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The Duke (Knight Miscellany #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  8,452 Ratings  ·  341 Reviews
Driven to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of his ladylove, the Duke of Hawkscliffe will go to any lengths to unmask a murderer. Even if it means jeopardizing his reputation by engaging in a scandalous affair with London's most provocative courtesan--the desirable but aloof Belinda Hamilton.

Bel has used her intelligence and wit to charm the city's titled gentle
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Ballantine (first published January 1st 2000)
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Maddie ♥  ┼
I recommended this book to a friend - But decided if I still liked it before they read it WELL I STILL DO - READ 2x

According to me a Prologue or the 1st Chapter of a book is THE reflection - SO it must capture my attention from page 1 I will continue a few more chapters to give the Book a fair chance to change my mind!

My review!



Driven to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of his ladylove, the Duke of Hawkscliffe will go to any lengths to unmask a murderer. Even if it means
Jul 17, 2010 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good romance and happy endings!
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5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

The Duke is such a beautiful, thoroughly romantic story. In fact, it’s pretty much the embodiment of why I’m an ardent romance reader. Because I just love being swept away in a moving, passionate story of two people who against all odds find deep, fulfilling, healing love and live out their happily ever after. Call me an overly sentimental sap...I don’t care...because love makes everything in this crazy merry-go-round of life worthwhile. And this charming, he
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

5+ Stars!! The Duke has earned a place of honor on my keepers bookshelf!

This was my first read of author Gaelen Foley and I was more than pleasantly surprised, I was WOW’ed and am finding myself, once again, indebted to my Goodreads friends who encouraged me to read this book.

The Duke is not merely a romance novel, it’s a truly wonderful love story, rich in detail and emotionally compelling characters. We’re given a closer look than we usually get in historical romance novels, at English societ
Tammy Walton Grant
4.5 stars

February must be 'courtesan' month at my house. Somehow I've managed to read three in a row, all with variations on the same theme. All with a different spin, all wonderful.

When I joined GoodReads and starting reading reviews I noticed that lots of people have issues with 'courtesan' romances. I don't get it, myself. It's a plot device, no different than the spinster, or the rake, or the wallflower. The courtesan is never really a courtesan; she is almost always forced into it due to c
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Aug 01, 2009 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a romantic bone in their body!
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Jul 23, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
Through a series of very unfortunate events, Belinda Hamilton found herself in a situation where she had no option but to offer herself for hire as a courtesan. Her father was in debtor's prison and she couldn't earn enough money to take care of both of them.

Belinda decided that she had certain requirements in a protector, the most important being that he wasn't married. Robert Knight, the duke of Hawkscliff fit the bill perfectly. He was unmarried, handsome, and the most eligible bachelor arou
The first book in Gaelen Foley's Knight Miscellany series. Sometimes a book comes along that you think you might not like but you give it a chance and then it becomes a favorite and it ends up on the keeper shelf to be enjoyed over and over again. That's what happened with this one. Gaelen Foley has written some good stories but none have overly wowed me until this one. Someway, somehow she managed to take a theme that I'm not in love with and write a beautiful love story that I will treasure fo ...more
"4.5 stars" The Duke is the best book I have read in while. I really enjoyed this Cinderella-type story of a young woman who was reduced to a penniless state by a greedy, obsessed suitor and the gallant duke who became her rescuer. Even though I liked this book very much it was not quite the perfect, grand romance I expected. Instead it bore a bit more resemblance to the historical reality of that era. That's not to say I didn't like it. It simply was different than what one might expect from a ...more
Jul 20, 2010 Ally72 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Gaelen Foley novel and it definitely won't be my last. I have read so many wonderful reviews about her writing that I was looking forward to starting this series. I initially hesitated to start it because I generally do not like storylines with courtesans in them. The description of the book really does not go into depth about how this happens with the heroine and I think that was why I waited awhile to begin it. I am not going to summarize the story other than to say I really ...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*

