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Disciplining the Duchess

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Over five seasons, Miss Harmony Barrett has managed to repel every gentleman of consequence and engineer a debacle at Almacks so horrifying that her waltzing privileges are revoked. If shes not in the library reading about Mongol hordes, shes embarrassing her family or getting involved in impulsive scrapes.

Enter the Duke of Courtland, a man known for his love of duty and d
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Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by Scarlet Rose Press (first published February 26th 2013)
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Debbie DiFiore
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Ivy H
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Michael Dunellen
Some reviews I want to tempt people into reading the book without giving away crucial plot details and others I really want to discuss the book so I kind of have to. This is one of the latter.

Regency spanking fiction from Annabel Joseph? I thoroughly enjoyed Pleasing the Colonel a while back (and I have since become a Downton Abbey fan) so I was so there.

What I didn’t expect to find was a book that made me think so much of Club Mephisto only in how very opposite it was. Molly spent all her day r
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Julz
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Vashti
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first read by this author,I ended up really enjoying this book more than I expected to.There was a section of this book that disturbed me,but I kept on reading and was glad that I did.Very nice grovel by the hero by the way.4****
sraxe
Originally, I was prepared to give this book nothing less than a two because I felt that it wouldn't be fair of me to rate it a one since I'd gone in knowing it had physical discipline. In the end, though, I've decided to give it a one because of the abuse and how it was readily excused and accepted. Honestly, I probably won't be reading another book that has physical discipline elements because it just screams abuse to me. It's just not the genre for me.

I was enjoying the novel up until Courtla
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
ok..ive got to say..i love you, harmoney ...

BUT COME ON ! HOW MANEY TIMES WILL YOU LET HIM SPANK YOU THE SHIT OUTTA YOU AND FORGIVE HIM EVERY DAMN TIME !!! I MEAN COME ON ! THAT IS JUST UTTER BULL !



FOR GOD SAKE be a woman and stand up to him will you ?!

AND YOU COURTLAND, YOU seriously need a much DESERVED -SPANKING from me young man !




seriously i was starting to love you and this book ! so DAMN MUCH !!! AND THEN YOU HAD TO GO AHEAD AND FREAKIN RUIN IN ! HUMPH ! :/ But sadley there is NO WAY in he
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Becca
It is always such a comfort to tuck into a Regency romance, where I can be sure to read about the oddities of the season, the capricious opinions of the ton, and invariably end up at one or more balls and/or house parties. These things don't occur in my life, for which I'm very grateful, but they make for great reading.

On the downside Regency romances can get stale after reading several hundred of them. It isn't unusual to have feelings of deja vu while reading one.

Disciplining the Duchess comb
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carol
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, BDSM, erotica and readers of domestic discipline and regency romance.
I read this and was pleasantly surprised by the historical accuracy of the representation of Regency society, particularly the aristocracy. The story is about a minor aristocrat and young lady Harmony, who has developed a passion for reading and history, and had far more freedom growing up with her overindulgent widowed father than most of her counterparts. However, her brother has taken it upon himself to alternately guard her honour, whilst laughing and bullying her as she travels from house p ...more
Chitra *CJ*
This was a wonderful read!
When the intellectual spinster Harmony's impulsive nature leads her to be unintentionally compromised by the duke Court, they are forced into marriage by society.
How he tries to mould her into a duchess, while spanking her both for fun and her misdeeds forms the story.
I really liked the interaction between the H and h before the wedding.
After it, the couple were passionate with some really good angsty moments.
Harmony was a kind, gentle klutz who got into trouble more of
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Aղցela W.
Spoiler Ahead This was an ok read that was kind of slow in the beginning. Miss Harmony Barrett has managed to repel every gentleman of consequence and engineer a debacle at Almack’s so horrifying that her waltzing privileges are revoked. I like reading historical reads and I read Ms. Joseph's "Spanked Series" and I liked all of the books in that series and I thought that this book would be like that one. The Duke of Courtland, a man known for his love of duty and decorum. He is an only child tha ...more
Christine
Mar 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-botb-2013
Hmmmm..I wanted to like this book better, but I just didn't/couldn't.

Initially what put me off was that Harmony seemed way too over-the-top ditzy. I just didn't buy that she didn't know or care about the consequences of her actions. Whether it was walking to the Roman ruins, using the wrong flatware, letting the dog into the dining room, etc. It didn't make her seem free-spirited, it made her seem like a stupid airhead.

Then what put me off was Court! Someone please remove the stick from his ass,
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Wicked Nyx
What a wonderful book!

Once upon a time, I read historical romance by the wheelbarrow-ful, and this book reminded me why I loved some of them.

The synopsis is not entirely accurate, as the compromising situation was not stumbled upon blindly - at least not by the Duke of Courtland. He saw that he had a choice and chose to step into the situation, fully and completely aware that to do so, meant he would be marrying Harmony. While it is not spelled out in the book, I believe he continued on because
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**Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt**
6 DUKE OF COURTLAND STARS

I fell in love with this book, every single page of it. Not a boring bit in between. It's one of my favorites this year. I don't know if I can do this book justice in a review, I'll try my best though.

I cried. I cried for Harmony. I cried at the injustice. I cried happy tears when Court reclaimed their love. 'Disciplining the Duchess' has more of 'Domestic Discipline' than any other form of BDSM. I think people nowadays consider this to be a part of TTWD (This thing we d
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Beck
Mar 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bdsm, fetish, mf, historical, meh
Meh...I found Court to be an arse & it annoyed me that Harmony forgave him so easily...to make the transition from bully to loving disciplinarian somewhat believable, there needed to be more introspection & personal development on the the part of Court & Harmony should have required more than a quick diddle to rekindle her love. This was my first foray into m/f romance in over a year & it has me scurrying back to the m/m genre with alacrity.
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Kiki
You can like this book. However in that case, I don’t agree with your opinion. My opinion is exactly opposite of yours. Well have to agree to disagree.

