- Blue Rose Romance
- Release Date
- July 2017
- Book 1 of Seductive Scoundrels
A dour duke. A wistful wallflower. An impossible match.
Jules, Sixth Duke of Dandridge disdains Society and all its trappings, preferring the country's solitude and peace. Already jaded after the woman he loved died years ago, he's become even more so since unexpectedly inheriting a dukedom's responsibilities and finding himself the target of every husband-hunting vixen and matchmaker mother in London.
Jemmah Dament has adored Jules from afar for years—since before her family's financial and social reversals. She dares not dream she can win a duke's heart any more than she hopes to escape the life of servitude imposed on her by an uncaring mother. Jemmah knows full well Jules is too far above her station now. Besides, his family has already selected his perfect duchess: a poised, polished, exquisite blueblood.
A chance encounter reunites Jules and Jemmah, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget. Jules realizes he wants more—much more—than Jemmah's sweet kisses or her warming his bed. He must somehow convince her to gamble on a dour duke. But can Jemmah trust a man promised to another? One who's sworn never to love again?
This charming Cinderella-like Regency historical by a USA Today bestselling author will make you smile, laugh, and sigh with contentment as you witness the sweet and tender love blossoming between Jules and Jemmah.
If you enjoy reading friends to lovers, class difference, or arranged marriage love stories with a pinch of mystery, a dash of humor, and gripping emotion then you'll adore Collette Cameron's enthralling SEDUCTIVE SCOUNDRELS SERES. Buy A DIAMOND FOR A DUKE and settle into your favorite reading nook for a page-turning, entertaining Regency world adventure you can't put down.
Though this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, most readers prefer to read the series in order.
Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Jan 02, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
83 people found the following review helpful
Historical romance with a fairy tale twist.
Jules knows he needs to do his ducal duty and marry. However, none of the available women have left an impression on him--except for one. Jemmah is the second daughter and lives in the shadow of her sister as their mother showers the eldest with attention and fine clothes. But when Jules reunites with Jemmah, he realizes she is still the girl he once knew and he can't imagine marrying anyone else.
This was a short read, finished in one evening. I'm not familiar with the fairy tale that the author mentioned in the forward note, but this story did remind me of Cinderella in some ways. We have a daughter who is being mistreated by her cruel mother and a duke who is looking for a bride that isn't like the other debutantes. The storyline itself was all new to me.
I liked our main characters and enjoyed getting to know them. I have to say that the first couple of chapters were pretty wordy, with a lot of internal dialogue, and nothing really happened until at least a quarter of the book was over. After that, the pacing does pick up some and the story gets better as things start to move along. The romance is sweet. There are mentions of naughty acts, but it's clean otherwise. It's a nice, quick read. Four stars!
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