out there, Duchess by Design was a great novel. I'm excited to see what Maya Rodale has in store for readers with the rest of this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored this book. It's so well-written and relevant. Adeline was a wonderful heroine. She has goals that don't involve getting married, but instead revolve around her talent and passion as a dressmaker. Kingston, or the duke I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored this book. It's so well-written and relevant. Adeline was a wonderful heroine. She has goals that don't involve getting married, but instead revolve around her talent and passion as a dressmaker. Kingston, or the duke as he is usually referred to, is also quite wonderful. He's lived life in a bubble of the upper-class where he's not immune to problems. His estates are crumbling, he owes money, he has to support his mother and sisters plus all of the workers on his estate. He doesn't want his sisters forced to marry for money so he decides to do his duty and marry for money himself. This requires traveling to New York where he can hopefully snag an heiress whose family wants to wed their money to the aristocracy. Despite this, he's blind to the everyday juggling and constant worrying that the 'lower' or maybe a better term would be 'working class' have to deal with every day and also to the struggle of women in the day. The way Adeline and Kingston fall for each other, the way she teases him and likes him for who, not what, he is and the way he respects her passion for her work is just lovely. Kingston actually listens to Adeline when she explains to him the constant balancing act a woman who wants to make her own living faces and in doing so he becomes aware of the world beyond himself and his privileged upbringing. The way they navigate the social and economic issues of the time and their own circumstances was so wonderful. One other aspect of this book that I really want to highlight is the way women working towards change and supporting, rather than competing with, other women is highlighted. It's so refreshing whenever I see that in a novel. I actually really liked the heiress that is Adeline's main rival. While she's not a big part of the book, her character is multi-dimensional and interesting. I'm crossing my fingers that she's the subject of a future book in this series. I highly recommend any historical romance fan, or any contemporary romance fan looking for an entry into historical romances, read this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mother with expensive taste and two sister that will need to soon have their 'coming out'. So what Brandon settles on is getting a heiress wife which leads him to run into Adeline. Adeline is a seamstress who out to desig Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mother with expensive taste and two sister that will need to soon have their 'coming out'. So what Brandon settles on is getting a heiress wife which leads him to run into Adeline. Adeline is a seamstress who out to design her own dresses. When she meets Brandon she is attracted to him and learns he is a Duke. But her life as a seamstress isn't for a Duchess nor does she want to give up her dream. Brandon knows he needs a wife with money but he is drawn to Adeline. When they two finally strike a deal that she will help him with the wife business if he helps her get her gowns out to the town. But bargains sometimes go in a different directions just as theirs did. Really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the other books to come out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is changing. Women are striving to find a voice and a life to call their own. Taking place in a thriving New York City, many impoverished entitled peers are flocking to America to marry heiresses to fund their failing dynasties bac I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is changing. Women are striving to find a voice and a life to call their own. Taking place in a thriving New York City, many impoverished entitled peers are flocking to America to marry heiresses to fund their failing dynasties back in England. Adeline is a self-made, independent woman, striving to make her way in a world where women are seen as lesser. She isn't a damsel who needs to be rescued. She doesn't need a hero. She doesn't need a man to pay her way. Adeline has a voice and she's determined to use it and be heard. After centuries of living off entitled lands and properties, the mismanagement of funds has Kingston wishing to marry into money. As a duke with many other titles, he struggles to save the legacy his father allowed to be bled dry, to protect his mother and sisters and their tenants. Kingston is selling his future happiness for the burden he carries, seeing the only way out is to marry for money, not for love. After centuries of a mindset where to earn money, to work, is seen as lesser, Kingston sets his sights on NYC's plethora of heiresses. Push-pull, slow-burn, filled with lust-filled tension as a budding relationship is tested time and time again, Kingston opens his eyes to larger issues, while Adeline strives to make the lives of an entire gender better. Having read the entire book in one evening, I was entertained, my appetite whetted for more, but there was just a little something missing for me, where I didn't get enthralled by the story, where I was rooting for the main characters. Maybe it had something to do with Kingston marrying for money, instead of solving his own problems- this isn't a gender issue for me, as I'm not a fan of that trope in historical romance, usually utilized by the female's family to get out of a bind. Kingston does evolve as the story progresses. Maybe it was his cousin, while filled with reality, rubbed me wrong. I wanted a few pages with Kingston's family, but it was just told how they up and disappeared, to where I wasn't sure why they were shown at all, to be honest. Even the interaction the duchess and her daughters had with Adeline was told in a paragraph, when the scene would have been eye-opening to read. I needed more on this end, as it was the plot of the entire novel- Kingston's strong desire to protect his legacy and family. However, I was intrigued by the women in the novel- a strong feminist, equality message on most pages. All of the women mentioned, I cannot wait to read their stories. Highly recommended to fans of the author and the genre, Duchess by Design was a solid start to a new series, and I cannot wait to see what will come next. Note: I received an uncorrected proof, where it is assumed all errors will be corrected prior to publication. The following did not affect my rating, but it did affect my enjoyment. There were numerous errors, which I've never noticed before by this author or publisher. Most notably, quote marks- Sometimes, end-quotes were in the middle of a string of dialogue. Other times, the end-quote was never used, connecting dialogue with monologue and just left dangling. This became confusing, as I had to read several passages a few times, and with a few, I couldn't figure out which was spoken or thought- obvious when it was actions or detailing. I only mention this as it was 20+ times. Another issue was the lack of commas after 'Well' 'Okay' 'Yes' 'No' and so on at the start of a sentence, as well as before or after the name of the person being spoken to within dialogue. Example: "Well (comma) I see what you mean (comma) Erica," would have been written as, "Well I see what you mean Erica." Sure, I can be mean... 'mean Erica' but that's not what the sentence is trying to relay.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Connie Fischer

