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The Untamed Duke

(The Taming #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  613 ratings  ·  94 reviews
They call him the Winter Wolf.

Nicholas March, the Duke of Richeforte, has few morals, fewer friends, and a notorious lack of honor. And his heart? What remains of it is cold, desolate and locked away. He learned long ago the lessons of betrayal. Never trust a woman. Recognize others will expect the worst of him. And no matter the cost, always retain control of any situatio
Paperback, 364 pages
Published September 2nd 2018 by Bowker
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Dilushani Jayalath
Unfortunately my attention towards books such as these have vaned. This I say with utmost sadness as Regency/Historical Romance is one of my favorite genres. It is not in the genre but more like the fact that when a story does not manage to give me so much to write about at the end I feel like the book has not done its job. The romance was quite sweet but the sweetness at points were so overdone I felt as I’ve gotten an ache in my tooth from it.

It is not as bad as it seems from reading my revie
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 stars

In brief: solid plot + hot steamy goodness = my favorite HR recipe!

While I read almost all types of romance novels, I have to admit that my favorites tend to be smutty historicals with a good story line to keep me interested and connect with the characters... and this book delivered on most of my requirements. Untamed Duke is the second book in the Tamed series, though it is not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one.

Nicholas August Harris March has recently become the
I think this book might well be my find read of the year as far as historicals go.

This author writes like some of the best and my favorites! A true find. We start off rather glum then fun. We meet our Duke as a young child, with a rotten Father and childhood. It’s very important later.

Then the fun....Our Lady Grace, a blonde and honey eyed goddess is being pursued by her wards son Lord Tristan. He’s not a bad guy, but she’s not interested, so she pretends a faint, he runs off to get help....

Dec 30, 2018 marked it as not-interested
Sample read. Instant mutual lust followed by him bedding and discarding OW. Dialogue not captivating enough to lure me in. Writing style a bit too overt for my taste. Sounds already like erotic fiction more than HR.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked, dnf
Returned book to Amazon. I enjoy steamy reads, but this was not a good read. If it had been tagged as erotica, or smutty then I would take responsibility for a poor choice. It was tagged Victorian, Historical Romance - not even close. The H and h were alone so often, no proprieties at all. He meets h and he's attracted, but 'cheats' with his current mistress that night. He is awful to the mistress, she services him and he kicks her out. His thoughts and treatment of women are awful, not a good r ...more
In the mood for the "heroine exchanges X amount of nights in exchange for home/family/debt reasons" trope? The Untamed Duke does a pretty good job with this plotline. Similar to Taming Ivy, it's a mixed bag but unlike Taming Ivy, its powerful moments transcend its weaknesses.

Grace Willsdown is first discovered by Nicholas March, Sebastien's former close friend, in a pretend dead faint to escape the attentions of Tristan Buchanan at a country party. Cue insta-lust. This early part of the story d
Julie Keyser
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t put it down !!!

I can’t say enough how much I loved this book! April Moran is a genius author... she weaves a story that flows and makes you feel all the emotion as if you are witnessing the story unfold in real person! Steamy , sensual , smart and utterly romantic! I am thrilled that she is writing a 3rd story in this series and I was hoping it would be Tristen !!! :)
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Victorian England?

A premise of this story: if a late Duke was a "monster"
so must his son behave this way. Sorry, this did not
justify the actions of new Duke, Nicholas. Nick's sire,
a sadist, beat Nick as a child, with/ without provocation,
ditto for verbal abuse. Nick behaved toward sweet & naïve
Grace in an oppressive & unyielding manner. He wanted
everything his way and yesterday. Grace mostly placated
him and wanted to 'save' him. Kudos to Nick on his 'good
turn' RE the horses. But Nick's n
Space Cowgirl
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Winter Wolf🐺🍆🌋👋

Alpha Male🐺🍆🌋 Adult XXX Regency Romance with some BDSM elements.

Lady Grace💃💋, daughter of an Earl, is basically without family, but she has inherited a run down manor home🏰 called Belmar Abbey after the nearby ruins, and a small stable of extremely fine thoroughbreds🐎, led by her stallion Llyr. For another six months She is the ward of her cousin, Sebastian, an Earl.

