How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking #1
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with the client. A simple thing to remember...unless you’re a matchmaker with amnesia.
The Duke of Rydstrom needs a wife. Preferably one with a large fortune and a complete lack of curiosity. The last thing he needs is a meddling matchmaker determined to dig up his dark family secrets.
All Jacinda wants is to find a bride for a duke. How hard could that be? He’s handsome, enigmatic...and hiding something. She’s sure of it. Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet, by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable—and she intends to use every skill she can to discover what’s in his heart.
When Miss Bourne can’t remember what brought her to his ancestral home, Rydstrom intends to keep it that way. Yet as the days pass, his true challenge will be safeguarding his secret while resisting this woman who—confound it all—may well be his perfect match.
The Bourne Matrimonial Agency is where the Crispin Montague, the Duke of Rydstrom goes when he decides he needs a wife. The agency is run by three sisters, Jacinda, Ainsley and Briar Bourne, along with their uncle. The uncle is the figurehead for the agency as the girls do all the work, but of course that wouldn’t be proper so everyone thinks that the uncle runs it all.
Jacinda is incredibly devoted to finding matches for the subscribers of TBMA and when someone comes in looking for a match she wants all of the information she can get about them so that she can make a perfect match. When the Duke of Rydstrom enters and states he wants a wife, the sisters are thrilled because finding this man a match will be a feather in their fledgling business’s cap. Unfortunately for Jacinda, the duke isn’t too forthcoming about himself. This leads Jacinda to believe that she needs to do more digging. She decides to dress as a maid in his home and investigate him, but she’s caught by the duke himself before she can find out too much. She does get a clue about something going on in his family home, so she decides to head there.
The duke realizes that the secret he’s trying to keep may be discovered by the nosey Jacinda Bourne so he heads to his family seat to stop her. What he finds is Jacinda, washed up on shore near the village, with amnesia. The doctor tells him that no one can tell her information about herself because then she might get false memories, so the duke is stuck taking care of Jacinda in his home and trying to keep her and his secret – his illegitimate sister – away from each other.
While Jacinda is in his home the duke sees another side of Jacinda – not just the nosy busy-body he thought her before. He sees a bright, intelligent, kind woman who is definitely curious, but in a way he can accept. Jacinda and Crispin actually become friends and their feelings start to grow deeper from there. Crispin would love to have Jacinda as his wife but his estate is broke and he needs money in order to keep his home up and running and secure a future for his sister. How can he love one woman yet bring himself to marry another?
This was a cute story. I like the premise of the book and many of the characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Jacinda all that much. Ok, I disliked her intensely. She annoyed the hell out of me with her attitude from page one of the book. She was constantly into things that didn’t concern her and snooping where she shouldn’t – then making excuses for it all. She improved a tad bit when she had amnesia but she was still annoying even then.
Crispin was a great character as was his sister, Jacinda’s sisters and uncle, the servants and even the villagers. I liked them all. Unfortunately because I didn’t like Jacinda I couldn’t fully get into the romance because I wanted Crispin with someone else.
So, while I like the writing and writing style, as well as many of the characters and the premise, this book fell short for me because of the heroine.
Rating: 3 out of 5