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Debra Mullins is the author of several historical romances for Avon Books. Her work has been nominated for the Golden Heart and RITA® Awards from Romance Writers of America and the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers. In 2003, she won the Golden Leaf Award from NJ Romance Writers for her book A Necessary Bride. A native of the east coast, she now lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061577855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061577857
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debra Mullins is the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances from pirates to cowboys to Regency England to the Victorian period. Recently she began a contemporary paranormal series about the descendents of the survivors of Atlantis. Born and raised in the New York area, she moved west as an adult and loves old swashbuckler movies, Star Trek and cats.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on June 30, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To Ruin the Duke has a sad but well written opener, Miranda's best friend is dying after giving birth to her illegitimate son. Miranda is heartbroken but promises to take care of her friend's baby and to find the boy's father the Duke of Wyldehaven so the boy can have his place in society.

A few months later Wylde, the Duke of Wyldehaven is attending the funeral of a deceased friend in London when he discovers that an imposter is in town running up bills, getting into fights and carousing about London smearing his good name. Wylde has been in mourning for the loss of his wife and child for two years and this is his first extended stay in London as he has cloistered himself at his ducal estate.

Miranda confronts Wylde about the baby while he is in London and he is astounded at Miranda's claim that he has fathered a child. He knows he was not the one to do so and questions Miranda's honesty then throws her out of his home. Later he sees her masquerading as an Italian Contessa at a musical soiree and is completely enchanted with her voice.

Wylde wants Miranda for a mistress but she will have no part of the arrangement. Miranda's mother was mistress to a nobleman and Miranda saw the life her mother lived after she was cast aside by her lover, instead she plans to earn her money with her voice.

The two leads argue about the paternity of Miranda's charge constantly with Wylde refusing to acknowledge the baby as his and Miranda deeming Wylde as a dishonorable rogue. In the meantime Miranda is getting threatening notes from an anonymous enemy and Wylde is hot on the trail of his imposter.

This novel moved along at a steady pace but the leads didn't have a lot of emotional conversations and their feelings were on the back burner for a lengthy time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stars on October 31, 2009
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The book starts out with Miranda's best friend
Lettie dying and giving birth to a son. Lettie
named him James. She told Miranda: "You must
take care of my son." Miranda swears that she
would make certain that James will get what he
deserves--A place in society with his father.

Miranda arrived unannounced at the Duke of
Wyldehaven, to inform Wylde that Lettie had
died giving birth, and he has a son named
James. The Duke denied that he was the
father, and claimed to be unacquainted with
Lettie Dupree.

I liked the heroine and hero. Wylde and Miranda
were a perfect match. Miranda grew up in a small
town. Her mother, Fannie Fontaine, was a famous
actress who disappeared from London rather
suddenly. Miranda's mother named a friend the
trustee of an investment account in Miranda's
name. Miranda never knew her father. Wylde,
the Duke of Wyldehaven, had his own demons to
content with when his wife and child died. He
retreated in the country, but came back to London
to a friend's funeral. Wylde discovered someone
was impersonating him as the Duke of Wyldehaven,
running up bills and causing malicious mischief
around London.

The story line moved pretty fast. There were
moments that had me guessing. At the end, all
the pieces came together nicely. To Ruin the Duke
had amazing plot that kept me intrigued throughout.

I highly recommend "To Ruin the Duke" Debra Mullins
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RETSmile on May 31, 2009
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The heroine in this story promises her dying friend that she will care for her friend's newborn baby boy and that she will find the boy's father and give the boy his birthright. The alleged father, our hero and a Duke, denies the child is his because he has been in mourning for 2 years and not even in London where the child was conceived. The hero thinks the heroine is just an opportunist, and the heroine believes the hero must be a terrible man because he refuses to acknowledge his own son. The hero is drawn to the heroine like no other woman but needs to focus on finding a man who is pretending to be the Duke and is ruining his name all over town. Nevertheless, sparks fly between Miranda and the Duke as they work through this conflict and search for the impostor.

This was an enjoyable read, albeit predictable without really any surprises. It is a quick and easy read for a lazy afternoon. The characters are likable enough and the story entertaining enough to recommend but I'm not sure it will be one you remember.
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By Mary K. on March 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
To Ruin the Duke is a very interesting story of identity theft in the early nineteenth century. Intricate plotting and well-developed characters make for an entertaining tale.

Mullins does a good job with character development, drawing a heroine who is feisty but not obnoxious. I would like to have seen the hero be a little more aggressive in tracking down his impersonator--yet, the author provides motivation that is reasonable for the period and this character's wounds. All in all, an enjoyable read.
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By DONNA on September 20, 2014
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I have read this book 3 times and I plan on reading it in few weeks again. Miranda protects a baby that is her friends and gives the boy into the family he desirves. In the process falls in love with the duke
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