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The Duke of Diamonds

(A Lady to Suit #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,580 ratings  ·  126 reviews
In the coldest flint, there is fire...
Casper Brook, the eighth Duke of Rothwell, has forever spurned frivolous pleasures, his restless emotions remaining buried beneath duty and command.
Yet when a titian-haired minx perches upon his ducal desk and claims to know the whereabouts of his one burning obsession, a game of wits and passion erupts...

Fire ignites from a spark...
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published April 2nd 2020 by Senara Press Ltd
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Emily Windsor Hi Susan, at the moment, 'The Duke of Diamonds' is only available via Amazon on Paperback or in e-book format. At some point in the future, some of my…moreHi Susan, at the moment, 'The Duke of Diamonds' is only available via Amazon on Paperback or in e-book format. At some point in the future, some of my books will be available to a wider audience but I'll keep Greads and my Facebook page updated with news.
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Christy Hall
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
The other Windsor book I read, Let Sleeping Dukes Lie, was entertaining and fun. To be sure, The Duke of Diamonds was just as good. Fun, swoon-worthy, and funny. I was laughing out loud throughout the book. Such a good time!

Evelyn and Artemisia, daughters of a dead, penniless baronet who loved to paint, find themselves in dire circumstances. They owe money to a horrible money-lender, they live in squalor, they live off of potatoes cooked nine million different ways, and Artemisia is very ill. At
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) How did I miss this author up to now? She has been releasing historical romances since 2016. This is the first book in her new Games of Gentlemen series but it's, I believe, her eighth HR. She has two previously published series: The Captivating Debutantes series (3 books), and Rules of the Rogue series (4 books). Guess I have a nice backlist to work through as I shelter in place.

If I tell you briefly about the plot and the characters and you are a longtime reader of HRs, you'll be t
Luana ☆
Jun 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
I finished this book a few days ago but didn't have time to review it. Let me see, I read deception books but I don't enjoy the wait and angst vibes it gives, I only keep thinking: oh, it's now that the truth is going to come out... and then I am: noooo, just say the truth already. So yeah, you get my point.

Luckily the hero was very smart and knew he was being duped right from the beginning. That doesn't mean I don't understand the heroine. That I don't applaud her ingenuity and loyalty. This b
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good, 4-star
This book was a fast pace, fun, light read with well defined characters. Never boring!

I regret keeping it on my TBR list for so long.
Morgan & Many Books
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was nice and I liked it alot, though I was rather surprised at the reduction in steamy steams compared to Emily Windsor's other work. Casper's arc from repressed to happy was excellent, Evelyn's arc felt non-existent (which is grand, and genuinely 100% fine with me because I love it when heroines are forceful, complex beings from the start). The relationship arc was rather refreshing, as both MC's are knowingly playing their game of wits and Casper always knows he is being deceived.

I liked
4.25/5. Uptight, workaholic duke who allows himself the one indulgence of appreciating and collecting exquisite art pieces. Impoverished female painter in dire need of funds to pay off a sleazy debt collector and get herself and her ailing sister out of the shady part of London. A forged painting to take advantage of the duke's fascination with the alluring subject of his most prized art work. Surprisingly to everyone including the duke himself, the ultimate allure is not the possibility of gett ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Regency England. Thanks OLT who wrote a favorable
review on this one.

Casper & Evelyn's story showed love, heart and wit. He
started with a rigid schedule & hated anyone to touch
his desk or seek its contents. Evie had a younger sister
with a compromised respiratory system. These ladies
struggled with insufficient food and coal + funds owed
the landlord and the money-lender. The latter was like
a 'bad penny:' he kept showing up. These sisters had
several good friends.

Evie had a secret. She came
Sep 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved, loved, loved the Duke in this. He was everything a hero should be. The balance of his protectiveness, passion, and responsibility to his title was perfect. Evelyn was bold and strong. Her tenacity and loyalty to her sister was touching.

