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Kate almost deserves to be on the abused heroine shelf, with the way her mother, previous husband, and his son have treated her. Plain heroine with a nice dash of insecurity while not being a doormat. I liked this and am contemplating going back to the beginning to read the series. ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
This is a delightful follow-on to [b:One Night in London|11315200|One Night in London (The Truth About the Duke #1)|Caroline Linden|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327928210s/11315200.jpg|16243181], part of The Truth About the Duke trilogy. The three deLacey brothers, sons of the late Duke of Durham, are trying to find a blackmailer and secure evidence to show whether their father was a bigamist. If he was, they will be considered bastards and lose virtually all of their inheritance.

What I Liked
• Captain Lord Gerard deLacey. He's handsome (of course), brash, adventurous, and loyal. He's the youngest son, serving in the wars against Napoleon. Under any circumstances his fortune will be relatively small, so he's decided to be on the lookout for a rich bride while he travels to Bath to track down information on the blackmailer. When a perfectly strange wealthy woman proposes a marriage of convenience, he barely hesitates before deciding to take on the challenge.

• Kate deLacey. You can't help but feel sorry for her at first. She's hardly had an enjoyable life, despite her wealth. Her vain, narcissistic mother has convinced her she's too plain to attract a man and married her off to a middle-aged viscount, who ignored and abused her. Now that he's dead, her mother is pressuring her to marry the viscount's odious heir, convinced that nobody better will ever come along. Kate is such a doormat that she doubts her ability to withstand her mother's pressure. The most enjoyable part of the book is watching her emerge from her shell, in response to Gerard's kindness and attention. She doesn't become a "beauty," but rather simply a beautiful person.

• Sexytimes. Gerard wants to break down Kate's defenses, and she discovers her previously unknown wanton side. Excellent love scenes.

• The love story. Kate harbors a childhood passion for Gerard, but he has no memory of meeting her. Linden does an excellent job of showing Gerard's surprise and wonder as he gradually finds himself falling in love with his wife. This is just a very sweet story.

What I Didn't Like
• Not a lot of progress is made toward resolving the mystery, but after the first book, I came to realize that it wouldn't be wrapped up until the third.

• As a 21st century woman, I often have trouble understanding an 19th century woman's desperation to get married. Linden mentions several times that a widow was almost as independent as a man, so it was difficult to see why Kate thought marriage, or death, was her only way to avoid the odious heir. It was hard to believe that she was so cowed by her mother. She was so spineless in this regard, but yet showed great spirit elsewhere.

It appears that the old duke's first wedding was performed by a charlatan who was not a clergyman. How could this have been legal? If his records show that he did indeed conduct the ceremony, how could that be used as a basis for invalidating his subsequent marriage?

These two volumes of The Truth About the Duke were my first Caroline Linden reads, and I find her writing crisp and witty. She does not indulge in one of my pet peeves, namely using an abundance of one-word sentences and one-sentence paragraphs. It's a pleasure to read someone who knows and uses the English language so well. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
BLAME IT ON BATH: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DUKE by Caroline Linden is an exciting historical romance. It is the second in the "The Truth About The Duke" trilogy,but can be read as a stand alone. See "One Night in London". What an exciting addition to the historical romance community. I so enjoy this series on three brothers,who learn their father's deathbed secret that could cause them to lose their inheritance and their status in society,and is being blackmailed or so it seems. "Blame It On Bath" is the story of Gerard de Lacey,the youngest of the de Lacey siblings,a war hero, who marries for convenience. And Katherine Howe,an heiress,a widow who needs a marriage of convenience to not have marry her dead husband's nephew and who has had a secret affection for de Lacey for years.But a marriage of convenience can turn into love. With secrets,a blackmailer,adventure,sweet sensuality,a sexy,charismatic hero and a heroine who has been belittled but comes out of her shell,although older than the hero only by a couple of years, how could you not enjoy this fast paced read with its interesting cast of characters. I wonder who is really trying to destroy the de Lacey name,status and make them miserable. I can hardly wait for the final installment into this great story of three brothers who are not only looking for answers but who meet the loves of there lives quiet by accident. A must read. Received for an honest review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing,the author's website, and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING; 4.5

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More ( )
  MyBookAddiction | Mar 9, 2012 |
"BLAME IT ON BATH" is the second book in Caroline Linden's trilogy `Truth about the Duke' series.

