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Jilting the Duke

(The Muses' Salon #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  100 reviews

Aidan Somerville, Duke of Forster, is a rake, a spy, and a soldier, richer than sin and twice as handsome. Now he is also guardian to his deceased best friend’s young son. The choice makes perfect sense—except that the child’s mother is the lovely Sophia Gardiner, to whom Aidan was engaged before he went off to war. When the news reached him th
Mass Market Paperback, 364 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Zebra
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XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Aidan and Sophia were childhood sweethearts that were torn apart by circumstance and miscommunication. Aidan's best friend stepped in at a time when Sophia needed his protection and they ended up married. They were good to each other even though love was not a factor. Or at least romantic love. Aidan enters her and her son Ian's life life after Tom's death in the capacity of guardian to Ian, though in truth, he's there for something more. As circumstances place them more and more into each other ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a debut novel and I think for a debut novel this isn't bad. I was willing to give the book 3 stars because it was a debut novel and I thought, well, for a new writer, maybe I'd add another star.

Then I remembered that I gave Anna Campbell and Sherry Thomas 2 stars and their books are very well-written. I just didn't like what their characters did. So to be fair, this is a 2 star read for me. Because it is exactly what GR says it is: it was ok.

I think the book had great potential. Aiden a
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

Rachael Miles’ début novel, Jilting the Duke is an entertaining and well-crafted story featuring a pair of attractive and strongly-characterised protagonists and a well-drawn set of secondary characters. There is a lot going on – perhaps too much at times – but at its heart are a well-written second-chance romance and an intriguing espionage story, both of which pulled me into the book and which were compelling enough to enable me to se
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, arc
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Netgalley. Thank you to Rachael Miles and to Zebra Books for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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There were times when I felt that Rachael Miles's Jilting the Duke didn't read like a conventional debut novel: For one, it's amazing how skillfully she handled so many different threads and create this complex, and layered novel. There's the tangle of spies, subterfuge, and secret codes hidden in Tom's manuscripts. There's the story of Sophia's
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a exciting debut author who did an outstanding job of writing this book. I was so taken with the characters, background and romance which held my interest. I really love the cover with a flirty lady.
When I first stated reading I thought, oh another one of those. But it isn't that kind of story. It hooked me in at the very first chapter.
When Aidan Somerville, the Duke of Forster, receives a letter from his deceased friend stating that he wants Aidan to be the guardian of his son. It's b
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, female-lead, 2015
Yes, I finished another one and I am quite behind in writing reviews. Unfortunately. This was book 101 this year, I made my goal of 100 a few days ago.
Anyway …I think this is the first book by Rachael Miles I have read and it’s titled “Jilting the Duke” and is the first book in the “The Muses’ Salon” series.
First of all I have to say that the cover doesn’t fit the lead. It is something I notice more often lately that the publishing companies just put a historical dressed woman on the cover, ma
Apr 05, 2019 added it
There's too much happening in this book, and i feel the author had several attention deficit attacks and forgotten to address some.of the things she put in the story.
After i reached the last chapter, all i can think is how I like the dead husband compared with the MCs
Nichole Howell
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've just finishing the book and I'm left wondering what just happened. I enjoy reading up and coming authors, but I can't say that Jilting the Duke is one of my favorite books.

The book started in what felt like the middle of a race. It took the first fourth of the book for me to get a grasp on all the characters. There are so many characters all introduced in such a short period of time without a story of reference to help as a guide. Once I was able to engage in the story, it was much more ple
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jilting the Duke is a story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and second chances.

Aidan Somerville is the Duke of Forster – he is a rake, a spy, a soldier, a rich and handsome man, and now he’s the new guardian to his deceased childhood’s friend young son. He accepted the decision, knowing that it would be easier for him to cross paths with the woman who betrayed him, broke his heart and married another when he went off to war, his ex- fiancée: Sophia Gardiner.

But Sophia was no longer the young,
It’s always interesting to me to ‘meet’ a new author, several of my go to authors are those who are ‘newer’ in the industry, and it is always fun to be in early and see the growth. With her debut series being a mix of mystery and historic romance, Rachael Miles has created a series that I had to check out.

