O the Dukes of Brentworth and the current holder of the title reserved discreet and formidable Eric Marshall has no intention of just handing over part of his estate This story could so easily have been one of those feisty heroine stomps her foot a lot while driving reserved hero round the bend stories but Ms Hunter instead presents two grown up sensible characters who while striking sparks off each other approach the situation with a degree of common sense They are opponents and neither wants to give way but they re not stubborn for the sake of it and while each wants to be proven right there s no sense that they d resort to underhandedness to do itDabney Grinnan and I discussed this latest book by Madeline Hunter over at All About Romance Series Decadent Dukes Society 3Publication Date 43019Number of Pages 304This wonderful wrap up for the Decadent Dukes Society is delightfully different not one of your standard tropes The Most Ducal Duke meets his match and it is a delight to watch The book is well written and the characters are very relatable and likableEric Marshall Duke of Brentworth has long been nown as the most ducal of dukes He s always proper dour dutiful and forbidding as well as tall and handsome with gray eyes that created a steely gaze that shot through all that it saw Brentworth received a rare summons to court and he had no idea why especially since he and the Boku Loli! 2 king were not exactly friendly What he hears is stunning and theing seems to expect him to deal with it without causing an uproar about it Some Scottish chit has concocted a story and is trying to claim one of his estates The charlatan Soon it will be open season for ne er do wells to just walk up and claim portions of estates HUHDavina MacCallum s father on his death bed told her of what should be her legacy and she is adamantly bound and determined to claim that legacy She wants it for herself of course because it is her birthright but she also wants it to help the people in the region According to her father her grandfather had been sent away from his home Teyhill to The Million-Dollar Bloodhunt keep him safe after the battle of Culloden He was then raised in the Northumberland area of England and the estate was returned to the crown and then given to the Duke of Brentworth The estate didn t just come with property it also came with a barony that could be inherited by the females as well as the malesDavina s grandfather had spoken with the previousing who had promised to help him reclaim his land Her grandfather sent the proof needed but then the old Carrion Comfort king died and the proof has disappeared Now she is petitioning the current King and she feels she s being stonewalled She just has to find the proof of who her grandfather was How It was great fun to watch Davina and Eric go from enemies to searching for proof to finally finding their HEA It was a delightful adventure with two very deserving characters However I think one of my favorite parts was the epilogue where we caught up with all three of the Decadent Dukes a few years later We saw their families and their still loving relationships and it was a truly delightful addition to the storyI voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own I actually like the premise of this one because it s a bit unusual Scottish Davina MacCallum arrives in London with the sole purpose of gaining an audience with the King in order to plea her case to have their family lands returned after the estate was confiscated by the Crown following the Jacobite rebellion This was never going to be an easy task for her given that she is unable to prove conclusively that she is the true heir to the estate not to mention that the contested lands now belongs to the holdings of the powerful Duke of Brentworth a man not even the King iseen to lock horns with Even the most supercilious functionary would be intimidated by the arrogance that Brentworth wore even comfortably than his coats and his garments fit him very well indeed The very private Brentworth has his own reasons to put a uick lid on the escalating dispute only Davina refuses to be silenced She has grand plans for the property that go beyond her own need to be recognised as the baroness and rightful owner of Teyhill And so they clash a battle of two superior wills and wits They think you have bullied her and frightened her and glared at her and in general been Brentworth with her Of course when strong emotions are aroused certain things are inevitable Both protagonists were uite appealing Davina was strong and independent with ambitions to help people with her medical nowledge courtesy of her late physician father although she was aware that as a female she would never be able to train as a doctor However she was testament that being strong and intelligent is not mutually exclusive to being feminine Brentworth definitely valued all these characteristics in her He was confident in his own skin and did not feel threatened by her intellect but that didn t mean that he could not be protective of her He was haunted by events from the past but I like that once they got to Tyehill he did not dwell on them for too long but found inspiration in Davina to finally move on and forward Some parts were a bit slow moving particularly in sorting out the ownership of
estate but all in all a convincing and very well written romance Despite being the third book in this series this can be read independently This is an ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased opinion I received this Advanced Reader Copy In A GoodReads Giveaway This Book Marks a GoodReads Giveaway This book marks satisfying conclusion to The Decadent Dukes Society trilogy and may be my favorite book of the series The aloof self possessed enigmatic Duke of Brentworth finally meets his match in the determined fiercely independent Davina MacCallum as they battle wit and will while trying to determine who has the true legal right and ownership of a Scottish estate Madeline Hunter has become one of my most favorite historical romance writers as I discovered after reading the Wicked Trilogy and the first book of The Rarest Blooms Series I cannot wait to continue with that series next. Ina MacCallum shows no signs of being even mildly impressed by him he is intrigued Until he learns that her mission in London involves claims against his estate Soon the two of them are engaged in a contest that allows no compromise When duty and desire collide the best laid plans are about to take a scandalous turn into the very heart of passio.
