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The Most Dangerous Duke in London

(Decadent Dukes Society #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,576 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Three sinfully handsome dukes, three scores to settle, three hearts about to meet their matches. All in one thrilling new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter . . .

Name and title: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton. Affiliation: London’s elite Society of Decadent Dukes. Family history: Scandalous. Personality traits: Da
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Zebra
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I didn't feel the love here... It was somewhat mechanical, IMHO...

I felt that the hero was too cold and distant, even when the author was trying to depict him as out of his head for the heroine...

Also the heroine was not much to my liking... She was too afraid of loosing her properties, even if it was described as fear of loosing her freedom...

The tumble into bed too easily. The heroine do not have any problem with having sex with the hero - it's too far-fetched for me! I love a strong heroine,
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review.

Rating 3.5

Adam, The Duke of Stratton returns to London after living years in France with his Mother. Adam left London after the death of his Father and the swirling rumors that his Father had committed suicide. There was also speculation that his father was helping Napoleon (his wife was french). Adam's reputation is known in London as angry, brooding and dangerous as rumor is that he has killed men in France,dueling.

On Adams return h
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. I just got back from my holidays so review to come!
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Most Dangerous Duke in London gets Madeline Hunter’s new Decadent Dukes Society series off to a strong start with an extremely readable and engaging tale of a man seeking revenge, an old family enmity and the woman caught in the middle. The romance is a delightful, sensual slow-burn, and in addition, there’s mystery and intrigue, a whiff of espionage, lots of witty banter and a wonderfully written friendship between the hero and his two closest friends (both of whom will feature in
Joanna Loves Reading
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, mofo-dukes
Madeline Hunter's writing has a subtle way of telling a story that engages my interest long before I realize it. Some stories benefit or suffer based on what you read before, and while I know I would enjoy this one regardless of when I read it, I certainly have had some frustrating reads that may have bumped this up half a star. Thank goodness for concise writing, strong plots and relatable characters. It was what I needed in a read at the moment. I loved the way this story unfolded slowly and b ...more
4.5 "Revenge or Love?" Stars!

Originally posted at The Reading Alley and The Romance Reviews.

Lovers of independent heroines and the family feud trope will be delighted and intrigued with Madeline Hunter's latest novel, The Most Dangerous Duke in London. Featuring a colorful cast, with various motivations, and demonstrating how an inheritance can make a difference in the marriage needs of women of the day, this historical romance set in the 1820s in England is sure to pique your interest. Moreover
I've given this a D+ for narration at AudioGals - seriously, I get so bloody fed up when publishers employ completely the wrong narrator for the job. It's not fair to them or to the author. I gave the book 4.5 stars and would definitely recommend reading rather than listening.

I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Madeline Hunter’s books and I count myself among her fans, but given she’s one of the biggest names in historical romance, she’s being very poorly served when it comes to audio. Her last se
Sonya Heaney
Madeline Hunter is one of my favourite authors. It’s that simple. I’ve loved every single one of her books I’ve read, and I loved this one, too.

There was just so much to like about The Most Dangerous Duke in London. I wasn’t sure how we were going to get close to the usual word count when the hero declared to the heroine they were engaged (hilariously and without her permission) right at the beginning, but there’s a big, complex, interesting plot to follow.

I like that the heroine was unusual but
Desde o início que impliquei com este romance.

Mal o protagonista vê uma mulher, vestida de negro, em cima de um cavalo, a várias centenas de metros de distância, a sua atenção amorosa é conquistada.

Se isto não é irreal, não sei o que será.

Poucas coisas irritam-me desta maneira como o amor instantâneo.

Não existiu qualquer motivação para este amor tão incondicional por parte da personagem masculina.

E esta falta de coerência/consistência só me fez infeliz.

Costumo gostar dos livros desta autora. Mas
I just didn't like the MCs. He was obsessed with revenge, she was an independent woman involved in secretly publishing a journal for women. She allowed her grandmother to totally dominate her- so much for strength of character- and happily embarked on a purely sexual affair with the hero because she didn't ever want to get married. Like that was easy-peasy as a single young lady in those days!
He wanted to find out the circumstances surrounding his father's death (view spoiler)
This was a well-written book, so 3 stars, but I just didn't feel it. The hero was such a cold fish. He compartmentalised constantly, so that the heroine was popped into a box and he got on with his main agenda. While I understood his need to resolve the questions surrounding his father's death, I just cannot respect or like a person who is prepared to avenge some wrong by punishing other innocent members of the family. It makes them no better than the people who wronged them in the first place. ...more
Jenny Q
3.5 Stars
Joana V.
Review in Portuguese:

I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I think I’ve found my favourite Madeline Hunter’s book so far. Although I always appreciate and like her books, they sometimes seem to be a bit below my expectations – but not this one. The Most Dangerous Duke in London doesn’t fit that category. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down.

The base of the plot is related to revenge, and these are usually my favourite plots, but
Weak story and unconvincing "love".
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first book in a long time that has held my attention and not annoyed the hell out of me at some point. Adam was persistent. He didn't back down from any challenge no matter how difficult but didn't take unnecessary risks to achieve his goals. Clara was unique. Being liked by society didn't mean much to her. She had a secret profession. I loved it that she wasn't beautiful and wasn't loved by every guy. Their were impediments to their relationship: one being her desire to be independ ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dowager Countess of Marwood summons her grandson Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, and she orders him that to solve the long-time feud between their family and the Cheswicks, he should marry the granddaughter, Emilia. Adam wants to avenge the wrongs done to his family, so be it; he doesn’t care. Adam is not precisely enthralled by Emilia however, but when he sees her older sister Clara, it’s another matter; the indomitable Clara might just make him more amenable to a political union. Clara is ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I have trouble rating this one. It was well written, engaging, sensible, competent. Good characters, interesting dialogue, proper use of sex i.e not just as a place holder. Let me state that I did enjoy the opening few scenes. And his declaration of their engagement at the beginning was hilarious. But overall I didn't quite love it. It was missing that 'umph' that makes me fall in love with a book.

