Of Dukes and Deceptions
When Nicholas Buchanan, the Duke of Dorchester, accepts an invitation to visit a country stud farm, he counters his boredom by striking a wager with his henchman that he'll bed the poor relation, Alicia Woodley, before the end of his stay. But he reckons without Alicia's disdain. She's disgusted by Nick's cavalier attitude, unimpressed by his grandeur and wants as little a...more
I’d been looking at this one at netgalley for a while, so after reading some reviews, I scurried over and clickety-click! I downloaded. The funny thing is, that it’s the negative reviews that drew me in. I knew the majority of the plot since I’m a spoiler fiend, but I was really interested into the surprise bondage scene (don’t worry, it’s some lite bondage and spanking). An Historical Romance with a bit of bondage you say? Sign me up!
But what was bothersome abo...more
This book started off on the right foot, Soliman...more
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Of Dukes and Deceptions was a fun little read, if you’re not looking for a serious plot.
The story line was weak, the relationships unbelievable and the characters undeveloped but Nick and Alicia’s dialogues with each other were hilarious and it’s why I gave this novel a 2.5. Now, Nick the hero is an arrogant ass with little to no redeeming qualities but you know in real life how there are just some people who think they are God’s gift to the world...more
When I first read the description of this novel, I knew I had to read it. A Duke, a wager, a hoyden, and a villain out for murder, it all sounded incredibly intriguing.
Unfortunately, there was a major detail missing from the description that in my opinion completely changes the target audience for the book, and completely blindsided me. It seems that Nicholas is into submissive women in the bedroom. Now, don’t get me wr...more
Right away, Nicholas realizes Alicia is different. She is far more interested in tending animals that snaring a husband. She is fiery and independent. And creates a challenge he can't ig...more
One of the most dastardly laws known to women of the Regency period prohibited them from inheriting property. When Alicia Woodley’s father dies, his estate—and his prosperous stud farm—pass on to an uncle even though Alicia was the driving force behind the farm. Her uncle refuses to allow her any in...more
Okay, so that was just one part of the story. The other part is a bit of a mystery and bout of sleuthing that goes on regarding the circumstances behind the operation of a stud farm that the Duke, Nicholas, gets...more
This is the story of Alicia Woodley, who lives with her uncle and his family in her ancestral home, Ravenswing Manor, after the death of her father. She loves to nurse sick animals, rescue animals caught in poachers traps and ride her beloved stallion, Fabian. It's as she is rescuing an rabbit caugh...more
Date reviewed: 28th Feb 2011
Review link: http://mykindaland.com/?p=172
Of Dukes and Deception is a very interesting historical romance.At the beginning, it made me wonder, how far this story will go? And how long can the main male character deceive the female character and denies the feelings that he has for her? And how long would he believe that his relationship with her is no longer just a wager?
I like reading this book, it gives me warm and fuzzy feelings all ove...more
Alicia Woodley, the poor relative at Ravenswing Manor, where she once was lady of the manor and hostess for her father before...more
Heroine is a poor-relation, check
She is kind to animals, check
Heroine has raven black hair and green eyes, check
She heals these animals with her special potions, check
Hero is a Duke who is bored, check
He is determined to seduce the heroine because she's a poor relation and he's a duke, check
Heroine is facing some life-threatening danger, check
Hero decides he loves her and all ends well, check
There's nothing inherently wrong with any...more
I never really "get" why Alicia is attracted to his duke-ness. She goes from zero to sixty in desire for him based on a couple of kisses and a lot of arrogant talk. There is an integrity issue with the duke (view spoiler)[targeting a young woman with no thought what-so-ever about how his attentions would impact her, until he t...more
I was lucky enough to get this sent to my Kindle for free to review and as a massive fan of historical romances I really hoped this was going to be good.
However it fell a bit flat to me....
I didnt really like the character of Nick (the Duke). There wasnt anything in particular I disliked, I think because his really wasnt an in-depth character, like I am used to, and it hinted at his background lightly but thats all it was. The same goes for all of the characters...more
I will definit...more
When not writing Wendy enjoys reading other people's books, walking miles with her dog, drinking decent wine and g...more