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The shy duchess by Amanda McCabe
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The shy duchess (edition 2010)

by Amanda McCabe

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Title:The shy duchess
Authors:Amanda McCabe
Info:Toronto ; New York : Harlequin Books, 2011, c2010.
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This book is really a very solid 3.5 to 3.75 - It doesn't quite get to 4 territory. It is nice that the premise is of a shy lady, but somehow it doesn't ever get over being self conscious as a book. The sex is written well, but still somewhat odd, not really sexy, but fairly well done. It would have improved by having the sex and touching be a smidge more erotic. ( )
  LadyTi | Sep 5, 2017 |
A nice story not too heavy but very well written ( )
  Fairydragonstar | Mar 30, 2013 |
A gentle, sweet romance. Our heroine (Emily) is the daughter of an Earl, but is shy and often oppressed by the weight of her family's or society's expectations. The hero (Nicholas) is a duke and Emily's family had been hoping to make a match between them.

This book evidently follows on from The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor (anthology), which I have not read. The story takes place in the Season that follows the events of The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor.

I found the gradual process of the Nicholas and Emily beginning to trust each other to be heart-warming. They started out not from a place of dramatic lies and misgivings, but with a distance chiefly caused by Emily's shyness (this appeared as coldness to many observers), which was made worse knowing that her impoverished family wanted her to marry this wealthy peer. The peer in question did not intend to marry, or to get emotionally close to a woman either.

A few times I was pulled out of the narrative by overly-modern phrasing or vocabulary, but I enjoyed the story enough that I won't let it colour my whole review. ( )
  gemmation | Jan 14, 2011 |
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Mandy thanks to two of my best "writing friends", Deb Marlowe and Diane Gaston, for creating the Fitzmanning family with me! It's been such a wonderful, fun journey.
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Lady Emily Cahill wishes with all her might that the polished parquet floor beneath her satin slippers would open up and pull her down in the fiery pits of hell.
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[From back cover]: Thawing the ice princess. With her golden hair and dazzling emerald eyes, Lady Emily Carroll should have her pick of suitors. Instead, her crippling shyness has earned her the nickname, "Ice Princess." Nicholas, Duke of Manning, isn't looking for a bride, but he won't pass up a stolen kiss at a masked ball. With her blushes hidden, Emily lets her inhibitions go. Only to find herself betrothed! Now it's her wedding night, and her new husband seems determined to thaw his Ice Princess and reveal her every secret . . .
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With her golden hair and dazzling emerald eyes, Lady Emily Carroll should have her pick of suitors. Instead, her crippling shyness has earned her the nickname "Ice Princess." Nicholas, Duke of Manning, isn't looking for a bride, but he won't pass up a stolen kiss at a masked ball. With her blushes hidden, Emily lets her inhibitions go. Only to find herself betrothed! Now it's her wedding night, and her new husband seems determined to thaw his Ice Princess and reveal her every secret.… (more)

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