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Stone Devil Duke

(Hold Your Breath #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,325 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Librarian note: older cover of B00JT1HP5Y.

London, 1819

Marked for death, Lady Augustine Christopherson finds herself scouring the slums of London in a desperate search to find the men who killed her father, and are determined to dispose of her. To protect her family, to protect herself, she is determined to find the men before they find her.

The last thing she wante

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 263 pages
Published April 19th 2014 by AWD Publishing
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Apr 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I made it just halfway through this. I have no idea what all those five-star reviewers were reading; not this. It can't have been this. You can't really blame me for the length of this review; about half of it is highlighted quotes from the book. Blame K.J. Jackson. (I do.)

This … is the story of Lady Augustine (Aggie) who is trying to single-handedly find the men who ruined her father's life, and her own. (At about 16% I made my bet on who the ringleader was. At about 27% I won the bet.) Natura
Trish R.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Wow! Aggie went out at night loaded for bear. And once Devin found her there was no way she was going out alone anymore. I could certainly see her hunting those men from her point of view but she really did need someone to protect her. Even disguised she WAS going into the worst part of London, after midnight.

There was some sexual tension in this book, which I like, and some nicely written sex. So, if you’re looking for something clean this book is not for you.

There were some glar
Tracy T.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. It was great and so different from the usual Historical Romance. A lot happening all the time. Murder, mystery, torture, kidnapping, romance and hot and steamy sex. What more can you ask for!

The heroine, Aggie was just awesome, not taking any crap anymore she strikes back! Wielding six pistols and mad as hell. She was smart, strong, funny and just a great character.

Our hero Devin has his own demons he is fighting. He is smart, sexy and determined to help our heroine
Evelyn Grabas
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Usually, you fall in love with the "hero", but I disliked him intensely. What an arrogant, egotistical, cold, mentally unbalanced clod. And this was only partway through the book. By the time I finished, if I had a pistol, I would have shot him. He treated Aggie unforgivably, starting with her brutal deflowering and continuing on until his distrust of her winds up with her being brutally tortured - and then, he is disturbed because she doesn't acknowledge that he finally says "I love you" until ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it

This is my first and my Last book by K. J. Jackson!! What is wrong with people writing such horrific torture on women or anyone. I read Historical Romance for the romance an a glimpse into the past. Not Torture and abuse of the lead character. There is enough women being abused in real life. This is a real problem especially in the U.S.. I don't want to read about it in my Romance stories.. What is so sad is this story started out very good but then the horrific
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story. The heroine (Aggie) was brave and took on her father's murderers with swashbuckling flair. Devin (the hero) gets mixed up in her problems by mistake and from then on feels compelled to help her get out of danger. They've both been through hard emotional hurdles which makes them quite interesting as characters too.
I enjoy some action in my stories - especially adventurous leading ladies so that suited me fine. The writing flowed and apart from a little bit of modern dia
Joan Osborne
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exciting page turner

This is the very first book that I have read by K.J. Jackson and it definitely won't be my last. This book has a mysterious villain, a rakish but endearing Duke and a courageous and brave heroine along with a passionate romance. I absolutely loved Devin and Aggie and it was fun reading along as they found themselves falling in love with each other. Their conversations had me entertained and the story had me engaged from the very first page. Can not wait to read the next two b
Danielle Carpenter
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Lots of action in this one. A strong woman who has been through more pain then I can imagine. A Duke whose life of innocence ended at eleven. Two unconventional people who learn that love can heal.
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Devin liked things simple. No superfluous chitchat. No posturing. The minimum in everything, from his attire, to the very few people he allowed in his life. Simple in, simple out.

4.5 stars!

My 2018 reading year has surely gone out with a bang ending with this amazing novel! I have such a long list of historicals that I want to get to eventually so choosing which novel to start next is always hard, but I am so glad I made time for this one. I admit it took me a while to connect with Devin and
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

Historical romances frustrate me more than any other genre, because in no other genre do I find such a wide array of quality with so few indicators as to what's going to be good and what's not. Why? Because they all look the same. I am a sucker for a girl in a pretty dress (even if the dresses are hardly ever period-accurate) and so whenever they come up, I continue to fall for them. Every. Single. Time. As for this one? Well, it fell pr
J. Kahele
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love strong women, especially ones in an era where it is not acceptable.

Aggie is a strong female character who takes on her father’s murderers without a second thought. Devin soon finds himself mixed up in Aggie’s problems and although he has every right to walk away, he feels the need to protect her.

