The Duke and the Thief

Ashe Barker; Jaye Peaches
The Duke and the Thief
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Stormy Night Publications
Release Date
October 2018
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Though she works two jobs and earns enough to keep herself off the streets of Victorian-era London, twenty-one-year-old Eloise Smith has developed a naughty habit of stealing trinkets from those around her. When a gentleman who introduces himself as the Duke of Savoy takes an interest in Eloise, however, he decides to put a stop to her thieving with the aid of his riding crop.

The duke knows how to deal with a young lady in need of stern correction, and when Eloise is caught with yet another item that doesn't belong to her, she is chastised even more shamefully. As she is forced to confess the full extent of her misdeeds with her well-punished bottom still on display, Eloise cannot help longing to be claimed hard and thoroughly, but the man who has set out to tame her has a secret of his own. Will the truth bring their newfound romance to an end?

Publisher's Note: The Duke and the Thief includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Nov 01, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
52 people found the following review helpful
Well, I'll start by saying that I'm a huge fan of both Ashe Barker and Jaye Peaches, so when I saw that the two of them got together to co-write THE DUKE AND THE THIEF, I couldn't resist. I will admit to being caught a bit by surprise. I'd chosen the story based on the title and I had expectations that there would be more of a swash-buckling nature to the story (obviously without pirates). What we get instead is cleverer and heavier on the relationship-building.

Likes: Eloise is incredibly likeable, as well as a bit mischievous. Adam is a bit of a conundrum but part way through the story, his character seems to solidify (at least he did for me) and I grew to like him. The secondary/tertiary characters all work well to give you a firm feel for Victorian London but don't expect it to be 100% accurate, this is fantasy after all.

Dislikes: I will readily admit that I could have gotten into a much longer story.

Of note: There are a great many domestic discipline scenes in the story, so if the likes of which bother you, then don't read this story. However, if you enjoy the potential for a bit of tawdriness or possibly a punishment scene, then you will enjoy this story. I know I did.
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