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

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,136 ratings  ·  120 reviews
A bargain that was all business . . . and pure passion.

Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordonwin custody of her young niece Georgina, saving thegirl from a cruel stepmother; she needs London’s top solicitorfor that. But when Edward de Lacey, son ofthe powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man whocan do the job, Francesca decides Edwardhimself must
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Avon
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I've given this a B- for narration and B for content at AAR, so I'm leaving it at 4 stars.

In One Night in London, book one of Caroline Linden’s 2011/2012 The Truth About the Duke trilogy, the deathbed vigil of the two younger sons of the Duke of Durham, is followed the next day by a meeting with the family solicitor. The solicitor reveals that the late duke contracted a secret marriage some years before he married their mother. As this may mean the later marriage was bigamous and they are all
Lady Wesley
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
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 r
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Book Binge
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
Jen (Red Hot Books)
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
****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
Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Caroline Linden benim Muhafazakar Aşk kitabıyla tanışıp çok sevdiğim bir yazar. Çünkü o kitabı öyle güzel ve eğlenceliydi ki, bu kadının kitaplarını direk okuma listeme aldığımı söyleyebilirim. Yeni kitabı çıktığını gördüğümde ise oley seri devam ediyor diye düşündüm ama bozguna uğradım. Malesef yayınevi başladığı seri yerine bambaşka bir seriye atlamış. Ben açıkçası Reece ailesini bekliyordum, özellikle de diğer ikizin hikayesini hani. Ama sonuçta Dük Hakkında
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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
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
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

Le duc de Durham se meurt. A son chevet, deux de ses fils : Edward, le second, pilier des domaines, de la fortune et des biens familiaux, et Gerard, le cadet, officier suractif, abrupt et prompt aux grands éclats. Ne manque que Charles, l'aîné, l'héritier, celui qui a coupé tous ses liens avec le père, et qui se vautre année après année dans les excès et les débauches les plus extrêmes.
Le lendemain de la mort du vieux duc, les deux frères apprennent la nou
Diane K. 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!
Mixed emotions on this one. The story was great! Two separate plot lines - three if we include the romance - and interesting characters made this an enjoyable "read" but since I listened to an audiobook I have to take points off for the narration. Many points! The reader did a terrible job with Francesca's dialogue. He made her sound like an 80 year old dowager. I found it VERY distracting. I liked the way Francesca was portrayed as a strong independent woman. Always a positive in a book, as far ...more
So it looks like I forgot to review this. I read it before the prequel, which actually was a good thing, as decades have passed and it made the story even better as I look back. A great heroine, an independent widow who had a terrible marriage and does not want to marry again, in search of her niece who is being hidden by the step-mother. Enter Edward de Lacy with his own terrible problem, who may be disinherited and tells his betrothed, who promptly breaks the betrothal. Heroine goes to him for ...more
More snappy dialogue and wonderfully 3-dimensional characters from Linden. Francesca seemed like an eminently real woman to me, and also like she could be appropriate for the time. Being of a lower social standing freed her from some of the more rigid social norms, and being a widow allowed her a degree of freedom that a spinster still living in her parents house would never know. Her characterization - from being determined to find the niece she loves so much, chafing at what her peers assume w ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Truth About The Duke
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
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Francesca, Lady Gordon, wants custody of her niece. Her brother-in-law made her promise to care for the child but the step-mother has claimed her in order to control the girl's inheritance. Francesca has waited over a year and now she's getting frantic. She's visited several solicitors and none seem willing to help her cause. Now, the only one who was even interested has been stolen away by Edward de Lacey, the second son of the Duke of Durham. Since he stole her only line of hope, she holds him ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 08, 2015 12:43PM  
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  • The Scandal Before Christmas (The Reckless Brides, #3.5)
  • Bound by the Buccaneer (Pirates of the Jolie Rouge Trilogy #2)
  • How to Tame Your Duke (A Princess In Hiding, #1)
  • It Happened Under The Mistletoe (Secret Brides, #3.5)
  • Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (The Duke's Daughters, #2; Windham, #5)
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Caroline Linden earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Now the author of fourteen books, she lives in New England.

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Other Books in the Series

The Truth About the Duke (4 books)
  • I Love the Earl (The Truth About the Duke #0.5)
  • Blame It on Bath (The Truth About the Duke, #2)
  • The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)
Love and Other Scandals (Scandalous, #1) What a Gentleman Wants (Reece Family Trilogy, #1) I Love the Earl (The Truth About the Duke #0.5) Blame It on Bath (The Truth About the Duke, #2) The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)

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“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.”
“Then he smiled again. In spite of herself, Francesca couldn’t help noticing he looked much more
attractive when he smiled like this. “You,” he said, “are quite a woman.”
“It’s the Italian side of me,” she replied, as if he had just paid her a great compliment.
“Indeed. I have rarely—” He paused with a sharp glance at her. “—never seen such blatantly
managing behavior.”
Francesca tipped up her chin, smiling warmly at him. She knew the fight was lost but didn’t want to
leave with her tail between her legs. “Then shall I see you tomorrow, to begin our search?”
“I think not.” Still smiling, he bowed his head. “Good day, Lady Gordon.”
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