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One Night in London

(The Truth About the Duke #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,957 ratings  ·  182 reviews
A bargain that was all business . . . and pure passion.

Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother; she needs London’s top solicitor for that. But when Edward de Lacey, son of the powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man who can do the job, Francesca decides Edward himsel
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Avon (first published January 1st 2011)
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Joanna Loves Reading
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this for the first time, but I have read it more than once, though it has been a few years since reading. So, what did my older, wiser self think in this re-read? I still liked it quite a lot, maybe not 5-stars like, but close enough to keep the rating. There are two issues that made me think about dropping a star. 1: The narrator. His voice is nice for men, but the lady and child characters are not the best. I also thought his voice for the Hero changed at the end for a bit, which ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B- for narration and B for content at AAR, so I'm leaving it at 4 stars.

In One Night in London, book one of Caroline Linden’s 2011/2012 The Truth About the Duke trilogy, the deathbed vigil of the two younger sons of the Duke of Durham, is followed the next day by a meeting with the family solicitor. The solicitor reveals that the late duke contracted a secret marriage some years before he married their mother. As this may mean the later marriage was bigamous and they are all
There are a lot of things to love about this book. The three brothers who learn that their father has been married when he was young and re-married without knowing what has happened to his first wife (which might just make his three sons bastards) are all incredibly interesting: you have an older brother who relies on his family name's influence and doesn't seem to care about anything but his own pleasure who has to learn some responsibility if he wants to keep his title; the good middle one (Ed ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance, steamy
I enjoyed this immensely, though I have mild issues as well. Part of my enjoyment is how well Linden managed the character motivations and how they drove the conflicts that produced such great tension throughout the story. Francesca is comfortable. She isn't rich rich, but she has everything she needs for a comfortable, even active life in her social set without needing to worry much about money or shelter or food. So she'd be all set if it weren't for her worry about a niece she has been cut of ...more
Lovely story of a dutiful middle son recently jilted by the woman he loved when he most needed her and a bold and impetuous widow with Italian blood in her veins.
As an Italian descendent myself, I found Francesca’s frank personality fun and a wonderful balance to Edward’s lovely responsible and thoughtful self.
There is not much antagonism against their love (although they are from different classes) and in the background they are both struggling with family problems.
Great read! Can’t wait to rea
This was an enjoyable 3.5 stars, although I took a long time to warm to Edward. He was so buttoned up and very judgemental of Francesca. But he did eventually melt, and Francesca herself was an interesting, strong woman. A solid story.
Lady Wesley
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book (and its two sequels) and really liked listening to the audio book. Gildart Jackson is a new narrator to me, and I adore his voice. I could fall in love with Edward de Lacey just by listening to him. He does, however, need to tweak his heroine a bit; she sounds like a middle-aged spinster aunt rather than a passionate half-Italian young English woman. I think that male narrators should avoid using a falsetto for female voices and just strive for a softer tone.

That sa
Aly is so frigging bored
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, historical
I really liked it. The narrator though, he made some stupid pauses when I so wouldn't have made them.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
London 1810. 1st in a 3 book series.

The MC's included Edward, middle son of a Duke &
Francesca, a baronet's widow. Edward and his 2
brothers learned their late father was a bigamist &
they were unclear if father's 1st wife of the 'secret
marriage' died before the 2nd marriage? Edward
promised to investigate the legal avenue & Gerald
would follow the man who black-mailed the late
Duke RE his bigamy. Or their cousin could submit
a claim as the new Duke. Lazy, hedonist Charles,
the new
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19-ème, romance
One Night in London est le tome 1 de la série The Truth about the Duke, qui va suivre les aventures des frères De Lacey pour garder leur héritage à la mort de leur père, le Duc de Durham. Et accessoirement trouver l'amour... (ben quoi, c'est de la romance)

