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What the Duke Doesn't Know

(The Duke's Sons #2)

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A proper English wife, or the freedom of the sea?
Lord James Gresham is the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, a captain in the Royal Navy, and at a loss for what to do next. He's made his fortune; perhaps now he should find a proper wife and set up his nursery. But the sea calls to him, while his search for a wife leaves him uninspired. And then, a dark beauty with a heart
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Amanda
2.5 stars

My main takeaway from this book was the refreshingly original heroine. I loved how unaffected Kawena was regarding the rather ridiculous and strict social customs of England because though she was part English, she had grown up far removed from it and was therefore not compelled to follow their rules. In this context, she often reminded me of May Bradford from The Duke Can Go to the Devil by Erin Knightley, which was a very good thing as May is still to this day one of my all time favor
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Sue
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Our hero thinks he must choose between a proper English wife and the freedom of the sea. How about a mostly proper, half-English wife who also wants the freedom of the sea? Works for him -- and it did for me, too. I especially enjoyed the culture clash between the heroine's easy-going Polynesian style and our hero's solidly uptight English expectations. 3.5 stars from me!
Jessica Robbins
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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AnnMarie
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What the Duke Doesn't Know is the second book in the 'Duke's Sons' series by Jane Ashford. I haven't read the first book in the series, so can say that this book can be read as a stand alone one.

This is the story of the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, Lord James Gresham. He finds himself with time on his hands when his ship is taken out of commission and he, like many other Navy men, are waiting for new postings. He loves the Navy and life at sea, but he also appreciates that the time might b
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eyes.2c
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kawana is a gem! A great addition to the Duke's sons stories!

At the start of the novel I thought the plot sounded a tad ho hum. I was so wrong! I became once more thoroughly entranced with the doings of the Gresham brothers, sons of the Duke and Duchess of Langford. This time Lord James Gresham (the fifth son) is front and center. Ariel is on hand, as is the Duchess. Indeed many of the family make their presence felt. We move in and out of their stories with hints of what was and what is to come
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Hannah
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC REVIEW

The Duke's Sons book two, What the Duke Doesn't Know. It's a charming book with an okay storyline, James was great, Kawena was a little annoying at first but she was adjusting to English society and she became less annoying as the book went one. I liked that she was Polynesian, usually if the Author is doing a mixed race it Indian or Caribbean, or the author has the heroine American or Australian if they don't want her British. Now I have seen Spanish, French, and Eastern Europe or Ru
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

James and Kawena’s romance is fun, adventurous, sexy, touching with an ending that is absolutely perfect for this couple. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be some misunderstandings, mistakes or missteps along the way. But eventually this sea man and his lovely lady will work through it all to find a happy ending that makes absolute sense for them.

Although born of English and Polynesian parents, Kawena has grown up on the island. She certainly has been tau
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Sandy Kay Kay
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the author's Duke's Sons series. I read the first book before this one, but even while reading this book, I was certain it was a later book in the series because of the many mentions of the other brothers and their romances during the course of both books.

This is a slightly different romance because the heroine is not fully English and grew up in the South Pacific so there are cultural differences. This series is fun to read and not too steamy -- there is more romance
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Lita Acevedo
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This was pretty good. At least 3.5 stars. A little slow in parts so I had a hard time staying in it, until maybe a quarter way through. However I loved Kawena and James and their love story was sweet. Finally, finally a regency romance without a virgin! I do get so tired of reading romances with that focus. Kawena is an island girl, literally. Born and raised on a remote island in the south seas where the women own the property and are allowed to go for what they want. She's strong and very inde ...more
em
Jun 02, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: libby-app
DNF: 15%? honestly don't remember

the premise was passably interesting but executed very poorly. a lot of telling rather than showing & everything felt rushed. especially when it came to the romance if you call it that. apparently what development they did get was done off page & referenced periodically to make up for the amount of time they didn't spend together on page. guess what, it didn't? it made the romance flat & uninteresting. when they randomly decided to have sex i felt no
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Rachel Rogers
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Will probably read the rest of this series when I see it at the library but I had reservations several times through this one. Went on too long. Felt like Ashford was too wedded to a page count (not being an author I don't know if genre authors are held to a page count range...shouldn't be to my mind). The story could have been over significantly earlier. The end game was enjoyable but the whole thing was not as deftly written as I hoped.
Susan Parks
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. Historical romance, 2nd book in this series about the many (6) sons of a Duke, and their struggles to find love. This book features James, a naval officer, whose command has been decommissioned, and he is a bit adrift (no pun intended). He meets Kawena, arrived in England from Polynesia, trying to retrieve her father's fortune. It's a quick read, with some "fish out of water" type situations.
Kathy Bunbury
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endearing and a bit amusing in parts

