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Dusk with a Dangerous Duke

(Lords of Vice #6)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,113 ratings  ·  124 reviews
They were children when the Duke of Huntsley was introduced to Lady Grace Kearly. The young duke—nicknamed “Hunter”—took one look at his future bride and thought only of escaping his responsibilities to his family. Marriage was for grown-ups and Hunter still had years of skirt-chasing ahead of him. But now the time has come for Hunter to heed the call: if this Lord of Vice ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
I hate to give negative reviews, but I did not like reading this book. I am really starting to lose interest in her books. The first few were not bad, but the previous book and this makes me hope that the last book in the Lords of Vice featuring Frost would redeem the whole series.

Lady Grace Kearly has been betrothed to the Duke of Huntsley (Hunter)from the cradle, when she was two and he twelve. Naturally, Hunter did not take this news well, and sought to escape the marriage by neglecting his f
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Originally posted in My Book Musings.

What happened? I have been waiting for Alexandra Hawkins' next book in the Lords of Vice series, Dusk with a Dangerous Duke, for months, and now that it's here I feel a tad let down. When I finished the book, I was like... "Huh?"

As with other Lords of Vice books (read my reviews of books 1-4 and book 5 here), Dusk with a Dangerous Duke was tantalizing and sexy, but it was barely such compared to the previous books! I felt like the book was seriously
Blythe Smith
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-books
Why is there not a no-star option? I'll be reviewing this for AAR, so let me just say this: Romance novel detractors think all romances are like this. When I try to picture anyone liking any part of this book, my imagination fails me completely. It has a much higher rating on this site than it deserves.

Now, if you want a good laugh, you might try reading the ending, which is (unintentionally, I assume) the most hilarious I have read in years. The hero and heroine confess their undying love after
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
3 stars

I absolutely love this series, and I've been waiting for my library to finally get this book in. Unfortunately, I may have built up my expectations too high because I found this story lacking. The chemistry wasn't there, and Hunter was an ass pretty much the whole time. And the fact that by 90% he's still speaking and thinking about all the women he's been with before Grace got on my nerves. Seriously. Before he takes her virginity he actually says "I've been with a lot of women." That ki
Zoe Liew
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
The interaction between the two leads was only driven by their lust for each other. Grace's beauty - her unblemished skin, her perfect form - is practically all he thinks about every time he sees her.

Mentioning Lords of Vice constantly like it's some club they're proud of... Like it's a darn badge or something. Why would one be proud of being known as a rake? Why do we have to have damned names foisted upon us just because we're famous for being rakes and rogues and complete arses? Famous for b
This was much better....3.5

I always liked Hunter, our Duke Of Huntley and it was nice to see him finally get his girl. Our lady Grace sent him on a fine chase....

They were young when they were contracted to marry and Grace, fed up goes to London and sends him on a merry chase....

Somewhere though at the end, this book was rushed! In literally one chapter a whole host of things happen and remain unresolved. We didn’t even see the wedding......WTF?

This author might just not be for me. I’ve powered
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The story is an old and overdone one, ultimately in these types of books, it is the author's writing and creation of truly memorable characters and plots that elevates a tired old storyline into a remarkable one worth reading. Unfortunately, this book is not one of them.

The Duke of Huntsley (Hunter) has been engaged to Lady Grace since she was an infant of two and he but a boy of 10. The last memory Hunter had of Grace was of holding her and her biting him when he dropped her, so not a good begi
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book 6 Lord of Vice, much better then 5. Loved Hunter and Grace together and there story. Just wish it was longer and ended to quick!

