by Julianne MacLean

June 2003
ISBN: 0-06052-704-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Sophia Wilson came to London to marry someone with a title so in New York her family would be recognized and be accepted into polite society. You had to come from old money and not new to be acceptable. Sophia did not marry anyone in New York so she told her mother she would marry for love and would find someone of her own choosing to marry.

In walks James Langdon, the Duke of Wentworth, with a mysterious air about him. You know the dark, handsome brooding type with eyes that held no emotions in them. James believes he has to bury his emotions, not let them rule him. He did not want a wife, wasn’t even interested in the “marriage mart”. But Sophia intrigued him enough to keep showing up in society when he never went out in it two nights in a row.

Sophia was determined, has a mind of her own and went with her heart telling her that James had some good in him. She would find out on her own and not the gossip that she had heard. James is trying to stop the madness that has encased his family for generations, but will he be successful? While James is trying to keep his distance from Sophia, they are both falling in love. Sophia recognizes it as love but James does not. He knows that he likes being around her and very attracted mentally and sexually to Sophia.

Can two people that come from different backgrounds and beliefs truly love one another? Can Sophia breakthrough James ironclad emotions that he has kept hidden and buried since he was very young?

Can Sophia who has known love all her life from her parents and siblings live in a household that has never known love and even remotely close to one another? Can Sophia break some habits that have been with her husbands’ family for many years? Can this usurp bring love into the family and make them a family after all?

To Marry The Duke is a very fast pace read. We get to see how two people from different cultures meet and fall in love with all the struggles that go along with it. The story flowed from one moment to the next, you were never left to wonder why this or that happened. This is the first book by Julianne MacLean that I have read and it will definitely not be the last. If you like your stories that will keep you captivated from the beginning until the end, and get to see and feel what the hero and heroine are thinking, then this book is for you.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Pam.

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