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Last Night with the Duke

(The Rakes of St. James #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he
Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Stacey is Sassy
A message to publishers and big wigs in the industry…

***2.5 stars***

Geez, I’m probably shooting myself in the foot here, but I think it’s about time we set the higher-uppers straight. Recently, I have been involved in discussions with fellow readers and a few historical romance authors about “Dukes”. Supposedly, we, the readers, like our heroes to be of the Duke variety. It’s said to "catch our eye" in a title, appeals to us because of their nobility, more realistic than a Prince...

XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
I was a definite fan of Griffin, the sexy, dirty talking duke. Esmeralda had good qualities too with a great voice for independent, sassy heroines everywhere. I enjoyed both the primary and secondary characters quite well. They were afforded some decent growth and exhibited complexity.

It was the plot that didn't convince me. I get that selecting a young unmarried and virginal lady in her twenties as a chaperone represents how unconventional the duke is but -.- come on. Let's be real. We then ge
1.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Esmeralda is a viscount's granddaughter but after her mother was disowned by the family for marrying an Irish poet, she finds herself overseeing a chaperone and governess business.
Griffin might have been a wild youth, but as the Duke and head of the family now, he wants nothing to go wrong when his twin sisters make their debut.
With the possibility of
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review.

What a sweet, cute and funny read. Very enjoyable.

The Duke of Griffin notices the sign for Mamie's Chaperone and Governesses on his walk and on impulse decides this might be his answer to his problem. You see Griffin will be overseeing his twin sisters during their season (his aunt became ill and is unable too). A season full of parties, shopping and teas that Griffin is dreading. So when the sign for a Chaperone came into view he de
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A sexy duke needs to hire a chaperone to escort his two younger sisters and keep them safe from the vipers out to ruin them as they make their debut amongst the ton. He fears someone will harm their reputations to pay him back for a prank he played out years earlier. While visiting the local governess/chaperone business, he witnesses a sassy young woman instruct one of her underlings on the proper way to keep a boy in line and decides then and there that Miss Esmeralda Swift is the only woman ab ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Last Night with the Duke 'Last Night with the Duke' by Amelia Grey is book One in the "The Rakes of St. James"series.  This is the story of Griffin and Esmerelda.   Griffin is getting ready to present his twin sisters to the town. But fears that without proper supervision for his sisters and that his wild past might hurt their them he thinks to get a competent chaperone.  When he overhears Esmerelda talking to one of her employees he knows that she would be strong enough to handle his sisters an ...more
Sonya Heaney
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Also posted HERE .

There is a fad at the moment for historical romances involving governesses (or a chaperone from a governess agency, as is the case here). They seem to have overtaken duke-who-is-also-a-spy as the theme du jour.

For example, this series that I just read. Eloisa James’ latest also has the same plot as Last Night with the Duke.

I have read one other book by author Amelia Grey, and found it was your standard Regency romance. Inoffensive, familiar to those of us who read this genre
LAST NIGHT WITH THE DUKE by Amelia Grey kicks off THE RAKES OF ST. JAMES regency historical series with an intriguing look at how misdeeds can affect more than yourself. Three friends believe their prank was harmless, but they’ll soon find out how hard it is to overcome seeds sown. It will be entertaining to discover who pulls each rake from their beloved bachelorhood.

The Duke of Griffin must oversee his two sisters’ coming out for the Season. His own reputation has set the stage for trouble, so
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a cute story! The heroine, Esmeralda, runs an employment agency for chaperones, governesses, etc. She doesn't accept jobs herself as she has a younger sister, Josephine, to care for.

Griffin is a duke who needs a chaperone for his twin sisters ASAP as his aunt is ill. This will be Sara and Vera's first season. When he visit's Esmeralda's agency he decides he wants her to be their chaperone and will let her bring Josephine and her dog if she'll agree. He also offers a very nice wage, includin
Ivy Deluca
-I needed a historical in my life and this series is just starting so I dove in. Last Night with the Duke is a mixed bag of goodies, so let’s dive in.

