The Moonstone Duke (Moonstone Landing, #1) by Meara Platt
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
No. of Pages: 265
Date of US Publication: 4 May, 2023
My Rating: DNF at 50%
Hen is guardian of her younger sisters after their father’s death. Their father’s cousin is guardian of the trust and hasn’t sent any money to Hen, as well as other family members. Hen goes for an angry walk, gets a cut on her hand, and is crossing the duke’s property trying to get home to treat her injury. The duke sees her and things she is just another young lady pushing to marry a duke, Hen has no earthly idea who he is and she’s pretty, so he’s immediately taken with her, tends to her wounds, feeds her a snack, talks with her about her pos relative, and then springs a proposal on her (see below)
* insta insta love - marriage was proposed right before the 10% mark 😡
* Hen’s consistent total lack of self-esteem was really grating
* negative mental health rep - “all my issues will miraculously go away now because of my partner’
* say something wildly provocative and then when asked about it, respond with ‚we’ll talk about it later’ 🤬
* mention of a mysterious former relationship partner pops up every so often and after my reading (albeit not the full length of the book) I still had no idea what happened there
* MMC with this attitude - now I’m going to try to make you responsible for my mental health 🤬
I didn't continue reading after the 50% point. This one wasn’t for me.
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Thank you to Dragonblade Publishing and NetGalley for the DRC
What happens when a steamy duke who has never lost in battle meets the innocent young lady determined to conquer his heart?
When Lady Henley Killigrew’s father dies and his title of earl passes to a not so friendly cousin who wants her and her two younger sisters out of their elegant London townhouse, she takes them to Moonstone Cottage, a lovely manor house they inherited from a maiden aunt in the Cornwall seaside village of Moonstone Landing. But their funds are limited, and the new earl is a stingy guardian who will not loosen the purse strings to allow her to properly maintain herself and her sisters in their new home. The only way to save them all is for her to marry, for that is the only way to claim her trust fund. Would her neighbor, Cain St. Austell, the brooding and reclusive Duke of Malvern, consider a marriage of convenience?
Cain St. Austell, the Duke of Malvern, has returned home now that Napoleon is defeated. But those grueling war years have left him scarred both physically and in his soul, for he lost too many friends and is not certain how or why he ever survived. Knowing he needs time away from London society and the madness of the Marriage Mart in order to heal, he has acquired a property in the quiet village of Moonstone Landing. Marriage is the last thing on his mind, until his neighbor, the beautiful and slightly eccentric, Lady Henley Killigrew, appears on his doorstep with a startling proposal...and he accepts.
In fact, Cain is the one who does the proposing because when the heart knows, it knows.
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