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Sent to London by her untrustworthy uncle, the beautiful and feisty Katherine Ralston arrives for the Season in utter despair. Not only is she caught up in the mad whirl of ballgowns and galas, she must also make certain that her disreputable uncle doesn’t sell her family estate in her absence. Katherine Ralston, a country girl at heart, sees the Season in London as somethin Sent to London by her untrustworthy uncle, the beautiful and feisty Katherine Ralston arrives for the Season in utter despair. Not only is she caught up in the mad whirl of ballgowns and galas, she must also make certain that her disreputable uncle doesn’t sell her family estate in her absence. Katherine Ralston, a country girl at heart, sees the Season in London as something she must endure. Nicholas Varnon, known as the Black Duke for his rakish and irresistible charms, sees the season as a chance to repair his rakish reputation. Yet, he seems to be taking quite an interest in the spirited Katherine. Suspicious of trickery, Katherine is determined to ignore the sinfully sexy charms of…the Black Duke. Little does she know, she may have just met her white knight in shining armor…


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Sent to London by her untrustworthy uncle, the beautiful and feisty Katherine Ralston arrives for the Season in utter despair. Not only is she caught up in the mad whirl of ballgowns and galas, she must also make certain that her disreputable uncle doesn’t sell her family estate in her absence. Katherine Ralston, a country girl at heart, sees the Season in London as somethin Sent to London by her untrustworthy uncle, the beautiful and feisty Katherine Ralston arrives for the Season in utter despair. Not only is she caught up in the mad whirl of ballgowns and galas, she must also make certain that her disreputable uncle doesn’t sell her family estate in her absence. Katherine Ralston, a country girl at heart, sees the Season in London as something she must endure. Nicholas Varnon, known as the Black Duke for his rakish and irresistible charms, sees the season as a chance to repair his rakish reputation. Yet, he seems to be taking quite an interest in the spirited Katherine. Suspicious of trickery, Katherine is determined to ignore the sinfully sexy charms of…the Black Duke. Little does she know, she may have just met her white knight in shining armor…

