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The Duke's Obsession

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  27 reviews
London 1818

An American Heiress Who Must Swallow Her Pride

Miss Daphne Farrington despises three things: England's dreary weather, the grimy streets of London, and most especially the English aristocracy. Despite her misgivings, she must persuade the very English Duke of Waverly to save her family shipping business. If only she could ignore the way he makes her pulse race wh
ebook, 239 pages
Published May 12th 2014 by Entangled: Scandalous
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I've given this a D at AAR - which means there may be snark ahead.

I picked up this category-length novel because I was intrigued by the idea of the heroine’s character having a “penchant for numbers”. I’ve come across quite a few books lately where the hero is some sort of mathematical or scientific whizz-kid, but it’s less common to find a heroine where that is the case.

Unfortunately, however, I was destined to be disappointed, as it seems that the heroine’s mathematical superpowers are pretty
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, sweet, and engaging historical romance, The Duke's Obsession was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a light romance that I enjoyed reading.

Daphne was an okay heroine. On one hand, she was strong and very smart and definitely a force to be reckoned with. On the other hand, her whole prejudice was mean and blinded her to what was right in front of her. It made her act in ways that not only hurt Edward, but also her English aunt and cousins. She did realize her mistake, th
Maria Rose
Fans of historical romance will enjoy this latest entry from the Entangled Scandalous line. This is the story of Daphne, an American woman in London to help save her family's shipping business and Edward the Duke of Waverly, whose interest in trade becomes even keener with his introduction to Daphne. Conventional norms say he must marry within his own social circle but he is unable to resist his attraction to Daphne. Daphne however wants nothing to do with the English aristocracy leaving Edward ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Cute but not great this book with the Duke different from the usual and the American heiress with a passion for mathematics. Very easy to read, but I think I will forget it soon.

Carino ma non eccezionale questo libro con il duca diverso dal solito e l'ereditiera americana con il pallino per la matematica. Molto scorrevole, ma credo me lo scorderó presto.

Nicole Laverdure
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, charming and fun! I liked THE DUKE'S OBSESSION written by Frances Fowlkes! It was well written with lovable characters, especially Edward, a hero who was the perfect gentleman. It's the story of a duke, Edward, who falls in love with an American heiress named Daphne. The story was a quick read to follow in a couple of hours. ...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
The Duke's Obsession by Frances Fowlkes
Frances Fowlkes

What does an English Duke do when he is enslaved by a gutsy, cheeky and math crazy American girl? He takes her on a most EXCELLENT ADVENTURE!

Miss Daphne Farrington lives a life of numbers. The number 10 is for calming and soothing her and the number 6 is for sin and imperfection. Daphne is from Boston and is in England with her brother Thomas. They are embraced by their deceased mother's sister, Lady Susan Amherst, and her family. Their job is to find investors and renew trade
Amir at NotSoLiterary
Because I was really fascinated with the Peerage when I was younger, my first foray with full length novels were Historical Romances. I don’t read them much nowadays but when I do, I like to read about heroines with personalities that totally contradict the strict rules of decorum that was the norm during those times in regards to how women should think and act.

The Duke’s Obsession is a sweet, clean Historical Romance. Although I did like both characters, the romance didn’t engage me as much as
Stacy Reid
I really enjoyed this book. I love strong and sassy heroines and Daphne certainly was one. Her smartness was intriguing and instead of being told she was witty and smart it was shown to us. Her disgust with the English aristocracy was understandable even though sometimes frustrating. It made her blind to what was right in front of her and treated us to some snarky internal thoughts. Some which were justifiable and some which were not. Daphne was a good character that had great strength and obvio ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly quick read, filled with interesting characters, lots of witty dialog, and even enough plot twists to keep the story moving at a steady pace.