    White’s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, his widowed mother, and two sisters. With him at White’s is his cousin, Freddie, Lord Hewitt. The two had grown up together are best friends. Now, Freddie is suggesting that Kingston consider a marriage of convenience, bu White’s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, his widowed mother, and two sisters. With him at White’s is his cousin, Freddie, Lord Hewitt. The two had grown up together are best friends. Now, Freddie is suggesting that Kingston consider a marriage of convenience, but rich heiresses are rare. That that are available do not appeal to Kingston. So, at Freddie’s suggestion, he decides to go to America and search for a rich American bride. New York City - 1895 Miss Adeline Black is in a hurry to visit a client, Miss Harriet Burnett, who is staying at he Fifth Avenue Hotel. In her rush to get through the crowded lobby, she bumps right into Kingston. Excusing herself, she heads for the lift and Miss Burnett’s room. Kingston is quite taken with the exuberant young woman. Thinking that she must be wealthy to stay at this hotel, he strikes up a conversation with her in the lift and sees her go into Miss Burnett’s room which is right next door to his room. Adeline works as a seamstress for Madame Chalfort and has come for a fitting for Miss Burnett. The young prefers comfortable clothes that look nice and have pockets which is Adeline’s specialty. With Adeline’s suggestions for achieving that goal, Miss Burnett decides to order an entire wardrobe of clothes. Intent on completing this large order, she is surprised when she receives a letter from Kingston inviting her to go for a walk. He thinks that she is Miss Burnett whom he heard has just inherited a fortune. As Kingston is feted by Mrs. Astor and other extremely wealthy Americans, he finds some of the young women to be quite bold. But where is Miss Burnett among these wealthy Americans? When Kingston finally realizes that Adeline is a dressmaker, he can’t keep himself from falling in love with her. But, he needs a rich heiress. Oh, what shall he do now? This story has a clever plot and some some scenes that I am sure readers will enjoy and even make them swoon. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracy T.

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really liked the women's club that helped Adeline with her shop and the women's movement they were pushing for. I really liked Adeline, she was smart, witty, funny and a strong female lead character. Always a bonus. I liked Kingsto I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really liked the women's club that helped Adeline with her shop and the women's movement they were pushing for. I really liked Adeline, she was smart, witty, funny and a strong female lead character. Always a bonus. I liked Kingston too. Lots of great dialogue throughout the entire book! As for the narration, it was good. I think this is my first Charlotte North narration and she did a great job. I enjoyed her very much. She did a great job on the male voices the accents and had a very nice reading voice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)