I felt no pain whatsoever at leaving the characters at the end. No longing to spend mor
It was my first book from Madeline Hunter. Her writing is beautiful, enjoyed dailouges & interaction between characters. But the plot left me looking for more. The jump from lust to love was too quick, too rough. Their chemistry was sizzling but emotional depth was missing. Heroine was independent, but her attitude sometime feel too much, specially in Historical era book . Also the end...Hero had lost too much. I feel bad for his family.
Looking forward for the next two Dukes. Will going to
Good book about a man bent on revenge and a woman determined to keep her independence. Adam has spent the last five years in France, where he took his mother to escape the ugly rumors of treason after his father's suicide. While there, he gained quite a reputation for engaging in several duels over his father's honor. Now he is back, determined to find the truth, clear his father's name, and exact revenge on those responsible. He's pretty sure that the Earl of Marwood, neighbor and long-time fam ...more
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3.5 Stars!

The Most Dangerous Duke in London was a wonderful romance between a hero seeking revenge for his father's death and a heroine determined not to live by society's rules.

Adam Penrose the Duke of Stratton has finally returned to England afters years spent in France. Adam only has one thing in mind for his return, revenge. The first step in his plan? Marry Clara Cheswick, the daughter of his family's sworn enemy. Clara however wants nothing to do with marriage which does cause a bit of a p
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-picks
This was the first book I have read by this author. It was an easy read but nothing special. I will not be continuing with this series.
Gerry Bartlett
When Adam, the Duke of Stratton, is called to the home of an elderly duchess, he doesn't know what to expect. The families are enemies. His father committed suicide after the late duke, head of this family, promoted stories of treason about him. Adam is determined to get to the truth now. So when the duchess offers him her granddaughter in marriage, in order to bring peace between them, he's astonished. But not interested in the young girl. Then he sees Clara. Clara is older, independent and was ...more
Barbara Rogers
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Exciting beginning to Madeline Hunter's new 'Decadent Dukes Society' trilogy! In addition to the main hero and heroine in this book, we get a great introduction to the next two dukes who will have their stories. Can't wait!!

I really liked our hero - Adam Penrose, the Duke of Stratton. He has been living under a shadow for years and even fled the country to avoid some of it. However, the shadow followed him to France where he was involved in duels because of some people's belief that his father h
Rose Blue
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, has returned to England after five years of self exile in France. Adam left when his father, the victim of rumors of treason, killed himself. While in France, he fought three duels defending his father's honor - two of the men died, and the third was seriously injured. Now the French government wants him gone, and he has been summoned home to England by the Monarch himself. Most of society is giving Adam a wide
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this story! I love the characters, I love the plot, I want to spend more time with Adam and Clara. I liked how the characters seemed very real, not over the top. For example, the whole Decadent Dukes was made up by the three Dukes when they realized that they were being treated differently at school since they were Duke heirs versus some of the other boys. And while Langford is perhaps still decadent, the other two are not much any more.

Adam, Duke of Stratton has just returned to England
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in Madeline Hunter’s new series and I think you’ll enjoy it. I certainly did. Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, has been living for several years in France. When his father committed suicide he and his French mother moved to France. He has returned to England to discover who started the rumors that his father aided the French during the Napoleonic wars. His best friends from childhood, the dukes of Bentwood and Langford, will help him.

His country neighbor, the Dowager Count
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the hero and the heroine, but I was bored with the family mystery by about 50%. I liked the duke (and his friends), but I felt too much time was spent on the mystery for the entire book and therefore less on romance (although he was sweet with presents). I would have liked an epilogue or at least to have seen her reveal her publication to him. I also thought the otherwise independent and smart heroine fell into bed with him rather easily....over and over and over again.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um romance que se leu num ápice!
Uma heroína independente e teimosa!
Um Duque decadente, muito perigoso!
Gostei bastante!
Quando virá o próximo?
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 May 02, 2017 09:30AM  
  • A Duke in the Night (The Devils of Dover, #1)
  • From Duke Till Dawn (The London Underground, #1)
  • When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons, #2)
  • The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors, #2)
  • Ruined by Moonlight (Whispers of Scandal, #1)
  • Baron (The Knickerbocker Club, #2)
  • A Wicked Way to Win an Earl (Sutherland Scandals, #1)
  • A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5)
  • Wicked in His Arms (Wedded by Scandal, #2)
  • An Earl Like You (The Wagers of Sin, #2)
  • No Mistress Of Mine (An American Heiress in London, #4)
  • For the Duke's Eyes Only (School for Dukes, #2)
  • The Earl (Devil's Duke, #2; Falcon Club, #5)
  • Rogues Rush In
  • A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Somerhart, #2)
  • Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? (Dukes Behaving Badly, #4)
  • Sinful Scottish Laird (Highland Grooms, #2)
Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.

Other books in the series

Decadent Dukes Society (3 books)
  • A Devil of a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, #2)
  • Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, #3)