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Never deny a duke

Y part with one trivial estate especially when Davina intends to put it to good use Brentworth however is as difficult to persuade as he is to resistThe Duke of Brentworth's discretion and steely control make him an enigma even to his best friends Women especially find him inscrutable and unapproachable but also compellingly magnetic So when Dav. I actually like the premise of this one because it s a bit unusual Scottish Davina MacCallum arrives in London with the sole purpose of gaining an audience with the King in order to plea her case to have their family lands returned after the estate was confiscated by the Crown following the Jacobite rebellion This was never going to be an easy task for her given that she is unable to prove conclusively that she is the true heir to the estate not to mention that the contested lands now belongs to the holdings of the powerful Duke of Brentworth a man not even the King is keen to lock horns with Even the most supercilious functionary would be intimidated by the arrogance that Brentworth wore even comfortably than his coats and his garments fit him very well indeed The very private Brentworth has his own reasons to put a uick lid on the escalating dispute only Davina refuses to be silenced She has grand plans for the property that go beyond her own need to be recognised as the baroness and rightful owner of Teyhill And so they clash a battle of two superior wills and wits They think you have bullied her and frightened her and glared at her and in general been Brentworth with her Of course when strong emotions are aroused certain things are inevitable Both protagonists were uite appealing Davina was strong and independent with ambitions to help people with her medical knowledge courtesy of her late physician father although she was aware that as a female she would never be able to train as a doctor However she was testament that being strong and intelligent is not mutually exclusive to being feminine Brentworth definitely valued all these characteristics in her He was confident in his own skin and did not feel threatened by her intellect but that didn t mean that he could not be protective of her He was haunted by events from the past but I like that once they got to Tyehill he did not dwell on them for too long but found inspiration in Davina to finally move on and forward Some parts were a bit slow moving particularly in sorting out the ownership of the estate but all in all a convincing and very well written romance Despite being the third book in this ducal series this can be read independently This is an ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased opinion

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He is the last duke standing the sole remaining bachelor of the three self proclaimed Decadent Dukes Yet Davina MacCallum's reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his A reasonable man with vast holdings can surel. I ve given this a B at AAR so that s 45 starsI was really relieved to discover that Never Deny a Duke was a big improvement on the previous book in the series A Devil of a Duke which just scraped a C grade3 stars from me last year And I liked the premise of this one and the way Ms Hunter handles it uite a lot Davina MacCallum has come to London in order to petition for the return of the Scottish lands and title she believes were unfairly diverted to an English nobleman following the Jacobite uprising in the mid 1700s but although the King George IV had given her reason to believe he would support her when they met during his recent visit to Edinburgh when he returns to London nothing happens so Davina comes south to further her cause It turns out that the lands in uestion were given to the Dukes of Brentworth and the current holder of the title reserved discreet and formidable Eric Marshall has no intention of just handing over part of his estate This story could so easily have been one of those feisty heroine stomps her foot a lot while driving reserved hero round the bend stories but Ms Hunter instead presents two grown up sensible characters who while striking sparks off each other approach the situation with a degree of common sense They are opponents and neither wants to give way but they re not stubborn for the sake of it and while each wants to be proven right there s no sense that they d resort to underhandedness to do itDabney Grinnan and I discussed this latest book by Madeline Hunter over at All About Romance

