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A Duke but No Gentleman

(Masters of Seduction #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  117 reviews
In the last opulent days of the eighteenth century, a friendly wager turns into a heated feud that spans decades...and a love affair like none other.

What does it take to tempt a lady...

The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess of Norgrave are boyhood friends who will still compete at anything. Racing, drinking, gambling, even seduction—until Lady Imogene Sunter crosses their
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Alexandra Hawkins Hi Jessica--Great question! Not in the first book. However, the Lords of Vice will play minor roles in later books as the series timelines sync.

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Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've given this a C- ar AAR, so 2.5 stars.

At the start, A Duke But No Gentleman seemed as though it was going to venture into darker territory than that which is normally found in the pages of an historical romance. When I finished the book, I came away appreciating the fact that Ms Hawkins has tried to do something a little different, but feeling that it hasn’t quite worked. I’ll give her credit for the fact that her rakes really ARE rakes and are, quite honestly, a rather unpleasant pair, but
Anna's Herding Cats
Well that did not go well :/ There were so many things missing in this one. The actual romance, the honorable hero, parental supervision. Instead I got slimy men who bet over an 18 year olds innocence and who would get to take her virginity, awkwardly included sex scenes that had a dirty feel to them since she was just a bet, multiple rapes, no real romance--things go from her being a bet to getting attacked to suddenly them being madly in love. And her family just being...okay with it all and t ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Hawkins keeps it real about rakes, except she doesn't show how many of them died from venereal disease. I was livid about that *S$!@ bet from the beginning. Felt sorry for Imogen. I did feel when I read, and not always good things.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the July 2015 Issue.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved A Duke but No Gentleman and it deserves a bright and glorious 5 star rating. I remember going on a historical romance novel binge in high school and this book reminded why I did. It has all the key elements, high society, mystery, the rules of said high society, a rakehell, and the ultimate promise of love. Granted, this book took a few turns that not many in this genre do but that's what pushed it to the five star rating for me.

The scenario is quite simple in that there's a prize to be
Denise Hallauer
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Review can also be found on my blog.

TW: This book and review contains mention of sexual assault.

I was excited to see that Hawkins finally had new series coming out. I’m a huge fan of her Lords of Vice series and I have been dying for something new from her. I am really disappointed and let down by this book, which is surprising considering the author, and so far all the high ratings the book has.

I am so tired of rape being used solely for the purpose of showing that men are bad guys and for oth
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Sad to say, this rated barely a 3.

It's got actual bodice-ripping elements and tropes, so yay!

But the heroine's intelligence gave single-celled organisms an ego boost.

There's lots of unapologetic horny villainy, so yay!

But all the h/H do is yak about their effin' feelz.

The real trashy romance here was the gay trainwreck of co-dependency between Tristan & Norgrave. I don't know if Hawkins intended it that way - and some ragey reviews indicate that the unconventional interpersonal emphasis hacked s
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

A Duke but No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins is not your mother's regency romance. It is dark, it is edgy and it borders on extreme behavior. For most of the book I waffled on whether or not I even liked it.

There's edgy and then there's Ms. Hawkin's Duke..

"The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave have always had the wildest of friendships. Best friends growing up, they bask in the pleasures the rich, opulent world that Lo
Yes, this is another book that does not really match the blurb: dark and more than a little sadistic and twisted.

My major complaint is how completely unrealistic and anachronistic it is. This is the Georgian era where there were certain social constraints placed on people according to their sex and social status. The heroine runs rampantly across London, and ends up raped as much from ignoring the social constraints of the time as due to the evil machinations of a truly disgusting villain.

Masters of contempt.

Lady Imogene Saunter is a young woman entering her first season. Little does she envisage that she'll will become involves with two dissolute rakes. The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess of Norgrave place bets against each other over everything including who will be the first to seduce Imogen. Both men are licentious members of the ton. Norgrave, is a twisted nefarious blackguard whose does little to keep his towering rages or his sadism control. Blackbern is as much a cad,
Rhonda K
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-general
For all that it appears to be a standard Regency romance, A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins is darker than most titles in the genre. The author plays a dangerous game in introducing rakes who go beyond acceptable rakish behavior to the point that their dark desires could easily be labeled as violence against women. Some of the women in this novel are willing participants but others are not.