My view is exactly the same for a D/s relationship or any controlling relationships where one party feels they have the right to discipline and as per this book “fix” the other . I am an accountant, not a psychologist. However I do have commonsense and I usually do apply it. And this is where my common sense is leading me and I’d like to know if “
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Jannockj
Novel

It is often the case while reading a historical romance novel set in ye olde England that there are complaints against the modern use of language or perhaps an Americanism that just wouldn't be used in England at the time. For example, my one pet hate is the use of 'British' instead of 'English' or 'Scottish.' I am leading up to a point here, while reading the Disciplining the Duchess I had problems leaving my modern sensibilities behind and fully going with the concept
that a husband would
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Lina
Usually, I'm not into historical romances. They make me think of stiff dresses and stiff ladies and stiff sticks up peoples' a$$e$. I don't go picking up historical romances, it's just not my thing... That's what I kept telling myself. But when Annabel Joseph came out with Disciplining the Duchess, I had to buy it and I had to read it. Because ... Annabel Joseph. Duh. (Okay, so I’ll confess that I had already read Lily Mine and Cait and the Devil by this point and loved those too, so I knew this ...more
ies
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gw bacanya baper dong, pas mbaknya ditabokin sama masnya pengen gw bales tabokin masnya ahahahahaha lagian segitu susahnya apa nerima mbaknya apa adanya, trs pas masnya galau mbaknya berubah gw tambah kesel! lah gimana sih.. itu yg die arepin, tp pas berubah kaga terimaaaaaa... huh huh huh.. #ngebul

Jadi.. asal muasalnya tu (view spoiler)
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Dee Wy
So great to return to my historical romance roots on occasion. This Regency romance reminded me why I always believed the "ton" was full of crap when it came to their expectations, and it turns out the characters in this book agree with me to some extent.

Court and Harmony get off to a rough start in their relationship and there are many hurdles for them to overcome. Just when you think things are getting better, they get worse. But neither is willing to give up completely and they so deserve the
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KatieV
The writing was better than much of what you see in this genre. There was real emotion. But, the hero never made up for his brutal behavior in the caning. He recognized it was brutal and did say "I am sorry" but that just wasn't enough for me. I felt sorry for her. I don't believe she ever thought she was good enough for him when it was clearly the other way around.
Salena
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Miss Annabel is an erotic genius! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It felt very authentic and at the same time deliciously hot. The way the story and characters were developed seemed natural and intriguing. I hated and loved Court, and was also pleasantly surprised with Harmony's humor and mischievousness.
Kelly
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I just love this author!
I've been wanting to read a Historical and was excited to read Disaplining the Duchess. AJ has a way that pulls you into care about her characters from page one. I found Court and Harmony very likeable and loved watching them grow together. I wished for more development on the Disaplining but overall this was a winner.
Yingtai
As always with Annabel Joseph, my libido enjoyed the book up to where the hero loses control and abuses the heroine, and then it kind of threw up and shut down when the hero decided he was perfectly within his rights to beat a depressed and fighting wife. Only the contrast was much greater this time, because I *really* enjoyed the couple when they were getting along. And because the abuse came earlier in this book than in most of Annabel Joseph's books, with a more episodes of good sex afterward ...more
Vee Paige
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book may not be for everyone, even those who might like BDSM. I think there is a fine line between abuse and BDSM. I think one thing to consider is the time period of the novel. Were husbands really within their rights to beat their wives into submission? I seem to recall another novel that mentioned this. Harmony was clueless at times (almost slapstick clueless) but I did like her. I felt for Court's and Harmony's struggle about their convictions. Court believing what he was doing was righ ...more
Mey Buentipo
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm
Well the first BDSM book that I read. Honestly I got hooked from the characters of the h/h. I loved the start of the book, the flow and then I got disturbed when the spanking started. At first, I can't understand why, some men will do that. As I go on reading the book and keeping an open mind, I thought on myself that some people find pleasure on there partners pain. Spanking for pleasure is one thing, but when the spanking for punishment and using a stick for it... Well that I can't imagine. I ...more
Expresso-Girls Just Wanna Have Books  ; A Mafia Romance
****audiobook****

I discovered this author quite by accident and I'm so happy I did! This story is very different from the rough love series I devoured, but just as fabulous! DTD occurs during the Regency period. Every single second of a single woman's life must be proper and stifling.

Harmony is anything but and she is the laughingstock of the ton! Harmony completely ignores the rules of society. She ignores the rules one too many times and eventually has to pay the piper: marry the Duke and bec
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Cyn Mistress Kitty
I liked this BDSM historical story but found myself changing my feeling about it throughout the story probably based on my comfort level.
At the beginning of this story, I loved Harmony and Court. Harmony was naive and impulsive and Court was reserved and bound by duty while trying to hide his proclivity toward BDSM.
By the second "caning" incident however, this book disturbed me and my feelings toward Courtland changed. I felt he truly was a sadist and I wanted to see him get his comeuppance. By
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“He and Harmony had been wed a week now, and still the briefest glance at his wife awakened the savage in him. The smallest movement or casual touch made him want to rip off her clothes and press her back on the table and rut on her wildly. His mother would not have approved.” 2 likes
“She wished she wasn’t jealous, but in quiet, weak moments, she desperately wanted to be like them. She wanted gentlemen to shoulder each other out of the way for her attention, to hang on her every word, however vapid those words would have to be. She wished a gentleman, just one gentleman, would notice her.
But then she remembered that she didn’t like to be vapid, and she didn’t wish her entire life to revolve around the attention of men.”
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