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One Night in London (The Truth About the Duke #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,574 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother; she needs London’s top solicitor for that. But when Edward de Lacey, son of the powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man who can do the job, Francesca decides Edward himself must champion her case . . . if only she can melt the ...more
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Published August 30th 2011 by Avon
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Lady Wesley
Jul 16, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book (and its two sequels) and really liked listening to the audio book. Gildart Jackson is a new narrator to me, and I adore his voice. I could fall in love with Edward de Lacey just by listening to him. He does, however, need to tweak his heroine a bit; she sounds like a middle-aged spinster aunt rather than a passionate half-Italian young English woman. I think that male narrators should avoid using a falsetto for female voices and just strive for a softer tone.

That sa
Aly is so frigging bored
I really liked it. The narrator though, he made some stupid pauses when I so wouldn't have made them.
There are a lot of things to love about this book. The three brothers who learn that their father has been married when he was young and re-married without knowing what has happened to his first wife (which might just make his three sons bastards) are all incredibly interesting: you have an older brother who relies on his family name's influence and doesn't seem to care about anything but his own pleasure who has to learn some responsibility if he wants to keep his title; the good middle one (Ed ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Kusanagi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 19-ème
One Night in London est le tome 1 de la série The Truth about the Duke, qui va suivre les aventures des frères De Lacey pour garder leur héritage à la mort de leur père, le Duc de Durham. Et accessoirement trouver l'amour... (ben quoi, c'est de la romance)

Alors le premier tome suit les aventures du frère cadet, Edward, qui est celui qui gère le domaine... il a assisté son père pendant des années (à la place de l'ainé qui boudait à Londres et menait la belle vie)et a pris en charge totalement le
Sep 28, 2011 Ilze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Linden's "One Night in London" (The Truth About the Duke #1)
Intelligent, appealing, attractive (as people, not just bodies and faces) main characters who fall in love almost against their wishes, growing and expanding their emotional horizons in the process, sizzling love scenes, a smidgen of conflict to be resolved - what more could a romance addict ask for? Really nicely-constructed, believable character-driven love story.
(After second reading) Loved this one just as much on second
I struggled with whether to give this one, provided by netgalley, 3 or 4 stars, but settled on 4 stars for a number of reasons. Overall, I really enjoyed the story, the plot and the characters, although I struggled with getting emotionally involved in it.

The story is based on a couple of unusual legal issues the hero and heroine are facing, not your normal HR subject matter, and it might have been nice to have actually had a bit more legal stuff up-front. Why not explain just a little how the di
Lady Francesca Gordon is determined to win custody of her young niece Georgina, especially because she has reason to fear for Georgia's safety. In order to hire the top barrister, she must first coerce Edward de Lacey. What begins as a battle of wills ends in love. There were several twists and turns in this story, and explicit sex. The child doesn't play an active role until late in the book. The overriding problem -- uncovering the truth about the old duke -- is not resolved. This is a series, ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Ang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Linden is becoming a favorite of mine. I'm going back and reading books of hers and this is the first book in "The Truth About the Duke" series. Wow is all I have to say. The characters are so richly developed and intriguing, the romance fiery.
Lord Edward de Laceys world is thrown for a huge loop following the death of his father. Edward and his two brothers are shocked to find out that their father has hidden a secret their entire lives and now it threatens to take away everything they know. Edward confesses the truth to his fiancee one night and is shocked and hurt to see it in the tabloids the next day along with an end to their engagement. Edward is at a crossroads of his life and is not quite sure what to do when in sweeps a most ...more
bu yazarı seviyorum demek için 2 kitabını okumak erken olabilir biraz ama yinede diyeceğim:)

Başta bi çekincelerim kızgınlıklarım vardı zaten diğer seriyi bırakıp bu seriye başlamaları sebebiyle ama okudukça bi sorunum kalmadı. Yanlız öbür seriyi de unutmasınlar lütfen o seride mutlaka çıkmalı hızlı bir şekilde.


