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Never Deny a Duke

(Decadent Dukes Society #3)

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He is the last duke standing
 
. . . the sole remaining bachelor of the three self-proclaimed Decadent Dukes. Yet Davina MacCallum’s reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage. Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his. A reasonable man with vast holdings can surely part with one t
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Published April 30th 2019 by Zebra
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Jen
*** 3.5 Stars!!!***

This was the third instalment of the Decadent Dukes Society series... while it wasn’t my favourite out of the three books; I did still enjoy it. I have always loved the writing style of Madeline Hunter and her books were one of the first romances I started reading when I discovered this genre. She does a wonderful job writing a heartwarming romance, and including passion, friendships, and adventure into her tales.

In this adventure we get to follow the Duke of Brentworth’s fal
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etherealfire
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this Advanced Reader Copy in a GoodReads Giveaway. This book marks the satisfying conclusion to The Decadent Dukes Society trilogy and may be my favorite book of the series. The aloof, self-possessed, enigmatic Duke of Brentworth finally meets his match in the determined, fiercely independent Davina MacCallum as they battle wit and will while trying to determine who has the true legal right and ownership of a Scottish estate.

Madeline Hunter has become one of my most favorite historic
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Caz
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

I was really relieved to discover that Never Deny a Duke was a big improvement on the previous book in the series, A Devil of a Duke which just scraped a C grade/3 stars from me last year. And I liked the premise of this one – and the way Ms. Hunter handles it – quite a lot. Davina MacCallum has come to London in order to petition for the return of the Scottish lands and title she believes were unfairly … ‘diverted’ to an English nobleman following
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Maureen Carden
At Last! It is the time for the story of Eric Marshall, the Duke of Brentworth, and the Most Ducal Duke. He is the last of the Decadent Dukes, a joking name picked by three young future dukes. The trio of Stratton, Langford and Brentworth knew, even at Eton, they would always be considered and treated differently. As dukes they would someday be the big dogs, top o’ the heap; no title more important or powerful in England, except for royalty.
Brentworth meets his match in Miss Davina MacCallum in
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Jultri
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually like the premise of this one, because it's a bit unusual. Scottish Davina MacCallum arrives in London with the sole purpose of gaining an audience with the King in order to plea her case to have their family lands returned after the estate was confiscated by the Crown following the Jacobite rebellion. This was never going to be an easy task for her given that she is unable to prove conclusively that she is the true heir to the estate not to mention that the contested lands now belongs ...more
Barbara Rogers
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Decadent Dukes Society #3
Publication Date: 4/30/19
Number of Pages: 304

This wonderful wrap-up for the Decadent Dukes Society is delightfully different – not one of your standard tropes. The ‘Most Ducal Duke’ meets his match and it is a delight to watch. The book is well written and the characters are very relatable and likable.

Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth has long been known as the most ducal of dukes. He’s always proper, dour, dutiful, and forbidding – as well as tall and handsome w
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OLT
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book maybe two weeks ago and now only vaguely remember it. This does not encourage me to give it more than a meh rating. So that's what it gets: meh from me.

Upfront I should state that I have been a longtime reader of Madeline Hunter HRs. Since the first book she ever wrote in 2000. I've always appreciated her historical research, lack of excessive anachronisms, addition of a little mystery to add interest to each romance, and, as far as the romance itself, it was usually pretty inte
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Melanie
3.5 Stars!

Never Deny a Duke features a wonderful romance between a woman determined to reclaim her family’s lands and the Duke who doesn’t plan to give them up.

When Davina MacCallum seeks out the Duke of Brentworth, it’s not for any of the usual reasons Eric would have expected. Instead, Davina is looking to reclaim Scottish lands confiscated from her family and given to his. But the Duke of Brentworth never gives up anything without a fight. As Davina and Eric battle it out for the rights to Er
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Never Deny a Duke by Madeline Hunter is book Three in the Decadent Dukes Society Series. This is the story of Davina MacCallum and Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth. This can be a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Even though Brentworth is the last of the Decadent Dukes that is not why Davina is after him. Brentworth is in possession of land that was given to him but taken away from her family unfairly she feels. Brentworth has enough land and estate surly one little one wouldn't be worth hi
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Heather andrews
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brentworth's woman has some brass lady balls and I don't think he knows what to do about it, "...I assumed such as you were engaged most days with important governmental issues.” He almost colored himself but managed to keep his face acceptably cool. That he needed to fight that battle, let alone because a woman had dared scold him..." Brentworth's woman us just full of all sorts of surprises, “you are supposed to be shy and nervous, not demand I disrobe.” I liked this book, I fell in love with ...more
Tracy Emro
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up