30 review for The Black Duke's Prize

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    1.5 Stars Katherine 'Kate' Ralston was to inherit her parents' estate upon her 22nd birthday. Uncle Simon, her ruthless guardian, intended on selling it even though he did not legally have the authority to do it. Kate made some verbal threats but was sent to live with her godparents in London. Shortly after her arrival, she attended a ball and was saved from a nefarious nobleman by the Black Devil himself, the Duke of Sommesby. From there on out, just accept the author's premise with her version 1.5 Stars Katherine 'Kate' Ralston was to inherit her parents' estate upon her 22nd birthday. Uncle Simon, her ruthless guardian, intended on selling it even though he did not legally have the authority to do it. Kate made some verbal threats but was sent to live with her godparents in London. Shortly after her arrival, she attended a ball and was saved from a nefarious nobleman by the Black Devil himself, the Duke of Sommesby. From there on out, just accept the author's premise with her version of acceptable speech and manners during the Regency era. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Enoch's ANGEL'S DEVIL but I had a hard time appreciating this story. If I can't connect to the heroine's personality or actions then I have problems with investment in the plot; it now becomes a romance deal-breaker. (view spoiler)[Pistols, a kidnapping and a madman with an unbelievably, crazy ending marred this historical romance. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    It is amazing to see how Enoch’s style evolved from this novel (her first work) and her later regencies which include a number of my favorites. While her writing still had a charm that was easy to read, I couldn’t get invested in the story because of the weird modern style it was written in. The characters were all in a first name basis with each other and were way too casual, especially for acquaintances of such different social statuses. Additionally, the characterization was a bit jarring. The It is amazing to see how Enoch’s style evolved from this novel (her first work) and her later regencies which include a number of my favorites. While her writing still had a charm that was easy to read, I couldn’t get invested in the story because of the weird modern style it was written in. The characters were all in a first name basis with each other and were way too casual, especially for acquaintances of such different social statuses. Additionally, the characterization was a bit jarring. The leads would be bantering and then suddenly one of them would have a temper tantrum. It made it harder for me to follow. If you’re looking to try one of Enoch’s earlier works, I liked Angel’s Devil much more. In this one, I felt like Enoch was still trying out different styles and finding her own voice. As a devoted fan of her Regencies, it was still nice to see “the beginning” but it isn’t one I’d recommend if you haven’t read her before.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    The characters' actions seemed rather unnatural at times, as if they acted a certain way because the author felt they should for the sake of the story, but didn't feel organic to the situation/character. They overreacted to situations that barely seemed to warrant mild irritation, then responded to the situations in ways that made very little sense. The last scene was possibly one of the most idiotic things I have ever read. (view spoiler)[The heroine, knowing that it's a trap, goes to confront t The characters' actions seemed rather unnatural at times, as if they acted a certain way because the author felt they should for the sake of the story, but didn't feel organic to the situation/character. They overreacted to situations that barely seemed to warrant mild irritation, then responded to the situations in ways that made very little sense. The last scene was possibly one of the most idiotic things I have ever read. (view spoiler)[The heroine, knowing that it's a trap, goes to confront the villain alone because she doesn't want to bother getting past one obnoxious society matron to get help. She takes only two pistols, which she doesn't really know how to use, with her to confront a known dangerous villain and his unknown number of helpers. (hide spoiler)] I also felt that they were far too lenient in their treatment of the heroine's uncle. And proper forms of address? I'm not sure anyone in the book was ever addressed properly, not to mention the rampant use of first names by people that seemed to be acquaintances, not even really friends. Actually, everyone seemed to use given names a lot instead of titles, which seemed very odd. This appears to be Suzanne Enoch's first book, and she's certainly gotten much better since then, so I'd really recommend skipping this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    The Black Duke's Prize was an entertaining historical romance that brought a smile or two to my lips. The main character Katherine Ralston was definitely a very feisty individual indeed and despite her being treated unfairly by her uncle, she vowed to get her estate back. Nicholas Varon, the Duke of Sommesby is a rake of the first order and he has no issues with his reputation. Used to everyone treating him with deference and giving into his demands he does not know what to think when he meets K The Black Duke's Prize was an entertaining historical romance that brought a smile or two to my lips. The main character Katherine Ralston was definitely a very feisty individual indeed and despite her being treated unfairly by her uncle, she vowed to get her estate back. Nicholas Varon, the Duke of Sommesby is a rake of the first order and he has no issues with his reputation. Used to everyone treating him with deference and giving into his demands he does not know what to think when he meets Katherine Ralston. She lets him know exactly what she thinks of him and makes no excuses. While they mix like oil and vinegar as they spent more time together it became clear that maybe there was more between them than discord. As the Duke's feelings grow for Katherine he starts to realize that maybe he should take more care of his reputation otherwise he could cause unintended harm to Katherine. As scheme's are revealed and villainy is uncovered Katherine will have to decide if she is dealing with a scoundrel or the man who has the ability to invade her heart and her senses. This story kept my interest but was not much in the way of swoon worthiness. A nice clean romance with feistiness and dastardly villains.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Quinn's Book Nook

    Mixed feelings about this one. I definitely had some problems, mainly with the two main characters. Kate sometimes acted so stupidly, and then Nick has some jerky moments. I did like it, for the most part, though. Full review soon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    This was one my mom had been searching for years for. I can see why, it's excellent. Great characters, plot, and development of the romance. The heroine is mouthy to the point of insolence but it actually comes across as believable. ( Except how in the world did her uncle send her away in the first place without killing her? That's Totally improbable. And she went! Again, totally improbable. ) Maybe a little over the top at moments, but totally worth the ride. You will never look at a flower vas This was one my mom had been searching for years for. I can see why, it's excellent. Great characters, plot, and development of the romance. The heroine is mouthy to the point of insolence but it actually comes across as believable. ( Except how in the world did her uncle send her away in the first place without killing her? That's Totally improbable. And she went! Again, totally improbable. ) Maybe a little over the top at moments, but totally worth the ride. You will never look at a flower vase the same way ever again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I usually really enjoy Suzanne Enoch's romances. So, I was very happy to get this as a bargain Kindle read. It was a nice quick read. (I finished it in about 3 hours.) However, it was not her best work. The story was well done and had some nicely sketched out characters. However, they needed to be a little more fleshed out and needed a lot more chemistry. I will still read Suzanne Enoch. Just hope this was an aberration. I usually really enjoy Suzanne Enoch's romances. So, I was very happy to get this as a bargain Kindle read. It was a nice quick read. (I finished it in about 3 hours.) However, it was not her best work. The story was well done and had some nicely sketched out characters. However, they needed to be a little more fleshed out and needed a lot more chemistry. I will still read Suzanne Enoch. Just hope this was an aberration.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Pauline M

