The Duke Meets His Match by Tina Gabrielle – a Review
The daughter of an infamous art forger, Chloe Somerton grew up poor. Desperate to aid her sisters, she’d picked a pocket…or two. Now circumstances have changed, and Chloe has a chance to marry a young, wealthy lord. Only his mentor—a dark, dangerous duke—stands in her way. The duke knows about her past, and she’ll do anything to keep him from telling.
The moment Michael Keswick, the Duke of Cameron, sees Chloe Somerton, he recognizes her as a fraud. The stunning beauty with sapphire eyes and golden hair now appears to be a proper lady, but he knows better. What begins as a battle of wills soon escalates into a fierce attraction. In Chloe, Michael finds peace from the memories of war, but he refuses to marry…and she won’t settle for anything less.
The Duke Meets His Match begins with Chloe attending a party with her sister, who is bound and determined to play matchmaker for Chloe. Of course, Chloe had rather make her own match, but appreciates her sister’s interest….most of the time. As Chloe sets her eyes on a handsome young Earl named Henry, she can’t help but notice Michael Keswick, the Duke of Cameron, who just happens to be Henry’s guardian. Michael and Henry’s father were in the war together, and only Michael made it home. Henry’s father took a bullet meant for Michael, which has caused Michael a great deal of guilt. Once home, he has made it his mission to teach the young Henry about managing his estate and his affairs.
Once Michael sees Chloe, he immediately recognizes her and knows that there is a shady past that Henry knows nothing about. He attempts to warn Chloe away from Henry, and call her bluff (if you will). What he does not expect is Chloe’s reaction. As their mutual attraction grows, the Duke knows that he has indeed, met his match….
The Duke Meets His Match is a wonderfully written story that has relatable characters. I love the Somertons, and Chloe is by far my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like the other two books and their heroines, but I LOVED Chloe. Determined to distance herself from her torturous past, she stands up for herself in a way that will endear herself to everyone who reads her story. Michael was a bit of a surprise for me. Yes, he started out as an antagonist whom I couldn’t see myself liking (at all!), only to turn out to be a multi-layered character that I fell in love with. His reasons for saying he would never marry are actually valid ones, but Chloe being Chloe, makes him see reason. She also makes him see that asking for help does not make you weak. The Duke Meets His Match is ultimately a story about pushing past preconceived notions to truly see a person for whom they really are. If you’re a fan of this genre, you will never go wrong with any of the Somertons’ stories, but this one will make you a true fan of the author. Well done, Tina Gabrielle! Very, very well done!
Reviewed by Vickie
Copy provided by Publisher