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Duchess of Sin

(The Daughters of Erin #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Blonde and beautiful Lady Anna Blacknall is in the mood for mischief. Entering Dublin's most notorious den of vice, she finds herself in the arms of a mysterious, emerald-eyed Irishman. And although he is masked, his tender kiss is hauntingly familiar.

Conlan McTeer, Duke of Adair, has come to Dublin to fight for a free Ireland. But he's suddenly reunited with the young Eng
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Forever
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Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Duchess of Sin" is just the kind of historical romance that I love. The love story is so sweet and heart-stoppingly romantic. The lead couple is caring towards each other, and the secondary characters are vivid in their own right. The plot is fast-paced while still focusing on the romance.

Anna and Conlan aren't stereotypical romance characters, they're both fully developed and have many sides to their personalities. In fact, one of the things Conlan loves so much about Anna is that he is always
Mary Gramlich
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming and entertaining story bundled with a history lesson

Lady Anna Blacknall was the toast of the ton and pursued by every unmarried man. She thought of herself as attractive but not stunning and wondered what kind of match was out there for her. Anna was also the master of pretense and knew how to act properly and ensure that everyone knew how happy and content she was even though it was all a rouse. Anna sought a love match but knows that does not always produce the result you want whe
Tammy Walton Grant
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tammy by: TJ
2 stars

This book had some great things going for it -- a handsome Duke, lots of history and political unrest, and some fairly steamy love scenes. And it's set in Ireland - so the thought of the hero's accent fairly captured my imagination.

Alas, for some reason the author decided the heroine (herself politically active, and with a history with the Hero) needed to be 18 years old at the time the book takes place. The Hero is in his late 20s/early 30s I believe, and had a run-in with the heroine 2
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that will make you sizzle so watch your toes. Whomever said that the French make the best lovers evidently haven't had the chance to try an Irishman that's for sure. Yowzer!

Lady Anna Blacknall is Dublin's newest wonder of beauty. An air of radiance surrounds her in a cocoon so beautiful that you don't see the need for finding trouble until she's right in the heat of it. If there was ever anyone who could find trouble without looking it would be Lady Anna. It seems to follow her ar
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read. This is the 2nd book in the series THE DAUGHTERS OF ERIN TRILOGY and this book can be read without reading the first. There is enough details for the characters and you won't feel like you missed anything but I think that it would have even been better had I read the first one before this. I will be reading the first in the series "Countess of Scandal" because the 2nd one was great and I want to read the whole series. I love the way that Laurel McKee writes. The c ...more
DUCHESS OF SIN by Laurel McKee is a wonderful,delightful historical romance set in 1799 Dublin, Ireland. It is well written with depth,details, twists and turns. It is the second in The Daughters of Erin Trilogy but can be read as a stand alone. The first in this series was Countress of Scandal It has romance, passion, betrayal, loyalties, secrets,trust, distrust, the fight for free Ireland, politics and sweet sensuality.The characters are enduring, enchanting, will grip your heart and are very ...more
Mary Kathryn
I really enjoyed this second book in the Daughters of Erin Trilogy. I was really looking forward to this one because we had already learned so much about Anna in the first book and had meet Conlan twice in the first one. But it was a bit of a disappointment to me and this book definitely could have been a five star book. But for some reason and maybe it was just me and the mood I was in while reading it but I didn’t feel like I fully understood Conlan. I didn’t understand why he felt like him an ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars, loved it!! This is the story about Anna- the second daughter in this family of three girls. I really enjoyed this one, even more so than the first book, because I actually felt like I could relate to Anna. She is the middle daughter, as am I, so I was able to relate to that, but also some of her feelings and inner turmoil she was going through. Also, Anna often compared herself, or pictured herself, as the heroine in one of her beloved Gothic Romance novels! :)