I found Daphne to be different from other female leads of this genre, not because she was an American, but because she had such a deep understanding of business and mathematics, which wasn't your every day woman's pursuit. She was able to save not only her family from losing money, but she was able to keep the Duke from getting swindled ou
Connie N.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This Regency romance started off well, with a bit of a twist since the heroine is an American who has just come to England to assist her brother with their family business. They immediately meet Edward, Duke of Waverly, who surprisingly has invested in trade, namely their shipping line. Daphne, despite her half-English nationality, hates the British because of the cruel method the British Navy has used to gain employees--impressi
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Daphne Farrington hates English Aristocracy. She's thinks they're all stuck up snobs. When her paths cross with Edward Lacey, the Duke of Waverly, she is certain that she is right. However she needs Edward's help to clear her brother's name. He agrees to help, but only if he can try to convince her that she's wrong about the English.

The Duke's Obsession reminded me of Pride and Prejudice. Though Daphne is both proud and prejudiced against the English. I absolutely love Edward Lacey. He's is
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THE DUKE'S OBSESSION by Frances Fowlkes is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1818 London.

Meet, Miss Daphne Farrington and Edward Lacey, the Duke of Waverly. This is the tale of an American Heiress and a Duke intent to change her prejudices toward the English, most especially him.

Fast paced and filled with secrets, prejudices, passion, love and romance. A quick read that will leave you satisfied. With engaging characters, witty banter, a misunderstanding or two, and lots of intrigue a
This was a fairly typical romance. In this case we have a duke falling in love with an...American. There are some prejudices to be overcome on both sides, and to make matters worse our heroine is engaged in trade as her family owns a successful shipping line in Boston. I found the premise to be interesting, but what I didn't like was how things ended. Things came together a little too easily for this pair. The main obstacle to their alliance was the death of Daphne's brother at the hands of the ...more
Amanda Peake
The Duke's Obsession was a quick, light hearted, and typical historical read. With that being said Daphne is a hard one to like and dislike. I know that sounds obsured but one minute I want to be her friend because she is so very strong and smart. On the other hand I wanted to smack her for her prejudice agains the English. I'm so glad that she finally saw the error of her ways.
Edward was sweet, honorable, loyal and protective. I liked him all the way through the book.
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Rosemary K
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Duke's Obsession is a very enjoyable romance. Daphne Farrington is intelligent, feisty and determined, but she is not welcome in British society. She is American and her father is in trade. Her champion is Edward Lacey, the Duke of Waverly. She touches his soul. He is all that is good and honest. His character is perfect for Daphne. I loved watching as these two grew closer and began to fall in love. The secondary characters are excellent. I really hope to see them again in their own story. ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read for me. The characters kept me engaged, and what I liked the most was how different our heroine Daphne was from the wilting flowers of the ton. I know it was her Americanism and her which made her stand out, but her character was well drawn.There were times she was frustratingly stubborn, but it pulled me deeper into the angst she felt for the people of the British society. The hero was just ok for me. I was very perplexed by some of his behavior. Especially his latitu ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, historical, romance
This historical romance was exactly what I wanted it to be - sweet, adorable, with a clever American heroine who hates the English and a proper English Duke who usually obeys his mother in all things, and desperately wants a wife who sees him for himself.

It didn't really tread new ground, but instead was a comfortable, sweet story that I would be happy to revisit. Recommended for anyone who is a fan of the genre.

Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Demasiado previsible y nada nuevo.
Salvo que a la protagonista le gustan las matemáticas, por lo demás casi lo de siempre…
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Ginger Lobdell
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my very first Entangled experience. I thoroughly enjoyed curling up with this book at night. The story of Daphne and Edward was a fantastic escape at the end of a busy day. The banter, the chemistry, and the history lesson that was woven into the tale left me wanting to know more of how they lived happily ever after!
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really really wanted to enjoy this but it was just too disjointed. The story kept switching to random locations with little to no warning. It was hard to follow at times. I liked the characters but other than that not a huge fan.
Lily Maxton
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well-written novel. Daphne and Edward are both really likable main characters. It's a sweet, more traditional-style historical romance (but there's still some nice sexual tension throughout). ...more
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May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical romance, full review on my blog
Book was received for an honest review. 4.5 stars
Gabriela Scheinberg
Sweet story... lovely romance. A quick read...
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf, historical
Cover: how decent, both models are fully dressed.
Title: the proliferation of dukes is not new.
Ok, back to the book: sweet, cute, nothing specially remarkable.
2.5 stars.
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