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Forbidden to Love the Duke (The Fenwick Sisters Affairs #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  367 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Hailed for her “wicked wit and exquisite sensuality” (Booklist), Jillian Hunter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Boscastle Affairs novels and the Bridal Pleasures novels returns with the Fenwick Sisters Affairs, her ravishing new series of four sisters bound by fortune, romance, and scandal....

Lady Ivy Fenwick is desperate. Since her father’s fatal duel, she
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Published February 3rd 2015 by Signet (first published February 1st 2015)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
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The blurb for this book sounds right up my alley! I was so excited I actually bumped a book by one of my favorite authors so I could read this one.

This book starts out with a fabulous setup, and I loved the beginning couple chapters. Basically Lady Ivy is kissed by a mysterious man at a masquerade ball in her first Season. They flirt, and it’s sexy.

Lady Ivy’s father is accused of cheating at cards and dies in a duel that night, and Ivy and her sisters ar
Mar 21, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
Sad I am

I am sad.

I did not like the book I read.

This is a good news/bad news situation. The good news: I read the entire book. The bad news: Um, I read the entire book. The opportunity was there to DNF, but I kept thinking this author was going to pull a rabbit out of her writing hat any minute now and then I would be suitably impressed. Didn't happen. I'm not going to give a detailed synopsis. Instead I'll just list most of the problems I had with Forbidden To Love The Duke. Listing them all is
Samia Ruponti
Yes, my opinion hasn't changed. If I could give it half a star, I would have.

I'm still at 73% (which is an act of patience), but I'm confident this is the star of my "totally-ridiculous" shelf. I got sucked by the completely misleading blurb and the pretty cover. The entire story is completely unbelievable!

First, this book needs an editor, badly. When Ivy is interviewing, she is shocked to meet the duke and "lowers herself to the chair before her nerves can fail her", and the next moment she s
Stephanie  G
Feb 05, 2015 Stephanie G rated it liked it
Lady Ivy’s family was ruined when her father was killed in a duel. Ivy and her sisters are left with debt, a crumbling estate, and a ruined family reputation. They move back to the estate and stay closed off from the world. James, Duke of Ellsworth sees Fenwick estate on his way home. Enchanted by its crumbling beauty he decides he wants it, and sees if someone is home. What he finds is a woman in the garden who runs from him. When he does get home it’s to discover his brother’s children at his ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Lizzie rated it really liked it

Lady Ivy Fenwick is desperate. Since her father’s fatal duel, she and her sisters have sold off every valuable possession to make ends meet. With the manor stripped bare, Ivy has one last resort: Apply as governess to the Duke of Ellsworth’s wards.

James should have known better than to hire the desirable lady who had fallen on hard times—and who tempts him at every turn. As her employer, he tries valiantly to remain noble and not let a kiss they shared as strangers years ago entice him. Yet the
Feb 09, 2015 Sophia rated it really liked it
What a sparkling new series in the historical romance genre! I had such a good time with this opening story in a series about four quirky, beautiful, talented, and reclusive sisters who have survived on guts and togetherness after their father died in a dual and left them destitute. It's not deep, its not dark, but it is delightful, humorous and passionate and I look forward to more of the same with the next installment.

"Your Grace?", said his coachman, a musket under his arm. "Shall I accompany
Anna's Herding Cats
Quickie Review--I enjoyed the start to the new series. Great set up and characters. Just never got quite in sync with the writing/storyline for some reason. But still looking forward to the next one.

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Second chance romance, a little taboo romance of a Duke and his governess, quirky family members and a little mystery and intrigue. Forbidden to Love the Duke...was a charming start to the Fenwick Sisters Affairs.

I liked the set up. These two met briefly years ago but then life happene
Book Binge
Feb 10, 2015 Book Binge rated it really liked it
Ivy and James “met” at Ivy’s debut. He was completely taken with her and stole a kiss. She was smitten from the word go even though he was masked and she had no idea who he was.

Five years later James is back from the war (which is where he left the day after he first met Ivy) and he’s interested in her home, Fenwick. When he arrives home he also discovers that his brother’s kids are in residence as their mother has abandoned them to run off with her lover (their father is still fighting in the w
Oct 24, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Good book. James and Ivy had met briefly five years earlier at the first ball she attended. James was a soldier, headed off to war the next day. They shared a kiss that neither has ever forgotten. Life intervened and they hadn't seen each other since.

