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When it comes to women, the Duke of Danby is an audacious rake... but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of smugglers, he's leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country more than once, and Danby isn't about to go down with a sinking ship. The Honorable Eleanor Kent hides behind the image of a self-proclaimed spinster... though in truth she’s one of Eng When it comes to women, the Duke of Danby is an audacious rake... but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of smugglers, he's leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country more than once, and Danby isn't about to go down with a sinking ship. The Honorable Eleanor Kent hides behind the image of a self-proclaimed spinster... though in truth she’s one of England’s most sought-after privateers. When their paths cross at a royal dinner... Danby suspects the stunning redheaded woman is more than she seems. He engages her to consult on a chinoiserie remodel, and Eleanor gladly accepts. Indeed, she'd rather keep her enemy close where she can watch his every move. Though neither duke nor lady has a clue of how tangled the web they're spinning will become. As the heat ratchets up, so does their unbidden attraction. Will they get burned before it's too late to run?


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When it comes to women, the Duke of Danby is an audacious rake... but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of smugglers, he's leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country more than once, and Danby isn't about to go down with a sinking ship. The Honorable Eleanor Kent hides behind the image of a self-proclaimed spinster... though in truth she’s one of Eng When it comes to women, the Duke of Danby is an audacious rake... but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of smugglers, he's leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country more than once, and Danby isn't about to go down with a sinking ship. The Honorable Eleanor Kent hides behind the image of a self-proclaimed spinster... though in truth she’s one of England’s most sought-after privateers. When their paths cross at a royal dinner... Danby suspects the stunning redheaded woman is more than she seems. He engages her to consult on a chinoiserie remodel, and Eleanor gladly accepts. Indeed, she'd rather keep her enemy close where she can watch his every move. Though neither duke nor lady has a clue of how tangled the web they're spinning will become. As the heat ratchets up, so does their unbidden attraction. Will they get burned before it's too late to run?

30 review for The Duke's Privateer

  1. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    A girl has to make a living! Well this was a five star read! A delightful spinster, Honorable Eleanor Kent, turned privateer and providing goods for the top echelons of town, a gifted interior designer and daughter of a viscount. Intelligent, charming, shrewd and determined evidenced by the way she’s turned the family’s flagging fortunes around and gained the friendship of Prinny, the Prince Regent. Ah yes! By evading taxes she’s actually saved the country from the worst of Prinnys expenses. A to A girl has to make a living! Well this was a five star read! A delightful spinster, Honorable Eleanor Kent, turned privateer and providing goods for the top echelons of town, a gifted interior designer and daughter of a viscount. Intelligent, charming, shrewd and determined evidenced by the way she’s turned the family’s flagging fortunes around and gained the friendship of Prinny, the Prince Regent. Ah yes! By evading taxes she’s actually saved the country from the worst of Prinnys expenses. A tortuous argument I know. And who’s the prime villain. Why the gorgeous rake who finds himself in over his head as heart and duty conflict. The Duke of Danby has undertaken to be the leader of the Prime Minister's tax evasion (anti smuggling) task force. Of course he and the delectable Elinor will clash, in more ways than one. A super twist of various tropes by Jarecki. I’m indeed five star charmed! An Xpresso Book Tours ARC via NetGalley (Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Devilish Dukes #3 Publication Date: 1/5/21 Number of Pages: 320 *** 3.5 Stars *** This book certainly had an interesting premise to it – and I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe it really could have happened. It even shows Prinny in a more positive light. Everything I’ve ever seen about Prinny tells me he was selfish and self-serving in all things, yet in this book, he actually goes out of his way to help someone when he could have easily let them go under without it affecting him in the leas Series: Devilish Dukes #3 Publication Date: 1/5/21 Number of Pages: 320 *** 3.5 Stars *** This book certainly had an interesting premise to it – and I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe it really could have happened. It even shows Prinny in a more positive light. Everything I’ve ever seen about Prinny tells me he was selfish and self-serving in all things, yet in this book, he actually goes out of his way to help someone when he could have easily let them go under without it affecting him in the least. Also, I’ve never known exactly what chinoiserie was – nor how to pronounce it. The author included the pronunciation in the Author’s Note at the end, so I finally know what it is and how it is pronounced (sheen-wah-zuh-ree) - even though I mispronounced it throughout the book before I read the Author’s Notes. I will even tell you, upfront, that every (and I do mean EVERY) time I saw the hero’s name, all I could picture was Cher singing ‘I’ve Got You Babe’, so that could have colored some of my impressions of the book. Eleanor Kent, daughter of Viscount Lisle, is smart, controlled, beautiful, determined, caring, and … Oh! Yes, she is also a Privateer. It wasn’t the life she’d planned, but circumstances often take us down a path that is different than we plan. Her father inherited a Viscountcy that was in so much debt that they no longer held the deed to the family home. Her father was serving in the Navy just to have enough income to keep food on the table. Then, he was grievously injured and Eleanor had to find a way to survive, care for her father, and pay the servants. She can’t afford to follow the paths that are usually open to gently bred young ladies. She’d never be able to afford the care her father needs – nor retain the long-term servants – if she were to become a companion or governess. So, when a prime opportunity presents itself, she takes full advantage – and now, the estate is solvent, they once again hold the deeds to the family home, her father’s care is assured, and she has a very tidy nest-egg set aside for her ‘retirement’. Now, the Prime Minister and his chief henchman, the Duke of Danby, are out to stop the privateers and she just knows she is in their sights. Sherborn (Sher) Price, the Duke of Danby, is one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the Kingdom. Although he is a rogue of the highest order, he takes his title and his duty to country and Crown very, very seriously. Prinny has bankrupted the country twice and he’s still spending, but if they could stop the privateers and collect the legitimate tax revenues, then they could stop the money bleeding from the treasury. That is why he took on the leadership of the group which was assembled to ferret out the privateers and bring them to justice. He became more and more sure that someone around Eleanor Kent was involved – her servants? The man who manages their small import business? Somebody, he’s just not sure who. Certainly, it wouldn’t be the beautiful, intelligent young lady he met at Carlton House – the one who had helped Prinny re-do his conservatory in chinoiserie. While he has his men investigating the import business, he decides to do a bit of investigating of his own – inside her home. When the tangled webs begin to unravel, and arrests are imminent, will Eleanor end up in Newgate prison? Does Sher care enough to save her? Can he save her? Will she let him? There are a number of delightful secondary characters in the book – from Margaret (a baby found in Hyde Park) to Joe the bloodhound. You’ll love them all. I did find the book a tad slow-moving and I also found the romance a bit lacking – until near the end. There just didn’t seem to be much intensity to it. I did enjoy the read and I hope you will as well. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Sherborn Price, the Duke of Danby, is known to be an accomplished rake, but he’s capable of being serious as well, so when the Prime Minister charges him with stamping out smuggling and preventing the Prince Regent from bankrupting the country again, Danby is committed to seeing it through. Eleanor Kent is a respectable spinster and a favorite of the Prince Regent, but she’s also a sought-after smuggler. When the two happen to be seated together at a dinner party hosted by the Prince Regent, Danby Sherborn Price, the Duke of Danby, is known to be an accomplished rake, but he’s capable of being serious as well, so when the Prime Minister charges him with stamping out smuggling and preventing the Prince Regent from bankrupting the country again, Danby is committed to seeing it through. Eleanor Kent is a respectable spinster and a favorite of the Prince Regent, but she’s also a sought-after smuggler. When the two happen to be seated together at a dinner party hosted by the Prince Regent, Danby finds himself curious about the real woman beneath the façade Eleanor presents to the ton. He hires her to do a remodel in his townhouse and Eleanor is obliged to accept, despite her suspicions of Danby’s motives. The two spend more time together and circumstances become more precarious as each learns the other’s secrets. Though there is a clear attraction between them, that may not be enough to overcome the gulf that separates them. I’ve finally finished my first read of the new year and it took me much longer than I think it should have. This is partially because I’ve been so busy but is also due to the very slow pace of this book. Each scene was described in exquisite detail and it made for a lovely, classic-feeling Regency, but it did get just a bit tedious at times. I found Sher to be a bit of a prig, and it was hard to like him, though he did eventually grow on me. I was a fan of Eleanor’s ingenuity and how she took care of herself and her father however she could. It was a bit disappointing that she gave that up so easily, but she was backed into a corner with little recourse. I wound up enjoying this couple overall and though we did get quite a lot of mundane detail here, the writing was solid. I’m familiar with this author’s highlander romances and will now read more of her regencies as well. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog Link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cherie S