    Thank you @avonbooks for sending me an advance copy of Duchess By Design in exchange for my honest opinion. I’m going to preface my review by saying that I compared this book to other books in this genre. It’s not fair to analyze a Regency Romance and compare it to a literary work of art. Things that I liked and that were unique about this story.... 📖 It is based in The Gilded Age of the US which I learned was a term that Mark Twain coined. The era immediately following the end of the Civil War Thank you @avonbooks for sending me an advance copy of Duchess By Design in exchange for my honest opinion. I’m going to preface my review by saying that I compared this book to other books in this genre. It’s not fair to analyze a Regency Romance and compare it to a literary work of art. Things that I liked and that were unique about this story.... 📖 It is based in The Gilded Age of the US which I learned was a term that Mark Twain coined. The era immediately following the end of the Civil War was a time of wealth and progress for many with tycoons earning their money in shipping, steel, railroads etc. At the same time there was a huge influx of immigrants who were struggling to survive. So instead of a Golden Age, it became known as the Gilded Age. 📖 The Duke in this story is poor (usually the Dukes are ridiculously wealthy in these stories) and on a hunt for an American heiress to save his kingdom. 📖 The heroine, Adeline, is a self-sufficient seamstress and scandalously sews pockets into gowns. 📖 Gasp! Pockets! Hard to believe but this was a small way that women could exert independence. They could carry their own money! 📖 My favorite aspect was the bond between the women who were friends. They supported each other and the burgeoning women’s rights movement.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Shupe

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This was a fascinating look at class politics at the time, as well as the contrasts between the Victorian Brits and the Gilded Age Americans. It's a fun, easy read with plenty of steam. I devoured it! *I was given an adva This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This was a fascinating look at class politics at the time, as well as the contrasts between the Victorian Brits and the Gilded Age Americans. It's a fun, easy read with plenty of steam. I devoured it! *I was given an advance copy of the book by the author for an impartial review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Kenneally

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power.

  14. 5 out of 5

    GONZA

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo libro per essere un regency romance ha una trama piuttosto innovativa, perché non ho mai letto di un duca che si sposa una sarta e quindi tutto sommato mi sono divertita anche se secondo me non é che sia scritto particol This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo libro per essere un regency romance ha una trama piuttosto innovativa, perché non ho mai letto di un duca che si sposa una sarta e quindi tutto sommato mi sono divertita anche se secondo me non é che sia scritto particolarmente bene. THANKS EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracett

