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The Way to a Duke's Heart

(The Truth About the Duke #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,427 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Charles de Lacey, Lord Gresham, is running out of time, running from his responsibilities, and running from love.

Destined to be a duke, Charles de Lacey has led a life of decadent pleasure, free of any care for propriety or responsibility. It comes as a terrible shock to learn that he might be stripped of everything, thanks to his father's scandalous past. He has no choice
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Avon (first published August 12th 2012)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

The Way to a Duke’s Heart is the final book in the The Truth About the Duke trilogy and a fun, charming story. Scandal, mystery, romance and blackmail make up this tale, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Charles de Lacey, Lord Gresham, is running out of time, running from his responsibilities, and running from love.

Destined to be a duke, Charles de Lacey has led a life of decadent pleasure, free of any care for propriety or responsibility. It comes as a terrible shock to learn that he might be st
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance, steamy
This is third (and last) in a series with a frame story that has been a big part of the plot throughout. The other brothers have carried out their individual investigations pretty independently, however, so you don't really need to read in order. Frankly, this one is better than both on a strictly plot basis so starting here wouldn't serve you ill.

Well crap. I just realized I hadn't reviewed this and I finished it weeks ago. It's a good conclusion to the mystery through line. Indeed, this book b
Lady Wesley
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites
Five plus stars! Caroline Linden has pulled off a hat trick – all three volumes of The Truth About the Duke series are first rate.

The series revolves around the de Lacey brothers – Charlie, the indolent, rakish heir; Edward, the dutiful, serious-minded son; and Gerard, the devil-may-care veteran of the Napoleonic wars. Their father, the Duke of Durham, has left a death-bed confession detailing his youthful marriage to an actress, which means that the duke’s marriage to the brothers’ mother may h
Joanna Loves Reading
I still really liked this book, but I decided to drop a star because I do think it is the weakest in the series. I like both the hero and heroine, but they don't stand out as unique as the first two novels in this series. They are a popular type of pairing for this genre, an indolent Duke and a clever pragmatic heroine. It is a pairing that I tend to enjoy, and Linden, as per usual, does it well. NOTE: this is the conclusion of a highly-connected series. Character development and story build wit ...more
Lady Wesley
Once again, narrator Gildart Jackson brings life to Caroline Linden's characters -- here the indolent Charlie and his perfect match, the uber-competent Tessa. For more detail, my review of the Kindle edition is here.

I do recommend listening to a sample before purchasing any of the audiobooks in this series, as some reviewers do not like Mr. Jackson's narration style. I agree that he has a couple of annoying verbal tics -- he sometimes lapses into Speaking . . . Very . . . Slowly . . . Emphasizin
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charles de Lacey, Earl of Gresham, has grown up knowing his duty is to be the duke one day and when someone threatens his families claim to the title, he sets about to find out the truth. Surely is moral, uptight father wasn't married before his own mother, therefore disclaiming Charlie and his brothers? After all, his father prevented Charlie from marry a 'nobody' and it changed his relationship with him forever. He turned into a scoundrel and enjoyed life and left the estate running to his bro ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Somerset & London 1810. Bk 3 of 3.

This featured the last of the de Lacy brothers, Charles. His 2
younger bros, Edward & Gerard, did the 'heavy lifting' in the
2 previous books in trying to disprove their late father, the
Duke of Durham, a bigamist. Only the sibs of Chas, referred
to him as the new Duke.

Charlie, who went by Lord Gresham, did not have to work
hard, was accustomed to luxuries and folks who showed
him deference. Tessa & her elderly companion Eugenie
arrived at a hotel aro
The Way to A Duke's Heart
3.5 Stars

In the aftermath of his father's death and the revelation of a shocking family secret, the new Duke of Durham, Charles de Lacey, is forced to renounce his rakish ways and take responsibility for discovering the identity of the blackmailer threatening his birthright. Upon encountering Tessa Neville, Charles is convinced the beautiful yet sharp-tongued miss is involved in the scandal, but finds himself irresistibly drawn to her. Charles will have to decide if she
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Charles de Lacey, Earl of Gresham, was born and raised with one goal in mind: to prepare him for the day when he would become the Duke of Durham. However, just before he died, the previous duke revealed a shocking secret: he was married to someone before he married Charlie’s mother…and he never divorced his first wife. On top of that, someone is blackmailing the de Lacey family – someone who knows of the deceased duke’s secret. Charlie must discover who the blackmailer is, for it is the
Blodeuedd Finland
I read book 1 not that long ago, and was all, hey what about the mystery? Aye it took book 3, the last book, to find out.

