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  1. 4 out of 5

    Mina

    I love a good scarred hero romance. And the heroine has an illness that is making her slowly lose her sight? I was in for the ride! There was such much built-up that I was waiting for the passion. Then I got to the end only to find out that it's a clean romance. They shared a sweet kiss and that is all. Overall, it was a nice story with strong family ties and good character development. I just felt the couple lacked that connection (I am used to reading smut, so that is probably my problem). I love a good scarred hero romance. And the heroine has an illness that is making her slowly lose her sight? I was in for the ride! There was such much built-up that I was waiting for the passion. Then I got to the end only to find out that it's a clean romance. They shared a sweet kiss and that is all. Overall, it was a nice story with strong family ties and good character development. I just felt the couple lacked that connection (I am used to reading smut, so that is probably my problem).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Bourgeois

    Entertaining book Good plot and light story, but too much giggling by Cecily and sniffing by Val. If you can ignore that, good read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Carpenter

    This story starts a relationship off that is awkward, but as the Duke realizes his place as a husband the relationship smooths itself. The heroine's character was well thought out, the Duke's character was awkward and bounced. The story line and plot were well developed, but even after the two fell in love the dialog felt difficult. The conflict in this whole story is the Duke getting over himself. For a man that is to take over the Dukedom, he has a whole lot of growing up to do. This story starts a relationship off that is awkward, but as the Duke realizes his place as a husband the relationship smooths itself. The heroine's character was well thought out, the Duke's character was awkward and bounced. The story line and plot were well developed, but even after the two fell in love the dialog felt difficult. The conflict in this whole story is the Duke getting over himself. For a man that is to take over the Dukedom, he has a whole lot of growing up to do.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    A wonderful story Val/Archington - was terribly scared on the face that caused lots of insecurities, and rejection from the ton Cecily- has an illness that slowly making her blind, and also rejected by Tom I enjoyed reading this engaging story that is well written with charismatic characters. Their story has a loving HEA.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Boosmummy

    I read this book quite quickly as I couldn't put it down. The story flows well and I wanted to know what would happen to the characters as I really liked them. It was lovely reading a story that didn't have lots of side plots but focused on the relationship building and then our HEA. I read this book quite quickly as I couldn't put it down. The story flows well and I wanted to know what would happen to the characters as I really liked them. It was lovely reading a story that didn't have lots of side plots but focused on the relationship building and then our HEA.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen Huebert

    A heartwarming book This book shows How's how two people with disabilities and injuries can overcome criticism and malicious comments and live a happy life. A heartwarming book This book shows How's how two people with disabilities and injuries can overcome criticism and malicious comments and live a happy life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Cawker

    I loved this book as the author draws you into the lives of Cecily and Val who are ostracized by the ton of high society who are cruel. Both families want nothing but the best for both of them as they love them dearly. A must read as Cecily and Val agree to marry for convenience and time will tell whether they fall in love with other. ❤️

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Connelly

    Editing This would be a 5 star book if edited properly. There ate glaring errors of syntax and grammar. Otherwise I enjoyed this story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Sweet story I enjoyed reading! He has a scarred face, she cannot see it. Great story!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tisa