    Beautifully written story which captivates the essence of finding true love. I have not read a romance story this good in a very long time. This story and the characters along with the plot actually felt like real people in the real world. I was hanging on to every word and the passion between Sher and Eleanor was so moving my heart fluttered more than once. This story had the most beautiful passionate courtship and after intimacy love scene I could have never have imagined but Amy sure did. Absolu Beautifully written story which captivates the essence of finding true love. I have not read a romance story this good in a very long time. This story and the characters along with the plot actually felt like real people in the real world. I was hanging on to every word and the passion between Sher and Eleanor was so moving my heart fluttered more than once. This story had the most beautiful passionate courtship and after intimacy love scene I could have never have imagined but Amy sure did. Absolutely beautiful. The story has all of the right elements such as charisma, excitement, anger, intrigue, heated fourplay, wonderful side characters, even a foundling and so much more. Heat level 3 our of 5. Plot 5+ PS: I had thought I would be able to write this huge review of this beautiful story but I could not come up with the right words. So just read the book and you won't be disappointed if you like a good romance story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    The Duke's Privateer Devilish Dukes Series #3 Amy Jarecki https://www.facebook.com/amyjarecki/ Release Date 01/05/2021 Publisher Oliver Herber Books 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 When it comes to women, the Duke of Danby is an audacious rake… but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of smugglers, he’s leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country more than once, and Danby isn’t about to go down with a sinking ship.   The Honorable Eleanor Kent hides behind the image of a self-proclaimed spinster… though in The Duke's Privateer Devilish Dukes Series #3 Amy Jarecki https://www.facebook.com/amyjarecki/ Release Date 01/05/2021 Publisher Oliver Herber Books 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 When it comes to women, the Duke of Danby is an audacious rake… but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of smugglers, he’s leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country more than once, and Danby isn’t about to go down with a sinking ship.   The Honorable Eleanor Kent hides behind the image of a self-proclaimed spinster… though in truth she’s one of England’s most sought-after privateers.   When their paths cross at a royal dinner… Danby suspects the stunning redheaded woman is more than she seems. He engages her to consult on a chinoiserie remodel and Eleanor gladly accepts. Indeed, she’d rather keep her enemy close where she can watch his every move. Though neither duke nor lady has a clue of how tangled the web they’re spinning will become. As the heat ratchets up, so does their unbidden attraction. Will they get burned before it’s too late to run? 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 In a game of cat and mouse, who will won or will it be their fall ... With so many awesome authors to read, I know I miss some great ones and until now this author was part of them. But omission now corrected. And what a read it was. I loved every minutes of my reading, so much I read it in one sitting. This tale is like a ballet, a pas de deux, as Danby and Eleanor dance around one another. First their approach is with an ulterior motive, trying to pierce the secrets of the other, and while the music starts racing, their circumstances too, making them enemies. Then the rhythm calms down, giving time to observe and getting to know the other. Danby is devoted to his country, he refuses to let its finances spiraling down because of some greedy hands. So when a dinner party puts in his radar a possible culprit, he jumps straight on the trail. And whatever attractive his prey might be, he will not derive from his path. He is very certain of his course but his attraction to his quarry unsettles him as as time passes, she no anonymous faceless being but one breathing, living, loving. Eleanor learned the hard way not everything is easy and respectable in life. To survive, you might have to compromise with your conscience and law. Then the thrill of danger kept her going on when she could have retired. So when one of the crown’s dog comes sniffing at her door, she first think it is just a game until it becomes obvious it could be her downfall. And worse by the hands of the first man to awaken her heart and soul to strange sensations. Their waltz toward one another is one of missteps, wrong turns, contretemps until they find the right tune to dance in each other arms. And while the first part sees the tempo spiraling down, the last one offers a respite to lick their bruises and recoup their losses to awaken rejuvenate with hope. 5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen detailed foreplays and lovemaking scenes. I have been granted an advance copy by the publisher Oliver Herber Books, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    The last person Miss Eleanor Kent ever expected to be interested in the chinoiserie that she “obtained” for Prinny’s collection at Brighton Pavilion was Sherborn “Sher” Price, the Duke of Danby. But on further consideration, she realizes she really shouldn’t be surprised, since the duke has been tasked by the Prime Minister to track down and stop smugglers from sneaking their goods into England and failing to pay the duties – something she knows a lot about – since she is in fact a smuggler! She The last person Miss Eleanor Kent ever expected to be interested in the chinoiserie that she “obtained” for Prinny’s collection at Brighton Pavilion was Sherborn “Sher” Price, the Duke of Danby. But on further consideration, she realizes she really shouldn’t be surprised, since the duke has been tasked by the Prime Minister to track down and stop smugglers from sneaking their goods into England and failing to pay the duties – something she knows a lot about – since she is in fact a smuggler! She tries to keep her