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My Dark Duke by [Huntington, Elyse]
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Since his notorious wife died in mysterious circumstances, rumours about James, the handsome Duke of Trent, have scandalized society.� Now, he must marry again - but finding an eligible woman willing to overlook his past won't be easy. �

Defiantly single, Lady Alethea�Sinclair has already turned down six offers of marriage.� She prefers living on her own terms and refuses to answer to any man. Yet when Alethea�meets the seductive and enigmatic Duke she finds herself strangely drawn to him.

Intrigued by Alethea's defiance of society's expectations, James is instantly taken with the willful beauty and soon they are enjoying a playful flirtation. And when circumstances force them into a comprising situation, he does the honourable thing and marries her.

But adjusting to the constraints of marriage doesn't come easily to the rebellious Alethea�and, despite their growing feelings for each other, the Duke's troubled past keeps getting in the way. Can they learn to trust each other and give love a chance before it's too late?

A steamy Georgian romance about desire, the importance of staying true to yourself and the power of the past to cast a shadow on the present.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2455 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (19 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X3B39RE
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2.0 out of 5 stars Starts Well and Then Goes Off The Rails. 25 November 2015
By arc - Published on
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This starts aot well with an interesting heroine who is 25, has been proposed to many times but refuses to settle. She is not a wallflower or a lady down on her luck, just smart enough to know what she doesn't want. The author does do a bit of predictable stuff to show she is independent like she rides in breeches and fences - not usual activities for the daughters of dukes - but despite the contrivances it does its job in defining her. The initial stages of the courtship between the hero and heroine are rather good with some sharp and witty dialogue. Then comes the stupid decision, compromising situation, forced marriage and lots of sex and completely pointless misunderstandings. Just one example: At the country estate the hero tells his new wife she is never to ride without a groom present but does not tell her why. One day she gallops away from the groom and loses him (because he doesn't have a horse that can keep up with her) and when she returns it is to witness the whipping of the groom as punishment for losing track of her. She is, of course, distraught and this leads to a three month estrangement (though they still have regular sex) during which time he still never tells her why she couldn't ride alone. The heroine who was witty and a bit risque is now just dirty and horny and doesn't know how to behave publicly. The hero is no better. They both come across as randy hormonal teenagers (with a little prior relationship angst thrown in) for the remainder of the book. The writing in the second half of the book suffers significantly as well when the dialogue becomes noticeably modern. I do not recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly Original and Captivating Story of Love 22 October 2015
By Jendo - Published on
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I don't normally post reviews for books that I've read, but this novel was splendid and worth the time it took to write this review. I wasn't expecting much given that a good many eBooks, frankly and crudely, straight up suck. Additionally, my extensive experience with reading historical romance novels (paperback/hardcover) has also shown me a prolific amount of garbage that manages to make it to print somehow. However, this novel completely surprised me in its quality and witty writing style. Unlike most romance novels, Huntington spends almost half the novel developing the relationship and attraction between the Duke and Alethea. Most amazingly, she does it so skillfully, that I couldn't put the book down and ended up reading it in one day---a feat that hasn't been accomplished in years.

For those who are looking for the protagonists to hit the sheets quickly and often implausibly, this is not the book for you. Huntington slowly builds up the tension and attraction between the Duke and Alethea with great subtlety and realistic deftness. I found my heart pounding along with Alethea's at each meeting with the Duke and the Duke's growing frustration as his attraction to Alethea grows with each seemingly innocent encounter. The humorous and clever interchanges between the two protagonists reminded me sharply of Judith McNaught's writing at her best (i.e. Whitney, My Love & Something Wonderful). I found myself laughing at the clever dialogue. In terms of the sexual content, this is one of the few romance novels that doesn't rely on that to carry the novel, but there is enough of it to satisfy the reader. Although the couple eventually consummates their marriage towards the end of the book, I was amazed to find that the most erotic scene in the book consisted of the Duke reciting the Bill of Rights as he deliberately and methodically removes one of Alethea's gloves, button by button, before finally touching his lips to her bare wrist. The rising tension of that scene was, in all my years of reading romance novels, simply the most brilliant scene that I've ever read. Huntington's command of the narrative defies the standard formula of relying on heavy petting and/or gratuitous sex scenes to setup the foundation of the protagonist relationship.

