Disciplining the Duchess [NOOK Book]

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Over five seasons, Miss Harmony Barrett has managed to repel every gentleman of consequence and engineer a debacle at Almack’s so horrifying that her waltzing privileges are revoked. If she’s not in the library reading about Mongol hordes, she’s embarrassing her family or getting involved in impulsive scrapes.

Enter the Duke of Courtland, a man known for his love of duty and decorum. Through a vexing series of events, he finds himself ...
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Disciplining the Duchess

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Overview

Over five seasons, Miss Harmony Barrett has managed to repel every gentleman of consequence and engineer a debacle at Almack’s so horrifying that her waltzing privileges are revoked. If she’s not in the library reading about Mongol hordes, she’s embarrassing her family or getting involved in impulsive scrapes.

Enter the Duke of Courtland, a man known for his love of duty and decorum. Through a vexing series of events, he finds himself shackled to Miss Barrett in matrimony. But all is not lost. The duke harbors a not-so-secret affinity for spanking and discipline…and his new wife is ever in need of it. Will the mismatched couple find their way to marital happiness? Or will the duke be forever Disciplining the Duchess?

This 85K word erotic romance novel contains domestic discipline themes and both harsh and loving spanking scenes.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016290058
  • Publisher: Scarlet Rose Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 26,149
  • File size: 687 KB

Meet the Author

Annabel Joseph is a multi-published BDSM erotic romance author. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she has been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras. She is recognized for writing emotionally intense BDSM storylines, and strives to create characters that seem real--even flawed--so readers are better able to relate to them.

Annabel publishes with Ellora's Cave and Loose Id in addition to her own imprint, Scarlet Rose Press. She also writes non-BDSM erotic romance under the name Molly Joseph.
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    Wonderful start with so much promise, but stalled and crash land

    Wonderful start with so much promise, but stalled and crash landed 
    This book came highly recommended and I was eager to read it because: 1) historical romance and 2) erotic romance with BDSM – sounds good to me! Annabel Joseph is a wonderful writer, but there were some disturbing plot choices that prevented me from rating this book any higher than a 3.

    Heroine: Harmony, is a bluestocking, more interested in history books than the trivialities of society and the season. Because this is her fifth season, she has resigned herself to being ‘on the shelf’. I loved reading about her nerdy enjoyment, but I was doubtful at how naïve she was to her own time.  She seemed unrealistically ignorant of the dangers to unchaperoned ladies and goes off by herself several times with little protection.

    Hero: Courtland, a thirty-year old duke who was recently thrown over by his long-time fiancé, because of his ‘unnatural habits’. Which I assume is his spankings, but we never get any confirmation to this reputation, except from a newspaper clipping making fun of his marriage. How did his reputation get started? I was also unclear as to why he liked spanking his partners. Harmony suggests it has something to do with his father punishing him as a child, which made me think Court needed some therapy. 

    Our romantic crucible is a country party, where hero and heroine must marry for the sake of their reputations. I loved how Court rushed in to save Harmony from her mild social blunders and admires her odd social mannerisms and her inquisitive mind. *Le sigh* What a wonderful hero! The wedding and following love scene were satisfying because Court finally feels he can also be himself and not hide his need for mild BDSM. Obviously, two people who can be themselves because they are with the person they love. BUT, wait a minute….

    It (I mean the book) all comes crashing down when Harmony’s social blunders require punishment. This is no longer a historical erotic with mild BDSM elements, this is a book on domestic abuse.  Court justifies his actions by saying that this was his husband’s right, which turns him from a hero to a villain. How can a hero hurt the woman he loves (he says so many, many times) and then try to change her into something she isn’t? Harmony is certainly not enjoying these discipline sessions and neither was I. 

    I felt like the author was trying to find some conflict and chose the abuse as a way to test the marriage and bring this relationship to the brink of failure. Yes, the book stalled after the marriage was consummated, but there were other ways to increase the conflict/tension. I think domestic abuse is a very delicate topic for a romance authors and should be handled very delicately. I have never read a romance where the hero was the abuser; usually it is a past lover. If the author was looking for additional conflict, there were many other possibilities: Gwen (Court’s ex-fiance), Harmony’s dance instructor, Harmony’s history professor, her mother-in-law (Lisa Kleypas certainly takes the prize from “It Happened One Autumn”).

    Overall, the first half of the book was splendid! Annabel Joseph is a very talented writer (she drips with talent) and I will certainly look at some of her other books. There was just some plot decisions that I did not agree with that ruined the ending for me and prevents me from giving her book a higher rating. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Love, Love, Love!! This author is one I never miss!

    Love, Love, Love!! This author is one I never miss!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Sadistic

    He whips her. Not my idea of a romance novel

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Good read

    Entertaining book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Good book

    Enjoy this book; love this authors would buy more of her books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Domestic Engineer Approved

    Another good read by Ms. Joseph. I was impressed with the way she handled the line between dominant disciplining and spousal abuse while maintaining the historical integrity of the story. Good story, good character development, good supporting characters.......Enjoy!!

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    Posted April 12, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

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    I gave this 4 stars for the writing and the plot. Strong hero, but the heroine could have been stronger. Without spoiling the story (hopefully), the heroine was given an "out" and chose to continue with the discipline. Was a bit disappointed with the "punishment" aspect of the story...can't quite understand how someone who supposedly loves someone can get sexually aroused by hurting your partner.

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