Book Review: What To Do With A Duke by Sally MacKenzie

What To Do With A Duke is a historical romance by Sally MacKenzie. It is the first book in the Spinster House series set in the village of Loves Bridge, although there was a novella as a prequel (which I did not read).

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be in the library than searching for a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town's infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can't help but be stirred by Cat. It's terribly unfortunate he's not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir's birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken, in true fairy-tale fashion, by an act of true love? 

What To Do With A Duke is a fun and feisty historical romance. Cat is a smart and caring woman with a dream, fierce independent streak, and many siblings. While she loves her family she does not see the need to a husband, and just wants some peace and quiet to write her novel. Marcus is starting to get restless, and a need for connection is building but he does not want to marry in fear of the curse that dogs his family. They are both looking for happiness and peace. They both try to ignore their attraction and as the book goes on, ignore their hearts.  The combination of practical characters that are quick witted and exchange barbs with the best of them. I really enjoyed their interactions and how they both seem to want the best for those they care for. The bonus of a cat with a definite mind of its own just added to the fun and feels through out the book.

What To Do With A Duke is a a fun historical novel that let me wanting more. I am looking forward to reading the sequels. 

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