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Dancing in the Duke's Arms

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  418 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Why Do Dukes Fall in Love?
Every summer the cream of society gathers at the Dukeries, named for the ducal estates concentrated in one small corner of Nottinghamshire. While the entertainments include parties, balls, and a famous boat race, the ducal hosts and their guests find heartbreak, love and happy endings.
Four heartwarming stories from four bestselling historical ro
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published June 26th 2015 by cJewel Books (first published May 29th 2015)
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
This book as a whole was around 3.5 stars..

But individual ratings are as follows,
May I have this Duke- 4/5
Duchess of Scandal- 3/5
Waiting for a Duke like you -3/5
An unsuitable Duchess-5/5

An unsuitable Duchess was my favourite ! Duke Stroke was so dreamy,character wise he reminded me a lot of Darcy from P&P, but some how infinitely more romantic !
Will be reading more of Carolyn Jewel & Grace Burrows soon :)
Jun 29, 2015 Caz rated it really liked it
As is common with anthologies, some stories in Dancing in the Duke’s Arms work better than others. My favourite of this set is Miranda Neville’s, The Duchess of Scandal in which an estranged couple find themselves back under the same roof due to a scheduling error. The very proper Duke of Linton proposed marriage to a young lady twelve years his junior, secure in the knowledge that no woman in her situation could possibly turn down such an offer. For the three weeks of their honeymoon, they were ...more
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Jul 07, 2015 Mary - Buried Under Romance rated it really liked it
It was alright, as far as novellas go. All of these are established authors with works I've enjoyed to varying extents.

I normally do not feel that novellas should have the need to include physical intimacy of such extent, but such is the norm of our current Regency romance genre. However, perhaps upon a second reading the plot and characters will appear more alive to me....
Suzan Lauder
Four masterful stories. Four five-star stories! Each one had me on the edge of my chair as I hoped for the obstacles to be swept away, and I wept until my eyelids were chapped from the sweet romance.

These have to be some of the best historical romance authors around. I've read individual books by all but Shana Galen in the past, and enjoyed them immensely, but I was blown away by these novellas. A common thread was the Dukeries summer party, complete with a rowing race and ball, and the tie-ins
Susan Gorman
Jun 16, 2015 Susan Gorman rated it it was amazing

Gerard Hammersley, the Duke of Hardcastle the hero of May I Have This Duke? is one of my favorite Grace Burrowes characters. At first glance, Hardcastle is a typical Duke; challenging, arrogant and managing. What makes him special? He has a soft place in his heart for his nephew and he is more than a little bit in like with Ellen MacHugh, his nephew's governess. The Duke is feeling pressure from his friends and relatives. His Grandmother is insisting that he find a suitable wife. Ellen has given
Connie Fischer
Jun 25, 2015 Connie Fischer rated it really liked it
REVIEW: ‘May I Have This Duke?’ by Grace Burrowes

After being pressured by his grandmother, Gerard Juvenal Rene Beaumarchand Hammersley, Eighth Duke of Hardcastle, is looking for someone to be his Duchess. Gerard lives at Hardwood Hall with his nephew, Christopher, who lost his parents and is being raised by his uncle. Miss Ellen MacHugh, has been Christopher’s governess for the last 3 of his 6 years.

Although Gerard loves his nephew, he has always been aloof with Ellen. Ellen has never cared for
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

Having read books by three of the authors, I anxiously looked forward to reading this anthology. When one of the authors approached me and asked if I would like to review it for an honest review, I agreed immediately. Each novella is a delightful look at my favorite period of history. Regency romance is my first choice of a read, and I was not disappointed.