Alors le premier tome suit les aventures du frère cadet, Edward, qui est celui qui gère le domaine... il a assisté son père pendant des années (à la place de l'ainé qui boudait à Londres et menait la belle vie)et a pris en charge totalement le
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Linden's "One Night in London" (The Truth About the Duke #1)
Intelligent, appealing, attractive (as people, not just bodies and faces) main characters who fall in love almost against their wishes, growing and expanding their emotional horizons in the process, sizzling love scenes, a smidgen of conflict to be resolved - what more could a romance addict ask for? Really nicely-constructed, believable character-driven love story.
(After second reading) Loved this one just as much on second
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yazarın kalemini sevdim. Diğer historicallere göre farklı anlatımı var. Kadın kahramanlar taze evlenmemiş genç kızlar değildi. Farklılığı severim.
I struggled with whether to give this one, provided by netgalley, 3 or 4 stars, but settled on 4 stars for a number of reasons. Overall, I really enjoyed the story, the plot and the characters, although I struggled with getting emotionally involved in it.

The story is based on a couple of unusual legal issues the hero and heroine are facing, not your normal HR subject matter, and it might have been nice to have actually had a bit more legal stuff up-front. Why not explain just a little how the di
Lady Francesca Gordon is determined to win custody of her young niece Georgina, especially because she has reason to fear for Georgia's safety. In order to hire the top barrister, she must first coerce Edward de Lacey. What begins as a battle of wills ends in love. There were several twists and turns in this story, and explicit sex. The child doesn't play an active role until late in the book. The overriding problem -- uncovering the truth about the old duke -- is not resolved. This is a series, ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Linden is becoming a favorite of mine. I'm going back and reading books of hers and this is the first book in "The Truth About the Duke" series. Wow is all I have to say. The characters are so richly developed and intriguing, the romance fiery.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is SO CLOSE to five stars — in fact I strongly suspect I'll just up my rating at a later date. Edward and Francesca start out not liking each other, which is my favourite way to kick off a romance. Initially, Francesca thinks of him as 'the most uninteresting man she had met in a long time' and Edward's engaged to a woman who could not be less like Francesca. Of course, things move at a good pace: first they ignore their mutual attraction, then it hangs in the room like a dust cloud, and fi ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
One Night in London
4.5 Stars

Series note: This is the first book in the series and there is an ongoing storyline involving the revelation of the Duke of Durham's devastating secret. Therefore, it is highly recommended that the books be read in order.

Francesca Gordon is in dire need of a solicitor to gain custody of her orphaned niece; however, the best legal mind in London has been hired away by the Duke of Durham's middle son, Edward de Lacey. Determined to give the thieving man a piece of her
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lord Edward de Laceys world is thrown for a huge loop following the death of his father. Edward and his two brothers are shocked to find out that their father has hidden a secret their entire lives and now it threatens to take away everything they know. Edward confesses the truth to his fiancee one night and is shocked and hurt to see it in the tabloids the next day along with an end to their engagement. Edward is at a crossroads of his life and is not quite sure what to do when in sweeps a most ...more
bu yazarı seviyorum demek için 2 kitabını okumak erken olabilir biraz ama yinede diyeceğim:)

Başta bi çekincelerim kızgınlıklarım vardı zaten diğer seriyi bırakıp bu seriye başlamaları sebebiyle ama okudukça bi sorunum kalmadı. Yanlız öbür seriyi de unutmasınlar lütfen o seride mutlaka çıkmalı hızlı bir şekilde.


bir dükün uç oğlu var dükün ölüm döşeğinde açıkladığı üzere bu üç oğulun gayrimeşruluğa düşmesine neden olacak bir durum var dük anneleriyle evlenmeden önce başka biriyle evliymiş
Amarilli Settantatre
3, 5 - Prima di tutto una nota doverosa: l'edizione cartacea presenta una decina di pagine mancanti e vari refusi nel testo. Ora, lo sviluppo della storia si segue comunque, però non posso nascondere che ciò abbia influito in qualche modo sul mio apprezzamento complessivo.
Inoltre si tratta del primo episodio di una trilogia e quindi la trama deve adattarsi, sia nell'avvio che nel finale, lasciando spazio a un inevitabile rinvio agli episodi successivi.
Di certo il te
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
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Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book a bit different from the historical romances you normally read. Francesca is an independent woman, who (unlike the usual widow story) isn’t looking for a lover. She’s looking for an investigator/lawyer that will help her regain custody of her niece, taken away by her ‘evil’ stepmother. The problem? He’s been hired away by Edward, who is in dire straits after some shocking secrets are revealed upon the death of his father, the Duke.

