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The Heart of a Duke

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  37 reviews
From the author of For the Love of a Soldier comes a rapturous new novel of unspoken secrets, and true love…

Lady Julia Chandler fears she will be walking down the aisle with a silver-tipped cane if she waits for the Duke of Bedford to seal their engagement. Seeking to quicken his pace, she decides to find her duke, kiss him senseless, and post the wedding banns. It is a go
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Berkley Sensation
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Regency England
Steam Factor: Medium

3 1/2 stars

Lady Julia Chandler is tired of waiting for her fiance Edmund Duke of Bedford, to post the banns so she decides to find him, kiss him, and wed him..oh..oh..too bad the man she kisses isn't him! Lord Daniel Bryant is his identical twin brother. Lord Daniel has been in America making a new life for himself, but comes home because of a cryptic note from his father's former solicitor and to uncover who is trying to kill him. Julia's kiss though
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
What do you do when you're a 23 old decrepit spinster and your timeless, cold-fish of a lame excuse of a fiancé won't come up to scratch? Why, take matters into your delicate gloved hands and passionately kiss him ... or his twin brother! That's the opening scene of "The Heart of a Duke". Our intrepid heroine, Lady Julia Chandler, mistakes Lord Daniel Bryant (the soon-to-be hero and the long-lost twin), for her uppity fiancé Edmund, the Duke of Bedford. Daniel has finally come back from America, ...more
Cocktails and Books
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The heart of a Duke is a historical romance with plenty of suspense and intrigue. The characters in this book were very well written. Daniel and Edmund areidentical twins with only their looks in common. Daniel is the good twin, and Edmund is the "bad seed". Julia is the traditional good girl. She looks after her family and maintains high ethical and moral standards. The background characters such as Emily (Julia's sister), Taunton (Julia's father), Brett (Daniel's business partner/friend), Robb ...more
What can I say? I saw a historical romance that included a mystery to it and I was hooked. I've not read this author's work before and I love trying new authors so I cracked open this book with anticipation and found more to enjoy when I encountered the hero and his storyline. With a few reservations, I had a good time with this story.

Lady Julia Chandler has resolved that enough is enough. She's tired of all the speculation her extended betrothal to the Duke of Bedford has brought on and now tha
Yasmin M
Jan 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Do trashy historical romantic fictions come with a layout that everyone has to follow? Is it a requirement that the plot-line be this banal and uninspired?

Does anyone else feel cheated reading this cheap shit?

Can't it at least be like 50 pages long instead of 200 so we could somehow forgive the glaring shittiness of the overall language/plot/characters/cover/dialogue/everything ever?

I hate this genre. And I hate hate hate my persistence in looking for one decent book in this genre.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good historical romance, though some of the "mystery" surrounding Daniel and his brother was obvious to me as a reader, and was kind of surprising no one it put together in the book, either. Would consider picking up more of Victoria Morgan's books, though.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I gave this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars

This is Ms Morgan’s second novel, following her superb début in 2012 with For the Love of a Soldier, which I enjoyed very much and raved about to anyone who would listen!

The Heart of a Duke is not related to the previous book and has a different feel overall, being much lighter on the history and concentrating more on the romance and the mystery. But it is equally as well-written, the central characters are just as engaging and well-rounded, and the romance i
Clemence D
Avis mitigé sur ce livre. C'est une romance dite "historique" sympathique, agréable et facile à lire mais sans plus. Il m'a manqué ce petit grain de folie qu'on à la chance de rencontré parfois ...

L'histoire va tourner essentiellement autour de Daniel Bryant et de son frère jumeau Edmund qui ne se supportent pas. Alors qu'Edmund devien duc de Bedford, Daniel part aux Amériques dans l'espoir de faire fortune et d'échapper à de lourds secrets cachés.

Quelques années plus tard Daniel est de retour
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Debbie Lester
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoria Morgan's second historical romance, The Heart of a Duke is a typical regency novel, with a hint of mystery and a lot of passion. Morgan's ability to incorporate mystery into her history is exceptional. The Regency period comes to life under her pen. With plenty of witty banter and some amazing secondary characters, Morgan has created a timeless romance that will endear fans and entertain even the most staid readers. The Heart of a Duke may be Morgan's sophomore offering but it shows all ...more
Janell Sutherland
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This Regency begins with Lady Julia, the daughter of an earl, riding her horse to her fiancé’s estate to tell him that she is ready for marriage. They’ve been engaged for years, after growing up alongside each other. Julia put off the wedding after her mother died, and then after her sister’s fiancé died, because she spent her time taking care of sad people and semi-managing her grieving father’s estate. But now she’s ready.