In her novel, it is clear that the interest the two have for each other is founded on common interests, intelligence, mutual respect, and attraction, which I found to be both refreshing and scintillating. I also appreciated that there wasn't any contrived threat to the heroine by some evil antagonist to add unnecessary suspense and to detract from the relationship between the protagonists. Indeed, the tension and obstacles that the Duke (James) and Alethea face are brought on by their own insecurities/emotional baggage and was executed in a way that is realistic without being forced or overly repetitive.

Although I don't typically like romance novels written in the Georgian period (IMO, the application of white powder adds a literal and figurative barrier between character interactions), I had no difficulty getting pass this quirk. In fact, another one of my favorite scenes is when James first sees the color of Alethea's hair for the first time.

Reading the other reviews, I saw many readers were unhappy with the Duke seeing his mistress for the first and last time since meeting Alethea (after the infamous glove removal scene). While I'm no fan of infidelity and, in fact, have problems romance novels that have it, James was not married or even engaged to Alethea when it occurred. Given the historical context and not comparing it to contemporary dating scene in which abstinence might be expected in the early stages of dating/courthship, I didn't think his actions qualified as cheating. It was clear that at the time, he was deeply conflicted with his growing attraction and love of Alethea in the early stages of their courtship. I actually felt that the way the author presented it added dimensionality to James who never pretended to be a monk or saint. His immediate feelings of disgust afterwards followed by his decision to release his mistress spoke volumes for his fidelity towards Alethea.

In all, this was the best romance novel that I've read since the early historical/regency novels written by some of the finest writers (Judith McNaught, Joan Wolf). I eagerly await future novels from Ms. Huntington.
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 3 December 2015
By Megan - Published on
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Pros: I personally love when a book covers a long period of time. I think this one went on just under a year and it was wonderful seeing the H and h endure ups and downs as a couple as well as their day to day life. Most historical romance novels I read start with the building up of a relationship, followed by the couple getting together, then of course the climax of the story (usually some misunderstanding) and then its all resolved and they live happily ever after, the end. I loved that The Dark Duke didn't follow this typical pattern. There was also a really sweet little epilogue on the author's website.
Cons: During the first fifth of the book, it was really emphasized how wild and free spirited the h was. She was described as a very well educated bluestocking, sword fighter, and horsewoman. On top of that she had turned down 6 proposals and basically lived life according to her own rules. All of this build up didn't seem necessary in the end because there was no further mention of any of it after about a third of the way through the book.
Overall, I really did love this book. I like dark romance novels (this was definitely on the lighter side of what I'm used to) so I can understand why some of the reviewers didn't care for a few of the scenes in the book but I thought they added to the H's character. I'll definitely be checking this author out again. I think she has a lot of potential to be really great!
5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this book 25 May 2015
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James Duke of Trent lost his wife five years ago. She was unfaithful and died under mysterious circumstances. He had vowed never to marry again. His best friend tells him he needs to marry and gave him a list of four women's names. He was to pick one out to meet and possibly court. He picks Lady Althea who has turned down seven offers of marriage. They end up at the same ball.She goes to the library to get a book to read as she is bored she is a bluestocking James is in the room but out of her of vision. She has climbed the ladder to reach a book and starts falling. He reaches to catch her and she literally falls on top of him.
He goes to her house the next day and finds himself seeing her more and more .He has a mistress and he still continues with her for awhile. She will play apart in the story later on.
James and Alethea go on an outing with other people but start back alone. They are caught in a compromising situation and must marry. She wants to marry for love and first refuses him but her family insists.You to read for yourself to see if they make a go at their marriage. He has to have rules for everything and she has been spoiled. The book has sexual scenes so please don't read it if you want a sexless clean book.. I am looking forward to her. next book . I would like to read about his friend Dr. Cox or her sister Charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars I found this book to be a wonderful distraction from what I normally read and I'm definitely ... 3 July 2015
By S Jolly - Published on
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My Dark Duke is a thoughtful adult historical romance that draws you in from the start. I found this book to be a wonderful distraction from what I normally read and I'm definitely glad that I gave this recommendation from a friend a chance! Sometimes you just need a break from your usual genres and I do like raunchy chick lit. I found a perfect blend of both romance and history within these pages and often found myself looking up the old world terms. The characters were well written - especially the main characters of Alethea and James, who both have very distinct personalities with obvious flaws, strengths and weaknesses . I could almost immediately connect with both characters and they were written in such a modern way that I forgot at times that it was a historical romance. If you are looking for a light and easy read with a good dose of raunch, then this is a book you do not want to miss.

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