A Duke but No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins

A Duke but No Gentleman (Masters of Seduction, #1)A Duke but No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins

The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave have always had the wildest of friendships. Best friends growing up, they bask in the pleasures the rich, opulent world that London has to offer, consuming drink and women at their leisure.

But Norgrave has always been a step behind. Blackbern can best him at anything—playing cards, riding horses, and bedding women. So when the stunningly beautiful but innocent Lady Imogen Sunter strays across their path, both men agree a friendly competition for the lady’s affections cannot hurt.

But when Blackbern’s feelings turn into something deeper and Lady Imogen’s desire become clear, Norgrave will do anything to win the wager. Only one man can lay claim to Lady Imogen’s heart… and one shocking act will change them all irrevocably…

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you like your romance steamy and filled with all kinds of tension–romantic and otherwise, this would be a great book for you to choose.

I love it when the hero is not perfect, but overcomes his own issues to be what the heroine needs. The villain is really bad, as all villains should be and the story is exciting. I thought the author did a good job on the love scenes, filling them with passion that seemed realistic and the chemistry between the characters was apparent early on.

There is a lot going on in this book and the threads were all tied together nicely at the end. Although there are a lot of different situations involved in this novel the characters were easy to keep separate so remembering who was who wasn’t a problem.

Imogene is a lovely heroine. She is smart and strong whilst at the same time being feminine. I also really enjoyed the dialogue between the various characters.

Overall I thought this was a great book from an interesting period in history. Good characters, imaginative story and excellent descriptions.

Thumbs up.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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