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentionables in a twist", etc.) Maybe I'm too much of a stickler, but I like my historical novels to revel in their time period and to not play footsie with modern slang and speech. If I want modern speech out of place, I' I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentionables in a twist", etc.) Maybe I'm too much of a stickler, but I like my historical novels to revel in their time period and to not play footsie with modern slang and speech. If I want modern speech out of place, I'll read a time travel romance. Other than that, this was a fun, light read. I'll probably read the next in the series, if it happens to cross my path.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it but it just lacked a certain something to me. In the beginning I was highlighting so much because it resonated with me. It was like an ode to women everywhere. A lot of the problems Adeline faces are probl I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it but it just lacked a certain something to me. In the beginning I was highlighting so much because it resonated with me. It was like an ode to women everywhere. A lot of the problems Adeline faces are problems women still face today. Her fight for her independence and desires to be her own woman were admirable and echoed my own feelings. I really loved the feminist calling in it- at first. But it just got to be a little overdone. Kingston's character arc was just superb. He went from a spoiled Duke to an understand Duke. He was able to see the world from Adeline's point of view and grow as a person. I really enjoyed his character and thought he was a great leading man. He changed with the times and became a "modern" 19th century man. This review may seem a little back and forth and that's because my feelings for this book are still a little undecided. I WANTED to love it but I just didn't. There was nothing overtly wrong with it nor anything spectacular about it. I will say this, I will read future books in this series, because I love Rodale and her work, but I won't be impatiently waiting for them. Give me a little bit to hash out all my feelings and then check out my blog literarylovebooks.com to see my full review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real “Dollar Duchess’ phenomenon, to a society that provided options heretofore unknown to women for their own self-determination. And each of these moments played an important part in this story and in the progression of Adeline on the way to making her d In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real “Dollar Duchess’ phenomenon, to a society that provided options heretofore unknown to women for their own self-determination. And each of these moments played an important part in this story and in the progression of Adeline on the way to making her dream a reality. Born on the wrong side of ‘acceptable’ yet never actually taking that as her only option, Adeline’s biggest dream is to own a dress shop and design fashion for women that everyone will and can wear. Watching her mother exist through a series of bad marriages because she had no other option, she started working at a dress shop, learning and perfecting her skills and supporting herself. A huge step forward in her experience, as she is able to afford a place to live and has money for food, clothing and isn’t beholden to any man, or forced to forego her own sense of propriety. Due to her employer’s illness, she is sent to a client’s final fitting at the city’s most prominent hotel. Excited to mention (and offer) some of her own suggestions and design ideas that have repeatedly been shot down by her boss. Meeting Harriett Burnett, heiress, could be the move that starts to change everything for her. But first… Brandon, Duke of Kingston is in New York at the suggestion of his cousin/best friend Freddie, a second son and married to an American heiress himself. Inheriting a title with no funds, mountains of debt and a mother who can’t pass up any excuse for new and ‘fashionable’ clothing and accessories and two sisters without dowries- he’s in a tight spot. Never expecting that he would marry for love – he’s willing to forego his own choices and happiness to give his sisters a chance at love, and to keep his mother happy. Landing in New York – the papers are all atwitter with his arrival, and the lobby is crammed with people, guests and not, looking to glimpse the rich and beautiful. A full-body collision with Adeline on the way to her meeting is seared into his brain. Her beauty, her seeming disregard of his title (which never happens in Britain) and the gentle flirtation that, from her side, seems to be a way of ‘appeasing him’ is one he can’t forget. And seeing her enter the suite next to his – he’s certain she’s the women perfect for his duchess. With Adeline finding new opportunities through her connection to the Ladies of Liberty Club, she’s got her own shop with her best friends and other women in need of proper work unavailable to them – the only problem is they aren’t getting much work. Kingston arrives, determined to get her out into society and get her name known. He’s realizing (slowly) that his attraction to her has created unknown levels of difficulty, and his being a Duke – while utterly cowing in England, means little to anyone other than marriage-minded mamas in search of a title for their daughter. A deal where Adeline’s designs will be shown, and he’ll be certain to mention her shop is launched, and all for Adeline helping to steer him in the right direction in his hunt for a Duchess. Until a masquerade ball where he leaves his soon-to-be betrothed woman’s side to chase after Adeline, there with the women from the club, and all the fury falls on Adeline and her shop. Oh this was fun – even if the ‘romance’ didn’t always feel particularly real to me. What stood out was the girl power in this story, and Adeline’s ability to make Kingston think – think about his own sheltered life, his lack of understanding of true poverty and the restrictions placed on women – and the damages possible from just whispers of impropriety. Adeline is wholly unimpressed by his ‘title’, she wants the man beneath, and he’s desperate to prove that man worthy. But there is still the matter of money – and his lack of it. Understanding the opportunities (repeatedly explained to him by Adeline) in New York, and more than a bit of risk – he makes moves that will both bring the entailed estates money but allow him the opportunity to reach for love. A wonderful introduction to a new series, with plenty of change and enlightenment for the characters, while including a sense of the changes afoot in society of the day. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  18. 4 out of 5

