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The Mad, Bad Duke (Nvengaria #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,054 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Meagan Tavistock can easily see how Alexander earned the nickname Mad, Bad Duke. His deep blue eyes promise sinful pleasure and his rich voice intimates that as soon as they are skin to skin, he'll fulfill desires she isn't even aware of. When a love spell misses its intended target, Meagan can no longer resist the temptation...until the magic wears off, leaving the pair i ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Leisure Books (first published November 28th 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
As I had hoped, I liked this one even more than Penelope and Prince Charming. It was hot without having the over eroticism that I found uncomfortable in the first book. It definitely helped that I became drawn to Grand Duke Alexander in Penelope and Prince Charming. He is a very good villain turned hero, utterly compelling, with a charisma that grabs and doesn't let go. I understood his motivations even then, and I gained a deeper understanding of him in this book. Megan is the perfect heroine f ...more
Well he wasn't Mad(well maybe about her), he was a touch Bad, and yes he was a Duke. This book took me by surprise as I just assumed it'd be a standard love story.

A love spell has been put into place. The two affected by the spell will be not be able to resist the magic that pulls them together. Less than an hour after meeting each other the two are naked and well...Need I say more? The problem with a spell like this is how can one tell if the feelings felt while under the spells grip are not wh
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The Mad, Bad Duke was the perfect mix of historical and paranormal romance. This book was fantastic, one of the best historical/paranormal romance books I've read!

Meagan is a resilient woman. After being compromised because of an errant love spell, being thrust into a world of political intrigue, thwarting assassins, and finding out the truth about her new husbands magical background, she still lands on her feet. She
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Barbara ★
I love Jennifer Ashley's books and I've enjoyed the Nvengaria storyline but this book took me totally by surprise since I assumed it was a typical love story. Well it's not and I can't even tell you why. Though if you like paranormal romances, you'll love it too.

No insta-love (which I hate) but a whole lotta insta-lust which is always fun to see how each party handles it. The sex scenes were tastefully done and yet very hot and sexy. I loved that Meagan brought out Alexander's kindness (regardle
My favorite genre is historical romance. My best friend's favorite genre is erotica.

This book meet us both very very happy.

Being a fictional place, the author had creative license to make the culture of this country anything she wanted it to be. And she made it hot and passionate.

Bad guy turning good, and sexy as sin, Alexander was interesting to the last drop. Add in his other.... er... UNIQUE qualities and I just wanted the book to last forever.
Dierdre is married to a wonderful guy but she wants to have an affair with the Grand Duke of Nvengaria, Alexander, however she is having trouble getting his attention. To remedy this small issue Dierdre decided to see a witch for a love spell but fearing she will be caught if she goes alone, Dierdre coerced her friend Meagan to go with her. Meagan is against the idea and really is against the idea of love spells in general but the witch has other plans. Then one night before the ball Meagan and ...more
Ravioli Rachel

3.5 out of 5 Stars

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Meagan Tavistock can easily see how Alexander earned the nickname Mad, Bad Duke. His deep blue eyes promise sinful pleasure and his rich voice intimates that as soon as they are skin to skin, he'll fulfill desires she isn't even aware of. When a love spell misses its intended target, Meagan can no longer resist the temptation...until the magic wears off, leaving the pair in a most compromising position. Their only option is a marriage that thrusts Meagan int
I enjoyed this book much more than the previous one in this serious. Where Penelope seemed a little disjointed at times because of all the traveling around, Mad Bad Duke flowed seamlessly.

The romance between Alexander and Meagan (he he, you know I pretended this was me) was beautiful to read about. Just like Black Annie predicted, they were truly perfect for one another. I loved all the magic and love spells involved in this transformed it from a regular historical novel to something
What a great read. Alexanders story was wonderful and loved the lil twist w/ him. Meagan is funny in an innocent way but it didn't make her childish or aggravating at all. I really liked her!

O' and I'd REALLY like to get my hands on that Nvengarian seduction book for women! lol

I'm quite surprised by this series and loving the historical mixed w/ myth and magic. Has a bit of a fairytale feel to them...........

Jennifer Ashley is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

LOVED the ending!
Jane Reader
I'm not entirely sure if The Mad, Bad Duke will become one of my favorite stories or not. I enjoyed the novel--and Jennifer Ashley's writing style--the characters were pleasant and there was an actual storyline, but for some reason it didn't grip me like I'd expect. It is the second of the Nvengaria series and is about the Grand Duke of Nvengaria, a fictional Eastern European country that is small, but powerful and alluring to the Prince of Prussia as a possible new territory. The novel does hav ...more
Noura Ariz
Definitely better than the first book, this one tells the story of the not-quite-villain Alexander (from the first book) and how he fell madly in love with Penelope's BFF Meagan. Too neat? Yes, but the story has loads of magical twists and turns and it's a joy to read about how their love change him from a cold calculating man to a loving husband.

