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A Debt of Dishonor

(Lords of Sussex #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Kate Russell is furious.

It was bad enough that her father had let her grow up in virtual poverty, but now, her dissolute brother wants to use her as payment for his debts. She runs away, determined to make her way so that she will never again be at the mercy of powerful men.

Then she encounters the Duke of Ashleigh.

He has overcome the shame of his parents’ scandalou
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published February 11th 2021 by Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
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I absolutely loved the first book in the series! I had actually already pre-ordered this one before I received the wonderful opportunity to get an advanced review copy. I was so excited I didn't have to wait for the actual release date.

I enjoy Marek's unusual and adventurous storylines. This is no exception. The story jumps in immediately with a strong heroine - Kate Russell - taking action and control of her life. I loved this female lead.

Unfortunately, I did not like the Duke much at all. He w
Maggie Whitworth
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it

Running away from her brother Viscount Newell is the only option open for Kate Russell, after she discovers he means to sell her to an unscrupulous lord to cover a gambling debt.

It’s on her travels that she meets the man who is to change everything for her, Peter Duke Of Ashleigh, there is chemistry between them but can he protect her from the man now searching for her. Does he even want too?

Enjoyable read, slow in parts but it doesn’t detract too much or spoil the experience.

I receiv
Julie - One Book More
A Debt of Dishonor follows Kate as she flees London and an unwanted marriage arrangement made by her scheming brother. Kate seeks refuge with her aunt Franny and tries to start over. However, many obstacles stand in her way. When Kate meets the Duke of Ashleigh, she knows there is no possibility of a future with him, but she can’t deny her feelings. Ashleigh’s duties prevent him from marrying Kate, but his heart tells him something different. Can Kate trust the Duke? How will Ashleigh react when ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found the first book in the series to have good and interesting characters. Unfortunately the far fetched plot and predictably ruined it.

I decided to try this author one more time and was not disappointed. I throughly enjoyed this read. All the characters were interesting and well developed.

A very good read!
Lori D
London 1818
Miss Katherine Russell had escaped. She had heard her brother talking and was selling her off to a disgusting man to pay his debts. Her mother had just passed and she was use to being left with hardly anything.

Kate is strong and determined, and makes her way to her Aunt Franny, who takes her in and begins to help her. She is introduced to the neighbors, Peter, Duke of Ashleigh and his sister and niece. There is a definite attraction between them, although Peter tries to downplay and n
Penelope (The Reading Devil)
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Bestill my historical romance loving heart. This was such a great book. Great characters, great storyline, great author!

So let's start with the plot! The main character, Kate, is sold to a man by her brother as a way of paying outstanding debts. She runs away to live with an aunt where she meets an assortment of characters, including our main male lead - the Duke of Ashleigh. This book was fast-paced and every
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgallley, 2021
Rating - 2.5/5

After Katherine's mother's death, her brother became her guardian but he paid his debt to Farnsworth, A Earl by promising him his sister. Kate was angry but she ran away and ended up with her only aunt who was disowned by her grandfather for marrying a man without a title. Her aunt was friends with the duke of that town, Peter. Kate and Peter found themselves attracted to each other. But there's a problem that she'd hidden her real identity and Farnsworth was still determined to co
A Klue
Rating: 4.5 stars

All in in, this book's story line flowed like what I've come to expect in a PBS regency romance movie. We were given instant attraction despite a mistaken identify first meeting between a beautiful damsel in distress (Kate) and a protective, hardworking, all about duty Duke (Ashleigh), who after a HUGE jumping to wrong conclusions, knucklehead moment, would move Heaven and Earth to make her his wife. Thankfully, a great cast of his supportive family and friends had their backs t
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

After losing her mother, who was the only family member who cared for her, Kate Russell is taken to London by her dissolute and degenerate brother, Humphrey, Viscount Newell. When she overhears him and the wicked Earl of Farnsworth discuss her, and the way she will be used to repay a gambling debt, she flees to Sussex, where she believes a maternal aunt lives. Hiding with her aunt Franny, she m
Winnifred D.
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. A very good read. I finished the 1st entry in this series a while back and liked it, but it didn't really linger in my memory (I go through a lot of books, particularly Regency romances). This book popped up as a suggestion in my KU account, and it was an enjoyable pick. The female characters, in particularly, are well-developed. The plotting in the final stretch is great--the plans that were hatched to catch the assorted bad guys and the main villain were twisty and the various cha ...more
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The first romance I read was a Regency, back when I was only twelve or thirteen and I had to sneak it from my mother's room. I've loved them ever since. The description for Debt of Dishonor immediately intrigued me, and I knew I needed to read it.