    Recommended to me by my Mother ( She doesn't listen to audiobooks ). When she recommends a book to me, I always like to see if I can obtain it as an audiobook. Luckily, this title was available for me to borrow thru our library's participation in the Hoopla platform. The audiobook was very enjoyable and kept my attention at all times. The blending of the narrative, variation of voice and the storyline made for a very enjoyable listen. Recommended to me by my Mother ( She doesn't listen to audiobooks ). When she recommends a book to me, I always like to see if I can obtain it as an audiobook. Luckily, this title was available for me to borrow thru our library's participation in the Hoopla platform. The audiobook was very enjoyable and kept my attention at all times. The blending of the narrative, variation of voice and the storyline made for a very enjoyable listen.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not bad, but not great either. Kate was spunky and unafraid to speak her mind. Nick was strong and playful. Their relationship made sense. I hated Uncle Simon and was glad when he was sent away to the Americas, never to return. I was surprised that Francis DuPres was left in the street and that there was no conclusion to his storyline; no arrest, no nothing. Thomas was a good supporting character and a good friend to Nick. Julia, Nick's mother, was one of the better female supporting characters. Not bad, but not great either. Kate was spunky and unafraid to speak her mind. Nick was strong and playful. Their relationship made sense. I hated Uncle Simon and was glad when he was sent away to the Americas, never to return. I was surprised that Francis DuPres was left in the street and that there was no conclusion to his storyline; no arrest, no nothing. Thomas was a good supporting character and a good friend to Nick. Julia, Nick's mother, was one of the better female supporting characters. I did like Allison and Neville, Kate's godparents. They were good people who were willing to step in and help with no notice and treated Kate like a daughter. I do not like that Neville went to Nick behind Kate's back to buy her estate from Simon. However, once Nick knew what was really going on he wanted to tell her, but Neville dropped the ball. He was doing it for the right reasons, but he should have told her from the beginning. I will be reading more from this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Nicholas Varnon, known as the "Black Duke" of Sommesby for his rakish and irresistible charms, sees the season as a chance to repair his rakish reputation. Yet, he seems to be taking quite an interest in the spirited Katherine Ralston. Katherine has been sent to London, against her will, by her devious uncle to stay with her godparents. Suspicious of trickery, Katherine is determined to ignore the sinfully sexy charms of the Black Duke. Little does she know, she may have just met her white knigh Nicholas Varnon, known as the "Black Duke" of Sommesby for his rakish and irresistible charms, sees the season as a chance to repair his rakish reputation. Yet, he seems to be taking quite an interest in the spirited Katherine Ralston. Katherine has been sent to London, against her will, by her devious uncle to stay with her godparents. Suspicious of trickery, Katherine is determined to ignore the sinfully sexy charms of the Black Duke. Little does she know, she may have just met her white knight in shining armor. While I liked the basic story line in this book, I did not like the heroine Katherine as her attitude was not the norm for ladies of this period or one in her particular situation so she came off as a bit too strong willed. I still enjoyed the book and especially the character of Nicholas the "Black Duke".

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracy's Place

    I didn’t care for the narrator at all, but I figured if I listened to it at 2x speed it wouldn’t be so bad. It still wasn’t great, but better. The story was cute. Kate annoyed me at times, but that was how her character was supposed to be. She annoyed the hero as well!😂

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gail E. Brennhofer

    The Black Dukes Prize Suzanne Enoch did it again, wonderful story that is not long enough... Happily ever after does not work anymore.. Give your characters a bit more life together...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While this book was enjoyable, I did not totally understand what drew the two characters together... and the double kidnapping at the end was just too much. Ha.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Byrd

    This book is Trash! I rarely give a 1 star review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharyn

