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A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby

(Rogues and Remarkable Women #1)

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When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband's mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune—and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child—until The Widow's Grace gets her hired as her own son’s nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke o ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Zebra
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley
Rogues and Remarkable Women, book 1. Historical romance. First and third person perspective in alternating chapters.
Widowed Patience escapes Bedlam and gets hired as a wet nurse to care for her son in her former home. Busick is determined to raise and care for Lionel, his ward, though his resulting disability from war brings complications and perceived weakness to his stand.

Unique POV style. Uncommon settings in the escape from the asylum (discuss
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Rach
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Patience Jordan has been imprisoned on false accusations after her husband dies. She gets out and risks her life to see her child. Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington has moved into her old house and is now the guardian of her child. Patience gets a job as nanny so she can see her child. Slowly Patience and Busick develop a relationship.

I was looking forward to reading this book as I love a historical romance but I found I didn’t really enjoy it.

I found some of the wording a bit silly. There
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WhiskeyintheJar
2.7 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Widowed Patience Jordan is fighting to gain control of her son and home after a nefariously opportunistic Uncle Markham sends her to Bedlam. On a night she is sneaking out of her former home, her late husband's cousin, Busick Strathmore, the Duke of Repington, storms the gates and takes his legal position of being Patience's son's guardian.
Busick is tr
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Bookadmirer
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-arc

The cover of this book is really cute. However, the story isn't entertaining. I was looking forward to reading this book because the blurb seemed interesting. Overall, I couldn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

For a historical romance, the author couldn't deliver the historical aspects. The author wrote in both first-person narratives and this person's narratives. It was confusing. The only thing I liked was the protagonist's chemistry.

I received an arc through NetGalley in exchange fo
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Bethany
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A secret society on a mission to help widows, a West Indian heiress determined to regain custody of her infant son, and an injured war hero with a love of precision- A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby is a suspenseful historical romance that does a lot right and is a great choice for those who prefer a closed door approach to intimate scenes.

I will say, the beginning of the book is a little confusing. The story opens with Patience Jordan sneaking into her former home dressed as a white man to check on
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Ezinwanyi Chinyere
I had high hopes because this cover is beautiful and HRs featuring black characters are in short supply. This story fell quite short and was actually difficult for me to maintain interest as I read it.

It started off with Patience Jordan sneaking into her former home to nurse her baby boy. We quickly learned that Patience was an imprisoned widow, cast out after her husband Collin was found dead and placed in an insane asylum. The West Indian heiress married Colin Jordan, an Englishman and moved
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Chloe Liese
After having gone on a recent historical romance spree, I was thrilled to be approved for an early review copy of Vanessa Riley's forthcoming A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY. I loved the description/synopsis that hinted at a West Indies mother pressed to the point of desperation, fighting against the unfair machinations of Colonialist England's racism, prejudice, and sexism in the early-nineteenth-century.

What I liked:
- References to huge inequities and injustices in 19th-century England: Bedlam's
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Real Rating: 2.5/5 stars

I tried my best liking this book but to be honest, there is not that much chemistry between our main characters and for the most of the book, the duke and our heroine are working alongside each other to solve a mystery / go on an adventure that I did not care for. I loved the representation in this with a west Indian heroine and a duke who is an amputee.
Ms. Woc Reader
I wanted to love this one but honestly the only reason I finished it was because it was an easy read on a non busy work day. The writing was fine and the story was okay but this is a romance. Where was the chemistry? I don't mind a slow burn but I like a well done slow burn that makes me anticipate more. Patience was strong and determined to reunite with her son but I didn't get much from the Duke. One thing that intrigued me was her being from Demerara which is now present day Guyana. But other ...more
Renaissance Kate
Setting aside at 63%.

I was super intrigued at the beginning of this book, but sadly for me it's become a bit slow and I think my time could be better spent picking up something else for now. I'm disappointed as I was really hoping to like this one.

