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Let Sleeping Dukes Lie

(Rules of the Rogue #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,490 ratings  ·  106 reviews
“Strait-laced. Ruthless. Arrogant.”
Alexander Westhide, the Duke of Rakecombe has no quarrel with such faint praise as he has forever shunned marriage, women and anything remotely resembling love. Indeed, the damning words merely serve to enhance his haughty façade. But beneath the controlled demeanour lies a duke beset by tragedy, a man turbulent and restless.

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Published May 21st 2018
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
So so good till it wasn't! A 5ish that went straight to 3.

The impudent Irish and her supercilious duke ... one of the best Unlikely Couples ever and I was panting to read their book ever since meeting them in book #1.
Their hot and cool skirmishes were titillating enough to whet any romance reader's appetite.
And they start out strong with many a thrust and parry. It's the h who's ever ready to charge and the H who coolly deflects. Perfect!

Everything was going according to plan with an intense a
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I couldn't put this story down. I had been waiting for Alex The Duke of Rakecombe an Miss Aideen Quilan's story and it didn't disappoint . We meet this couple in Bk 1. An Earl In Wolfs Clothing.

Alex is the stern, snobbish titled Duke and Aideen is a smart mouth shrew!! They both take jabs at each other, but when caught kissing in the Gardens at a Ball. Well Alex announces to everyone that they Aideen is to be his wife. A few days later the couple is married.

Alex is a Spy for The Crown and his
Tracy Emro
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Alexander Westhide, Duke of Rakecombe and Aideen Quinlan met in the previous book, when Alex saved her from a French kidnapper - they shared a kiss and he walked away.

Now almost a year later, they meet again and the passion is still simmering. Alex does not have time for a relationship, with Napoleon on the loose and possible traitors in the home office, he can't lose his focus. And even if he could - he won't. Aileen is a firebrand and not at all suitable for the position of duchess, even if h
Yes, definitely, this is one duke who should have been left sleeping. Awake he goes from hot to cold and back again in the blink of an eye and then gets way too repetitive with both his external and internal musings. The heroine is not too bad, although she tries too hard to be different and rebellious, to live up to her name meaning "fiery". The writing is not bad, but again the term "try hard" is applicable. There are too obvious attempts to insert humour into scenes. There are too obvious att ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really cute and fun book. The humor of the book reminded me a bit of Miranda Davis's writing. So if you are a fan of hers, you might like this one. There was a lot of cant used and sometimes I struggled to understand what was being said, but overall I really enjoyed this NTM author. Contemplating the backlist, like I don't have the Kilimanjaro of a TBR already, but you can never have enough books. I liked Aileen and Alex, but Jack is a scene stealer and kept us entertained and half in ...more
2.5 stars.

This wasn't terrible, but neither was it memorable. It was told in the enjoyable style that I've come to expect from Ms. Windsor, but this story lacked something since I found myself a bit bored. Other than the utter lack of OP drama, this was filled with cliches. I appreciate an H who wasn't a manho, with only one small reference to his past, and an h who wasn't a doormat. Other than those two details, there wasn't much to set this apart from other books in this genre.
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is the first book I have read my Emily Windsor and it is a marvellous introduction to her work. Let Sleeping Dukes Lie is book two in the ‘Rules of the Rogues’ Series, I didn’t read book one I found that didn’t affect my reading of this one. I read it very much as a stand-a-lone, and because of Ms Windsor’s articulated writing there are mentions of the first book’s story line, so I felt that I could very easily follow the series.

After a kidnapping month’s before, which brought Aideen Quinla
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book would've been a 5 starrer for me if it wasn't for Alex's exhausting pigheadedness. I just hate when authors drag the drama too long the last chapter of the page. The resolution could've came a lot earlier when common sense demanded it. Anyways I absolutely loved Aideen and her paragraph long curses.....some of the scenes were wonderful and the chemistry was sizzling and the romance hot. Definitely recommend it.
Debbie DiFiore
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really liking this series

Really enjoyed this love story. The heroine was wonderful and I liked how she stood her ground. The duke was a man in love but not did he fight it. I understood his reasons though but I hated when he was so cold to her and trying to push away. There Is a missing spy that they are looking for and Winterborn is helping the Duke find him. There is a cute storyline about her friend Cordelia and her betrothed which I loved. Wish they had their own book.The Dukes Mom is wonder
Lisa Jo
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite of the series! I stayed up way too long trying to finish the book but it was worth it!

I loved these two and the fiery passion between them! Alex was occasionally a grumpy, overbearing duke but he had his reasons. And really, you love him for it. His experiences dictate the way he interacts with others and the way he guards his heart. His only problem is that he's falling in love with the one woman that has absolutely no filter. Aideen was the only person that could break do
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew I would enjoy the Duke’s story and I did. It was a little long-winded here or there but overall an enjoyable read about two characters I have grown fond of ice the previous books. The narration was great, took me a while to figure out why one of the characters sounded so familiar though, but ai finally figured out the narrator is the same for Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. These books have progressively gotten better and I look forward to the final book up next!
Evelyn Amaral
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the writing style

Great characters, interesting plot, lol humor, stunning backdrop, lovely writing style. I am so very impressed with Emily Windsor! This is the first book I've read by her. I'm on to read every single one of her books!!!
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite all the spy intrigue, the secondary romance was far more interesting and convincing than the main leads. Maybe the timing was off but I was thoroughly bored.
Stephen Murphy
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally a great!!!!

