Romancing the Stacks: When A Duchess Says I Do

Welcome to Romancing the Stacks. This is a series of reviews featuring one of my favorite genres: Romance Novels! Nothing is better than curling up with a good romance. This review will explore When a Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes.

The cover of this book drew my eye and when I read the summary it sounded interesting. This is the second in a series, but I was uninterested in the first.


Duncan Wentworth tried his hand at rescuing a damsel in distress once long ago, and he’s vowed he’ll never make that mistake again. Nonetheless, when he comes across Matilda Wakefield in the poacher-infested and far-from-enchanted woods of his estate, decency compels him to offer aid to a lady fallen on hard times. Matilda is whip-smart, she can read Duncan’s horrible penmanship, and when she wears his reading glasses, all Duncan can think about is naughty Latin poetry.

Matilda cannot entrust her secrets to Duncan without embroiling him in the problems that sent her fleeing from London, but neither can she ignore a man who’s honorable, a brilliant chess player, and maddeningly kissable. She needs to stay one step ahead of the enemies pursuing her, though she longs to fall into Duncan’s arms. Duncan swears he has traded in his shining armor for a country gentleman’s muddy boots, but to win the fair maid, he’ll have to ride into battle one more time.

Book Review:

This book was utterly boring. The main lead is boring, the heroine is boring, the side characters are boring. The plot is confusing and frustrating. When discovering the heroine ran away from an engagement a captain, the book changes from the plot of the heroine and hero to one about the captain and the father. The captain actually seems concerned about her while her father seems not to care. Turns out the captain was secretly evil and the father wasn’t but was also awful. It felt like it could not make a decision on what the characters were. I just needed some hints that would have help. Had the captain think lewd thoughts about another women, treat a servant badly, or anything. There was absolutely no reason for the heroine to have been a widow. She didn’t love her first husband, nor did he do any damage to her. Why have someone be a widow if it doesn’t develop their character? In all the romances I have read there were reasons why the characters were widowed, pregnant, or anything. It added to the story. The summary overall is misleading. That heroic act he committed and will never be a shining knight again, he married a girl that got pregnant after being raped by her pastor. The girl died in childbirth as he could not afford at the time a better doctor. Why would that make anyone stop helping people? It didn’t and the summary is one of those that practically lies about the plot. Literally the hero was trying to help the heroine from the first moment he meet her. Had the girl lied about the rape, or decieved him about the pregnancy, or if there was any deception I would understand the summary saying he was reluctant to be a knight in shining armor, but the plot failed to do that simple thing. I wanted the story in the summary and got some boring, stupid plot, that failed to make sense. I am actually going to read the first one as the characters from the first one were actually the only good thing about this book.

Rogues to Riches:

  1. My One and Only Duke
  2. When the Duchess Says I Do
  3. Forever and a Duke


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