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The Duke Who Ravished Me

(Rebellious Brides #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  129 reviews
An impulsive kiss between a libertine duke and a mysterious governess sparks a blaze of desire—and intrigue—in this breathtaking Regency romance from the award-winning author of Spy Fall.

Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, happily enjoys a different woman (or two) every night—or he did, until his wards landed on his doorstep. Ever since Sunny took in the seven-year-old tw
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Loveswept
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Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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By all accounts I should have really liked/loved this cause I love a bad boy, but I didn't.

The hero is a complete and total reprobate, holding orgies, and living a pathetic self-indulgent life. The heroine comes in with two pretty cute little charges that he does not want. The h stands up to him, the moppets actually have some personality, and the cockles of the H's heart start to grow like Grinch.

The heroine is appalled at how the Duke lives, and he is pretty disgusting
Joanna Shupe
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of this and I LOVED IT. Saucy, sassy, governess who is not all she seems and the rake who can't resist her. This book is so much fun and one of my favorite bad historical dukes of all time.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Fun but a little too complicated for me to looooove it.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Fuck this book. It was on sale and Smart Bitches Trashy Books rec'd it for character driven romance. By the halfway point I was hate-reading it and it only got worse. It is some BULLSHIT and a stunning example of why I avoid mainstream m/f romance.

The writing is engaging, which is why I pushed through my initial hesitations. The duke is presented as a bad person, because he has sex parties. Come on. There's nothing wrong with a consensual sex party. (There's a ton wrong with disrespe
Jenny Q
If you've read the previous books in this series, you're familiar with Adam Fairfax, Duke of Sunderford, or Sinful Sunny, as he is known in the society columns. An unapologetic libertine who revels in hosting orgies in his palatial town house, he can't understand what's come over the friends who used to join him in his unbridled, indulgent lifestyle. It's bad enough they had to go and get married, but the shocker is that they are actually faithful to their wives! Adam doesn't realize it, but his ...more
Requested and received an ARC from NetGalley


This is my first Diana Quincy book but I am a sucker for a good historical romance so I took a chance when I read the description. I probably should have set it aside when I read the first couple of pages knowing right then I would have a problem. I have three major pet peeves when it comes to triangles, 2. cheating and 3. the hero or heroine having sexual contact on page with someone who they are not going to end up
Barbara Rogers
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iblog, netgalley
Series: Rebellious Brides #4
Publication Date: 4/17/18

Such a delightfully different story! It is well written, the characters make you care for them and the story is different and interesting. It isn’t an exciting, full of action kind of story, but one that develops carefully over time. While this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, was raised in a cold and uncaring home. His father preached duty to c
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Duke Who Ravished Me is the fourth book in the Rebellious Brides series by Diana Quincy.

Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford was brought up with a mother and father who showed no affection to each other, let alone him. His father was very strict and brought Adam up with many rules, regulations and beatings. Since his father's death, Adam has made the most of his freedom and that includes holding orgies in his home, and pretty much being a manwhore! He is less than pleased when on
This was an awesome, well-written, heart-melting story from start to finish. With one of the best introductory scenes I might have ever read, this is one book I definitely recommend to anyone that loves fresh stories, unique twists, the right amount of drama, and characters full of emotions and wit.

So, that scene; we are introduced to the Duke of Sunderford, or Sinful Sunny, in the most decadent and naughty way, giving us glimpse of what was yet to come * yum *
I love dukes. I don’t care h
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The rake's rehabilitation!

At the heart of this story are the laws in the 1800's to do with guardianship and the care of children. But that's just the segue into this regency romp that had me laughing ... and gasping!
Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford (Sinful Sunny to readers of the gossip sheets) is an outrageous, although oft times endearing, rake who has thrown his energies into the most dissipating activities one could imagine. All that comes to a rather screeching halt th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke Who Ravished Me by Diana Quincy is book Four in the Rebellious Brides Series. This is the story of Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford aka Sinful Sunny and Isabel Finch.
I have read the previous books (and loved them!) but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Adam made a life changing decision when he was around 18 years which turned him into the Sinful Sunny that he is today. Making the decision to never care about anyone and not form attachments due to his abusive upbringing. Durin
Jun 14, 2018 marked it as nope-not-for-me
This rather entertaining review explains it so well.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book from Diana Quincy and it definitely won't be my last! I have to admit I had my doubts if I would enjoy this book because Sunny was so unlikeable at the beginning but hands down to Ms. Quincy for writing such an amazing character. It was actually really nice to see such a manwhore make a turnaround that came about gradually and wasn't instantaneous just because he fell for a pretty face. He really was such a jerk when his two wards show up and I swear he really needed a swi ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Leigh Kramer
Aug 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: grief-and-loss
Sunny ruined this book for me. He’s a selfish entitled duke who is entirely focused on his own pleasure. He has a playroom in his house that is just for sex parties. Fine, fine, fine. He’s as sexist as I would expect for that time but as the book progressed and as Isabel illuminated for him just how unfair things are for women, he continued to persist in his sexism, on top of his double standards. Isabel, to him, is Not Like The Other Girls, whereas the women who show up for his parties are soil ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, series
I haven't read any of the other books in this series but I didn't need to to understand the synopsis. Sunny's enjoyment of women is written into the first chapter, as is the mood killer that sets the tone and provoked questions from me I wasn't sure would get answered. Would he change? Would he accept them? Would he continue with his parade of women with the children in the house? Would he change?