    Roses R Blue

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It’s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial shambles he inherited from his father, he decided to sacrifice his own desires and marry for money. Since English heiresses are few and far between, he travels to America, where they are plentiful. When Brandon literall 4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It’s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial shambles he inherited from his father, he decided to sacrifice his own desires and marry for money. Since English heiresses are few and far between, he travels to America, where they are plentiful. When Brandon literally bumps into a beautiful young lady in his own hotel, he’s intrigued by her wit and flirtatiousness. When the mystery lady enters the room next to his own, which Brandon knows belongs to heiress Harriet Burnett, Brandon feels his prayers have been answered. Imagine finding an heiress who not only can save him financially, but one who appeals to him physically and intellectually! Adeline Black is a talented seamstress with big dreams and ambitions. She is filling in today for her employer in fitting Harriet Burnett, and plans to showcase her own design ideas, hoping the heiress will like them. She accidentally runs into Brandon, and correctly assumes that he is the duke who has everyone in a tizzy. Rather than being intimidated, Adeline takes the once in a lifetime opportunity to share some flirtatious banter, then moves on to her appointment, not aware that the duke believes that she is Harriet. Much to Adeline’s delight, Harriet is impressed with her designs, (pockets, you know) and asks that Harriet be the one to work on her wardrobe. Adeline encounters Brandon several more times, enjoying their meetings, but determined not to become the plaything of a wealthy man, and still not realizing that he believes her an heiress. When Brandon eventually learns the truth, he is crushed to find his dreams shattered. Adeline cannot be a part of his future. To make the situation worse, Brandon’s attentions have caused gossip and speculation, and Adeline’s employer chooses to fire her. Though Brandon longs to rescue her, Adeline refuses his help. Harriet, meanwhile, plays a major part of this story, both as a matchmaker, and as a modern thinking woman who is generous enough to help Adeline. There is no doubt that Brandon and Adeline have fallen hard for each other, but they live not only in different countries, but different worlds. I love how author Maya Rodale wrote these characters. Adeline is so strong – she’s not looking for a prince to come and rescue her – she wants to make her own future and be a success in her own right. She is intelligent enough to see the difficult position Brandon is in, and doesn’t blame him for the choices he has to make. Yet, she challenges him to think outside tradition and to change the world, a little at a time. Brandon is not a snob, and does not look down on Adeline because she is of the working class. He loves her and wants her to be a permanent part of his life, but is willing to sacrifice his own happiness to ensure that his family is secure. Though their situation is sad and seemingly hopeless, I love the relationship between the duke and the seamstress. It’s fun, teasing, flirty, and delightful, without Brandon seeming rakish, or Adeline seeming too brash or bold. Their chemistry is definitely steamy, and I rooted for them to find a way to be together where they both could win. DUCHESS BY DESIGN was a joy to read, and I’m happy to recommend it to all readers who enjoy historical romance, but in particular, those who enjoy a heroine who is strong, and a hero who is determined.

  19. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But when his father dies and he takes on the Dukedom he also takes on a very run down estate, plus the responsibility of his mother and two sisters both needing dowries and all 3 needing the best of fashions. In desperate n Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But when his father dies and he takes on the Dukedom he also takes on a very run down estate, plus the responsibility of his mother and two sisters both needing dowries and all 3 needing the best of fashions. In desperate need of funds, he travels to America in search of a rich heiress to marry. Miss Adeline Black is a seamstress whose dream is to own her own dress shop. A place where she can design new fashions ahead of their time. In the meantime, she works for a woman who won't even let her suggest ideas in the shop. Adeline and Kingston first meet when she is at the hotel that he is staying in. She is there to do a fitting with a client staying there. When their eyes meet there is an instant attraction and when Kingston has the chance to flirt with her he loves her sassy reactions to him. When he sees her enter one of the hotel suites he thinks his luck is in. He has met an attractive, sassy woman who also happens to have the funds to stay in a high-class hotel. He manages to spend some time with her and he likes her more and more. When he finds out that she is just a seamstress he is distraught. He could really see himself married to her. His heart wants her but his head is telling him that he has to marry an heiress. As much as he knows he shouldn't spend any time with her he comes up with an idea where he gets to spend time with her as well as searching for his future wife. They will be seen together at social gatherings, with her wearing one of her own creations. That will give her designs much-needed advertising, and while they are at various functions Adeline will advise Kingston on which women are eligible for him. The problem is that all the women that are suitable don't compare to Adeline. Is there any way that they can be together, even perhaps as mistress to protector?? This was a beautiful story set in New York which I loved. It makes a change to read about an aristocrat needing to marry a wealthy woman with the freedom of the American way of life. Kingston was quite surprised at how different American women were, not one of them were afraid to speak their minds. I enjoyed reading how Kingston was enlightened by Adeline and loved the build-up of their relationship. The passionate scenes between them were steamy yet sensual and written really well. It was with a sense of 'thank god' when they finally gave in to their desires. Did they end up together, in any capacity, well of course they did, but in what capacity was it? You will have to read the book to find out. You won't be disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need of a duchess. And not just any duchess, the Duke's estate is failing, so she has to have a sizable dowry. What transpires is a wonderful tale of independence, dreams, and a notable women's movement. The Gilded age I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need of a duchess. And not just any duchess, the Duke's estate is failing, so she has to have a sizable dowry. What transpires is a wonderful tale of independence, dreams, and a notable women's movement. The Gilded age is one of opulence. Everybody is showing off what they have got. From houses to dresses to balls, it is a time to be seen and to make your mark. Brandon, the Duke of Kingston, is in America to find a wife. He is nearly penniless due to his father's old fashioned ways. He stumbles into Adeline, a seamstress who strives to be a dressmaker. He is enchanted with her. Having found out that she is not of money, he offers her a way to showcase her gowns at some society galas in exchange for valuable information on the many ladies he intends to call on. It's all a ruse though. He really just wants to be close to her. No way to refuse the free publicity, Adeline agrees to be seen with the Duke. Adeline was the true star of the book! Very resilient and wise for her years. She was a fierce women of an era that offered many obstacles for women. She was smart and very talented. Her eye for fashion clearly excited her and that excitement translated into very exotic and unusual designer gowns. Soon the wealthy women were all clamoring for her designs! I also enjoyed the Duke. He was enchanted with Adeline and even though he knew her station wasn't aligned with his, he could not help himself when it came to her! He tried to woo others that had the dowry and connections, but he was fooling himself. I enjoyed seeing his eyes opened. Not only with Adeline, but with a strong women's movement as well. Brandon and Adeline's romance was a sweet one-not over the top-but more simmering. The focus was more on her dressmaking business instead of the budding romance with the Duke. It was an intriguing read since the author gave us the inside scoop on what the women were achieving during that age. Behind the scenes women who helped other women, achieve stability and be socially accepted by a society run by men. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the city and clothing by Maya Rodale. She brought Adeline's vision to life and it was vivid and exciting! I am intrigued to read more books within this Gilded Age Girls Club series! I am sure they will to be as fascinating as the Duchess by Design!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, she sizes opportunities and wants most than everything to keep her freedom, why she can’t think to marry and relinquish her hard won money to a man. She has a heart of gold, as she does not only work for herself but al It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, she sizes opportunities and wants most than everything to keep her freedom, why she can’t think to marry and relinquish her hard won money to a man. She has a heart of gold, as she does not only work for herself but also the women who count on her to but their bread. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, Marquis of Westlake, Earl of Eastland, and Viscount Blackwood, so a very well breed gentleman but all tittle no money, so broke he crossed an ocean to find his wealthy heiress. He just didn’t mean to meet the woman of his dreams his first day in New York, nor she to be so far unreachable as too poor to solve his own problems and restore his estates. But by frequenting Adeline, she will open his eyes, he will slowly realize the world is changing and if he wants to survive, he must too, and this means not always following the usual path. I do lot like when the h or H look around, but Kingston’s Hunt for a bride was more amusing than annoying as he always compared any potential duchess to Adeline. While I thought her stubborn by the end of the book when she asked something impossible to the Duke, I was furious for the pain she caused him while he had tried to be the man she could love. Hopefully she has good friends to help her repair the damages but I had a hard time understanding why she was unable to marry him. Yes, I do not lived during this time, but to me she tried to hide her fears behind her refusal, instead of taking some risks. I have just one question, Adeline appears as a prim and proper woman, it seems Kingston introduces to carnal pleasures so how can he not have seen he was her first? A very entertaining read, with two dashing characters and plenty of funny, witty and nice second ones. A 4,5 stars read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dariotis