Jilting the Duke is less a story of pure romance with twists about the spy game and a heroine who must find her ‘feet’ again after he loss of her husband, and a confirmed rake, also her first
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
A wonderfully written, heartbreakingly sweet story!
Sophie, Lady Wilmot (née Gardiner), has returned to London at her deceased husband's urging. She knows she has things that must be done.
Her husband has set certain tasks and requests in motion upon his death. It was 1 year ago and Tom, Lord Wilmot's letters to family and friends have been released.
Sophie is obliged to follow Tom's requests and he was very thorough and very specific in some of these wishes.
So to London, she and her son Ian go. Sh
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: want-to-read
London - 1819

Aidan Somerville, the Duke of Forster, was once fighting in the military and was privy to much classified information.

Tom Gardiner, Lord Wilmot, a childhood friend of Aidan, died a year ago. His wife, Sophia and their son, Ian, have returned to London from the life they all lived together in Italy. Sophia and Tom were both very interested in plants and Tom had written many books on botany. Sophia, a talented artist, added exquisite drawings to the books. Their life was happy and con
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This was an amazing debut for this author. The story was engaging and drew me in from the very first page. I liked both the H and h .

Although I dislike books where I have to wait till the next one to get the bigger picture , this one did not leave me wanting at the end.

From the little of Benjamin we saw in this book I can't wait to read his story.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Stopped reading at 39%.

The editor in charge of Zebra Shout's historical romances is not very good at their job. (See also: my review of Never Dare a Wicked Earl by Renee Ann Miller)

Jilting the Duke is an absolute mess in terms of coherency and structure. The author has about five too many tropes and subplots hanging in the air, and she references the prior histories of her (very large) cast of characters as if expecting readers to read her mind and know who these people before without ever seein
Laura J.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

The characters, including supporting characters, were richly written. The story included a murder, a love betrayed, strong, intelligent women and an insufferable, pious brother.
Amy Alvis
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is book 1 in the Muses' Salon series.

Aiden Somerville, the Duke of Forster, learns that he is to become the co-guardian of his best friend's son. The only problem is that the other guardian is his friend's widow, Sophia Gardiner. Sophia just happens to have been Aiden's fiancee before he left for war. Before even leaving the country, he learns of their marriage and is heartbroken. He will do his duty to his ward, but he has plans of revenge for the boy's mother.

Sophia knew that Aiden would
Violet Banerjee
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
After the death of her husband, Lady Sophia Wilmot returns to England with a trunk full of secrets, some more dangerous than others. Thrown together with her old lover, Aidan Somerville, Duke of Forster, she must puzzle out the mystery of her husband’s involvement with the Home Office and decide if she wants to reveal some secrets of her own, including why she jilted Aidan a decade ago. Aidan, in the meanwhile, wants to ferret out Sophia’s secrets and take his revenge for her cruel betrayal. Des ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Man, did it take me a long time to finish this book! It rarely takes me this long. I'm still not sure if it was my mood or the book, so there's your caveat.

The good: This is definitely different than what's on the market right now. We've got a widowed ex-pat, a Duke that never should have been, a young boy, and a series of mysteries that keep unfolding.

The bad: The book draaaaaaaged in parts, particularly when Aiden is plotting
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The premise of this book sounded very promising. A jilted fiancee, a secret and a spy. Unfortunately this story was just an okay read. I did finish the book. There were good elements of the story. I was more interested in the coded messages from the spy than in the romance. Aidan was so bent on revenge that I had a hard time liking him. Sophia held on to her secrets so tight and was not any more likeable. I wanted more dialogue and interaction. I did figure out most of the secrets but it did not ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish to start by noting things:

