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The Duke's Suspicion

(Rogues and Rebels #2)

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  46 reviews
An English war hero must unlock the secrets of an Irish beauty's heart...

Named for the heather in her native Ireland, Erica Burke is an aspiring botanist whose dearest wish is to travel to far-off locales. So far, she's only made it to England's Lake District. Stranded there by a storm, she finds the last thing she's looking for—dashing English war hero Major Tristan Laure
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Published December 18th 2018 by Lyrical Press
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Caz
I've given this a C- at AAR, so that's 2.5 stars.

The Duke’s Suspicion is the second in Susanna Craig’s Rogues and Rebels series, and takes as its heroine, Erica Burke, the sister of Cami, from the first book, The Companion’s Secret. I haven’t read it, but didn’t feel the lack here; this works as a standalone and any bits of necessary background information are quickly filled in by the author. This is the first time I’ve read a book by Ms. Craig; she débuted a couple of years back, but I’ve yet
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Joanna Loves Reading
This book is the second in series and first I have tried by Susanna Craig. It worked reasonably well as a stand-alone, but I did find myself curious about the heroine Erica’s sister and family, which I imagine the first book explores more. I intend to read it at some point. Overall, there was aspects of this book that stir interest for me to check out more by this author, but I thought the plot messy and weak and the chemistry lacking spark.

The HR genre is very uneven in its coverage. A very lar
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OLT
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) First of all, I have to say how much I truly enjoyed THE COMPANION'S SECRET, the first book in this Rogues and Rebels series. Perhaps that's why this second one has disappointed me so much. I was expecting outstanding main characters and a plot to hold my interest. Instead I got this ho-hum, humdrum, rather prosaic account of an OCD duke, old beyond his years, falling for an ADHD female, younger than her years.

There's not much plot to this story. There's not much convincing romance e
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Caitlyn Lynch
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-georgian
I absolutely adored The Companion’s Secret, the first in this Rogues and Rebels series, and I’ve been eagerly looking forward to reading The Duke’s Secret, wondering what Susanna Craig would delight me with this time.

And she gave me (drum roll…)

An ADHD heroine.

Of course, since the book is set in 1799, Erica’s condition isn’t diagnosed, but the descriptions of her actions, feelings and the way she thinks and talks about herself make it very obvious to someone with ADHD exactly what the author was
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Jultri
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Not the best book book by this author. Reluctant spy-cum-newly inherited duke returning to his estate for the first time since taking over the title meets Irish botanist accidentally left behind by her family. A fierce storm forces her to take shelter at his home with a bunch of other house guests one of whom is supposed to have traitorous intentions. She raises the duke's suspicion with her curious behaviour and her mysterious journal, which she is highly protective of. She also raises his inte ...more
Frankie Reviews
I always get very excited whenever there is a new Susanna Craig book, and this beauty doesn’t not disappoint. Yet, again Ms Craig has created another stunning, compelling, engaging and beautifully written book. This is book two in the Rogues and Rebels series, the first was brilliant and this even more so. Craig again brings together two completely different individuals; this time it is a beautiful Irish botanist and a brooding military intelligence officer, which I can tell you make for a capti ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke's Suspicion by Susanna Craig is book Two in the Rogues and Rebels series. This is the story of Tristan Laurens, the Duke of Rayhnam and Erica Burke. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Erica dream is to be a botanist and travel to far off locations for her research. But she hasn't made it to far yet. Tristan is a war hero who has inherited a title that he didn't want but trying to settle things he up her learns that some inf
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Lori D
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a highly charged story with fantastic, compelling characters that held me spellbound until the last page. Erica, a lovely Irish botanist, was traveling with her sister and brother law to their estate in England. in her absent mindedness, she realized she left her beloved journal containing her botany studies, inside the Inn. Turning from the coach and going back to get it, she wound up being left. So she set off on foot for the long walk to her sister's estate.
But as often happens, it s
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Tracy Emro
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
After reading the first book in the series - A Companion's Secret and absolutely loving it, I couldn't wait to read this installment of the Rogues and Rebels series. This book features Cami's younger sister Erica Burke, an aspiring botanist and Major Tristin Laurens, the new Duke of Raynham.