Two best friends, one beautiful woman, and one unbelievable wager: which of the men can strip he
I have to admit I was so disappointed in this story that I was close to DNFing this one at 50%. Anyone who knows me knows that my curiosity will not let me rest until I have read the entire story. In this one instance, I will my curiosity would have allowed me to just drop this book like the hot mess that it was. Now keep in mind this author is usually an auto-buy for me but for some reason this story slipped under my radar.

The story is based on a wager between two friends and who will claim a y
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.

honestly liked the book.
it was steaming hot, dramatic and had good plot twist...
i can't really handle how easy she made stealing off to have sex sound.
i mean where were the chaperons? the mothers? the judging, gossiping ton??
and that irritated me so much that the book end up getting less stars.
Vicky (Victoria) Cavill
Jun 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
1 what the hell just happened stars...!

For someone who loved The Lord Of Vice series this book was like a sucker punch to the gut. I had so much more expectations from Hawkins that the magnitude of my disappointment is inexplicable.

The whole book felt like the first draft of an inexperienced author.
First of all the heroine's age. She was eighteen. I get that in regency period girls were married at even a lesser age but eighteen I can't deal with. I like matured heroines not someone ego is ess
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A Duke but No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins is just another historical romance, where the protagonists are from high society, the young man enjoys life and women and his bride to be is young and innocent but she knows what she wants.

Tristan Rooke and Cason Brant have been friends from boyhood and now as young man, their favorite game, besides cards and drinking, is gambling, and they often gamble who gets a certain lady first into his bed. Usually the lady is an actress or widow or somebody els
Amy A
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it

Probably one of the darkest historical romances I've read. I don't call myself an expert by any means, but I usually find historical romances to be of lighter fare. I've not read any of Alexandra Hawkins other works so I do not know if this is more her typical style or not, but I'm a little on the fence about this one. I think the writing was good and Ms. Hawkins handles certain subjects and their aftermath pretty well. But overall, I didn't find myself warming to any of the characters until
Lady Imogen Sunter, fist born daughter of the Duke of Trevett, has come with her family to London for her very first season and while attending one of her very first evening affairs runs smack into the notorious schedule and seducer ; Tristan Rooke, The Duke Of Blackbern, she winds up tumbling the two of them onto a settee . Blackbern seizes the
opportunity of having a young beautiful women literally laying upon him, to not only flirt but allow his hands to roam a bit, luckily for Imogen her mo
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
You don't have an idea about how excited I was when I first saw this book. I was more than excited when I got an arc of this title because I am a fan of the Lords of Vice series by Alexandra Hawkins and I had/have her in my mind as an author whose books I must read. Unfortunately, A Duke but No Gentleman was a disappointment.

I must warn you that this book contains three rape scenes. I wasn't ok with that and I wanted to make sure that you know what kind of book you are getting. And in two out o
Connie N.
Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

#1 in the Masters of Seduction series.

I wanted to like this book and, in fact, it started out well. In typical Regency romance fashion, there were two gentlemen vying over a young feisty lady, and they made a wager about her. But there things went dark because the wager was for an uncomfortable prize (in my mind) and their actions were so dismissive and demeaning to the women they discussed that it became distu
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like Alexandra Hawkins' books but will admit this one may not be for everyone. Her books are always well written with great characters. I couldn't put it down! This series is set before the Lords of Vice series. In this one, the hero and his best friend are a little darker than the Lords of Vice. The friend has a lot of problems and there was not enough of his background to know what his childhood was like. That may be explained in a later book. The hero was wild but not evil. The heroine was ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can take reading a lot of things. I can read about rape, violence, divorce, abortions - all sorts of terrible topics. Hell, the plot doesn't even have to be award-winning. All it takes is that you:

1. Make me care about the characters.
2. Make the writing flow. (I can't exactly describe what I set my standards by for this point, but I know whether it'll work for me when I read it.)