bir dükün uç oğlu var dükün ölüm döşeğinde açıkladığı üzere bu üç oğulun gayrimeşruluğa düşmesine neden olacak bir durum var dük anneleriyle evlenmeden önce başka biriyle evliymiş
Amarilli Settantatre
3, 5 - Prima di tutto una nota doverosa: l'edizione cartacea presenta una decina di pagine mancanti e vari refusi nel testo. Ora, lo sviluppo della storia si segue comunque, però non posso nascondere che ciò abbia influito in qualche modo sul mio apprezzamento complessivo.
Inoltre si tratta del primo episodio di una trilogia e quindi la trama deve adattarsi, sia nell'avvio che nel finale, lasciando spazio a un inevitabile rinvio agli episodi successivi.
Di certo il te
Feb 13, 2013 Leya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
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Nov 26, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book a bit different from the historical romances you normally read. Francesca is an independent woman, who (unlike the usual widow story) isn’t looking for a lover. She’s looking for an investigator/lawyer that will help her regain custody of her niece, taken away by her ‘evil’ stepmother. The problem? He’s been hired away by Edward, who is in dire straits after some shocking secrets are revealed upon the death of his father, the Duke.

I think what really made this story so wonder
Okay, so I feel a little weird giving a book that I mostly enjoyed a 2 star rating, and I admit up front that it's probably not the most fair reflection of my overall enjoyment of the book. It is, however, an accurate reflection of how I felt at the end of the book, and that's how I justify the rating.

ANYWAY. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep, so I thought I'd start this book and see how it went. From the impression I got from the blurb about the book, I thought
Jul 13, 2011 Dabney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading One Night in London was for me, rather like a date with a really great guy I just couldn’t muster up any enthusiasm for. There’s nothing wrong with the book. It just didn’t stir my reading passions.

In this serviceable Regency romance, the heroine Lady Francesca Gordon needs a good lawyer. She’s convinced her young orphaned niece, Georgina, is being held against the child’s will by her stepmother for financial gain. Francesca has been turned down by solicitor after solicitor — her case is
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I've only read a couple of Caroline Linden books and while I've enjoyed them, I haven't really been blown away by any of her books yet but I'm still hopeful. This book starts off with the hero's father revealing a secret that has the power to ruin their family. It's a secret that rocked me on my ass because I kept thinking, "How in the world has he kept that a secret this whole time?" and immediately, Edward and his brother Gerard want to jump into action and minimize the destruction and scandal ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****This was provided to me by HarperCollins via NetGalley****

Lord Edward de Lacey is a proper English gentleman, second son to the Duke of Durham. While his elder brother has quite the reputation for being a rake, and his younger brother a military hero, Edward is the responsible son who, alongside his father, oversees all matters of the estate. He has proposed to a lovely young English lady and they are set to marry within a few months. Things are all moving along smoothly for Edward are the e
The cover for this book is preposterous, but also... foreshadowing?

So, I really liked this book. Both of the leads were wonderful, and I enjoyed how well the romance was integrated with the non-romantic plot. It goes something like this: Edward de Lacey, the second son of a Duke, has always been the responsible one. After his father dies, leaving behind whisperings of a possible first marriage that could invalidate the legitimacy of his and his brothers' birth and claim to the title, Edward sets
This is somewhere between 3* and 3.5*

This was well-written except for a few Americanisms and anachronisms, not so severe to pull me out of the narrative though. The prose was fine, in some places even lyrical and original, without becoming gimmicky or pretentious, or flowery. I really liked this prose, I read it through fast and easily, well-engaged to all my senses. Maybe "non-fussy" is a good description.

I very much liked the hero, who was no alpha-male rake, instead he came over as someone st
Katie Michaels
Edward de Lacey is the second son of the Duke of Durham. And as his father dies, Edward learns that the old man had been keeping a very big secret. It seems the Duke was married before he met Edward's mother --and never divorced. If that comes to light, not only will Edward and his brothers lose the estate, but their legitimacy as well. So Edward rushes off to the finest lawyer in town, hoping to secure his family's future.

He has no idea Francesca has hopes of using the very same attorney to hel
An engaging story about an interesting couple.

Francesca is trying to win custody of her niece but has trouble finding a solicitor willing to take her case. After a long search one finally accepts, only to rush off and refuse her in order to take a more important case. Francesca is desperate and in her anger she confronts the man who unknowingly "stole" her solicitor away.

Edward de Lacey, the recipient of her anger, is trying to ensure his brother's claim to the dukedom after a scandalous revelat
Oct 12, 2011 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this might be the first Caroline Linden book I've read but I really liked it--not sure how much of it was that I liked the setup/character types because they are tropes I enjoy vs. the book itself.