-The setup. The Duke of Griffin is a couple of centuries away from being considered a sexual harrasser, but as a Duke (one among many, it seems) he is used to getting what he wants. He is trying to live down his rakish reputation (aren’t they all?) and he is unexpectedly in charge of his twin sisters’ Season, since his aunt is ill and unable to acc
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I almost DNF@ page 82. The entire conversations in those pages bothered on redundancy. Griffin has just met Esmeralda and he's trying to convince her to chaperone his sisters for the season, she refuses, he insist, she refuses again, he insists again, she refuses, he insists and on and on it goes. When she finally agrees they spend time reflecting on the conversation they have had. It got annoying.

When they were not reflecting on their past conversations, Esmeralda was reflecting on her life, h
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delightful and enjoyable story with strong leads and supporting characters. There were some laugh out loud moments as well as heart-tugging, emotional scenes. I liked how the twins had distinctive personalities.

Unfortunately, I felt the prank was pretty lame and didn't justify "revenge" so many years later. Also, when we get to find out who the villain is, it's kind of glossed over. Overall, though, a pretty good read and I'm looking forward to the other rakes' stories.

**Thank you to the publi
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Amelia Grey doesn’t really get her new Rakes of St. James series off to a good start. Last Night with the Duke has all of the romantic elements of a fairly average story but what brings its rating down is the listless way everything unfolds. It’s romance without the romanticism and a love affair without a spark.

The Duke of Griffin knows that this season may be the most challenging he’s ever faced. His twin sisters are ready to make their débuts, but a rumor is in the air that someone wants to ru
Ivy H
A pretty good romance with a hardworking and endearing heroine who has to support her kid sister since they've both been left as orphans. There's also a delightful stray dog named Napoleon that her kid sister Josephine has adopted. There was no great amount of sex in this novel but I still enjoyed it. Sometimes novels don't require a ton load of sex in order to be interesting - especially when there's a lot of simmering chemistry and a forbidden relationship between the H and h. I admired the he ...more
Tracy Emro
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of an UNCORRECTED eARC I received from NetGalley and the publisher*

Writing a review for an uncorrected ARC is tricky - I have no idea if the issues I had with the book will be corrected or not before it is published. I am going to write this review with the assumption that the problems I encountered with incorrect formal address and dangling plotlines were corrected.

I really liked Griffin and Esmerelda, they are both stubborn people, but both extremely
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last Night with the Duke was an enjoyable start to a new regency romance series with a delightful romance, excellent supporting characters and an adorable dog named Napoleon.

The Duke of Griffin’s past has finally come back to haunt him when rumors begin to swirl that his twin sisters will be pulled into a scandal during their debut season in order to punish him. As one of the Rakes of St. James, Griffin expected his reputation to follow him, but he never thought it could hurt his sisters. To hel
3 Stars

This one was ok. Some aspects of the story and the way the charters behaved were just wrong for a historical novel. It kind of threw me off some times. The pacing of the story was odd too. The first 40% of the book takes place within the first day of H and h meeting each other. I felt the secondary plot was weak and uninteresting. Obviously the whole point was for the H and h to get the two characters together and I enjoyed their relationship and their interactions, I just felt the story
Barbara Rogers
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but have a difficult time writing a review for a totally uncorrected copy of the book. I have no idea if the problems will be corrected before publication or not, but can only suppose that most, if not all, will be found and corrected. It is really too bad that there isn't a way those of us making these reviews could point out some of the things we see - like using the pronoun 'her' when it should plainly be 'him'. Sentences and paragraphs all ran together, so I c ...more
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, historical
The past has really come back to bite Griffin in the backside when he becomes guardian to his twin sisters during their debut into society. Fearing retaliation for his past transgressions (as a prankster) he seeks out a capable chaperone that will serve as his extra eyes and ears while he tries to weed out those determined to pay him back by targeting his sisters.

He didn't expect that his search would lead him to strong willed, competent Esmeralda Swift. She's smart, determined, stern when she
The Rakes' progress, part 1.