This story kept me up all night and tiredly I am writing this review. This was an engaging read from the start to finish.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Must have

I stayed up all night til I was finished. It was fantastic. So often, the wedding comes at the end but this encompassed so much more. It was different and delightful. My budget is begging me not to impulse buy the next two but it is so hard to listen. Jackson just got put on my must read list for life.
Debbie DiFiore
Just okay

I liked both of the main characters very much but the story line of lagged after their marriage. The ending was great and I liked the epilogue very much. Just the middle part was a little slow. And I hated Killian because I read the second book first.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Aloft, cold Duke forces himself into a stubborn, unconventional débutant deadly troubles. Not only are they trying to stop a psychopath whose hunting her but they have demons from the past ripping at their passionate yet fragile relationship.
The main characters are smart, strong willed at times wily. It is a real page turner though at times gruesome. I'm interested in following the series as we have already been introduced to these intriguing fellows.
Judi Easley
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all historical romance readers
Recommended to Judi by: ..
First thoughts: Wow, I got so caught up in this book after a sort of slow beginning. Before I knew it, it was over and I wanted more!
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romantic, but a little violent. Still a good summer read.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The thing I love most about this author is that she actually puts together an interesting plot with well rounded characters. Bravo. Great book.
Nancy Kilpatrick
Aug 23, 2020 added it
Recommended to Nancy by: bookbub
I was really loving this book until about halfway through or more. The story was great, the writing wonderful. And then somehow towards the end, there seemed to be a lot of drawn-out scenes, copyedit errors, and long long speeches of a very modern approach. I was even prepared to accept some of the wording that didn't fit the period, like 'Wow!' But by the finale, it just became one of the many ordinary period romance novels. I really thought I'd found a terrific writer with a novel idea and for ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hold Your Breath is Right

Lady Augustine Christopherson watched her father die. She must find the five men who have marked her for death, before they find her. She saw their faces, and they know it. The night she comes up against four of them, she finds a stranger at her side to help her. She finds out later it is the Duke of Dunway. He tells her he will continue to help her, but can she trust him with all her secrets? Her life and the lives of every member of her family would be in even more dan
Slytherin Rose
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Genre: romance/historical
Author: K J Jackson
Book: Stone Devil Duke
My Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Will I read I read it again? YES

I was given this book to read and give an honest review. This review is my honest opinion and I have fully read this book.
Lady Augustine Christopherson (Aggie) is not after revenge BUT she is after the 5 men that killed her father. When she watched her father die in front of her she saw the faces and evil eyes of his killers. She wants them dead. But they want her dead. A
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hold your breath...

When KJ said "hold your breath" she really meant it..the whole book had you from the beginning you were kept holding your breath wanting to know so many answers to why and how Aggie and Devin were getting so ... and then out of the blue you can't help but laugh, then cringe, then silently scream at the way Aggie is tortured by dreams and actually being tortured.
This happened to me once started I could not put the book down till I fell asleep and as soon as I woke up I was back
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Worthwhile read

Worthwhile read

Be cautioned. The heroine is very atypical for this recency book. Once you can get past the fact that she sneaks out as a hack driver for nightly hunts of her father's murderers and can wield pistols better than most men, this story is captivating. However, be warned that the heroine does get repeatedly injured and even tortured. Many of the descriptions are hard to read for those of us who are squeamish. But, the fact that it makes you squirm let's you know if is d
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-regency
Very exciting regency

This was a great and exciting book. There were mysteries, murders, heroes and love.

Aggie has the weight of her family on her shoulders and is out to find and destroy the murderers of her father. Devon, the Duke called the stone devil stumbles into a dangerous situation and becomes acquainted with Aggie.

They have different ideas as to how to address this problem Aggie has. Devon wants Aggie to trust him to take care of it for her. Aggie feels she is in this alone.

A wonderf
Martha Moody
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a story that held your interest until the end of the book, with a sweet love story surrounding it. Aggie and Devin were wonderful characters, especially Devin. He was one of the sweetest male characters I've read in a while. He was pulled into her life and from that point forward became her "knight in shining armor." Their love story was sweetest from his perspective, and it was wonderful after hearing of his tragic growing up that he found such a great love, both giving and receiving f ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a excellent book

It was different but wonderful please reader what we read in reviews and make a decision on them if bad is not fair. Sometimes the reviews are correct more than offensive they are not. So please take my advice for I have read more books in this era from different writers then anyone would believe. Read it give your own review you will not be disappointed. K.J bravo May God continue to gift you with writing books as wonderful as this. Now for the other two books I look fo
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
KJ Jackson is one of my new must read authors. iBooks had a free copy of this story and I loved it so much that I promtly purchased the others in the series to read. The storyline, seriously fantastic. The reason it is so fantastic is due to Ms. Jackson being such a wonderful storyteller and has such a refreshing twist on the standard Regency novel. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in a day. This apart of a series and this one may be my least favorite. But don't get me wrong, the le ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K. J. Jackson is a new author for me and I truly enjoyed this book. A heroine who is strong but not a shrew and a hero who had some faults. She also did not waste 2/3 of the book on silly misunderstandings that could have been solved in 3-4 pages. Also, this book mainly focused on the 2 main characters but she did have minor characters that she can develop further in novels to come. All in all, for $.99, this was indeed, a good read.
Ms M
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love a kick-a$$ heroine story

This is the 1st book out of 3 and definitely worth every minute of it. Not your typical Recency's story 18's or 19's tomboy-act-heroine not wanting a husband's thank goodness. It's developing story of 2 strangers in the midst of survival, good plot, full of actions, and a wee of raunchy sex scenes. Perfect combo of H/h so did the 3rd one. Unfortunately the 2nd book was very disappointing.
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