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NEVER DECEIVE A DUKE (Neville Family & Friends #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,502 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Gareth Lloyd lives a life of quiet obscurity, toiling in the Docklands by day and living the life of a recluse by night. Fate has forced his return to London after many years abroad, and soon Gareth finds he can no longer repress the childhood horrors which haunt him-memories which worsen when he receives shocking news. The Duke of Warneham has died suspiciously and withou ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 02, 2009 new_user rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as everyone else did. This was my first from Carlyle, and I don't think I care for this author's style very much. She writes like a modern American writing a Regency novel, e.g. the hero Gareth keeps reiterating over and over the value of working and that life is meaningless without work, etc. This just would not have been present in England at that time. Likewise the heroine's many reflections on the situation of her fellow women, even as she expl ...more
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Antes que nada debo contarles que son la persona más babas del mundo e inicie este libro sin saber que era el número dos de una serie y de verdad eso me molesto mucho pues a lo largo del libro hay pequeñas anécdotas que hacen referencia al libro uno y las cuales solo logré entender a medias.
¡Mendigas series que no vienen correctamente marcadas!

Contempló la rosa que sostenía aún en la mano. El rojo sangre de los pétalos

contrastaban con su pálida piel. Rojo sangre. Una palidez mortal. Como un cuer
Finally finished.
That was not a very likable book. Each chapter of the book started with about 1.5 or 2 pages of reminders of Gabriel/Gareth youth, extremely insistent for the first chapters on his Jewish heritage. Then the whole of the chapter never had anything to do directly with this reminder. Sometime in the book, the reminders turned to be about things that we already had learnt in the course of the story, so it irritated me even more.
Now let's move to the romance. It was tepid at best, co
En realidad serían 3.5 pero como no deja

A la parte romántica romántica le falta más desarrollo, o al menos, que los protagonistas compartan más escenas románticas. Entre ellos en seguida salta la pasión... pero el amor, es como si fuera una consecuenca del encuentro de dos almas que se encuentran solas... pero nada más.
La historia de ambos es dura, muy dura. La autora empieza algunos capítulos detallando el pasado de él... imposible no sentirse conmobido.
En general me ha gustado, sobre todo la p
Ana T.
They call her the porcelain princess...

With her fragile beauty and regal bearing, the Duchess of Warneham knows how to keep her admirers at a distance. Twice wed and twice widowed, Antonia has vowed never again to marry; never again to surrender her freedom. But when her husband’s death is deemed suspicious, and his long-lost heir returns to seize control of the dukedom, she finds that fate has placed her future in yet another man’s hands—but not just any man.

They call him a cold-hearted bastard
I was really hoping to like this book. The plot summary appealed to me since I'm a sucker for tortured/damaged heroes and it was highly recommended on All About Romance review site.

This is probably a case of "it's me, not you" when it comes to why I didn't enjoy this book. My main problems with it were as follows:

1. Hero/heroine have sex very early in the book. It makes sense that this happens given how damaged both hero/heroine are but I prefer books where emotional intimacy happens before sexu
Why do you suppose dukes are so popular in historical-romance? It must be the power and prestige of being the highest title. Better for publicity, probably. But it usually doesn’t make a difference story wise, like here. Nevertheless, I certainly enjoyed Liz Carlyle’s Never Deceive a Duke.

Gareth Lloyd manages Neville Shipping in the London docks and suddenly inherits his dead uncle's title. All at once he acquires a dukedom and the recent widow, now his responsibility. Antonia, the beautiful
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
En definitiva un libro diferente a lo que suele escribir Liz Carlyle pero que merece un aprobado por mi parte, pese a que le ha faltado ese amor incontrolable o esa protagonista valiente la historia es buena.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Antonia has had a horrid and hard life, surrounded by horrid men who won't permit her to do anything for herself let alone grieve for her lost children. Gabriel hasn't had a good life either and is a part Jewish relative of the late duke who never expected to inherit the title and all the responsibilities. Together they find acceptance for who they really are. Good read!!
Karen Wilson
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Jul 26, 2014 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Gabriel's story.The Flashback's that started the story really filled in his backstory (and being Jewish, I particularly enjoyed the Jewish parts even though he was raised Church of England, as his mother thought this would cement his place in the world) but they did toast his grandfather at the wedding.Antonia is also a good character, a woman of the time who is told who to marry and tries to be a good wife. Two damaged people coming together to make each other whole. Gabriel will be a w ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Blackjack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Never Deceive a Duke, Liz Carlyle - Though this is a Carlyle fan favorite, it didn't work for me as well as some of her others because the romantic plot is too contrived. Gareth Lloyd suddenly inherits his dead uncle's dukedom and is forced to confront past demons as well as the unpleasant task of finding a home for the newly-widowed duchess. He's so certain he'll despise her, but upon first meeting Antonia, he instead feels instant attraction and tenderness. I have to say that I really hate tha ...more
I give this book 3.5 stars

