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Product Details

  • Series: One Scandalous Season
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455524018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455524013
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Dalton's Regency debut resonates with genuine feeling. Sophia and Vane Barwick, the Duke and Duchess of Claxton, were happy newlyweds, in love and expecting a baby. Not even two years later, they're estranged, with Vane on a diplomatic assignment in Vienna and Sophia in London dealing with gossip and spiteful innuendo about Vane's licentious past. Sophia wants a legal separation—after she gets pregnant again, to replace the child she conceived with Vane but miscarried. Vane, battling his own demons and desperate for Sophia's love, uses the occasion of a freak snowstorm that traps them in his childhood home to try to win her back. Unlike some one-note tortured heroes, Vane is sincere and appealing. Sophia's pain is very real, and every interaction is fraught with honest emotion. As they struggle to recapture their romance, readers will feel deep sympathy with both characters and hope for them to find happiness. Agent: Kim Lionetti, BookEnds. (Oct.)

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RAVE REVIEWS FOR NEVER DESIRE A DUKE:

"Dalton's Regency debut resonates with real feeling...Unlike some one-note tortured heroes, Vane is sincere and appealing. Sophia's pain is very real, and every interaction is fraught with honest emotion. As they struggle to recapture their romance, readers will feel deep sympathy with both characters and hope for them to find happiness."—--Publishers Weekly starred review

"The first in Dalton's One Scandalous Season series grabs the reader's emotions in an intensely passionate love story, filled with misunderstandings, past indiscretions, trust and forgiveness. But, for all the intensity, this gifted storyteller also deftly lightens the mood in a very well-written and satisfying read by adding a few zany characters bent on mischief and mayhem."—--RT Book Reviews

"Never Desire a Duke is a terrific debut novel--it reminded me of Lisa Kleypas' most memorable novels with a to-die-for hero and a lovely but heartbroken heroine. It's an intensely beautiful moving story (but it does have it's funny moments) and you won't be able to help yourself--you'll be rooting for them to get back together."—The Ever After Romance Book Specialists www.everafter.com

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I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Lily Dalton.
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The pace of the romance was just right and I didn't feel as if the story line was rushed whatsoever and everything was done very well.
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I loved the premise of the story, I loved the setting, and I loved both of the main characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Misty on September 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Every now and again a book is written that cannot help but touch your heart. Never Desire a Duke is a book that does just that. Not only does this book touch your heart from the first chapter, it holds on until the final page. This book is filled with everything one comes to expect from a regency romance. It has all of the adventure, drama, passion, scandal, and sweetness needed to make up a delightful read. Dalton proves that she has a knack in writing likeable characters that leap off the page. Both Claxton and Sophia were realistic and showed emotions that were true to form. Add in a menagerie of side characters and readers have that enjoyable mix needed in a strong regency romance.
Never Desire a Duke is Lily Dalton's debut book and what a debut it was. What it did not have was murder and mayhem what it does have is a delightful storyline that revolves around the holiday season which will put a twinkle in your eyes. It easily swept me off my feet. I look forward to her follow up book next spring.
4 ˝- 5 Stars
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Penny Black on September 25, 2013
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I knew I should look away, but couldn't. I kept reading because I have been searching for a good 'second chances' story, and I really, really-really wanted to see if the hero and heroine would eventually reconcile based on something other than primal mind-numbing lust, which had held them enthralled for days...

The story had potential - a married couple on a verge of separation, harboring more than a few old secrets and hurts, got stuck in a deserted house in a sleepy village in the middle of a snow storm - but didn't realize one third of what could have been. The scenes, which should have been touching, were made implausible by the disregard for rank in interaction between supporting characters and leads. Had the main characters been of minor landed gentry, this would be a non-issue, but alas, the characters were the highest titles in the land short of royalty.

Plainly speaking, the duke and duchess didn't act as their social station demanded. By way of example, the heroine, who was a grand-daughter of an earl and a daughter of his heir, prevailed on the duke to, personally, deliver coal to an orphanage when there was no shortage of able-bodied men in the village who could have done it for him. So not only did the duke get his hands dirty, he missed the opportunity to provide work and compensation to people in desperate need of it.

Further strain on suspending disbelief to stay with the narrative was consistent misuse of these titles: a duke is not Lord Claxton, sir, or my lord, he's either Claxton to 'his intimates' or 'your grace' to all the rest. So, if you, like me, read Regency-era romance to be transported into another time and place, you probably won't get there with this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karwyn on September 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
4.25/5 Stars
Never Desire a Duke by Lily Dalton is a historical romance set regency England. This is a book that made me smile, and gave me that romantic warm feeling in my heart. This is Dalton's first foray into writing and I will admit up until January of this year I was not a historic romance reader. The book is filled with scandal, and rumors that have slid a ton (peerage) marriage off the road. The book starts with a heart-wrenching prologue that sets up the rest of the book. It seem that newly married Duke and Duchess Claxton, have hit a rocky patch because of his infidelities that the entire realm knows about except the poor pregnant Duchess. What happens after the prologue was written in such a way that at times I was laughing and other times I felt like my heart was twisting, because of the betrayal that they young Duchess has felt.

The estranged couple of Vane Claxton and his wife Sophia are snowbound at his childhood home, on the threshold of an impending legal separation. In fact the couple have not seen each other in over seven month. Claxton has been away on a diplomatic mission and left his wife to face London society and it's wagging tongues by herself.

Dalton has started out her historical romance career on good footing with hot passion and some funny exploits that kept the plot moving. Dalton also was able to flesh out her characters, during quite moments that showed the power of couple's commitment to the community in which they had become snow bound. Dalton wrote the characters with both emotion and heart felt sentiment, they are not cardboard cutouts; but breathing and bleeding characters. I found this book a very enjoyable read, the main character are very likable and the minor characters endearing. I look forward to more of this series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By La1212 on November 18, 2013
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I think this might be the first HR I read which actually dealt with marital problems and trying to solve a marriage. I have read few were the couple had been married but separated for years but this one is actually more realistic and people who had relationship fall-out might be able to relate to it.
I loved that the hero (even thought he is typical HR guy which I love!) was in love with his wife from the start and decides to work it out with her and not ORDER her back into his life.
I also loved the love scenes between the two...romantic and hot ;) there is a part were the two are making love (the h demanded that the H can make love to her but no kissing) and the H couldn't go through and apologizes in the middle of the love-making and begs her to let him kiss her....siiiiiiiiiighhhhhhh...
The only thing that irritated me about the story is the secondary characters interfering every chapter! come on!!! And the h's insistence that the H writes the list of his past lovers and then getting angry about it! And acting so crazy about it at the end...

Still...it was a good read! Great debut novel! Can't wait for the author’s next book!
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