I do love the proper, dutiful and steady hero vs the spunky but sensible widow setup a lot. There's nothing earth shaking about the plot: they both have separate problems, there's no "big misunderstanding"--it's just a slightly angsty read about two people who are immediately attracted to each
Lady Wesley
Dec 29, 2011 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original one-star review
This is a perfectly middling story, but I refuse to give a good rating to a book that ends with a cliffhanger designed to tempt us into buying the next book in the trilogy.

Upon rereading . . .
I confess that my temper got the best of me after the first reading, which ends with the arrival of a mysterious letter after the wedding of Francesca and Edward. Perhaps if it had been styled "Epilogue," I would not have been so unpleasantly shocked. I thought, though, that there
Nadine Jones
So far this book isn't thrilling me, but I soldier on, dutifully reading my escapist trash ... Hey, it's better than facing reality!


It's a good thing I persevered, because this book turned out to be delightful! A completely delicious romance that is allowed to grow slowly and naturally - it feels so real and never forced. Our hero (Edward, second son of the Duke of Durham) and heroine (the widow Francesca) spend the first half of the book working together to find Francesca's missing niece. At f
Diane Peterson
Very enjoyable book. Passionate characters, interesting story. The main problem introduced in this book was not resolved so I am looking forward to the subsequent books. I liked Linden's older books, but she has refined and polished her writing and is a better writer now.
I loved it!! This author is brand new to me and I am so excited to have found this book! I just loved the heroine and the hero! I so enjoyed watching them fall madly in love with each other!
Kübra Yağmur
Aug 09, 2015 Kübra Yağmur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Yazarın okuduğum ilk kitabıydı ve kalemini sevdim. Kurgu, olay akışı ve karakterler çok hoştu. Sonu çok sinir bozucu bir yerde bitti diye düşünüyorum. Yazarlar bu kadar zalim olmamalı.
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
Immensely intriguing and enjoyable.
Feb 03, 2013 Malin rated it really liked it
First of all, I have no idea what the heck is going on with the cover of this one. God knows what she's actually doing, my husband has several theories, but all of them pretty much qualify in the NSFW category, so we'll just leave it at that. Covers like these make me so very happy that I have an e-reader, because while I'm really not at all ashamed to admit that I enjoy romance novels, and read a lot of them, this is just not a cover I would want to display while on public transport on my way t ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And a Lovely Night It Is
The Duke of Durham is dead but his secret didn't have the good grace to die with him. Both the nature of the secret and the unknown identity of the person blackmailing him because of it made it necessary he burden his three sons with a horrible truth, but with only two of the three to bear witness as his time grew ever-shorter, he had only the time to apologize to his middle and youngest sons before he slipped into senseless ramblings, then a quiet death.

It was his solici
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 08, 2015 12:43PM  
  • The Scandal Before Christmas (The Reckless Brides, #3.5)
  • It Happened Under the Mistletoe (Secret Brides, #3.5)
  • In Love with a Wicked Man
  • Say Yes to the Duke (House of Brady, #3)
  • Caleb (Circle Eight, #3)
  • The Rogue's Proposal (House of Trent, #2)
  • Texas Mail Order Bride (Bachelors of Battle Creek, #1)
  • It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8)
  • The Bride Says No (The Brides of Wishmore, #1)
  • Bound by Wish and Mistletoe (Highland Legends #1.5)
  • I Married the Duke (The Prince Catchers, #1)
  • Fire of the Dragon (Bestiary, #1)
  • Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (The Duke's Daughters, #2; Windham, #5)
  • The Highlander's Sin (Stolen Bride, #6)
  • Lessons in Loving A Laird (Highland Knaves, #2)
  • The Taming of the Rake (Blackthorn Brothers, #1)
  • Christmas Brides
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more
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“As long as she would have him, the rest of the world could go hang.” 2 likes
“For a long moment there was only the sound of her soft, half-gasping little breaths, and the thud of his heart, loud in his ears. He had never felt this...this liberation, this unfettered contentment. Not with another woman, not after a hard day of accomplishment, not after a brilliant business maneuver, not even after beating his brothers at anything. His body was wrung out with physical satisfaction, his mind fely fogged and sluggish, but his head...
'If this be madness,' came Francesca's weak voice from behind the shining veil of her hair, 'lead me to Bedlam.'
'Perhpas tomorrow. I don't think I can make it further than the bed.”
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