She meets Nicholas March, Duke of Richeforte🐺🍆🌋👋, and realizes at once he is the Winter Wolf🐺, a Rake to superse
Michelle Windsor
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a historical romance story lover. My favorite movie ever is Pride and Prejudice. My favorite series ever is the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. And my favorite book ever is Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair. All historical romances.
So, while I’m not an expert in all things historical, I do feel that I can say I’m truly a fan. And I also feel that I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that April Moran’s sophomore release, The Untamed Duke, is by far, one of the best historical romances
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a suggestion by a reader from Tessa Dare Facebook group, she told this one should please those who like Tessa writing.
And I can only agree.
Of course, neither the plot nor the writing style is similar but it contains the perfect ingredients for me with a strong willing woman, a damaged hero very much on the alpha side but also who has a puppy side, a great sense of humor, very few angsty moments, steamy naughty scenes but never dirty, amazing love’s declarations and a sweet epilogue
Beth Murray
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book, goodness this book is one of the best I think I have ever read that I cannot get out of my head. The hero is a full blown gorgeous, sad, full of angst, character who is brought to ground by an unassuming, tomboy, horse loving, no respecter of persons heroine. She comes on the scene in a fainting spell and he walks into the scene and you know from the minute he makes an appearance that this is not just your average hero. He has his nose in the air and expects her to address him in the ...more
Jennifer Rupp
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
April Moran has surpassed her stellar debut novel, TAMING IVY, with her latest, THE UNTAMED DUKE. After the devastating loss of her parents, Grace is about to lose everything else she holds dear. She strikes a bargain with a devilish duke. She will give him five nights pleasure in exchange for her home and precious horses. Nicholas has everything and believes he deserves nothing, but he’ll gladly hand over her land, her house, and her breeding stock for five nights with Grace. Moran’s characters ...more
Neisha Exeter
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, wow, wow! I haven’t read a historical romance in a very long time however I couldn’t resist reading this book after having read the blurb. There is just something about historical books that I love and this book was no exception. I loved every single minute of this book and I simply couldn’t put it down. A mix of steamy and sensual delight, a must read. I highly recommend this book.
Liz Booker
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very enjoyable book. Easy to read, nice steamy scenes! 4½ stars
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cold hearted Nicholas March has few morals, fewer friends, and a notorious lack of honor. At least that is how he seems to all of those around him.
Grace Willsdown has no use for Society's silly games and no desire marriage. Then she discovers that there is a lien against her home. How far will she go to save all she holds dear and how much will Nicholas ask of her?
This extremely sexy historical romance title carries us far beyond a closed door bedroom scene. Be prepared for intimacy and hot
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can a bold slip of a woman tame the untamed Duke? Why yes, she can. This is the first book I have read from Ms. Moran (now I need to go back and read her first book) and I loved the fresh voice, the way the characters speak their minds, and the emotions this story brought. Everything about it is worth a weekend read in one sitting. A brooding Duke, a woman who knows what she wants and lust that turns into love pulls you in and will not let you go. I absolutely loved both Nicholas and Grace. Grea ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
This book got so boring as it went. Everything was clear to the reader. The characters just needed to catch up. I dont know what time period this was, but I had to read it like it was the 1920s. Other than horses for transportation and sending letters, no one's actual manner of living was historical/Victorian or whatever. So, the "world-building" failed for me. I actually got tired of reading about the main characters conversations and having sex repeatedly.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 06-on-ku, 00-queue
I really enjoyed the first third of this. But I felt like it got messier as it went. but overall worth the read.
Jan 20, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read

The hero of the book was so good, the story also was depicted in a super way and overall the book was good from start to finish

Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, it was fun. Then things got quite boring, repetitive talks all the times. And no, he was no beast and his past was exaggerated.

Skipped towards the end, but an okay material to read.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read!!! Can't wait for more from my newest favorite author!
Anne in VA
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
A bit overdramatic for my taste. I found myself rolling my eyes at times over the dialogue and most especially towards the end.
Tempy Mcbride
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Although I skipped over some of the love scenes this book captivated me and kept me reading. Loved it. Thank you.
Ashley Jones
How refreshing- 5 STARS! I am a huge historical romance fan and have been struggling to find new authors I trust to take me on a great escapist journey beyond Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean and Tessa Dare. I thought maybe I was just needing a break from the genre when even Sarah MacLean's recent books failed to keep my attention but I took a chance on April Moran's The Untamed Duke and I'm so glad I did! I'm now going backwards to read Taming Ivy.

I love a genuine build and bond in the relationship
Lana Birky
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicholas August Harris March, Duke of Richeforte AKA The Winter Wolf was handsome, rich and I loved him in Chapters 1-2, then proceeded to hate him in Chapters 3-33 and he started winning me over in Chapter 34 to the end. He really had some terrible problems - it just was so hard to have any sympathy for him.

Grace Willsdown doesn't care about society and their silly rules; nor does she have any desire to marry and give up her freedoms. Her parents have died and she just wants to get back to her
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to start by saying that I am glad I read April Moran’s second book. You’ll see that my review of the first book Taming Ivy was highly critical of its rapey overtones and the unhealthy controlling relationship that frankly felt like would lead to the murder-suicide that the aunt predicted. I walked away feel incredibly uncomfortable and felt the hero was irredeemable. This book was the opposite.

Let me repeat that. This story was beautifully done. There was no lack of passion, semi-obsessi
The Untamed Duke is the second book in The Taming series. This is a sizzling historical romance that is well-paced and captivating. I read this quite quickly because it’s emotionally engaging and gives all the feels.

Taming Ivy: 4 stars: Sebastian & Ivy
The Untamed Duke: 5 stars: Nicholas & Grace

Lady Grace Willsdown loves Bellmar Abbey and her horses the most. She isn’t interested in Society’s silly games and no desire for the imprisonment of marriage. Grace is a smart, strong, compassionate, and
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic historical fiction
Stepping out of my literary comfort zone once again with Book Two of The Taming Series and once again I am very pleased to have done so. April Moran has honed her writing skills even more with this second novel, even demonstrating her flair for poetry with passionate verses subheading many of the chapters.

This novel is a companion novel to Taming Ivy, Book One of the series, and it reads quite well on its own, although fans of the first will be pleased to see Sebastian and Ivy in this one, too.
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April has been writing stories since she was in elementary school. She still has her old notebooks, filled with stories and poems - if you are up for a giggle she might let you read a few. Her style has sharpened over the years but the belief in the power of romance has never changed.

Living on the Emerald Coast of Florida, April has been married for 30 years to her high school sweetheart. They hav

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