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Or will promises kept win her heart back again? Jun 10, Amy A rated it liked it. I don't call myself an expert by any means, but I usually find historical romances to be of lighter fare. I've not read any of Alexandra Hawkins other works so I do not know if this is more her typical style or not, but I'm a little on the fence about this one.
I think the writing was good and Ms. Hawkins handles certain subjects and their aftermath pretty well. But overall, I didn't find myself warming to any of the characters until 3. But overall, I didn't find myself warming to any of the characters until way past the halfway mark. Blackbern, our hero, was especially difficult for me to get a grasp on. While it is common in historicals for the hero to be known as a rake, usually by the start of the story it's not something seen on page again not an expert this is just based on my own reading experience up to this point because typically something will happen and said hero will start to pursue our heroine.
Here, we clearly see Blackbern in all his rakish glory at the onset. This creates a picture, for me, that was difficult to move away from even as Blackbern's heart changes. Couple that with the wager between himself and Norgrave and it was hard to imagine if Blackbern's actions were sincere or if he was playing a part to win a bet.
It's true there's a point where it's clear where his heart lies, but for me this didn't occur until more than halfway through the book. Overall, I liked Imogen. For all that she was pretty naive, and the situation she finds herself in was quite precarious with Norgrave and Blackbern. But when I think about it, she was the best character that she could have been given her situation at the start of the book; which is, she's eighteen years and and her family has just moved back to London to enjoy the season.
She hasn't really been out in polite society before so truly she knows very little, and being newer to town she knows very few people and thus knows little of the rumors that surround said people. She never irritated me with her naivety. And after certain events in the book, I admired her more for her strength and her refusal to settle for something just because it might be the right thing to do. If you like historical romance you may want to give A Duke but No Gentleman a try, but be forewarned there are pretty extreme acts of violence both shown and talked about featured and if that is something that you find rather difficult to read then I would steer clear of this one.
I will not lie, there were moments I could feel where the story was headed and I put the book down and picked it up a few times to get through them, but I did read through them. This will by no means deter me from picking up another book by Alexandra Hawkins in the future if one catches my eye. View 1 comment. Jun 29, Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was ok Shelves: arc , historical-romance. You don't have an idea about how excited I was when I first saw this book.
Unfortunately, A Duke but No Gentleman was a disappointment. I must warn you that this book contains three rape scenes. I wasn't ok with that and I wanted to make sure that you know what kind of book you are getting. And in two out o You don't have an idea about how excited I was when I first saw this book.
And in two out of those three cases we knew the characters. I have read some pretty dark books, but in this case we are talking about someone who is a serial rapist and we are inside his head.
But when demons from their past threaten their future together they make a devastating choice that leads them to lose each other forever. Her parents had arranged a marriage with Cotter Findlay, a man she wanted nothing to do with. It had been eleven months and counting. David is keeping a big secret from everyone he knows. I have also read books where the heroine was violated.
It wasn't pretty. I found the whole story poorly written to be honest. I didn't realize when Imogen and her duke fell in lust and then love. It wasn't exactly too fast. It was more about missing the parts where they develop feelings for each other. I felt that the book might as well be happening in because Imogen was coming and going as she pleased. No chaperones, no secret meetings that felt forbidden and the heroine gave up her virginity too quick and too easy if you ask me.
And even though the word originates from the s, I found it weird and out of place when Tristan says that he should get Imogen cleaned up in case of infection. I am not sure if I would recommend this book, though I might suggest that you should give it a chance if you don't mind the rapes. A Duke but No Gentleman wasn't the best way to begin a new series, but you never know how good or bad the next books will be.
I will give the series another chance and read the second book when it is released and I hope that it will be better and this time preferably without a bet. I believe that if the book had less focus on the bet and more on romance I would have given a higher rating to the book.
May 22, Connie N. Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to like this book and, in fact, it started out well. In typical Regency romance fashion, there were two gentlemen vying over a young feisty lady, and they made a wager about her.
But there things went dark because the wager was for an uncomfortable prize in my mind and their actions were so dismissive and demeaning to the women they discussed that it became distu Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. But there things went dark because the wager was for an uncomfortable prize in my mind and their actions were so dismissive and demeaning to the women they discussed that it became disturbing. Hawkins writes well, and I was caught up in the story, the dialog was often amusing and light, but the story got bogged down way too much and deviated from a nice light romance into a dark and unfortunate series of bad situations.
There's nothing that says that this type of story doesn't have its place, but I was expecting a typical romance and this was definitely not it. The HEA was tainted, and the book unfulfilling for me. I won't penalize the author for my dislike of these particular characters, so I will probably look for more from her.
Dec 08, Donna rated it really liked it. I like Alexandra Hawkins' books but will admit this one may not be for everyone. Her books are always well written with great characters. I couldn't put it down! This series is set before the Lords of Vice series. In this one, the hero and his best friend are a little darker than the Lords of Vice.
