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The Duke (Knight Miscellany Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Bel has used her intelligence and wit to charm the city's titled gentlemen, while struggling to put the pieces of her life back together. She needs a protector, so she accepts Hawk's invitation to become his mistress in name only. He asks nothing of her body, but seeks her help in snaring the same man who shattered her virtue. Together they tempt the unforgiving wrath of society--until their risky charade turns into a dangerous attraction, and Bel must make a devastating decision that could ruin her last chance at love. . . . --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B000GCFWG4
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
- Publication date : April 25, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 2476 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0749955996
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,644 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What’s so great about it? Well first off, it is the story about a stuffy, pristinely mannered Duke, Robert, who was in love with a friend’s wife who died. Robert’s friend asks his help is uncovering the circumstances of her death and he suspects his heir. Turns out his heir has been harassing and ruining a beautiful woman named Belinda who is ultimately forced to become a courtesan. Seeing that he may be able to use Belinda as a means to get to the heir, Robert offers her an opportunity at revenge and they partner together to uncover the truth and exact revenge.
Robert finds Belinda beautiful but due to his deceased mother’s scandalous behavior, he strikes the deal with Belinda that she’ll not share his bed. This creates such sexual tension in the story to make one not want to book the book down. Belinda is so free and refreshing and he is such a romantic and protective that he finds himself falling in love with her despite his bias for her profession.
I loved their love story, the ups and downs they faced while falling in love, the revelation of her secrets, his support, retaliation and protection, her perseverance in healing him, her tremendous strength and sense of self, and his struggle to dare to go against society’s expectations. I was disappointed in his quick to judge mentality at all turns, but was happy to see him realize it when faced with the truth. Both of these characters were very human and were made more human together. A great couple, romance, and book!
The Duke, first published in November of 2000, is the beginning of this amazing series about a family that understands what a real family is. A Family that has their own special brand of uniqueness. A Family that has spent their entire lives trying to live down, live up to (depending on the individual) the scandal left by their mother. Gaelen Foley brings out a more realistic viewpoint of Regency England. Written before the current style that shows the grittier darker world, Ms. Foley was in the forefront of that style. She writes about real people with real issues. They are not perfect, they are not always likable but they do hold their family close.. What could be better?
Robert Knight, Duke of Hawkscliffe was a paragon.. Proud, Arrogant, Proper, a Bit of a stick in the mud. Even his affair was of the heart only. He would never step over that line, to sleep with the woman married to an old family friend, that would never happen. So he loved from afar, in his dreams.. When this pure love died unexpectedly, her incredibly officious husband came to Robert to wreak revenge upon the man who murdered her. Can you say puppetmaster? Robert, in his naive view of this woman takes on the quest. Unfortunately for her "grieving" widower, Robert is a just man and won't kill indiscriminately. First, he must gather facts.. find the one thing that could destroy his target and work from there.
Bel Hamilton, is a lady of beauty and class. Forced by circumstances beyond her control she slips into the life of a Courtesan. She held out as long as possible but one night of degradation changes everythng. Creating her own rules of engagement she accepts an offer to help destroy the man who ruined her. And yet even in her darkest hour she remains a lady. When Bel accepts Robert's offer she does it the only way she knows how, with class and grace.
These two are special, sure she accepts an offer to become the mistress of a very powerful man and he is the snob he was raised to be but there is more to them. Bel, works hard to make Robert's life better. She handles her "duties" more as a helpmeet than a mistress and in turning so she turns Robert's life upside down. She makes him reconsider his stand on everything. She forces him to see the real world not the glittering world of the ton. She shows him that his political power can be used better.. that he needs to do more than try to work from within a corrupted party, he needs to work outside the box.
Robert, may have started out trying to destroy the man who murdered the "woman he loved" But time with Bel shows him that real love is out there. That there is more in this world, than revenge, societal opinion and duty. That sometimes you need to stand for who you really are rather than who you are supposed to be. That there is way more to life than what you are "supposed" to be.
While this wasn't a thesis on some great scientific discovery, The Duke makes you think. It isn't a fluff book and even for me took longer than my standard three hours to read. With it's unique individuals, it compelling subplot and it's unique opinion of society's mores it has an excellent message to portrays. This is one of those books that all historical romance lovers must read..