These are the books I finished this week. Without further ado:
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare: The Duke of Ashbury was badly injured in the war. Half of his body covered by scars, he needs an heir, but he’s convinced no woman could ever love him. So he arranges for a marriage of convenience with Emma Gladstone, a seamstress and vicar’s daughter. His terms are simple: no kissing, and once she gives him a male heir, she’ll live in the country house apart from him. But neither one counted on actually liking the other.
A classic beauty and the beast retelling, this was so smart and funny. I devoured it in a few days, and found it to be wholly charming. The first in a new series by Dare, I’ll definitely be checking out future installments.
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips: It’s nearly closing time at the zoo as Joan and her four-year-old son Lincoln are getting ready to leave. But as they reach the parking lot, Joan all of a sudden turns around and sprints back inside the zoo, looking for cover. Over the next three hours, Joan will try to keep herself and her son alive as she uses her knowledge of the zoo and her son to keep them both safe from the danger that is literally hunting them.
A tense, gripping novel about a mass shooting, I couldn’t put this one down. I think on the whole it’s exceedingly well done, and Phillips particularly writes about mothers and children well. This will be a popular title this fall.
What did you read this week?