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How to Tame Your Duke

(A Princess In Hiding #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown - until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe...

England, 1888.

Quiet and scholarly Princess Emilie has always avoided adventure, until she’s forced to disguise herself as a tutor in the household of the imposing Duke of Ashland, a former soldier disfigured in battle and aba
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Berkley Sensation
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Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars

When I first started this book I kept blanking out and stopped paying attention here and there. I wasn't completely into it at first and was wondering if I should continue reading or not. Let me tell you, it is so worth continuing on. I absolutely loved this book. This is my kind of book. A princess in disguise, a mysterious and attractive duke, danger lurking around the corner, a secret liaison (although not exactly in the conventional sense), lovable characters and a beautiful romanc
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
The plot of girl in disguise is always a fun one. This one sort of has a double disguise plot. I liked Emilia and especially her interactions with Freddie, who's adorably funny. The Duke is true to the scarred and damaged hero ways, quiet and gloomy. Sad the plot of whodunit wasn't solved in the end, but this is the first book in the series. Perhaps I'll have to read all three to find out the culprit.
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Posted on: Buried Under Romance

This is a fantastic introduction to Juliana Gray's new trilogy, and one that does proud to tropes in both Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast.

The premise: The three princesses of the German principality of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof, Luisa, Emilie, and Stefanie, are forced to disguise themselves as males and secure employment in England while their uncle, the Duke of Olympia (who was a minor character in Gray's Affairs by Moonlight trilogy), ferret out the assassi
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
The first ¾ of this was pretty good. The last quarter was painfully stupid when it wasn't simply dull.

First off, though, you have to give the book its premise in having a fictional German principality (with a laughably stupid name that threw me out of the story every. single. time. it. appeared.) so that the girls can be princesses on the run. And thus pretending to be boys. So you have the cross-dressing suspense that sometimes works and mostly doesn't. In this one, it works, but only because t
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A 3.5 star read.

Absolutely there is a semi-huge suspension of disbelief needed to follow the adventures of 3 German princesses in exile as they fall in love and what have you. Parts of this were great; parts of this were...not so much.

1. I enjoyed the development of the relationship quite a bit. My god, the scenes with Emilie and Ashland at the hotel KILLED ME. I was all revved up for a solid 4/5 star read! I wish there had been more use of Grimsby to explore the non-physical side of their rela
This was an ok read for me. The hero-Duke was a good guy who had suffered a lot but was still a kind, decent person. The heroine, Emilie, was also a nice person. Can't complain.

But I felt the sex kind of took the book over, so that it became such a focal point for their relationship it detracted from the emotional element of the story. This in turn reduced the character development, which became static and a bit boring, tbh. Indeed the sex scenes ended up sort of OTT, with the decent, faithful D
The Window Seat
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
There has been a lot of chatter in romance circles about Historical romance being a diminished commodity. I have yet to officially throw my opinions into the fray, but to me the new release How to Tame Your Duke best illustrates some of the well-loved tropes found only in Historical romances. Where else but in a Historical can you have a princess in disguise as a young tutor in the household of a scarred and jaded English nobleman and we fall for their story hook, line and sinker. We are eager t ...more
Mrs Giggles
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Say what you want about Juliana Gray, but she's certainly not going to let anyone call her stories boring. For How To Tame Your Duke - the first in her new series - she decides to lasso in the cross-dressing heroine trope and add in stuff that reminds me of everything from Jane Eyre to The Phantom Of The Opera. Too bad the glue holding all these things together is nowhere as strong as it should have been.

In 1889, there is still a kingdom called Holstein-Schweinwald-Hunhof, which I guess was eith
Roxana Chirilă
I don't usually mention translation as the very first thing about a book, but hooooly shit, this one was massively entertaining for all the wrong reasons. There was a duchess who got pregnant and ran off with her husband's lover, a chicken leg with frozen grease on it (what the hell did people *cook* in this one?), the duke's son spreading rumours about his father's depraved charm and MORE. None of which were probably the author's intention.

Honestly, if I'd noticed from the very beginning that t
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Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book was quite well written overall in terms of use of language and touching flowery romantic speeches but I think the main issue I had with it, apart from the incredibly far-fetched plot was the protagonists. I did not like her, and I really didn't like him.

Occasionally I might dislike the hero or the heroine but never have I felt so completely unattached to either of them.

The author told us they were in love, there was no slow development of attachment. The rather boring heroine was obse
Lover of Romance
Princess Emilie, is the middle sister, and has always been the quiet and reserved one, and relished her books. But when their father is murdered, they are on the run for their lives. They make it to England, with the aid of their governess to reach their uncle’s home. Who hatches a plan to hide them in the countryside posing as men. Emilie, is to be a tutor for a young teenager, with an overbearing Duke as the man she answers to. She will have to cut her hair, and put on a mustache and act the ...more
20/2 - I thought How to School your Scoundrel was an average imitator with a very outlandish plot (there are better examples of this subgenre out there). That book has an average rating of 3.74, this has 3.80. Hopefully that extra .6 of a point will lead to a whole extra star from me. To be continued...


