- Series: The Rakes of St. James (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250102499
- ISBN-13: 978-1250102492
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Last Night with the Duke: The Rakes of St. James Mass Market Paperback – March 7, 2017
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"A fast-paced enjoyable romance with strong lead characters and a delightful, intriguing plot, Last Night With A Duke is a fun, engaging historical romance." ―Okie Dreams Book Reviews
"An enchanting and lovely start to a new series." ―The Reading Wench
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she's been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of more than two dozen books. She's been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida. Her first book with St. Martin's was The Duke in My Bed.
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Writing a review for an uncorrected ARC is tricky - I have no idea if the issues I had with the book will be corrected or not before it is published. I am going to write this review with the assumption that the problems I encountered with incorrect formal address and dangling plotlines were corrected.
I really liked Griffin and Esmerelda, they are both stubborn people, but both extremely loyal and steadfast to the ones they love.
Griffin's twin sisters are ready to begin their first London season, however, some nasty rumors are going around that someone is going to ruin the girls season to payback Griffin for a stunt he and his cronies pulled years ago. To make matters worse, his aunt who is suppose to chaperone the girls is ill and will not be able to attend them. Griffin deeply regrets his childish prank and will do anything to keep his sisters debut from being ruined. Impulsively, he stops at an employment agency to hire a chaperone for the twins and this is were he meets Esmerelda.
Esmerelda is running the employment agency and caring for her younger half-sister. Esmerelda's mother was the disgraced daughter of a viscount, who was disowned when she married a poet after Esmerelda's father passed away. When her mother died, Esmerelda took a position as a governess to help support her step-family. When her stepfather passed, she made a deal with the owner of the agency to run the company in exchange for room and board for herself and Josephine (her sister). When Griffin approaches her about becoming a chaperone for the twins, she is tempted, but refuses. Griffin will not take no for an answer and the two haggle back and forth until Esmerelda finally agrees.
The story that follows is cute, it has some laugh out loud moments, a couple of heated kisses and a sweet HEA. I thought the book was well written, especially the authors representation of the relationship between the twins, in my opinion, it was probably the most accurately described depiction of siblings I have ever read! The book flowed well and was entertaining, but I never really bought the whole rumor of ruin plot - it just didn't pan out and the initial "prank" was not really that awful or revenge worthy in my opinion. I also had a bit of problem with Griffin's intentions towards Esmerelda and his complete change of intentions once he learned about her family.
All in all this was an enjoyable read and I will definitely be looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
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