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It had to be a duke (The Liars' Club ; 1) (udgave 2023)

af Vivienne Lorret (Forfatter)

Serier: The Liars' Club (1)

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USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret launches a new series with a sparkling romance about a spinster, a duke, and a fake engagement that blurs the lines between enemies and lovers...

Verity Hartley always tells the truth. Well, mostly. However, when her snooty neighbor returns to their small hamlet to brag about having a grand Season, a plethora of ballgowns, and so many suitors that she cannot possibly decide which one to marry, Verity tells a lie. She claims to be betrothed. To a duke. Who happens to be her family's sworn enemy. But what are the odds that he would ever learn of this one, little, harmless falsehood?

Magnus Warring, the Duke of Longhurst, is on the precipice of marrying an heiress to save his estate from financial ruin. At least, he was. Until he hears an unbelievable rumor that he is already betrothed. To the daughter of a liar, cheat, and swindler! Needing to protect his reputation, he hunts down the culprit. And when he finds the untamed beguiler, she has the audacity to ask him to lie for her. To pretend to be her fianc!

One week, that's all Verity needs. Then Magnus can return to his life. But nothing is ever that simple. Sometimes it doesn't take that long to fall in love, even with the enemy.

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Medlem:gwendolenau
Titel:It had to be a duke (The Liars' Club ; 1)
Forfattere:Vivienne Lorret (Forfatter)
Info:[S.l.] : Avon, 2023.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:read 2024, fiction, historical, romance, fake engagement, lie, estranged families, scandal, potential discard, 40

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“Because her grandson, the Duke of Longhurst, and I are engaged to be married.”

Verity is the serious, plain, and at almost twenty-six years of age, spinster sister of the Hartley family. Her two younger sisters are beauties and with a scandal that had her father accused of masterminding a swindling deal and older brother that was forced to leave his architecture apprentice job to join a merchant ship, her prospects don't look too inviting. Which is why when her neighbor nemesis is mocking her again, Verity, the staid, responsible one, lies convincingly for the first time about being engaged to the Duke of Longhurst.

“But it will still be a lie, all the same.”
“Not for this week. I fully intend to treat you as I would if we were betrothed. Therefore”—his lungs expanded and contracted on a resigned breath—“Miss Hartley, for the next seven days, will you consent to be my betrothed?”


Magnus is on the brink of finally righting his family's fortune after his father lost it all in the Hartley swindle with a betrothal to the Button King's daughter, Anna Snow. When a rumor reaches London that he is already engaged, Anna's father is, rightly, upset. Magnus promises to get things sorted out within a week and travels to the village that his grandmother and former bestfriend, Truman Hartley's family live. With his grandmother's advice of not looking like the jerk that breaks off the engagement that everyone seems to believe, when he confronts Verity about the lie, they both agree to act engaged for one week, before Verity will break it off.

He wasn’t drawn to her out of a need to tame her. For some inexplicable reason, she had unleashed something wild inside of him.

It had to Be a Duke is the start to the new Liar's Club series and with it's light angst and back and forth couple, it was a fun start. When Verity and Magnus are together, which was wonderfully for most of the book, they had an amusing chemistry with Verity pushing Magnus to his brink with either her word play with him or his protective nature over all the scrapes she gets herself into. They pretty much banter throughout the book and while I can see some thinking it goes on too long, I liked how each banter session had Magnus cracking just a little more. He can't let go because he thinks he needs to marry an heiress to refill his estate coffers and allow for his younger brother to come back home and “live the life he was promised” by their father. Magnus is pressured and guilt tripped by his mom and there is still that lingering animosity Magnus has for Verity's father.

Verity hated the Duke of Longhurst. He was the most maddening, vexing man she had ever had the misfortune to know.

After the week together in Verity's village, they shared a kiss, Magnus kind of hightails it back to London, still determined to marry his heiress. With some maneuvering by his grandmother, she and Verity go to London and there Magnus can't seem to get away from her, especially when Verity and Anna become good friends. Magnus has his issues and we get a better look at how Verity has her own, feeling like the always forgotten plain one due to men paying more attention to her sisters and a governess who liked to lock her in closets. Verity can't quite believe that Magnus would want her, it's a little comedy of errors when every time they're together Magnus is fighting his attraction and Verity thinks he's fighting the urge to throttle her.

But, perhaps, he just didn’t want her to feel alone.

The latter second half has the mystery of what really went down with the swindle deal and we get some danger, suspense, and mystery characters revealed and explained. There is an open door bedroom scene and an ending third act breakup that felt a little forced but I'll accept it because it did eventually lead to a pretty big grin inducing move by Magnus.

And when she smiled up at him without the slightest degree of maidenly shyness, he knew he was too far gone to resist her.

There were times where I really enjoyed this and times where I thought it started dragging. I just felt like the story wasn't quite shored up right, this did have a lot of little and big elements outside of the romance and I'm not sure they were structured or laid out cohesively, probably first in a series syndrome. There were plenty of series baiting characters, Anna and revealed mystery character and the story ending with Verity's sister's supposed to be made up betrothed viscount showing up at their house.

It was just that, somewhere along the way, she had stopped hating him quite so much. And all this not hating him was making her heart ache.

There was also a desk scene I don't want to forget to mention (Pushing back the chair, he stood in front of her. “You’ve made me waste a lot of ink, I hope you know.”) that was sweet with it's finally dawning on Verity what Magnus' feelings truly are when she finds some of his keepsakes and then steamy when he shows some of those feelings, very smile inducing. Even with some of my complaints, I did just plain enjoy the lighter angst relationship of these two, I'll always love a lead slowing breaking down for another lead. ( )
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Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:

USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret launches a new series with a sparkling romance about a spinster, a duke, and a fake engagement that blurs the lines between enemies and lovers...

Verity Hartley always tells the truth. Well, mostly. However, when her snooty neighbor returns to their small hamlet to brag about having a grand Season, a plethora of ballgowns, and so many suitors that she cannot possibly decide which one to marry, Verity tells a lie. She claims to be betrothed. To a duke. Who happens to be her family's sworn enemy. But what are the odds that he would ever learn of this one, little, harmless falsehood?

Magnus Warring, the Duke of Longhurst, is on the precipice of marrying an heiress to save his estate from financial ruin. At least, he was. Until he hears an unbelievable rumor that he is already betrothed. To the daughter of a liar, cheat, and swindler! Needing to protect his reputation, he hunts down the culprit. And when he finds the untamed beguiler, she has the audacity to ask him to lie for her. To pretend to be her fianc!

One week, that's all Verity needs. Then Magnus can return to his life. But nothing is ever that simple. Sometimes it doesn't take that long to fall in love, even with the enemy.

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