Charles is about to lose his dukedom if he is a bastard. Yes that if part is the question. Was his dad married before and when did that wife die? Was he married to two women? Ohh the plot thickens and I got my answers.

Back to Charles, he finds a lead and that lead leads him to a beautiful smart woman named Tessa. Is Tessa the one blackmailing them, or?

Charles, I was not a fan
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't really know how to write this review without descending into gushing incoherence. Caroline Linden is at her usual incomparable standard of emotional realism, well-balanced plot/romance and sheer passion between the two leads. In particular this is an excellent ending to the series, tying up the dangling thread that's been pulled through the previous two books with sufficient aplomb and emotional payoff.

... Aplomb and emotional payoff are all very well, but obviously romance is the tower
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Way to a Duke’s Heart is the final story in Caroline Linden’s newest series, The Truth About the Duke. Briefly, the three stories weave a tale of the family saga of three brothers whose ducal father, the Duke of Durham, tells them in a post mortem letter that they may not be legitimate and oh, by the way, he was being blackmailed before his death. This confession, if true, will ruin not only the three brothers standing in society but also their fortunes. The first story (personally my favor ...more
Jen Davis
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Caroline Linden has never let me down. She has great love stories that never make me angry. I never hate her heroes. I'm never tempted to toss the nook against the wall. Somehow she manages to create couples whose obstacles are not self-imposed. The characters are all generally likable and the romance, easy to root for. And this third book in the Truth About the Duke series may be my favorite of the bunch.

When we first met the hero, Charlie, back in One Night in London, he was difficult to like.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-reads
This was burning a hole in my NOOK whilst I read The Ugly Duchess (hey, Eloisa tweeted me, so she got to be first - I'm easy that way). Being a romance novel I had no doubt as to the outcome of the Durham Dilemma (duh) but I just wanted to know how it would all unwind as well as who Charlie would be paired with.

First off, I have to say I quite loved Tessa's companion/cousin, Eugenia Bates. Yes, Bates. Who has much the sweet, chatty, dithering demeanor of the Miss Bates of Austen's Emma - but not
What a disappointing conclusion... In the beginning, I loved the blackmail plot and the impact it had on three sons (one a future Duke!) who could be declared bastards due to a past indiscretion of their fathers' that was a secret until blackmail letters started to arrive. But after the three brothers learned nothing in the first book, and only got the name of the person who posted the blackmail letters in the second book, I was ready for some answers. I thought the imminent loss of an inheritan ...more
Duke of Durham’s father was secretly married before he met his son’s mother. Before he passed away, somebody started blackmailing the family, implying that his three sons might be bastards. The oldest son, Charlie, never could live up to his father’s standards. When he was twenty-two, he tried to marry the woman he believed to be the love of his life, but his father stopped the marriage. And Charlie stopped speaking to his father. His next youngest brother has been running the family estates and ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent regency romance, with enough blackmail, mystery and history mixed in, and a sweet, sexy read. The late Duke of Durham had been blackmailed about an earlier marriage, which could have made his sons bastards, and a lost of the dukedom for his eldest son, Charles de Lacey, also known as the Earl of Gresham. Charles de Lacey, felt overshadowed by his younger brothers, Edward, with his fine business acumen, and Gerard, the intrepid soldier. The heroine, Tess Neville, although ve ...more
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This was my first time reading Caroline Linden's work, and The Way to the Duke's Heart was actually a good book. I was intrigued by the blackmail and family secrets, and I flipped the pages to find out how everything turned out.

I liked the hero and heroine—they may not be in my top 10 list, but I still enjoyed reading their story. Tessa was very strong, very intelligent, and I respected her for that. I also came to respect Charlie for unders
The third in The Truth About The Duke series by Caroline Linden. Charles de Lacey has always known someday he would be the Duke of Durham. But doubt has been cast and he may be stripped of everything. So it's up to him to discover the truth and set matters right. Along the way he encounters Tessa Neville. Tessa is looking into investment opportunities for her brother and it leads her to Bath where her first impression of Charles was less than ideal.