Enjoyable characters and story. Benedict Mercer, The Duke of Griffin will go to great lengths to protect his twin sisters from the consequences of a stupid and damaging wager he and his dukely friends (The Rakes of St. James) had participated in years ago.
Part of those lengths is to hire a chaperone, Miss Esmeralda Swift. That was his first battle with Esmeralda and those battles would continue. (Both Griffin and Esmerelda are stubborn). Esmeralda has her own secrets
Annie ⚜️
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I really liked this one for a couple of reasons. I love a slow burn and this one did it perfectly. I think the ideal length for these before I lose interest is right around 225 pages and this one was right about there. It didn't have a ton of subplots or other romances you are constantly getting dragged into and pulled out of the main story. That makes me nuts. There's a cute little mystery, kind of, sort of, but not really, that they're trying to get to the bottom of but, thankfully, not too ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Not the best historical romance, but certainly not the worst. Another well-brought up young lady fallen on hard times who has to support her orphaned family by employing herself as a companion/governess for a duke's sister/orphaned daughters (twin sisters in this case).

Ah... happens all the time.

That's not to say a book like that can't be enjoyable. It's just the chemistry didn't seem to be that strong in this one.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was a really fun book. Esmeralda and Griffin were so entertaining and throw in an incorrigible young girl and her dog, and a pair of identical twin girls who are making their debut and it just made this book so fun to read. Esmeralda and Griffin's chemistry was straight off right from the start, sexual tension is always fun especially when it's so distracting for the main characters.

Griffin and two of his friends did something stupid in their youth and now they will never live it
Dee Deacon Foster
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Benedict Mercer, Duke of Griffith, has always lived his life as he pleased. Now his exuberant sisters may suffer for it. Determined to give them the season they deserve and husbands worthy of them he sets out to hire a chaperone who will reign in their impulsiveness and protect them from determined scoundrels who are set on ruining them as revenge against due to his past.

Some days Esmeralda Swift wonders how she’s going to manage. Running an employment agency that barely covers its own expenses,
Suze Lavender
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Griffin is looking for a chaperone for his twin sisters Sara and Vera. Their first season is about to start and the twins are popular and will have many suitors. He hopes they will both be engaged to a good man at the end of it. When he meets Esmeralda he instantly knows he wants to hire her for the position, whatever it takes. Esmeralda is responsible for her sister Josephine and she runs the employment agency, so theoretically isn't available herself. When Griffin makes her an offe ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Night with the Duke is the first book in the Rakes of St. James series by Amelia Grey.

In his youth the Duke of Griffin was one of three friends who set about making a wager that scandalised society when it was discovered. It was something they have never lived down, and since that day they have been known as Rakes.

Griffin thinks that after all the years that have passed his sins are behind him, except a gossip rag decided to remind everybody of the fact in a current issue, also begging the
Blodeuedd Finland
I like Grey's books, they are always nice. In this story we have a handsome Duke (like they are ever ugly) and a chaperone. Which did cause some tension, especially when he called her servant, which she is, but still, it does show in the beginning where his mind is.

Right, so we have Essie who has a past. Not a bad past, more her family has a past. She does not work as a governess anymore, instead she runs an employment agency. But what a Duke wants a duke gets. And she is not stupid, she sees th
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Enthralling? Enticing? Enchanting? Exquisite . . . I loved this book from start to finished. I loved that a duke, Duke of Griffin, would take a fall so great that he could not fathom the results. He just wanted to make sure that his past deeds did not impact the debut season of his sisters. She was way more important than his reputation. He takes matters into his own hands by obtaining her a chaperone for the season. Never knowing that she, Esmeralda, would be the key to changing his world forev ...more
Lissy Liz
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
It was okay
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Last Night with the Duke seems like a typical historical romance, and in some ways it is. We have a lofty Duke who wants his way and no other. We have a heroine who barely has two pennies to pinch together, a spinster in her mid-twenties who has never been kissed, trying to do the best she can in her situation to keep her 12 year old half-sister safe. Even though the heroine is way below the Duke's station (but she is the granddaughter of a viscount, but alas her mother was disowned for marrying ...more
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Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida.

Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur's bes

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