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ARC: A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins

Jun 30, 2015

Masters of Seduction
Book #1

 In the last opulent days of the eighteenth century, a friendly wager turns into a heated feud that spans decades…and a love affair like none other.

What does it take to tempt a lady…

London, 1792. The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess of Norgrave are boyhood friends who will still compete at anything. Racing, drinking, gambling, even seduction--until Lady Imogen Sunter crosses their path. Achingly beautiful, and innocent, she has no understanding of the jaded gentlemen who are courting her for favors--of how far they are willing to go to get what they want…


In this game of seduce and destroy?

Fighting for Imogen's affection should have been no more than their usual spirited rivalry. But when Blackbern discovers his feelings for Imogen have deepened, all bets are off. Norgrave, driven by his own demons, won't forsake his pride--and with one shocking act of betrayal that threatens Imogen and Blackbern's newfound desire, Norgrave will set the course for a generation of Regency bad boys who will go down in history as the Masters of Seduction...in A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins.

I gave this book a 

3.5 Stars
A Duke But No Gentleman is a passionate affair.  Hawkins weaves a wonderful historical romance rich with dark and concupiscent characters. Hawkins delivers a tale wrought with darker underlying elements that come to the  surface as Imogen and Blackbern's love develops. Blackbern and Imogen have a true connection from the very beginning that is seductive. Jealousy changes everyone's life.
 Readers are saved from experiencing in detail the horror Imogen suffered yet stand by her side as she recovers from the ordeal.  I wish the punishment of the guilty had been more just and that the characters had more of a journey in finding their HEA. 
I'm excited to read more from Alexandra Hawkins!




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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: June 30, 2014

This Title was Accepted via




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