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The Duke's Undoing (Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

G.G. Vandagriff
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Book Description

Meet the Duke of Ruisdell, who has just returned wounded from the Napoleonic wars. He is weary, cynical, and very bored. Known as the worst rake in England, he finds he has no interest in upholding that distinction, when his friend, the Marquis of Somerset, proposes a bet: "Five thousand guineas says that seducing Miss Elise Edwards will cure your ennui." Because his friend has just lost a packet to him, he agrees that the bet be posted in White's famous Betting Book.

Thus begins a train of unstoppable events--dangerous, humorous, devilish, and amorous--that carry his life along at such a pace that the duke soon knows not whether he is on his head or his heels. And then there is that bet . . .

Editorial Reviews


The Duke's Undoing is a romp through the Jane Austen era. - The Deseret News

Whitney Award Nominee for 2012.

From the Author

When I thought about my romance and courtship, it seemed that it could have been the plot for a Regency romance! So I thought, "Why not write it?"
The duke is my husband. The surfeit of fiances are mine as well, though a bit overexaggerated! I enjoyed this foray into Regency fiction so much, I made it into a trilogy! And now,with Rescuing Rosalind, I have started my second Regency trilogy.
What fun!

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  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orson Whitney Press (April 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
This story has a lot going on and I don't wish to spoil it. It has more depth than the usual romance novel with lots of different characters and plot devices. However, it's all too much. The first half of the novel is excellent. The hero and heroine get to know each other and develop a relationship. Then after that the plot speeds up into sheer madness. So many things happen that the plot is simply unbelievable. Characters are dropped and never mentioned again and the story went on way too long. Yet the conclusion was super rushed and unsatisfactory. This would have been a much nicer novella without the melodrama in the last half. Also, the previously clean romance (I swooned at one point) developed into something that Georgette Heyer would probably find smutty. Historical purists beware there are a few inaccuracies. The characters are good though. Elsie is strong, brave and kind-hearted, all traits I admire in a heroine. Peter is a wonderful hero for most of the book. He's devoted, kind, proud and flawed. His traits make him a unique and well-developed character. I especially liked the secondary characters, Elsie's aunt Clarice and her companion Lady Susannah and their pets. Their scenes add a lot of comic relief. If you're looking for a squeaky clean, sweet romance a la Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, do not read this book. If you want an interesting story with just about every crazy plot device tossed in, then I highly recommend this one.

I noticed a few typos on the Kindle edition which drove me crazy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 25, 2012
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To be quite honest, I don't believe I've read many Regency Romance novels, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. However, GG Vandagriff did not disappoint. This novel is filled with intrique, turmoil, a bit of comedy, and a LOT heart-fluttering romance. I loved the characters, especially those of Elise Edwards and the complex duke of Ruisdell. Elise is the perfect heroine. She is intelligent, snarky yet sweet, and passionate about life. In my mind, the duke is as handsome as ever, and exhibits just the right amount of dark brooding mixed with heart-warming sincerity. Vandagriff weaves romantic tension between these two characters in a way that will leave your heart thrilling. The plot, though a little slow at first, picks right up and keeps you turning the pages until the very end. This story is definitely one that you will want to read over and over again. I can't wait to read more by G.G. Vandagriff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much tell, not enough show January 5, 2013
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This is a very average book. The plot structure is a typical Regency Romance with the hero and heroine on again, off again, interrupted in romance by other suitors, relatives, and situations. What this book lacks is subtle characterization that make us care about the people. Vandagriff spends too much time telling us what is happening, rather than showing us. So, sorry, but there are more fun books to read than this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Loree
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Overall I thought this was a good plot, really good and the characters were well developed. The story would get a 3 1/2-4 stars from me. But, I had difficulty reading the dialogue in this book. The author consistently utilized a style that drove me crazy. There were dropped articles "the" and "a" as well as dropped pronouns. Essentially this left you with grammatically incomplete sentences. While dropped pronouns is acceptable in some languages (Spanish in particular) where the language match pronouns to verb forms, English does not, so dropped pronouns and articles just make reading more difficult.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Loved it but Left Unsettled January 31, 2013
By Becky
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I really enjoyed this book until the end. I mean I really really enjoyed it. Not your typical Regency romp, this book goes to some interestingly dark places. Which is why I think the ending made me feel like I had gone over a cliff. Up until Gretna I was right in the thick of it and then left hanging. I would have loved to see our h take on her stuffy in-laws and our H to continue being a champion for the vets. But to the continent and all that over a duel! I don't know. Our leading lights shouldn't have been forced to that and the rest of the book was so good. Which is why 4 stars. This is the first in a trilogy so it seems but I feel so adrift after the abrupt ending of this one that unless the opening chapter gives me some kind of immediate closure I may not be able to suffer the comparison. Highly recommended for all Regency Romance lovers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Boy, oh boy - romance novels are never going to get a better reputation with this kind of book getting good reviews! I can't, for the life of me, understand the other reviewers' praise of this novel. The main problem is the writing - it is horribly stilted. There is no way to lose oneself, as the lurching prose jerks you about. Here's a sample [the hero, Ruisdell has entered an opera box, and just been properly introduced to the heroine, whom he observed earlier in the day]:

"He gave what even he knew was a grim smile. Before he could even ask her what had changed between this afternoon and this evening that she would venture out, dressed so divinely with roses nestled in her black tresses, the curtain to the box was thrown aside. A very handsome man even taller than [Ruisdell] entered, his hair a profusion of blond pomaded curls, his classically featured face set in stern, stiff lines. "You depraved cur!" he virtually spat at Ruisdell. Who the devil was this? He had no desire to disabuse the man of his epithet. His conscience, silent for years, told him that it might even be true. But he had experience dealing with infuriated men, though they were usually husbands. Ruisdell merely raised one eyebrow, which was enough to quell most men. But this man turned to Elise, who had gone suddenly white. Her hands were now fists. Ruisdell moved a bit closed, feeling an unusual prompting to protect. "Robert, please leave at once. You have no right to be here!" "Do you know who this man is?" the man called Robert answered..."You are my finance, and you have no business slurring my family name by entertaining this disgusting article openly here at the opera where everyone is watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read!!
Published 1 month ago by Vicky Horton
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed potential
Great premise but it missed the mark. It could have gone in better directions with more humor and better characters.
Published 2 months ago by Rosemary Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying. I enjoyed every chapter & just got into the story....
I read a lot of conflicting reviews before purchasing this book. This was vastly entertaining, great fun, imaginative, I just absolutely loved it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good series
Published 3 months ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for a Sunday Afternoon!
Enjoyed the story although character development was somewhat vague. The ending left me hanging and I am not sure that was the purpose!
Published 3 months ago by M C RICHARDSON
4.0 out of 5 stars A Regency Romp
At the heart of this Regency romp, The Duke’s Undoing, by GG Vandagriff, (which includes all the requisite elements of the genre – duels at dawn, masquerades, flights to Gretna... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anna Tueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Confirmed Bachelor (The Duke) Meets His Destiny
The Duke's Undoing (Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 1)
I read The Duke when it first came out and loved it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William F. Whitaker
3.0 out of 5 stars sweet and simple
this was a sweet and very mild historical regency romance. interesting plot and it did capture my attention from the beginning. Read more
Published 4 months ago by carole
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Regency Romance in the style of Georgette Heyer
Miss Elise Edwards has just lost her third fiancé. Her first died in the Napoleonic wars, her second turned out to be mad and fled to Italy, and she suspects the most recent... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Iola
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
This was a fun book to read - I bought the other books in her Rogue series to read more about the characters.
Published 5 months ago by K. Gresko
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More About the Author

I realize that I am one of those rare people in the world who gets to live a life full of passion, romance, suspense, angst, fulfillment, humor, and mystery. I am a writer. Every day when I sit down at my computer, I enter into a world of my own making. I am in the head of a panoply of characters ranging from a nineteen-year-old Austrian debutante (The Last Waltz) to a raging psychopath (The Arthurian Omen) and four women at once in The Only Way to Paradise. Then there are the feisty heroines of my Regency romances . . .

I am a traditionally published,award-winning, best-selling writer who has recently gone Indie. I enjoy genre-hopping, having published a genealogical mystery series, two women's fiction novels, an historical epic, two suspense novels, five Regency romances, and a couple of non-fiction offerings.

With a BA from Stanford and an MA from George Washington University in International Relations, I somehow stumbled into finance. But, once my husband was through law school, I never wanted to do anything but write and raise kids. Now the kids are gone, but (even better) there are four grandchildren who provide my rewards for finishing a manuscript.

Aside from the grandchildren, my favorite things include: Florence, Italy; snow storms; Oreos; real hot chocolate; sweaters; Sundance Resort; lilacs; and dachshunds.

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