The story flowed well, and I enjoyed the characters. Especially Kate's fire! The banter between her and the Duke made me smile and at times outright laugh. It was clear from the beginning something was brewing between them, even when they wouldn't admit
Bridget Lewis
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Arrogant Duke will fall

Peter Duke of Ashleigh came from a stressful childhood and Mr. & Mrs Darling were surrogate parents to him and his sister Alice! As always with this sweeties there is a love story within a story but you will have to read the book to get the second story! This story has stupidity, bravery and false conclusions! Kate has never had male members of her family to honor, protect or care for her or her mother in any shape, form or fashion. Kate has a despicable brother who is a
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Debt of Dishonor by Lillian Marek is the second in the Lords of Sussex series and is a pleasant departure from the typical Regency romance. True, the Duke of Ashleigh is reluctant, although not in the typical fashion: she thinks she is inappropriate as a duke's wife...not that he doesn't want to marry. She also believes she is an inappropriate wife for a duke. Ashleigh is bossy, and as is the custom of the day, cannot believe that a woman could know better than he, be it his sister, or the wom ...more
Margaret Watkins
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Years of deprivation and struggling to maintain their family holdings have made Kate a strong and resourceful woman. Thus, when she overhears her dissolute brother planning to use her as payment for his debts, Kate makes a daring escape. She is successful, up to a point, but when a private investigator discovers her whereabouts, everyone she cares about is put in danger. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced suspenseful romance. I felt myself being drawn into the plot and love that Kate is not a ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kate Russell & her mother were left on a northern estate in virtual poverty whilst her viscount father gambled & lost everything now her dissolute brother wants to use her as payment for his debts to the repugnant Earl of Farnsworth. She runs away to her Aunt Franny, determined to make her way so that she will never again be at the mercy of powerful men. Then she encounters the Duke of Ashleigh. He has overcome the shame of his parents’ scandalous lives and has a well-deserved reputation for hon ...more
Linda J.
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This is my only 2nd novel by this author and I enjoyed her writing style.

There are many villains in this story and one of the villains grew a conscience. I would love for him to get his story.

I thought the Duke came across as I'd imagine a man with so much stature and power to behave. But, I was disappointed in him at the cottage (no spoiler's). It took him awhile to redeem himself to me.

I loved the dialogue between Kate and everyone - she was smart, kind and so thoughtful and spoke he
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
The heroine Kate is a strong, resourceful, intelligent young woman who has to flee home because her reprobate brother has sold her to the Earl of Farnsworth for his debts. She goes to live with her aunt, and makes the acquaintance of his grace, the Duke of Ashleigh. There is a definite mutual attraction but her position in society is nowhere near the duke's level so it seems like a hopeless case for them both. Meanwhile, duke's sister has a love affair of her own, and they all have to decide how ...more
Barbara Michael
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kate Russell has not led the most enchanting life. Her father and brother, Viscount Humphrey, went to London, leaving her and her mother at the estate. Not caring and not wanting either of them in their lives. Her mother dies and her brother decides that she must come to him in London. How wonderful, finally wanted at last! But when she overhears her brother’s plan to use her to pay his gambling debts, she packs a small bag and runs away to her aunt. Thankfully, her aunt takes her in and introdu ...more
Sandra Standefer
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kate Russell is being sold to a disgusting man to pay off her brothers gambling debts. Kate flees to her aunts home with the hopes of starting a new life. Trying to keep a low profile and using an assumed name Kate is hoping her brother will not find her. When the Duke of Ashleigh pays attention to her Kate will do what she can to avoid him, but she can’t help falling for him.

The Duke of Ashleigh has overcome his parents scandals and has always done whatever he can to keep his name honorable. Wh
Debbie Brown
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kate Russell over hears her brother giving her hand in marriage to a disgusting Earl to pay off his gambling debts. Kate decides to run and hide where he’ll least to find her. She arrives at her Aunt Franny Darling’s house where she encounters the Peter the Duck of Ashleigh. She’s quite attracted to Peter, but she knows there’s no future for them. Peter is a respectable man who cares for his family and their happiness and he becomes quite intrigued by Kate. He feels she’s hiding something, she s ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
I was looking for a quick, cute romance to read and "Debt of Dishonor" fit the bill! Written by Lillian Marek, this book is the second novel in the "Lords of Sussex" series. Kate has grown up in almost poverty and has suffered the deaths of both parents. Her older brother, looking to repay his debts, has tried to sell her into a loveless marriage and Kate runs away. Seeking solace with a long-lost aunt, she meets the Duke of Ashleigh and quickly falls for him. But what will happen once he finds ...more
Wendy Tavenner
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finding happiness at last

Kate was running for her life away from her brother and the Earl he was selling her to. She finds her way to her Aunt Franny and settles into a life there. In walks Peter the Duke of Ashleigh who first thinks she’s a servant and later illegitimate. The Duke tends to put his foot in his mouth. Kate wants to earn a living and he wants to find her a husband but he can stop thinking about her.
When her past meets her present the Duke must do everything in his power to keep he
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Having been gambled away by her brother to a diseased old man, Kate decides to run away. She finds haven with a relative. There is an instant attraction between her and Peter, the Duke of Ashleigh. Can he save her from her fate? I received an ARC from NetGalley and Dragonblade Publishing for my honest review.
Mary Baker
Kate has run away from her brother and the awful earl he had planned to give her to. She is a spunky heroine among other spunky heroines who have minds of their own. They also have the support of three kind, strong men who love them. I enjoyed this novel with its twists and turns and will read more books by this author.
Penney Birchfield
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, not a lot of dithering about with what everyone is thinking, lovely strong women and true gentlemen. The villains, the intrigue, the love all bought together beautifully. Thanks!
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When she retired after too many years in journalism, Lillian felt a longing for happy endings and stories where the good guys win and the bad guys get their just deserts. Having exhausted her library’s supply of non-gory mystery stories, she started reading romance novels, especially historical romance. This was so much fun that she thought she’d like to try her hand at writing one.
So it was that

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