This book's first chapter was intriguing. The rest.... was not.
Sep 12, 2015 marked it as to-read
He's a duke but he's not a gentleman, okay? Don't get the wrong idea here. ...more
Review: 2.5 stars – rounded
I was intrigued by the premise of two friends that are vying for a single girl. Isobel is newly arrived for the season, and in a bit of difficulty from her aiding a friend to elope with an unsuitable (read not titled) man. Despite her ‘naivete’, Isobel quickly is enchanted by Tristan, and her mother catches them in a compromising position. Warning off Tristan, she is determined, at that moment, to keep Imogen from the notorious pair of friends.

Tristan (The Duke) and
Title: A Duke but No Gentleman
Series: Masters of Seduction #1
Author: Alexandra Hawkins
Pages: 302
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay

Warning: this story includes a rape scene.

I've been literally bitching about needing a good historical romance to read. It had been eleven months and counting. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I freaked. Alexandra Hawkins is one of my favorite historical romance autho
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** This may contain spoilers**

I won a signed copy of this book from the author.

This was the first book I read by Alexandra Hawkins. I very much enjoyed this book. I love Tristan and Imogen's love.

*** Just FYI there are a couple rape scenes in this books so if you are not for that then maybe you should not read. I know most of the time that this will give the author low ratings for that. In my opinion it is in no way okay for rape but this would not be the first story i read with a rape scene i
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, adult, regency
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Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
> Love this story and its like all Alexandra Hawkins Barbara Pierce gold mine. Regency England a duke and a Marquess are out being the roges that Mothers keep their daughters away from. Imogren has come up from the country and she is at a ball . While dancing someone ( a lord) Has torn her hem. while coming down to go back to the ball he rushes and Bumps into a male form , a duke to top it off but she doesn't know that. They fall onto a couch . The duke being a gentlemen that he is breaks her fa ...more
Nelle Nazario
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: z-read-in-2015

Warning: This review contains MANY SPOILERS. Read at your own risk!

Not your normal historical. This was a dark,gritty, emotional read. It bears warning that this books contains not one but two rapes.

I Loved Hawkins Lords of Vice series. I was looking forward to this new series of hers but seriously, "Masters of seduction" they are not! Two "gentlemen" bet on how to strip an 18 year old virgin of her virginity. How disgusting is that? They would be considered true degenerate rakes. While you can
Amy Alvis
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is book 1 in the Masters of Seduction series.

The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave are the best of friends. They spents their days and nights drinking, gambling and making bets against each other. This time the bet is over who can win the affections of Lady Imogen Sunter.

Imogen soon makes her preferences known for Blackbern, which upsets Norgrave. He doesn't like to lose. Will the love of two change the lives of all three of them?

I really like this story until the rape occurred an
Julie LeMense
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ah, the debate between one star and two. Several times while reading this book, I abandoned it, convinced I couldn't suffer the pain of finishing it. But I did, if only to see whether or not it was as awful as I believed it to be...purple prose; no historical context whatsoever; a storyline that was at turns offensive and then confusing (I felt like entire chapters were missing); loathsome male characters whose manhood was based on how easily they could abuse women (and no, rape is NOT sexy); a ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not a single person.
I should have known better. I wasn't six pages in and my head was spinning; I needed a flow chart to keep track of who was where during that duel! Reminiscent of Abbott & Costello Who's On First....

BFF's, Blackbern and Norgrave, bet on the virginity of innocent dove Imogene. Of course, first one plucking the prize wins. Along the way, Blackbern falls head-over-heals in lustlove with Imogene and she caves. But Norgrave hates to lose to his friend.

There are no Masters of Seduction here. What you'l
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Alexandra Hawkins is an unrepentant Anglophile who discovered romance novels as a teenager and knew that one day she would be writing her own. In "The Lords of Vice" series, she has combined her love of English history, mythology, and romance to create sensual character-driven stories that, she hopes, will touch readers' hearts.

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