Davina MacCallum has come to London for one reason, to reclaim her birthright. She has finally been granted an audience with the king and plans to show him the letter from his father, stating that the claim is valid. Her great-grandfather the Baron of Teyhill was killed at the battle of Culloden and as all believed his son and heir died and the lands were given to an English nobleman. But she contends her grandfather didn't die, that he was hidden away after the battle for hi
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Sonya Heaney
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘If you do not flirt, how will you manage this marriage you anticipate making next season?’

‘I expect I will dance with her at balls a few times, call on her a few times, then propose.’

‘How dreadful you make it sound. Poor girl.’

‘Dreadful?
Poor girl? She will be a duchess. Her family will be delirious with joy.’


I love everything Madeline Hunter writes, and Never Deny a Duke is no exception. While – in the hands of another author – the hero and heroine’s battle over the ownership of an estate, and
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Laura J.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davina is in London to press her family’s claim to an estate that had been given to an English Duke back in her grandfather’s time. She holds her own when being interviewed by the king’s man. But her claim is an embarrassment to the king so his man turns to the current owner, the Duke of Brentworth, for a solution. Eric is a bit of a cliche duke: handsome, confident, intimidating and with a secret. Davina and Eric’s conversations are smart and sharp; their friendship as well as the passion and r ...more
Sheila Melo
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

FINAL DECISION: I loved the restrained hero who hides some secrets and the independent woman who fascinates him. I especially enjoyed that these two become friends and there is great respect between them before passion wins out.

THE STORY: Eric Marshall, the Duke of Brentworth is incensed when he learns that a Scottish woman, Davina MacCallum,
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Sue
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never Deny A Duke , the last in a series was as engaging as the first two, made me want to read the series again. This book had my laughing as our Heroine speaks boldly of sex and gritting my teeth over this King nonsense (not too much detail to spoil the book) The last in the series does not disappoint but rather makes me wish for another Decadent Duke.

This was a very good book, I didn't want to put it down. Davina and Eric build their relationship through a series of events as she attempts to
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Donna
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Davina MacCallum answers a summons to St. James Palace regarding a legacy her father told her was theirs, but he is now deceased, and she is having a hard time finding someone to help her. She has a letter to her grandfather from a previous monarch to prove the land belongs to her family.

Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth, is the owner of her land, though he was not aware someone was trying to reclaim it. He believes she’s a fraud and he’s not letting her have it. She believes he’s a cheat. One o
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Stephanie (Jump)
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Madelaine Hunter managed to write a charming story that has a lot of subtle wit. This is the first of her Decadent Duke series that I read, and I love the dynamics between the 3 men and their friendship. I also really enjoyed Eric and Davina's observations on the other characters around them (including each other). It's nice to see adversaries who have enough maturity and restraint not to go into a bickering match. Watching them maneuver around each other like playing a game of chess wa
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Niki
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, england
Davina MacCallum is out to hold the English king to promises made by his father. Her family's lands in Scotland were confiscated for lack of an heir and given to the Duke of Brentworth. She wants to get the land back and establish a hospital to carry on her father's medical legacy. But to do that she must avoid being railroaded by the king and his cronies and get Brentworth to be reasonable.

Eric Marshall, the Duke of Brentworth, refuses to give up any of his estates lest he set a precedent for a
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Joana V.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC at no cost from the author, in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Thank you.

Review originally posted at Romancing Romances

3.75*


I’m going to be completely and utterly honest with you: I was a bit afraid to read this book. If you follow this amazing author on social media, you might know her husband, Warren, passed away on February 2018. I had the immense pleasure to meet this lovely couple in person (thank you again, Madeline, for visiting Lisbon!) and had dinner with
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Jujubee
This overall series has been a delight. The heroes were perfectly flawed and the heroines not only are their perfect foils, but they had skills, talents, and refreshingly different backstories.