head low and not attract any more attention than necessary, but the duke seems more than a little intrigued by her and with Prinny’s help, convinces her to meet with his mother about redecorating his townhouse. With no way to refuse, Eleanor accepts but hopes to avoid him. But Sher isn’t about to let her off the hook that easy – he suspects she is not all she appears to be and once he starts digging into her life, learns that her invalid father owns an import business and the more he digs, the more he is convinced that Eleanor is involved in smuggling, but he isn’t sure to what extent and uses that as an excuse to stay close to her. He invites her to ride in the park, which results in her finding an abandoned baby, a baby she refuses to turn over to a foundling house. She is shocked to learn that Sher is very good with babies and even helps her find a nursemaid for the baby girl, she calls Margaret. There is also the fact that when he learned her father is mentally locked inside his own mind, he offered to visit him and read to him – which has unexpected results for both of them – for her, her father begins to interact and respond for the first time in years, making it impossible for her to keep Sher from visiting and for him – he overhears her servants talking about shipments and uses that info to bring her empire to a halt. But when she tries to sever ties with him and asks Prinny for help – things that an unexpected turn! This was well written, fast-paced, fun read with very likable characters and several interesting plot points. The story has a lot to like, smugglers, a secondary romance, a foundling, a strong heroine, a wonderful hero, several twists and turns, a marriage of convenience, warm to steamyish love scenes, and a very sweet ending complete with an epilogue. I did feel the story meandered off point a couple of times, but in the end, it was all good. This is the third book in the series, but it can definitely be read and enjoyed as a standalone title. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    Come into the Dragon's Lair, if you dare! Yummy duke Sherborn is tasked by the crown with ferreting out all smugglers. He suspects things aren't what they seem with the enchanting Eleanor and her father's import company, and it's certainly no hardship for him to start spending time with her and her infirmed father in the off chance he might learn a few secrets. Eleanor doesn't want to be attracted to Sher, but their white-hot chemistry doesn't really give her much choice. She has even fewer choice Come into the Dragon's Lair, if you dare! Yummy duke Sherborn is tasked by the crown with ferreting out all smugglers. He suspects things aren't what they seem with the enchanting Eleanor and her father's import company, and it's certainly no hardship for him to start spending time with her and her infirmed father in the off chance he might learn a few secrets. Eleanor doesn't want to be attracted to Sher, but their white-hot chemistry doesn't really give her much choice. She has even fewer choices once her secrets come out, and that's when this romance really takes off. Sher and Eleanor are forced to work together and how they work through balancing their mutual attraction against their mutual mistrust and conflicting goals makes for a thrilling romance that culminates in a very happy HEA. I greatly admired Eleanor for what she was able to accomplish and for how she was able to handle the changes that Sher brought to her life. Throughout it all she remained faithful to her values and to her heart, and I loved her more and more as the story went on. Sher is everything a girl could want in a leading man, proving himself to be compassionate and faithful even when he didn't quite understand why. This is a complex story with two distinct acts; the first takes place in London, then the story changes its focus to Sher's country estate, a castle in Northern England. The supporting characters in each part were vibrantly written and added a lot of depth to the story. I listened to the audiobook version and was instantly captivated by the narrator's gentle British accent. He did a fine job of voicing the various characters, imbuing each with a distinctive sound that greatly enhanced the storytelling. This author always writes fascinating characters with enthralling stories, and this one is one of her best. I highly recommend it for any reader of historical romance. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of the audiobook through NetGalley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    The Duke's Privateer is a refreshingly different regency novel. The heroine is a smart, independent daughter of a viscount who was forced to become a smuggler (privateer) when her father's estate went bankrupt and he suffered a debilitating injury as a naval admiral. She has no interest in marriage and is too busy taking care of her business and her invalid father to attend all the social events that noble ladies must to attract a husband. She has carved out a good living providing artifacts and The Duke's Privateer is a refreshingly different regency novel. The heroine is a smart, independent daughter of a viscount who was forced to become a smuggler (privateer) when her father's estate went bankrupt and he suffered a debilitating injury as a naval admiral. She has no interest in marriage and is too busy taking care of her business and her invalid father to attend all the social events that noble ladies must to attract a husband. She has carved out a good living providing artifacts and artwork for wealthy clients and smuggling liquor and tobacco in without paying duties. Duke Sherborn is tasked by the Prime Minister with ferreting out the main smugglers who are preventing the government from filling its coffers. What he did not expect is to find a beautiful, feisty, witty and intelligent smuggler who also helps orphans and other people down on their luck. What unfolds is a complicated story of intrigue, romance and passion, with lots of twists and turns along the way. I do not want to give spoilers because the plot goes into unexpected directions but I really enjoyed the tale that examines the role of women and marriage in regency England.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Federica

