How to Tame Your Duke (Princess in Hiding Series #1)

How to Tame Your Duke (Princess in Hiding Series #1)

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by Juliana Gray
     
 

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Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe...

England, 1888. Quiet and scholarly Princess Emilie has always avoided adventure, until she’s forced to disguise herself as a tutor in the household of the imposing Duke of Ashland, a former

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Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe...

England, 1888. Quiet and scholarly Princess Emilie has always avoided adventure, until she’s forced to disguise herself as a tutor in the household of the imposing Duke of Ashland, a former soldier disfigured in battle and abandoned by his wife. When chance draws her into a secret liaison with the duke, Emilie can’t resist the opportunity to learn what lies behind his forbidding mask, and find out what adventure really means...

The duke never imagines that his son’s tutor and his mysterious golden-haired beauty are one and the same. But when the true identity of his lover is laid bare, Ashland must face the demons in his past in order to safeguard both his lady—and his heart.

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Publishers Weekly
Gray (A Duke Never Yields) opens a Regency series with a novel that crackles with chemistry and romantic tension. Seeking refuge from assassins, Princess Emilie of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof agrees to her uncle’s plan to disguise her as a male tutor to Freddie, the teenage son of the Duke of Ashland. The duke may be scarred and missing a hand, but he’s an enchantingly honorable, brooding figure who pays a prostitute for physical contact but not consummation, lest he betray his vows to the wife who abandoned him. When Emilie, lacking her male disguise, is mistaken for Ashland’s monthly visitor, she decides to play along, and the two begin a heated affair. Ashland has no inkling of any of Emilie’s identities, even as he arranges for a divorce and offers marriage to her. When Freddie uncovers his tutor’s true identity, even Ashland’s cold anger cannot cool the flames between him and Emilie, especially when the princess is still in danger. Emotionally electric scenes between strong characters make this one a winner. (June)
Library Journal
Three princesses from the German principality of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof are forced to flee to England following the murders of their father, the prince, and the husband of Luisa, the eldest sister and heir. They arrive at the London residence of their uncle the Duke of Olympia and a plan is hatched to keep the young women safe while discovering who is behind the assassinations. Disguised as a young man, Emilie is sent to the Yorkshire estate of the reclusive Duke of Ashland to serve as tutor to his 16-year-old son, Freddie. The duke was severely maimed and disfigured during the campaign in Afghanistan in the 1870s, and his wife left him. Now, once a month, the duke is entertained by a female in a room at the Ashland Spa Hotel. Emilie manages well as tutor Tobias Grimsby, yet at the hotel dressed as herself, Emilie is mistaken for the woman trysting with the duke and finds herself in a room, stripped to her chemise, with Ashland in a chair while she reads to him.

Verdict Emilie, “who, beneath her quiet and dutiful exterior, craved adventure,” finds more than adventure with a man who suffered greatly for his country and now thinks he knows a semblance of peace with a seductive young woman. Featuring astute writing and charm, this work from Gray (A Duke Never Yields) sets off a new series with some serious heat.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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Kirkus Reviews
When her father is assassinated, Princess Emilie flees to England, then goes undercover as Mr. Grimsby, a male tutor to the teenage son of the scarred, war-wounded Duke of Ashland. When their German principality comes under attack, three princesses escape to England and the protection of their uncle, the Duke of Olympia, who arranges to send them each undercover into different households across the land. Emilie, the most studious and intellectual of the three, winds up as the tutor to the son of the reclusive Duke of Ashland, who was wounded in India and shuns society in his remote Yorkshire estate. Immediately drawn to the damaged yet compelling duke, Emilie finds herself enticed into a platonic but highly sensual relationship with the man at a nearby hotel, while still maintaining her disguise in his household. And if that situation isn't confusing and fraught enough on its own, things become even more problematic when enemies of her kingdom attack her in Yorkshire. Gray begins a new trilogy on the heels of her highly successful Affairs in Moonlight (A Duke Never Yields, 2013, etc.), following a trio of sisters who flee their besieged principality in late 1889. Fun, engaging, sensual and touching, the first installment reads like a slightly outlandish fairy tale, but Gray's lyrical writing, intense emotion and spirited characters carry the sophisticated plot to satisfying fruition and keep readers invested every step of the way. Gray's fans will recognize the ever-plotting Duke of Olympia and some other minor characters from her previous trilogy. A delightful romance treat.
From the Publisher
"Emotionally electric scenes between strong characters make this one a winner." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425265666
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
A Princess in Hiding Romance Series , #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
608,540
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for the novels of Juliana Gray:

