on May 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
I was born into British aristocracy, but I’ve made my fortune in Manhattan. New York is now my kingdom.
Back in Britain my family are fighting over who’s the next Duke of Fairfax. The rules say it’s me--if I’m married. It’s not a trade-off worth making. I could never limit myself to just one woman.
Or so I thought until my world is turned upside down. Now, the only way I can save the empire I built is to inherit the title I’ve never wanted-- so I need a wife.
To take my mind off business I need a night that’s all pleasure. I need to bury myself in a stranger.
The skim of Scarlett King’s hair over my body as she bends over . . .
The scrape of her nails across my chest as she screams my name . . .
The bite of her teeth on my shoulder just as we both reach the edge . . .
It all helps me forget.
I just didn’t bargain on finding my one night stand across the boardroom table the next day.
She might be my latest conquest but I have a feeling Scarlett King might just conquer me.
A sexy, standalone romance.
The Duke of Manhattan is one of the reasons I love trying new authors! This was my first book by Louise Bay and now I might be hooked. The Duke of Manhattan was funny, sweet, and super steamy – all the things you look for in a guilty pleasure Contemporary Romance.
The Duke of Manhattan was action packed and incredibly fast paced. Ryder Westbury is next in line to inherit his grandfather’s estate but cannot do so unless he’s married. The thought of tying himself down to one woman for life sound abysmal and he’s tempted to pass on the Dukedom until he discovers his business empire is irrevocably tied to the estate and will go to whoever inherits. Fate throws him a bombshell of a business woman, Scarlett King, as a serendipitous solution. Originally intended as a one-night stand, Scarlett agrees to marry Ryder in exchange for a cash infusion into her rapidly growing fragrance business.
Overall The Duke of Manhattan was a cute book with a strong female protagonist – which I loved – and was a quick and breezy read. The highlight for me was the great central characters. Ryder Westbury is a womanizer with a soft side. At times it felt like he had a split personality, but it worked! He went from fantasizing about the flight attendant to fawning over his grandfather in a heartbeat. I love how hard and fast he fell for Scarlett. You could tell Ryder was totally out of his element and overwhelmed by how much he cared for her.
Likewise, I always appreciate seeing strong, successful business women, like Scarlet King, in romance books. They don’t have to be flawless, but I like seeing women portrayed as leaders and Scarlet King fits squarely in this camp. She’s also funny, smart, and witty, but I loved that she was equally successful in her own right. Scarlet’s business could have succeeded without Ryder’s help (it would have just been a whole lot harder).
While having some great characters, there were two subplots I would have like to have seen resolved. Ryder’s cousin, Fredrik is the next in line for the Dukedom after Ryder. This man sounded like pure evil and was out for revenge but I didn’t feel like I had enough closure to his story line. Likewise, there was similar build-up that a family friend was attracted to Ryder and she faded into the background. I would have liked for both of these to be explored in more detail. It left the actual climax feeling lackluster.
Overall this was a good book, but I wish the subplots would have been as well thought through as the main story line. I’ll definitely check-out other Louise Bay books in the future – this was a great vacation read!