MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of
The First Book in Madeline Martin’s New Series
The Most Dangerous Duke in London
Decadent Dukes Society
by Madeline Hunter
Kensington Books /Zebra
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
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Three sinfully handsome dukes, three scores to settle, three hearts about to meet their matches. All in one thrilling new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter . . .
NOTORIOUS NOBLEMAN SEEKS REVENGE
Name and title: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton.
Affiliation: London’s elite Society of Decadent Dukes.
Family history: Scandalous.
Personality traits: Dark and brooding, with a thirst for revenge.
Ideal romantic partner: A woman of means, with beauty and brains, willing to live with reckless abandon. Desire: Clara Cheswick, gorgeous daughter of his family’s sworn enemy.
FAINT OF HEART NEED NOT APPLY
Clara may be the woman Adam wants, but there’s one problem: she’s far more interested in publishing her women’s journal than getting married—especially to a man said to be dead-set on vengeance. Though, with her nose for a story, Clara wonders if his desire for justice is sincere—along with his incredibly unnerving intention to be her husband. If her weak-kneed response to his kiss is any indication, falling for Adam clearly comes with a cost. But who knew courting danger could be such exhilarating fun?
“Hunter has created an intelligent, fast-paced romance, chock-full of sensuality and spiced with mystery.” – Publishers Weekly
Madeline Hunter’s novels are:
“Brilliant, compelling . . . An excellent read.” —The Washington Post
“Mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Pure passion.” —Booklist
I wish there had been a prequel to this new trilogy so that I would have had a little background information on these characters.
I did feel these characters were nicely developed but as I said before I would have liked a little more background building up to their meeting and subsequent attraction to each other.
I did enjoy the read but at times it felt like the second or third book in a series instead of the first one.
The fact that Adam has a score to settle is apparent from the start. It is also quite evident that although she desires him and he, her, Clara is not interested in marriage.
Is there any way that these two can reconcile their differences and reach their own version of Happily Ever After?
I read this book over a period of three days. It was my weekend read and though I often read more than one book over that time period, it turned out to be my primary read.
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames. There are some very intense encounters of a sexual nature.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series “A Devil of a Duke” due to release May 2018.
I only wish the release date was not so far away.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Madeline Hunter’s first romance was published in June, 2000.
Since then she has seen twenty-four historical romances and one novella published, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. Over six million of her books are in print. She is a seven-time RITA finalist, and two-time RITA winner. Twenty-three of her books have been on the USA Today bestseller list, and she has also had titles on the New York Times printed list, Publishers Weekly list, and the Waldenbooks paperback fiction list. She has received two starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and Romantic Times has awarded twenty-two of her books 4 1/2 stars. Madeline is a Ph.D. in Art History, and she teaches at the college level. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
The Rose of Blacksword
A Loveswept Classic Romance
by Rexanne Becnel
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From bestselling author Rexanne Becnel, this classic romance is the beguiling tale of two souls cast together by fate. Like all her historical novels, The Rose of Blacksword speaks to a love that resonates throughout the ages.
Lady Rosalynde of Stanwood has the power to entice men to deeds of reckless daring. And none is so rash and bold as the condemned outlaw known as Blacksword. In return for safe escort to her ancestral castle, Rosalynde is forced to marry the rogue, never dreaming that holy wedlock will fan the flames of unholy desire.
Wielder of the coveted Blacksword, with the fate of his noble name resting on his massive shoulders, Sir Aric of Wycliffe lives to bring death to his treacherous nemesis—until his heart is bested by the enchanting maiden who saved him from the hangman’s noose. Bound together by ancient custom, the brazen knight demands nothing less than Rose’s total surrender. But even as revenge and honor war within him, he is undone by the most seductive conqueror of all: wild, irresistible love.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Tender, Loving Cure, Spellbound, and This Fierce Splendor.
A Man of Many Talents
by Deborah Simmons
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An age-old mystery. An inconvenient spirit. An unlikely romance.
Abigail Parkinson is anxious to rid her inherited home of its troublesome specter. But she cannot convince any legitimate scientist or scholar to investigate. Desperate, she turns to the one man she doesn’t want to ask for help: Lord Moreland.
Christian, Viscount Moreland, isn’t a scientist or a scholar. The blood of pirates runs in his veins. But he debunked a haunted house, and when summoned to Sibel Hall he vows to solve its secrets—including how to woo the intriguing Miss Parkinson.
“There’s an awful lot to like here. Sparkling dialogue, a sexy hero with an appealingly self-deprecating sense of humor, and a stand-up heroine … Readers looking for a light, funny, and smart story can find it here.” – All About Romance
“Deborah Simmons presents a charming Regency “Ghostbusters” with a little mystery twist and a sweet confection of a love story.” – Romantic Times
Two-time RITA Finalist Deborah Simmons is the author of 28 historical romances published by Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well as an indie romantic comedy.
