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The Blind Duke: Sinners Club Book I

(Sinners Club #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  27 reviews
He lost his sight, but he hasn't lost his touch

All his life Thomas Powell, the Duke of Ashford has been beautiful and enjoyed the privileges that come with it. One bad decision leads to an accident that leaves him blind and strips him of his place in society. Desperate to gain back his status, Thomas devises a plan to win the hand of the season’s more desirable woman but
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published January 27th 2018
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Tracy DeNeal
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thomas and Eloisa

I really enjoyed the premise of this story. When the sense of sight is removed, the concept of beauty becomes abstract. What was once beautiful fades into the background and becomes common and the true beauty in the world reveals itself.

Thomas was an arrogant, too handsome for his own good, rogue of a duke before tragedy struck and left him sightless. Now he wants his life in the Ton back. He has determined that to get back to the top, he needs to marry a diamond and not jus
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Great dialogue with good story bones, with the overall message that love is more than what is on the outside. But I didn't really connect with the characters.

I was expecting to see the hardships that a man robbed of his sight had to go through, instead we have a blind Duke that manages exceptionally well, can take off at a run and not fumble in the middle of a busy London street, and never seems to miss his aim for his kisses. His biggest obstacle is that he wants to be a society darling again.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Emma Brady and it did not disappoint. I purchased it this morning before work and finished it in one day. I was hooked from the first sentence to the last. I thought it was a wonderful story. I was laughing one moment, teary eyed the next and wanted to throat punch two other characters. I really connected with Eloisa and her self-doubts about her appearance and love how Thomas redeems not only himself, but her too. I don’t want to give it away. Just read it, ...more
Michelle Watson
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read it but....

There is something so wrong about this book. The plot really does not make a lot of sense. The main female character is supposed to be innocent but her actions certainly do not demonstrate this...sneaking out of the house early morning to meet the male lead , kissing him in public at a teashop, a ball but no one sees, sneaking into a Duke's suspiciously empty house to go to his room and make love to him all the while thinking he was planning to marry her own cousin??? What kin
DNF'ed at 4%, just a few pages into the first chapter.

One big goof right at the beginning (how can the blind man take the woman's arm without having been told that it's there?) and the dialogue not even trying to be remotely appropriate for the time or society turned me off the story real fast.
Margaret Watkins
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story that is both sad and funny at times, The Blind Duke is set in an era where beauty, power and wealth were the cornerstones of society. Being plain and without wealth, made Eloisa undesirable and the brunt of others sharp, unkind words. Thomas on the other hand had been the the golden boy of society,and when he lost his sight, he lost the adulation of society at the same time. People forget that because a person cannot see, it doesn’t mean they can’t hear as well, and Thomas discovers just ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engaging Story

Emma Brady is a new author to me and I must say I wasn't disappointed. How fickle and narrow minded the aristocracy must have been in the 1800's. The vane and arrogant Thomas Powell, Duke of Ashford sought to retrieve his previous charmed life before being blinded in an accident, thinking that marrying a 'beauty' would help him gain his standing in the 'ton', with thinking such as this one should ask who would want to be a part of this ignorant group. The heroine of this story
Heidi Meaton
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the undeserving become the deserved.

Notorious rake marred by blindness versus renowned failed debutante.
Eloise does not feel that she belongs in society and therefore takes a backseat to her ever lovely cousin. She acts as chaperone.
Thomas has spent years recovering after an accident where he loses his sight. Eager to establish his old place in society he seeks a n beauty to marry. But then n weds help securing her. He enlists the help of her chaperone cousin but a business agre
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
This is my first book by Emma Brady but I will be looking for more of her books in the future. The concept is interesting - a former rake, the Duke was blinded in a riding accident. Now, a few years later, he is wanting to get his standing in the ton back and thinks he can do it by marrying a Diamond of the First Water.
While he courts Sarah Noble, a definite diamond, he finds himself drawn to her cousin/chaperone Eloisa, definitely not a diamond and verging on the edge of spinsterhood. Wil
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first regency romance novel and I’m excited to say I’ll be reading more!!

