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Heir to the Duke (The Duke's Sons) by [Ashford, Jane]
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Editorial Reviews


"Ashford (Married to a Perfect Stranger) makes a strong start to her Duke's Sons Regency series with a story that affirms the value of being yourself and having fun in the process. " - Publishers Weekly

"With her keen knowledge of the Regency era, Ashford, in the first installment of her new Duke's Sons series, tempts the reader with engaging characters, plenty of passion and a devastating secret in this nicely written, heartwarming and compelling read." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, and Spain as well as the United States. Her website is and her Facebook page is

Product Details

  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492621560
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0143J7KKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Violet is set to marry Nathaniel and couldn't be happier. For twenty-six years she has been under the militant thumb of her grandmother, who constantly finds something wrong with her. In her marriage, Violet hopes to find the freedom that has thus far eluded her. Nathaniel is the heir and is at the age to marry, Violet seems like the sensible choice. As he gets to know her, he sees a spark that is slowly starting to come to life and he finds himself liking his wife more than he ever thought possible. If they can just shake off one evil grandmother they may find themselves in the unheard of position of loving one's own spouse.

Heir to the Duke begins right away with our couple getting married, it was a bit of a rough start with a feeling that I was coming in a couple chapters late. Within the first ten percent of the story we had a wedding night, whether due to not knowing the characters or a general lack of feelings written in, it fell flat and awkward. It's mentioned that Violet and Nathaniel didn't spend any time alone during their engagement and the trend continues somewhat throughout the story. Violet gallivants around town trying to do it all after being smothered by her grandmother. Instead of claiming her own identity and becoming herself, Violet's actions came off extremely childish. She wanted to dance, party, and twirl in the streets. Violet also rekindles a friendship where the woman uses her to cheat on her husband. This secondary non-romance didn't add anything to the story but clog it with characters I didn't care about and useless storylines.
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Nathaniel Gresham marries Lady Devere because as the eldest son of the Duke of Langford, it is his duty to marry a woman of equal social standing. Violet is tired of being under her families thumb. Her grandmother, the dowager Countess of Morely makes her wear dresses that are abominable and controls everything she does. Even her lady's made is controlled by her grandmother. Now that she is married to Nathaniel, she is going to stop wearing what her grandmother demands and enjoy life.

I got to 12% in the book and lost interest. The book started out plodding along and the pace did not change. I will admit that I skipped to the end of the book and that was the most interesting part of the book. Basically, the marriage, some of Violet transforming into something her "grandmother" isn't dictating then the end. That would have made a good novella. From the synopsis, the book looked interesting, but I could not read any further. Tossed into the DNF pile.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
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By Cass on January 5, 2016
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It started out OK, and there were bits and pieces that were fine. Even the original premise sounded promising, but at a certain point I started wondering where the author could possibly go with what she built in the first third. It turns out the answer is "nowhere". I started skipping/skimming large chunks in search of an uptick that wasn't there. As someone else pointed out, this would have been better as a novella. I have a strong dislike novellas, but as a novella it might have pulled off a 2.5 star taking into consideration that I would rank very few novellas above a 3.
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All her life Lady Violet Devere has been kept in line by her family. Indeed her grandmother, the Dowager Countess of Morely, is a tyrant controlling them all. Lady Violet in particular is a target. The Dowager designates what Violet should wear, what activities are the most ladylike for her to undertake and how she must behave. Coupled with the fact that Violet's maid Renshaw is the Dowager's creature, it is no wonder that Violet flings herself into rebel mode (in a most satisfactory way) after she is married.
The Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham views his upcoming marriage to the Lady Violet as his expected duty. He is prepared for a comfortable time. He is taken by surprise when Violet decrees that they need to be adventurous and enjoy themselves.
Of course, the Dowager and the recalcitrant maid are dead set against this. To the point where both Nathaniel and I take umbrage.
Violet's relationship with her mother has always been a puzzle. When Violet goes to extraordinary lengths to separate her mother from the Dowager in order to talk with her, she learns a secret that has the power to render her current happiness to naught.
An interesting story. I was at somewhat of a loss with Violet and her family. I wanted Nathaniel to take a stand earlier than he did.
The tale of a down trodden young thing coming into her own after her marriage is not uncommon and can have some delicious moments. That didn't quite happen here.
I must admit to enjoying the prequel to The Duke's Sons, The Bargain, more than I did Heir to the Duke. Nevertheless a pleasing read.

A NetGalley ARC
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Sometimes stories start slowly and you have to read a few pages to capture your interest, but this story interested me right away. It's going to be Nathaniel, a duke's heir, wedding day and his brothers have played quite a prank on him. The way he handles himself and then the way that Violet, his intended bride responds captured my interest right away. The main part of the story starts after their wedding, you learn how the couple's marriage develops and you also learn about secrets that could potentially harm the bride. It's a sweet, engaging story that makes you root for this couple and admire how both the h and H grow as individuals in the marriage. I was captivated both by the wonderful writing and the storyline and was rather upset to come to the end of the story. I wanted to know more about their lives together and expect I will when I read the upcoming stories of Nathaniel's brothers as they find theirHEA.
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