I also loved the hero, Con
Freda Mans-Labianca
For being the second book in a series, I didn't feel lost at all not reading the first one. I have it, I couldn't find it to read it first. I plan on reading it anyways, I feel it is probably as good as this one.
Which I loved this book!
It had just the right amount of each element to keep me interested and wanting so much more. All in a great way! The characters were meshed well and drew you into their world.
One of my new favorite historical romance authors!
And definitely on my recommendation lis
Rose May
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: b-minus, c-plus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 2 in the Daughters of Erin Series

We’re going to start off, first, with what I was… miffed by. I didn’t like some of the obvious ‘detail’ mistakes – for instance during a balcony scene when McKee writes that the coat slipped from Anna’s shoulders and only a few pages later describes her taking it off her shoulders and giving it back to our hero, Conlan McTeer (the Duk
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Dublin, this is the story of Lady Anna, who is 18years old, and has a huge curiosity about things outside the boring Societylife. She wants more than tediousSociety balls and sedate parties. Tothis end, she is always trying things. Things such as sneaking into the Olympian Club, an exclusivemembers-only club known for its wickedness. She is aided in this by her friend, Lady Jane, a widow with a wildstreak of her own. At this party, she runs into the Duke ofAdair, who she had previously me ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Lady Anna Blacknall, a member of the Protestant Ascendancy, is bored with the endless ball and dinner invitations and her widowed mother's attempts to marry her off to a wealthy man...any wealthy man. Anna, however, is in the mood for mischief and visits a notorious den of vice in Dublin where she finds herself in the arms of a dark-haired Irishman with green eyes. A man she has tried in vain to forget, along with a night of terror.

Conlan McTeer, Duke of Adair, fights for a free Ireland and his
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duchess of Sin by Laurel McKee
Historical Romance – Nov. 30th, 2010
3 ½ Stars

Duchess of Sin by Laurel McKee is the second book in the Daughters of Erin Trilogy. This new series features the stories of the extraordinary and interesting Blacknall sisters.

Duchess of Sin is the story of middle sister Lady Anna Blacknall who is in the mood for adventure. While in Dublin she dares to enter the most notorious den of vice where she ends up in the arms of a masked man of mystery who seems utterly familia
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Duchess of Sin is Book 2 of the Daughters of Erin Series. I was lucky enough to win a copy of the 1st book in the series called the Countess of Scandal and that was a wonderful book so I was extremely happy about being able to review Laurel's Second Book in this series.

Duchess of Sin was well written with wonderful character descriptions which made it easy to get to know each one of the characters that you wouldn't need to read the first book in this series to enjoy this one. Even thou I think
Blodeuedd Finland
This was different, cos usually I read books that take place a bit later, but this was 1799. Ok so that does not sound like a lot, but it was. Not to mention that the setting was Ireland and the fear after the last uprising was still in the air.

Anna flutters from party to ball to anything to live and dance and forget the fears she had 2 years ago. She was interesting as she could seem feather brained at on moment and smart the next. She changed as it suited her.

While Conlan is dark and brooding
Wendy Hines
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while, I hunger for a historical romance. I love reading the history and how the people dressed and lived. Laurel McKee does a wonderful job of painting the turmoil of the times as well as staying true to her characters. Did I fall in love with them? No, but I respected their choices and I really wanted them to find their happy ending. I am one of those people who not only love strong Alpha males, but I want my heroine to be strong too - not some simpy girl. Anna is a strong char ...more
Although this is the second book in a trilogy, I really think it can stand alone. I had no problem getting into the story and was enchanted right from the start. I must admit that when someone is kissed by another person who is wearing a mask, I know where this story is going. Seriously, this can only work in a historical romance. So when Anna is kissed by Conlan, you can only know that there is going to a lot of hotness to follow. The plot works on a lot of levels with a bit of mystery and thri ...more
I enjoyed this, although it didn't really stick with me. I did like how intertwined it was with Ireland's history.
Regan Walker
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining Irish “Regency Style” Romance

This is the second in McKee’s Sisters of Erin trilogy (Countess of Scandal, Duchess Of Sin and Lady of Seduction), and the series is best read in order. This second one begins in December of 1799, as 18-year old Lady Anna Blacknall decides to go with her daring friend, Jane, to a masked ball at the scandalous Olympian Club in Dublin. Once there, Anna finds herself in the arms of a masked Irishman with familiar green eyes who tells her to leave, that she
I decided to give up on this book when I started to look for things that pissed me off. That's never a good sign and I have too much in my TBR pile to bother with books that annoy me.

