When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
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When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton #1)

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He had a perfectly orderly life...

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos does...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published September 1st 2012)
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Susanne
"The princess showed Will he didn't have to love in this fortress. He could exist outside its wall. He could laugh. He could have fun. He’d never had fun before because this Will was a duke. And dukes were supposed to be serious and act in a manner that befitted their stations. Dukes do not have fun."

…Her breathing seemed regular, and the thought she must have fallen asleep. He lowered his voice to a murmur.

"And then one day the princess told Will she loved him. That was even more confusing than
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Ingela
Written May 24, 2014

3 Stars - Sweet and amusing - though not a brilliant audio narration

This has been my "listeing" romance these last days. My friend (and compatriot) Susanne (a devoted m/f HR reader) liked it and after having had the e-book unread for quite some time I downloaded the audiobook for just a couple of dollars a few days ago.

A fairly traditional HR romance about a stiff and cold duke and a blond beautiful courtesan sounded pretty fun. ~ These historical (rather ridiculous and pred...more
Duchess Nicole
I hoped to love this but I kept getting held back from really liking the heroine for some reason.

The "three diamonds" are courtesans...a nice word for prostitute back then, only supposedly for one man at a time. And the heroine in this book is one of the three diamonds, a very popular trio. Events lead her to meet the Duke and all of London is abuzz with talk of the "Dangerous Duke" and the "Duchess of Dalliance".

I couldn't get over the fact that Juliette wouldn't come clean about her past, an...more
Feminista
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Angelc

4.5 Stars

This regency romance is a lot of fun, and sweet at the same time. It's a really good mix of fluffy romance with a lot of heart and tender feeling as well.

Will is really a different sort of hero, which a good thing. He's so ordered and punctual almost to a fault. I really liked this side of his personality, especially when we get to know why exactly he acts that way. At the same time, he can be very very cold, especially to Juliette, which isn't so good. However, there is one point where...more
Lisa
Juliette is one of London's most dazzling courtesans. With the nickname Duchess of Dalliance, given to her by the Prince Regent himself, and her ice blue eyes and pale blond hair she is a vision of beauty and also of mystery. Her protector, nicknamed the Earl of Sin, also has two more courtesans--the Marchioness of Mystery and the Countess of Charm--and together they are a force to be reckoned with. But when Juliette witnesses a shocking murder, her life gets turned upside down when she must tel...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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4.5 stars

In a fresh new beginning to a series, Shana Galen brings forth scandal, mystery and the perfect balance of class and seduction.

Juliette is just one of the celebrated courtesans called Three Diamonds. Dubbed as the Duchess of Dalliance, she is in the constant eye of society where her actions and her non-actions are heavily noted. This time, rumors are spreading of her affair with the Duke of Pelham. This supposed intensely passionate affair is the talk of the to...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Sometimes I think too much when reading historical romance (while still really enjoying the book of course). And yes of course I thought about things here. A duke and a courtesan? Oh no! The ton would be horrified, their future children would suffer from it. And sure there was that point when I was all and she is a courtesan cos? But this is historical romance, this is meant to make you smile and feel happy and that is does do just that.

William is, oh how to describe him, he has a stick up his a...more
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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I will tell you the truth, I was hesitant in reading this book, I just didn't think I was going to bond with the heroine, I mean really, how could the lead character be a courtesan ?? So I put this one off a bit, then I found myself with a little free time between author commitments and I thought I would give this book a try. I have read Shana Galen's previous work and loved it, so maybe, just maybe this one would work for me..

Well first th...more
SOS Aloha
We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. – Anton Chekhov

WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND kicks off Galen’s new series, JEWELS OF THE TON. Three courtesans band together in friendship and survival, flaunting their assets and flirting through society. The Prince Regent has given each courtesan a nickname to match their personalities …

Juliette, the Duchess of Dalliance, and William, The Duke of Pellman, may be polar opposites in social standing. Yet the...more
Lee Anne - OMG! Spring is Finally Here!
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I love contemporary romances with their fast paced storylines and faster paced romances. However, I cut my romance reading teeth on historical romances and as such, I harbor a special place for them in reading heart.

