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The Good, the Bad, and the Duke

(The Cavensham Heiresses #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  725 ratings  ·  351 reviews
A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied…

Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property f
Mass Market Paperback, 356 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

He’d been desired before, but never with that look. She thought him noble.
He stumbled back a step.

Fourth in the Cavensham Heiresses series, we finally get Paul Barstowe, the Duke of Southart's story. He is the friend of the previous heroes of the series who has become the outcast due to circumstances out of his control and of his own making. Our heroine Dap
Stacey is Sassy
There was more Good than Bad in this Duke…

I had something happen that has never (if my memory serves me right) happened in my romance reads. The hero getting snubbed made me cry. I suppose this was different because normally it’s the heroine that gets snubbed in my historical romance reads. In this case, the former Rake, Paul, is trying his hardest to overcome his past and turn over a new leaf. It’s a tricky one though. See, I know how hard he’s trying to be a better man. BUT, I’ve also seen him
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Good, the Bad, and the Duke was a wonderful read featuring a forbidden romance, a stolen diary, and the chance of forgiveness for our hero.

Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready for the Christmas season with her family, but when she’s inadvertently left behind, she decides to use the time to work on her home for unwed mothers. One day on her was to see her solicitor, her personal diary containing damning information is stolen. Then she finds out the property she bid on for her charity has a higher b
Juliana Philippa
UPDATE: DNF, 1.5 stars
REAAAAALLY tempted to DNF at 26% ... but will give it another chance for a few more chapters

I have had a love/hate relationship with this series, all of which I've received as ARCs. Given the previous pattern, this one should have hit it out of the ballpark for me, because my opinion of each book has progressively gotten better and better—in leaps and bounds. I really disliked the first in the series, The Bad Luck Bride and DNF'd it at 25% (read my review); the seco
Maggie Whitworth
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh , I’ve waited and hoped for Paul’s redemption, and him to be seen as he truly is , not how he believes he is .
Hoped that he could earn the respect and love of a good woman , someone who would fight for him , and who would see him for the strong , honourable man I knew him to be deep down.
Janna has given him a brilliant story an adventure with his perfect partner, a feisty woman who won’t let him back down and give up , She’s awesome.
Daphne is all I wanted to see and more ,in his
Joanna Loves Reading
This was my first book by Janna MacGreggor. I wanted to try a book by her, because while new to the HR scene, she seems to be gaining a fair amount of popularity. I thought the story easy to read and get through, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. This book included many current HR trends; such as a Duke hero, Regency setting, and headstrong and independent heroine. So if you really like what most of what has been churned out in HR lately, this is probably a good option for you. If ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a new author for me, but I liked the synopsis and was eager to try this series.

I really liked Daphne and Paul. She wants to be independent, he wants to be accepted. They both have big hearts, lots of loyalty, and fantastic chemistry. There are so many characters and titles in this story and I pretty much gave up on all of it right away.

Plot wise, it was a bit dramatic, but enjoyable. I would have liked more conversation and less inner monologue. There was a bit of push and pull, but D
Tracy  C
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Janna MacGregor is a first time author for me and I did enjoy this book. It just took a bit for me to get invested. I loved the plot (reformed reprobates that don't feel worthy are my kryptonite) and Daphne seemed to be a woman ahead of her time. The problem being, what time? This is a personal preference, but I like to know the year/timeframe for historical reference. There was no mention of the year that I could find. Also, I found this a bit "wordy". There was so much internal di ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
4.5 Stars
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DUKE by Janna MacGregor is book Four in The Cavensham Heiresses series. This is the story of Daphne Hallworth and Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. I have read and loved the previous books in this series, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Paul used to be Daphne's brother best friend but now longer and is somewhat labeled as a enemy. But Daphne always had a crush on him but she always wish the good that she saw in him would be wh
Rated 3.5 - THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DUKE by Janna MacGregor romps through London with another of THE CAVENSHAM HEIRESSES. This one is book four.

Upon the death of his father and his oldest brother, Lord Paul Barstowe became the Duke of Southart. Always considered the spare heir by his father, Paul feels ill-prepared and not necessarily well-received for this new station in life, due to his past transgressions. He is trying to redeem himself through a hospital charity to advance treatment of rh
Sonya Heaney
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I read Janna MacGregor’s debut novel last year, and commented that the author had talent, that the opening of the book was brilliant, but that it was a little confusing when it came to all the characters.

Because I liked the description of this one, and wanted to give MacGregor’s work another try, I picked up a review copy of this, the fourth book in the series. Again, I found the author's writing to be solid, but I also had some issues with the overall structure of the book.

For me, it’s always p
Lover of Romance
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I haven’t had the chance to read this author before, but when her latest book “The Good, The Bad and the Duke” was released a few months ago, I knew I wanted to pick up this book and it has such a charm to its Christmas toned cover and I will admit the cover is what really drew me to the story and I love unique titles that have me intrigued and so when I saw this book at my local library, I grabbed it right up. And sometimes with new author
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scandal and love!

Lady Daphne Hallworth finds herself left behind when her mother and brother depart for different locations before joining forces for the upcoming Christmas celebrations. Each thinks that Daphne has gone with the other. Her brother's ex best friend, now worst enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart, along with the family's delightful under butler, come to her rescue. (Both in different ways.)
I adored both these leading characters, along with some delightful and some dastardly supp
Douglas Meeks
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off, I really enjoyed this book, it was warm and human and the snappy conversation and such was entertaining BUT since I have only been indulging myself in historical romance for about 3 years or less I have read pretty much only the best by authors that made the effort to stay within some semblance of historical accuracy which this novel threw aside on several occasions in the relationship scenes.