The friend has a lot of problems and there was not enough of his background to know what his childhood was like. That may be explained in a later book. The hero was wild but not evil. The heroine was I like Alexandra Hawkins' books but will admit this one may not be for everyone. The heroine was naive but not stupid. As a Duke's daughter, I did think she was less chaperoned than she should have been for the time frame.
At least a maid should have been with her even if she ordered her away. Jul 29, Jynt rated it did not like it. I can take reading a lot of things. I can read about rape, violence, divorce, abortions - all sorts of terrible topics. Hell, the plot doesn't even have to be award-winning. All it takes is that you: 1. Make me care about the characters.
Make the writing flow. I can't exactly describe what I set my standards by for this point, but I know whether it'll work for me when I read it. This book's first chapter was intriguing. The rest Sep 12, Carmen marked it as to-read. He's a duke but he's not a gentleman, okay? Don't get the wrong idea here. View all 10 comments. Jul 01, Gaele rated it it was ok Shelves: historic-romance-challenge , historic , new-to-you-reading-challenge , st-martin-s , erotic-romance-challenge , reviewed , net-galley.
Review: 2. Isobel is newly arrived for the season, and in a bit of difficulty from her aiding a friend to elope with an unsuitable read not titled man. Warning off Tristan, she is determined, at that moment, to keep Imogen from the notorious pair of friends. Tristan The Duke and Review: 2. Both are spoilt children with a need to cover their decided insecurities but proving their superiorities.
While Hawkins does portray the thoughtlessness in their behavior and personality in keeping with rakes of the day, these two hit every distasteful emotion possible for me: I had difficulty finding redemption or solid traits to admire in either man. And, rather than recognizing the over the top nature of the wager, Tristan is all in. Told in rotational POV, the voices are uneven in their clarity and singular purpose: this had the characters of Tristan and Norgrave particularly confused.
Isobel is a bit clearer, but the absolute flaunting of all social conventions for a debutante of the time was incredibly problematic for me. How is it that Isobel is able to travel where, when and with whom she chooses, freely without a chaperone? Of course, giving her such freedoms allows for multiple moments to tryst with Tristan, until he wins the bet. And then. The story goes completely south. Norgrave, in a fit of jealousy or pique or just depravity lures Isobel to a meeting, where he rapes her. And, she purportedly enjoys is. Sorry, but Ms.
Hawkins jumped far over the line of acceptable here. Unconvincingly for me. Isobel, to me was half-finished and less interesting as a person, she was an element, for a purpose, without clear intention. I received an eArc copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Jun 02, Victoria Cavill rated it did not like it. For someone who loved The Lord Of Vice series this book was like a sucker punch to the gut. I had so much more expectations from Hawkins that the magnitude of my disappointment is inexplicable. The whole book felt like the first draft of an inexperienced author. First of all the heroine's age. She was eighteen. I get that in regency period girls were married at even a lesser age but eighteen I can't world with. I like matured heroines not a essentially sti 1 what the hell just happened stars! I like matured heroines not a essentially still a child.
And let's talk about Caston and Tristian or not. I prefer the latter. I mean was that even a friendship? I don't think it even comes under the category of disfunctuonal relationship. It was baseless, pointless and completely impersonal. Why was Tristian even friends with such a obnoxious pathetic rapist. I did not get. Was he actually waiting for his friend to rape his girlfriend to understand that he is vile person? It just makes no sense. The book was like a train wreck I couldn't look away from.
It lacks logic, structure in its story and everything and anything that could make it meaningful. The entire storyline just flewed like water. It lacked structure. From the time of first chapter to the end I was feeling by absurdity of the story, character and the way everything was depicted.
One more thing I was confused and offended a bit about was how the author portrayed the rape and the reactions to it. It was awful and frankly repulsive. Within two chapters they behave like nothing even happened. I don't think that is how we should treat a sensitive subject. And I definitely didn't think that the last segment regarding Imogen's friend was even requied. We already got it that Norgrave is a pathetic asshole. You don't have to give additional proof that makes us gag. This entire 4 hours I read this book was like an emotional break up with one of my favourite authors.
I still fell a bit betrayed that after 7 books I loved the eighth one made me give 1 star , which people who know me know how rare it is, because there wasn't anything beneath it..!! Honest suggestion: The concept of rape has been used in books, yes. I have also read books where the heroine was violated. But with very few exceptions, it was written about with the sensitivity it deserved. So, when you choose to write about some this dark, keep in mind that you need to portray it in a way that it is digestible and even if possible encouraging, not as baseless here.
Aug 31, Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: regency-romance , historical-romance , romantic-suspense. 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. 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 NetGally. Oct 14, April rated it it was amazing. This was the first book I read by Alexandra Hawkins.
I very much enjoyed this book. I love Tristan and Imogen's love. I know most of the time that this will give the author low ratings for that. In my opinion it is in no way okay for rape but this would not be the first story i read with a rape scene in it. How i look at it is story of a time when woman where married off to men they did not love or men just for an heir.
Many of them were taken the hard way. Now is it right no. But it is what it is. I still enjoyed this story even though I disliked those parts. I will not rate the whole story because of that. This story starts out with The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess of Norgrave who are boyhood friends. They are like brothers to each other have been or years. Both of these men are known for their reputations on sleeping with woman and neither being interested in marriage.