I loved, loved that the duke was blind - it’s really cool to read about a character that isn’t often represented. I connected a lot more with Thomas - I really loved him and his friend Alex (who gets his own story!!)
The tension between Thomas and Eloisa was awesome! Sparks were definitely flying.
My only issue is that Eloisa did something that would have really hurt her cousin if she ever found out and
Dianne Lowe
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good story. Thomas, the blind Duke, decides he wants to marry a woman as beautiful as he is handsome. Eloisa, companion to her beautiful cousin Sarah, is plain. She and Thomas met during Eloise's come out season, but he does not remember her.Thomas decides to seek Eloisa's help to get Sarah to marry him. He wants to regain his place in society he held before the accident that left him blind. Can he be focusing on the wrong woman? Many grammatical errors,wrong word choices, and poor sen ...more
Monika P.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
5 stars for the story. 3 stars for the editor. I loved the slow development of the love between hero and heroine. Their banter made me laugh more than once. And I really, really wanted to wring the neck of Lady Harris. I would have enjoyed the book even more if not for all the typos that kept pulling me out of the story. I wish the editor had paid more attention.
Monica Mccaskey
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Needed so much work

It’s hard to know where to begin. LOTS of misused vocabulary, lots of continuity errors, lots of grammatical errors. Very poor knowledge of Regency mores, inconsistent characterization, absurd assumptions about the abilities of someone who was visually impaired. I think that’s enough. Don’t bother with this one.
Linda Robson
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Blind Duke

Eloisa goes as chaperone for her cousin Sarah for her first season. Eloisa thinks that Thomas would make a good husband for Sarah and goes all out to push them together. Love has a way of changing the outcome. I will not spoil the story only to say I could not put it down. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
Cecilia Rodriguez
Brady doesn't give an exact date, however in one scene she describes Eloisa Noble wearing a bustle, which dates from the 1870's to 1880's.
Thomas Powell, the Duke of Ashford returns for the London Season a year after losing his sight.
Eloisa Noble is a companion for her cousin, Lady Sarah.
Some of the scenes reminded me of Marvel's: Daredevil.
Ramonita  Roldan
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lord Thomas Ashford & Eloisa's story was heartwarming! Thomas believed his lost his place in society due to the accident that caused the loss of his eyesight. Eloise believed she was destined to never marry & have a family, during to her disastrous coming out. Season. Together they will discover that nothing is impossible when you desire it bad enough. Highly Recommend. Happy Reading.
Virginia Tican
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is about his Grace of Ashford's blindness and his fight for normalcy and regain what he thought he lost before his accident and in the process gained more by decisively going after what he truly deserves. He learned his lessons the hard way and had become a better man because of them. There is also the mysterious disappearance of his young twin brothers that was not resolved in this book. So there maybe other books devoted to them in the future?
Donna Wilker
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The heart doesn't need eyes to see.

I enjoy reading stories of characters with perceived disabilities that show that love and strength of purpose are available to all. You will fall in love with this "flawed" couple right from the first page.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book, eventhough there were some grammatical errors. The Duke has one big ego. I just wanted to knock some since into him for taking so long to pick out the right bride. Still it's worth the read?
Dorothy Jensik
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

I did enjoy the story of Elise and Thomas as it followed an unusual courtship, ending satisfactorily. I wonder if Emma Brady will have an upcoming tale for Sarah. I had thought she would be the one for Alex, but the preview nixed that thought. But, keep writing!
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good book.

I really enjoyed reading The Blind Duke. The story is very interesting, and the characters as well. Truly a romantic book with worthwhile characters and story. Thank you, Jack
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I don’t read a lot of regency novels but this was awesome! I will definitely be reading about Alex! Can’t wait :)
Tony Sommer
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story.

I couldn’t put it down once I started it. What a wonderful story of love. Even if it didn’t turn out the way everyone thought it would.
Louiseann Walter
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What an AMAZING concept of the ton. I really enjoyed this story and how the ton really perceived one another!
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unrealistic handling of visual impairment issues and severe lack of proofreading.
Pat Babcock
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Blind Duke

An accident results in blindness for a handsome and vain duke. He learns that there are more important things than external beauty.
Janet Russell
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alive story

Of first quality. A meeting of passion and winning a match unexpected and not part of the grand plan. A surprise to both parties
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