I Close My Eyes
Closed Book 1
by Regina Puckett
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The last thing The Duke of Greystone wants is a wife, until The Lady Jane Blackmore seeks out his quiet corner of Earl Braxton’s ballroom. But there she stands, attempting to shut out the rest of the world by simply closing her eyes, but the duke understands better than most that life is never that simple.
The last thing Jane wants is a husband, until she opens her eyes to find the scarred and much too handsome stranger secluded in her chosen quiet corner. Why can’t the obstinate man understand she just needs a brief moment of solitude before returning to face her tormentors? But no matter how many times she tells him to go away, he remains. So is it her fault that her father misunderstands the young duke’s intentions?
Whilst marriage isn’t on Phillip—as she learns the duke is called—or Jane’s mind, when society’s trials and tribulations come, they soon become each other’s touchstone, and by it discover that joy is tantalisingly within their grasp, although others seem intent on thwarting their every wish.
About The Author:
Regina Puckett is a 2014 Readers’ Favorite Award winning author for her sweet romance, Concealed in My Heart. Her steampunk book, I Will Breathe, and her children’s picture book, Borrowed Wings, both received the Children’s Literary Classic Seal of Approval. “I Will Breathe” was selected as a Science Fiction Finalist in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards. Her boxed set, A TOUCH OF PASSION, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.
Memories, won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest, and her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won the 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.
Regina Puckett has been writing for over forty-eight years, and lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, steampunk, picture books and poetry. There are always several projects in various stages of completion and characters and stories waiting in the wings for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.
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This Sale Blitz Will Come to an End on June 4th
Get Them Now at These While You Still Can!
Memorial Day means summer has arrived! And the first books in three awesome historical series are on sale for 99¢ right now – summer is the perfect time to start a new series, preferably by the pool.
To celebrate the sale, authors Robyn DeHart, Ally Broadfield, and Harmony Williams are spending the week with us! To start, we asked them a bit about their series!
What ties the books in your series together?
(author of the How To series)
The Adair family and their search for missing family jewels.
(author of The Ladies of Passion series)
The Ladies of Passion series features three best friends with very different life goals as they each struggle to accept parts of themselves they keep hidden from Society and fall in love along the way.
(Author of The Brotherhood of the Sword series)
All the heroes are members of the elite Brotherhood of the Sword, the secret security for Queen Victoria.
What book has been your favorite to write? Why?
Ally: How to Bewitch an Earl. I got just a bit behind with my writing that summer, and when we returned from vacation, I had two weeks to write the entire book. Edward and Isa were such a “made for each other” couple that they happily dictated their entire story to me in ten days and I made my deadline. An added bonus was that this book required the fewest edits of any of my books. I wish every book was that easy for me to write.
Harmony: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days – it was the first in the series that I wrote (despite it being book 2) and it will always have a special place in my heart. I consider the heroine, Francine, to be the character that I’ve written who is most similar to me. Giving her a happy-ever-after with her best friend is one of the highlights of my writing career. It’s definitely the “book of my heart.”
Robyn: I really loved For Her Spy Only, it’s the middle novella in my Masquerading Mistresses series and the hero, Alistair has Aspergers, though obviously they wouldn’t have known what that was then. It was a challenging and refreshing story.
All three of these books, which each kick off a series, are on sale for just 99¢ through June 4.
About The Books
To capture the most eligible bachelor in London…
The handsome Earl of Summersby may just be the most eligible bachelor in London, but has no interest in a wife. As a member of the Brotherhood, Bennett Haile is far more vested in his undercover duties for the crown and protecting the Queen from would-be assassins. For now he has the perfect tool with which to lure out the villains—a young woman with an uncanny likeness to the queen.
The spirited Evelyn Marington is about to live out every country girl’s dream—becoming royalty overnight. Under the tutelage of the arrogant Earl of Summersby, she’ll have to fool the entire court that she is, in fact, the queen. But as danger threatens from every side, Bennett realizes that his lovely little protegé isn’t just placing her life in his hands… She’s stealing his heart.
A finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards!
A proper gentleman.
A not-so-proper lady…
The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager…
Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.
Of course, Nick is certain he’ll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine’s unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won’t just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away…
He’s everything she thinks she doesn’t want.
When Miss Rose Wellesley’s father threatens an arranged marriage, she knows she’d better settle on a choice quickly or end up having no say in who she marries. Fortunately, she’s garnered a rare invitation to Lady Dunlop’s “Week of Love” house party, an annual affair notorious for matchmaking. Her plans to expedite a proposal would go smoothly if not for the brash younger sister she must chaperone, her outspoken, disagreeable best friend, and the bullish Lord Hartfell who seems determined to dog her every step.
Lord Hartfell embodies every last thing Rose dislikes in a man. He’s domineering, tenacious, argumentative, and a little too casual with his nudity for her tastes. Worst of all, Rose can’t seem to get him—or his kisses—out of her mind.
Rose is determined to find a more appropriate husband, even if her heart disagrees with how unsuitable the stubborn lord is…
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