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The English Duke

(Duke Trilogy #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  69 reviews
In the second in New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney’s scintillating series, society’s most coveted duke finds the one thing wealth and position cannot buy—the perfect partner…

For years, Martha York has been fascinated by a man she’s never met—Jordan Hamilton, the new Duke of Roth and protégé to her inventor father. Could the elusive gentleman possibly live up t
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Avon
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Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B at AAR.

I hesitate to describe Karen Ranney’s latest offering, The English Duke as being part of a series, because really, it’s a standalone novel that doesn’t feature any characters or continue any plotlines from the author’s last book, The Scottish Duke.  The titles are similar, of course (the forthcoming third book is The American Duke) and there are a number of common plot elements;  the hero is a scientist and there’s an evil “other woman” character, for instance. I’m not
Lover of Romance
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

The English Duke, is the second book in the Duke Trilogy. After reading book one and LOVING it, I had some high expectations for this one, and I am gratified to say that I truly enjoyed this one quite a bit. It definitely can be read as a stand alone, I am not sure how the trilogy is connected. So they are easy to read on their own.

In The English Duke we have a story that brings together two great minds. Our heroine, Martha York, has been w
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Mar 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!!
The English Duke has to be one of the Worst Stories I have ever listen to. This is a Unhappy story!! I would love to ask Karen Ranney what was she thinking? This is a story full of Angst, Frustrations, Stupid hero Jordan Hamilton Duke of Roth and the mousy, insecure and plain spinster Martha York. Martha had No Gumption!! No Fight in her. Just Blah!!

I have been in bed very sick with phenomena while trying to listen to this story on audible. But I felt so much anger at this story I felt like thr
Secretly Reading
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful read! It's rare in romance that I love the heroine as much as the hero but that's so true in this case! Martha is self assured, inquisitive, brave, and a genius but she's also vulnerable in a way real women can totally relate to (OK, maybe just me but still, LOVED her!) The hero is also a real character, not a stock Alapha-hole romance hero. He and Martha build a camaraderie that I loved watching, full of emotional intimacy and sexual tension.

The plot unfolds gently around
Tales Of A Bookbug
A good book, but I believe there could have been more.It started off very promising and since I love geeky/intelligent/bluestocking heroines in HR books, I was pretty sure I would love it.
Martha was a really good heroine.She was intelligent,focused and determined.
Jordan was also not a beast or anything like that.He was just a man damaged by his experiences and searching for something in life.Though he appeared a little rude in the beginning, his behavior changes slowly.Their relationship also sl
Barbara Rogers
What is wrong with me? This is a Karen Ranney book and I love Karen Ranney books. I liked the storyline and I liked the characters -- it just seemed to move so very slowly that I found myself skipping chunks of it.
There’s no great secrets or surprises here, and that is perfectly fine because Ranney delivers two characters in Martha and Jordan that fairly breathe in the corner of your eye as the story unfolds. Both of these characters are intelligent, curious and slightly different from the norm that has come to be so prevalent in today’s books. Add to their complexity and moments of vulnerability, and what emerges is a story rich in layers, providing a conclusion that is richer for the nuances and subtle ...more
Jessica Grogan
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Lady Wesley
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the premise of this book at first. Two lonely, extremely bright characters coming together to try and build a torpedo. Not something I've read in a HR before. I actually liked the technical and the scientific aspect of this story. Jordan was an interesting character, wounded inside and out. Martha was a bluestocking through and through, who made no apologies for being a woman in a man's world.

The first half of this book was pretty good. The second half fell so flat. The characters beca
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
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First of all, this book has nothing to do with the first book in the series so I'm pretty sure all the "Duke" books can be read individually. Secondly, I really liked the first half of this book.

Martha York has been her father's technical assistant for years, her father being a developer of defense weapons for England and owner of an armaments company. After her father dies, Martha is determined to fulfill his last request - sharing his latest prototype for a torpedo ship with the Duke of Roth,
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough one. Sometimes it's hard to read about characters who are so firmly victimized by those closest around them and you want to scream at them to do something about it! That was the case here...I would have snapped way before the heroine did. And the romance wasn't as compelling either - I did not feel the connection between them. I like this author, but this is not one of my favorites. ...more
Laura J.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars.

The heroine's sister was such an unlikable character, she almost overshadowed the story of the hero and heroine. Jordan and Martha have a lot in common. They are both inventors, intelligent, don't suffer fools and are honourable to a fault.
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There is just something about a historical romance that gets me all warm and tingly inside. I love the whole façade of propriety and gentle sweetness and the forbidden being so delicious and delightful. Marth and Jordan build their relationship with the love of the work that they were both involved in. Martha was smart, sweet, strong, and had lots of determination. She loved her father and nurtured a fascination with a man she had never met before. Jordan was a duke but he was not a pretentious, ...more
Carol Bisig
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Awesome!