the estate but all in all a convincing and very well written romance Despite being the third book in this
Madeline Hunter Ç 9 Read & DownloadActually a Baron and that she is entitled to the property in Scotland Brentworth will fight for what is his but he has secrets and they are attached to the estate He fears they will be revealed and that Davina will judge him when she finds out his past Can these two ever see eye to eye Their journey will test them both and also have them find friendship in each otherI did enjoy the story but as I said it wasn t my favourite I am not a fan of an enemy to lovers romanceas well as a slow burn romance usually frustrates me I found the romance between this couple didn t uite show up until the last uarter of the story I prefer to have the romance be prominent in the overall story as well Even with that said I do recommend this read and I highly recommend the whole trilogy The epilogue was fabulous and I enjoyed seeing how all the couples faired with each other in the futureThank you to the author and Net Galley for gifting me an ARC This book 35 Stars Never Deny a Duke features a wonderful romance between a woman determined to reclaim her family s lands and the Duke who doesn t plan to give them upWhen Davina MacCallum seeks out the Duke of Brentworth it s not for any of the usual reasons Eric would have expected Instead Davina is looking to reclaim Scottish lands confiscated from her family and given to his But the Duke of Brentworth never gives up anything without a fight As Davina and Eric battle it out for the rights to Eric s Scottish estate Teyhill the pair uickly realize the real battle is for their heartsDavina has been slowly laying the groundwork to reclaim her family s lands for years Her dream is to open a clinic of sorts where the sick and poor can have access to uality medical care Davina worked alongside her father a physician for years and as such is well ualified to undertake such a task I admired Davina s goal and I found myself rooting for her to reclaim the lands so she could achieve her goalEric is the most proper of the three Decadent Dukes always discreet and always avoiding any scandal Eric places a lot of value in his title and has built a reputation as a man not to be messed with He has powerful connections and has an uncanny ability to bend the will of others to suit his needs I have to say that at first I found Eric to be a bit of a pompous jerk but as the book went on he grew on meDavina and Eric are very much on opposing sides at the start of this book She s determined to regain her family s lands and he believes she s a fraud out to take what s his Their relationship does have elements of the enemies to lovers trope which is one of my favorite types of romances so I was excited to see how their relationship would play out The chemistry between them was fantastic and the sex scenes were sexy and well done My only issue with their relationship was that I felt Davina gave up on her goals I expected of a fight out of her and was a bit saddened that wasn t the case Overall I did like how the uestion of her right to the lands was wrapped up but it definitely took a long time to get thereThe couples from the first two books Adam and Clara and Gabriel and Amanda make numerous appearances in this book I loved getting to see the couples again as it s always a delight to see how happy they are after the end of their books I really enjoyed the friendship Davina forms with Clara and Amanda as well as the fact Davina contributes to Clara s journal Parnassus The friendship between Eric Adam and Gabriel continues to be fantastic I love how much the trio is there for each other as well as the times they poke fun at one another s expenseWhile I didn t love Never Deny a Duke as much as the second book in the series A Devil of a Duke it was still An Enjoyable Read And I enjoyable read and I looking forward to reading from the author in the future I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the 45 starsMy reading has slowed to a snail s pace compared to last year but I seem to be having hits than misses lately That is a very welcome trend and Madeline Hunter s latest continues it I thought the romance and characters were lovelyThis was the final installment in Hunter s Decadent Duke s trilogy but it can be read as a stand alone Brentworth is the least scandalous of the trio He is the most respectable and wields considerable power
the ton enough that the King does not have the influence over Brentworth that he might over other peers This is problematic because the King and the King before him may have promised to return lands in the Brentworth holdings to previous Scottish owner s family that was thought to have perished in the Jacobite uprising Conveniently the Scottish family s heir is an attractive woman of marriageable age Despite Brentworth s fascination for the medically trained Davina he does not give in easily to the convenient solution Brentworth and Davina embark on a fact finding mission both hoping to disprove the other This causes them to spend much time together which fuels their initial spark I enjoyed how their relationship grew in an organic way They both grew to respect each other however begrudgingly at the beginningHunter has typically written a reliably good sometimes great read but I did go into this one uncertain of how I would enjoy it because this has been an uneven series Thankfully it ended on high note in my opinion I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I ve given this a B at AAR so that s 45 starsI was really relieved to discover that Never Deny a Duke was a big improvement on the previous book in the series A Devil of a Duke which just scraped a C grade3 stars from me last year And I liked the premise of this one and the way Ms Hunter handles it uite a lot Davina MacCallum has come to London in order to petition for the return of the ScottishIn The Ton Enough
Lands And Title She Believes Were Unfairly Diverted To Anand title she believes were unfairly diverted to an nobleman following the Jacobite uprising in the mid 1700s but although the King George IV had given her reason to believe he would support her when they met during his recent visit to Edinburgh when he returns to London nothing happens so Davina comes south to further her cause It turns out that the lands in uestion were given Y part with one trivial estate especially when Davina intends to put it to good use Brentworth however is as difficult to persuade as he is to resistThe Duke of Brentworth's discretion and steely control make him an enigma even to his best friends Women especially find him inscrutable and unapproachable but also compellingly magnetic So when Dav. ,
