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The Duke's Undoing

(Six Rogues and Their Ladies #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  970 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Meet the Duke of Ruisdell, the unlikely hero of my new Regency Romance.

The duke has just returned from the Napoleonic wars on the Iberian Peninsula with a wound in his shin, where a musket ball was lodged. He is weary, cynical, and very bored. Known as the worst rake in England, he finds he has no interest in upholding that distinction, when his friend, the Marquis of Some
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published July 2017 by Orson Whitney Press (first published April 18th 2012)
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Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love a good Rouge story with the amazing determination to never marry and continue for life in a bed um never wed um manner then this book is for you. Until the moment that you realize he is such a great person. He has seen things. He has been affected by what he saw in the war and now just wants to be the man he was before he left for the continent. Can it happen, can he go back to his carefree ways? Let running into a beautiful sad veil covered woman not interfere with his life plan. No ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, regency
First of all let me say I love regency novels. I have read quite a few of G.G. Vandagriff's books, but was disappointed and shocked that this novel is not a clean read.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
The Duke's Undoing had a lot of potential but failed woefully short!! G.G. Vandagriff the author needs to study history about Dukes before tempting to write one. The Duke of Ruisdell was so badly written. I felt like I was in some kind of joke. Dukes would never have taken a Hackney, public transportation, No one would ever dare not challenge a Duke weather he was telling the truth or not. No one arrested a Duke or attempted to arrest one no matter what they were accused of. A lowly commoner had ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Elise Edwards has just lost her third fiancé. Her first died in the Napoleonic wars, her second turned out to be mad and fled to Italy, and she suspects the most recent of being in love with her best friend—who is most certainly in love with him.

Through a strange set of events and coincidences, she becomes engaged a fourth time: to the Duke of Ruisdell, reputed to be a rake and a rogue. For his part, the Duke used to be a rake but three years fighting in the Peninsula has left him a change
Sandi Layne
Found this on Goodreads (this is my best source of new books to read!) and picked it up because I love a witty Regency-era romance.

Things I liked about this story included a heroine who was engaged multiple times before she met Her Real Hero (the Duke of the title) and that struck a humorous chord in my psyche. The Duke, Peter (I'll call him Peter because I like him, now) did not at first have much to recommend him, in my opinion, but he grew on me.

Reforming the Rake is a rather old cliché amo
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heroine of The Duke’s Undoing, with her three ex-fiances, her writing of novels under the pen name “A Gentlewoman,” and her unconventional personality, intrigued me from the start. What sounded in the description like an unlikely scenario was presented quite believably by the author.

I really liked both the hero and heroine. The supporting characters were interesting, entertaining, and villainous where applicable. I was pulled into the Regency time period, with descriptions and dialogue that
It has more depth than the usual romance novel with lots of different characters and plot devices. However, it's all too much. The first half of the novel is excellent. The hero and heroine get to know each other and develop a relationship. Then after that the plot speeds up into sheer madness. So many things happen that the plot is simply unbelievable. Characters are dropped and never mentioned again and the story went on way too long. Yet the conclusion was super rushed and unsatisfactory. Th ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-romance
Apparently this is a wildly popular genre, and this book is diverting, although not anything but fluff and not meant to be. This is the first Regency romance I've read, so I'm not familiar with the conventions of these books, but I like Vandagriff's other books and thought I would give it a try. After a slow, or perhaps just a little scattered beginning, I became interested and enjoyed reading the ups and downs of the romance between the Duke of Ruisdell and Elise Edwards. Toward the end, the bo ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This one was just okay for me. I actually started it and put it down a couple times and when I finally came back to it I was able to get into the story a little better. I thought the story was enjoyable enough, but I wanted to like the characters more than I did. Elise was a likable heroine, I would have preferred if we could have gotten to know her personality instead of being told how great she is. If that makes sense. I also have a hard time relating to a character that is supposedly so perfe ...more
Mandi Slack
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be quite honest, I don't believe I've read many Regency Romance novels, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. However, GG Vandagriff did not disappoint. This novel is filled with intrique, turmoil, a bit of comedy, and a LOT heart-fluttering romance. I loved the characters, especially those of Elise Edwards and the complex duke of Ruisdell. Elise is the perfect heroine. She is intelligent, snarky yet sweet, and passionate about life. In my mind, the duke is as handsome as ever, and exhibits ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-england
Why is it that so many romance books start with a bet? We know that it's going to come back to bite the hero later, but for some reason, he thinks he won't fall for said girl anyway.
If you like young adult books, I recommend Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram. For the first time I can remember, the guy told the girl exactly what he was up to from the start. Refreshing!
It was ok. Nothing to fawn over.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An utterly fabulous one-day read. Miss Edwards is precisely what I think a modern woman in a long-past time would be like. She is fiery and sensitive and caring - and unfairly marked by her past. Set in a time where women are expected to marry young and well - or be branded as untouchable.