Erica is traveling with Cami and her new husband on their wedding trip, Erica left Ireland after the failed rebellion that killed her betrothed and came to England to start anew. She is studying the flora she
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Pj Ausdenmore
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A second son, Tristan Laurens neither expected nor wanted to become the Duke of Raynham, instead finding both his purpose and joy in service to his country as a Major in the English Army. It's a life that fits his need for control and order well. He's reluctantly returning home to put the dukedom in capable hands then plans to return to his duties in France.

The younger sister of Irish rebels, Erica Burke dreams of having the freedom to become a respected botanist. As someone who lives with what
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Janet
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Botanist Erica Burke dreams of travel somewhere she won’t be scorned for her scientific interests. Instead, a storm strands her with cool and commanding Major Tristan Laurens who's now the Duke of Raynham after his father & brother Percy died in an accident.
Tristan is torn between his duties as an intelligence officer and his responsibilities as a duke. A brief return to England to set his affairs in order is extended by bad weather and worse news someone is after the military secrets he ke
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Niki
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, steamy, top-heroes
I really enjoyed this one! We get romance, some intrigue, decent conversations. Our heroine, Erica, is always struggling to keep up with her racing thoughts and as such, can be rather spacey and forgetful. This forgetfulness leads to her being left behind by her sister and brother-in-law and sees her riding out a week-long rainstorm, stranded by flooding, in the home of a duke. Said duke, Tristan, because of something his friend said, is suspicious that Erica, who is Irish, could be a spy workin ...more
Suzannah
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Major Tristan Laurens, The Duke of Raynham has just returned from duty when an Irish beauty named Erica Burke quite literally stumbles across his path during a storm. Laurens is an intelligence officer and he has been told that someone close to him is leaking secrets. When he takes the Irish beauty to his home for her protection, he wonders if she is the breach. Could she be a spy?
I enjoyed this book but wished for a few things. Because of his distrust, Tristan doesn’t really seem all that attra
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Candace N
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Duke’s Suspicion by Susanna Craig is the second book in the Rogues and Rebels series. I have not read the first one but this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone. The characters didn’t seem consistent with who they were. It was interesting trying to guess what they would say or do next. I couldn’t connect with them completely because of that but with that said I did like them very much. They had strong personalities, they stood out, they were intriguing and they were very likeable. T ...more
Liana
I've been looking for to Erica's story since meeting her in The Companion's Secret, and it did not disappoint! Erica is a refreshingly different heroine, and Tristan was strong and confident, and loving and accepting of Erica when he comes to know and understand her. Susanna's writing is lovely, and it's impossible not to be swept-up in her storytelling!
Patricia
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
An English war hero coming home to settle estate affairs rescues a stranded Irish woman studying the local plants - or is she a spy? What exactly is in the journal she keeps by her side? Good read.
Rose Blue
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Qw and Buried Under Romance (Bonnie):

