Title: A Duke but No Gentleman
Series: Masters of Seduction #1
Author: Alexandra Hawkins
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave have always had the wildest of friendships. Best friends growing up, they bask in the pleasures the rich, opulent world that London has to offer, consuming drink and women at their leisure.
But Norgrave has always been a step behind. Blackbern can best him at anything—playing cards, riding horses, and bedding women. So when the stunningly beautiful but innocent Lady Imogen Sunter strays across their path, both men agree a friendly competition for the lady’s affections cannot hurt.
But when Blackbern’s feelings turn into something deeper and Lady Imogen’s desire become clear, Norgrave will do anything to win the wager. Only one man can lay claim to Lady Imogen’s heart… and one shocking act will change them all irrevocably…
Warning: this story includes a rape scene.
I’ve been literally bitching about needing a good historical romance to read. It had been eleven months and counting. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I freaked. Alexandra Hawkins is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I have been waiting for her to write another book since the wrap up of her last series. I love books that take place with in the Ton with a bit of suspense. What I got with this story was that and a whole lot more.
Tristan is a Duke and Imogene is the daughter of a titled man. She needs to make a great match for her family. Tristan’s best friend since childhood and Tristan notice Imogene and a wager is made. Which of them can seduce her first. Tristan is truly taken with Imogene but you know what happens when the two Ps are involved. Pride and Penis. Despite his feelings for her, which continue to grow the more he spends time with her, he keeps the wager going.
One of the surprising things is that his best friend starts to feel like maybe Imogene would be good for him too. When you read this book, you know the two men are rakes but you get a pretty in depth look at it here. What really took me by surprise was the amount and level of the suspense. It was really high for a historical romance. Something else surprising was Tristan’s best friend being a complete and utter psycho. I kept thinking that he would be the hero of the next book in the series. God, I hope he’s not. Eww.
This had all of the elements I love in historical romance and I liked it a lot. It just didn’t feel like Alexandra Hawkins to me. Again, I liked it and will read the next one, just wondering who it will be about.
Book given in exchange for an honest review via the publisher and NetGalley.