21/2 - Sooo much better than book three (despite the fact that that only translates to one extra star). I think I just didn't connect with Luisa and Philip like I did wit
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audiogals
I ended up giving this a B- for both content and narration over at AudioGals, so let's call it 3.5 stars overall.

Narrated by Veida Dehmlow

Every time I look at Audible’s list of new/upcoming releases, I see more and more new names listed among the narrators. Like many listeners, I’m fairly cautious about trying out new narrators, but fortunately for me, because of my association with AudioGals, I’m able to give some of them a try, and , I hope, to enable others to decide whether to try them too.

Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emilie is the quietest of the three princesses of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof, but beneath the calm façade is a woman who wants more than the staid life of a princess. When her father is murdered and she and her sisters are forced to flee Germany, Emilie gets the adventure she’s always yearned for. Separated from her sisters and disguised as a man, Emilie takes a position as tutor to the Duke of Ashland’s son. Her new position is not without its cost, however, and the price of playing a man is ...more
Lucy Qhuay

This was such a fun read!

I wasn't expecting to love the book as much as I did. My only complain is that I didn't like the choice of words the author did in some cases. I felt like all would be much more attractive if she had chosen some other words to express what she wanted to say.

But apart from that, the book is perfect - funny, witty, intriguing and surprisingly sensual.

The scenes when Emilie and Ashland met in the Ashland Spa Hotel had this fantastic erotic aura that caught me by surprise.

Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I fear I read the best installment first. This is the first in the Princess in Hiding series, and it was OK. This one introduces us to Emilie, the brainy sister who wants to lead an independent life. She enjoys the idea of hiding in plain sight, dressed as a man, as it gives her the freedom she would never have as a woman, let alone a princess.

Our hero is the emotionally and physically damaged Duke of Ashland, a man who has retreated to Yorkshire after being injured in war and being left by his
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Great writing enlivens a fairly conventional plot (girl on the run disguised as a man falls for a brooding damaged hero). The relationship that develops between the princess in hiding and the father of the boy she is tutoring is touching, but the suspense plot mayhem that takes up the final third of the book feels contrived and silly.
Wendy Sparrow
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I had to return this to the library before getting even halfway through. I like the premise, but I am having a hard time being motivated to read it. I may request this again in the future, but I'm not sure.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-stars, hr-duke-heir
2.5 Stars

I loved the premise - a princess who's hiding from her father's murderers by pretending to be a guy, who doesn't love that? - but the execution, well, not so much.
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Susan in NC
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it

More like 3.5 stars, I'll round up as this was a new author to me and I really enjoyed her hero and heroine - I would try the next books in the series with reservations (see below) and recommend this book to fans of sexy historical romances with a soupçon of humor and intrigue.

The premise is straightforward - amid the anarchist plots boiling up all over a restive Europe in the late 1880s, the ruling prince of a small German principality and his son-in-law are assassinated. His three daughters, r
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Came across this book by chance and i am now hooked on Juliana Gray's books!!!

I read a lot of HR and it is great that this book offers something slightly different than the others. No simpering virginal miss - just a bunch of plucky German princesses trying to survive, hiding amongst the the English society - dressed as working men! Very refreshing indeed! Thumbs up for JG here!

I'm not going to start witha story blurb, as usual. I'm just going to give my opinion of the book.

The pace of the sto
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quiet and scholarly Princess Emilie has always avoided adventure, until she’s forced to disguise herself as a tutor in the household of the imposing Duke of Ashland, a former soldier disfigured in battle and abandoned by his wife. When chance draws her into a secret liaison with the duke, Emilie can't resist the opportunity to learn what lies behind his forbidding mask, and find out what adventure really means... The duke never imagines that his son's tutor and his mysterious golden-haired beaut ...more
My review: 4 enchanting stars!

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HOW TO TAME YOUR DUKE is lovely and unexpected. The story has heart and heat woven into one. It's emotionally stunning. A passionate story that not only enchants but enthralls.

I enjoyed this book. It is refreshing when I stumble onto a book with a heroine who dresses in disguise. Well, the heroine in this book is rather forced into disguise, but it's entertaining just the same. ;)

Princess Emilie is a rather likable heroine. She's smart and has a good head on he
Billie Jo
Audiobook Narrated by Veida Dehmlow.

Mixed feelings on this one. I think the Duke's son, Freddy, is really the star in the book. I'm all for a battle scar man and a woman overlooking those scars to fall in love his character and charms. In this case, I thought her initial attraction/love was a bit rushed and needed more time.

There are quite a few characters to keep up with in the book that are scattered about in the chapters. A few times a new scene would start and it seemed to take much too lon
Book  Guardian
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't wish to rewind time and take back the couple of hours it took to read this book...on the other hand, I'm not inspired to pick up the other two books in the series, either. The girl masquerading as a man bit was a bit off the beaten path of such novels, but I have to say that it seems very unlikely that, for the time, that the story would have progressed in the way that it did. It seems that the hero had more sense than the heroine and also more honor. I think my favorite character was th ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorite-authors
Good read, although Ashland and Emilie are not as interesting as some of the secondary characters namely Freddie the 16 year old son of Ashland. Really not a fan of the whole princess in hiding trope.
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