Vanessa Riley possesses great writing abilities, and I'd definitely be interested in checking out some of her other work. Regarding rep in this book, we have a WOC immigrant heroine, Patience, and a disabled hero, Busick. I also love that Patience's b
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Trisha Tomy
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2...

This is more 3.5 stars than 4.

I did not enjoy this as much as I wanted.

I had numerous problems with this, but I ended up on a 4 star rating because while I didn't enjoy this as much as I had wanted to, I didn't hate it as much as I could have either?

The first problem I had was the insta love. I will not be expanding a lot on this because we do not want to be here all day. But the thing is, already having feelings of how you will not be able
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog

Rep: biracial West Indian mc, amputee mc

CWs: past suicide, non-consensual drug use, murder

Galley provided by publisher

A Duke, the Lady and a Baby was up there as one of my most anticipated reads for this year. I mean, just read the synopsis! It sounds amazing.

And yet.

And.

Yet.

The best way for me to explain how I felt about this book is this little anecdote. About 30 pages in, maybe less, I came across an… interesting euphemism (to say the least) for sex. A euphemism that left me gig
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Lenora Bell
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I adored this book! This is filled with Vanessa Riley's trademark lush historical and sensory details and poetic prose. Brilliant, emotional, and breathtakingly romantic - A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby is an enchanting historical romance to be treasured on your keeper shelf.

One of my favorite quotes:
Wide, delicious eyes, orbs of topaz with hints of honey gold and henna stared at him. It felt as if an assassin had marked him. A small part of him didn’t mind being in the line of fire, her fire.

*SW
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Joana V.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Review originally published at Romancing Romances

I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.


This was my first book by Vanessa Riley and I was super excited to read this book, as it is a diverse historical romance, and I’ll admit right away: most authors I read are not diverse and/or do not write diverse stories/characters. However, I’m trying to improve myself and this was my first eARC of a historical romance that featured more d
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Lois
This was ok.
I am uncomfortable with some of the romantic man's actions towards and treatment of the main romantic woman character. This is common in romance but bothered me.
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Rogues and remarkable Women #1
Publication Date: 6/30/20
/Number of Pages: 320
*** 3.5 Stars rounded up ***

This was my first book by this author and it was a very enjoyable read. The storyline was unique for the Regency period and it was well presented. One unusual thing in the story’s presentation was that it alternated between first and third person which may bother some readers, but not others. While this wasn’t an unusually long book, I felt as if it took me a long time to read it – eve
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allieereads
This was an incredible disappointment.

The blurb absolutely sucked me right in. The premise was something that I felt was super unique in historical romance fiction, a West Indies biracial MC as well as a war veteran who is an amputee as the main love interest.

My main issue with this book was the execution of the premise. It was lacklustre, to be quite honest. This was told in a dual perspective but Patience's perspective was written in first person and the Duke's perspective was written in thi
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Yels
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, 2020
Wowwwww, this book was hard for me to get through. I honestly did not like it at all.

A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby follows Patience a Lady who has been falsely imprisoned in Bedlam, taken away from her baby, and now has to disguise herself as his wet nurse/nanny until the mystery behind her late husband's death can be resolved. Busick, the Duke, takes over the estate through force not realizing that Patience is not who she says she is, everyone can see through his injury, and that a baby is not
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Brandy
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, Patience is SUCH an amazing woman, a fierce mother and determined to get to the heart of what has been going on. The Duke is in pain and frustrated and is a soldier who is used to everyone obeying him - and certainly will not stand for deceptions! Watching them bond over their love of Lionel and work to find their way to happiness was so much fun. I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series!!
Laurel
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous story. I was enthralled by the irony of a woman of color being separated from her child after the death of her husband and then being hired as his nanny. The historical context and research were very impressive and the romance was swoony. I enjoyed Riley's wit and talent for dialogue. ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
A really good collection of potentially good characters but the author just let it all fizzle into nothing. DNF after about 5 hours of the audiobook. It literally was going no where.
JoAn
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Duke, the Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley is a historical romance with richly detailed descriptions of the scenes and the characters and a mystery regarding the widow's husband and her past since her husband died.