Now, Ivy and her sisters live in seclusion at Fenwick Manor. The night of the ball her father was accused of cheating at cards and was killed in a duel. Since then, Ivy and her sisters have been scrimping and saving to pay off his debts. They have f
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I loved this historical romance and was surprised with the bevy of emotions I had reading this story. Ivy had everything in her life going for her when she first encountered James at a debutante ball. He kissed her and that kiss has remained with her since, however, after a duel killed her father she and her sisters have had to do everything to survive and to preserve the manor they live in. As a last resort she decides to
Feb 28, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It has been quite awhile since I read a Jillian Hunter book and it took me a couple of chapters to acclimate to her style - she writes a very light hearted, steamy tale in this book.

James and Ivy had met and shared a kiss five years earlier that apparently neither ever forgot.

This book starts with James going to his country house to prepare for the arrival of a potential mistress only to find his brothers children in residence. Enter Ivy to take the position as governess.

A lot happen
My Book Addiction and More MBA
#1 of "The Fenwick Sisters Affairs" and what a beginning! Witty banter, a hint of mystery, danger, passion and suspense, blended together, makes this story a perfect blend of sensual romance and true love. You gotta love the Fenwick Sisters, their sponuality, their witty banter and their zest for life, makes them fierce, feisty, and loveable characters. The hero is strong, a wounded soldier, and did I mention, the two wonderful children. While, this story has a satisfying ending to Ivy and ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Book one in an all new historical romance series, Forbidden To Love The Duke is an enthralling story with a host of enjoyable supporting characters and a rakish hero in pursuit of an impoverished spinster.

Lady Ivy Fenwick is living in a rundown manor with her three younger sisters Rosemary, Lilac and Rue, when times become too tough and there is no money left Ivy applies for a job as a governess, James the Duke of Ellsworth is in need of a governess after his niece and nephew are left on his doo
Apr 10, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
I absolutely enjoyed this book

This is a great book. Can't wait for the 2nd one in the series and in learning the other sisters secrets.
Feb 07, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it
I found it charming and clever. Really liked both H and h. It was refreshing that there wasn't the usual huge misunderstanding between the leads. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Feb 15, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next one!
Feb 14, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite J. Hunter books. Will definitely read the rest of the series.
Mar 20, 2015 SidneyKay rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Feb 03, 2015 Pam rated it liked it
This is the start of a new series about four sisters who had everything to look forward to but several years ago their life came crashing down. Now they are trying to keep their family home and each must decide on their own future.

Ivy Fenwick is the oldest sister and was at her debut ball having the time of her life when their father was caught cheating and was killed in a duel. Since then, the sisters have sold almost everything to keep Fenwick Manor in the family but they are close to losing t
Sep 22, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
3.5 out of four stars I think. However it was a good book and a good start to the series. I really enjoyed getting to know Ivy though I really think she should have had a little bit more pluck and courage. It's hard to say for James, he was OK. I can't think of one word that I would use to describe him. As for the plot, it kept moving and that was nice. You got a little bit of a glimpse into the other three sisters which was something to look forward to. I did have some questions about ...more
Elis Madison
A stolen kiss at a masquerade five years ago is the closest Ivy Fenwick ever came to romance, before her father's scandalous death ruined her and her three sisters. Five years later, the foursome has sold off everything of value, except the family home, a Tudor-era manor with quite a history—one that includes a hidden treasure.

The sisters are no longer making ends meet, and Ivy takes a governess position in a duke's household. It happens that the duke was the stranger who kissed her five years a
Lynette Lazaroff-Carson
It was OK but not like her previous books I wasn't happy with this one it was written as if it took place in modern times
Connie Fischer
Feb 18, 2015 Connie Fischer rated it liked it
England 1813

Lady Ivy Fenwick and her three sisters, all named after flowers, live in their crumbling home, Fenwick Manor which has been around since the Tudor times. Their mother passed away years ago and their father was killed in a duel after he had been caught cheating at cards. The sisters have had to sell off many of the artifacts in the house to keep themselves going. In addition, they have a private garden where they grow most of what they eat. However, things are still quite dire which h
Dec 28, 2015 SweetSue rated it really liked it
I had trouble after a while with the thousands of Boscastle books, but I liked the premise of this new series and wasn't disappointed. A strong 4-stars. Loved the way the H/h acted together - funny dialog, strong attraction, no stupid communication errors, and mostly they told each other everything.