"Juliana Gray has a stupendously lyrical voice."—Meredith Duran, New York Times bestselling author

"Juliana Gray is on my auto buy list."—Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author

"The best new book of the year!"—Lauren Willig, national bestselling author

"Gray’s impeccably crafted debut…is a complete triumph."—Booklist (starred review)

"Juliana Gray writes a delightful confection of prose and desire that leaps off the page."—Julia London, New York Times bestselling author

"Exquisite characterizations, clever dialog, and addictive prose...make this exceptional debut stand apart."—Library Journal (starred review)

Meet the Author

Juliana Gray began writing as a child to relieve the tedium of being sentenced to her room, and later turned to romance to relieve the tedium of unsatisfactory suitors. Sadly, despite five years’ residence in the most exclusive areas of London, she never met a single duke, though she once shared a taxi with a future baron.

Juliana’s debut romance trilogy, A Lady Never Lies, A Gentleman Never Tells, and A Duke Never Yields, won widespread acclaim, including the RT Book Review’s Seal of Excellence for August 2012. Under her real name, Beatriz Williams, she is also the author of Overseas and A Hundred Summers. She enjoys dark chocolate, champagne, and dinner parties, and adores hearing from readers.

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How to Tame Your Duke 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this romance. Juliana Gray is such a talented writer. For most romance novels, I read to get to the scenes between the hero and heroine... not so for Gray's books. Getting to know all the characters is a delight. There were parts of this book that made me laugh out loud and other parts where my heart ached for the duke. I enjoyed everything about this book (characters, rich descriptions, humorous dialogue, emotion filled sex scenes, and pacing) but what I loved most was the duke of Ashland's character. He is physically/emotionally wounded, and lonely yet noble and sensual. He will stay in your head long after you've finished the book.
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book and makes me look forward to the next one in this series.  Emilie is a charming heroine.  She faces each challenge with courage.  Ashford is damaged physically and emotionally, but his tragic history does not overwhelm the love story.  We are able to see the beauty of the love growing between the main characters.  The ending is satisfying, but leaves me counting down until the next book in the series comes out..
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
How to Tame Your Duke by Juliana Gray is the first book in her new Historical Romance series. Early on we are introduced to the three sisters, (Louisa, Stefanie and Emilie), who will be part of each book in this series. They are princesses on the run from a plot to overthrow their German principality crown, as their father has been killed. Their uncle, the Duke of Olympia, puts together a plan to separate them in disguise, until it is safe. How to Tame Your Duke is Emilie’s story. She travels in disguise as a man, Mr. Grimsby, to Duke of Ashland’s estate to tutor his 16 year old son. What ensues is a different and fun story that builds into a wonderful romance. I loved Emilie, both as herself and as Mr. Grimsby. Her friendship with Freddie, the duke’s son was fun. Duke Ashland is our hero in this book. He stays on his estate, as he does not like to travel, since he lost his hand, and was badly scarred on the right side of his face during war time. His wife left him years ago, when he came home from the war, leaving him to take care of his son alone. Emilie was shocked when she first saw Ashland, looked at his perfect handsome profile, and then to see his flawed side. But as time goes on, Emilie finds herself becoming attracted to Ashland, but of course, she is unable to show any feelings, as they see her as Mr. Grimsby. Until Emilie goes on her day off to the hotel nearby to relax as herself, but under another assumed name. To her shock, she sees Ashland at the hotel, and discovers why he visits there weekly. Emilie is mistaken as the woman Ashland was waiting for, and comes face to face with him in his room. He also is under an assumed name, and when he meets Emily, he immediately begins to fall for her, as she treats him not like the other woman, whom he will not let see his face. Their liason begins tentatively at first, as Ashland has no idea that this Emily, is Grimsby, and what starts out only as her reading to him in blindfold, to a full fledged sexual affair after a few visits, that Emilie cannot stop meeting Ashland. What follows is a wonderful romance that builds in time, and the obstacles in the way that could cause danger to Ashland, that prevents Emilie from pushing more for this relationship; not to mention her at some point revealing who she is. It was a fun and interesting story, as Ashland becomes embroiled in Emilie’s situation, and the danger involved. But true love will always suffice in romance, and though Gray keeps this open for the next few books, we do get a happy solution to keep us coming back for more. A wonderful and different type of romance by Juliana Gray. I look forward to the next book in this series, which belongs to Stefanie.