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Of Dukes and Deceptions

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews

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

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Published March 14th 2011 by Carina Press (first published February 9th 2011)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
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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
Nicholas Buchanan, the Duke of Dorchester is a man use to getting what he wants and when he wants, so when accepting a invitation to visit a horse stud farm in the country to get away from the city life, he meets up with a local "poor relation" of the family he's visting Alicia Woodley. We makes a bet with his henchman that he'll be bedding her before his stay is over, of course he didn't reckon that Alicia would turn all his plans on their head!

This book started off on the right foot, Soliman
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Rating: 2 1/2
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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
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic

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
Jun 08, 2011 Mona rated it liked it
Of Dukes and Deceptions sucked me in right away. As many historical romances as I read, one would think I’d have come across this premise at least once, but I’m happy to say it was a new one on me.

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
Katie Michaels
Mar 08, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it liked it
Nicholas is used to having women throw themselves at his feet. He is, after all, a Duke. And all the ladies want to be Duchess. All the ladies except Alicia. She meets Nicholas when he comes to her family's stud farm to inspect the horses. But he was really invited so that her cousin could get her hooks into him.

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
Mar 22, 2011 chanceofbooks rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-read, netgalley
I wanted to love this book. I really, really did. I'm always on the lookout for British-set historicals written by actual British writers. It has long struck me as strange that the vast, vast majority of Regencies are written by Americans. I think Soliman shows tremendous potential, but this book just didn't work for me mainly because I just don't like the "Arrogant Duke sets out to Ruthlessly Seduce and Ruin Poor, Defenseless Heroine For the Sake of Random Bet" trope. I do, however, like Bets a ...more
May 16, 2011 Stace rated it liked it
I have to agree with other reviewers that this doesn't bring anything new to the genre. The hero isn't all that likable, and barely manages to redeem himself. It was also really odd to have bdsm in a book that barely makes a pg-13 rating for me. I may have been more interested if she had made the story an erotic-historical instead of a historical that happens to have some slight bdsm.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
The words “receptive” and “rampart” will henceforth bring a mental image like never before. The delightful Of Dukes and Deceptions gave me a new perspective. While the story showcases social mores and the less than admirable character traits of some, it is carried along on a wave of humor, both subtle and obvious, that makes it sparkle. It sizzles and sings with emotions.

Alicia Woodley, the poor relative at Ravenswing Manor, where she once was lady of the manor and hostess for her father before
Cocktails and Books
As I started reading this one, I thought this was going to be something that took me forever to finish. Having just finished the last page, I'm delighted to report that this one caught me by surprise.

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
May 10, 2011 Kimm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
You always know things are gonna get ugly when a wager is involved. I love spending time waiting for the heroine to find out – then commences the hero’s remorse and sudden construction of a conscience. In typical fashion, all is forgiven in the end and everyone gets a Happily Ever After.

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
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I rated this book 3 of 5 stars. The book was enjoyable, set in 1800’s England. This book featured Alicia Woodley, who considered herself the “poor relation” who didn’t deserve much. Alicia had been pretty much run over by her cruel family, and she yet she still loved them all. Nicholas Buchanan, the Duke of Dorchester, meets Alicia and decides that she is a challenge he wants to undertake. He wants to bed her and show her her worth. Nicholas didn’t count on finding himself genuinely caring about ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Jane rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Wendy Soliman's Of Duke and Deceptions is pretty standard fare.

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
Mar 28, 2011 Cleffairy rated it liked it
Reviewed at: Library of Lights

Date reviewed: 28th Feb 2011

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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
I have mixed feelings about giving this a 2 star rating when it really is borderline OK. I liked the authentic tone, but the vocabulary was a bit over the top. Rampant????
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)
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Mar 18, 2014 Patty McKenna Van Hulle rated it it was amazing
I read FORGOTTEN HEIRESS earlier and I liked it but it wasn't steamy or hot enough. Well, Wendy Solomon knows how to write steamy, sparks flying, pages smoking hot and need fire extinguishers scenes. Alicia was a poor in money but wealthy in the heart. She cares for all things four legged, furry and probably scales and fins too. Her uncle, aunt and 3 cousins let her stay at the stud farm that her father and her started after he die but didn't love her. Duke Nick was a typical arrogant, pompous a ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Wow thats my first though after reading this book. I absolutely loved it and will definitely be forwarding many of my friends towards it. I highly enjoyed the high spirited heroine Alicia and the determined hero Nicholas. I loved their interactions together and found myself cheering Alicia on quite a few times through out the story. Nicholas' transformation was slow but believable and highly enjoyable to watch. I also loved the dukes Valet/Groom Gibson. He was very humorous and entertaining as w ...more
Aug 23, 2011 April rated it really liked it
OF DUKES AND DECEPTIONS by Wendy Soliman is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is written with depth and details. It has romance, sensuality, passion,danger,secrets, family, deception,horse raising,mystery and of course love.Together Nichalas,The Duke of Dorchester and Alicia Woodley, a poor relation will find not only love,but passion,desire,uncover family secrets,and who is trying to kill Alicia. This is a fast paced,quick read that will have you turning pages from the b ...more
May 09, 2011 Sian rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
Not as good as what I was hoping.

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
Maureen Miller
May 24, 2011 Maureen Miller rated it it was amazing
I admit that historical romance is my guilty pleasure, and Ms. Soliman fulfilled that pleasure with a piece that depicts the era perfectly, and with two characters that made me fantasize. It was rather hard not to fantasize about Nick, and I found myself "turning the pages" in haste because I couldn't wait for the scenes with him and Alicia alone. I also enjoyed watching the way the Woodley family handled Nick. There were times I chuckled out loud at their attempts of manipulation.

I will definit
Laurie Gold
Mar 13, 2011 Laurie Gold rated it it was ok
Shelves: eur-hist-rom
I just wrote about the trope that wasn't...and the trope that was in this new ebook in a blog entry for Heroes and Heartbreakers.
Apr 12, 2011 Mandy rated it liked it
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Wendy is an English author now dividing her time between Andorra and West Florida. She grew up on the Isle of Wight but now lives with her husband Andre and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree. She writes Regency romance, contemporary romance and a series of marine crime mysteries.

When not writing Wendy enjoys reading other people's books, walking miles with her dog, drinking decent wine and g
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