A Diamond for a Duke

Collette Cameron
A Diamond for a Duke
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Blue Rose Romance
Release Date
July 2017
Book 1 of Seductive Scoundrels
Historical Romance

A dour duke and a wistful wallflower—an impossible match until fate intervenes one enchanted night.
A dour duke...
Jules, the Sixth Duke of Dandridge disdains Society and all its trappings, preferring the country's solitude and peace. Already jaded and cynical since 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 in London.

A wistful wallflower...
Forever in her stunning sister's shadow, Jemmah Dament has adored Jules from afar for years—since as children they were the best of friends. She daren't 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. Besides, his family has already selected his perfect duchess: a poised, polished, exquisite blueblood.

But one enchanted night...
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 rogue promised to another? One who's sworn never to love again?

Caution: This Historical Regency Romance contains a duke who literally thumbs his nose at society, a sweet and intelligent wallflower with a secret dream, a villainess worthy of a fairy tale, and two delightful match-making dowagers.

Buy this book for an emotional, entertaining, and romantic fairy-tale meets Regency world adventure you won't want to put down.

Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Jan 02, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
5 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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