Miss Edwards had one engagement that ended in tragedy, one that ended in fear, and one she's fairly beating off with a stick. And then there's the one she's counting on to rescue her. It's the last one that en
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
I'm quite confused over what I just read. This book was a strange mix of old-style Heyer-like language and formality, but with complete and utter disregard for historical accuracy and social mores in Regency times. It's like the author read a few older Regencies, set out to mimic their formal writing style, but then did zero research and threw in plot points willy-nilly. Or, maybe this was meant to be a parody of old-style Regencies? The plot is so ridiculous that I thought that was a possibilit ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Duke of Ruisdell a rogue finds his life entwined with Elise. Elise known to have many fiancés could not understand the Duke and his games.
In their separate lives they found something connecting them. Meanwhile, Elise was still in mourning of her only love Joshua who died in battle.
Love has a very strange way of finding and connecting people.

I don’t know if I liked the Duke. The author painted his character as roguish but towards the end he seemed saintly. I’m not sure if I could peel o
Jane Mercer
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Parts of this book I liked others were too long winded the characters were good but our Heroine Elise incredibly gullible.
After dismissing too fiancees, one of them is mad and one of them (Chessingden) who molested her, she believes this one when he lies through his teeth to her about the man she loves, who at the time she believes dead!
Then she proceeds to put these lies into a book, it doesn't make sense to me our hero kills Chessingden and they have to flee to the continent??
Dianne Lowe
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there ever too many fiancées? This well- written story about Elise ,who had had several engagements, and Peter, a Duke who had served in the war with Napoleon and has the reputation as a rake. Elise loses her first fiancé in the war. As the story goes, Elise, a budding writer, has published novels. She has had the misfortune to then become engaged to a cheat and a man with split personality. Finally, she becomes engaged to the Duke so he can protect her from the others. With several adventure ...more
Juliana Veale
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
This author doesn't quit

Yet another awful Regency Romance from this author. The mary-sue love interest, the handsome hero who we're told is a rake, the idiotic former fiance, the crazy ex. Every potential is stifled with bad writing and the progression of the plot refuses to even remotely associate itself with being linear. Of course the book is supposedly structured to work as a play, but a high school student can do better. Avoid this book and this author of you want a good Regency romance rea
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The dukes undoing / vandagrigg

I was entrance with the story from beginning to end. Wonderfully written. If you like romance with mixed emotions that are overcome with being true to oneself and a little humour , you will enjoy this story, could not put it down. The story has heartfelt loss from war, and the continued nightmares that one may have living the war, and finding solace.
Heather Brinkerhoff Burdsal
The plot is VERY thin. This is the most boring and generic Regency Romance I've ever had the misfortune of purchasing. $2 was too much for this book. The characters are flat, despite the author explaining HOW COMPLEX AND UNIQUE they are on every other page. Plus, the author is very fond of a particular sentence construction that requires more commas than she is willing to allot. No, thank you. Will not finish.
Paula Bothwell
I really, really like Georgette Heyer, and I'm loving what I've read so far by GG Vandagriff - Heyer with the occasional smooch! I loved Elise Edwards and how practical and unaffected she was about everything, and I loved how she turned Ruisdell on his head. Cute, funny, fun, entertaining. It's a 200 page pick-me-up! I'm going to continue the Six Rogues and Their Ladies.
Maria Contreras
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely loved this story! One of the best I’ve ever read, I enjoyed all the characters in it and the intrigue and romance in it, there was so much going on in this woman’s life I couldn’t put book down, I honestly and truly recommend this book to everyone, you’ll be glad you read it!
Karen Crouse
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written

Good choice for anyone who likes Regency Romance. This story also was faithful to the history of the period. Political themes and the rise of the women's rights movement were well done. Characters are well developed.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love them!

The last five books that I’ve read have been by GG Vandagriff. I love her style and ability to hold my attention. I especially love that she seems to keep all of her characters very real. .
Kyra Carr
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Duke's Undoing Very Well Done

This was a very entertaining and well written Regency period romance. It was chock full of humor, excitement, and angst. My only complaint was with the very abbreviated,lackluster ending. There were too many storylines left dragging.
Pat Guarino
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Book

I loved this book and believe any woman of any age should love it also It had everything suspense, sadness and lo e and a great ending You never knew what to expect To e sry woman young or old enjoy this book!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyably silly

This is romp, pure and simple. The characters bounce from situation to situation in gloriously melodramatic style. All that's missing is a mysterious and dark monster in an attic.

Read it if you want a fun, light, distracting read.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE DUKES UNDOING: is worth reading. The duke is very lovable, the story is entertaining and there are lots of moving parts. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending, something was needed with the in-laws.
Becky Tuley
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book with many twists to the plot

I really enjoyed this book. The story line had a lot of twists and turns and you couldn’t wait to see how the heroine handed the new twist. Really a good book that is impossible to put down
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G.G. Vandagriff is the author of twenty-four books and is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author. The Last Waltz, the first novel in her 20th Century Historical Romance Series won the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel in 2009. There are now two more books in that series—Exile and Defiance.
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