The book had a great start and then lagged slig
Jess the Romanceaholic
I somehow managed to not read the second book in the story despite my enjoyment of the first, and so I admit I was thrown a bit off of my game when I first picked up this installment.

That said, I quite enjoyed it. With a both the hero and heroine having been hurt by love in their youth, neither of them was quick to trust matters of the heart.

I have to say that at first I was a bit disappointed by the low steam level. However, things quickly began to heat up between them once they'd gotten thei
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Oct) Sigh...I always get a bit sad at the end of a series. At least I didn't have to wait a year between books (hate that!). This book started a bit slow but really picked up in the second half. I really enjoyed this series - it was kinda fun, kinda charming, and ended really well. I was actually a bit worried about where the story line would go - were they legitimate or not - but it all worked out well and actually made sense. The 3 brothers ultimately became close, found love, and lived HEA. ...more
Monique Takens
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ik heb de Nederlands talige uitgave gelezen : Reken op mij - Candlelight Historische roman 1139 .
Dit is een heel goede afsluiter van deze 3 delen tellende serie . Ik zou het 4 en een half sterren geven als het kon .
Van de 7 boeken van C.L. die ik op rij gelezen heb is dit absoluut de beste , Charlie en Tessa hebben ruim voldoende de tijd om elkaar te leren kennen en waarderen en de romantiek en liefde die daaruit voortkomt komt natuurlijk over .

A very good ending for this series . I would giv
Babette Brown
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recensione a cura dell'Artiglio Rosa (Teresa Siciliano) per il Blog di Babette Brown.

Un gran finale della serie * * * * *

In quest’ultimo volume l’autrice riesce magnificamente ad intrecciare il filone giallo (sul ricatto) con quello sentimentale ed erotico, fino a far tornare tutto. Le psicologie sono approfondite e inoltre ci sono almeno un paio di scene davvero commoventi. Mi è piaciuto molto.

Qualche errore di troppo.
FV Angela
Originally posted at

Although I’ve never had the pleasure of reading a Caroline Linden historical before, I’ve heard good things about her and decided to try out this new to me romance author. Not realizing The Way to a Duke’s Heart was the last book in a trilogy when I picked it to review, I was a little concerned that I might be behind as far as understanding the story arc and characters. While reading I was conscious that there were characters mentioned
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delectable new romance from author Caroline Linden! Taken from my review at

At his birth, Charles ‘Charlie’ Cedric Spencer Fitzhenry de Lacey, the eldest son of the Duke of Durham, was given his father’s second highest title, the Earl of Gresham. So he was held to a higher standard than his siblings. Charlie’s mother had always been able to lighten the atmosphere, but with her death, his father became even more critical. Then Charlie met Maria and fell in love. But his disap
4.5 stars. A marked improvement over the last book! The resolution of the Durham Dilemma pulls some focus in the last third of the book, but it rebounds nicely.

Charlie and Tessa are a well-matched pair, and it’s great to see another couple regard each other as equals.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Linden's `One Night in London: The Truth About the Duke' started the journey which is known to all of us as the Durham Dilemma. This series has a very unique premise that Ms. Linden came up with. All three stories are designed to reveal one big secret and tell us the truth about the old Duke of Durham's secret marriage that was never annulled, before he married his Duchess and the mother of his three sons, his heir Charles, Lord Gresham, Edward de Lacey, the spare and Captain Gerard de ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review from Queen of Swords Book Reviews.

* Tessa has a dark past but not super-dark. Her actions and interactions are proportionate to the level of her trauma. I find this a refreshing change from heroines who make really dumb outlandish decisions or put up insurmountable barriers based on something that should not haunt them that long. "OMG I can't ever love anyone because I peed my pants in front of my third grade class and I was so embarassed!!! Alas, although you are perfect for me, I
Yellow Rose
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Hated the Heroine

This is a very slow moving tale that lingered on the side of a bit dry, but after around 100 pages, the story picked up. The author delivered intrigue and reconciliation to her series the Truth about the Duke.

The story revolves a rake and a scoundrel who has been wasting away in London society, because of his broken love that his father helped break. Once his family is thrown into scandal he is forced to go after the blackmailer and resolve the troubles his family has been plu
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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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