Major Tristan Laurens finds his career as an intelligence officer in the military fulfilling and rewarding. As the spare, he never expected or wanted to inherit the title of Duke of Raynham, but when his brother dies, that’s exactly what happens. As he reluctantly returns home, he stops to stay at the old gardener’s cottage on the property, trying to delay the inevitable for as long as possible. A fierce rai
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Meghan Lloyd
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Combining a botanist heroine with a military hero, The Duke's Suspicion tests historical boundaries and comes out looking like a million dollars! I loved the unique characters, the unpredictable plot, and the engaging setting. There is very little not to like about this book, and if you must pick one thing, then perhaps you can say you don't like how accurate this book appears to be - I know a lot of people would prefer a book that glosses over the facts. However, though I'm not a historian, I l ...more
Marie
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erica Burke was accidentally left behind at an inn when her sister and new brother in law were on their way to their estate. She went back into the inn to retrieve her journal. It is precious to her because it has pictures and notes on plants and flowers as she is a botanist. When she realizes that she has been left, she starts walking toward their house. It is raining and she sees a deserted cottage where she takes refuge. She goes in thinking she is alone but there is someone there. Major Lord ...more
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
An enjoyable, if rather predictable, romance! I liked the heroine, Erica, a lot - it's so great to see female characters who are interested in scientific research. Here, Erica is a botanist (as was somewhat predetermined by her name), and her passion for her subject makes her far more interesting than a normal heroine. It made me laugh that she had invented a sort of proto bullet-journal! I wasn't quite as taken by Tristan, the hero, as I found him a little bit vague and aloof, and thought he co ...more
Norah Gibbons
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Duke’s Suspicion by Susanna Craig is the second book in her Rogues and Rebels Series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed it so much I am definitely going to go back and read the first one. About to continue her journey to the Lake District Irish botanist Erica Burke realizes that she forgot her precious journal at the inn. She runs back in to recover it and discovers that her family thinking sh ...more
Amy Hay
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second story in the Rogues and Rebels Series tells the story of Erica, the second daughter of the Irish Burke family. Erica is a woman of intellect and a restless energy that has hindered her in the past. A botanist, she relies on her journal to help sort the world and keep her ideas, and self, straight. Benefiting from her sister's marriage, Erica becomes lost while traveling with the honeymoon couple. Major Tristan Laurens - the new Duke of Raynham - rescues her from a storm and takes her ...more
Andrea
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #2 in the series Rogues and Rebels, The Duke's Suspicion can be read without knowledge of the previous books (my case), although I got very curious about the series and I'm planning to catch up with book #1.
Erika Burke can't live without her journal, where she writes down her ideas and sketches all kinds of plants. But she keeps forgetting her journal and the last time she did it and came back to retrieve "her precious", she is left behind by her newly wed sister. Trying to find her sister,
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Romantic Intentions Quarterly
Susanna Craig does it again! An 18th Century historical romance between an Irish botanist beauty and a British intelligence officer who suspects her of espionage is quite a unique one, and when coupled with Craig’s flair for moving dialogue and fiery tempers flaring, with more than a hint of Trapped Together in a Cabin, it becomes nothing less than compulsively readable. Erica Burke is a heroine not often seen in this genre and the suspense surrounding her soldier beau’s critical secrets is well ...more
Sarah Joyce Bryant
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Duke’s Suspicion is a well-crafted novel that is meant to be savored. The sense of place is fully imagined through the rich details, which helps the reader feel as if they are right there witnessing the story unfold. Character development is delicately balanced between the main characters and supporting characters which helps the reader develop adequate suspicion of various characters without being too distracted by unnecessary details. The strong-willed, unconventional female protagonist wa ...more
Sara
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from netgalley and exchange for an honest review. The do suspicion tells the story of a Duke that is returning home after his father and elder brother died. On the way home he runs into our main character who has become stranded after her sister and her new brother-in-law forget her on their journey home. The incremental weather forces to do to take her home where his stepmother has decided to throw an impromptu party at his home in honor of his return. Overall the story i ...more
MDM
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Erica is a misfit. She enjoys botany more than men, and knows that she will never be a proper lady. Tristan is soldier, and doesn’t want to be sent home to take up the reins of a dukedom that he was never prepared for. Together they manage to smooth off each other’s rough edges and form a very believable and romantic partnership to bring down a spy.

I really enjoyed this Susanna Craig offering, and look forward to more in the Rogues and Rebels series.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced co
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Jill
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story revolves around Erica who becomes separated from her sister and brother-in-law at an inn and later finding herself under the protection of Tristan Laurens, the Duke of Raynham, during s thunderstorm. She is forced to remain at his estate, along with the other guests, until the flood waters recede. The attraction between then grows, increasing when they search for the spy that is currently at his estate. There is a HEA but there is a lot that happens before this comes about. This is a w ...more
Terry
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I did not get to read the first book in this series, The Companion's Secret, which is a loss to me, because reviews say that is the better book in this series and because I read this book first.
The whole story was long and drawn out, bland, and just not for me.
Go read OLT 's review of the book, it's funnier and explains more. Just like the book, this review has gone on too long.
Jill
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This story was very slow moving and repetitious. Not much happened until halfway through the book. The main character Erica, an Irish girl that gets stranded with a duke, was so boring. Clutching her journal was the main action for the first half of the story. The ending was wrapped up rather quickly and didn't make complete sense.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
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A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sex ...more

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Rogues and Rebels (3 books)
  • The Companion's Secret (Rogues and Rebels, #1)
  • The Lady's Deception (Rogues and Rebels, #3)