    This was my first novel /audiobook of this genre, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I must say the listening was easy and entertaining, the narrator does an excellent job of impersonating all the characters with different tones of voice and different accent. I didn't care much about the sex scenes, I felt they weren't necessary and made me cringe a little. All in all the book is enjoyable, and does a very good job of transporting you in another period of time, with beautiful descriptions of pa This was my first novel /audiobook of this genre, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I must say the listening was easy and entertaining, the narrator does an excellent job of impersonating all the characters with different tones of voice and different accent. I didn't care much about the sex scenes, I felt they weren't necessary and made me cringe a little. All in all the book is enjoyable, and does a very good job of transporting you in another period of time, with beautiful descriptions of palaces and attires. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JP

    A high 4⭐️ “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more...” -Nicholas Sparks This audiobook was narrated by Philip Battley. I liked him and was very impressed. I was delighted by this fluent, crisp historical romance. The story was different and I love a strong heroine. The banter and chemistry that bounced between these two was wonderful. This author is new to me and I definitely want to listen to more of her stories. I highly recommend this audiobook for historic A high 4⭐️ “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more...” -Nicholas Sparks This audiobook was narrated by Philip Battley. I liked him and was very impressed. I was delighted by this fluent, crisp historical romance. The story was different and I love a strong heroine. The banter and chemistry that bounced between these two was wonderful. This author is new to me and I definitely want to listen to more of her stories. I highly recommend this audiobook for historical romance lovers. Thanks to Oliver Heber Books for this Arc audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Duke’s Privateer by Amy Jarecki Devilish Dukes # Over dinner at Prince George’s one evening two people meet, chemistry is felt BUT there is also a bit of worry on the part of the woman because the man is eager to cease smuggling and SHE is in that very business. And thus, a cat and mouse with a touch of flirtation begins. Throw in a father ill for years, penury overcome, secrets galore, a foundling to care for, and a bit of steam but no desire to wed until a marriage is forced upon the two, an The Duke’s Privateer by Amy Jarecki Devilish Dukes # Over dinner at Prince George’s one evening two people meet, chemistry is felt BUT there is also a bit of worry on the part of the woman because the man is eager to cease smuggling and SHE is in that very business. And thus, a cat and mouse with a touch of flirtation begins. Throw in a father ill for years, penury overcome, secrets galore, a foundling to care for, and a bit of steam but no desire to wed until a marriage is forced upon the two, and you have the makings of a great story with an eventual HEA for the main characters. What I liked: * Eleanor: independent, strong, intelligent, capable, strategizes, caring, giving, loving daughter, did very well for herself – also a blue stocking and spinster. * Sherborn Price, Duke of Danby: a rake, works for the government, handsome, wealthy, working with the Prime Minister to obliterate smuggling, intrigued by Eleanor, stubborn, needs an heir – grows as the story progresses. * The dragon’s lair – the room sounds divine and the bed gorgeous * The way Prince George manipulated the couple * The secondary romance between two of the people working for the duke * The slow growth of the romance between Eleanor and Sherborn * That there was a breakthrough in the health issues of Eleanor’s father * All of it really except… What I didn’t like: * Not anything I can think of except perhaps wondering what happened to the person driving the cart taken to prison as a smuggler – the one working for Eleanor…did he get out or stand trial and I wondered if the foundling taken in by Eleanor would ever find out who her mother was. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series/by this author? Definitely Thank you to the author and Heber Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mia Popova

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing an e-arc for me to review. I picked it The Duke's Privateer mostly because I expected the protagonist to be a privateer. I think this was a pretty fair assumption given the title. Privateer as defined by the Cambridge dictionary is "a person or ship allowed by a government to attack and steal from ships at sea", or in plain words a legal pirate. But it turns out she is a smuggler who some characters call a privateer, despite her not doing any privateering. Given t Thanks to Netgalley for providing an e-arc for me to review. I picked it The Duke's Privateer mostly because I expected the protagonist to be a privateer. I think this was a pretty fair assumption given the title. Privateer as defined by the Cambridge dictionary is "a person or ship allowed by a government to attack and steal from ships at sea", or in plain words a legal pirate. But it turns out she is a smuggler who some characters call a privateer, despite her not doing any privateering. Given that I was pretty disappointed by the complete lack of piracy in the novel. I tried to enjoy it as it was, but the writing also seemed a tad underbaked. The characters felt flat, and I think the plot could have been laid out in a more exciting way. There were some moments between the couple that were kind of cute, so I'm giving it two stars. TWs: child abandonment

