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The Duke's Wager and Lord of Dishonor Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2000
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'The Duke's Wager' features the Duke of Torquay, a hero to die for, in pursuit of a beautiful, poor woman without family to protect her. He discovers that not the love OF a good woman will redeem him but the love FOR a good woman.
'Lord of Dishonour' has a handsome but decadent hero who is living down to his expectations of himself, based on what he believes to be true about his family. Through the machinations of the heroine's mother, he becomes engaged to a virtuous maiden who is determined NOT to live down to the expectations of society which are based on her mother's past. How these two grow as people and develop respect and love for each other is truly a beautiful story. I highly recommend both of thes books!
Forget the champagne, you won't need it with this wonderful duo. Any time you feel the need to treat yourself to something truly splendid, there is no vintage as splendid as vintage Layton.
THE DUKE'S WAGER is a re-issue of her very first book, and all the reasons for her continuing success swirl and bubble around the reader like the very finest of sparkling libations. Who else but Edith Layton could--or would?--write a Regency romance in which the supposed villain gets the girl?
When Regina Berryman, a beautiful commoner with no family and no dowry, is left totally adrift by the death of her uncle, she is perceived as a target for the affections of two of the most attractive men in London--the Duke of Torquay, Jason Thomas, and the Marquis of Bessacarr, Sinjun St. Charles. One offers love, the other wants her for his mistress. Although men have, for centuries, made a near-crusade about male honor, it is Regina's own sense of honor which brings both men literally to their knees. Within the space of an hour, she receives the final accolade from each of them--a proposal of marriage. Regina has learned her lessons only too well, and makes the only possible choice.
You'll want to thrust your fist in the air and shout, "YEESSSS!" when you come to the end of this book. But you don't have to wonder whatever happened to these stay-in-your-mind characters. Layton brings many of them into her subsequent books.
LORD OF DISHONOR didn't follow the above book chronologically, but no matter.Read more ›
Amanda herself has suffered by association with all of this scandal: at twenty-three she is unmarried, and although she has a (rather pompous and dull) suitor, he is in no hurry to propose - she suspects that her background deters him. Amanda's mother, on the other hand, is keen to ensure that her daughter marries, and marries well.
Christian Jarrow, Lord North - a handsome gentleman, but with the unusual feature of having one blue and one grey eye - seeks shelter and rest at Kettering, the home of the Duke of Laxley (the Countess's lover). Showing him to a bedroom, the Countess becomes 'confused' between the Blue Room and the Grey Room, and shows him to the Blue Room... in which Amanda is already ensconced. The obvious happens: they are disturbed minutes later, as North and Amanda are busy working out what must have happened and how they can resolve it.
Neither Amanda nor North wish to be forced into a marriage neither of them wants. However, since this happened at a house party, there is no way of escaping the scandal. North therefore comes up with a suggestion...
Layton takes time to allow us to get to know both North and Amanda, and they are both very likeable characters.Read more ›
From the start I was attracted to the "Black Duke". Very recently I read an outstanding new biography published in the UK of the 2nd Earl of Rochester by Cephas Goldsworthy ("The Satyr"). Lord Rochester is best known as a Restoration Poet and is given a bit of coverage to high school students. However, what your teacher never told you was that he was not only a poet but a rake, debauchee (possibly bi-sexual), pornographer in chief to Charles II, sufferer of syphillis and a man bent on self-destruction who was redeemed on his deathbed (I think) by his love of life, the arts, women and the passions of friendship. The character of the Duke of Torquay in many facets of his personality, attitudes and experiences put me in mind of Rochester. However, Torquay is able to redeem himself before sinking into the abyss of total despair, self-loathing and possibly, even, a prolonged and ugly death from venereal disease. How he does this is the core of the novel. That the heroine was able to allow and encourage him to do it made me admire her when at first I despaired of her good qualities.
I have found a copy of "The Disdainful Marquis" and will now read that to see if the Marquis of Bessacarr is able to put his experiences in this story to his advantage.
A well written, passionate, deep and unusual story. I am so glad I read it - thank you, Edith Layton!
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I was not won over by the Duke in the Duke's Wager. I can accept that he had a terrible childhood, but I found his character to be so lacking in empathy and the ability to relate... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nan51
I quit reading this. Too wordy and couldn't get involved in the characters.Published 18 months ago by PSBarger
I loved The Duke's Wager and was bored by Lord of Dishonor. See my reviews on the individual books.Published on February 6, 2010 by Mae Adamson
I have dragged this book through two moves,loaned it out,lost it once,repurchased it. Now THAT's a book! I was captured by the poetry of the spoken word in this story. Read morePublished on December 31, 2006 by Royce I. Alden
This double delight from Layton is stunning in its complexity as three rogues--the genuine article--set out to capture the affections of a lady but for wholly immoral purposes. Read morePublished on April 3, 2005 by Barbara Harmon Schamberger
After finishing The Duke's Wager, I read a few other things and then returned to this 2-in-1 Layton volume to read Lord of Dishonour. Read morePublished on August 9, 2001 by Susan Smith
is coming your way from me. I could rave on and on, especially about the first book (which reminds me in some ways of another favorite, Balogh's THE PLUMED BONNET) but I will... Read morePublished on May 30, 2001 by bookjunkiereviews