Looking forward to Frost book.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
A more fitting title would have been "Abducted by an Abusive Arsehole" .
J. Leigh Hunter
Jun 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Story and Writing Style
Yikes. What the hell was that?... I lost my place in the series after the first three and read this one. Definitely not Hawkins’ best, to be sure. Was she being manacled to a certain word count? Did she rush to finish it due to an angry deadline? Whatever the deal, I feel like the story’s plot was strong, and it started off at a decent pace. Then about halfway through it was like someone hit fast forward. Several times I was left with my mind whirling, having to go back to
Book Review Diva
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review of “Dusk with a Dangerous Duke” By Alexandra Hawkins

Lady Grace Kearly has already had her husband chosen for her at a young age. Lady Graces Grandfather and the Duke of Huntsley’s Grandmother had arranged for Lady Grace and the Duke of Huntsley to be married to each other by Lady Grace’s twenty first birthday.

Lady Grace has waited her whole life for the Duke of Huntsley to arrive and sweep her off her feet. Now, Twenty years later, he still has not arrived and Lady Grace is starting
Kristine R.
May 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
One reviewer summed up this book when she said that it had no romance, but abuse. I absolutely loathed the hero, who really behaved more like a villain. **SPOILERS AHEAD** After never visiting the heroine in the course of a 19 year betrothal, even upon the death of her grandparents, our hero expected her to agree to an immediate marriage once it became convenient for him. As part of his "wooing," he entered a fitting room while she was partially undressed, getting measurements taken, and physica ...more
Suzainur K.A.R.
I usually do the page 99 test when trying out a new author but this time around, I only did the flip the last few pages and thought that this book had promise. I mean, beaning of a baddie with a bedwarmer to rescue the hero? Sounds like game on, right?


You have a group of guys who call themselves Lords of Vice. You hope to have them be snarky and dissipated. What you get is a bunch of guys who get together and chitchat like Valley girls. WTF?


The heroine. I had so much hopes for someone
Mary Gramlich
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nicolas Stuart Towers, Duke of Huntsley, and Lady Grace Kearly have been contractually betrothed for nineteen years. Hunter has done his best to ignore Grace and she has had enough. He can keep his contract, bed all the mistresses he wants, because she is going to find a husband and damn the consequences.

Hunter had decided he is the man Grace is going to marry to keep the contract that their grandparents agreed upon because honor among all other traits is one to be cherished. He may be seen as a
Oh dear, what happened? Considering the previous 5 books were extremely enjoyable, this should have continued (especially because of Hunter!) It was an absolute face-plant of a book in that it was nothing like Ms Hawkins is capable of.

Hunter came across as arrogant, selfish and totally self-serving; Grace was presented as an innocent beauty (which was emphasised over and over and over again). OK, so she's beautiful: we accept that but it doesn't need ramming down our throats. And I was so disapp
Cocktails and Books
Uh....I'm not even sure how to review this one. Hunter, our hero is an ass and there wasn't a single redeemable quality to him (at least in my opinion). Grace could have done so much better had she gotten out of that marriage contract. Yet readers are to believe these two characters would somehow find their HEA. I couldn't buy it. Up until page 292 Hunter only saw Grace as an obligation he needed to fulfill in order to keep a promise to his Grandmother. He never tried to get to know Grace or mak ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hmmm I was expecting this book to be very good but it disappointed me a little because I just felt there was no love development between the hero and heroine (well maybe the heroine because she waited for him for nine years) but the hero was just WHAT?!?! you just fell in love with her? Just like that? It was good at first and the middle but near the end of the middle to the end it felt rushed with no development for their love. So i was disappointed with that but the dialogue exchanges between ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
After enjoying the others in this series, I was expecting so much from this, there was a lot of potential but Hunter's was being such an arse truly and the story failed to captivate me ...hoping Frost's story tops this one!!
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
The start had a lot of promise but the end was just too easy for me. I'm hoping Frost's book is better.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating- 3 Good