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    How far are you willing to go to uncover a secret? The Duke of Danby is well known among Britain for his rakish behavior; But upon given the mission to rid England of smugglers, nothing will stand in his way. Not when the Prince Regent managed to bankrupt the Kingdom more than once, and Danby will not stand by as his country crumbles. Eleanor Kent remembers how it feels to be helpless and hungry. At twenty-seven Eleanor might be a spinster, but she will never be hungry again, for she is one of the How far are you willing to go to uncover a secret? The Duke of Danby is well known among Britain for his rakish behavior; But upon given the mission to rid England of smugglers, nothing will stand in his way. Not when the Prince Regent managed to bankrupt the Kingdom more than once, and Danby will not stand by as his country crumbles. Eleanor Kent remembers how it feels to be helpless and hungry. At twenty-seven Eleanor might be a spinster, but she will never be hungry again, for she is one of the most successful privateers in England. When the duke of Danby begins to show an interest in Eleanor and her father, she is not a fool. She knows the duke is snooping around to find smugglers, and the last thing she wants is for him to snoop around in her business. But Danby is relentless, and the closer the two get, the harder it is for Eleanor to detect what is real and what is nothing but a scheme to expose her. Throw in an orphan baby, an ill father, some loyal servants, and a meddling Prince Rigint, and you get this intriguing and beautiful novel. The Duke's Privateer is an original novel that follows a strong and smart heroine and a Bright and cunning Duke as they find their way to one another in a most unusual way. Eleanor's character, intelligence, and utter kindness made me adore her throughout the book. Amy Jarecki created this remarkable woman whose heart and intelligence made her such a success in a world that was only for men back in these days. Also, the chemistry between Eleanor and Danby was great and I enjoyed following Danby as he tried to protect Eleanor while finding all the smugglers in England and saving his country. Seeing how kind and admiring Danby was with Eleanor every time she reviled another piece of herself to him was absolutely heart-warming. The only thing I would add was more of Margaret and Eleanor or Danby because at times I've even forgotten of her existence. Overall The Duke's Privateer is an intriguing historical romance, full of banter, intelligence, and lovely characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    What a great story! You'll love this enemies to lovers romance with twists you won't see coming! First off, completely loved Eleanor! Independent, strong-willed, self-made wealth, guardian of several wards including her father. Seriously loved her spunk! She felt backed into a corner after her father fell ill after the war and their fortune was gone. Most women of that time would turn to becoming a nanny. Not Eleanor, she became a privateer smuggling goods into London and making a tidy profit for What a great story! You'll love this enemies to lovers romance with twists you won't see coming! First off, completely loved Eleanor! Independent, strong-willed, self-made wealth, guardian of several wards including her father. Seriously loved her spunk! She felt backed into a corner after her father fell ill after the war and their fortune was gone. Most women of that time would turn to becoming a nanny. Not Eleanor, she became a privateer smuggling goods into London and making a tidy profit for her future. One must plan to become a spinster and have funds set aside. Danby was a duke and worked for the crown to find smugglers who would cheat the king from his dues. Then he meets Eleanor and is intrigued. She's quite a woman, but something doesn't smell right. Is she smuggling her goods into London? She has to be! The story just flows from this point with one surprise after another. At first I'm thinking....enemies to lovers....no, friends to lovers.....no forced marriage..... And then just settled on all three! It's a wonderful story about two people that had to learn to trust one another before they could fall in love. This was one of my favorite HEA's, it was more than a happy ending for everyone! Loved it! I was gifted with an ARC and wanted to post my review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    The Duke's Privateer is the third book in the Devilish Dukes series by Amy Jarecki. It can easily be read as a standalone book. Sherborn Price, the Duke of Danby, AKA Sher has been tasked by the government to put a stop to the smuggling that is taking money from the country's coffers. Money that is very much needed after 'Prinny' has bankrupt the nation more than once. He first meets a potential smuggler at a dinner party held by the prince. That smuggler is Eleanor Kent, the daughter of Viscount The Duke's Privateer is the third book in the Devilish Dukes series by Amy Jarecki. It can easily be read as a standalone book. Sherborn Price, the Duke of Danby, AKA Sher has been tasked by the government to put a stop to the smuggling that is taking money from the country's coffers. Money that is very much needed after 'Prinny' has bankrupt the nation more than once. He first meets a potential smuggler at a dinner party held by the prince. That smuggler is Eleanor Kent, the daughter of Viscount Lisle. Eleanor is indeed a smuggler. She supplies non taxed goods to the likes of White's club and to the Prince himself. She never dreamed when she went away to school that she would end up being a privateer dealing with smuggled goods. She had no choice really seeing as her father was injured in the war and she needed to do something to support the family and the staff etc. She could have stopped a long time ago as the family are wealthy now, but I think she likes the excitement of it all. Eleanor and Sher meet at the Prince's dinner and Sher decides that he wants Eleanor to redecorate a room for him using fashionable chinoiserie as she has used for the Prince. He doesn't really need it to be done, but he suspects that she may be part of the smuggling scheme and wants to see where her shipments come from when she is buying the items that she will need for her decorating. The more time they spend together the more they find themselves attracted to each other. But Eleanor knows that Sher is spying on her and decides after a particularly dangerous encounter that she won't see him anymore. The Prince won't agree with her wish to have nothing to do with Sher. Indeed he determines that the best thing they can do is to marry. That way any of her bad dealings in the past can't get her in trouble ever again. A marriage of convenience follows but after such little acquaintance they have a lot to learn about each other and to decide if they have any hope of making a marriage work. Their story was an enjoyable one that I am happy to recommend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Woo, okay. I haven't reviewed in a couple of days and I feel weird about doing this review. I also feel like I haven't read a lot lately but I hope to change that in a bit. But today I finally finished this audiobook. It's an historical romance between a Duke and Eleanor, a privateer. I had no idea what that word meant and it's pretty much a legal pirate. She was described as a smuggler but I didn't really feel like I learned a lot about that which is something I was curious about. The romance w Woo, okay. I haven't reviewed in a couple of days and I feel weird about doing this review. I also feel like I haven't read a lot lately but I hope to change that in a bit. But today I finally finished this audiobook. It's an historical romance between a Duke and Eleanor, a privateer. I had no idea what that word meant and it's pretty much a legal pirate. She was described as a smuggler but I didn't really feel like I learned a lot about that which is something I was curious about. The romance was the focus of the book obviously but unfortunately this one didn't really work for me. Some of the things the characters said had me cringing a little bit. And I noticed a couple of times that the hero kept kissing/touching her etc when the heroine told him no or pulled away but then seemed to like it. It felt a bit icky which made me uncomfortable even if she seemed to like it or whatever. This wasn't my favorite historical romance but it wasn't all terrible and the audio was easy to listen to. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diedra Drake

    I absolutely adored this romance between Eleanor Kent, the enterprising Privateer, and the Duke of Danby. I especially enjoyed how Eleanor was such a powerful force, so independent and unflinching in the face of having to stand alone in the world of men. Likewise, I found it beyond pleasing that Danby was charming and regal, while remaining unafraid to show affection toward the infirm and children, nor was he ashamed to write poetry or appreciate aesthetic beauty in decor. The main love interests I absolutely adored this romance between Eleanor Kent, the enterprising Privateer, and the Duke of Danby. I especially enjoyed how Eleanor was such a powerful force, so independent and unflinching in the face of having to stand alone in the world of men. Likewise, I found it beyond pleasing that Danby was charming and regal, while remaining unafraid to show affection toward the infirm and children, nor was he ashamed to write poetry or appreciate aesthetic beauty in decor. The main love interests, Eleanor and Danby, begin with a chance encounter during an event hosted by the Prince Regent. It’s quickly revealed that Eleanor is actually at Prinny’s event because she has been his personal mastermind behind the design and the illegal sourcing of many pieces adorning the rooms. Meanwhile, it is also disclosed that the Duke of Danby is a part of a special task force to sniff out smugglers, in cooperation with the Prime Minister. Despite the danger of spending too much time with one of the men hunting Privateer’s, such as herself, Eleanor quickly goes from passing acquaintance to becoming engaged as a consultant in a chinoiserie redecorating project - of the Duke’s master bedroom. That one meeting starts a cascade of events that draw the couple closer, until they can no longer deny what is between them. The writing quality is excellent - a mix between fast-paced scenes, engaging dialogue, and occasionally riding the edge of flowery but without crossing over too far. For the audiobook version, the narration by Phillip Battley was quite good. I was not especially enamored with the voices he used for the main two characters, but his consistency of form overrode any complaint about the particular pitch and timbre. He was an exceptionally competent reader, bringing variation of sound to life (from the intimacy of whispers and murmurs, to a baby cry or even a dog barking), and I would absolutely listen to more works by him. This story takes its time. If you like to experience the slow build of a relationship from attraction to a raw forest fire of desire, you will find yourself satisfied with this story. After this, I intend to go back and read the first two books in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shahira8826