Until Norgrave makes a bet with Blackbern that he will win the affections of a certain lady and claim her maidenhead before Blackbern. All is going well until Blackbern develops feelings for Imogen. Their relationship develops and Norgrave becomes jealous of that fact that Blackbern would push him aside for some woman. A woman that he is infatuated with as well. This pushes Norgrave's darker side to come out and he hurts Imogen and gets nearly beaten to death by blackbern and an ended friendship.
All in all i really enjoyed this book and I would suggest it to friends. Aug 02, Toula rated it it was amazing. Regency England a duke and a Marquess are out being the roges that Mothers keep their daughters away from. Imogren has come up from the country and she is at a ball. While dancing someone a lord Has torn her hem. They fall onto a couch. The duke being a gentlemen that he is breaks her fall. They banter back and forth and the fliring is very fantastic. They don't know who each other is. Even though he is a duke , he dosnt know that she is a dukes daughter.
The mother cathes them and warns Imogran. Meanwhile the dukes best friend they do everything through think and thin a marquees sees her also and they do a bet. Not just any bet. Whoever takes her Virginity wins the bet. Fast forward to one of the dukes estates with a castle he takes her to the top to see the view and they make love , yes he wins the bet. But he keeps quiet about it. Imogran doesn't know about the bet. Fast forward again the Marquess finds out what happened so he tricks Imogrin to the dukes house I can go on and on about this story.
Doers the duke go after him. Its a must get Jul 23, Amy Alvis rated it it was ok. This is book 1 in the Masters of Seduction series. The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave are the best of friends. They spents their days and nights drinking, gambling and making bets against each other. This time the bet is over who can win the affections of Lady Imogen Sunter. Imogen soon makes her preferences known for Blackbern, which upsets Norgrave. He doesn't like to lose. Will the love of two change the lives of all three of them? I really like this story until the rape occurred an This is book 1 in the Masters of Seduction series.
I really like this story until the rape occurred and then I had to force myself to continue reading it. I'm really disappointed that Hawkins felt the need to add this to the story. The same outcome could have been achieved without the scene going that far. I will say that the actual rape scene was not written in the story, but it is talked about and you know it happened. This is my first full size story by Hawkins that I have read I have read a novella and I had such high hopes. I haven't given up on the author, but I think I will read the reviews before picking up another by her.
Thanks go out to St Martin's Press via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review. Sep 27, Julie LeMense rated it it was ok. Ah, the debate between one star and two. Several times while reading this book, I abandoned it, convinced I couldn't suffer the pain of finishing it. But I did, if only to see whether or not it was as awful as I believed it to be But like a deer in the headlights, I finished it in a day, so that's worth a second star, right? Even if a long car ride was the reason? Even as my fingers hover over my rating, already regretting my decision?
Feb 01, Cynthia rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Not a single person. Shelves: historical-romance , borrowed-from-library , sexual-assault. I should have known better. I wasn't six pages in and my head was spinning; I needed a flow chart to keep track of who was where during that duel! Of course, first one plucking the prize wins. Along the way, Blackbern falls head-over-heals in lust love with Imogene and she caves. But Norgrave hates to lose to his friend. There are no Masters of Seduction here. What y I should have known better. What you'll find is misogyny and violence toward women.
The author tries to appease the reader when calamity befalls the bad boy. Not so fast: Rape is rape, no sugar coating. It doesn't matter what time period. May 27, Tera rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance , reviewed. It was really good though kinda slow to begin with. I think that had to do more with it being slower paced than what i had been reading previously. The two men in question decided to take a friendly wager an see who can take her virginity which of course right after reading that i knew it was gonna end badly.
Blackbern actually ended up growing feelings for her and her for him so of course he was the one that got her virginity but then when he realized his feelings for her he decided not to tell It was really good though kinda slow to begin with. Blackbern actually ended up growing feelings for her and her for him so of course he was the one that got her virginity but then when he realized his feelings for her he decided not to tell his friend an to act like she wasn't interested in him either.
No surprise things didn't exactly go as planned. Awesome book that is totally recommendable. Jul 06, Isha Coleman rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads , netgalley. This story has everything. Friends who become enemies, a naively innocent heroine, darkly handsome men, romantic obsession that leads to dark love and anger. Am not a fan of manipulation of innocents and questionable sexual situations. This book will linger with the reader, but it just was a little too much for me. Readers also enjoyed. Videos About This Book. More videos About Alexandra Hawkins. Alexandra Hawkins. Alexandra Hawkins is an unrepentant Anglophile who discovered romance novels as a teenager and knew that one day she would be writing her own.
In "The Lords of Vice" series, she has combined her love of English history, mythology, and romance to create sensual character-driven stories that, she hopes, will touch readers' hearts. You can also find me at: www. Fan pa Alexandra Hawkins is an unrepentant Anglophile who discovered romance novels as a teenager and knew that one day she would be writing her own. Fan page: www.
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