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Ina MacCallum shows no signs of being even mildly impressed by him he is intrigued Until he learns that her mission in London involves claims against his estate Soon the two of them are engaged in a contest that allows no compromise When duty and desire collide the best laid plans are about to take a scandalous turn into the very heart of passio. 35 Stars Never Deny a Duke features a wonderful romance between a woman determined to reclaim her family s lands and the Duke who doesn t plan to give them upWhen Davina MacCallum seeks out the Duke of Brentworth it s not for any of the usual reasons Eric would have expected Instead Davina is looking to reclaim Scottish lands confiscated from her family and given to his But the Duke of Brentworth never gives up anything without a fight As Davina and Eric battle it out for the rights to Eric s Scottish estate Teyhill the pair uickly realize the real battle is for their heartsDavina has been slowly laying the groundwork to reclaim her family s lands for years Her dream is to open a clinic of sorts where the sick and poor can have access to uality medical care Davina worked alongside her father a physician for years and as such is well ualified to undertake such a task I admired Davina s goal and I found myself rooting for her to reclaim the lands so she could achieve her goalEric is the most proper of the three Decadent Dukes always discreet and always avoiding any scandal Eric places a lot of value in his title and has built a reputation as a man not to be messed with He has powerful connections and has an uncanny ability to bend the will of others to suit his needs I have to say that at first I found Eric to be a bit of a pompous jerk but as the book went on he grew on meDavina and Eric are very much on opposing sides at the start of this book She s determined to regain her family s lands and he believes she s a fraud out to take what s his Their relationship does have elements of the enemies to lovers trope which is one of my favorite types of romances so I was excited to see how their relationship would play out The chemistry between them was fantastic and the sex scenes were sexy and well done My only issue with their relationship was that I felt Davina gave up on her goals I expected of a fight out of her and was a bit saddened that wasn t the case Overall I did like how the uestion of her right to the lands was wrapped up but it definitely took a long time to get thereThe couples from the first two books Adam and Clara and Gabriel and Amanda make numerous appearances in this book I loved getting to see the couples again as it s always a delight to see how happy they are after the end of their books I really enjoyed the friendship Davina forms with Clara and Amanda as well as the fact Davina contributes to Clara s journal Parnassus The friendship between Eric Adam and Gabriel continues to be fantastic I love how much the trio is there for each other as well as the times they poke fun at one another s expenseWhile I didn t love Never Deny a Duke as much as the second book in the series A Devil of a Duke it was still an enjoyable read and I m looking forward to reading from the author in the future I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


About the Author: Madeline Hunter

Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist Madeline has a PhD in art history and teaches at an East Coast university



10 thoughts on “Never deny a duke

  1. says:

    35 StarsThis was the third instalment of the Decadent Dukes Society series while it wasn’t my favourite out of the three books; I did still enjoy it I have always loved the writing style of Madeline Hunter and her books were one of the first romances I started reading when I discovered this genre She does a wonderful job writing a heartwarming romance and including passion friendships and adventure into her

  2. says:

    I received this Advanced Reader Copy in a GoodReads Giveaway This book marks the satisfying conclusion to The Deca

  3. says:

    I've given this a B at AAR so that's 45 starsI was really relieved to discover that Never Deny a Duke was a big improvement on the previous book in the series A Devil of a Duke which just scraped a C grade3 stars from me last year And I liked the premise of this one – and the way Ms Hunter handles it – uite a lot Davina MacCal

  4. says:

    At Last It's time for the story of Eric Marshall the Duke of Brentworth and the Most Ducal Duke He is the last of the Decadent Dukes a joking name picked by three young future dukes The trio of Stratton Langford and Brentworth knew

  5. says:

    I actually like the premise of this one because it's a bit unusual Scottish Davina MacCallum arrives in London with the sole purpose of gaining an audience with the King in order to plea her case to have their family lands returned after the estate was confiscated by the Crown following the Jacobite rebellion This was never going to be an easy task for her given that she is unable to prove conclusively that she is the true heir to the estat

  6. says:

    45 starsMy reading has slowed to a snail’s pace compared to last year but I seem to be having hits than misses lately That is a very welcome trend and Madeline Hunter’s latest continues it I thought the romance and characters were lovelyTh

  7. says:

    I read this book maybe two weeks ago and now only vaguely remember it This does not encourage me to give it than

  8. says:

    Series Decadent Dukes Society #3Publication Date 43019Number of Pages 304This wonderful wrap up for the Decadent Dukes Society is delightfully different – not one of your standard tropes The ‘Most Ducal Duke’ meets his match and it is

  9. says:

    35 Stars Never Deny a Duke features a wonderful romance between a woman determined to reclaim her family’s lands and the Duke who doesn’t plan to give them upWhen Davina MacCallum seeks out the Duke of Brentworth it’s not for any of the usual reasons Eric would have expected Instead Davina is looking to reclaim Scottish lands

  10. says:

    Both the MCs were bland and nothing endeared me to them Also there was a lot of filler so much was written that didn't add anything to

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