Ivy and her sisters are living in poverty in their ancient house after their father is killed in a duel from cheating at cards. I did have a bit of difficulty with the idea that the local townspeople
Apr 29, 2015 J rated it it was ok
Shelves: hunter-jillian
I usually love Jillian Hunter. I have no idea what her intention was with this book though. The plot was weak and the main two characters unappealing. I'm not usually a stickler for everything being "historically correct" in a romance but this was a bit over the top even for me. The innocent virgin throws herself into the arms of a masked man at her first debut ball? A Duke's heir AND the spare both go off to war? 4 young ladies live in a ramshackle estate and can barely feed themselves, living ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Regina rated it liked it
Jillian Hunter is a new author for me, which is rather weird since she has been on the scene for almost as long as I have been reading romance novels. But unless something sounds way out terrific, trying out someone new is risky. I get that. Still, I couldn't resist the delicious possibilities of a forbidden encounter at a masquerade. So, yeah, I was game.

Now, I'm in the story. Absolutely in the moment. I'm with James and Ivy during the ball, the kiss, and the unfortunate events that separates t
Antara Nahian
Sep 04, 2015 Antara Nahian rated it it was ok
I thought I would like this book but honestly I could tell within the first few chapters that it wasn't quite going to work. This was largely because the characters were just too confusing. Their words, their actions and their motivations all just didn't seem to fit together and in the end it just left me a little like 'WTF just happened'? Added to this, the authors lack of understanding of how society worked in this time period, case in point James' over the top training for a duel (Against ...more
4.5 stars

It has been quite awhile since I read a Jillian Hunter book and it took me a couple of chapters to acclimate to her style - she writes a very light hearted, steamy tale in this book.

James and Ivy had met and shared a kiss five years earlier that apparently neither ever forgot.

This book starts with James going to his country house to prepare for the arrival of a potential mistress only to find his brothers children in residence. Enter Ivy to take the position as governess.

A lot happen
God. I'm confusing this series with another that I recently read. Sisters, left destitute after their father gambles everything away, going into service. But when I finally figured out that this book was NOT part of that series, I enjoyed it. There were some stretches, even to the romance reader's imagination.
Anyway, as the oldest, Ivy feels responsible for her sisters and is the first to try and find a job.
James, Duke of Ellsworth has just found out that he is in charge of his brother's childr
Margarita Wojtulski
May 07, 2015 Margarita Wojtulski rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book, but I did not enjoy this read.

First the title has nothing to do with the book. There is no forbidden dangerous exciting romance. Just a governess and a duke. The classic "I fell in love with the babysitter" but nothing "forbidden" about it.

The sub characters also, in my opinion where more developed and interesting then the main characters. Hopefully if the Fenwick Sisters Affairs series continue the future books will be better because a few of the sub characters
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 09, 2015 11:54AM  
  • What a Devilish Duke Desires (The Sinful Scoundrels, #3)
  • The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)
  • All I Want For Christmas is a Duke
  • The Duke in My Bed (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy, #1)
  • The Duke Can Go to the Devil (Prelude to a Kiss, #3)
  • A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find (The Lords of Worth, #2)
  • Duke of Scandal (Moonlight Square #1)
  • The Reluctant Governess (Ladies Unlaced, #3)
  • How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes, #1)
  • Dukes Are Forever (The Secret Life of Scoundrels, #1)
  • Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor, #1)
  • The Governess Club: Louisa (The Governess Club, #4)
  • 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake (Rakes and Rogues, #1)
  • A Rake by Any Other Name (Somerfield Park, #1)
  • Treasured (Secrets Of The Loch, #1)
  • To Pleasure a Duke (The Husband Hunters Club, #3)
  • What a Lady Demands (The Eton Boys Trilogy, #2)
  • An Improper Arrangement (The Little Season, #1)
Jillian Hunter is the bestselling author of over twenty historical romances. She lives with her husband, three daughters, a pug and a poodle in Southern California. She loves anyone who can make her laugh, which means she is in love with Mike Myers and Tyler Perry.
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