It's All About the Duke

Amelia Grey
It's All About the Duke
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St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date
May 2018
Book 3 of The Rakes of St. James
Historical Romance

Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal—but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he's not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…

Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

Book Review by Jackie (reviewer)
Jun 18, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
51 people found the following review helpful
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DUKE is an enjoyable read with a delightful romance. The hero Rath is the usual alpha male rake but here, he's trying make amends for a wrong that he's committed years before, when he was younger. Marlena, on the other hand, is an independent young woman who's trying to help her friends, friends who'd been wronged by the duke years before. The conflict is an intriguing one, added to which Rath has this policy of not entangling with innocent misses any longer. That she is his ward increases the conflict level up a notch.

There are great secondary characters in Marlena's friends, Victoria and Eugenia, that added depth to the story and, in separate instances, brought out Marlena's and Rath's characteristics such that the reader gets to learn more about the main characters.

I haven't read the first two books in the series, but it's not necessary to do so to enjoy this book. Overall, a great addition to the historical romance genre, and it makes me want to go back and read the first two books in the series, which feature Rath's friends.
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