    Suzanne Enoch is one of my favourite HR authors, but this book was well below her usual standard. A quick easy read but rather simplistic. 2.5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Gordon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. On the very superficial side, I love this paperback cover. It's beautifully atmospheric and unusual in the genre. I also liked the interaction between Kate and Nicholas (when they were interacting instead of sulking and glaring). But the plot, dear Lord, the plot! Like DeLacey's Angel, it veers wildly between standard-issue Regency tropes (reluctant debutante, season in London, rake with heart of gold) and Gothick melodrama (wicked guardian, kidnapping, rescues), and the mix doesn't really come On the very superficial side, I love this paperback cover. It's beautifully atmospheric and unusual in the genre. I also liked the interaction between Kate and Nicholas (when they were interacting instead of sulking and glaring). But the plot, dear Lord, the plot! Like DeLacey's Angel, it veers wildly between standard-issue Regency tropes (reluctant debutante, season in London, rake with heart of gold) and Gothick melodrama (wicked guardian, kidnapping, rescues), and the mix doesn't really come together. Kate's wicked guardian wickedly forces her to leave her ancestral home ... for a season in London with her godparents. Meanwhile he wickedly plans to sell off said ancestral home, but finds out he needs Kate's consent. So he ... kidnaps her. Yeah. He sends ruffians into London to drag her off the street and bundle her back to ye olde ancestral home where he ... chains her to the bed and starves her to force her to sign the papers. The not-actually-wicked duke turns up as part of the wicked guardian's wicked plans, and he sort of rescues her. Of those two events, which one ruins the heroine's reputation? Not her sudden disappeareance and weeks of unexplained absence from her godparents' home. Nope. Her rep is immediately ruined by the duke visiting her ancestral home in the assumed presence of her guardian and the servants. Huh? Even though the servants are loyal to her to a man, and her guardian has good reason not to let anyone know what he's been up to, somehow the news that she was in the same large building as Nicholas went instantly to London and caused a scandal. Who sent it? And how, since mail took several days and there were no phones? And why did anyone give a damn, since titled visitors to country houses were a normal sort of event? At that point I stopped reading in annoyance, though I believe there was more plot and stuff.

  17. 4 out of 5

    January

    The Black Duke is a man with a temper who strikes fear in everyone who knows him. He does what he wants and pity the fool who gets in his way. In spite of his bad humor, he does have a close circle of friends who seem to tolerate him. A group of friends who take under their wing one Katherine Ralston, a young lady of considerable strong will herself — and the only one, it seems, who can put the Black Duke in his place and live to tell about it. Katherine is the heiress to her deceased parents’ es The Black Duke is a man with a temper who strikes fear in everyone who knows him. He does what he wants and pity the fool who gets in his way. In spite of his bad humor, he does have a close circle of friends who seem to tolerate him. A group of friends who take under their wing one Katherine Ralston, a young lady of considerable strong will herself — and the only one, it seems, who can put the Black Duke in his place and live to tell about it. Katherine is the heiress to her deceased parents’ estate, but her uncle is in control of it until she comes of age. He sends her away to London for a Season to live with her godparents, while he secretly sells her inheritance off piece by piece. She suspects his motives and is determined to keep her property. But her plans are thwarted by her own godfather and the Black Duke himself…or so she believes. And in spite of her connection to her inheritance, she will have to choose between that and rescuing the man she loves. This is a well-written and clean romance novella. It was a quick read and sucked me in to the story line immediately. The plot was well-developed throughout. And the characters were both strong. Their evenly matched tempers made the tension mount steadily, which developed the relationship between them as well as set up the climax of the story. My least favorite thing about it was the double-antagonists, which is less a reflection on the writing and more a reflection of me as reader. I can only take so much confrontation. What’s not to like? Great writing. Strong characters. Clean romance. Suspenseful twists and surprises. It’s easy to see why The Black Duke’s Prize has been a top-seller for such a long time. A very enjoyable read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    Sunday, the eve before we got our stuff and the same day I started reading The Black Duke's Prize. I couldn't put it down, but I had to get some sleep the movers were coming the next day to deliver our stuff. Torn between sleep and a book. Well, sleep won. We were super busy that I wasn't able to get back to the book until late at night. Last night I was able to finish the book. Here's what its about: We have Miss Katherine Ralston who goes to live with her Godparents while her uncle destroys her Sunday, the eve before we got our stuff and the same day I started reading The Black Duke's Prize. I couldn't put it down, but I had to get some sleep the movers were coming the next day to deliver our stuff. Torn between sleep and a book. Well, sleep won. We were super busy that I wasn't able to get back to the book until late at night. Last night I was able to finish the book. Here's what its about: We have Miss Katherine Ralston who goes to live with her Godparents while her uncle destroys her home. Then we have Nicholas Varon, the Duke of Sommesby the most eligible bachelor in the land. Nicholas decides to become friends with Katherine. I know friends, how does that work when your a rake and an innocent? She basically calls it as she sees it and doesn't take his guff. Don't get me wrong they have there ups and downs. To my surprise I really like the book. I found it really sweet and fun. Who knew that a cad can be a good friend?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I enjoyed this early Suzanne Enoch regency romance, though it seemed a bit tame (aka, no sex) and lightweight compared to her more recent ones. Kate is taken under the wing of her godparents after her ruthless uncle, now her guardian, forces her to leave her family estate, which she owns by right. He's trying to cheat her out of it so he can sell it keep the money for himself. While in London, her godparents launch her onto society and she meets Nicholas, the Duke of Sommesby who finds her refre I enjoyed this early Suzanne Enoch regency romance, though it seemed a bit tame (aka, no sex) and lightweight compared to her more recent ones. Kate is taken under the wing of her godparents after her ruthless uncle, now her guardian, forces her to leave her family estate, which she owns by right. He's trying to cheat her out of it so he can sell it keep the money for himself. While in London, her godparents launch her onto society and she meets Nicholas, the Duke of Sommesby who finds her refreshing as much as beautiful. He's the usual tall dark and handsome rakish type but changes his rakish ways once he meets Kate. Together they wind up foiling her uncle's plans to sell her estate, but a misunderstanding between Nicholas and Kate nearly ruins her reputation amidst the ton. 4/5 http://ktleyed.blogspot.com/2012/04/b...