I think what really made this story so wonder
Shannon Gallagher
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always Caroline Linden comes through with an emotionally sound romance.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found myself reading two historical romance novels with child custody plots and strong heroines this weekend, this book and Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. I think I would have liked this one anyway, but comparing the two made me like this one better. The alpha-hole in Lord of Scoundrels is a jerk (I mean, he softens, but way past the point where the heroine should have stepped away from the steaming pile of manure), and the child custody situation is not believable. I loved Edward and Fr ...more
This was cute! Francesca and Edward were really well matched and had definite chemistry. The main thing that bothered me was that it was a little too sex scene-y for my taste - there must have been five or six, and at a one point they started to feel gratuitous.

Also, I felt as though the Georgina situation was kind of unsatisfying. It definitely came across as quite rushed and I would have preferred a (slightly) more dramatic turnout, seeing as the build up pointed strongly in that direction.
I loved this book! I had a hard time putting it down last night. Francesca and Edward were a great couple.

The plot is a little bit of a stretch, although I understand why Francesca leaped to the conclusions she did about her niece. I also kind of rolled my eyes at the romantic conflict; I knew it was coming from a mile away. But it was easily dispatched and Edward came up with a solution that varies greatly from your normal HR lordly hero.

All in all, a great start to an interesting series.
Monique Takens
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb de Nederlands talige uitgave gelezen : De vurige weduwe - Candlelight Historische roman 1018 .
Deel 1 van een serie waarvan je duidelijk alle delen moet lezen want het mysterie ( zijn de 3 zonen van de Hertog wel wettig ) waarmee dit deel opent wordt niet opgelost .
Dit verhaal gaat over de middelste zoon ( Edward de Lacey ) en die is dus niet de titel erfgenaam maar hij heeft al jaren de zaken van zijn vader en broers behartigd en neemt het daarom op zich om een advocaat en een privé detec
Elizabeth Tai
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am SO pleased that my first three reads of 2018 have been stellar so far - this, by far, is one of the best romances I've read. So good, in fact, that after I returned it to the library, I immediately plotted on how to get my hands on it again. I'd love a physical copy of the book but alas - the bookstores don't have it where I live. (To the Kindle I go!)
Why do I love this so much? For one, the characters are wonderful - Francesca is a strong woman who is confident in her sexuality. Edward is
Okay, so I feel a little weird giving a book that I mostly enjoyed a 2 star rating, and I admit up front that it's probably not the most fair reflection of my overall enjoyment of the book. It is, however, an accurate reflection of how I felt at the end of the book, and that's how I justify the rating.

ANYWAY. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep, so I thought I'd start this book and see how it went. From the impression I got from the blurb about the book, I thought
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Reading One Night in London was for me, rather like a date with a really great guy I just couldn’t muster up any enthusiasm for. There’s nothing wrong with the book. It just didn’t stir my reading passions.

In this serviceable Regency romance, the heroine Lady Francesca Gordon needs a good lawyer. She’s convinced her young orphaned niece, Georgina, is being held against the child’s will by her stepmother for financial gain. Francesca has been turned down by solicitor after solicitor — her case is
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 08, 2015 12:43PM  
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more

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“As long as she would have him, the rest of the world could go hang.” 2 likes
“For a long moment there was only the sound of her soft, half-gasping little breaths, and the thud of his heart, loud in his ears. He had never felt this...this liberation, this unfettered contentment. Not with another woman, not after a hard day of accomplishment, not after a brilliant business maneuver, not even after beating his brothers at anything. His body was wrung out with physical satisfaction, his mind fely fogged and sluggish, but his head...
'If this be madness,' came Francesca's weak voice from behind the shining veil of her hair, 'lead me to Bedlam.'
'Perhpas tomorrow. I don't think I can make it further than the bed.”
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