I think Emily Windsor is a bit underrated within the historical romance genre. I have enjoyed every thing I have read, she finds a way to bring a new energy to sometimes tired tropes. A great first book to a series.
3.5 stars / B-

Read for the February prompt - "new-to-you author" - in the 2021 TBR Challenge.

Emily Windsor may be new-to-me, but she’s not a “new” author, having already published over half-a-dozen or so historical romances over the last few years.  The Duke of Diamonds is the first book in her The Games of Gentlemen series, and while it’s nothing I haven’t read before, the writing is deft, the characters are engaging and the wryly observational humour is nicely done.

Evelyn Pearce and her yo
A light and an easy read. Unfortunately, it is also rather forgettable. I think the writing style is just isn't for me. I've read Ms. Windsor's one other book and I think I had the same feeling whilst reading. Indifferent. It's just very bland. So, her books are not for me. ...more
Merry Sailing on the High Seas
I LOVED this book. Witty dialogue and strong H/H. Everything in the book worked for me. Others have written great reviews so I won't try to add to them. I have read other books by this other and have alos enjoyed them but this is the best and can't wait for next in the series. ...more
InD'tale Magazine
"The Duke of Diamonds" is an emotionally gripping, captivating historical romance that pulls readers in and doesn't let go until the very end!

Read full review in the 2020 Summer issue of InD'tale Magazine.
2.5 stars.

I didn't dislike this, but I did find both MCs and the conflict a bit simplistic. They were all developed, but the nuances just weren't there. And I know this is odd, but all the cursing that the heroine and her sister did was annoying.

I appreciated the lack of details about the hero's past. His mistresses were mentioned, but he didn't seem like he'd had one in a long while, so I was able to ignore my usual feelings of disgust. There was absolutely no OP drama, so I could hand wave it
Julie - One Book More
Sep 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Duke of Diamonds is the first book in The Games of Gentlemen series, and it is an engaging and chemistry-laden historical romance! Destitute and poverty-stricken after the death of her penniless father, Evelyn struggles to make ends meet and has a sickly sister to care for and protect. With an unsavory moneylender pushing for repayment, Evelyn is desperate. She decides to forge a painting in her famous father’s name and sell it to the wealthy duke who already owns and loves its companion pie ...more
Feb 08, 2022 rated it it was ok
2 solid stars for an interesting beginning, crappy middle and a no desire to finish the ending!!! I want a book on Flora now!

Elodie’s Reading Corner
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Diamonds
Emily Windsor
Release date 04/02/2020
Publisher Senara Press
Blurb :
A lady intent on deception…
A duke who knows every trick in the book…
A passionate obsession with fiery consequences.
With a coldness to match the diamonds that adorn his cravat, Casper Brook, the eighth Duke of Rothwell, possesses all a nobleman could desire…almost.
So when a seductive minx perches upon his desk and claims to know the whereabouts of his one deepest obsessi
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Emily's books for a few years now, and I have enjoyed every book so far - she is consistently unique, with an enjoyable writing style and characters who stick with you. I occasionally will beta read for her, which I charge a small fee for, but I loved this book so much that when I sent her my feedback, I said - no charge! I never write reviews for books I am paid to read, and this book was too good to pass up for a feature on my Favorite Books of 2020 list. It's my first for ...more
Tracy Emro
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Evelyn “Evie” Pearce is in trouble. When her father, Sir Henry Pearce, a painter of some renown died and left her and her sister Artemisia penniless, she did all she could to keep them off the streets. But when Artemisia became ill, Evie borrowed money from a moneylender and the debt has skyrocketed to a sum that she can’t possibly repay. When she meets with Filgrave to ask for more time, she is given her choices, repay the debt or Filgrave will force both Evie and her sister to work in his brot ...more
Rebel Reads
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great little romance read. Seductive but not extreme by any means. I loved the chemistry between the two and the individual story lines for each character (including the minor characters). I happen to believe that the actual "problem" that needed solving wasn't enough to keep me completely engaged. I wanted them to get together obviously, but everything could have been solved by Evelyn selling the painting to anybody, not just trying to get the Duke to buy it, and skipping town. So basically, th ...more
Oct 05, 2021 rated it liked it
It was an OK read.
Some good elements (heroine's situation, more or less cute scenes), others not as great to me (writing wasn't too appealing, the romance wasn't as romantic as it could...) and overall, despite this being an entertaining read, it wasn't as great as the premise promised.
Sep 02, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5-4 stars.
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

