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

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,841 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
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
Paperback, 356 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published August 2nd 2012)
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Nov 14, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
"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
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
Written May 24, 2014

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

This has been my "listening" 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 pre
Well, now I have a splitting headache.
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I love anything with the word historical in front of it. Historical fiction, historical fantasy, historical speculative fiction, you name it. But the one genre that I never seemed to get around to (aka I avoided it like the plague), was historical romance, which I put into the same category as bodice rippers. AKA, there was no way in everloving hell I would read it. I started dipping my toes into bodice rippers and historical romance based in part on the en
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is my first book by Shana Galen and I can understand why she is one of the foremost authors of Historical Romance. I loved this opposites attract story with its entertaining blend of romance and mystery.

To paraphrase the opening lines of ‘Hart to Hart’, one of my favourite TV shows:

This is William, the sixth Duke of Pelham. He is rich, powerful and influential. His world is one of order, decorum and punctuality.

This is Juliette, the Duchess of Dalliance. She is a much sought after courtesan
Jul 10, 2014 Feminista rated it it was ok
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Aug 27, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Oct 01, 2012 Angelc rated it it was amazing

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
Jane Stewart
I was repeatedly annoyed with the story. I was also annoyed with hearing the audiobook narrator’s breaths.

The premise of Juliette being a courtesan, the why, and her actions were ridiculous. Her actions did not fit her motivations – a violation of writing rules. I describe it in Spoiler below.

There were some plot events that could have been interesting, but they were not developed. Instead most of the story is internal angst and pondering. She tells him something false and then is angsty and hur
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
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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.
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
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
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
Sep 16, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Although I've been reading historical romances for a very long time, I was late in discovering Shana Galen. I'm trying to catch up on her older books. I loved this book! The hero is a stuffy Duke with a not so great childhood. The heroine is not what she seems to be. This book has a little of everything - mystery, bad guys, and a great romance. I'm reading the rest of this series asap.
May 23, 2016 Denise rated it liked it
One of these times, I would like to see a courtesan NOT marry and actually live out her life happily as the mistress. They don't all have to get the wedding and titles. There are other happy endings. That doesn't happen though, she marries the Duke and yada yada yada.
Ella Quinn
Oct 10, 2012 Ella Quinn rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. I loved how Juliette related to Will and brought him out of his shell kicking and screaming all the way.
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
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
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
Sep 25, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
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Alexia Chantel
Aug 30, 2012 Alexia Chantel rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2012 Terra rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2012 Marcia rated it liked it
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
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
This was my first courtesan themed story that I have read. It was sexy, full of intrigue, murder, and mystery. Not a bad combination for a book.

Our hero the Duke is pretty shallow and is looking out for himself and his title. He does not want to do anything with our heroine, the Duchess of Dalliance. The fact that she's a courtesan and he pretty much calls her a whore in front of everyone had me reeling. I wasn't sure if I was going to like him.

However, the Duchess Juliette, has her own flaws. S
May 21, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
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
Nicole Laverdure
May 03, 2013 Nicole Laverdure rated it it was amazing
Captivating Regency romance
I really enjoyed reading "When you give a Duke a Diamond" by Shana Galen. This is the first book in her "Jewels of the Ton" series.
Her character is one the three Diamonds in this series who also shares a mysterious past. It's the story of Juliette, the Duchess of Dalliance, a Courtesan and William, the sixth Duke of Pelham. It's really a charming romance filled with mystery, romance and intrigue! Very well written, it was a page turner. I first won and read, her secon
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
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I'm keeping this review short and sweet. There are already so many reviews out there. ;)

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were believable and even the secondary characters stood out. The heroine was one of my favorites. She was blunt and humorous (which I LOVE) and she drove the hero crazy.

Lots of action, sexy banter from the heroine and hero, and a good storyline. I really can't wait to dive into the next one.
Aug 13, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 11, 2015 11:56AM  
  • The Scandal Before Christmas (The Reckless Brides, #3.5)
  • How to Tame Your Duke (A Princess In Hiding, #1)
  • It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8)
  • It Happened Under the Mistletoe (Secret Brides, #3.5)
  • Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (The Duke's Daughters, #2; Windham, #5)
  • The Rogue's Proposal (House of Trent, #2)
  • Brody (Circle Eight, #2)
  • Christmas Brides
  • Texas Mail Order Bride (Bachelors of Battle Creek, #1)
  • One Night in London (The Truth About the Duke, #1)
  • Loving Lady Marcia (House of Brady, #1)
  • How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses, #3)
  • How to Ravish a Rake (How To #3)
  • Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2)
  • The Bride Says No (The Brides of Wishmore, #1)
  • Fire of the Dragon (Bestiary, #1)
  • The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne (Sydney Dovedale, #2)
  • Captive Heart (The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch #2)
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven ye ...more
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