A Duke Worth Fighting For- Review
A Duke Worth Fighting For
By Christina Britton
Series: Isle of Synne #3
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Source: Received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Stars
Daniel Hayle, Duke of Carlisle, returned from Waterloo a hero, and he has the wounds to prove it. But he dreads the coming London season as he never did the battlefield, where his lack of social skills is certain to make it difficult to find a wife. What he needs is someone to help him practice socializing with the ton. Someone who isn’t frightened away by his scars . . .
Margery Kitteridge is still mourning the loss of her husband. So when she receives a blackmail letter accusing him of desertion, she’s desperate to protect his reputation. The answer to her troubles appears in the form of a damaged, reclusive—and much-too-desirable—duke in need of a wife. She proposes an alliance: she’ll help him find a bride, in return for the money to pay off the blackmailer. But working so closely together awakens passions they never imagined possible, and reveals secrets that might tear them apart.
Even though this is the third book in the series, it’s the first Christina Britton book I’ve read. I did have a little confusion throughout the book about who was related to who and married to who but I eventually figured it out. A Duke Worth Fighting For centers on a widow, Margery and Daniel, a new duke looking for a wife. This book has a scarred, virgin hero and matchmaking. The matchmaking, on the surface, is Margery helping Daniel find a wife, in exchange to money to pay off a blackmail charge about her deceased husband. However, the true matchmaking was Margery’s grandmother and Daniel’s mother pushing the two of them together in adorable and not so subtle ways. Daniel is unpolished in the ways of society and awkward, in addition to being scarred from The Battle of Waterloo, physically and mentally. Margery, in contrast, is the perfect guide to society on this island.
More than anything, this book focuses on emotional healing. Margery is convinced that she won’t love or marry again after the lost of her husband four years ago. Her unequal marriage also ruined her relationship with her father. As she spends more time with Daniel and begins to fall for him, she learns that it’s okay to move on from her first love. As their attraction grows, they begin to embark on an affair, with a virgin Daniel (I love virgin heroes!) but something more is happening between them. Margery heals from her lose and realizes it is okay to move on with her life.
In addition to Margery’s emotional healing, Daniel goes on a similar journey. He has lost his older brother and become a duke and is also suffering from the emotional scars of war along with the physical. Margery, especially, nudges him along the path of emotional healing and her support helps him adept in ways he couldn’t before.
This was a lovely story and I really enjoyed the relationship between Daniel and Margery and the emotional journey they go on. This story has depth and heart and was exactly what I needed.