Duchess By Chance By Wendy Vella – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. Duchess By Chance. (Book 1) Buy on Amazon It is a standalone story in Wendy Vella’s popular Regency Rakes series. All books in the series can be read out. Duchess by Chance by Wendy Vella on BookBub. Daniel, Duke of Stratton, learns of his betrothal to Miss Berengaria Evangeline Winchcomb minutes before his.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. After his late father gambled his fortune away, all he had left to sell was his son. Eva learns she is to wed the Duke of Stratton on way to the church.

Despite the shock, this is an unexpected opportunity to escape her horrid family — one she grasps at with both hands. However, her courage falters when she faces the devilishly handsome but unyielding Duke who is now her husband. Can they make their marriage real despite coming from two completely different worlds? Kindle Editionpages. Published August 10th first published August 8th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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I have to say that the cover was the best thing about this book. The plot was not bad. And it was a fun read until Eva decided she could handle thing on her own. So, I thought I might skip a few pages only to find out I was at chapter 10 out of So, I braced myself and barged the rest of the chapters and woohoo for me, I prevailed. Aug 16, Ishara Dasruth rated it liked it. This book started out rather brilliantly. Powerful duke; heartless late father, crooks and gambling shenanigans, endearing heroine with an awful past, and my personal favourite Yet somehow, despite all these awesome parts, the whole falls a little short.

Not a bad read, but overly memorable either. Aug 31, Tin rated it really liked it Shelves: My rating for this book is 3. I requested this review copy from the author.

Thank you, Wendy, for the opportunity to read your work. Yes, this is an honest review. Now, as Duke of Stratton, Daniel is honor-bound to fulfill the terms of the agreement drafted all those years ago: Eva isn’t certain how she feels about the marriage: When her husband leaves her at Stratton Hall after a failed attempt at consummating the marriage, Eva slowly lets her guard down and has her first taste of freedom and independence.

With her cnance friend and neighbor, Claire Belmont, Eva casts chwnce her dowdy dresses and all remnants of her past life and embraces her new one — and she loves it. What I’ve learned in many years of reading romances is that a marriage of convenience is rarely convenient for the hero and the heroine. Daniel and Eva had no say in their father’s deal and their marriage isn’t only inconvenient but also quite sudden. I enjoyed reading about their carriage ride home to Stratton Hall after their hasty weddinghow Daniel didn’t even know the color of his new wife’s hair or bby — or even what to channce her.


The initial obstacle that our hero and heroine have to overcome is their marriage, which happened under duress. It was heartbreaking to see Eva weigh her optimism against reality and how Daniel wrestles with his sense of honor and his father’s final behest. I got the sense that Daniel had a lot of issues with his father and that he strives to be his father’s opposite in all things — and it grates at him to have to honor a dishonorable man’s request.

Would doing so mean that his father has triumphed over him?

In his eyes, she had crossed him — or more importantly, her family had, and he was not going to differentiate between the two. She was here and he was angry; therefore, Eva would bear the brunt of that anger. There would be ducgess more fear, just her and the servants.

And they would rub along together nicely; she would make sure of it.

He’d never had a woman fear him and was at a loss to know what to do to reassure her that he meant her no harm. There are strains of traditional regency romances in how Vella highlights manners and social mores: Daniel’s grandmother, the Dowager Duchess, is the embodiment of what is proper and she guides Eva in her new life in London.

Read Chapter 11, when duchsss are planning Eva’s first ball. And also in the characters that the author introduces: Potter, the vicar’s wife, and the Dowager Duchess of Stratton and Ladies Fairlie and Dunbar — but the author also steps out of traditional regency vlela her commentaries and insights into the Ton: Eva soon realized there was not much to learn about social chitchat.

You answered with a thank you and a name when complimented and usually the recipient was happy to take up the reins and talk about ducheds himself or the latest piece of gossip. She didn’t like the leering or touching and in some cases the foul-smelling breath, but for the most part, she coped. Vella doesn’t really delve into Eva’s backstory but does provide enough hints to give her readers the idea that Eva’s life had been filled with hardship and abuse.

I wonder why her father weendy out his two children Eva and Reggie from his second wife and punished them. Daniel takes on a supporting role as Eva sorts through her family problems and all of her previous insecurities and distrust come back to the ducgess. Eva’s characterization in the second part felt a bit inconsistent: She was aware of how powerful and well-connected her husband is, but she cahnce consider asking him for help.

Considering how poorly her father and Lord Huxley treated her before, I would have expected Eva not to entertain her father and his attempts to blackmail her — but, instead, she allowed him to have power over her — even after Daniel’s constant reminder of her position as duchess and his own supportand even after her staff’s assurance that they are there to protect her. Despite my small complaint about Eva in the second half, I still thought she was an admirable heroine loved the bit with the shotgunand Daniel typified all the positive elements of an alpha male.

Overall, Duchess by Chance was an enjoyable read. The names of some of the duchesx were a bh strange: I loved the main couple and the story was easy to follow but not boring in the slightest. The premise caught my attention quickly and I dived right into it. Basically, Eva and Daniel’s fathers were gambling and once Daniel’s father was about to lose his fortune Eva’s father compromised and made a marriage contract between Eva and Daniel.


I loved that the romance and love blossomed at a great pace where the reader could see them fall in love in their ow 4. I loved that the romance and love blossomed at a great pace where the reader could see them fall in love in their own time.

Eva has finally escaped her awful father and older brothers and into chanxe arms of her new husband.

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Daniel grows to be very protective of Eva and he will do whatever he can to keep her out of harms way. Daniel wants to make sure that he will not follow in his father’s footsteps of losing control of his anger and works to earn Eva’s trust. The reader will be able chxnce see changes in Eva and Daniel’s relationship through the book.

It isn’t an easy adjustment for either of them at first but they really do learn to not only get along but to protect chancr understand each other. The romance is so sweet and totally believable. It develops in its own time and I was completely engrossed by it. This is the kind of book I would give to first vellx romance readers. I fell in love with their story very quickly and I am excited to continue with the series.

Also there is a great cast of characters. We have the Dowager Duchess who veola a little scary and intimidating but she grows to love Eva as family.

Review: Duchess by Chance by Wendy Vella

There is Daniel’s friend Simon who I love and he offers a strong friendship and hilarity. Eva’s friend Claire supports Eva when she really needed it. All of the characters have their own necessity in the story and as always, I appreciate a loveable cast of characters. Overall this was one of my favorite romances and would definitely recommend this to lovers of romance.

Aug 09, Julie added it. Sep 09, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Duchess by Chance, by Wendy Vella, is a sweet and entertaining Regency romance. Pairing lush attention to historical details with engaging characters, Vella pulls you into her story with a unique twist on an arranged marriage: Daniel, the Duke of Stratton, is shocked that his father has arranged for him to marry Berengaria Winchcomb, called Eva.

Daniel hates that his father has put him Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Daniel hates that his father has put him into this position. Unfortunately for Eva, Daniel hardly acknowledges her existence, and when he does, he treats her in a cold and detached manner. On the other hand, Eva finds Daniel to be the most handsome man, looking like a gentleman should.

Having been abused by her older brothers, Eva hopes that her marriage will be a new beginning.