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Preview — The Duke's Tattoo by Miranda Davis
The Duke's Tattoo: A Regency Romance of Love and Revenge, Though Not in That Order (Horsemen of the Apocalypse #1)
After being grievously wounded at Waterloo, Jeremy Maubrey returns from war to find his new life as the tenth Duke of Ainsworth painful, dull and full of obligations. That is, until he wakes to find himself indelibly decorated in a mortifying place and mockin...more
"Damn her eyes!"
This was such a lovely read, and quite refreshing, I don't think I've ever heard of a plot like this one
The famous war hero, tenth Duke of Ainsworth, wakes one morning with a terrible headache. And a terrible itch, down there On closer inspection, he finds he has been shaved and his maleness tattooed He can't really remember what happened to him, only that it hurt like hell. Still, he was able to remember one detail - the eyes of his devilish female fiend!
THIS JEM...AH GEM, IS A MUST READ FOR HISTORICAL ROMANCE LOVERS
Jeremy (Jem) Maubry, Duke of Ainsworth has returned from the Battle of Waterloo with a badly wounded left shoulder. But that's not his biggest problem. He's out for revenge against the perpetrators who abducted, drugged and marked him. His lower abdomen surrounding his arbor vitae now sports a tattoo!
Prudence Haversham has waited nine long years to take retribution against the man who accosted her and ruined her life. Togeth...more
In which our mortified hero has no one but himself to blame. Yet.
London, August 1815
The Morning After
"Bollocks, sir!" Smeeth exclaimed. "Beg pardon, Y'Grace."
It was not at all like the duke's valet to stare at a man's apparatus with such squinty-eyed concentration. This made His Grace all the more uncomfortable, if that were possible.
How do you NOT have to keep reading a book when it begins like that?
A unique (and hilarious) premise, witty prose and clever dialogue that engages the read...more
"His erection swayed with each step, his heavy sac hung pendulous between his thighs."
Disgraced many years earlier by the Duke of Ainsworth, Prudence Haversham has resigned herself to living as a spinster, but she's not averse to exacting her revenge on the man who sullied her reputation. Her co-conspirators drug and kidnap him and put a ribald tattoo on his private parts.
The Duke of Ainsworth is determined to track down the culprits and exact his own revenge, but the only clues he has are P...more
4 1/2 Grinning Like Mad Stars! Boy was that fun! I never expected to enjoy this book as much as I did.
Smart, witty, fun, a wonderfully crafted historical romance. Amazing dialogue with some great one-liners that had me laughing out loud. A unique storyline, with charming, endearing characters that owned me throughout the book. I loved Ainsworth and I adored Prudence, aka Your Grace and Miss Haversham, Jem and Nymph or Mr. Procrastinator and Miss Independent! In other words, the PERFECT couple!!...more
... “On the deeply mottled skin of his taunt lower abdomen, a tattoo bracketed the duke’s membrum virile” as if to glorify his generative organ…..
And so begins Miranda Davis’ debut novel, The Duke’s Tattoo. Who could resist reading more? Thanks to my GR friend, Keri, this little gem came under my radar. Intrigue...more
This was an absolute giggle worthy read as Jem, the Duke of Ainsworth wakes up to a hazy drugged filled nightmare to find that someone evil has shaved his neither regions and tattooed his "memberum virile"! (sorry couldn't type it without chuckling again.) Once he he has found this vile culprit he will release all the power behind his dukedom down on their head. They will feel his wrath. After all he isn't one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for nothing!
For her pa...more
There is revenge upon revenge, l...more
Ainsworth and Prudence have a…unique start to their relationship. One night, while out enjoying himself on the town, the duke is nabbed and drugged by Prudence’s well-meaning se...more
A new favorite!
The impression I had when I closed the book was that I'd just read a mashup of all my favorite aspects of Loretta Chase's Carsington series (a beloved set of books on this reader's favorite shelf) but with some delightful new keen and clever bits this author brings to the writing table.
Review in the works.
I really mean it this time as this book is too delightful to not praise more appropriately.
When we start this book we find Jeremy Maubrey the Tenth Duke of Ainsworth is just waking up, with a terrible hangover, little memory of the previous night and most disturbingly his private parts have been shaven and tattooed.
