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Length: 389 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Packed with engaging, complex characters, humor, blackmail, secrets, deceit, clever banter, true love and a city on tenterhooks awaiting Eliza's next article, this story is a keeper... -Romance Junkies Reviews
  • Fans of historical romance will fall in love with our intrepid heroine and our ornately decorated hero. -Library Journal

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The Writing Girls Romance Series: 
  1. A Groom Of One's Own
  2. A Tale Of Two Lovers
  3. The Tattooed Duke
  4. Seducing Mr. Knightly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1570 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062088920
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LC0RIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence and she is now the bestselling and award winning author of smart and sassy historical and contemporary romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Please visit her at

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 28, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Her job as a writer is the most important thing in Eliza's life. But she hasn't had many stories published in the paper lately. The scandalous return of the Duke of Wycliff might change that. Her boss has given her the assignment to get the gossip on Wycliff --and put together a titillating article-- or consider her career as one of the so-called "Writing Girls" to be over. She accepts the challenge and decides to go undercover as a maid in his household.

I liked the story overall. Eliza is spunky and it doesn't take long for her conscience to catch up with her. Wycliff is sexy and worldly and free thinking. I was happy to find a heroine who was not a prim miss --one who works hard to take care of herself and direct her own life. However, I did have some issues.

I felt like the amount of time it took Wycliff to figure out Eliza's identity was ridiculous. In addition, I thought the character development was only slightly beyond superficial. Other than a desire to escape the confines of London and to indulge his wanderlust, we don't see much depth to Wycliff. We do get a better glimpse into who Eliza really is, thanks to the unveiling of a major event in her past. --Also, there was no sex until the very end.

This is book three in Maya Rodale's Writing Girls series. And while some of the previous couples are secondary characters, this works very easily as a standalone. 3 1/2 stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JRD on March 20, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was okay - and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

The book as a whole felt kind of superficial, just skimming the surface of really knowing the characters. Or maybe it was that the characters themselves were superficial, or at least, not complicated.

Both main characters are fixated on one goal - furthering their career. Sebastian, who should have been born a commoner and not a Duke, only wants to find the funds to support his next expedition. Eliza, proud of her independence and success in a time when woman were known for neither, only cares that she gets the story that will keep the readers wanting more. I didn't exactly dislike either character for their motivations, but I didn't respect either of them for it either.

By the end of the book, each character has grown just enough to see outside of themselves and their own goals and try to help each other. There is a happily ever after - which is why I love romance - but I couldn't say that I loved this romance in particular.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was excited to read this book because I'll admit I love a good Duke, but I felt like I could easily set this one aside. There wasn't that excitement to finish. There was little to no romance (in my opinion) between the two main characters, besides stolen kisses here and there. I don't think they even had sex? If they did, it was lost on me. **SPOILER** I realize this is a romance novel, however a good storyline to me is one where love grows over time, not one minute their not in love and then BOOM there's a sudden realization that they are madly, deeply, in love with the person. It just didn't seem realistic to me that he, someone who's traveled the world and slept with countless women, suddenly realizes he loves her. I finished the book, but I just wish there was a little more romance, other than "she betrayed me, but I love her so I'll forgive her" or "he can't marry for money, so I'm going to turn myself in and save him because I love him". I wanted to like this one, but only walked away with a "meh" feeling.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 28, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After a dozen years globetrotting in search of adventure, Sebastian Digby returns to England in 1825. He has come home not out of love for his country, but because he is broke and can no longer afford the lifestyle he cherishes; at least not as a bachelor. In the tradition of financially strapped aristocrats, Sebastian plans to marry wealth so he can fund his escapades with her money, but knows his scandalous past severely limits the available pool.

The London Weekly assigns Eliza Fielding to go undercover inside the prodigal duke's home in order to report his activities. Eliza obtains a position of housemaid in Sebastian's home. She exposes his secrets in her reporting. However, she finds him caring and warm while he is attracted to the witty maid. Though she fears his reaction when he learns of her duplicity as he hunts for the reporter making him the laughing stock of the Ton; Eliza also wants to kiss every tattoo on Sebastian's body. Love is inconvenient for Eliza and Sebastian.

The latest Writing Girls late Regency romance (see A Groom Of One's Own, A Tale Of Two Lovers and The Tattooed Duke) is a charming tale starring two fascinating protagonists. The storyline is fast-paced from the moment Eliza joins Sebastian's household and never slows down until the explosive finish. The epilogue reminded me of Bob Thaves' comment: "Sure he (Fred Astaire) was great, but don't forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards and in high heels!"

Harriet Klausner
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*I gave this audiobook a B+ for the narration and C+ for the story at AudioGals*

The Tattooed Duke is a British historical romance with a rather unique plot. It is the love story of a relatively penniless, some would say uncivilized, hedonistic, world traveling duke and a reporter disguised as a housemaid. The third book in The Writing Girls series, but with a storyline that is discrete enough to be read as a stand-alone, The Tattooed Duke is long on drama but very light on passion (in fact, if it were not for the last twenty minutes, I would say that there were virtually no passionate interactions between the hero and heroine other than a few stolen kisses). Fortunately, the audiobook is bolstered by Carolyn Morris’ well-delivered performance making this a title which may just be worth a listen if you’re looking for something different.

Eliza Fielding is one of four writing girls who report gossip-worthy scandalous stories for The London Weekly. Desperately looking for a story to make her writing career, Eliza decides to seek a job at the Wycliff house. In her housemaid disguise, she quickly obtains her goal by earning the Duke of Wycliff’s confidence and intimate attentions. Soon London is taken by storm as the Duke of Wycliff’s unconventional lifestyle is slowly uncovered, one juicy detail at a time, and the search is on to find the mysterious writer of The Tattooed Duke column which has become the talk of the town.

But as Eliza and the Duke of Wycliff get closer, and their attraction becomes apparent, Wycliff’s suspicions as to his auspicious housemaid, and her seemingly contradictory traits for a woman of her position, also begin to be aroused.
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