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The Tattooed Duke (The Writing Girls #3)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,214 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
“Tantalizing passion…certain to delight.”
Publishers Weekly

Maya Rodale’s wonderfully witty Writing Girls series is a winner!  Her third delectable love story to feature a plucky Regency heroine with a pen, The Tattooed Duke follows a scandal sheet reporter posing as a common housemaid in order to uncover whatever nasty little skeletons an adventure-seeking Duke may be hidi
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Avon
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That gorgeous cover is the main reason I picked this book up but unfortunately the actual story did nothing to capture my interest. The writing in this was pretty poor and kind of stale to be honest. I also kept finding a lot of grammar mistakes and typos. Typos especially, this was riddled with them to the point where I literally took a pencil and had to fix them myself because it got so distracting. Lots of repetitive dialogue and weird choice of phrasing things. In fact some of the odd proses
Apr 01, 2016 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly inaccurate for the time period + characters too stupid to breathe + poor editing = DNF
Lover of Romance
The Duke of Wycliff, has spent the past seven years traveling all around the world, in his search of Timbuktu, and has battled sharks, pirates, see numerous cultures and of course women. Sebastian has come home unfortunately to assume his duties as the Duke, only to find that he is out of funds. Funds he needs to make his dream trip to Timbuktu, which he has devoted his whole life in finding. He knows he is in need of a rich wife, but finds himself distracted by the new housemaid, who makes his ...more
Eliza Fielding knows her writing career will be over if she can not deliver a scandalous story. So when the globe-trotting Duke of Wycliff finally returns home after his fathers death--and no one wants to work for a Wicked Wycliff-- she knows she has found her story. She just needs to go undercover as a maid and find out some delicious secrets. Eliza easily lands a job but soon finds the work tedious and her subject oh so distracting. She quickly learns a few interesting titbits to feed London's ...more
Kirsten Lenius
Jan 11, 2013 Kirsten Lenius rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time reading thus book, as it did not draw me in. That and the fact that part of my brain kept screeching in distress at the historical inconsistancies and the grammar problems, almost made me stop reading. I did finish, but wasn't happy with the story.

There were also a many issues with word usage, including over-use of varients of 'debauch.' Using a few archaic words does not make a historical novel.

There was a gentleman named Mehitable which happens to be a woman's name. One of t
DNF by page 150. Reads too much like a contemporary romance. The way the hero and heroine act are more like a present day characters and in no way shape or form act like they are in Regency England.

Not sure what the author was trying to prove with this very un-historical romance. And such a shame too because the hero was interesting but in the wrong time period.
Boring and repetitive writing style, historical inconsistencies and inaccuracies and underwhelming character development make this a book not worth reading though it has a very promising premise. Maybe some author will pick up the gauntlet?
My review originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed:

All of London wants to know more about the mysterious Sebastian Digby, Duke of Wycliff. Eliza Fielding, reporter for The London Weekly, is determined to be the one to provide members of the ton with the salacious details they’re looking for. Eliza has taken a position in the duke’s household and is using her cover to get the dirty details on the duke’s travels. Her undercover assignment goes better than she
Katie Michaels
3.5 Stars
Her job as a writer is the most important thing in Eliza's life. But she hasn't had many stories published in the paper lately. The scandalous return of the Duke of Wycliff might change that. Her boss has given her the assignment to get the gossip on Wycliff --and put together a titillating article-- or consider her career as one of the so-called "Writing Girls" to be over. She accepts the challenge and decides to go undercover as a maid in his household.

Wycliff has been away from Londo
Ridiculous...implausible...anachronistic...almost immediate insta-lust by page 38...and I kind of liked it.

Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Writing Girls Series
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone.
Steam Level: Steamy

This one got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but about, oh, 1/3 of the way in, things really started to pick up. Once things started to pick up, howe
That was actually better than the impression I got from the beginning of the book.
Indeed some things seem slightly anachronical and there are some inaccuracies (view spoiler).
However the personnality of both the hero and heroine grew on me, and I soon really wanted them to end up together, despite their seemingly incompatible station in life: a duk
This is the first book I've read by this author. Whilst I wasn't particularly impressed with this novel, I might give the author another go. It may not have been a fantastic book, but I've read worse! I found a great many of the thoughts/dialogue of both characters to be repetitive, which made the book drag for me. About halfway through, I found myself thinking, "Just get on with it!" I'd like to have seen what made these two fight convention to get married. Maybe I missed something, but I saw v ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading book (#3 Writing Girls series) of a unconventional tattooed Duke. Of course, the man in the spotlight is Sebastian Digby, the Duke of Wycliff. He is dangerous and handsome adventurer who needs to come up with money to stake his next big voyage. He is broke and has come home to find a wealthy bride. So when he find's out that a newspaper called The London Weekly is writing items that hinder his bride hunting, he's outraged. Of course, he doesn't know that his newest maid, ...more

setelah menskip lebih dari setengah buku akhirnya selesai juga 'menamatkan' buku ini. karakter si Duke bertato cukup menarik untuk dibaca.

yang menyebalkan itu si tokoh ceweknya. dengan alasan jurnalisme ia pura-pura menjadi pelayan dirumah si duke, menyebarkan gosip yang bikin pamor si duke yang udah jelek makin jelek terus mengkhianati kepercayaan si duke yang menceritakan rahasia-rahasianya kepada si pelayan gadungan.

setelah semua itu, si pelayan sama sekali ga menyesali
This book was pretty good and kept me entertained and interested in the story. I don't think it was completely historically correct, but I read it for the characters and story alone and didn't have a problem with it.

This is my first by this author but I'm sure I'll be looking for more.
Anabelle Bryant
Nov 01, 2014 Anabelle Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. So glad I made this selection. I'll going right into Seducing Mr. Knightly next.
Feb 10, 2017 Readerkuna1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3
I loved this book. I loved the characters. Sebastian and Eliza were drawn to each other from the first time they meet. Eliza was posing as a housemaid at his house in order to get a story for the newspaper she wrote for. I could tell that they were meant for each other. In spite of some diffcult times and situations they eventally found each other and they found that love that was meant just them. The love that was meant for them two together. Maya writes great characters that are very real and ...more
Renée Dahlia
Nov 11, 2016 Renée Dahlia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of the Writing Girls series - probably because it's the hard working heroine matched with the misunderstood Duke trope.
Eli Yanti
Sep 17, 2012 Eli Yanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sepertinya nama Sebastian identik dengan "bad boy" hem…

Critanya tentang Eliza yang pengen banget menjadi Writing Girl terkenal (atau setidaknya tetap menjadi writing girls di sebuah penerbitan London Weekly Writing Girls) dan kesempatan itu datang saat seorang duke yang di kenal dengan duke yang penuh skandal (dikenal sbg pirate, tidur dengan beribu harem seorg sultan dll), pulang dr berlayar untuk memenuhi kewajibannya sebagai seorang duke. Jd Eliza harus mendptkan berita tentang duke tsb walau
Jun 13, 2015 IamGamz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance, Tattoos, Adventurous Duke
4 Wickedly Adventurous Stars

A Regency romance featuring a hot wickedly scandalous Duke, recently returned from foreign lands with all manner of exotics, wearing long hair, an earring, sun browned skin, covered in tattoos and looking like a savage and a scandalous Writing Girl, who sneaks into the Duke’s household pretending to be a maid, while stealing his secrets and writing a salacious articles about him. What is not to love?