I loved how each story is connected by the Dukeries house party. While I loved all four stories, my favorite was Duchess of Sc
Isha Coleman
Jul 05, 2015 Isha Coleman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Superb! Any fan of historical romance will enjoy Dancing In The Duke's Arms. This romantic anthology allowed me to discovery
authors that I may not have read before. Each author adds their
own unique voice enabling readers to escape into a world of beauty, majesty and fairytale romance. The beauty of this compilation is that although each story is written by a different author they all are centered around the same event. I love these type of stories because I
enjoy catching glimpses from other c
Jun 17, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
Four wonderful authors. Four wonderful stories that are individual but connected. I like to read anthologies when I don't have time for a book. You can read one in an evening and get a full story. I highly recommend this book.
Roses R Blue
Jun 17, 2015 Roses R Blue rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Roses Are Blue: 4.5 Stars

Congratulations to Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville on their new release, DANCING IN THE DUKE’S ARMS. Each story involves a duke and his path to finding love. I’m happy to say that every story is stellar, with unique characters and situations. It’s rare to find an anthology so jam packed with quality writing, but that’s what this one is, from beginning to end. My thoughts of each individual
Jun 10, 2015 Keri rated it really liked it
There s a place in England where the Dukes are so thick on the ground that the area is known as the dukeries and where our stories take place. Each year the Dukeries hold all kinds of parties at each of the various domiciles for 3 weeks and it ends in a culmination of a rowing race where the Prince Regent makes an appearance. But meanwhile, some of these dukes are single and determined to stay that way....well, not so fast there, lets tune in and see how successful our dukes have been at avoidin ...more
Monique Daoust
Jun 12, 2015 Monique Daoust rated it it was amazing
Four superstars of Regency romance are again reunited in this superb anthology. DANCING IN THE DUKE’S ARMS features four stories all taking place at the Dukeries, where the crème of the Ton will attend a boat race, a fête naturally, and a scavenger hunt.

Grace Burrowes offers a delicate and sweet aperitif with MAY I HAVE THIS DUKE? The Duke of Hardcastle is forced to go to the Dukeries to attend a fête; his grandmama wants him to marry and he feels that by taking his nephew’s governess, Miss Elle
Jun 12, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
This was another wonderful collection of stories by four authors I adore:

May I Have This Duke? By Grace Burrowes
With the theme of the Duke and the governess, the main characters are two lonely people who have spent several years keeping their feelings hidden and it was so much fun seeing their relationship blossom, especially since there are obstacles to overcome, just as there are in all the best stories. Seeing everything come out right in the end was a joy, since I really fell in love with th
Amary Chapman
Jun 15, 2015 Amary Chapman rated it it was amazing
4 Fantastic Regencies In 1 Book
I had the wonderful opportunity to read an advanced copy of Dancing In The Duke's Arms. It was on my TBR list and I was stoked to get it early. I blew through this book in less than two days and am so bummed that it's finished. Four interconnecting hits in one book, each one sweet and steamy hot. All are written by fantastic authors known for writing sensually hot and sweet regencies.

Grace Burrowes contributes 'May I Have This Duke?' Ellie MacHugh and Gerard Ham
A second collection of novellas from the same authors who published Christmas in the Duke's Arms: A Christmas Anthology for the Christmas season last year. I really enjoyed the Christmas set, so I was hoping for something just as delightful this time. But unfortunately this new set isn't quite as good, IMHO.

Grace Burrowes' "May I Have This Duke" is a sweet story of 2 people who have been attracted to each other for a long time, but have never acted on it, because he's her employer and she thinks
Feb 14, 2016 Charlene rated it it was amazing
Awesome Romance

This the second compilation of short stories centered around a main event and I have to say again I was not disappointed. Each story connected somewhat to each other with their own plot line. Was wonderfully done and if you love romance you will love this. Oh and yes each story has a little angst! Wonderful stories for February in Love!
Darlene Otet
Aug 23, 2015 Darlene Otet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Enjoyed this book. Four separate regency romance stories, but linked in location, activities and secondary characters. Loved all the story lines and characters, and each story was unique. Loved it!
D.L. Carter
Oct 13, 2016 D.L. Carter rated it did not like it
You have better things to do with your life than read this

Clunky writing. Poor characters. Irritating sugary stories. First story in this anthology was a three star but I could not read the others.
Jun 28, 2015 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I like how this flowed so easily, from one story to another. A lovely read.
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars. (I wish half ratings were available)
Nov 23, 2016 etherealfire rated it liked it
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Jul 06, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
Carolyn Jewel was kind enough to send me an e-book copy for review.

The Duke's cup, a rowing race between the representatives of four dukedoms in the same county, is the premise behind these four loosely connected regency romances.