This book has one of the most selfish heroines I've read.  photo 798186.gif

I actually wanted to slap her a bit for being so idiotic in the end.
Considering what she is, and what she demanded of him in the end, knowing that it would RUIN him completely...  photo 927261665.gif

She's a moron. He isn't any better. This is one of the rare situations where I'd have preferred a non-HEA (and I want HEA EVERYWHERE!!!), or one where she stays as his mistress. This uber-jolly, absolutely non-realistic ending just ruined the book for me.  photo 750195.gif
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
The Duke is a bit darker than I expected. There is this moment in the beginning that really caught me unprepared. In most stories the ugliness of the past that caused a character to go the wrong way is just that - in the past. You get to hear about it. Here, that moment is in the book. As for the unpleasant moments, it's not the only one either.

The ending is from a fairy tale and it goes overboard a bit, but I still enjoyed most (see the spoiler) of the story. When I didn't want to strangle the
Apr 25, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok
Bored and disgusted. That is how I felt when I finished this book. This is a personal opinion and has nothing to do with the writing quality. I had a real problem with Belinda as a heroine. And it isn't about her being raped or being a courtesan or being a mistress.

It really is quite a shame. I had such high hopes for the book because of all the raving reviews. I agree with other reviewers that it isn't very sporting of Robert to refuse to marry Belinda but expect her to stay on as his mistress
Jul 28, 2009 Angelc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books that step outside of the box and push the boundaries of what we are used to reading. The Duke by Gaelen Foley definitely fits that description. This book doesn't stick to the typical romance formula and the result is a spectacular 5 Star read!

A string of horrible events lead proper young lady Belinda Hamilton to reluctantly join the ranks of London's fashionably elite courtesans. Under the guidance of Harriette Wilson, a real life courtesan pulled from the history books, Bel become
I loved this. It was so easy to read, the words just seemed to flow and I was engrossed by the story....Definitely a keeper! I would have easily finished this in one sitting if life hadn't got in the way!

After years of refusing to read HR's I am now heavily into this genre and am loving the books/authors that my friends here on GR's have been recommending.

Off to find the next in the series :)
4.5 stars
The Duke is my first Gaelen Foley book - and the first time I've read a book where the heroine was a courtesan. That fact kind of put me off for a long time. How in the world can there be a happily ever after? Well, this book took me for quite a ride and I was mesmerized from the beginning till the end. It's beautifully written, full of romance and suspense, kept me wanting more - I even had these little funny flutters in my stomach! Remember Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts? Kind of sim
QiJia 치쟈
4.5 stars

This is my first read by Gaelen Foley and absolutely loving it!!!!

This book has been on my shelf for a looooong time but it was tucked away until recently I was cleaning out my bookshelves. So glad I read this.

The Duke is heart wrenching and I am so damn proud of Bel! She doesn't cowers but takes on the hardships and challenges life drops onto her, in the meantime she has a loving heart to help out those poor kids in the flash house. She's courageous and considerate and she thinks so m
Lady Wesley
Feb 16, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it
I just finished reading a book about which I complained that nothing happened. Well, lots of stuff happens in The Duke.

What I Liked
The plot. This is a romance with lots of plot!

The characters. Lots of characters too. Besides the main ones, I enjoyed the way the author worked in real people, such as Lord Castlereagh and Harriette Wilson.

Belinda. She's one of the strongest heroines I've read about. And she shows lots of gumption when she leaves Hawkscliffe (for a darn good reason too).

I read this because of recs here, so I thank whomever the rec was. It was a great book!

Stuffy, straight-laced Robert, the Duke of Hawkscliffe, was a man on a mission. He was driven to find out who murdered a woman that he loved. The only way that he is going to find out, is to hire the talents of the lovely courtesan, Belinda Hamilton. She agrees to the deal with trepidation in her heart, but with her father in debtor's prison, she hasn't much choice.

Especially after losing her house, her very
Cassandra Dexter Colby
Se sufre, es realista y te permite conocer el mundo de las cortesanas. Muy bien.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I really liked this book for 2/3's of the book. I loved Bel & Robert and all the other minor characters. However, the last 1/3 of the book became so predictable that I literally guessed what would occur with each character about 2 pages before it happened.