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. It has been published in January 2021. "The Duke's Privateer" by Amy Jarecki was quite a disappointing read. First of all, there is no privateer in this book. The protagonist is a smuggler if you can even call her that. Actually, she *used to be* a smuggler: by the time the story begins, she doesn't even do her own smuggling anymore, a ship captain does it for her. For the duration Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. It has been published in January 2021. "The Duke's Privateer" by Amy Jarecki was quite a disappointing read. First of all, there is no privateer in this book. The protagonist is a smuggler if you can even call her that. Actually, she *used to be* a smuggler: by the time the story begins, she doesn't even do her own smuggling anymore, a ship captain does it for her. For the duration of the story, Eleanor is more of a fence than a smuggler, and certainly not a privateer. She never was a privateer. She never even *met* a privateer. Well, I guess "The Duke's Fence" wouldn't have worked as well for the marketing, but I really don't appreciate it when the title of a book flat out lies about the content. It's the equivalent of clickbait! The second issue is, the motivations behind the love story are preposterous: Eleanor is a self-proclaimed old maid, a 27-year-old bluestocking, unmarried by choice, and yet from the very beginning of the book she starts swooning over the Duke (whom she barely knows) just because... he has green eyes? No other motivation for her lust-at-first-sight is ever mentioned in the book. Am I supposed to believe that in her 27 years of life she had never come across a green-eyed man before? They're fairly common in the UK, come on! Another thing that really bothered me is, it's plain to see that this novel tries to present itself as feminist, but it miserably fails at that. The main character is constantly reminding the reader that she's very content with her spinsterhood, but the thin feminist veneer pretty much flies out the window in chapter one to never make an appearance again. The rest of the novel is just an interminable series of sexist stereotypes. To top it all off, in the very beginning of the novel one of the secondary characters encourages the protagonist to go after the Duke, a known womanizer, by telling her that the man is only a rake because he hasn't found the right woman yet, and that if she loves him enough, the Duke will change his ways, settle down and magically turn into a faithful husband. Nice progressive message there. I understand this is set in 1819, but it's being published in 2021, and I just can't take such rubbish seriously. And what about the scene where Eleanor eavesdrop on her crush reading a raunchy novel out loud to her father? That's disturbing! It's the 19th century equivalent of a woman spying on her own father watching porn. We're halfway into incest territory here. The fact that Eleanor's father is mentally ill to the point that he's unable to talk or communicate in any way his wishes - thus he doesn't have a say in choosing which books people read to him - makes this scene all the more upsetting. The bits about the baby are so poorly researched that they made me cringe. A baby is found who is said to be a few days old. Just a few pages later, someone says that the same baby "will be able to eat soft foods in one or two weeks". What?! Right after that, the baby is referred to as a "newborn" and soon after that she's heard babbling "pa-pa". This is preposterous! Why didn't the author bother to learn what the developmental stages of a baby are? A simple Google search would have sufficed to avoid this embarrassing jumble. Last but not least, the narrator of the audiobook did an awful job of reading this book: every "P" and "B" he pronounces sounds like an explosion, even if I turn the volume on my device all the way down.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Glittergirl

    Amy's third book in the Devilish Dukes sets up an impossible to resolve plot at first glance. I am so impressed with this story and the characters within it. Amy Jarecki always surprises me with her unusual stories and HEAs. A spinster who's turned her family's import business into a smuggler's network so she can support her invalid father and debt ridden finances. She is such an enterprising, outside-the-box thinker who will do whatever she must to help her father recover. On top of that she em Amy's third book in the Devilish Dukes sets up an impossible to resolve plot at first glance. I am so impressed with this story and the characters within it. Amy Jarecki always surprises me with her unusual stories and HEAs. A spinster who's turned her family's import business into a smuggler's network so she can support her invalid father and debt ridden finances. She is such an enterprising, outside-the-box thinker who will do whatever she must to help her father recover. On top of that she employs foundlings who prove to be trustworthy in her enterprise and household. Eleanor Kent is is a 27 year old spinster supporting her father the Viscount Lisle who was injured in a naval battle. He took the position to support his debt ridden Viscountcy that he inherited from his father. He is now almost catatonic but Eleanor has managed the household finances to the point that they are now wealthy. She's come to Prinny's attention as a way for him to lavishly remodel his palace in Brighton without bankrupting the country once again. At the grand dinner the Prince of Wales sits her beside the Duke of Danby, Sherborn Price, who heads the Prime Ministers council to end the smuggling trade in England. The Prince Regent sings her praises about her talent with the chinoiserie design in his new palace. Sher is intrigued immediately He is a rake, finding all women in society to be much alike and no one catches his attention enough to marry. Given his support of the Naval hospital and concern for veterans, he decides to hire her after he finds out about her father. Little does he know she doesn't need his patronage as she's already rich. This puts Eleanor in a problem. She decides to follow her Dad's old advice, to keep your friends close and enemies closer. This begins the journey of their lives intertwining and secrets hard to keep. When her smuggling is impossible to keep secret Prinny intercedes to protect his privateer. It takes a while before we get our HEA in this complicated story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    m.

