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At the Duke's Pleasure

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

readers will enjoy this strong investigative Regency romance.

In 1789 Nottinghamshire, England, eleven year old ducal heir Edward Byron meets the Earl of Edgewater. Immediately afterward his father and the earl introduce a stunned Edward to his fiancée newborn Claire as the two dads made a deal.

In 1811 Claire receives ...
In 1789 Nottinghamshire, England, eleven year old ducal heir Edward Byron meets the Earl of Edgewater. Immediately afterward his father and the earl introduce a stunned Edward to his fiancée newborn Claire as the two dads made a deal.

In 1811 Claire receives a letter from Edward, now the duke that he is coming to marry her. She has seen him three times in her twenty-two years of life: as a newborn, as a little girl and when she was sixteen. She fell in love with him as a teen, but he sees her as a duty. Claire needs Edward to jilt her so she sets in motion a plan to achieve her goal; instead he kisses her and Claire knows she is in trouble.

At Clybourne House, Edward's sister Mallory greets Claire with enthusiasm. At dinner she meets his twin brothers and another single sibling Drake the genius. Edward receives a note and leaves abruptly. He goes to the prison where he finds traitor Lord Everett dead with a knife in his chest and no witnesses. Meanwhile Claire continues to try to get her fiancé to dump her, but she fails even when she becomes notorious as Claire the Dare doing the outrageous while he investigates who in the Ton is spying for the French.

The lead couple has a fascinating history though they met only three times before while his sister Mallory is a terrific support character though what appears to be a setup for a sequel has been overdone. Adding to the overall fun is a locked door murder mystery inside a prison. Although Edward is too patient with Claire for someone used to being obeyed and a major coincidence is the key to resolving the plot readers will enjoy this strong investigative Regency romance.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 1, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

What a disappointment

This book was one of the worst romance novels I have read in a very long time. I actually did not finish it, just skipped through the last 150 pages. I had read the previous books - Jack and Grace and Cade and Meg -and was looking forward to the continuation of the st...
This book was one of the worst romance novels I have read in a very long time. I actually did not finish it, just skipped through the last 150 pages. I had read the previous books - Jack and Grace and Cade and Meg -and was looking forward to the continuation of the story of Ned. What a disappointment! Edward is unbelievably easy on Claire, overlooking all the stupid pranks she pulls to get out of their engagement. Ordering 150 dresses----a Duke of some statue would (and should) not allow that without some harsh words. In comparison to the characterizations of his brothers he seems very spineless.

Claire is just as bad. She is not a young debutante but she acts like a spoiled eighteen year old. We are supposed to believe she pulls off all of these stunts with hardly anyone blinking an eyelash. When they actually get together, it is so blah. The addition of the "action" is contrived and I thought poorly managed.

Save yourself the money and time and pick up a different book!

posted by njoireading on January 25, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010

    Disappointing

    I've read the first two Byrons of Braebourne series and was really looking forward to reading Edward's story. I was disappointed when I finished reading it. I had to force myself to finish the book. The heroine was childish and spoiled. I thought she went overboard on trying to get Edward to dump her. I felt sorry for the hero for having to put up with the heroine. I like Ms. Warren's books but I believe this one could have been better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    Poor Duke.

    Why would I be sympathetic with this girl? It didn't take long to see that she was a self-centered, childish, spoiled brat with ridiculous expectations and no common sense. I felt sorry for the hero for being attracted to this goofus. Ms. Warren, please give your heroine a little bit of maturity at some point!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Boring. Claire was so unsure of herself it drove me crazy! Edwar

    Boring. Claire was so unsure of herself it drove me crazy! Edward was pretty lackluster too. Definitely not one of my favourites.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    Meh, Okay. Not my fav in the series.

    I really like the series and author. This is my least fav so far. I wouldn't NOT read it b/c I'm all OCD about reading the whole series. I don't agree with some of the bad reviews I've read, I just thought this one didn't delve into anything much characterwise.

    B/C of the first books I will most definitely keep reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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