Both the MCs were bland and nothing endeared me to them Also there was a lot of filler so much was written that didn t add anything to the story Rosalyn Landor s lovely voice was not able to save this unfortunately I read this book maybe two weeks ago and now only vaguely remember it This does not encourage me to give it than a meh rating So that s what it gets meh from meUpfront I should state that I have been a longtime reader of Madeline Hunter HRs Since the first book she ever wrote in 2000 I ve always appreciated her historical research lack of excessive anachronisms addition of a little mystery to add interest to each romance and as far as the romance itself it was usually pretty intense and sexyBut the last HRs of hers I truly enjoyed were the Rarest Blooms uartet and a select few of the Fairbourne series Nothing since Now it all feels so been there done that with all the heroes and heroines almost clones of earlier ones Well this is not a new phenomenon It has happened to most recent work from other previously talented authors I can no longer appreciate once favorite authors such as Lisa Kleypas Mary Balogh Eloisa James or lesser favorites such as Sarah Maclean Elizabeth Hoyt Tessa Dare etcMaybe it s me But I m still going to give this new Hunter a meh The hero here is the last duke standing in her latest Decadent Dukes Society series He s the handsome and very ducal Duke of Brentworth The heroine is Davina MacCollum who is trying to recover Scottish lands confiscated from her family by the Crown and given toguess who Yep So we have an antagonistic relationship at first because our ducal duke doesn t want to acknowledge that Davina has a legitimate claim Need I tell you what happens here I think not However I will admit that some of the historical aspect was interesting About Scottish baronies and inheritance etc Although something Hunter mentions in her Author s Note still has me puzzled She says In Scotland baron is a minor title and ranks below Scottish baronets in the hierarchy of titles Well this is probably a Who cares to most people but it just makes no sense to me My limited research abilities lead me to understand that barons are not part of the Scottish peerage as opposed to English peerage where barons are the fifth and lowest rank In Scottish peerage the fifth and lowest rank is Lord of Parliament and barons do not figure in the ranking at all That s fine I just can t figure out how baronets could rank higher than barons anywhere Just the etymology of the name baronet implies a At Last It s time for the story of Eric Marshall the Duke of Brentworth and the Most Ducal Duke He is the last of the Decadent Dukes a joking name picked by three young future dukes The trio of Stratton Langford and Brentworth new even at Eton they would always be considered and treated differently As dukes they would someday be the big dogs top o the heap no title important or powerful in England except for royaltyBrentworth meets his match in Miss Davina MacCallum in Madeline Hunter s Never Deny a Duke He owns a Scottish estate Davina thinks the estate along with its title which can be passed down to a woman belongs to her Two ings have promised help to Davina now one of those ings is dead the other embarrassed by his promise and just wants the those サイコメ 3 殺人希と期末死験 (Psycho Love Comedy kings is dead the other embarrassed by his promise and just wants the to go away What do you with a problem like Davina Theing comes up with a brilliant idea or so he thinks but he is no match for BrentworthDavina thinks because the estate s manor house is mostly destroyed by fire and because Brentworth has shown no interest in it that he should just hand it over
But Brentworth being Brentworth has no intention of handing over anyBrentworth being Brentworth has no intention of handing over any his properties to a probable fraudster After all as he proclaims on numerous occasions I am Brentworth He is especially not about to lose this particular estate either by the wish of a King or the efforts of the Scottish nobody Before the King makes Brentworth aware of Davina s claim he meets her socially as she writes for the journal owned by Clara the Duchess of Stratton Brentworth was intrigued by the young woman who seems curious about him but not impressed with either him his wealth or his titleBrentworth in turn becomes interested in the young woman who is willing to go head to head with him and a respectful friendship is eventually formed as they both seek proof to her claim for the estate Brentworth has always been the most mysterious self contained and discreet of the three dukes It was nice to read of a character who was not a total man ho He is almost the complete opposite of Duke of Langford in actions and attitudes It was amusing and welcome to read of the three friends together with Brentworth actually consulting Langford for relationship advice Ms Hunter has written a Regency character refreshing than mostDavina is also an original Hunter Has Not Written About not written about titled young lady ultimately looking for marriage but a strong woman of common origins who has managed her life and is willing to go to some lengths to prove her claim Davina pits herself against a King a Duke a Scottish nationalistHunter with Never Deny a Duke has hit the trifecta of an entertaining plot original characters and writing as smooth as silk Bonus points for the history behind the claim and the portrayal of ScotlandThe Decadent Dukes has been one of my all time favorite Regency series I am sorry to see it end but I will look forward to Hunter s next seriesThank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review 35 StarsThis was the third instalment of the Decadent Dukes Society series while it wasn t my favourite out of the three books I did still enjoy it I have always loved the writing style of Madeline Hunter and her books were one of the first romances I started reading when I discovered this genre She does a wonderful job writing a heartwarming romance and including passion friendships and adventure into her tales In this adventure we get to follow the Duke of Brentworth s fall into love with the feisty Davina These two start out as enemies of sorts Davina has reason to believe that one of the Duke s properties is actually hers First she must find proof that her Grandfather was. He is the last duke standing the sole remaining bachelor of the three self proclaimed Decadent Dukes Yet Davina MacCallum's reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his A reasonable man with vast holdings can surel.