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I could not put this down!  The main characters, Beatrice and Will are stubborn yet willing to see the other's point of view.  I loved the examination of women's plight in the Regency era and how Beatrice is smashing the typical role. I was delightedly surprised that Will's character is not the typical bull-headed he-man, but a thoughtful, progressive albeit well-built Duke.  I picked up a lot about the societal expectations of royalty, which I'd never considered even though I read plenty of Regency books.  I loved the witty, quick banter.  The romance and intimacy scenes were well-done: no heaving bosoms.  I'm definitely going to check out others in the series!

From the publisher:
Shakespeare meets Bridgerton in this witty and lively marriage-of-inconvenience romance.

As far as William Easton—the Duke of Blackheath—is concerned, love can go to the devil. Why would a man need passion when he has wealth, a stately home, and work to occupy his mind? But no one warned him that a fiery and frustratingly strong-willed activist like Lady Beatrice Haven could find a way to get under his skin...and that he might enjoy it.

Lady Beatrice is determined to never marry. Ever. She would much rather fight for the rights of women and provoke the darkly handsome Duke of Blackheath, even if he does claim to be forward-thinking. After all, dukes—even gorgeous ones—are the enemy. So why does she feel such enjoyment from their heated exchanges?

But everything changes when Beatrice finds herself suddenly without fortune, a husband, or even a home. Now her future depends on the very man who sets her blood boiling. Because in order to protect his esteemed rival, the Duke of Blackheath has asked for Beatrice’s hand, inviting his once-enemy into his home...and his bed.

Each book in the Never a Wallflower series is STANDALONE:
* The Spinster and the Rake
* Much Ado About Dukes
* The Duke's Secret Cinderella

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled: Amara for allowing me to rate and review this e-ARC title.

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