It's All About the Duke
A wonderful ending to an entertaining series. The romantic relationship between the MC's took a little while to start developing ( as was the case with the first 2 novels in this series ) but the story itself kept me interested at all times. The author also chose this final novel to reveal the identity of the scandalous gossip columnist Honora Truth (view spoiler)[it turned out to be none other than the heroine herself ! (hide spoiler)]
Rath ( referred to by this moniker since he's The ...more
Something was niggling at me when I downloaded It’s All About the Duke. It wasn’t until I got into chapter three and the hero and heroine still hadn’t finished the conversation they began at the start of the book that I remembered: Amelia Grey’s writing style just doesn’t work for me.
I actually enjoyed the opening, even though it includes a trope I dislike: the heroine who secretly writes scandal sheets. I liked the characters, enjoyed the dialogue…
However, the conversation ...more
I liked Marlena and Rath well enough. They’re both stubborn and they have some fun banter together. I felt like the chemistry between them was told, not shown. There are a lot of other characters, but everyone was just so bland. Well, except Justina, but I don’t have energy to deal with her.
Plot wise it was slllllllllllloooooooooow. A whole lot of nothing happens in this story. The build up is quite s ...more
As the last Rake of St. James to be unwed, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager from his youth that caused a scandal for a dozen debutants. At the request of an old family friend, Rath takes on a ward, Miss Marlena Fast, and is tasked with helping her find a husband. Orphaned as a child and left in the care of ...more
The Duke of Rathburne (Rath) and his two cohorts (Griff and Hawk) made a thoughtless wager a while back involving a dozen women. They didn’t foresee that these women would be tainted by scandal because of their actions. Unfairly, the three dukes never suffered personal repercussions. The men are remorseful and ...more
There are three books in The Rakes of St. James series:
Last Night with the Duke: pub Mar 7, 2017 [The Duke of Griffin & Miss Esmeralda Swift]
To the Duke, With Love: pub Dec 5, 2017 [The Duke of Hawksthorn & Miss Loretta Quick]
It’s All About the Duke: estimated pub May 29, 2018 [The Duke of Rathburn & Miss Marlena Fast]
OK am I the only one to see the pattern in the last names of the ladies… Swift, Quick, and Fast ...more
A rake (although, really, the man is a sweetheart once he's all smitten. All that makes him a rake is the fact that he sometimes sleeps with a mistress or a widow; there are no scenes showing this, and it's only mentioned once or twice) willing to take responsibility for a misguided, drunken wager he and his friends made and a heroine who supports herself and her best friends with her income from a scandal sheet and a novel. Two genuinely nice people owning up to their mistakes and gro ...more
Publication Date: 5/29/18
I enjoyed this third and final book in the Rakes of St. James series. The series is based on a really lame scandal, but the books are all nice reads even if they are a bit prosy. You can read each as a stand-alone if you wish to do so. I loved the last names of all of the heroines in the three books – Swift, Quick and Fast.
The big scandal is a wager made by three young friends – all dukes. They would write ‘secret admirer’ letters to all ...more
Book three in The Rakes of St. James Trilogy
The Duke of Rathburne and his friends have a dark past and find themselves the targets of the scandal sheet of Miss Honora Truth. Years ago, he and his two friends made a bet and twelve young ladies of the Season were sent letters from secret admirers. The dukes got away without much reprimand, but the ladies felt some burn. Rathburne has recently acquired a ward to watch over for the upcoming Season, Miss M...more
I've never read any of Amelia Grey's previous works before, and It's All About the Duke was a great introduction to her writing because this book charmed from start to finish, and it's all because of the characters.
I love both Rath and Marlena. Marlena especially is totally adorable and she has my heart. She's young and innocent, but I like that she's not a pushover, and she has no problems speaking her mind in Rath's presence. I also love her loyalty to her friends E ...more
I didn't feel any chemistry between Rath and Marlena. Yes, they had their banter, but those conversations didn't leave me feeling like they had a romance in the making. Then there was who Marlena was and what that meant to the Rakes of St. James. I would have thought the build-up to that revelation would have been more angsty and that it woul ...more
This is the third book in The Rakes of St. James series. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, the book description intrigued me, so I accept to read and review. This is a light regency novel that puts the reader into the glittering world of the London ton.
I struggled with the premise for It’s All about the Duke. I have a difficult time believing her previous guardian would choose a rake as her new guardian, but I held judgment. Unfortunately, I nev ...more
My only objection was the amount of narrative that the book had, which tended to bog me down, instead of draw me into the book. Even with that- once I met the characters, I connected and picked up the book every spare chance I got. Highly recommend.
I received an arc from NetGalley.
You can't miss this one! Rath has a lot to make up for. Marlene has a huge secret. He thinks she needs to be taught deportment and how to go on in the ton. She thinks the Rakes never got their due after the secret admirer letters.
And now he is her guardian. Fox guarding the hen house coming to mind? ...more
I wanted to like this. Right from the beginning I wasn't engaged and almost decided not to finish but soldiered on. The slow going continued and the story held little chemistry for me. Other novels in the same trope, of rakes being punished via a wickedly wielded pen, have held more sparkle.
A NetGalley ARC ...more
"Rath" , is one of a trio of three young dukes who years ago thought it would be funny to pick four each young women to send secret admirer letters to and see who would show up to a rendezvous as a wager between the three of them, never truly believing that any of these ...more
**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.** ...more
It was a fun, enjoyable novel with like able characters. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical romance.set during the Regency era. ...more
The very last person Marlena Fast ...more
I was highly anticipating this installment, after handing out a 5-star to To the Duke, with Love. While this is a continuation, and it will benefit the reader to start at the beginning of the series and read in order, there would be little to no confusion if read as a standalone.
I will admit, I struggled throughout the course of the novel with keeping my interests. I was able to read a chapter here or there until compl ...more
Here is evidence of my latest attempt to find a “new to me” aut ...more
My main problem with the story was that the pace was extremely slow. Four chapters in and the first scene was still going on. Four chapters of the same! The setting wasn’t too bad but I’m not a ...more
Rakes of St. James #3
Three young men made a wager…
A scandalous wager – at least society said it was.
Three young dukes gained the dubious “honor” of being named…
…The Rakes of Saint James.
In the final book of the series the Duke of Rathburn “Rath” has agreed to become the guardian of Miss Marlena Fast who will be coming out in her first season with the ton. She lives with a widowed cousin, has dear friends living next door and has a secret she really doesn’t w ...more
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 ...more