I'm still giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars just because I loved the main story, the romance and the sexual tension. I have book 2 and will eventually read it.
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Still recovering from my rollercoaster feelings to review just yet. This was the "McNaught-esque" book I was longing for. An emotional and satisfying read.
Her throat constricted at his simple decency, that he should apologize to her, when she was the one who had hurt him... The big, showy house echoed with his loneliness; she could help him, she knew it. He was like her, though he didn’t suspect it— both of them trapped within themselves.

4.5 stars
This book had me almost right at Chapter 1, but this line was what really sold me on this couple, which occurs early into their relationship. Whatever attraction a hero and heroine have for each other is
Yomi Milanesa
May 10, 2014 Yomi Milanesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

What an amazing read, this is one of those books that I will continuously re-read. The only reason I'm giving it a 4.5 is because I found the ending to be rather abrupt, I wish there had been an epilogue.
Sophie ♥
I think I've been reading too much romantic suspense and anything that isn't sending my stomach into nervous spasms is boring me to death. Or maybe this one just missed the mark for me. I'm hoping it's the latter - I do adore historical romances and I would hate to start losing interest.
Abigail Escobar
Buscando una historia conectada a la época victoriana, el siglo XIX, vestidos largos, bailes, paseos a caballo, titulos de gente importante, amor en Inglaterra, si, me vine a encontrar con "Seductora Inocencia"...
Ok, esta es la primera vez que leo a Gaelen Foley, aunque debo de admitir que esto es justo lo que buscaba muchas cosas de la historia me molestaron y al final no me dejaron con una total buena impresión.
"Seductora inocencia" nos narra la historia de Bel una cortesana para los hombres
Jan 16, 2011 MashJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How do I analyse my thoughts? I started out prejudiced against Gaelen Foley which was of no help at all. This is probably her most highly rated book and was recommended to be by my secret santa so it was my best chance to get over my dislike of her previous books (I'd read The Pirate Prince, Princess and The Wicked Marquess).

I think that she puts together a good plot (not great, but good). Her characters don't particularly grab me but I'm willing to accept that for a decent plot. My major proble
Mar 13, 2012 Ilze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it were well done and very interesting (really enjoyable description of the Cyprian's ball) but other parts were totally ridiculous and over the top, especially the very last section with the plot resolution. The initial plot motivation (that the hero was in love with the murdered wife of a family friend and wanted to avenge her death) also never made much sense, since it turned out that he really wasn't in love with her at all.

Way too much emphasis
Brenda (b)
I read a number of glowing reviews for this book and I just had to see what all the fuss was about. I'm glad I did because I truly enjoyed it. Robert was the "Paragon Duke" and he had to struggle with himself about that image and whether he truly wanted to keep it. Desperate times called for desperate measures and Belinda did what she felt she had to do to continue on. I may not have agreed with all of her reasoning, but I still liked her character. I found the Knight family's dynamics intriguin ...more
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Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the ...more
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“I’ll never leave you. I’ll never mistreat you. I think you know that by now. Try with me. Let us find what we
may find.”
“What do you expect to find, Robert?”
“How should I know? I’ve never experienced anything like this before in my life.”
Tears shone briefly under her graceful long lashes before she blinked them away and glanced at him
again with a reluctant twist of a smile. Sitting up, she wrapped her arms around her bent knees and
sighed. “You are asking us both to set ourselves up for great hurt when it comes time for me to leave.”
“Leave? Don’t speak of leaving, angel. You must stay forever.”
“As your mistress.”
“As my love,” he countered insistently.”
“You could be a gambler. A thief, for all I know. Besides—” He captured her hand and stopped
her from walking on, holding her in place.
“Besides what, you insufferable prude?”
“Prude, eh? Do you need another kiss to remind you what a prude I am?”
“Don’t you dare.”
“Then don’t call me names.”
“You started it.”
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