Review: Seducing the Duchess – Ashley March

Genre: Historical romance

Pages: 320

Published: 2010
Publisher: Signet
Source: Gift from the author

Love and marriage don’t have to be strangers…

Gambling. Carousing. Flirting. Charlotte, Duchess of Rutherford, will do anything to escape her painful marriage and force her husband to divorce her. But when Phillip, Duke of Rutherford, promises a divorce if Charlotte will help him become a better husband for another woman, she wonders if she really wants to lose him…

My Thoughts:
I liked this one because it was different from the usual HR books that I read. And that first chapter where she is kidnapped by her husband was just great. But their love story is a messy one, and a sad one.
Why is then their story such a mess? Well Phillip whispered words of love and got her to marry him. Everything was perfect, their wedding night was perfect, until next morning when he told her he had only used her for revenge and he packed up and left her to go to his mistress. Poor Charlotte was left with a broken heart and during the years that followed she has tried everything to get the cold Duke to divorce her.
What saves Phillip for me is how he is presented from now on. We meet a man who knows what he did was wrong, he knows that he ruined her life, and during these horrible years he has started to fall for her. They used to be friends when they were smaller, and that is what he remembers. If we would have met the coldhearted bastard that took her innocence and spit upon it, then yes I would not have forgiven him. Because I am not usually a forgiving reader, but sometimes it does happen.
Charlotte is the talk of London, she is rumored to have bed half the ton (and more), and she is quite the scandal. She just wants out, she is hurting and her family is not talking to her since she married him. Since I knew how much it must have hurt I did approve of her petty remarks, because she is changing too. That is what this whole book is about. Does she dare to trust him again? Because she does love him, and hate him.
Phillip tries to win her back, and he has a long way to go. And there will be misunderstandings, but come one, this is a HR, you know it will end with happy tears instead of sad ones. I am just saying that the road there is long. And sometimes you do forgive and forget.
After having finished this book I did want to read more of her books. The writing was good and I liked the story of these two broken souls.

31 thoughts on “Review: Seducing the Duchess – Ashley March

  1. The_Book_Queen says:

    Great review! I look forward to reading this one. I'm glad that they do work it out and change as the story goes along; nothing annoys me more than a h/hr that can just blindly move past the things that happened in their past and suddenly be happily in love by the end of the book.

  2. Missie says:

    What? Oh no. I would not have been able to forgive Philip! And why does Charlotte have to get the bad rap when he was the jerk! Grrrr. Men! But I do have to admit, this one sounds very entertaining.

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    NaidaHe was a jerk, a total asshole, but he wanted his revengeBook QNo, they sure had their issues, but what made her trust was surely that she had loved and still lovedAnaI am not sure I could either 😉 But March sure started from the right moment in time and I had to like himAurianI really want her new book now 🙂

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    CarolTrue, and people always say that everyone deserve a second chance and he really works for itElysiumYou would just have to read it and see ;)MissieA man can have a hundred mistresses, a woman one and she gets a bad rep, tsk, yes those were the times

  5. says:

    This sounds like an interesting romance. I have a hard time forgiving and forgetting when a guy does something wrong to a woman. He did her dirty by leading her on so much and then making her life miserable but I might need to give it a try since you seemed to learn how to forgive him and enjoy the book. 😀

  6. Karen says:

    Wow. I wonder if I could get past Philip's actions. I get pretty stubborn about those things but you have me interested to see how it could possibly work out.

  7. StephanieD says:

    I'm not sure there's anything Phillip can do that would make me forgive him. What a cold-hearted jerk! I'll try to calm down now since he is only a fictional character. But still!

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    AmusedIt was good! I will tell you thatMelissa BooksHihi, be careful, she might bite your head off when you say things like thatMaryIt was just greatDeannaIt was how he was potrayed at once. As a man who knew he had been an ass, and yes he could have been worse too. Beaten her, been mean, nope he just left her, still and ass, but at least not an evil ass.BuckyIt certainly was and that made me like it more I think. Cos else it is the same old same old.KarenIt does seem like the thing I could not get past, but I did 🙂 And trust me, I do not forgive and forget easily.Staci:)

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    Melissa WorldI guess you should just read it and see why I liked him ;)YvonneIt was :DStephOk calm, calm, yes he is an ASS. But you should forgive, cos everyone is at least entitled to doing one stupid thing. And if she could forgive then I can tooMysticaIt sure is prettyjennyI like that too :DAna*giggles*Viviennefear not. Yes it says seduction, but he can't really seduce a woman who hates his guts. First he must make her like him, so you can survive one scene that you find there

  10. Ing says:

    Ok I'm definitely going to have to check this author out. This sounds like a storyline that I can definitely get into. Nice review lady! 🙂

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