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Never Desire a Duke (One Scandalous Season) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
"Dalton's Regency debut resonates with real feeling...Unlike some one-note tortured heroes, Vane is sincere and appealing. Sophia's pain is very real, and every interaction is fraught with honest emotion. As they struggle to recapture their romance, readers will feel deep sympathy with both characters and hope for them to find happiness."―--Publishers Weekly starred review
"The first in Dalton's One Scandalous Season series grabs the reader's emotions in an intensely passionate love story, filled with misunderstandings, past indiscretions, trust and forgiveness. But, for all the intensity, this gifted storyteller also deftly lightens the mood in a very well-written and satisfying read by adding a few zany characters bent on mischief and mayhem."―--RT Book Reviews
"Never Desire a Duke is a terrific debut novel--it reminded me of Lisa Kleypas' most memorable novels with a to-die-for hero and a lovely but heartbroken heroine. It's an intensely beautiful moving story (but it does have it's funny moments) and you won't be able to help yourself--you'll be rooting for them to get back together."―The Ever After Romance Book Specialists www.everafter.com
Top Customer Reviews
I loved that the hero (even thought he is typical HR guy which I love!) was in love with his wife from the start and decides to work it out with her and not ORDER her back into his life.
I also loved the love scenes between the two...romantic and hot ;) there is a part were the two are making love (the h demanded that the H can make love to her but no kissing) and the H couldn't go through and apologizes in the middle of the love-making and begs her to let him kiss her....siiiiiiiiiighhhhhhh...
The only thing that irritated me about the story is the secondary characters interfering every chapter! come on!!! And the h's insistence that the H writes the list of his past lovers and then getting angry about it! And acting so crazy about it at the end...
Still...it was a good read! Great debut novel! Can't wait for the author’s next book!
Lady Sophia, is a strong independent woman, she has to be since her cad of a husband doesn't even remotely believe in the marriage vows. Something she might have understood had she not done the unthinkable and fallen in love with the promise of him. After losing their child and being abandoned by him, Sophia discovers that he has returned and just one look sets her on fire all over again.
Vane Barwick, the Duke of Claxton, is mad, bad and dangerous to know! He has led a life of dissipation and gluttony (in all areas) but one look at Sophia and his world just stopped. He became almost instantly a devoted spouse.. only trouble is he had no words to describe it.. and when a note from a past fling causes the accident that lost their child. Vane is bereft. When Sophia locks him out of her heart he is lost. Fleeing to the continent on a diplomatic mission. But now Vane is back and this time he is not going to let Sophia chase him away.
I really liked Vane (must be the name). He was a man who had it all and lost it but refused to give up. He offered his heart the only way he knew how over and over and over again... And yet was rebuffed again and again. This man had a stalwart heart and all he wanted to do was offer it to the woman he loved.Read more ›
Never Desire a Duke is Lily Dalton's debut book and what a debut it was. What it did not have was murder and mayhem what it does have is a delightful storyline that revolves around the holiday season which will put a twinkle in your eyes. It easily swept me off my feet. I look forward to her follow up book next spring.
4 ½- 5 Stars
Vane was a pretty great character. He redeemed himself at every turn. But Sophia threw almost every kindness back in his face, and after awhile it became exhausting. Perhaps the book was a little too long as well, because the back and forth became very hard to take.
The childhood adventure game, started by Vane's late mother, was very sweet and probably my favorite part of the book.
The story revolves around Claxton and Sophia talking through their difficulties while solving a treasure hunt left by Claxton's deceased mother, helping their neighbors in the snow bound village, dealing with a frivolous countess and her jealous husband, delivering a baby and finally suffering through a fire. There are many ups and downs as Sophia is afraid to give her heart to Claxton and have it broken a second time. Will she be able to put the past behind them and trust her husband with her heart again?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would read it again. The narrator for the audiobook has a soothing voice and lovely British accent. I prefer to buy audiobooks that I can listen to with my kids around, but I've already bought all of Georgette Heyer and Julie Klassen's audiobooks, so I'm branching out. This book has a lot of sensual language, Claxton imagining what he'd like to do with his wife and explicit scenes, so I have to listen to this one out of ear shot, but it was still good.
I really liked that most of the story takes place in a small village with sledding, skating, baking, and helping neighbors, which are all activities I enjoy reading about. I'm not sure how I ended up reading two books in a row about broken marriages, but I liked this better than Sherry Thomas' Not Quite a Husband. This book is not as poignant, but it felt more hopeful and upbeat. Claxton and Sophia are both very playful characters so it's easy to picture their HEA.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a story of Vane, the Duke of Claxton, and his estrange wife, the duchess Sophia. I did enjoy the story. I love second chances, especially between married couples. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Estela Reads Romance
Clayton a duke left his sophia went she lost her baby. Now he come back for her and try to save their marriage. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Yellow Rose
I truly enjoyed Never Desire a Duke. I felt it was a strong beginning to the One Scandalous Season series by Lily Dalton. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Not tonight, I'm reading
I thoroughly enjoyed this, but still was only 4 stars.
A historical romance that talks about a legal separation, so unheard of! I loved the plot/theme! Read more
I am always looking for new authors.. I enjoyed the story because I previously meet the characters in the second novel which was excellent. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Portrait 101
So I didn't realize until I started reading this one, that is was a Christmas themed story. The blurb does really give that away in any way, so you don't expect it, but as I was... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lover of Romance
This is a 3.5-star book for me.
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It's an often-used trope in historical romance: they meet, fall in love, get married, and are about to start a family --... Read more
Wow! I found a new historical author! By far, I think this is one of the best romances of 2013. RWA agrees with me as the story was nominated for the prestigious RITA. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jan KC