    Lady Cecily Derrick ~ the oldest of the Earl of Devinshire & Countess adored by all her family. She and her younger sister Lady Agnes are as close as to sisters could possibly be. Cecily was beautiful, smart, intelligent & so excited for her debut. she had her dances with suitor's, though she thought her blurriness was just her overwhelming exhaustion from the continuous dancing in her the ballroom. When heading off the dance floor for a breather. She crashed into the waiter/butler knocking him Lady Cecily Derrick ~ the oldest of the Earl of Devinshire & Countess adored by all her family. She and her younger sister Lady Agnes are as close as to sisters could possibly be. Cecily was beautiful, smart, intelligent & so excited for her debut. she had her dances with suitor's, though she thought her blurriness was just her overwhelming exhaustion from the continuous dancing in her the ballroom. When heading off the dance floor for a breather. She crashed into the waiter/butler knocking him & a flutes full of champaign crashing to the floor. Having embarrassed herself, family & butler with her display of unlady like behavior. What happened? It was time she listened to her parents & they were to go see a specialist about her eyes. What he father finds out is heartbreaking. Lady Cecily has a rare eye disease that will make her lose her sight in a very short appeared of time. All happened during her debut of the season. She will be an evident & rely on her parents to take care of their handicap daughter. Not to mention this will stop any prosecutable suitors for her her Lady Agnes. Val Archer ~ The Duke of Archington has been requested by his mother Dowager Duchess to return to London after hiding for over 5 yrs. in the far East & take his Dukedom responsibles @ the Archington Estate. Val just cringes' with the idea of having to deal with the pompous gossip of society with snickers, & insults about the Duke's beastly disfigurement. He can easily take care of London & the Far East business matters from right where he resides. The Duke of Archington not only had been scarred by his physical disfigurement but also by his emotional. When Lady Jocelyn his betrothed & madly in love w/ was suppose to marry in a few weeks before this accident. His fiance never came to see him after the accident. Then broke of their engagement stating she couldn't be seen with the likes of him in society. What a cold, hearted woman & definitely not a true lady. The Dowager Duchess is thrilled for her son to have come home. She has informed him that she has missed him & understands why he left England. But he needs to think of the future of Legacy & consider marrying & having an heir. Dowager Duchess has decided to invite her very closest friend the Countess of Devinshire & her daughters. Wouldn't her son Val enjoy that? NO! But Val could see how excited she was. The night came & him almost wanted to run & hide to his chambers. He met the Earl & Countess & they didn't turn away. Then he noticed their daughters. One turning away & the most beautiful creature looking straight at him. He had never been more nervous in his life. Read what happens to these two misfits? When friendship, honesty, understanding & beating against the likes of society builds love. I loved this book, in was sentimental, honest with the characters vulnerabilities'. The reader witnesses friendship, caring & building bonds that outway any society gossip. The love that the Duke shows Lady Cecily is sweet. loving & hopeful. When Val starts to realize that Lady Cecily doesn't take life for granted & wants to know what the world is like thru her husband. The Duke must learn love can outway what gossip holds within the pompous class of the ton. There are moments where the authors describes gestures of happiness & closeness with a kiss, or touch of the hand for both characters. How they have physical intensity that warms, & desires their heart. I just wish that we would have had the same aspect of that in a love scene. I would have loved the description of when Cecily would touch her Duke for the 1st time in the bedroom. To show how sensual & close they could be as one. Let Val be alone with his Duchess in chambers & help her dress or undress. That would open up their vulnerabilities' to another level. it could have been a romantic & beautiful scene. Opening up their emotional scars to each other. Maybe if their is an update of this novel in the future. All I know is I loved it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the beautiful, heartfelt love story of Lady Cecily and Val, the Duke of Archington. They are two, sweet and loving people who have disabilities that cause them to be shunned by the ton. Due to an illness, Cecily is slowly losing her eyesight. But no one knows because she has been hiding her eyesight problem from everyone. During her coming-out party, she stumbled into a waiter carrying a tray full of champagne. Since then, men avoid her and women ignore her. Five years ago, Val was in a s This is the beautiful, heartfelt love story of Lady Cecily and Val, the Duke of Archington. They are two, sweet and loving people who have disabilities that cause them to be shunned by the ton. Due to an illness, Cecily is slowly losing her eyesight. But no one knows because she has been hiding her eyesight problem from everyone. During her coming-out party, she stumbled into a waiter carrying a tray full of champagne. Since then, men avoid her and women ignore her. Five years ago, Val was in a stagecoach accident. As a result of this traumatic event, Val now has scars on the entire side of his face. To make matters worse, his girlfriend broke up with him because of his scars, and everyone else looks upon him as a “monster.” Men and women of the ton find him disgusting. For this reason, Val comes up with, what he considers to be, a brilliant idea. He plans to ask Cecily to marry him. This marriage of convenience will solve their problems. Cecily cannot be disgusted by something she cannot see. And, these two society outcasts will be able to have a family and live a normal life. The couple moves to Val’s country house, so they can be away from the society that ignores them. Unfortunately, the two of them find it very difficult to be comfortable with each other. Of course, the two of them have some obstacles to overcome, but that is always done respectfully. It is so heartwarming to watch this couple, slowly, become friends. Eventually their friendship turns into love even before they are aware of it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Mantonya

    NOT a beauty and the beast retelling. Clean regency This book was sweet and angsty and I wanted to punch the MMC for trying to choose what’s best for the FMC. I also got real tired of the FMC being SO forgiving and understanding and kind - I like my female leads with a little more sass and a bit mor fire to their temper instead of always putting everyone else’s feelings above their own. Luckily this FMC had a happily ever after with a man who only took a fortnight or two to figure out what an idi NOT a beauty and the beast retelling. Clean regency This book was sweet and angsty and I wanted to punch the MMC for trying to choose what’s best for the FMC. I also got real tired of the FMC being SO forgiving and understanding and kind - I like my female leads with a little more sass and a bit mor fire to their temper instead of always putting everyone else’s feelings above their own. Luckily this FMC had a happily ever after with a man who only took a fortnight or two to figure out what an idiot he was.