  20. 5 out of 5

    L.W.

    I hadn't read a historical romance in awhile and I always love Suzanne Enoch's work, so I thought I'd give this a try and I wasn't disappointed. Strong women are always a must in the books I like the most and this had a very formidable, willful, yet likable heroine. Add the resident bad boy, the Black Duke and of course, they head on a collision course. This was just light enough to read in one sitting. It had enough to keep my interest and the story wasn't so far fetched. Of course it was fluff w I hadn't read a historical romance in awhile and I always love Suzanne Enoch's work, so I thought I'd give this a try and I wasn't disappointed. Strong women are always a must in the books I like the most and this had a very formidable, willful, yet likable heroine. Add the resident bad boy, the Black Duke and of course, they head on a collision course. This was just light enough to read in one sitting. It had enough to keep my interest and the story wasn't so far fetched. Of course it was fluff with a happy ending, but I see nothing wrong with that when that's what you're looking for. Good read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This was an enjoyable read. Kate was in trouble (in danger of losing her inheritance), so her godfather recruited Nicholas (the Black Duke) to help her out (unbeknownst to him at first). There were some ups and downs (big ones - bad uncle kidnapped Kate), but the inheritance was saved (sort of). There were some major misunderstandings, but Nicholas finally came around. As it turns out, Nicholas had some trouble of his own and a rather dangerous enemy (you won‰Ûªt believe what he wanted!) who kid This was an enjoyable read. Kate was in trouble (in danger of losing her inheritance), so her godfather recruited Nicholas (the Black Duke) to help her out (unbeknownst to him at first). There were some ups and downs (big ones - bad uncle kidnapped Kate), but the inheritance was saved (sort of). There were some major misunderstandings, but Nicholas finally came around. As it turns out, Nicholas had some trouble of his own and a rather dangerous enemy (you won‰Ûªt believe what he wanted!) who kidnapped him. You have to love a heroine who rushes in to rescue her hero. As Shakespeare said, ‰ÛÏAll‰Ûªs well that ends well.‰Û� Nicholas would agree.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bukcrz

    Way better than most regency books I picked up lately. The heroine, for once, stayed true to her character and did not demean herself just to make the hero happy. I realized the picture of the heroine's independence is very un-regency so my rating does not have any bearing on the historical truth of the book. Of course it helped that I love the hero so this is a book I don't mind recommending for well rounded characters and great pacing as a story. Overall, a regency book that did not made me rol Way better than most regency books I picked up lately. The heroine, for once, stayed true to her character and did not demean herself just to make the hero happy. I realized the picture of the heroine's independence is very un-regency so my rating does not have any bearing on the historical truth of the book. Of course it helped that I love the hero so this is a book I don't mind recommending for well rounded characters and great pacing as a story. Overall, a regency book that did not made me roll my eyes for thinly stretched conflict.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kirsi Johnson