Because of the first two books I was soooooo anticipating watching Brentworth unravel...I wanted to know all the secrets of this delicious Decadent Duke!!! Yet Davina stole my reading heart. She just so wanted a place to belong! Her determination to find her ancestral birthright, her own self worth and fut
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Brenda
Davina is a scotish woman who has inherited her father's land or she thinks so,because the new owner won't give up so easy. The Duke of Brentworth is different than is his friends he is serious, arrogant and won't let a thief get her hands in his lands.

Davina is out spoken and leave by her own rules she is not afraid to challenge the duke and search truth about the ownership which maybe a challenge to both of them. I like her character a lot she speaks within reasons and is not afraid to tell th
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Rose Blue
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Uh

On his deathbed, Davina MacCallum’s father confides that she is the rightful heiress of a Scottish estate and title that may pass down to a female if there is no male heir. The estate was confiscated by the British after the battle of Culloden, as it was believed the heir, Davina’s grandfather, died. Davina travels to London in order to petition the king to return the land, which has since been granted to an English duke, back to he
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Jaci
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book three of The Decadent Duke Trilogy is sadly the last of the Series. A great end to a truly lovely series. I absolutely love Madeline's writing, her stories are original and character driven. I discovered Madeline's writing in 2000 with her first Historical Romance "By Arrangement" and I have read and kept every one since then.

Eric Marshall, the Duke of Brentworth is the last of the Decadent Dukes that is single. He is a very private man, even his closest friends don't really know him. This
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Brenda
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis:

He is the last duke standing

. . . the sole remaining bachelor of the three self-proclaimed Decadent Dukes. Yet Davina MacCallum’s reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage. Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his. A reasonable man with vast holdings can surely part with one trivial estate, especially when Davina intends to put it to good use. Brentworth, however, is as difficult to persuade a
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Janet
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He is the last duke standing,the sole remaining bachelor of the three self-proclaimed Decadent Dukes. Yet Davina MacCallum’s reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage. Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his. The Duke of Brentworth’s discretion and steely control make him an enigma even to his best friends. Women especially find him inscrutable and unapproachable but also compellingly magnetic. So whe ...more
Rolé
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This story has a very intriguing beginning. Davina MacCallum wants the king to restore her family’s property and title to her. The property belongs to Eric, the Duke of Brentworth, and he has his own reasons for wanting to keep the property. Davina and Eric don’t particularly trust each other’s motives, and so they travel together to get to the bottom of this claim of hers.

Davina definitely has a cool head on her shoulders. She knows what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to go after it. The Duke
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Lori D
Well, why would you deny a duke? Because he has some family land that was taken years ago but needs to be returned!! I love this author's stories and she always creates a memorable romance that you cannot put down until the end! A heroine that is determined, Davina MacCallum found out on her father's death bed about an estate that should rightly go to her since a barony is attached. Women are allowed to inherit. But currently it was in the hands of Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentwood. Look out is a ...more
Norah Gibbons
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Never Deny A Duke is the third book in Madeline Hunter’s The Decadent Dukes Society Trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed reading the first two so do recommend reading them. Davina MacCallum is trying to regain the land that her family lost after Cullodan when it was mistakenly thought that her grandfather had died. Eric Marshal, Duke of Brentworth is the current holder of the lands in questi ...more
Carey
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars! This was a great story! The romance didn’t really kick in until the last quarter of the book. This is the 3rd book in the ‘Decadent Dukes Society’ series & I haven’t read the first 2 books but this book can be read as a stand-alone so you’ll be fine! I definitely recommend this book! I love a strong female character & Davina is just that! She’s also very smart, having learned from her father, who had been a Physician. The Duke of Brentworth was too ‘hard’ & unemotional for m ...more
Cheryl
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a good read this was! I liked the concept of Davinia trying to establish her rights to a title and lands in Scotland. This involves the king and Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth. Brentworth keeps his private life very close. There is a secret attached to the land that Brentworth doesn’t want discovered by the general public. He has decided that when he marries he doesn’t want passion involved. Davinia and Brentworth are attracted to each other but both fight against it for their own reason ...more
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.

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“If you do not flirt, how will you manage this marriage you anticipate making next season?”
“I expect I will dance with her at balls a few times, call on her a few times, then propose.”
“How dreadful you make it sound. Poor girl.”
“Dreadful? Poor girl? She will be a duchess. Her family will be delirious with joy.”
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