    arc provided by netgalley for an honest review This is the third book in the Devilish Dukes series but it can be read as a stand alone. We have two main characters: — Sherborn (Sher) Price, the Duke of Danby: He has to put an end to the smuggling that has been happening across the country and in return empties the country’s treasury. — Eleanor Kent, daughter of Viscount Lisle: She is a smuggler, specifically a privateer, who is doing this as a way to support her family after her father’s injury. A arc provided by netgalley for an honest review This is the third book in the Devilish Dukes series but it can be read as a stand alone. We have two main characters: — Sherborn (Sher) Price, the Duke of Danby: He has to put an end to the smuggling that has been happening across the country and in return empties the country’s treasury. — Eleanor Kent, daughter of Viscount Lisle: She is a smuggler, specifically a privateer, who is doing this as a way to support her family after her father’s injury. Although, her family is plenty wealthy now…it’s the fun and excitement that keeps her going along with smuggling. They meet at the Prince’s dinner under the disguise that Sher needs her to help redecorating his room but he is under the correct assumption that she knows something about the smuggling. After spending lots of time together, their attraction grows more and more but Eleanor knows Sher is spying on her and decides she will no longer see him. They end up getting married so her “bad deeds” won’t be held against her. It starts off as an enemies to lovers to a marriage of convenience and they must work through their differences to get along. This was not a story that particularly captivated me but it was an easy read and would recommend it to lovers of marriage of convenience.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    The Duke's Privateer Amy Jarecki I am currently reading the Duke's Privateer and am enjoying it so very much that I don't even have to finish it to review it. Once again Amy Jarecki has hit the jackpot. She is such a talented author I haven't read anything by her I didn't like. And the Duke's Privateer definitely doesn't disappoint. Once again, it's a page-turner that captured me from the first page. I really don't want the story to end. Although it's keeping me so enthralled I was tempted to read The Duke's Privateer Amy Jarecki I am currently reading the Duke's Privateer and am enjoying it so very much that I don't even have to finish it to review it. Once again Amy Jarecki has hit the jackpot. She is such a talented author I haven't read anything by her I didn't like. And the Duke's Privateer definitely doesn't disappoint. Once again, it's a page-turner that captured me from the first page. I really don't want the story to end. Although it's keeping me so enthralled I was tempted to read it all in one sitting. The desciptions of the art and the historical landmarks like the hero's bedchamber, Brighton Hall and Carlton House are so vivid I actually felt like I had been there. The Characters including Prinny and the secondary characters as well as the hero and heroine are three dimensional and were so fleshed out I could almost feel their humanity. The storyline including the smuggling, the political atmosphere and the economy of the time has brought me on a whirlwind adventure I won't soon forget. All in all, I think Ms. Jarecki will have an award-winning bestseller on her hands within the first few weeks of it's release. She'll definitely get my vote. I can't help but to give it my most enthusiastic endorsement.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    While I always love a regency romance, this one felt different right from the beginning. Eleanor Kent took over her father's import business when war injuries left him in her care, and she added a bit of privateering to increase her income and support her family and employees. So, when the Duke of Danby, tasked with shutting down smuggling operations across the country, meets Eleanor at a dinner and is smitten with her, Eleanor has to decide whether to cut all ties or play his game of cat and mou While I always love a regency romance, this one felt different right from the beginning. Eleanor Kent took over her father's import business when war injuries left him in her care, and she added a bit of privateering to increase her income and support her family and employees. So, when the Duke of Danby, tasked with shutting down smuggling operations across the country, meets Eleanor at a dinner and is smitten with her, Eleanor has to decide whether to cut all ties or play his game of cat and mouse despite the danger to herself and her business and her attraction to the duke. I liked this novel because it gave Eleanor agency and power of her own from the beginning, in a way that doesn't usually occur in regency-era romance novels. Her ability to support herself and her father put Eleanor and the Duke's relationship on a more equal playing field and led to a smarter, more exciting will-they-or-won't-they storyline, Also, Philip Battley did a wonderful job narrating this book and he infused emotion, sarcasm and humor into the story and I'll definitely be looking for his name in the audiobooks I choose in the future. Overall, I found the story charming, the characters relatable and I will be going back and listening to the first two books in Jarecki's Devlish Duke's series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Serenechaosnyc

    Regency romances have fell out of my favor because I find the pomp and circumstance a little tedious but I recently got back into this type of book because I liked imagining how the nobility existed (hey, I love Downton Abbey!) This book kind of has that type of feel- Eleanor was great- in order to bring her family back from ruin, she turns to smuggling and does quite well for herself. I loved how strong and resourceful she was. The duke of Danby was tasked to find smugglers and bring them to jus Regency romances have fell out of my favor because I find the pomp and circumstance a little tedious but I recently got back into this type of book because I liked imagining how the nobility existed (hey, I love Downton Abbey!) This book kind of has that type of feel- Eleanor was great- in order to bring her family back from ruin, she turns to smuggling and does quite well for herself. I loved how strong and resourceful she was. The duke of Danby was tasked to find smugglers and bring them to justice and Eleanor was caught in the crossfire but as a favored daughter to the viscount, the duke and she required a fake marriage in order to bring her family back into honor. But can they reconcile and become more than enemies? As I mentioned, Eleanor was a great character- strong and fun. The Duke was more of a rigid character, typical of what we would see in regency novels (pride and prejudice, anyone?) but I liked seeing him open up more. There were a few really slow periods in the book and the whole unraveling was pretty plodding but overall, I enjoyed the book, I listened to the audiobook through NetGalley (Thanks!) and it was well done. The male narrator did such a good job playing multiple characters and his voice and accent really immersed me in the story. It was a fun listen.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Historical Romance is my favorite genre. The Duke's Privateer is the best I have read in a long time. It is the third in the series. I haven't read the first two but will be searching them out this very week. Our heroine, Eleanor, is brave, smart, compassionate and being beautiful never hurt either. She is the perfect match for our hero, Sherborn Price. In the beginning he seems extremely full of himself and somewhat arrogant. Every bit a Duke. The story begins explaining Eleanor's exploits in p Historical Romance is my favorite genre. The Duke's Privateer is the best I have read in a long time. It is the third in the series. I haven't read the first two but will be searching them out this very week. Our heroine, Eleanor, is brave, smart, compassionate and being beautiful never hurt either. She is the perfect match for our hero, Sherborn Price. In the beginning he seems extremely full of himself and somewhat arrogant. Every bit a Duke. The story begins explaining Eleanor's exploits in privateering. She needs to support her war wounded father and his failing estate. She also has a soft heart rescuing orphans as well as a foundling child she takes in as her own. Sherborn, also known as Sher, has a job to do for the prime minister and that is to find those involved in the illegal importing of untaxed goods. Top of his list is none other than Eleanor. When they meet at the Prince of Wales, Prinney's, residence the attraction is quick and steamy even though neither of them are looking for romance. When the net tightens around Eleanor with Sher holding the rope Prinney, who has a soft spot for Eleanor, insists they marry. It's a stormy beginning as they first reach Sher's ancestral home of Rowcliffe Castle, a medieval wonder. The progression of their relationship from enemies to friends to lovers makes for a great romance. Sher becomes Eleanor's Knight in Shining Armor as he saves her reputation as well as her life. I loved their first dance together where they were “as graceful as a matched pair”. There are many characters that keep the story fun and interesting. Weston, Eleanor's butler is good for surprises but my favorite character was Joe, a loyal, sweet bloodhound that quickly becomes Eleanor's champion. I can't wait to start on the rest of this series. I would like to thank the author and publisher for an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandra R