Characters- Hunter, the youngest of the Lord's of Vice (men renowned for their lives of drinking, gambling, and women) shows charm and playfulness. His grandmother betrothed him at the age of 12 to a 2 year old. He has spent every year since not only avoiding his fiance but feeling resentful towards her for the commitment. Grace, on the other hand, has spent 19 years romanticizing the man betrothed to her. She has spent her entire life in the country waiting for him to come get her
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
The synopsis was sooo good and the execution was sooo bad! The saving 'grace' of this book was GRACE, the heroine! She was smart, she was determined, she was hopeful. And the hero didn't deserve her in the slightest. Hero was beyond lazy. I get that he put marriage on the back burner considering he'd been engaged since he was a child. But he was dismissive, arrogant, selfish and couldn't be bothered to try to court his betrothed, instead he drugged her and forced an elopement on her. That's when ...more
Torre Elizabeth
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Out of the whole series thus far this was my least fave! It was lacking a whole lot! I felt it was rushed and way too short! So many unanswered questions and just upset she was forced into so many situations! I really hope the next one is better!!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Compared to the others it was good but not great. Wasn’t moved by their love. Just basic I guess i
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars to Hunter.

19 Year Old Betrothal

He was twelve and she was two. They didn't seal their betrothal with a kiss, instead, Lady Grace bit his Grace, the Duke of Hunstley.

For 19 long years, Grace patiently waited for Hunter to come to her, but it seems she would be waiting in vain, because if he wanted to see her, he wouldn't wait that long for him to go to her. Instead of waiting a minute longer, she decided that she would come to him. Her 21st birthday is coming and she is bound to lose eve
Jun 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Easily my least favourite book of the series. SO. MANY. ISSUES.

Firstly, that the books seem to regularly miss some important chapters containing plot resolution is making me genuinely angry now. What is the point of trying to get us to invest in your characters when you don't reward us with a proper conflict resolution?!

Secondly, Hunter's the LOV I've always been least interested in. I mean AH has never logically dropped sequel bait in this series, but seriously we know practically nothing about
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

As my very first book by Alexandra Hawkins, I have very excited to dive into this book and be swept away by the Lords of Vice. Unfortunately, the premise of this book didn’t work for me. Promised to each other at a very early age, the Duke of Huntsley and Lady Grace Kearly are set to be married. For most of their lives, they have ignoring each other but if Hunter hopes to keep his inheritance, he needs to man up and catch his bride. What makes matters worse is that Lady Grace decides that she d
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
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There was nothing substantial in this book. It was dull and the plot was unimaginative with an author that couldn't inspire any interest I'm her characters. There was just a few bits and pieces that looked promising but the overall story, left me craving something more. Sad to say, i am disappointed in the two hours I wasted reading this book. Hawkin's has recently been delivering dissapointing that leave readers wishing that they hadn't even faxed on her books.

In the beginning I liked Grace and
Tiffany Day
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wish GR allowed for partial stars!

This series started out well enough (Book 1 would earn around a "B") - at least, well enough for me to pursue the follow-ups. Book 2 wasn't as good, but not all bad, either ("C" range)... and after that it fell into ruins. Book 5 (the previous entry) was down in D- territory (earned a wretched GR 1 star from me - doesn't happen very often). The writing this go-'round has improved (although Hawkins is still repetitive, it isn't to the degree it was in Bo
My Book Addiction and More MBA
DUSK WITH A DANGEROUS DUKE by Alexandra Hawkins is an exciting Historical Romance 1825 London. #6 in the famous "Lords of Vice" series, but can be read as a stand alone. The Lords of Vice live for the thrill of the hunt, even after they are caught by their beloved ladies. This is Lady Grace Kearly and the Duke of Huntsley (Hunter)'s story. And what a story! Betrothed as children, Hunter runs off, but in order to keep his inheritance he and Grace MUST marry within an allotted time frame or lose h ...more
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Alexandra Hawkins is an unrepentant Anglophile who discovered romance novels as a teenager and knew that one day she would be writing her own. In "The Lords of Vice" series, she has combined her love of English history, mythology, and romance to create sensual character-driven stories that, she hopes, will touch readers' hearts.

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Lords of Vice (7 books)
  • All Night with a Rogue (Lords of Vice, #1)
  • Till Dawn with the Devil (Lords of Vice, #2)
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
  • Sunrise with a Notorious Lord (Lords of Vice, #4)
  • All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess (Lords of Vice, #5)
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