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The Tattooed Duke (Writing Girls Book 3) by [Rodale, Maya]
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  • Packed with engaging, complex characters, humor, blackmail, secrets, deceit, clever banter, true love and a city on tenterhooks awaiting Eliza's next article, this story is a keeper... -Romance Junkies Reviews
  • Fans of historical romance will fall in love with our intrepid heroine and our ornately decorated hero. -Library Journal

From the Inside Flap

The Writing Girls Romance Series: 
  1. A Groom Of One's Own
  2. A Tale Of Two Lovers
  3. The Tattooed Duke
  4. Seducing Mr. Knightly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1570 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062088920
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LC0RIC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was okay - and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

The book as a whole felt kind of superficial, just skimming the surface of really knowing the characters. Or maybe it was that the characters themselves were superficial, or at least, not complicated.

Both main characters are fixated on one goal - furthering their career. Sebastian, who should have been born a commoner and not a Duke, only wants to find the funds to support his next expedition. Eliza, proud of her independence and success in a time when woman were known for neither, only cares that she gets the story that will keep the readers wanting more. I didn't exactly dislike either character for their motivations, but I didn't respect either of them for it either.

By the end of the book, each character has grown just enough to see outside of themselves and their own goals and try to help each other. There is a happily ever after - which is why I love romance - but I couldn't say that I loved this romance in particular.
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Her job as a writer is the most important thing in Eliza's life. But she hasn't had many stories published in the paper lately. The scandalous return of the Duke of Wycliff might change that. Her boss has given her the assignment to get the gossip on Wycliff --and put together a titillating article-- or consider her career as one of the so-called "Writing Girls" to be over. She accepts the challenge and decides to go undercover as a maid in his household.

I liked the story overall. Eliza is spunky and it doesn't take long for her conscience to catch up with her. Wycliff is sexy and worldly and free thinking. I was happy to find a heroine who was not a prim miss --one who works hard to take care of herself and direct her own life. However, I did have some issues.

I felt like the amount of time it took Wycliff to figure out Eliza's identity was ridiculous. In addition, I thought the character development was only slightly beyond superficial. Other than a desire to escape the confines of London and to indulge his wanderlust, we don't see much depth to Wycliff. We do get a better glimpse into who Eliza really is, thanks to the unveiling of a major event in her past. --Also, there was no sex until the very end.

This is book three in Maya Rodale's Writing Girls series. And while some of the previous couples are secondary characters, this works very easily as a standalone. 3 1/2 stars.
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By RomanceEscape on November 30, 2012
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I was excited to read this book because I'll admit I love a good Duke, but I felt like I could easily set this one aside. There wasn't that excitement to finish. There was little to no romance (in my opinion) between the two main characters, besides stolen kisses here and there. I don't think they even had sex? If they did, it was lost on me. **SPOILER** I realize this is a romance novel, however a good storyline to me is one where love grows over time, not one minute their not in love and then BOOM there's a sudden realization that they are madly, deeply, in love with the person. It just didn't seem realistic to me that he, someone who's traveled the world and slept with countless women, suddenly realizes he loves her. I finished the book, but I just wish there was a little more romance, other than "she betrayed me, but I love her so I'll forgive her" or "he can't marry for money, so I'm going to turn myself in and save him because I love him". I wanted to like this one, but only walked away with a "meh" feeling.
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I enjoyed the book. I started in the reverse order for the series. This series is decidedly modern in it's tone and story line. A group of female writers working for a trash talking newspaper...I could believe maybe one but not several as the primary staff. I had so much fun reading "Seducing Mr. Knightly," that I got past all that but it was harder for me to let go of the time frame in this tale. Still if you can get past that, Rodale does an admirable job of playing the gossip columnist against the duke and she does a nice job of getting them together...despite how much you have to let go of reality. It is just for entertainment anyway!
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This was a wonderful read in the series. Though it could work as a stand alone as with her other books I feel the reader would enjoy it more if they were to have read the first two in the series. What can I say about the Duke of Wycliff? A mysterious rogue, handsome, rugged, wickedly tattooed and defiant of all things respectable. Eliza is not the typical heroine, she is smart and willing to do what she must to get her story. There's steamy seduction yet the writer does not rely on sex to carry one scene to the next. Instead she has crafted a well written story with twist and turns, well developed characters and a time era that comes to life. Well done Ms. Rodale and I look forward to the rest of your series.
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Maya Rodale's latest novel about her Writing Girls is a bit of a contradiction. I really enjoyed parts of this novel and other parts, well, not so much. I have not read all the previous books in this series, only the first one, which I found utterly charming. I thought this one was not as humorous as her earliest story.

Eliza Fielding is one of four writing girls who work for what can only be described as a gossip rag of the regency period. Eliza has done undercover journalism in the past, some even dangerous. She wants to be taken seriously but she almost has a case of writer's block when the reader is first introduced to her. Her ennui leaves her when a golden opportunity arrives in the form of the Duke of Wycliff, recently arrived from the sunny shores of Tahiti. Eliza disguises herself as a housemaid and infiltrates the Duke's home.

Sebastian, Duke of Wycliff is not entirely happy to be back in London. He is an adventurer, and he comes from a long line of scandalous Dukes. Sebastian is one of those suave, multifaceted entirely interesting individuals. It would be hard not to be captivated by this man, who has drunk deeply from the cup of life. He is worthy of column space in any newspaper and he would be gracing the National Enquirer and People magazine if he lived in modern times, which makes Eliza a little less sympathetic, as a columnist for such a newspaper, she exhibits many of the traits I do not like which are subterfuge, lying and even worse, taking advantage of others for personal gain.

Eliza does get her story and she kind of teases London with just little glimpses of this fascinating man. Eliza is also drawn to Sebastian, he is sexy, smart and he has a wickedly good sense of humor.
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