    I really enjoyed the audio version of this historical romance. The story was interesting and I liked the H/h and the historical details, but the real highlight for me was Philip Battley, the narrator. He did an excellent job with all the voices and really acted out the roles and made the characters - including the bit parts - come to life. My thanks go to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to listen to the audio book in return for my honest opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book had all the working of a love novel. While watching the Bridginton series on Netflix, I noticed it had a lot of similarities. Classic star crossed lover kind of thing, but a twist on high society. Really loved the lead character as she was set as a spinster in the beginning and I loved that she felt she was happy to provide for herself and not need to marry. Besides that is was all very predictable and an easy read. Thank you to NetGallery for letting me listen before release.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Brown

    Spinster Eleanor Kent is one of England’s most sought after smugglers, her work for the Prince Regent has placed her in the path of the Duke of Danby the audacious rake and head of the smuggling task force. Danby becomes quite intrigued by Eleanor, he’s gets her to renovate his bedroom, he starts reading to her invalid father and the chase is on. Eleanor knows he’s up to something and decides to keep her enemy close to her and see where this friendship leads. I love these two they are perfect to Spinster Eleanor Kent is one of England’s most sought after smugglers, her work for the Prince Regent has placed her in the path of the Duke of Danby the audacious rake and head of the smuggling task force. Danby becomes quite intrigued by Eleanor, he’s gets her to renovate his bedroom, he starts reading to her invalid father and the chase is on. Eleanor knows he’s up to something and decides to keep her enemy close to her and see where this friendship leads. I love these two they are perfect together as they try to outwit each other, an attraction grows, but then the walls are closing in on the smuggling ring and Eleanor has choices to make to save her life and her company. I have voluntarily read and reviewed these excellent story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Ridding the kingdom of smugglers is what the Duke of Danby wants more than life. Eleanor Kent is a smuggler beyond belief. A forced marriage between the two is unbelievable. Can the two people in this scenario come to love each other. Amy Jarecki has done a remarkable job with this tale. I received a complimentary copy of this title from Netgalley and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    The Duke's Privateer Devilish Dukes #3 Amy Jarecki ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Duke of Danby is a definite rake, but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of any and all smugglers well one could say he is leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country, and Danby has decided he'll not go down in that particular sinking ship. Eleanor Kent hides behind the persona of a spinster, but in truth she is one of England's most sought after privateers. Their paths cross at a royal dinner and Danby has a suspicio The Duke's Privateer Devilish Dukes #3 Amy Jarecki ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Duke of Danby is a definite rake, but when it comes to ridding the kingdom of any and all smugglers well one could say he is leading the charge. The Prince Regent has bankrupted the country, and Danby has decided he'll not go down in that particular sinking ship. Eleanor Kent hides behind the persona of a spinster, but in truth she is one of England's most sought after privateers. Their paths cross at a royal dinner and Danby has a suspicion that the beautiful redheaded woman is more then what she portrays to be. He gets her to consult on a chinoiserie remodel and she readily accepts. What's the old saying keep you friends close and your enemies closer? And that's just why she accepts to do this so she can keep him close and watch his every move. The only thing is neither of them realize how tangled the web that they are spinning will become. What will become of them? Will they fight their rising passion for one another or will they let that very same passion reign supreme? Amy Jarecki writes a passionate tale that will seem so true one might think it really happened. Eleanor is an amazing character. After the war she doesn't have much with no means of making money so be becomes a privateer. She knows that no one suspects that she does what she really does until she meets The Duke of Danby. She realizes that if anyone can find out the truth and expose her it is this man. As for Danby well this character is utterly charming and I think he just might know that. This book had such vivid details that I almost felt like a peeking Tom at some points. This story will take you though some lovely emotions and leave sitting with a wistful smile left on your face hours after you have finished the last word. Regency Romance is not my first love, but I always read it when it's written by Amy Jarecki. This author is so entertaining and seems to be able to write in any genre she chooses. All in all I adored this book and savored every word that I read. If you love historical romance this book is a must read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    Audible/Book Review Sometimes a lady has to do what a lady has to do, and in this case, Eleanor Kent needed funds desperately to support her father and estate. So she became "an exceptional purveyor or many different art forms and more" .. yes a privateer. Sher, the Duke of Danby, on the other hand, was the eliminator of Privateers! Eleanor begins walking a fine line between keeping her nefarious activities a secret and Sher's interest in her "importing operations." Oh there is an attraction there Audible/Book Review Sometimes a lady has to do what a lady has to do, and in this case, Eleanor Kent needed funds desperately to support her father and estate. So she became "an exceptional purveyor or many different art forms and more" .. yes a privateer. Sher, the Duke of Danby, on the other hand, was the eliminator of Privateers! Eleanor begins walking a fine line between keeping her nefarious activities a secret and Sher's interest in her "importing operations." Oh there is an attraction there and they begin to a dance around each other. Danby is determined even if he finds out she is involved in smuggling, he will give no quarter. But he as he spends time with her and understands her plight, his heart begins to get involved. Sher won my heart and I loved Eleanor with her intelligence and strength! The narrator was excellent and distinguished the different characters. His emotions and inflections were excellent. Another amazing story in this great series and I cannot wait for more!

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