1. I don't usually read romance novels - historical or otherwise.
2. The author is a long-time friend from college.

With that out in the open, I want to compliment Rachael Miles on writing a book that not only evokes the period but also does a splendid job of fleshing out the cast of characters. This is not just the story of the romantic couple but also of the people around them: family, friends, adversaries. There is wit and intelligence throughout the book - whi
Kazia Gemmill
This was intriguing, but I think a big issue was that there was just too much going on. So many characters introduced, so many plot lines intertwined, it just got bogged down. When it was good, it was very good. Unfortunately when it wasn't, it draaaaagged. ...more
A great start to a new series! I loved this book. The author was able to strike just the right balance with several different plot devices. The tortured hero, rake, guardian, best friend, widow , spy etc...
If you have read any of my other reviews, then you know how much I dislike the overuse of "spy plots" in today's historical romance.. yet this was done just right.It was like a fine wine.. each layer was just right, none were over powering.
A tortured hero/rake , Aidan, was in love with the he
Jack Vasen
While this book brings the main plot to a conclusion there are hanging issues to be addressed in later books of the series.

This book is a mix of spy mystery and romance. The mix is a little awkward. The story keeps moving but possibly moves around a bit much.

Sophia is a sweet widow with a troubled youth. More on that in mature themes. She is extremely well learned. The book often makes the point that her education is extraordinary for a woman at that time, so much so that many in society say it
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an adequate book and decent first in series. As this is her first book, it is flawed, but you can tell Miles does have talent, and she does capture the nuances of the Regency period very well, with only a few liberties taken for poetic license. And the plot she has developed, full of betrayal and conspiracies, and the setup for an ongoing arc with the same villain, is compelling, even if the conclusion does feel a bit anti-climactic.

But it is in terms of the characters that I feel a
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
So Plot. Much Characters. So All Over The Place.

The beginning was promising, but then the book digressed in so very many plot entanglements (spies and forgeries and fires and murders and by-blows and obvious-from-the-start secrets, and mysterious spymasters, and, and...), side characters with side dramas that are clearly fodder for prequel/sequels (what's with the flashbacks of one brother's wife being shot in a ballroom?), and pointless digressions (suddenly the mother's journals come into play
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having had read the third book in the Muses' Salon series, I found the first book and was able to take it home with me from the library! I really enjoyed Sophia and Aidan's story - it is attractive and the two of them make a strongly characterised pair. Miles has not failed me in keeping me interested and on my toes. The novel is intertwined with mystery, spies and romance, it's a beautifully crafted novel and I have enjoyed delving into the story of Sophia and Aidan's. It's not your basic roman ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. I read the third book in this series, and though I didn't love it, I wanted to give this one a chance. Ultimately, I think Miles and I aren't meant to be. Despite how appreciative I am of the slow-burning romance between Aidan and Sophia, the first...half, maybe, of the book is way too slow. There are too many characters and too much past history that's name-dropped, especially for a debut book. I fully expected there to be a previous series Miles was drawing on. By the ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Shelves: regency-romance
VERY well written! I am looking forward to the rest this author's books--not many so far--4.5 books as far as I can tell.
Plenty of plot, a mystery that is still not solved at the end. A very troubled romance that ultimately gets to HEA. Lots of wonderful characters waiting for their own stories.
The historical detail and language is accurate, and the author has copious notes at the end to explain some of it.
Could have used a bit more sexiness, but not a major detraction.
Elaine Nickolan
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was a quick read only because it was so predictable. While I understand there is a formula that all romance books tend to follow, one hopes for at least a catchy ending. This was not the case for Jilting the Duke. I usually read this genre after having read real crime stories to ground me. Unfortunately, all this story did mostly was bore and disappoint me.
Mary Craven
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but it ended in a cliff-hanger of sorts. Sophie and Aiden are headed in the right direction, but there is no definitive happy ever after yet. And Charters is too creepy for words. Saying that, I immediately went out and got the other books in the series as e-books just so I could continue the stories. Let's hope love wins the day and evil is defeated. ...more
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Rachael Miles has always loved a good romance, especially one with a bit of suspense and preferably a ghost. She was also a professor of book history and nineteenth-century literature whose students frequently found themselves reading the novels of Ann Radcliffe and other gothic tales. A native Texan, Rachael lives in upstate NY with her indulgent husband, three rescued dogs and an ancient cat.


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