What's to like:
1) the heroine - never say die attitude, she's got spunk and a big heart
2) the hero - tortured, brooding and hot (always a good basic fo
This one started out well. I was intrigued by a slight supernatural element, but since it didn't take up a huge part of the first half of the book, I foolishly thought it would remain that way. Perhaps if I'd read the first book and had some background on the logosh stuff, I would have liked this one better. And I did try to read the first one before I read this one. But I picked up this one and the next at the used book store. I tried to get the first one on the Kindle, but it's not available t ...more
Danette Steward
Entertaining enough. Hot enough. Odd plot though.
I did enjoy this book more. Alexander starts off as the bad guy then slowly shows that his heart with in right place just didn't quite follow through well.
Damien appoints Alexander as ambassador for Nvengaria to woo English king and the ton. While their a love spell makes him compromise a English Rose and BFF of the current queen of Nvengaria meagan
He comes across as harsh and unloving and struggling at the same time with his lust and attraction to meagan.
I really like that when Alexander take
Rebecca (everyday reader)
I hated Alexander in Penelope and Damien's story. His unfound hatred based on his sadistic father and his fear that the son was just the same. Alexander redeemed himself in this book, thanks in large part to Meagan. Their attraction may have started because of Black Annie's love spell, but the love between them that followed was all them. The secondary characters like Egan, Julius, and Nikolai are all entertaining and extremely loyal. Jennifer Ashley has done it again. Great read!!

Michelle Kelly
A historical with paranormal elements

I got The Mad, Bad Duke in paperback as a super good deal at a giant booksale. Hey a book just has to say it's written by Jennifer Ashley and I am buying it. You can tell that The Mad, Bad Duke is an early work of Jennifer Ashley as it is not as awesome as her more recent books but it was still an enjoyable read regardless.

It is not too often I read a historical romance with paranormal elements thrown into the mix. As
Probably more like a three and a half.

I liked the hero, Grand Duke Alexander, Nvengaria's ambassador (of sorts) to England, and Meagan Tavistock, who unwittingly becomes holder of a love charm that compels the two of them together. Being an incredibly honorable man, Alexander insists they marry. He doesn't realize that doing so truly binds him not only to his love but his salvation.

He has secrets, and secret parts of himself that he is just learning about; Meagan and her warm love for him allow
Laura Cordes
faintly paranormal romance. The male lead turns into a sort of werewolf. It wasn't bad but I'm not gonna go looking for the first book in the series.
I love Jennifer Ashley's writing. Although you can clearly see how her writing style has shifted and become more complex in her newer works it does not effect the whimsical writing style and story lines of her earlier books.

Meagan Tavistock is a simple country girl who gets caught in between a love spell and Grand Duke of Nvengaria, Alexander. Intrigues, magic and spies abound in this book, but it never loses sight of the main point- the romance between Meagan and Alexander.

Sweet, touching, ente
I enjoyed this book much more than the first Nvengaria book, so I'm glad I decided to keep reading in the series. (Didn't hurt that I picked this up for $1.99 at Walmart, so I didn't have much to lose if I didn't like it.) I liked Meagan and was intrigued by Alexander in the first book, so it was nice to read a book about them. They balanced each other out well, and although this book also had some sort of magic drawing the two main characters together, it was handled in a much more believable w ...more
Well... it was better than the first one. The heroine in this one at least had no reputation of rejecting suitors, only to be done in by the magic kiss/peen/what have you.

The H - the not-quite villain from the first book - has an issue that he isn't aware of. This does provide some perverse amusement since he has a reputation of having ice in his veins. However, his attempts to protect the h from himself would have made me hunt him down and whale on him a bit with a skillet. That bit was entirel
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Nice thing about reading this second book to the series is that there is no feeling of anything lacking from not reading book one, at least not for me. I thoroughly found this to be an easy, enjoyable, pleasant read whose characters worked well together and the intrigue mixed with the romance were very satisfying story lines.

Even though this was written years ago it feels dated in no way as the time frame very firmly stays in the 1800's which means 20-30 years could pass after release date and t
Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
An interesting premise for a historical romance. I enjoyed the hints of the culture of Nvengaria. (I have not read the first book in the series.) Alexander was a wonderful character. He was all alpha but tender and loving. He deeply cared for his country, Meagan and his son and treated them with tenderness. Yet he appeared to most people as cold and dangerous. He was all of that and more. Meagan was a strong female character who took matters into her own hands. They were a wonderful couple. I go ...more
I found this book at Wal-Mart for $1.99 and thought at that price, why not give it a try(they had lots of books for $1.99, I bought 12 of them and am working my way through them, this was the first). I had not read the first one so some of the backstory was lost on me but the main story was a very fun read. It was not your standard romance novel which was a good thing. I'm currently looking for book one.

At the $1.99 price it was excellent, but even if I had paid full price, I would have enjoyed
Cassandra Barlow
LOVED IT!!! I couldn't stop reading this!
It is clear to me that Jennifer Ashley's writing and flare for delicious plots has grown quite a bit since writing this series. Once again, as with the book preceding this one in this series, I was disappointed at the romance. It was more lust than anything else, it didn't really feel real. And the plot was a little lose. But still, it was rather entertaining.
Cristina Contilli
"una pantera nera, dalla pelliccia lucida e gli occhi azzurri si aggirava per i boschi della Nevgaria... due bambini gli stavano a cavalcioni e affondavano le manine nella folta pelliccia nera."

Carino, anche se l'autrice oscilla tra storico e paranormale... forse, comunque, io sono stata penalizzata dal fatto che non ho letto il primo volume della saga....

Well I read 1 and 3, then found 2. Early Jennifer Ashley, whom I love now. This is a paranormal sort of Regency, with a make believe Kingdom in Eastern Europe. The Duke was a bad guy in the 1st book, and Meagan the best friend of Penelope from the 1st book, so it all ties together. Thjis trilogy is fun, sexy and the paranormal parts are right in vogue now.
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“In Nvengaria we would not dream of doing this. We do not punish a woman for what a man has done, and if he dishonors her and she shoots him, it is regarded as justifiable and she is praised for her bravery.” 3 likes
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