When you Give a Duke a Diamond is on FANTASTIC good read! I LOVED every minute of this book! This happens to be one of the better historical romances that I have read, and I’ve read quite a few in my many years!

When You Give a Duke a Diamond jumps right into the story....more
Lover of Romance
William, the Duke of Pelham, is adamant in being punctual and formal at all times. That there is always a plan in advance with every detail known. William knows that it is time to marry and beget a heir, as his duty. When he arrives in London for business and to continue his courtship of the woman he plans to marry, his world is turned topsy turvy when he meets Juliette and all the drama that accompanies her. When a gossip column claims that William and Juliette are having a affair, he is outrag...more
Lara
My first Shana Galen is a story of the courtesan who is not what she seems and the Duke who needs to loosen things up a bit. One think I appreciated was the way Juliette was so aware of her role, and the need to actively maintain it. She was also terrified at certain parts, and acted believably as a woman of that time--she froze or ran, she didn't fight.

I was disappointed in the instant attraction/chemistry despite never having met. Also, the Duke changed a bit too completely too quickly. Finall...more
Karen
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Alexia Chantel
Three stunning courtesans have the ton hanging on their every move. Each one has their own beauty and grace, but when you put them all together they take your breath away. Galen’s new series Jewels of the Ton starts out with the Diamond and is everything you want in a historical romance.

Juliette has earned the nickname the Duchess of Dalliance, and she certainly lives like a Duchess. She has her own home, eats wonderful things, and attends the best parties wearing the most beautiful gowns. Exac...more
Jennifer
Historical romance is my genre of choice and one of the greatest reading experiences, for me, is finding a new author. Shana Galen is a romance writer with a fairly lengthy backlist whom I have always meant to try out. Therefore, I was really excited when I saw she was starting a new series that I could use as an example of her writing style.

What I Liked

1. For me the best part of the book was the heroine, Juliette. She is a celebrated courtesan who is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance by Prinn...more
Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
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Juliette is the talk of the ton on a regular basis. From what Juliette is wearing to who she is sleeping with gossip about her is served up daily in the scandal sheets. You would think a girl would hate having her business spread all over the ton paper but Juliette wouldn't have it any other way.

William is set to be married with a suitable bride when the Duchess of Dalliance strolls into his life. When this diamond meets this Duke the two embark on a romance loaded w...more
Marcia
Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. This was a creative take on regency romance, not many stories are from the courtesan point of view. A prim virginal Miss Juliette was not. Juliette is a woman who escaped from an abusive marriage in a time it was unheard of and later found the man of her dreams in William. I enjoyed this unique take on the regency romance and I am curious about the other Fallen Ladies stories. For those who enjoy their heroines a little less experien...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I reviewed the review copy for Book Savvy Babe Blog.

I absolutely loved this historical romance by Shana Galen. With intrigue, danger, and a trio of beautiful courtesans, Shana Galen has set the stage for an unforgettable historical romance series.

Juliette, he heroine, is independent, determined, and pretty much does as she pleases. She uses society to foster her reputation and has made a comfortable life for herself. She does have some concerns and dealing with the Ton is never easy, but after w...more
Linda
Juliette Clifton is known as the Duchess of Dalliance one of the 3 diamonds of London, dubbed so by Prinny himself; a famous Courtesan, desired by all and currently the headlines of the gossips columns. The gossip columns though this time do not have the right of it, they have her as being involved with the Duke of Pelham aka the Dangerous Duke. Juliette feels she must give her public what they seek, so she sets out to meet him and believes her best chance will be at Prinny's upcoming ball. Howe...more
Terra
I love, love, love this book. Took it to North Carolina on vacation with me just in case I needed something to read and low and behold I couldn't put the darn thing down. A wonderful romance with some skulduggery that will keep you intrigued from the first paragraph to the very last. This is what you get when you dangle a diamond in front of a crotchety Duke. Action, romance and see I told you so's.