This was my first book by this author, and in truth, I think I might need to read more by her before I decide if her books get a green light from me.

Overall, this book was entertaining. It is a romance to be sure, with a tortured hero and heroine. A mystery to be solved and an intriguing cast of characters.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can squeeze out any more positivity from the novel. I was not really thrilled by the fact that the hero and heroine were intimate the da
Kathy Davie
Apr 04, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, history
Second in the Neville Family historical romance series. The couple focus is on Gareth Lloyd, er, I mean His Grace, the Duke of Warneham, and the widowed Duchess.

My Take
Carylyle continues her unique take on the post-Regency period with her feisty women and rakish, but caring men. It was not a nice place with the old duke. I'd say the world is better off without him or his ideas. Now that he's dead, the duchess is determined to have a say in her life from here on no matter what her father demands
A combination of mystery and romance with an unusual couple at its center.

The story is mostly told from Garrett's point of view, so the male narrator of the audiobook who did a pretty good job, was a good choice. I did not particularly care about the mystery or its resolution, although it was smart and had clues that made sense once everything was revealed. I somehow didn't care either way.

Unfortunately I didn't care all that much about the main couple, either. They were well developed and had p
May 05, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so if you are picking up this book directly after the first in the series then you know, have met and formed an opinion of Zee's business partner, Garreth Lloyd.

I can tell you right now that anything you thought about it will be blown away and smashed, as he truly is a secret keeper. One of his many secrets is that he is a distant cousin to an heirless Duke. Who is now dead, therefore the once poor, forgotten lonley child reared by the Neville's is now a Duke. Who knew?

Change to Garreth at n
Alexandria Tale
One thing I really hate from this book was how poor the translation was made. It was a really horrible translation. A lot of missed and misplaced punctuation, paragraph and so on. What worse was the translator censored, yes, CENSORED, the make-love parts! All of them! As if the reader was a child, which was almost impossible! It was annoying as hell, plus the bad quality of translation, I almost gave it up. But I continued reading till the end, and was not satisfied with the outcome, at all. It ...more
So boy reluctantly inherits title, where he meets girl, who... Hey, did you notice the author has the same name as me? Sorry; girl is maybe a little crazy, but they can't deny their attraction, and in the end their love saves each of them. Although the girl needs to be saved more, because, y'know, women are crazy. It was cute and forgettable; the steamy scenes were not too shabby.

Not many men drove with such a callous disregard for their own safety--let alone that of hapless guinea fowl.
As it h
Dec 29, 2012 Draven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**slight spoilers ahead**

My, Ms. Carlyle sure does enjoy her trysts on table-tops...and I love her for it!

This is one of the most fascinating romance novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading and I'm glad I stuck with the series after the disappointment of the first book, because book 2 was most excellent!