Why so bad? I thought the age difference (what did happen when she was 16?) was going to squick me out too much to finish. I was willing to push through the age difference; what finally forced me to put the book down was the heroine, Anna. She suffered from so much ennui that I was bored with her. Can't stay at home
Jennifer Rayment
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mini Book Review: I really enjoyed this one and rate it a cut above the usual escapist historical romance I enjoy. This is mostly due to the character and plot development, as there is not the usual stereotypical misunderstandings and denial, and you were actually surprised when things happened. The heroine actually spoke up about her feelings and didn't play games. Anna is a strong willed, intelligent compassionate heroine that you admire. The hero also was quite honest and open, which honestly ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
Lady Anna Blacknall, introduced in the first book of the Daughters of Erin trilogy, Countess of Scandal, and almost overtook her sister in my mind as the more intriguing heroine. Anna, unfortunately, suffers harm during her family's escape of the uprising, but she meets the dark and mysterious Duke of Adair while on the run. In Duchess of Sin, Anna is still a bit of a wild child, not doing proper or safe things, though she is at times haunted by what she went through, yet she's willing to put as ...more
Laurel McKee's Duchess of Sin is delightfully entertaining. Anna is sassy and adventurous, but knows to hide it when with Society. Because a girl simply must be proper, don't you think? As time catches up with her, however, she knows that she will have to accept one of the proposals that come her way. But she wants so much more. Then she runs into Conlan McTeer again.

The Duke of Adair is, of course, rude and obnoxious. But he's only trying to keep Anna away from the rougher elements of his life.
From my book review blog Rundpinne..."While I have finally concluded that romance novels are not my favaurite genre, I must give credit where credit is due and McKee writes a very compelling story filled with intriguing characters, plots and history which make even those not overly fond of romance, such as myself, interested in the story."...the full review may be read here. ...more
I really liked this 2nd book of the series with its dark Irish bad boy, Conlin, and Anna the heroine who is so much more than what she appears to be. Anna is smart and sassy. She knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to go after it.

I liked that there was a 2nd romance for the girls mother, Lady Katherine. She was still young and very beautiful.

It leaves you with a cliff hanger, and a tease of the 3rd book. Look forward to the end of May and reading the rest of this really good series.
Annette Summerfield
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 1800
Adventure and love. This book held my interest and I found it hard to put down. The characters were so real and enjoyable. I loved how the whole family was involved in the story. The sister does not always get to have adventures with the main character and the mother was to have her own love come along. I found it very heart warming.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite thing about Duchess of Sin is that actually had a plot and wasn't totally predictable. The main characters were unique and I couldn't help but be swept away by their story. I highly recommend this book to historical romance fans everywhere.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Enjoyed this romance set in 1799 Ireland. I chose it based on all the positive reviews although the beginning of the story didn't seem very promising. However, I found the characters, writing and story improved as I continued with it and I ended up enjoying it.
Anne OK
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Am enjoying the Irish historical "Daughters of Erin" series. It is superbly written. Lots of passion, good storyline and an all around good read. Can't wait for the third daughter's story, LADY OF SEDUCTION.
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dutchess of Sin is the second book in the Daughters of Erin series. I truly enjoyed this book. I think I liked this one better the the first one. I felt like I was familiar characters and enjoyed watching them develope. I can't wait to read the third in the trilogy.
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Laurel McKee is the pen name for regency romance writer Amanda McCabe.

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen--a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject...)

She's never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA A

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