For the first half of the book, I feared I would end up staying on the fence about Sunny
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and it was a standout in a year that has, in my opinion, been sadly lacking in good, quality historical romance. That being said it was far from a perfect read for me.

Sunny is the epitome of a man whore, he has a playroom (caught shades of FSoG there and almost dnf'd) where he conducts his debauched orgies on a regular basis. Seemingly out of the blue he gets saddled with two little girls who were left orphaned after their father, his cousin or uncle? I was
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damn, what a fun book! When you start reading the story and the "Hero" is an unlikable, dissolute, dissipated duke who is in the midst of an orgy, you really don't know what you're getting into. When the "heroine", who is a humorless, judgemental and harpy of a governess with two precocious wards appears, you think this book can't possibly be entertaining. You would be wrong.

One thing I really liked about this book is that there wasn't insta-love. There wasn't even insta-like! It took time to build belie
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a great read. Ms. Quincy added some plot twists that I did not see coming all!! I enjoyed how the relationship developed between the two characters. While both were attracted to other, they did not immediately like each other at all. Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, at the request of his uncle, becomes the guardian of twin girls. Adam enjoys the life of a bachelor, the woman,
Lori D
If the title does not capture your interest, reading this marvelous tale will. Diana Quincy takes the story of a rake (yes I mean a major rake!) and a governess and delivers a delightful account, sure to keep you turning the pages!! Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderland is furious when he finds two little girls and their governess on his doorstep and learns he is their guardian! Isabelle Finch, the girl's governess is shocked that Adam (called Sinful Sonny), whose reputation precedes him, could p ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! What a compelling story! In 2018, we women continue to find our voice in the MeToo movement. Here we’re reminded that in the early 1800s women had no rights to their children, let alone their bodies. In the Duke Who Ravished Me we get this nugget of history while the author brilliantly paints a scandalously salacious duke who discovered what it is like to love and be loved in return. It's witty, engaging and all-around good.

I highly recommend it!

I received an A
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed it. Isabel Finch has been governess to twin girls for most of their life. Their father is deceased, and their mother ran off. They have lived in Cornwall with the girls’ great-uncle Abel, who has sent them to live in London with their cousin Adam, Duke of Sunderford. Unfortunately, they arrive late in the evening and Adam is entertaining.

Adam was raised by a very strict father who beat and punished him often. Now that he is the Duke,
Tracy- OMGReads
A complete standalone, The Duke who Ravished Me is book 4 of a series. I read it perfectly without having read the prior books.

The story of a Duke who unexpectedly gets saddled with twin girls and their governess, I absolutely loved it. Sucked into the plot from the very first page, Adam is almost an anti-hero. Someone you have trouble understanding, but easy to fall in love with anyway. Isabel is the governess who accompanies the girls to the Duke's estate. She's a fiery woman for her time, fu
Debra Martin
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, has earned his nickname "Sinful Sunny." Being a duke and enormously wealthy attracts every singer, actress, and widow in London. Adam is never one to turn down a lady's affections or two or three in his decadent "playroom." When Miss Isabel Finch shows up on his doorstep with seven-year-old twin girls and informs him that he is now their legal guardian, Adam is in shock. His lifestyle does lend it itself to him being a guardian of innocent little girls.

Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diana Quincy is one of my favorite historical romance authors and The Duke Who Ravished Me is one of her best! Strong sassy heroine, rake in serious need of reform, adorable twin girls with Quincy's excellent prose makes for a delicious read. I always laugh out loud in her stories, and I tore through this one to a very satisfying ending!
Sinful Sunny is the name the ton has given to Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford. He is known for his for his decadent lifestyle - one which involves multiple women per evening, a lavish playroom where parties involving various states of undress are hosted and a near-daily requirement for hangover cures. When seven-year-old twins Patience and Prudence, along with Governess Isabel Finch, are deposited on his doorstep as his wards, he is not amused. His friends, once also great rakes and parties ...more
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I immediately fell back into the world of the Rebellious Brides series within the first few pages of The Duke Who Ravished Me. And while I would love nothing more than to talk about this delightful romance for hours I do believe this is a story best experienced firsthand by each reader. To that end I’m going to be very careful about letting any spoilers escape.

Adam is a textbook example of the excessive debauchery of the time period. As the Duke of Sunder
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Adam, the Duke of Sunderford, has a nickname - “Sinful Sunny.” It is well earned; he regularly holds small orgies in a private playroom, or goes to pleasure clubs, regularly tupping doxies and having affairs. He’s not exactly the first person one would think of as an appropriate guardian for two seven year old girls, and yet, that’s exactly what happens. Adam’s Uncle Abel sends Patience and Prudence, a
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderland, has a nickname. He is known as Sinful Sunny. The reader is treated to an introduction which includes very specific details of how Sunny conducts himself. He is not a good guy.

He finds that his life has been interrupted by a governess, Isabel Finch and her two charges, Patience and Prudence, his 7 year old twin cousins.

The Fairfax family has become smaller and smaller and Sunny as the Duke and family leader is the logical person who sh
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Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she'd rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.

Fans of Madeline Hunter, Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries will love Diana's Regency world of dashing dukes, irresistible rogues and the headstrong, determined women who capture their hearts. New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes says SEDUCING

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Rebellious Brides (4 books)
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  • A License to Wed (Rebellious Brides, #2)
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