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a series of 3 books about hidden princesses (heiresses) from a small duchy in Germany. Their father has been murdered, and their lives are in danger from a band of anarchists. Each of the princesses is disguised as a man and sent away separately. Princess Emilie, now sporting whiskers, has been sent to Yorkshire to the unsuspecting recluse, the mutilated Duke of Ashland as Mr. Grimsby, new tutor to his 16-year-old son. Her contact is her former governess, also disguised as a man, whom she clandestinely meets at the local Spa hotel to give and receive information. Wouldn’t you know, the spa is owned by the duke, who goes there once a month on Tuesdays to ‘meet’ discreetly with a woman. Couldn’t you also guess that Emilie (who dresses as a female when she meets with the governess) is mistakenly substituted for that woman? And, oh my, what powerful longing surges between the two. . . When her whereabouts are discovered and things become dangerous for everyone, Emilie reveals her duplicity to Ashland, who takes action. Everything comes to an exciting head in London, and although the bad guys escape (we need the 2 other books after all) all is well for the madly-in-love couple. The plot and the characters' vulnerabilities are well served by Ms. Gray's strong story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, after a few chapters, it picks up. The read is worth the dull beginning to lies, excitement and of course, passion. Recommend reading this, cant wait for the next book. Out jan of 2014, so damn far :/
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Great story of a German princess who must disguise herself as a male tutor to hide from assassins who have already killed her father and brother-in-law. The Duke of Ashland is a brooding, war-wounded man who needs a tutor to keep his intelligent but cocky son in line and prepare him for early entrance to the university. The disguise seems to be holding up, but then Emilie accidentally ends up in the hotel room of the paid woman Ashland visits every month. Uh oh! What's a proper princess to do? I liked the intrigue of the assassination plot, the disguises, and of course, the encounters in the hotel room. Can't wait to read the rest of the series following Emilie's two sisters.
srbSH 18 days ago
This is the first of three books about princesses from a small duchy in Germany who must go into hiding. The King, their father, has been murdered, and their lives are in danger from the band of anarchists who overthrew him. For their safety, the Duke of Olympia and their governess Miss Dingleby decide that each of the princesses be disguised as a man and sent away separately. Princess Emilie, wispy false beard and all, has been sent to Yorkshire, England to the household of an unsuspecting widower, the mutilated Duke of Ashland, as tutor to his 16-year-old son. She's scarcely older then he. Emilie's go-between is Dingleby, also disguised as a man, whom she clandestinely meets at the local spa hotel to give and receive information. Wouldn't you know that the duke, who owns the spa, goes there once a month on Tuesdays to 'meet' with a woman. And wouldn't you also guess that Emilie (dressed as a female when she meets with Dingleby) is substituted for that woman? Emilie is blindfolded, undressed by the duke, but not expected to do more than read to him while he feasts his eyes (partly because of his disfigurement, but also to honor his marriage vows). But oh my, what a powerful longing surges between the two. Despite his misgivings, the duke steps up his meetings to once a week, and Emilie dismisses the original woman and continues to meet and read, until the reading is no longer fundamental. . . When her whereabouts are somehow discovered, Emilie reveals who she is to Ashland who takes action. Will the anarchists prevail? Will this princess survive?
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This was my first Juliana Grat book. I cannot wait for the next one in the series.
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