Eliza, the most adventurous of the Writing Girls has just been giving
Emily Karns
Mar 10, 2017 Emily Karns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just fun!
*I gave this audiobook a B+ for the narration and C+ for the story at AudioGals*

The Tattooed Duke is a British historical romance with a rather unique plot. It is the love story of a relatively penniless, some would say uncivilized, hedonistic, world traveling duke and a reporter disguised as a housemaid. The third book in The Writing Girls series, but with a storyline that is discrete enough to be read as a stand-alone, The Tattooed Duke is long on drama but very light on passion (in fact, if i
Apr 16, 2012 Sigal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 06, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading THE TATTOOED DUKE by Maya Rodale is a unique experience. Maya has written Eliza and Sebastian's story in such a way that you feel you are watching it unfold rather than reading it. It incited my imagination in such a way that I saw each chapter more like a scene in a movie rather than a free flowing novel. I enjoyed Eliza and Sebastian's nighttime encounters on the roof discussing all things familiar to them and culminating in some kissy face activity. I enjoyed the way Sebastian would f ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Addictive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in Maya Rodale’s The Writing Girl Series features Eliza Fielding who has had what some might call a writer’s funk or just plain writer’s block. She needs to step up her game, er, column if she is still to be one of the girls for The London Weekly. But where is she to find such a juicy story? One that will guarantee her a permanent spot within the most established newspaper in London?
Sebastian Digby, the Duke of Wycliff has just returned to England to claim his inheritance after
Tam B.
Apr 21, 2012 Tam B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book at least 3 stars but the ending just didn't do it for me.

I liked our hero (Sebastian) and our heroine (Eliza) and a really enjoyed the banter that existed between them throughout the book. Sebastian struck me as a man who had a wild youth and grew up into a man of integrity but society never got over his youth or his ancestry and our heroine set out to exploit that. Eliza was a woman supporting herself and had a healthy dose of ambition and a conscience that wars wit
Mary Gramlich
Apr 05, 2012 Mary Gramlich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there any guilt associated with this deception?

Sebastian Digby, the Duke of Wycliff has been branded a wonderlust man who inherits a title he does not deserve. Sebastian’s reputation is one built on rumor and innuendo with very little fact involved. When he returns to London to take control of his holdings Sebastian hires servants, one it seems is not wh0 they claim to be.

Eliza Fielding is secretly a writer for a scandal sheet who has figured out how to get the best information on Sebastian,
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE TATTOOED DUKE by Maya Rodale is an interesting Regency Historical Romance. It is Book #3 in “The Writing Girls Romance Series. See,
“ A Groom Of One’s Own”,”A Tale Of Two Lovers”,but can be read as a stand alone. Sebastian,the Duke of Wycliff, is a tattooed Duke whose adventures has taken him around the world from Tahiti to Timbuctoo and back to England. Eliza Fielding,is witty,feisty,a “writing girl”,who not only captures Sebastian’s heart but has given him a purpose in life. But they both h
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 10:02AM  
  • Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage, #1)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • A Secret in Her Kiss
  • A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2)
  • When a Scot Loves a Lady (Falcon Club, #1)
  • The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)
  • The Saint Who Stole My Heart (Regency Rogues, #4)
  • All About Seduction
  • How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back
  • The Wedding of the Century & Other Stories
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2)
  • Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2)
  • Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel (Beau Monde, #1)
  • One Night Scandal (The Spinster Club, #5)
  • How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)
  • Sunrise with a Notorious Lord (Lords of Vice, #4)
  • And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake (Rhymes With Love, #2)
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romanti ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Writing Girls (5 books)
  • A Groom of One's Own (The Writing Girls, #1)
  • A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls, #2)
  • Three Schemes and a Scandal (The Writing Girls, #3.5)
  • Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, #4)

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“Out of the corner of his eye Wycliff saw the little maid’s cheeks turn pink. He’d forgotten how adorably prudish and modest English women could be.” 1 likes
“He wanted to bend her over the dining table and ravish her. Or the desk, or one of the twenty beds, or any piece of furniture, really. The sooner the better, too, since every last stitch of furniture would likely need to be sold.” 1 likes
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