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To Ruin the Duke Mass Market Paperback – May 26, 2009
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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
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
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it was good. not great and not a must read but good entertainment. the story could have been more involved and ended less abruptly and the charcters developed more fully but i... Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Beatrice03
This was a pretty good book. Kind of slow but I rather enjoyed it. The plot was too predictable. The hero (Thorton) and heroine (Myranda) were likable characters. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by pen pen
Quick and ez transaction! BCE/HC book LN! I'm very pleased and would readily buy from seller again! Thank you!Published on November 15, 2009 by Laura Rennie
First let me say the Hero Duke Wyldehaven was a WHIMP I didn't like the way he was portrayed. For the longest time he just let someone else assume his identity and paid all the... Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Edwina "I Love books"