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review 2018-05-12 09:04
good book and characters
The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society) - Madeline Hunter

Adam was the Duke of Stratton and had been called to the Dowager Countess Of Marwood grandson- the Earl’s home in the country. The Countess could be a formidable enemy if she chooses to but she had written to ask to let bygones be bygones between the two families. Adam made the trip to see how the Countess hoped to accomplish this. Then one look at her and he knew whatever she had planned would not benefit Adam . The dowager was in mourning for her son the late Duke. Adam had been in France for five years and the Dowager mentioned hr surprise that Adam was not married to one of his mother’s people. But Adam said he thought a British match would be better for him and the dowager agreed. In the past the dowager's family had stolen Adam’s family’s property and savaged his mother and and helped drive his father to his death. But the dowager suggested his family rise above it.She then said their families should resolve that in the old fashioned way - marriage. She suggested an alliance formed by the strongest ties. She said her grandson had a sister Emilia that is all any man could ask for and would make a perfect Duchess for Adam. The dowager took Adam to the terrace so he could see Emilia. The Dowager Duchess says Emilia was sweet in disposition, good humor, and a fair amount of wit. So Emilia would not be dull. But Adam felt no appear for the young woman . Theobald/Theo- the young Earl- came and greeted Adam bit he was clearly afraid as Adams reputation had followed him.  A lot of people had acted that way around Adam. Then the Duke’s half sister - Clara rode to the top of the hill and sat there on her horse and Adam asked who she was and then Adam asked why he was not being offered Clara, Theo said Clara was his older half sister and the favored child and his father had spoiled and indulged Clara and allowed her to build notions unbefitting for women. He never demanded she marry and she thinks marriage is beneath her. Their father had left Clara a good bit of property in her name , a handsome tract with rich farms. The Duke gestured for Clara to come meet Adam and she turned her back on them and rode off. Adam then said you did not mention she was rude and disobedient. And quick to insult others if she chooses. Adam went to meet Lady Clara, after meeting her Adam thought what a provocative woman. Bright eyed and vivacious and also lovely , spirited some men would say too spirited. But Adam liked highly spirited, self possessed women. Adam found he wanted Lady Clara. Adam thought how the dowager’s offer as stated by the late Earl . Clara is also attracted to Adam but Clara fights her feelings as she wants nothing to do with marriage

I enjoyed this book. I really liked the interaction between Adam and Clara. And I did love them together. I liked the plot of this story but at times it drag for me as I was reading but not enough to make me want to stop reading this book. I think Clara slept with Adam too easily and too  soon. Even if she was independent and her own woman. I felt at times Adam was helped in selfish in the way he acted. This kept my attention even when it dragged a little as I wanted to know what was going to happen next . I was pleasantly surprised by the ending, I liked that men actually came across as men of this time and acted it. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2018-05-01 20:02
A Devil of a Duke by Madeline Hunter
A Devil of a Duke - Madeline Hunter
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.

After her father is caught for thievery and she begins to question why they steal, Amanda's mother places her in a finishing school. Ten years later Amanda lives a respectable life and even has secured a job as a secretary but her past comes storming back. She is blackmailed to steal certain items or her mother being held prisoner will face the noose. 
After a journal article somewhat ambiguously calls him out, Gabriel decides to use his Duke status to champion a bill and maybe slow down on his decadent lifestyle. When he meets a mysterious woman who challenges him, he finally sees the advantage to having one woman.
Blackmail, lies, class differences, and love will challenge this couple. 
 
One Amanda sat with fine ladies and agreed to help them with a journal.
The other Amanda intended to allow a man to seduce her in order to have the opportunity to commit a crime that could get her hanged.
 

 
Second in the Decadent Dukes Society series, the Duke of Langford, Gabriel, is up for his turn at love. His two friends appear alongside him and with glimpses of the couple from the first in the series, you could comfortably start here without feeling lost. I felt like Gabriel was the least flushed out of the two. He's a duke, as we are reminded with a couple Your Graces here and there, he liked to flaunt his mistresses around as a couple people mention, and he likes to look out for his brother. It felt like a solid character pencil sketch but he never got colored in for me. Our heroine Amanda has a bit more life to her as we delve a bit deeper into her life and the mystery/danger plot springs from her family's thievery past. Amanda seems like a strong level headed woman but she too often falls into the "he makes me hot so I will go against every level headed thought I have previously had". 
 
The story jumps into it right away; to the point I felt a little left behind because we hadn't had a proper introduction to the characters yet. I gained a better footing as I got deeper in the pages and while I wouldn't call the pace slow, it is more gradual which I would put on the mystery/danger plot of being a bit weaker. Amanda is stealing items to protect her mother but then suddenly decides to take action against the blackmailer, the whole plot felt dragged on and then messily sped up when they got to the last item. 
 
In the beginning, I enjoyed how Amanda and Gabriel talked, had conversations with one another but as I started to get into them knowing and playing off one another, the lust bug invaded; their first sex scene felt very abrupt. Without feeling like I ever knew or felt connected to the two leads, I had a hard time becoming absorbed into their romance and their chemistry was fairly weak.
 
The writing is good, the strong female relationships shown was a delight, and the way the three duke friends interacted was pleasant to read about but the pencil sketch without color filling it out, ultimately, left this feeling fairly dull. However, the next duke in line has a very dark and broody feel to him that will have me continuing with the series.
 
"I think I will be forever changed because I knew you." 

 

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text 2018-04-30 19:00
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A Devil of a Duke - Madeline Hunter

"I will admit to losing a sense of adventure, however. The man I sought to know was all subtlety and nuance, while I find his substitution rather obvious and predictable."

Even with the mask and the dark, she saw his eyes narrow. He had not liked that.

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review 2018-04-29 17:55
A Devil of a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, #2) by Madeline Hunter
A Devil of a Duke - Madeline Hunter

 

Madeline Hunter doesn't know how to do simple. Her stories are enduring, complicated, mesmerizing works of art. A Devil of a Duke is a tale of risk that seduces the heart, even as it stirs the soul. Amanda and Gabriel will have readers on the edge of their seats. What would you do for love? 


She's fighting to escape her birthright... 

Amanda was born into a family of thieves. Desperate to escape the family trade with the help of her mother, she set about rebuilding her life and striving for something better than the family legacy. Now a respectable woman, circumstances are pulling her back in to the world she fought to escape.


He's working to redeem himself...

Gabriel is a duke. He doesn't care about his reputation, but he does care about the welfare of his people. So when his title is called in question, he decides to try to do better. When he loses his heart and mind over a beautifully mysterious woman, is when his resolve starts to unravel. He has a choice to make and his heart is at the center of both.

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review 2018-04-29 00:00
A Devil of a Duke
A Devil of a Duke - Madeline Hunter A Devil of a Duke - Madeline Hunter Madeline Hunter doesn't know how to do simple. Her stories are enduring, complicated, mesmerizing works of art. A Devil of a Duke is a tale of risk that seduces the heart, even as it stirs the soul. Amanda and Gabriel will have readers on the edge of their seats. What would you do for love?


She's fighting to escape her birthright...

Amanda was born into a family of thieves. Desperate to escape the family trade with the help of her mother, she set about rebuilding her life and striving for something better than the family legacy. Now a respectable woman, circumstances are pulling her back in to the world she fought to escape.


He's working to redeem himself...

Gabriel is a duke. He doesn't care about his reputation, but he does care about the welfare of his people. So when his title is called in question, he decides to try to do better. When he loses his heart and mind over a beautifully mysterious woman, is when his resolve starts to unravel. He has a choice to make and his heart is at the center of both.
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