The Duke of Pelham is quite set in his ways. He is more than handsome but also about as thick head...more
Vikisha
The plot and storyline of the book was very good. I like to read books from a courtesan's POV. However, Juliet is a not "true" courtesan.

The Duke is known for his pedigree and acting in a diginified way. He is aloof and prides himself on propriety.

There is gossip about Juliet and the Duke of Pelman having an affair, even though is completely false. The Duke is engaged to another and the gossip is the type of thing that can cause much embarrasment and possibly ending the engagement.

Juliet know...more
Karen
A stuffy Duke & unconventional courtesan are paired in the gossip colum. When they actually meet he is unpardonablely rude. In trying to recover the courtesan becomes a witness that affects the Dukes fiancee.
What follows is a calamity of events that through the Duke's regimented life into shambles and finally finds someone to love the man not position or resources.
He must humble himself to gain the favour he disregarded.

Great adventure with villains threatening, mystery, dash to the countr...more
Nova
3.5 stars

Ceritanya agak klise dan tipikal HR banget sih, tapi cukup menghibur bacanya, meskipun agak bikin bosen di sepertiga akhir buku.

Diceritakan Julliete, Courtesan terkenal dikalangan Ton tiba-tiba muncul di halaman gosip dan dihubungkan dengan Duke Of Pelham. Padahal Julliete belum pernah bertemu dengan sang Duke. Di suatu pesta saat akhirnya mereka bertemu, Duke Of Pelham yang datang bersama tunangannya habis-habisan menghina Julliete. Saat tanpa sengaja Julliete menjadi saksi pembunuhan...more
Laurie Gommermann
Beautiful, well-written story of courtesan, Juliette, known as the Duchess of Dalliance for her exceptional beauty and perceived scandalous behavior, and her unconventional relationship with stoic, regimental, unemotional, and anal Will, the Duke of Pelham. A series of unfortunate events: a gossipy newspaper article, missing diamonds, a murder, force Juliette and Will into close proximity as they hide out from unsavory characters. Juliette’s unique way of viewing life causes Will to wake up and...more
Victoria
When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first book in the "Jewels of the Ton" series by Shana Galen. I pick this book up on a whim, and ultimately I'm glad that I did. It took me a chapter or two to get into the more romantic/less historical mindset for the story, but when I did it was quite enjoyable. I mention this because if you are looking for a historical romance, with the focus being on historical accuracy then I would say to look elsewhere. It's dramatic and fun, but there are liberties tak...more
Dominee
This is the first Shana Gale book I've read and I am so glad that I found this book! It sat on my to-read list for awhile before I finally bought it and wow. I was completely blown away. The Heroine especially impressed me with her honesty and straightforwardness. She was always upfront and honest about her feelings which I found so refreshing!

The love story had me in tears and that's exactly what I want from a good romance.

Reena
I don't know why this book just really didn't draw me in to continue reading. The only part I liked about this book was the mystery part. I didn't feel like she was believable being a courtesan that was not bold or charismatic. Plus she seemed very whiny and I got over her character very fast. The storyline just didn't seem logical or believable after a certain point.
Elena
It's not often that a romance novel keeps me up reading until 2am. I mean, they're pretty predictable, so it's not like you don't know how it's going to end. This book had its flaws, for sure, and it's not going to be one of my all-time favorite romances, but this is definitely worth the while of anyone interested in HR.
Viohlet
Quiet enjoyed this. I did think Juliette was a bit of a twerp at times and a bit selfish and inconsiderate at times. (The whole thing with Will's routine comes to mind: what if he'd been autistic or OCD about it instead of just having had it drummed into him all his life?).

I also thought the ending was a little irritating. I'm fucking sick and tired of romance novels where both parties are at fault and yet it's the hero who has to bend over backwards and look and act a fool while the heroine sit...more
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