Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Never Desire a Duke (One ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Never Desire a Duke (One Scandalous Season) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$6.00
$1.45 $0.01

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$6.00 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Never Desire a Duke (One Scandalous Season)
  • +
  • Never Entice an Earl (One Scandalous Season)
  • +
  • Never Surrender to a Scoundrel (One Scandalous Season)
Total price: $22.00
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Dalton's Regency debut resonates with genuine feeling. Sophia and Vane Barwick, the Duke and Duchess of Claxton, were happy newlyweds, in love and expecting a baby. Not even two years later, they're estranged, with Vane on a diplomatic assignment in Vienna and Sophia in London dealing with gossip and spiteful innuendo about Vane's licentious past. Sophia wants a legal separation—after she gets pregnant again, to replace the child she conceived with Vane but miscarried. Vane, battling his own demons and desperate for Sophia's love, uses the occasion of a freak snowstorm that traps them in his childhood home to try to win her back. 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. Agent: Kim Lionetti, BookEnds. (Oct.)

Review

RAVE REVIEWS FOR NEVER DESIRE A DUKE:

"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
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Series: One Scandalous Season (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455524018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455524013
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I think this might be the first HR I read which actually dealt with marital problems and trying to solve a marriage. I have read few were the couple had been married but separated for years but this one is actually more realistic and people who had relationship fall-out might be able to relate to it.
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!
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sometimes you read a book and you are just swept off your feet and sometimes you read a book and think, why did I even bother to read that book. BUT most books fall somewhere in the middle. Lily Dalton's Never Desire a Duke is just that sort of book. It is a book that makes you believe in love, believe in forgiveness and believe that there is always room for a second (or third) chance. It also reminds us that not everything is what it seems and sometimes, we have to take things on faith.

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 ›
2 Comments 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
Every now and again a book is written that cannot help but touch your heart. Never Desire a Duke is a book that does just that. Not only does this book touch your heart from the first chapter, it holds on until the final page. This book is filled with everything one comes to expect from a regency romance. It has all of the adventure, drama, passion, scandal, and sweetness needed to make up a delightful read. Dalton proves that she has a knack in writing likeable characters that leap off the page. Both Claxton and Sophia were realistic and showed emotions that were true to form. Add in a menagerie of side characters and readers have that enjoyable mix needed in a strong regency romance.
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
1 Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sophia was really hard to like in this book. At first, I sympathized with her. She lost her child and her husband (Vane) was seen in society with former mistresses and then he pretty much abandoned her. But as the story goes on, we find out that Vane, while exhibiting questionable judgement, had not been unfaithful to her. Yes, he was a total jackass for leaving her and focusing on his work instead of grieving with her, but he came back to make amends.

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.
1 Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audible Audio Edition Verified Purchase
The Duke of Claxton and his wife, Sophia, have been estranged for seven months. After suffering the tragic miscarriage of their baby, Claxton abandoned Sophia for a diplomatic mission. He returns, determined to win her back. They both end up at the country home where Claxton grew up with his mother and brother and he rediscovers the gentle and loving little boy his mother raised him to be.

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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Never Desire a Duke (One Scandalous Season)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Never Desire a Duke (One Scandalous Season)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?