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale book one in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston. Brandon is a Duke that has inherited a dukedom that needs to replenish the coffers, estates that need major renovations and tenants to worry about. That’s not his only worry, his sisters soon to be coming out and a mother with very expensive tastes. So whats a man to do? Find an Heiress to solve his worries. Brandon travels to America and lit Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale book one in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston. Brandon is a Duke that has inherited a dukedom that needs to replenish the coffers, estates that need major renovations and tenants to worry about. That’s not his only worry, his sisters soon to be coming out and a mother with very expensive tastes. So whats a man to do? Find an Heiress to solve his worries. Brandon travels to America and literally finds the woman of his dreams what would be the odds if she’s the heiress he’s looking for!? Adeline is a seamstress who dreams of designing her own dresses. When she meets Brandon their attraction is instantanious. She finds out he’s a Duke tries not to form an attachement, the life of a Duchess is not for her, she has her dream to think of. But a girl can flirt and dream right? I tottaly loved this new series by the very talented Maya Rodale. This was well written the characters believable. Their attraction sizzled. Plenty of twist and turns kept me entertained and turning the pages. I’m never disappointed in anything that Maya Rodale writes. Really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the other books to come out. I recieved a complimentary copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This is my honest unbiased opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Duchess by Design takes place during the Gilded Age in New York City, a time when women were making their way in the world in new professions and impoverished English nobility were coming to snag an American heiress. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, is determined to do the honorable thing for his impoverish estates, his clothes-crazy mother and his sisters who hope to marry for love - and that is for him to marry an heiress. The first woman he meets is Adeline Black, a seamstress who dreams of Duchess by Design takes place during the Gilded Age in New York City, a time when women were making their way in the world in new professions and impoverished English nobility were coming to snag an American heiress. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, is determined to do the honorable thing for his impoverish estates, his clothes-crazy mother and his sisters who hope to marry for love - and that is for him to marry an heiress. The first woman he meets is Adeline Black, a seamstress who dreams of owning her own dress shop. Adeline is determined to have her own independence, working to maker her own dreams come true without relying on a man. She's conscious of the limits of the day on women, the need to be "virtuous" or risk losing your reputation - and your ability to hold a job that feeds, clothes and houses you. Kingston is everything honorable - and old school. He learns from Adeline and from the energy of NYC, that the old ways need to change. "Change the world" is at the heart of this one. I tagged so many lines and quotes. While taking place in the Gilded Age, many points are relevant today. An unabashedly feminist romance that I loved. I can't wait to see where this series goes!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tony Haile