It definitely hooked me, and from the moment Casper met Evie, this was a very hard book to put down. Evie is in survival mode. So, she's desperate. Casper is pretty darn smart though. He doesn't just fall for her tricks, and that keeps things interesting and makes the story believable. Plus, their chemistry seeps off the pages. I liked both of these characters a lot, and I was completely enthralled by their story.
The ARC of The Duke of Diamonds by Emily W
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disliked
It rates well, but I didn’t like the introduction and the plot didn't hold my interest. I've liked some books by this author but too many are 2 star reads for me. ...more
Rose Blue
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-1c2

Evelyn Pearce is truly desperate. When her artist father died, he left only debts, nothing for Evelyn and her younger sister, Artemisia, to live on. Evelyn barely ekes out a living by painting scenery for a local theatre, and that only provides enough for rent for a squalid room and a few sad vegetables to eat. When Artemisia becomes seriously ill, Evelyn falls even further into trouble by now owing money to a heartless man who’s
Kate Rolin
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m an avid fan of Emily Windsor’s work and have read each and every one of her books. When I saw she had a new release, I was very excited.

I will admit, however, that when I first read the blurb, I was a little less than enthused. What I gathered from it was simply a story of a man charmed by an overly-headstrong seductress (not my cup of tea). I’m not sure why I read it that way, because now I know just how wrong I was.

Evelyn is a beautiful and strong-willed woman, yes, but it is not of malici
Tina Williams
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Delightful Regency read, full of humour, warmth and romance
This new release by Emily Windsor is just the ticket if you are after a feel good romance. Full of wit and charm, it features a handsome duke with a reputation of being cold and brutally efficient in his business dealings, and a desperate woman intent on deceiving him to safeguard the health of her sister and escape poverty.
It has oodles of humour and warmth and the hero and heroine are a perfect fit for each other. I just loved how the
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rate 4 1/2 stars.
Duty bound to resurrect and maintain the Rothwell estates and fortunes, Casper Brook, Duke since age 17, has chained himself to business, properties, and family member management to the exclusion of pleasure. He finds enjoyment only in his art collection and one especially intriguing portrait.

Left destitute by a profligate artist father, who painted that special portrait, Evelyn Pearce finds herself in debt to dangerous men after borrowing for her frail younger sister's medical
Dini - dinipandareads
3.5 stars rounded up

This was an entertaining Regency romance! I really liked the author's writing and thought that the language and colloquialisms that were used helped to strongly set the historical period. More than that though, the writing was so witty and I found myself laughing out loud a lot more than I anticipated! Our hero is given quite a dry voice that often comes across as humorous because he takes himself so seriously and it was such great contrast.

Our hero and heroine, Casper and Ev
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This type of books are the reason why I LOVE historical fiction so much. It has perfect characters, an interesting story, and it's very well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story has me enthralled right from the beginning.
Miss Evelyn Pearce decides to fool a Duke by selling him a fake painting. This is the only way she can save herself and her ailing sister. She owes money to some unsavory people and she is running out of time. In her mind, there is no chance for the Duke to realize
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Emily grew up in the north of England on a diet of historical romance and strong tea.

Unfortunately, you couldn’t study Regency slang, 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 where her days are spent writing, fixing the leaky roof, battling the

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