The mystery subplot, was detailed, intriguing and well-executed. Her characters were fully fleshed-out, both in description and personality and there was a wonderfully surprising religious a
Cris Díaz
Oct 16, 2014 Cris Díaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene todo lo que busco en un libro de este género: amor, humor e intriga (aunque quizá aquí abusa un poco del drama en el pasado de ambos).
Una historia bien construida, personajes nada planos y secundarios que arrancan risas. Me encanta el personaje de Kemble, un hombre que es mas de lo que parece y que da mucho juego.
Es puro entretenimiento y me encanta como escribe Liz Carlyle, sin duda una de mis favoritas del género.
Aug 28, 2014 Foggygirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and entertaining read. Although I have to say my favorite characters weren't the main ones of Gareth and Antonia but Mr. George Kemble and Baron Rothewell, they had the best on page chemistry of any two people that I have ever read. Actually the character of Kemble is a bit of a scene stealer. He should really get his own book.
Dec 30, 2010 chanceofbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
This is a gut-wrenching portrait of two very damaged souls finding their way to each other, and it's Carlyle at her darkest here. Fans of this book would also enjoy "The Book of Scandal" by Julia London (also a regency tale of finding one's way back after grief) and "Demon After Dark" by Kresley Cole (paranormal, but features very dark, broken hero very similar to this one). Garreth is not just a typical tortured hero--orphaned, penniless, mistreated, but has suffered the sort of abuse not gener ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was my first by this author, and I'll definitely read more by her. I found this book through a list of romance books with Jewish characters. I loved the descriptions and stories of Gabriel's grandparents, and it was nice to see Yiddish interspersed in those stories. I did have a problem with the mention of a bat mitzvah, because at that time in England, amongst a traditional Jewish family, a bat mitzvah for a girl would have been unheard of. Although I hate anachronism in ...more
Kay Bolton
May 13, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
Shelves: 4-star
Review taken from my Blog in November 2010:

Having so thoroughly enjoyed the first in the Never Trilogy 'Never Lie to a Lady' I started this next book in high expectation of yet another good read. I was definitely not disappointed.

Well written characterisations, and fabulous mystery flowing throughout the story of Gabriel Ventnor (Gareth Lloyd) to the Dukedom of Warneham and the beautiful Dowager Duchess of Warneham.

I just adore the lovely, humorous and multi-layered Mr George Kemble. Under estim
Apr 24, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 Neville Family Historical Romance Trilogy

This second book in the tril. was good, tho I enjoyed the first (Never Lie To A Lady) quite alot more. This is because the female heroine in #1 was very strong, capable, and independent, as opposed to the female lead in Duke.

But then again, to be fair, women in the 1800's WERE quiet and didn't assert themselves, or take control of the circumstances of their lives. *sigh*

Books 1 & 2 are not just historical romance - there is mystery, intrigue, murde
I have NO idea what the title refers to, even after reading the book, but other than that and a somewhat rushed ending, I loved this book to bits. Hero is a shipping magnate, distantly related to the Duke of Wareham, whom he hasn't seen in years and whom he loathes. Until the old Duke turns up his toes without any closer heir than our hero. Heroine is the old Duke's widow, a young fourth wife, who is also possibly mad. There is a wonderful, dark, passionate romance, and a bit of mystery. This bo ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Jiji rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book. I stopped reading after the author has Hh have sex during a storm. As some other reviews pointed out H was too strong to believably fall for a h who appears a bit aloof. I am not sure sleepwalking would have been understood well enough in those times for him to be comfortable with that.
The flashbacks I didn't care for. The mood was too dark and angsty for a romance novel for me. I am not sure I'll read this author again
Aug 10, 2007 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bored housewives, fans of regency romance
Shelves: romance
Of the two books yet published in this trilogy, this is my favourite. Gareth, particularly, made this for me - his experiences explained his angst, but he never (or almost never) got too emo, at least not for my taste. And wow, the former duke? What a villain. The duchess, Antonia, made a great heroine for Gareth, and I quite enjoyed her point of view to the whole situation.

The only point at which I got frustrated with Gareth's emo was when he was all convinced that because he was half-Jewish he
Not my favorite book by Carlyle but a good read. I was intrigued by the character of Gareth Lloyd who appears in the 1st book of the trilogy and he gets his story told here in the 2nd book. I don't usually enjoy a romance where the author throws her characters together physically almost immediately. Here the characters of the fragile and twice widowed Antonia and Gareth are intimate almost as soon as they meet. The love story is just an afterthought to the sex. It's the secondary characters who ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L love historical reads it always fascinates me going back to a different time but making the book regal and powerful but taking it to tyhe next level dark place you could feel the tormented past coming to you woman who wore her heart on the sleeve but the Man hoped not to fall deeply in love with her.They had a different way of talking then lets not never deiceive a dutchess and duke.Gabriel was not the kind of man in the book to say things he didnt mean it was external how she loved him ...more
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