Image of How to Entice an Enchantress (The Duchess Diaries)


Image of How to Entice an Enchantress (The Duchess Diaries)

With her delightful sense of humor and charming characters, Hawkins has created another winner as the Duchess of the Duchess Diaries attempts to match beauty and the beast. Some may find the scarred hero exasperating, yet, even at his worst, his vulnerability plays on readers’ emotions and the heroine’s heart. This fairy tale gone awry is just different enough, just quirky enough and just wonderful enough to have readers sighing with pleasure.

The Duchess of Roxburghe has been gaining a reputation as the ton’s matchmaker, which is why the reclusive Viscount Kirk asks her assistance in wooing Dahlia Balfour. Since the accident that killed his wife and left him disfigured, Kirk has grown into a curmudgeon, but after meeting Dahlia at a book shop, he decides she would be the ideal wife. He is unwilling to admit that he has fallen in love. Dahlia views Kirk as an older neighbor who, because of his boorish nature, can never fit into society. Dahlia is embarrassed by his attention and shocked by his outrageously gauche behavior, yet fascinated that he finds her beautiful … and then there are those marvelous kissing lessons. There’s always a bit of magic in the air at the duchess’s parties, and this time there’s unexpected passion and love, too. (POCKET, Sep., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin