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Review ❤️ How to Deceive a Duke by Samara Parish

January 26, 2022


Fiona McTavish is an engineer, a chemist, a rebel—and no one’s idea of a proper lady. She prefers breeches to ballrooms, but her new invention—matches—will surely turn as many heads. There’s just a little matter of her being arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. And the only person she can turn to for help is the man who broke her heart years ago.

Edward Stirling, Duke of Wildeforde, will do anything to restore his family’s name and put his father’s scandalous death behind them. But when Fiona needs his help getting released from prison, he can’t deny her—even though it means she must live with him as a condition of her freedom. With the desire between them rekindling as fast as the gossip about their arrangement is spreading among the ton, Edward will have to choose what matters most to him—his reputation or his heart.

Release Date:
Jan 25, 2022
Series: Rebels With a Cause
Book: 2
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Grand Central
Imprint: Forever
Price: $6.99

Fiona McTavish is many things – chemist, inventor, and businesswoman – but society lady is not one of them.  Edward Stirling, Duke of Wildeforde, will do anything to restore his family’s name, even making personal sacrifices to his heart.  But when the woman he loved and let go needs his help getting released from prison, a condition of Fiona’s bail is staying at Edward’s home until the trial.  Edward and Fiona need to decide what’s worth protecting, their reputations or their hearts.

This is the second book in the Rebels with a Cause series.  It stands alone fairly well, but the history between Edward and Fiona is hinted at in the first one.  There are also references to events and characters from the first book.

Samara Parish follows up a strong debut novel with a story that is even more engaging!  It manages to be driven by an inventive plot, without sacrificing the relationship.  Fiona is arrested for an accident, but the situation escalates due to political unrest, family history, and Fiona’s invention.  Edward is walking a tightrope of feelings for Fiona and ducal expectations.  I liked that the characters motivations and emotions were clear throughout the story.  Edward and Fiona are battling unresolved issues, brewing gossip, mounting charges, and their own personal demons.  I also really enjoyed Edward’s siblings and look forward to the next book!

~ Leslie

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