The Duchess Takes a Husband by Harper St. George

May 22nd, 2023 Kimberly Review 10 Comments

22nd May

The Duchess Takes a Husband is the fourth novel in the Gilded Heiresses series by Harper St. George. It was one she didn’t intend to write, but one that fans asked for and shares the story of Camille, Duchess of Hereford. Swoons, second chances, and daring adventure await you in this sizzling tale.

The Duchess Takes a Husband by Harper St. George
The Duchess Takes a Husband
by Harper St. George
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #4
Genres: Historical Romance
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A scandalous arrangement between a London rogue and an American duchess leads to lavish stakes.

Despite her illustrious title, Camille, Duchess of Hereford, remains what she has always been—a pariah. Though her title means she’s technically accepted by London Society, the rebellious widow with her burgeoning interest in the suffrage movement and her American ways isn’t exactly high on every hostess’s guest list. But Camille starts to wonder if being an outcast is not without its perks when the tantalizing answer to her secret fear appears in the shape of Jacob Thorne, the illegitimate son of an earl and co-owner of London’s infamous Montague Club.

Jacob is used to making deals with his club members—he’s just not accustomed to them being beautiful women. Nor have the terms ever been so sweetly seductive as Camille’s shocking proposition. To finally buy his own club and gain the crucial backing of investors, Camille offers Jacob the respectability of a fake engagement with a duchess. In return, the tempting widow has one condition: she wants Jacob to show her if it’s possible for her to experience pleasure in bed.

The lure of such a bargain proves too delicious to resist, drawing the enterprising rogue and the wallflower duchess into a scandalous game and an even more dangerous gamble of the heart.

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The Heiress Gets A Duke introduced Camille as an American heiress who eventually became the Duchess of Hereford. It was not a happy union, and one of the other young heiresses didn’t care to repeat. But Camille is now a widow, and it’s time for her to spread her wings.

Camille’s experiences have been limited when she comes up with a plan to experience pleasure. She propositions Jacob Thorne to teach her the finer skills of lovemaking. Thorne is the illegitimate son of an earl and co-owner of London’s infamous Montague Club. Thorne noticed Camille from the start, but she isn’t the type one has a dalliance with and her close friends don’t help matters. His first instinct is to decline, but when he needs a fiance’ to seal a business deal, they come to an arrangement. I adore the arrangement trope and the tale that unfolds was sweet, sexy and filled with character growth.

I felt for Camille and admired her bravery. The author did a lovely job of addressing Camille’s life from her arranged marriage to the other men she has encountered. St. George also weaves in the women’s suffrage movement in London, all while entertaining us with a heartfelt romance.

The romance was sensual, and the conflict came from character growth, which kept the drama low. I loved the chats Throne had with the other men, all now husbands and fathers, and how they heard him. Well, maybe the wives helped a little…lol

Fans of the series will appreciate the updates on beloved couples from the previous books. While I wholeheartedly recommend reading the series in order, each book delivers a complete story.

Swoons, delicious heat and a touching tale await fans of historical romance in the conclusion of the Gilded Age Heiresses series.

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About Harper St. George

Harper St. George

Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband's amazing cooking and reading

Read an Excerpt

Tapson stiffened violently as if he had touched a live electrical wire.

In a sense, that was exactly what had happened.

Tapson stared at her in disbelief and mounting horror. He began to tremble. The tremors became spasms. The knife fell to the carpet, landing with a soft plop.

“No,” he said. “You can’t do this to me.”

His eyes rolled back in his head. His right hand went limp. He no longer had a death grip on the rim of the bowl—he was incapable of gripping anything. He collapsed on the floor and lay still.

She took a shaky breath and yanked her hand off the crystal. The pain of the psychic burn wasn’t from a physical injury—her fingertips had not actually been singed—but her nerves were severely rattled. She could not afford to succumb to an anxiety attack, not now. She needed to stay focused on survival, because it was obvious her entire world had just been turned upside down.

“Damn you, Tapson,” she whispered to the unconscious man. “I hope you are trapped in a nightmare. I hope you are locked in it for the rest of your life.”

She had to think. She had to concentrate on the next move.

She took a step and then stopped and put a hand on the table to keep from losing her balance. When she had her nerves under control, she made her way around the table. Crouching beside Tapson, she groped for and found a faint, erratic pulse. He was alive, but she was sure he would never be the same.

There was no way to calculate how much damage she had done to his nerves and his senses. The technique of channeling energy through crystal with enough force to destabilize the source of a person’s dreams was highly unpredictable. It was hardly the sort of skill one could easily practice and refine, at least not in an ethical way.

The talent for doing what she had just done was rare, even in a family with a long history of psychics who could read dreams. But the few accounts left by her ancestors who had possessed the ability had been clear on one point—disrupting an individual’s dream energy was guaranteed to cause considerable damage.

First things first. Her own survival was at stake. She had to get rid of Tapson. She could not let him continue to lie there on the floor of her reading room. What if he woke up and was still capable of killing her? What if he never woke up at all?

She briefly considered trying to hide the unconscious man. Even if she could manage the process—doubtful, because Tapson was large and powerfully built—there was no practical way to haul him any significant distance in the busy city.

There was really only one solution to her problem. She would call an ambulance and explain that Tapson had suffered a stroke during a reading. If or when he woke up, there was a good chance he would not remember exactly what had happened. Even if he did remember what she had done to him, he would have a hard time convincing the police she had tried to murder him with psychic energy.

For her part, she had no way to prove that he had tried to murder her, let alone that he had killed others.

Regardless of what happened to Tapson, her reputation would be destroyed if the press got hold of the story. The rumors alone would ruin her. Clients would certainly not be eager to book appointments with a psychic known to have had a client collapse during a reading. That sort of thing did not make for successful marketing.

She did not believe in omens and portents, but this situation was about as close as one could get to a sign from the universe informing her that it was time to move on.

Excerpted from The Bride Wore White by Amanda Quick Copyright © 2023 by Amanda Quick. Excerpted by permission of Berkley. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

 

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10 Responses to “The Duchess Takes a Husband by Harper St. George”

    • Kimberly

      I am sure your library will have them. I have had to pass on things, but eventually get to them 🙂

  1. Katherine

    I need to get this whole series. It sounds amazing! I love the sound of this one and I love when a character in a series kind of demands their own book. I haven’t read this author before but I’m adding the whole series to my TBR. Great review!

  2. Lover of Romance

    Great review you have there. I have this book I need to read soon and I am very excited for it. I really enjoyed the previous book. I love the classy sensual feel to the writing. Your review definitely has me eager for this one.