    The best romance novel I've read all year!!! This was my first Gilded Age romance novel after having read a ton of regency romances and I love the updated time period! The romance is still the center of the book, but the heroine Adeline doesn't wait around to be saved by the Duke or his money. She defines her own path with the help of a club of pioneering ladies and the story is all the better for it. So often in the romances I read the man doesn't change and it's the woman who has to change to The best romance novel I've read all year!!! This was my first Gilded Age romance novel after having read a ton of regency romances and I love the updated time period! The romance is still the center of the book, but the heroine Adeline doesn't wait around to be saved by the Duke or his money. She defines her own path with the help of a club of pioneering ladies and the story is all the better for it. So often in the romances I read the man doesn't change and it's the woman who has to change to make the relationship work, but the Duke in this book is the one who changes and realizes who he has to be to be worthy of the seamstress who rocked his world!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diane K. Peterson

    4.5 stars. A thoroughly enjoyable book with a lovely message about determining what is most important in life. On one level it is a rather typical story about an impoverished duke that comes to America to marry an heiress. But what happens when he immediately begins to fall in love with a poor seamstress? This hero and heroine have quite a struggle to find a path to their HEA. I liked Adeline's spirit and direct way of dealing with things. The duke was a better guy than he even knew he was. They 4.5 stars. A thoroughly enjoyable book with a lovely message about determining what is most important in life. On one level it is a rather typical story about an impoverished duke that comes to America to marry an heiress. But what happens when he immediately begins to fall in love with a poor seamstress? This hero and heroine have quite a struggle to find a path to their HEA. I liked Adeline's spirit and direct way of dealing with things. The duke was a better guy than he even knew he was. They had a sensible relationship with some real depth. Good stuff.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    i am new to this author, Maya ... great cover ... i love the cover purple. so so much!! i did win this book in a giveaway on Goodreads ... so happy to always find new authors to me ... i will read more from Maya soon enough. great writing style. i read a lot of books on my kindle but i really enjoy picking up a book and just holding in my hand ...this is a perfect fit for me ... size wise .. perfect fit. it is the small things in life you know. great read. love it!! ( ;

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for a more successful execution of the "a duke learns to recognize his own privilege" arc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    So I have agonized over my thoughts on Maya’s new book. Because it isn’t BAD, this was a fun read. I loved all the amazing historical details and lady-positive plot points (and consent-positive sexytimes). But I just didn’t believe that, beyond the Instalust, Kingston and Adeline deserved their HEA. They didn’t spend very much time together aside from a walk in the park and a meeting or two and a few nights out on the town. We don’t really get to know them as a couple. So while this is a really So I have agonized over my thoughts on Maya’s new book. Because it isn’t BAD, this was a fun read. I loved all the amazing historical details and lady-positive plot points (and consent-positive sexytimes). But I just didn’t believe that, beyond the Instalust, Kingston and Adeline deserved their HEA. They didn’t spend very much time together aside from a walk in the park and a meeting or two and a few nights out on the town. We don’t really get to know them as a couple. So while this is a really great start to a series I know Maya can do better.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily S.

    Cute story, with very likable characters. I enjoyed it! Actually, the only thing I don’t really like is the cover. It looks weirdly photoshopped, but that could just be the kindle edition.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ewa

    4.5 stars

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