I did struggle with reading this book as it was written in both first person and third person throughout the book which did throw off the flow of the story. I was also disappointed that I never felt any chemistry between Patience and Busick. Their relationship seemed to grow organica
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Cece
So much went wrong here that it was often impossible to follow what was going on. Regency romance desperately needs more stories from voices it has historically excluded and I was excited to read about an interracial relationship between a veteran amputee hero and a West Indian heiress heroine, but this was a massive disappointment on nearly every level.

When A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby opens, 23-year-old widow heroine Patience Jordan has broken into her former home to breastfeed her neglected
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Maria
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
The wounded military hero in “A Duke, the Lady and a Baby”, by Vanessa Reily (Kensingron Books/Zebra), is brave, stoic about his wounds, and so very tender with baby Lionel that the parts with these two were my favorite.
Busick’s injuries are severe and don’t heal with time; the all deception about them seemed a bit odd to maintain, especially in view of his intended return to the battlefront. But appearances count.
The charming duke’s b
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Sophia
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once a West Indian heiress lively and happy in her Caribbean home, now a widowed, penniless and desperate woman fighting to keep her own child and forced to ally with a domineering duke used to war and command. This was setting up to be an exciting, tantalizing Regency Era Romantic Suspense by a new to me author I have been meaning to try so I gathered up this first in series with great eagerness.

The book opens with Patience Jordan in disguise and making a clandestine night-time visit to her for
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Laura
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"I once was funny, a little headstrong, and I had a lot of heart. I wanted to be me again."

Patience Jordan is a widow--and in dire need of help. Following her husband's suicide--so soon after giving birth to her son, in a land that has never been her home--Patience was forced from the house, committed to Bedlam, never to see her baby again. And then comes The Widow's Grace, an order of widowed women who have been wro
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Malia
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
This book has about the fiercest first chapter I've ever read in a romance. Although this book is looking like it's getting the romcom marketing treatment (and those silhouetted characters on the cover not showing that this romance has an Afro-Caribbean woman as the main character!), this is a book for fans of historicals like Alyssa Cole and Beverly Jenkins. Ones very informed by history, ones invested in un-erasing Black and mixed race people from historical narratives.

I'm very glad this book
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b.andherbooks
Jul 05, 2020 marked it as read-partial
Shelves: romance, historical
Patience's chapters are told in 1st POV and Repington's are told in 3rd. This is a fairly heavy story, not a light hearted romp, and the very real threat of Patience having her son taken from her made me really anxious. ...more
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
The Widows Grace, an underground group of widows working together to fight back against legal injustices put upon them due to their widowhood has found Patience Jordan and taken up her plight. When Patience was been widowed with a small babe, her husbands’ uncle swooped in and seized control… that’s not the worst of it, he banishes her to Bedlam and keeps her baby boy hostage!

After the Widows Grace gets her released from Bedlam, Patients clandestinely reenters her home to ensure her son’s safety
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Lacey
This was a great read. I've never read a Regency romance suspense before. 😅 The romance was v. slow-burn, but it worked for me. I liked the tension between Patience and the Duke, as it added to the overall suspense of the plot. Plus, as the immigrant widow of a man who committed suicide, it's understandable why Patience wouldn't want to rush into another marriage following the trauma of her first one. She's a strong character and you feel for her immensely as she tries to protect her son and reg ...more
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“Three stories up. What to do? Break the glass and be caught? Bedlam. Stay here and be caught in the morning’s light? Bedlam. Jump and be caught dead? The notion deserved Bedlam. Wait for the ghost of my dream or one of Hamlin Hall’s to come and float me down? Yes, Bedlam again.” 0 likes
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