Along the way, she runs into her fiancé, the Duke, and tells him that it
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Lady Julia Chandler is tired of waiting for her fiancé to remember to marry her. She’s known Edmund, Duke of Bedford, all her life and thus has no compunction about tracking down the man in his own home and kissing him until he’s ready to post the banns. Fate seems to be smiling on Julia, for on her way to find the “Damned Duke,” she crosses paths with him. There’s just one thing she doesn’t know…

After years abroad,
My Book Addiction and More MBA
A thrilling novel of mystery, betrayal, and claiming a destiny. When Lady Julia decides to take matters into her on hand regarding her engagement to the Duke of Bedford, she accidentally kisses his long-lost twin broth Daniel. And what a kiss it was! When feelings emerge, Julia must fight to deny them or shame her family and ruin her name by breaking her engagement. Daniel isn’t about to let his cruel hearted brother become the husband of the innocent Lady Julia, especially now that he’s had a t ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
What a boring boring stretched out story....the author really needs to work on her story building and character sketching. For a romantic story there wasn't any chemistry whatsoever in the lead pair...I actually skipped over the part when they finally do get together.
This regency story starts with the heroine Lady Julia getting desperate to fulfill her long engagement with the Duke of Bedford, Edmund. She has been waiting for him to fulfil the engagement and at the age of 23 feels she is overdue
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

Lady Julia Chandler is the daughter of an Earl, betrothed to a duke, Edmund Bedford. To most she is living a wonderful life and she would believe it, if only her groom would come back to her and decide on a date for their marriage. To be fair, Julia postponed the wedding twice because of her family but that was a while ago and she is more than ready to be married. When she hears he is finally home she goes to see him, is it fortunate or unfortunate that she meets his twin Daniel, newly
L'intégralité de ma chronique ici:

[...]Si la première partie est un peu trop lente et longue pour moi, j’ai beaucoup apprécié la seconde partie qui m’a entraînée jusqu’à la fin (comme dans Pour l’amour d’un soldat finalement). Le héros est drôle, survolté, intelligent, décidé (et amoureux). L’héroïne est fougueuse, tendre, têtue, indépendante. Le méchant lui est un vrai fou, totalement déjanté, un maniaque des plus sombres. La famille de Julia et les amis
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads

There is a new romance author on the shelves to enjoy and her name is Victoria Morgan!!!

Lady Julia Chandler is tired of waiting, there are bets at Whites about her engagement. When she hears that the Duke is back in town, she races over to meet and confront him. Lord Daniel Bryant is back from America and accosted by his twin brother's fiancee with a kiss that will not escape his memory. A case of mistaken identity, but not a mistake.
Daniel spent ten years away after an attempt on his life. A cr
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bof
Que c'était long ! Je n'en voyais plus le bout... Daniel, en anti-héros censé faire frémir le cœur de l'héroïne, m'a laissée totalement froide. Le genre de gars un rien enfantin, qui rougit et gigote comme une donzelle... Et ce n'est pas la faute de l'auteur, pourtant, qui s'évertue à nous le montrer dans sa chemise lâche flottant sur des cuisses divinement musclées, tout auréolé d'une mâle puissance (ah bon?) et d'un regard vert étincelant. Oui, humpff...
Quant à l'héroïne, comment s'appelle-t-e
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was very pleasantly surprised by The Heart of a Duke. This is the first book by Victoria Morgan that I've read, but I will definitely add the first book in this series and her future books to my TBR pile. The Heart of a Duke has a somewhat slow start, but once it gets going, it's an excellent blend of mystery, suspense and romance. The plot develops in an intelligent and interesting way and, even though I figured out the ultimate mystery fairly early on, I was surprised more than once
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Daniel and Julia were childhood friends; she is now engaged to his twin brother, the Duke. Daniel had been living in America for quite a few years but received a cryptic message to come back. They meet, he is mistaken for his brother by Julia, they are seen, she is ruined and yes there is a villain. Pretty easy to figure out. Nice afternoon read.
Nancy Luebke
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the two main characters pretty quickly and just loved the ending. I must admit I stayed up late again finishing this.It read pretty fast and was hard to put down. The characters were believable and made me chuckle a time or two. Overall it was a great read.
Lucy Qhuay
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok

This book had a lot of potential, but it didn't live up to it.

It took too much for something really important or exciting to happen and then it all felt very mild.

Also, for some reason, I didn't feel like I was reading a historical romance. I'm ot sure what to think about that~.

It is an entertaining book for those who want something light to read, though.
Lindsey Edwards
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The ending was predictable but I am giving this book 4-stars because it was well written and the journey was a one which kept me turning pages despite being able to easily figure out the major plot twist and how it would turn out. I will certainly be giving Ms Morgan's other novels a look-see.
Nous avons tous les ingrédients pour passer un bon moment. Une héroïne intrépide, forte tête et très attachante. Un personnage masculin plein de charme, d’humour et trait d’esprit. Une histoire de jumeaux diabolique avec une enquête en trame de fond.
Dec 16, 2013 added it
Shelves: romance
the plot was okay. characters were okay. they were cool. everything was good. the problem is . . . me. i wasn't in the mood so i skipped a lot of pages (that's why i didn't give this a rating- it wouldn't be fair).
Penny Watson
Aug 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
Full review at Penelope's Romance Reviews (review by Stephanie Kay)...

"Mistaken identities and kissing. How can you go wrong with that?"

Full review and book give-away at PRR...
Shauna Gordon
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-paced and a very enjoyable read

A very well-paced and enjoyable read. For lovers of historical romances, all should enjoy this. The heroine was strong, confident and capable but not obnoxious. The hero showed enough vulnerability without crossing the line to whiny.
Barbara James
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
historical romance
Diane K. Peterson
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good writing, nice story. Nothing new or ground-breaking, but a pleasant read.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peut-être 3,5/5
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A lifelong New England resident, Victoria Morgan lives in a suburb of Boston. There she juggles (with differing degrees of priority) a part-time job, writing, watercolor classes, her husband, two teen-agers, and a mini-golden doodle with a Napoleon complex. A 2011 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist and an insatiable reader, she loves to see the magic of a world taking shape through the words of a book or ...more