Monday 22 April 2024

A Duke of One's Own by Emma Orchard BLOG TOUR


Summer, 1816. A notorious rebel is about to meet her match...

Lady Georgiana Pendlebury is no stranger to breaking the rules of polite society. But when a so-called ‘friend’ invites her to a clandestine party, Georgiana is shocked to discover the event is more scandalous than even she could have imagined. So when a mysterious stranger offers help, she accepts, not realising their encounter will turn her life upside down.

Later that summer, Georgiana is invited to attend a house party at an infamous castle in Yorkshire. The gathering is a loosely veiled effort to arrange a marriage for the Duke of Northriding, who desperately needs an heir. Duke Gabriel Mauleverer has a terrible reputation as a rake, and Georgiana is happy to be a guest purely for the entertainment, but upon arrival, she is shocked to discover that the Duke is none other than the stranger who rescued her weeks earlier.

As the other ladies vie for the Duke’s attention, Georgiana is desperate to avoid their shocking secret getting out. But she finds herself caught, unable to avoid Gabriel’s gaze. Are they a threat to each other? Or could they be the answer to each other’s greatest desires?

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A Duke of One's Own is a fun historical romance with endearing characters.

I like Georgiana. She has a slightly naughty streak and is inquisitive. She isn't at all intimidated by the Duke and not at all convinced that they should marry. Gabriel, the Duke, is fascinated with Georgiana from the moment he meets her and once he is formally introduced to her he wastes no time in trying to seduce her. Georgiana on the other hand has been warned off him because of his wicked reputation. I enjoyed watching Gabriel mature from a scandalous rake to loving husband.

The events leading up to the whirlwind engagement and hasty wedding take up the first half of the novel. The second half is centred around the couple getting to know each other better and learning how to express their feelings for each other. Steamy scenes are sprinkled throughout the novel. There is also some tension thrown into the mix by a pair of siblings who want to cause problems for Georgiana.

Fans of historical and regency romance will enjoy this book.

Emma Orchard is the author of several well-reviewed regency romance novels published by Allison & Busby. In her other life she is a literary agent. Her first book with Boldwood is a raunchy romp set in Regency London.

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