3.5 for "May I Have This Duke" by Grace Burrowes. Typical heartwarming Burrowes fare, with a governess who falls in love with the guardian of her charge, who, of course, happens to be a duke. Our heroine is of noble birth, too, of course, but fled into service to avoid
Trish R.
Jul 05, 2015 Trish R. rated it really liked it
2 out of 4..

May I Have This Duke by Grace Burrows

I’ve never read Grace Burrows before so I thought this would be a good chance to see if I’d be interested. The story was very boring and I really couldn’t connect with the hero or the heroine. I did like Christopher. And it was funny when it said, “her smile would make small boys confess to felonies.” However, I’ve never read an historical novel, and I’ve read a lot, where anyone calls a Duke or Duchess “ma’am or sir,” it’s always been Your Grace
Jun 21, 2015 Glittergirl rated it really liked it
Some of my very favorite authors are in this anthology and I was delighted to be given an ARC copy of this anthology for a review. It is set in the Nottinghamshire's area called The Dukeries as so many of England's Dukes have homes in the area. Each summer they have a rowing race that's the big event of the summer. This story is about 4 of the Dukes during that event.

For me the strongest story in this collection was Grace Burrowes' May I Have This Duke? I have read a few of Grace's stories and I
Linda Walters
Jul 02, 2015 Linda Walters rated it really liked it
MAY I HAVE THIS DUKE? by Grace Burrowes
My Thoughts? It was okay. Charming in its way. It was nice to see the very stiff appearing Duke had so much loneliness and tenderness in him. He had been fighting off his attraction for 3 years not recognizing what it really was until almost too late. Ellen was trying to live down a scandal of sorts by going far from home and becoming a governess. She was good at it too. She was smart AND kindhearted. Once Gerard made up his mind about her, she gave him q
Jo Anne
Jun 28, 2015 Jo Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
This historical anthology is set in a section of Nottinghamshire known as the Dukeries. It’s a real place, nicknamed such during the nineteenth century because it contained several ducal estates.

The first, MAY I HAVE THIS DUKE, by Grace Burrowes, is a charming and witty tale of the stuffy Hammersley, Duke of Hardcastle, and his nephew’s smart and witty governess, Miss Ellen MacHugh. It’s filled with wonderful dialogue, with perfect English dry wit, and a sweet and sexy romance.

May 03, 2016 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
All four authors are favorites and I loved the previous anthologies "Christmas in the Dukes Arm's" and "Christmas in Duke Street". This one fell a bit flat though.

I loved Grace Burrowes' contribution "May I Have This Duke" which starred the Duke of Hardcastle whom I met as a supporting character in "Once Upon a Dream". This was an enjoyable, humorous story about two people who are attracted to each other but try very hard not to show it which seems like the theme for this collection.

"Duchess of
Sara ♥
May I Have This Duke? by Grace Burrowes - 5 stars
Ah, the Duke in love with his nephew-heir's governess.... and goes stupid any time she's around.... Ha! LOVE IT! Super cute!!! Then she's asked to instead be a guest at the house party he's attending... and they decide to fake an attachment... SO GREAT!!!

Waiting for a Duke Like You by Shana Galen - 5 stars
All, the ridiculously handsome duke and the princess who has fled her (fictional) Eastern country when all her family is slaughtered in a revolu
Dec 11, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
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Kristina Birch
Jul 07, 2015 Kristina Birch rated it really liked it
Dancing in the Duke’s Arms is a fun new anthology from Grace Burrows, Shana Galen, Miranda Neville and Carolyn Jewel, the same talented authors who brought us Christmas in the Duke’s Arms. Once again these dames of historical romance have come together to deliver an anthology that is full of stories that are uniquely their own but share a common trait, in this installment it’s that the hero is a duke. Often with anthologies it can feel as if the authors are trying to mesh their styles together s ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
This is a collection of 4 short stories, by some of my favorite authors, that all take place at the same time .. revolving around the same event, The Dukeries Cup boat race. Some characters are mentioned in multiple stories, however the stories are mostly free standing with only the event itself as the connection between them.

As the title and the name of the race imply, each story centers around a Duke. I liked that each story was very, very different. The objects of the Dukes' attentions were
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more
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