I loved the characters in this book.
I loved the story.
I loved getting caught up In the lives of this couple!!
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story from Ms Windsor
Starting the next in this series.
Rose Blue
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Alexander Westhide, Duke of Rakecombe, was recruited by the government right out of school to serve his country as a spy. Very early in his career of espionage, someone dear to him suffered tragic consequences indirectly due to his job. From that day forward, Alex has adopted the persona of the arrogant, stuffy, toplofty duke, never letting anyone close, and certainly never courting love. It's so inconvenient that he is on fire for
Tina Williams
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A troubled Duke meets his match…
I loved this, the second in Emily Windsor’s Rules of the Rogue series. This delightful Regency romp pairs the dark and forbidding Alexander Westhide, Duke of Rakecombe, with Miss Aideen Quinlan, a lively and unconventional Irish miss who proves to be both his match and his undoing! It features some characters from the first book in the series, An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing, but can easily be read as a standalone.
Aideen and Alexander first encounter each other after
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have waited for this book quite a while…

Truth be told I wanted it to be already available midway through reading An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing which is book 1 of the series. We actually meet Aideen and Alex there, and the meeting is explosive.

I knew those 2 were going to be trouble, and as usual, I was right!

I know these things, I am telling you my friends and Emily for sure did not disappoint when they finally get their own story to be told.

Truth be told, it was very soon after the review for An
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's an amazing historical fictions, packed with mystery, thrill, romance, and lots of amusing banter between the "hellcat" and the "hellhound." In short, this book is perfect! Since the day I read book one in Rules of the Rogue series I've been waiting for Duke of Rakecombe and Miss Aideen Quinlan's story. They are both my favorite characters in this series and I know that their story would be great. They've chemistry, matching personalities, and so much to talk about. Apart from these exceptio ...more
Meghan Lloyd
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fiery spirit of an Irish lass and the tightly leashed passion of an English lord collide in yet another brilliant tale by Emily Windsor! I was eager to read the story of these two characters after their interactions in the first book. It's always entertaining to read historical romances where the heroine is not afraid to speak her mind, and we certainly get that in this book. The author did a great job of pulling you in with witty lines and a simmering passion that leaves you wanting more by ...more
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May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alexander Westhide, the Duke of Rakecombe, has decided his country and keeping Napoleon out of power is more important than his ever-growing desire for the Irish lass Aideen Quinlan. Aideen, on the other hand cannot wait to find ways to be in Alexander’s presence to feed her growing fascination with him. The Duke of Rakecombe has prided himself on his cold calculating manner of handling members of the ton, specifically power-hungry mothers, and their insipid daughters. However, none of his train ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency
Am enjoying this series by Windsor, whom I hadn't read before picking up the first book in the Rules of the Rogue set. I really feel dim for not catching onto the cleverness of the titles before this one! Oops.

There are a few irritations here and there, but overall, this is quite fun.

First off, I was itching to get to this story since the first book, when we are introduced to Aideen and Alex. I always like a feisty, secondary love-story that shows enough promise for its own book!

I did expect tha
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They truly are an unlikely couple, but they are my favorite couple! The passion between them just intensifies with every insult and curse they throw at each other. I loved how different they were from each other, but also alike in many ways. They couldn't lie to each other no matter how hard they tried and it was an adventure with them at every turn. Rules were meant to be bent and broken when it came to the two of them. They way they got engaged was a shock and everything after that was fun. Ev ...more
Frances Law
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A pleasure!

This is not a lighthearted Regency romance but a slightly more serious look at the times. The Napoleonic wars are coming to an end. Napoleon has escaped from Elba and is on the move. Alexander, the Duke of Rakecomb has been working for the Foreign Office his whole adult life in this, seemingly endless war. Early on in his career he lost his sister and has always blamed himself. When he meets Aideen, a young Irish woman, he meets his Waterloo (despite the fact that the saying has yet t
Emily Windsor’s second book in her Rules of Engagement Series is called Let Sleeping Dukes Lie. The common core of the novels are a group of men who work for the British Government as spies during the time of Napoleon. Each seems to have the idea (for various reasons) that they should not marry and put a woman in danger.

The Duke of Rakecombe, Alexander Westhide can freeze out everyone with the best of them. He is positive that Aideen Quinlan, the irish lass can be forgotten with enough cold sho
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alexander Westhide, the Duke of Rakecombe is an agent for the Crown. His life is full of danger, not only to him but all those close to him. That is why he pulls a cloak of ruthlessness around himself. If he shuts himself off, nobody can get hurt. Unfortunately or fortunately for him a certain Irish spitfire will not be ignored.
Miss Aideen Quinlan has always known about the secret world of undercover work. Her beloved uncle makes some of their best gadgets. It can be a scary and dangerous world
Janet Denise Ross
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

4 STARS to Emily Windsor for her Let Sleeping Duke's Lie (Rules of the Rogue Book 2) an exciting Recency Historical Romance with mystery, spies of Napoleon on England, English spies (The good guys) and just a mixture of English Ton social life all together for one wonderful exciting read. Our Lady Airdeen, is Irish who gets entangled with a Duke, Lord Alexander these two people have past they are hanging into that affect decisions they make while they
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Deborah KV
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
True to form but worth it

These days I avoid "Duke" romances like the plague as authors greatly overestimated the distribution of titles among the Regency nobility as of late. Apparently baronets, barons, viscounts, earls, and marquesses are all in small number while Dukes abound without limit. That being said, occasionally I have to indulge as I would be bereft of finding new material to read.
This book employs many of the typical devices of the spy regency, while not focused on historical detai
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Emily grew up in the north of England on a diet of historical romance and classical mythology.
Unfortunately, you couldn’t study Georgian slang or the Regency London Season, so she did the next best thing and gained a degree in Classics and History instead. This ‘led’ to an eight-year stint in engineering.
Having left city life, she now lives in a dilapidated farmhouse in the country where her days

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