The master mind behind this humiliating plot is Miss Prudence Haversham and her motive is revenge. But little does she know...more
The good stuff: I liked the humor and dialogue. Some parts were poignant, some witty, and some jolly good fun...a nice mix. I appreciated the minimal use of introspection and rumination. When things went south for the heroine she stayed strong, playing her cards with no self pity and no guilt tripping. I loved the h...more
Prudence was AMAZING!
Loved her sass, wit, strength, and intelligence.
Jem.... ah, Jem. You were lost, and now your found... too bad you had to go about it the hard way.
All I want to say to Jem is, COMMUNICATION!!!
Nicely done Ms. Davis!
"Prudence watched him approach from under the covers. His erection swayed with each step, his heavy sac hung pendulous between his thighs. His cock preened under her avid gaze. His veined shaft thickened, its foreskin reced...more
The story begins with the events of "That Day", written in infamy - as well as in the Duke's skin, in the form of an indelible ta...more
This was charming! And fun...and sweet.
And Jem (Jeremy), ah, a swoon worthy man who can barely string a sentence together when it MATTERS. He was a JOY.
SHE, Prudence, was wronged by his brother, the 9th Duke of Ainsworth. She's plotted her revenge for years. She really should have made sure she had the RIGHT guy before she had a tattoo applied to his, um, nether regions!
HE is going to make HER pay. Well, until he meets...more
I'm pleased I gave it a go, because Miranda Davis is clearly a talented writer. Despite the rather odd circumstances that lead to the meeting of the hero and heroine (s...more
The premise is obviously what lured me. A young woman gets revenge on dastardly man by tattooing him in his nether regions. I've never read that plot point before in an HR! First revenge, and then love! And a whole lot of fun st...more
I have to say, despite the rages I flew into about some points, I actually really really liked this book. The Duke's Tattoo was refreshing and original to say the least! There was a constant flow that kept me glued to the pages. I have a bad habit of comparing authors to other ones, and in the beginning I was guilty of that. But the author's writing style managed to remind that each author is an individual, so three cheers for Ms. Davis!
I want to get over the bad now, so I can talk about the go...more
I downloaded the free sample of The Duke's Tattoo on my kindle after reading my friend Catherine's fabulous review of the book on Goodreads. I just couldn't resist trying it and by the end of the first page I knew I had a must read book in my hands so I immediately purchased the full story. After all there aren't many books that open with the hero waking up one morning to discover a rather embarrassing tattoo framing his private parts! It would have been bad enough if Jeremy had had a f...more
Fifteen months. For fifteen months this lovely thing here stood gathering virtual dust on my ereader, being carted around wherever I went and ever neglected.
It's historically accurate and wonderfully original.
The writing reflects the time the story is set in, but not to the point of sounding obsolete or obscure, and it's relentlessly, wryly amusing. Even the fucking chapter descriptions made me smile and/or snort.
The characters are equally amusing...more
What a fun read! Awesome and impressive debut book from this author!! The feel of this book, to me, is as if the author took the best things out of previously successful light hearted HR books and used it here. I’m not sure if this author was or is influenced by some of my favorite authors but I feel the presence from the likes of Julia Quinn, Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas and a few other books that I can’t quite pin point. To the author’s credit, her own unique story idea and style gave u...more
What an amazingly, fun, fresh, humorous read this book was!
I dived into this book because of a review I read...
I became lost in this book because of the historical setting (I LOVE historical novels)
I became consumed in this book because of the likeable characters.
First off, we have Prudence. She's strong willed, defiant, confidence...attributes that'll irked anyone of ranking. She's an independent woman, although eccentric and basically 'banished' fo...more
Prudence is a spinster and somewhat of an outcast, Jem like puppy with huge paws, cute and a bit clumsy (but hot).
Prudence and Jem meet about a quarter into the book but let me tell you, that first quarter is fun and not boring at all (as is the rest of the book). The only beef I have is that you don't get a lot of H/h time since they grow apart so soon again, after that it is a bit of too many misunderstandings and you get a bit vexed with both H and h for bein...more
Her current Austen favorite is Persuasion. It bumped P&P out of the top spot because the author's tart social commentary is completely brilliant.
At various points, she earned degrees f...more