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The Duel

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  212 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
From the award-winning author of A Perfect Gentleman comes an enchanting tale about an imperfect earl and the picture-perfect woman who teaches him that love is always worth fighting for.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Signet
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Ian Maddox the Earl of Marden has to defend his honor, so finds himself involved in a duel, a duel that could mean his life and all because he slept with another man's wife. Idiot. He certainly wasn't the first man to sleep with her and he will definitely not be the last, so why did Lord Paige pick him to call out? And why did Lord Paige fire early and while Ian’s back was still turned? And why did Ian, instead of wounding the coward, fire into the woods? And why did his bullet ricochet off a ...more
Aug 20, 2009 TJ rated it it was ok
This book started out with delightful, heartwarming characters and a sweet plot. The problem was there was about 150 pages worth of interesting plot in a 343 page book. What started out promising got slow, slower, slowest! To make matters worse, by the end of the book, the sweet heroine had turned into a shrew and the rake of a hero had turned into a sap.
Jul 07, 2016 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, regency
Ian accidentally injures a boy while fighting an illegal duel in the park. He immediately brings the boy to his home for medical treatment, and invites the boy's sister (who he believes to be a mere child) to come stay during the convalesce. But then he realizes that Athena is far older than he assumed--she's of marriagable age, in fact, and by sleeping under the same roof without a respectable older female to chaperone them, he's damaged her reputation. Ian tries to get his mother or sister to ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Gaby rated it liked it
The cover promises this book to be a "delicious read". I picked it up in the library discard pile. It should be a great book for the beach.
Erin H
Aug 16, 2012 Erin H rated it really liked it
Shelves: rpo
I found this book to be very entertaining. I really enjoyed the friendship that Ian and Carswell had, it was a true bromance! I really Attie, she proved to be such a strong and caring heroine. After her brother is accidentally shot because of a duel, they move into Ian's house. This book had a lot going on for plot, which I thought worked well for this book. There was the stuffy suitor and the angry mistress as well as a duel and even an excellent performance by Carswell! I liked the idea of Ian ...more
An entertaining and well written Regency romance, with engaging characters and a nicely paced plot. Each chapter starts with little witticisms

"A man looking for a wife has to be careful.


A woman looking for a husband has never had one.

—Mrs. Anonymous

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Mar 13, 2013 Pang rated it it was ok
Ian, Athena, and her brother are cute!! But this book is kinda boring for my taste. lol!

Men rely on reason; women rely on feelings.

What is truth? What your head tells you or what your heart tells you?
-Anonymous's wife

Women are fragile and flighty, like butterflies.

Men are toads.
-Anonymous's wife
Jun 18, 2015 suzi rated it liked it
The first half was awesome with the duel and what happens after. It gets a bit dragging in the middle and annoying at the end. Mostly because of Attie. She started awesome then degraded to annoying. Well, for me anyway. Some might still love it. I wish there were more Doro and Carswell.
Aug 07, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
Very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer's work with just a touch of sensuality thrown in. Very enjoyable.
May 16, 2012 T rated it really liked it
Athena makes a great antagonist to Ian and I enjoyed their spats. However, I feel once they get together, the story drags on.
Jul 30, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
OK. Quite liked it for the 1st 2/3s of the book but the last bit was somewhat blah for some reason.
Feb 11, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
This book contains a scene involving cross-dressing that had me laughing harder than I have ever laughed reading a book.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jun 09, 2015 02:47PM  
Untreed Reads: Interesting, Funny, Engaging: THE DUEL by Barbara Metzger 1 2 Apr 12, 2012 02:23PM  
  • His Cavalry Lady
  • Mutual Consent
  • Duel of Hearts
  • Deirdre and Don Juan (Lovers and Ladies, #6)
  • Sir Philip's Folly  (Poor Relation, #4)
  • Lady Scandal
  • Lavender Lady
  • The Jewelled Snuff Box
  • The Unexpected Wife
  • The Five-Minute Marriage
  • Viscount Vagabond / Devil's Delilah (Regency Noblemen, #1 & #2) (Signet Regency Romance)
  • The Duke's Double (Lords of Love)
  • The Conquest (C Series, #5)
  • The Vampire Viscount
  • Poetic Justice
  • The Unflappable Miss Fairchild (Rogues and Rakes, #1)
Barbara Metzger is the author of over three dozen books and a dozen novellas. She has also been an editor, a proof-reader, a greeting card verse-writer, and an artist. When not painting, writing romances or reading them, she volunteers at the local library, gardens and goes beach-combing and yard-saling.

Her novels, mostly set in Regency-era England, have won numerous awards, including the Romance
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