A very unique heroine with a novel perspective on society and the English language. Very entertaining to read about her trying to assimilate into a totally alien lifestyle. Lord James is so adorable trying his best to be correct and bumbling his way through his romance. I like the way the author weaves stories of the other brothers throughout, without the need to have read any of the other stories.
Traci
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Decent entry in the series. I do wish I'd read this one before the one I picked up - it gives the backstory about Lord Robert and Flora Jennings, the main characters from book #4. It was interesting to read through this second book and see how they really began; I definitely missed something by reading the series out of order.
Emma
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God! Kawena is absolutely amazing! She points out the pointless rules of society in such an unoffensive way. I also love the continuous attention the Duke and Duchess pay to their sons love interests. #Lifegoals
Mary
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Made it to page 75. There is zero set up to this story - it feels like there should have been back story before but there is zero. The main heroine is intriguing- but the plot is completely lack luster and I just can’t keep going. My first ever DNF of a romance novel!!
Laura McLoughlin
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 really.

Not bad, but not great either. I did like that the heroine is biracial (English father, mother is Pacific Islander).
Lynne Tull
Dec 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-romance
To be honest I read only about 25 pages until I knew that I couldn't make myself finish this story. In fact, I am giving up the whole series. Too many books, too little time.
Seraphina
Too incredulous a story & I couldn't get into it.
Dorothy Ware
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dukes sons book 2

Excellent story line, development of the new love characters and putting the prior and future characters or love interest in the story line. Great love story
Jacqueline
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice historical story

I enjoyed this story. Kawena and James were interesting characters. I loved the ending and hope they appear in one of the other books in the series.
Mary Gwyther
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Kawena, she was a breath of fresh air. I’m kinda ocd when it comes to reading books in
order, so when they talked about Nathaniel I knew who he was.
I’m on to Sebastian’s story.
Mary Beth
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun one.
Kem
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Little excitement in this book. I liked the characters and the interesting ending. Parts didn't make plausible sense to me.
Kim
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Good but not great. But, it does keep me wanting to read the stories of the other brothers.
Cindy Maday
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another winner with a unique funfilled plot. Absolutely loved this book. Put this on your to read list and you won't be disappointed.
Maggie
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out well then dragged a bit, but I don't think it's worth less than 3 stars.
Angel Hatfield
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lord James Greshan was at Oxford University at his brother Alan’s garden party. James ship had been destroyed from a storm seven hundred miles off shore. As long as James could remember he had been crazy about the sea. Leaving home at sixteen to start as a midshipman on a man- of war- ship. All James had wanted to do was captain a navy ship. His lost his ship -The Chares- after only two years after he became captain. After ten years of service they had given James a medal and told him to enjoy s ...more
Kiki Belle
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book wins a point for Kawena not wanting to or giving in to staying in England. However it loses a point for James. In Heir to the Duke I thought Nathaniel was bland. James, while having a personality, wasn't an improvement. I felt like he was obsessed with English tradition and didn't bother to think of how she might be thinking differently. She made an effort, which was fine since she was half-English, but he didn't make an effort at all. It made him annoying and occasionally moody and te ...more
Elaine
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Skimmed it. I thought it boring.
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Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA. Today, she is somewhat nomadic.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been pu
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The Duke's Sons (5 books)
  • Heir to the Duke (The Duke's Sons, #1)
  • Lord Sebastian's Secret (The Duke's Sons, #3)
  • Nothing Like a Duke (The Duke's Sons, #4)
  • The Duke Knows Best (The Duke's Sons, #5)