    Recency, Clean Read I went into this book with some caution as it was highly recommended to me by someone who had previously recommended something of a dud. I was pleasantly surprised by this one though. I had a roommate that used to tell me that there is a Jack for every Jill--this book, at least to me, definitely follows that rule. The main characters were both a bit feisty and definitely made for each other. I will admit that there were times I verbally asked the book, "Seriously?," but if you Recency, Clean Read I went into this book with some caution as it was highly recommended to me by someone who had previously recommended something of a dud. I was pleasantly surprised by this one though. I had a roommate that used to tell me that there is a Jack for every Jill--this book, at least to me, definitely follows that rule. The main characters were both a bit feisty and definitely made for each other. I will admit that there were times I verbally asked the book, "Seriously?," but if you can get over those brief moments of insanity, this is a good one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Katherine has lost her closest family, now her uncle is sending her away from her home to London, and she just knows it is to sell it off, and keep the money from her. Not knowing what to do, she seeks refuge with her godparents. When the Black Duke gets a request from a friend to aid in a purchase of an estate, he´s quick to help. He never expected Katherine, though, or how he´d be quick to aid her, too. Historical romance, suspense and fluff in a great combo. Listened to the audioversion and t Katherine has lost her closest family, now her uncle is sending her away from her home to London, and she just knows it is to sell it off, and keep the money from her. Not knowing what to do, she seeks refuge with her godparents. When the Black Duke gets a request from a friend to aid in a purchase of an estate, he´s quick to help. He never expected Katherine, though, or how he´d be quick to aid her, too. Historical romance, suspense and fluff in a great combo. Listened to the audioversion and the narrator was good.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Davis

    This book is a historical romance book. Nicholas Varnon has a reputation, but with just the right woman he is willing to change his ways with the little attitude, but when each of his good intense places him in danger of losing the only woman that matches him he rushes to save her. Katherine Ralston is about to lose everything, she has already lost her parents and her uncle is about to sale off everything else her family has worked for, but when she meets the arrogant Duke and all his intense to r This book is a historical romance book. Nicholas Varnon has a reputation, but with just the right woman he is willing to change his ways with the little attitude, but when each of his good intense places him in danger of losing the only woman that matches him he rushes to save her. Katherine Ralston is about to lose everything, she has already lost her parents and her uncle is about to sale off everything else her family has worked for, but when she meets the arrogant Duke and all his intense to reach her heart are thwarted.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I agree with the reviewer who said at least I didn't pay for it. Terribly researched and so poorly set in long ago England, that it made me dislike the whole thing. Likely I wouldn't have minded if it was set in modern times, but then I wouldn't have bothered with it. Disappointing effort from an author I generally like. Get a researcher, now that you're well known. I can recommend one, if you need a lead. I agree with the reviewer who said at least I didn't pay for it. Terribly researched and so poorly set in long ago England, that it made me dislike the whole thing. Likely I wouldn't have minded if it was set in modern times, but then I wouldn't have bothered with it. Disappointing effort from an author I generally like. Get a researcher, now that you're well known. I can recommend one, if you need a lead.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Huong

    The book was flowing decently for me until Kate decided to take a pistol and planned to kill Nicholas. Like, seriously? Couldn't even ask him about it, or maybe confer with her godparents? And then running off to rescue him at the end...um, again...couldn't think to share her brilliant tactics and ideas before going off alone to try and thwart off kidnappers. This book falls into my category of "I can't stand irrational insipid female heroines." The book was flowing decently for me until Kate decided to take a pistol and planned to kill Nicholas. Like, seriously? Couldn't even ask him about it, or maybe confer with her godparents? And then running off to rescue him at the end...um, again...couldn't think to share her brilliant tactics and ideas before going off alone to try and thwart off kidnappers. This book falls into my category of "I can't stand irrational insipid female heroines."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    Excellent. The story of Kate (Katherine) and Nicholas (Nicki). Kate loses her parents and is subjected to the guardianship of her louse of an uncle. He sends her to London to her God parents home so that he can sell her home out from under her before she reaches her majority at twenty-two. She meets the notorious Black Duke at her first ball and immediately she challenges him as no other has before her.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tahyun

    Was a really nice, albeit, quick read. I wish there had been an epilogue, but I can appreciate endings that leave some thinking up to the reader. At times I felt that I didn't understand the heroine's actions that well, or maybe I thought she over-reacted, but it wasn't a constant, nagging problem, so I can't say it affected my overall enjoyment of the story. Was a really nice, albeit, quick read. I wish there had been an epilogue, but I can appreciate endings that leave some thinking up to the reader. At times I felt that I didn't understand the heroine's actions that well, or maybe I thought she over-reacted, but it wasn't a constant, nagging problem, so I can't say it affected my overall enjoyment of the story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Loved this short novel by Enoch. LOVED Nicholas - although he did turn from being the "black duke" to being more proper pretty quickly, but it was a short book, and I didn't mind it that much. I love books where the hero wants to be a better man for the heroine, and this is the epitome of that storyline. Loved this short novel by Enoch. LOVED Nicholas - although he did turn from being the "black duke" to being more proper pretty quickly, but it was a short book, and I didn't mind it that much. I love books where the hero wants to be a better man for the heroine, and this is the epitome of that storyline.

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