On his death bed, Duke of Durham needs forgiveness from his sons and so he asks the two of them that are present, Edward de Lacey, the spare and Captain Gerard de Lacey the hero, and the youngest, to forgive him for not being able to resolve the dilemma he's now leaving it to them to solve. Soon, Ned and Gerard find out from their father's solicitor, that some sixty years ago the Duke had been married than parted ways with the woman, but never annulled or dissolved the marriage before marrying their mother. And now apparently someone has come to possess that knowledge and is blackmailing the old Duke. Knowing that this information will bring huge scandal, brothers agree to try and solve this dilemma in their own way, but first they need to break this news to their oldest brother Charles, Lord Gresham.

While Edward, the middle son of the deceased Duke of Durham, is concentrating on the legal side of their claim (ONE NIGHT IN LONDON) Gerard de Lacey the youngest, is a man of action and as such needs to put his military expertise into pursuing the blackmailer. As his clues are pointing out toward Bath, he heads out that way but is confronted with a dilemma of his own that will change his life as well as his course of action.

Lady Katherine Howe is no beauty, and she knows it. She has only one wish now that she's widowed and that is to get out from under the will of her late husband's heir who is pursuing her to wed him as soon as possible. Knowing that she would be forced by her very strong willed and much beautiful mother to accept his suit, she comes up with her own plan of escape-by offering marriage to Gerard, who she very well knows is in a need of a wife with a substantial dowry.

"BLAME IT ON BATH" was so much fun to read. I loved the fact that both "ONE NIGHT IN LONDON" and "BLAME IT ON BATH" were stories that ran parallel to each other. How clever of you, Ms. Linden! The marriage of convenience trope has been done so many times before but never the less Ms. Linden made it interesting and fresh.

Gerard made a great hero to Kate's intriguing and sharp heroine. I also liked that Kate was very ordinary `duck' that ever so slowly turned into a `swan'. Her slow and quiet change brought on by the way Gerard treated her, was a joy to watch! As always, Ms. Linden brings us a very strong lead in Kate. She is a woman that knows her mind, yet like so many females out there, she has some self-esteem issue that she needs to deal with before she comes clean and admits to our hero that it was not by chance that she chose him for her spouse.

As for Gerard, he is aware that Kate is keeping crucial information from him, but after inquiring about her from her own solicitor, he agrees to the marriage, making sure that Kate knows that this will be a marriage in truth.

"BLAME IT ON BATH" has all the components required for a very interesting, sensual and entertaining romance and I give it five quills without hesitation, urging you to pick it up as soon as it hits the shelves on Feb 28th.

Melanie (for RCJR eZine) ( )
  bookworm2bookworm | Feb 28, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062025333, Mass Market Paperback)

A marriage of convenience . . . or of destiny?

Gerard de Lacey is determined to find the man who is blackmailing his family, but with his inheritance and status at risk, a hasty marriage to a wealthy bride also seems in order—just in case things take a turn for the worse. Charismatic and capable, Gerard knows he can win the hand of any lady he chooses. Still, he's not expecting a rich widow to find him and propose the very thing he wants: a marriage of convenience.

Katherine Howe's first marriage was one of dreary duty. Now that she's being pressured to marry her late husband's heir, she's desperate for a better option. Gerard de Lacey, with his sinful good looks, charming manner, and looming scandal, fits her needs perfectly. The fact that she's nursed a secret affection for him only makes it better—and worse. Because Gerard will likely marry her for her fortune—but can he love her for herself, as she loves him?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:12 -0400)

Pressured to marry her late husband's heir, Katherine Howe, desperate for a better option, proposes a marriage of convenience to Gerard de Lacey, a man for whom she has harbored a secret affection.

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