Robert Knight, the Duke of Hawkscliffe, is determined to solve the untimely death of his forbidden love and will stop at nothing to figure out the truRobert Knight, the Duke of Hawkscliffe, is determined to solve the untimely death of his forbidden love and will stop at nothing to figure out the truth. During his quest for vengeance Hawkscliffe, stumbles upon one of London’s most renowned courtesans, Belinda Hamilton, who he enlists to help him. At the risk of scandal, his political career, family name and his heart, Hawscliffe is unaware of the lengths he is willing to go for the ones he loves and the ones he thought he loved.
Gaelan Foley’s “The Duke” is unlike any other historical romance book I have read from the quality of writing, plot structure and even the time period. This Regency Romance covered all emotions that top tier historical romances have from extreme happiness, sadness, love and betrayal yet Foley executed it superbly. Belinda and Hawkscliffe came alive off the page and I was truly rooting for them and their happiness. My favorite aspect of the book was the complex plot structure that utilized political undertones and multiple outside character story lines. Foley defied historical romance stereotypes that often plague the genre, such as an unplanned/forced wedding or unexpected pregnancy, and blazed a path for an enjoyable and steamy read.
I devoured the novel and could not put it down at home, work or late at night. I recommend this read for readers who like historical romance books but want something unique.
This was my favorite of the three books so far. I loved the plot line and that character development throughout the text. Lisa Kleypas did a good jobThis was my favorite of the three books so far. I loved the plot line and that character development throughout the text. Lisa Kleypas did a good job - in the entire series - elevating the characters from typical "historical romance" archetypes and making them better than the rest.
There were some minor details that kept this form earning 6 star book status. Stylistically, Kleypas kept using the same phrasing over and over (I.e. said St. Vincent sarcondically) that got to be a little much sometimes.
"Devil in Winter" is hands down my favorite historical romance novel and lived up to the hype that it received when I first started the Wallflower series. ...more
Talk about hangover! After the infamous Royal Entourage has a night to epic partying, its time for the royal fallout. The Prince Regent orders the DukTalk about hangover! After the infamous Royal Entourage has a night to epic partying, its time for the royal fallout. The Prince Regent orders the Duke of Kress, Alexander Barclay, to return to the country and marry a suitable women or else... On his way in exile the duke spots an interesting sight: a woman dangling from the edge of a cliff. He sees Roxanne, the women in question, and also sees his opportunity to redeem his tarnished reputation. Roxanne on the other hand has plans of her own that include payback, revenge and possibly murder.
I actually found "The Art of Duke Hunting" in a book store (gasp!) and 'goodreads-it' and determined that "Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea" was the first in the Royal Entourage Series. The concept of a Royal Entourage that is in disgrace is an interesting concept for a book series, however, I do not believe that Sophia Nash did it justice. This book was about as romantic as Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus". The characters are confusing and do not have the right chemistry. The highlight of "Between the Duke and the Deep Blue" was the humor that Meme provided. Too bad the book wasn't about her. ...more