The story is great and I did not scan anything but I did roll my eyes at the way the author
Joana V.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've received an ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I know it’s early to be reading Christmas-related books, but really – is it ever too early to read Christmas stories? ❤️

Lady Daphne Hallworth quickly became one of my all-time favourite characters. She tried her best to be “the perfect daughter/sister/etc” and she shoved all her feelings in a diary. It actually sounds like something I would do, with the exception that I’ve tried to write a diary several times, but I always en
Caitlyn Lynch
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-georgian
It can be quite a tall order to redeem a character who was a heel in an earlier book in the series - you have to make sure you don’t go overboard with the villainy if you want your readers to buy into this character becoming a hero or heroine in their own right. Janna MacGregor pulls it off very well here with Paul, Duke of Southton, a former rake now forced to amend his ways since the deaths of his father and brother landed him a title he never wanted.

Lady Daphne Hallworth always believed in Pa
Susan Peterson
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Good, The Bad, and The Duke is a wonderful love story that is tender and steamy and incredibly touching. Paul Barstowe, the Duke of Southart is a rogue and a gambler with a past that has left behind broken relationships, but underneath that brash exterior lies a big heart that’s left him wounded and vulnerable. Daphne has had a crush on him since she was a child, and their reunion starts off auspiciously, but the chemistry between the two is palpable. Watching their relationship develop was ...more
J. W. Garrett
“Friendship is really the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” –Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

This review [**May Contains Spoilers**] features book 4 in The Cavensham Heiresses series. Rating: MA: mature audience, adult themes, explicit-graphic sex scenes between consenting adults

I LOVED book 3 ‘The Luck of the Bride.’ The Cavenshams were amazing. I loved the characters and even those returning from the previous books made me want to know more about them and their story. I was so look
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book, especially at Christmas time. This is the 4th book in The Cavensham Heiresses series, but you can read them as standalones. Lady Daphne Hallworth has loved Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart, most of her life. He was her brother Alex’s best friend and was always kind to her. After Paul and Alex severed their ties, she still cared for Paul, no matter his reputation.

Daphne doesn’t expect to wed and plans to use her money to build a home for unwed mothers. She is going to tell h
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one was absolutely my favorite of the series. I loved Paul. He was sweet and kind and should be protected at all costs. Daphne was a good heroine, I liked her in the previous books and I liked her here. But for me this book is all about Paul. I hated that he had so little self worth and was glad he had Daphne to help him realize how wonderful he is. I also loved the kitten. I really hated the nickname Moonbeam though.
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
**2.5 Stars**

I wanted to love this book. Just look at the cover, it’s gorgeous! This was my first novel from Janna MacGregor, and as this is the fourth book in the series, I knew I ran the risk of it not standing alone well. For the most part, I wasn’t lost and I understood, basically, how everyone was related or knew each other. Unfortunately, I spent most of the book either annoyed by the characters or their actions.

Let’s start with the positives: I loved Janna’s use of language. Her descript
Dan Curnutt
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very enticing storyline from the Regency Period of England. The young Duke of Southart, Paul, is trying to deal with his grief as well as the new responsibilities of being the Duke of Southart.

His grief is from the death of his father and his brother. He is grieved. Not so much for his father but very grieved for his brother’s passing.

From his younger days he has been a free spirit whom spent his time gambling, seducing women and just generally acting poorly. But now he must reform his ways an
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
This was another one of those stories about a Spinster. One that is not just on the Shelf but Under the Shelf by the standards of the era. I have gotten a bit tired of the Spinster storyline. These young lady's of this era were married off as very young girls. As early as 15. By 21 they were called a Spinster. At 25 You were not even thought of as a possible bride. Daphne was beautiful, rich in her own right and from a powerful rich titled family. So I didn't understand why she had to be a spins ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book series and I hope there will be more books. The story is about Lady Daphne Hallworth can't wait to celebrate the holiday but her family accidentally leaves her home alone. So Daphne uses the time to work on her dream of opening a home for unwed mothers. She is trying to purchase a house but her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart wants the house too. Also, he stole her diary, which has family secrets in it as well. Paul aims to open a hospital to ...more
Lori Quick
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just can't say enough about this book. I was hooked from the first page to the last. This was one of those books I couldn't put down.

You already get the gist of the story from the blurb so I don't need to go over that, I will say that this story has a gossip rag, stolen property, family secrets, mourning, learning how to deal with loss, second chances, family love, HEA and so much more.

Thank you to St Martin's Press for the chance to read an early copy.
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
I loved this book! Daphne was such a great main character, and I liked getting to see Paul slowly redeem himself. I haven't read the other books in the series, so it was hard to understand some of the family dynamics, but otherwise everything was great. I loved how passionate Daphne was, I only wish she'd kept a *little* more of her personality from her youth. ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is not your traditional historical romance. This book was captivating and a great read!
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family at their country estate but when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream opening a home for unwed mothers. Her alone time isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And an urchin has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has al ...more
Juliette Cross
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous Regency romance by Janna MacGregor. Loved seeing this naughty rake fall so hard for Daphne. Paul was swoony to the nth degree. And such a fun romance with the holiday theme. Highly recommended!
Linda Quick
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book pulling me into its historical setting from the first page and made me fall in love with the characters. Daphne is a "spinster", at the old age of 25, that has always had a crush on Paul, the bad boy duke, who has burned almost every bridge with his behavior. When fate throws them together when Daphne loses something dear to her, their relationship begins to change.

I loved the love story and romance between Daphne and Paul, but, even better, was that the author made me feel totally eng
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Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisin ...more

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