The Duke of Roth has a severely injured leg, causing him to limp, and have chronic pain. He is handsome as sin, a force to be reckoned with, he doesn't give into his pain. He is also a War Officer, and now inventor. The York family, wealthy beyond belief, the father's inventions were famous, that is how he met the Duke. His daughter Martha grew up following her father everywhere, and learning more about inventing, than playing the piano forte, or how to choose a dress. On the
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! Great buildup to love scenes between two very right-brained people.....already looking forward to this fall's release of 'The American Duke'. I love the way Ms. Ranney's love scenes are explicit without being explicit...does that make sense? She knows her readers have very good imaginations and she just sets the stage for my left brain to take over...... ...more
Melissa McHugh
It would have been a five star until halfway through the book where it takes a ridiculous turn into farce
Alexandria Tale
All was so disturbing. The inner dialogue was just too much. And most of all, Josephine was such a bitch! I hate her very much. The fact that Martha thought of her as a sister was heartbreaking too. How could she do that? The reason was also so vague. I didn't understand why she hate her so much while Martha and her family had only been good to her. After Josephine went to grandmother to lie about her having sex with Jordan, I had enough of her. I skipped pages. She was so evil! What's annoying, ...more
Isha Coleman
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Karen Ranney turned geeky into sexy with The English Duke. Jordan proved a different type of hero with his scientific mind and sensitive soul. Ever the romantic, the fact that Martha was captivated by his words before ever having seen Jordan's face made for a beautiful story. The concept, the message, the characters all did it for me. Being unique is one of the best traits a person can have. Ms. Ranney gave a taste of beauty's true meaning. Just be you and everything will fall into place. Pricel ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.

Really good premise with a genuinely likeable/relatable hero and heroine. Unfortunately the amount of storyline spent on Josephine, Martha's extremely selfish and dislikable sister, takes the focus away from our main characters too much for my liking and delivers a painfully drawn-out level of angst. I think it would have been better if the focus had remained on Jordon and Martha, further exploring their characters and natural chemistry.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I Almost Got Too Frustrated With This Story

The plot was interesting, but I found myself exasperated at times by the lead characters. I believe characters need flaws, and I could appreciate Martha's desperate need for a backbone. However, she was way too wimpy when it mattered most, especially when it came to her little sister. Jordan had trouble discerning between honor and stupidity, weakly serving himself on a platter to the enemy.

Speaking of flaws, a couple of characters were utterly rotten.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found little to redeem this book. However, if you have nothing else to read, the place descriptions were excellent and her characters well developed.

Martha was weak-willed and nearly destroyed Jordan’s life simply to avoid a scandal.

Her sister, Josephine, was a viper, and I got disgusted with her prominence in the story.

The male characters were well-written. Jordan being caught-up between his work and dealing with pain. His friend, Reese, as lacking in morals as Josephine.

Martha and Jordan we
Ranney seems to pad out her books reiterating various things. The staff's opinion of Josephine is mentioned and then reworded a few pages later for the reader. Why not mention some other way she's a bitch instead of the same one.

Tags: Victorian - 1871; Military - Jordan served in the Navy for the Crimean War and worked some for the War Office; Disabled - Jordan severely injured his leg after being thrown from a horse and is still recovering a little over a year later.
Sandy Frediani
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
While at first this appears to be slow moving due to a fair amount of internal dialog by the main characters, it actually gives a depth to those characters that wouldn't be otherwise. Jordan and Martha are perfectly matched personality-wise, with a depth to them which isn't obvious to others. The story weaves a nice "tangled web" which leaves one anxious about the ending even though we know there "must" be a HEA. I enjoyed this. ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh dear, such a shame I didn't love this book. I think it must be the very first Karen Ranney book that
didn't make me feel wonderful.
I like the very start and the ending, but the middle was too scientific for me. I love to read about love, romance and the like, but there was just too little hearts and flowers for me.
Book 1, for me, was a far better story. Have got book 3 to read next. Here's hoping.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good book that kept you wondering how it would end and who would end up with who.
E. R.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: s-t
It was a nice book to read. Two characters definitely deserve each other. As for the one item near the made me mad for a bit, but the epilogue eased the anger a little. Good book overall.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very slow start, hated the sister
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All well that ends well....boy these two had such a despicable sister and friend....despite everything goodness prevailed.
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