  13. 5 out of 5

    LaDonna Holloman

    I love a good clean romance. The couple were well suited for each other. When the Duke took her horseback riding tho, maybe he could have rode beside her holding the reins to her horse. It seemed awkward when he placed his hand on her arm. Also I would have loved to have read where the town people fell in love with the couple after they saw how much in love they were. All together it was a great read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diane Horne

    A Marriage of Convenience with a Beastly Duke By Sally Forbes Four stars, cute storyline, love an go beyond disabilities.. Cecily was blind and the Duke was scarred from a accident.. She wads more accepting of her disability, whereas Val thought he was a beast, so he married Cecily cause she couldn't see.. Despite everything they fell in love, during the story he had doubts that almost ruined everything.. But Val turned things around, and got back on track.. Good ending. A Marriage of Convenience with a Beastly Duke By Sally Forbes Four stars, cute storyline, love an go beyond disabilities.. Cecily was blind and the Duke was scarred from a accident.. She wads more accepting of her disability, whereas Val thought he was a beast, so he married Cecily cause she couldn't see.. Despite everything they fell in love, during the story he had doubts that almost ruined everything.. But Val turned things around, and got back on track.. Good ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre Oddy

    Poor Too American, with modern idiom (a makeover!) and no idea of how the British aristocracy acted - the servant bows or curtseys to the Lord never the other way round. Biscuit for breakfast, I think not! I am assuming that the author referring to the American sort not the thin, hard, dry sweet or savoury British type. I could go on but I think I have said enough for an explanation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ramonita Roldan

    Sadly Lacking Substance! This story lack two factors that would had made it an exceptional read. It had no passion or intimacy! Considering Cecily's blindness and Val's disfigurement, it would had been excellent to explore these aspects of the story. Instead it was a lack luster story! Sadly Lacking Substance! This story lack two factors that would had made it an exceptional read. It had no passion or intimacy! Considering Cecily's blindness and Val's disfigurement, it would had been excellent to explore these aspects of the story. Instead it was a lack luster story!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Probably worth 2.5 stars. Cute story overall, but the grammatical errors are so much so that they were a bit of a distraction. The title is also rather misleading, as it has really nothing to do with the beauty and the beast story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Char

    Boring This book appears to be written for very very young readers. The main characters giggled and chuckled every other paragraph. No self respecting female of that era would ride a horse without first changing into a riding habit. So many inaccuracies in this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dorothey Thompson

    A Marriage of Connivence with a Beastly Duke I really enjoyed this story and the extended episode. Both were Exciting, and had times of sadness for each, Val and Ceciley. I encourage anyone to read this story, and see the characters find their love and happiness.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Cardin

    I love this book it was well written and I was very impressed with how the characters were made. I give this book 5 stars. I would tell everyone to read and buy this book. Sincerely Barbara R Cardin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    Interesting story concept but I found the telling too simplistic and simple if that makes sense. As such it seemed to drag. There are also a lot of etiquette and Americanism issues. As a duchess she would not curtesy to a viscount. Keep changing my mind between 2 and 3 stars. I have ended up on 2.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connie Skief

    When a life altering handicap brings the love longed for Accidents, illness, and changes in life sometimes are the path to true love. Highly recommended for all readers, I shed a few tears at the end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Two people shunned by society. A marriage of convenience. Loved this story!

  24. 5 out of 5

    LizKat

    Highly disappointed. Does not come off like a regency romance at all and the plot plods along.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maree Croxon Mapperson

    Perfect fit A story for those who do not fit into society’s Idea of the perfect or acceptable. Learning to live your own life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lois Mason

    Edit Edit Edit How can you invite someone for dinner and then go to their house for dinner? Awkward dialogue but the story has potential.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Really good twist on Beauty and the Beast. Very lovable characters and good story line. I received an ARC of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Very cute short read

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bks43v3r

    ? Stars Gotta think more about the rating. Review to follow.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl brown

    Ton Whay happens to one happens to another. To be shunned to fine love with someone that knows how it feels. But to find love is even better.

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