The Duchess Hunt (House of Trent Series #1)

The Duchess Hunt (House of Trent Series #1)

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by Jennifer Haymore
     
 

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THE DUKE'S DESIRE

Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother's disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle…  See more details below

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THE DUKE'S DESIRE

Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother's disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved-and the last woman he should desire . . .

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon's touch. But dukes do not long for lady's maids-or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer's web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family's future or break Sarah's heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Whether Haymore’s storytelling will appeal depends upon the importance one attaches to the “historical” part of “historical romance.” Nothing in her ostensibly Regency-set series launch suggests the 19th century beyond the ubiquity of horse-drawn transportation. Certainly the premise—the daughter of a gardener, educated alongside the sons of a duke, becoming the love of the heir—gives no more than nodding acknowledgment to the realities of the era’s social order. Beyond that, the inappropriate amour between Sarah Osborne, head housemaid turned lady’s companion, and Simon Hawkins, Duke of Trent, is a pleasant, predictable bit of romantic fluff. Haymore adds some intrigue with the disappearance of Simon’s mother and the eventual emergence of a blackmailing threat, but these are minor diversions from the main agenda of hot glances, murmurs about what other people might think, and setups for future installments. (June)
New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle on A TOUCH OF SCANDAL
"Sweep-you-off-your-feet historical romance! Jennifer Haymore sparkles!"
Romance Reviews Today on A HINT OF WICKED
"Complex, stirring, and written with a skillful hand, A HINT OF WICKED is an evocative love story that will make a special place for itself in your heart."
Harriet Klausner Romance Reviews Today on A HINT OF WICKED
"HINT OF WICKED is an exhilarating regency romance!"
RT Book Reviews on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION
"41/2 Stars! Haymore uses the Christmas season as an enhancing backdrop for a mystery/romance that is both original and fulfilling. Her fresh voice & ability to build sensual tension into lively love stories...makes this tale shine."
www.fictionvixen.com on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION
"Jennifer Haymore strikes a good balance of strength, sensuality, drama and intrigue in her characters...Becky is an independent, fearless woman except when it comes to opening her heart to another man. And Jack, while strong and passionate, shows great sensitivity under his 'rogue' persona. With enduring characters that exhibit strong chemistry, I very much enjoyed Ms. Haymore's unique, engaging style and look forward to reading the other books that are a part of this series."
The Reading Reviewer (www.marygramlich.com) on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION
"Each time Ms. Haymore writes a book in this series I think there is no way to top the one I just finished. I started this latest one and realize she has done just that and has proven to me how fresh this series can remain. The characters of Becky and Jack are so full of life and longing just trying to make the right connection between family, relationship and future happiness while figuring out who to trust with all their secrets. This is a wonderful story and while I recommend reading the 1st two it is not imperative as Jennifer Haymore is a magician at connecting the plot from one book to the next-- but trust me you will have to buy the first two, they are that good."
sapphireromance.blogspot.com on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION
"Ms. Haymore has penned a fabulous story of seduction, romance, intrigue and betrayal and above all that - love. You don't want to miss it! I'm now a big fan of this new author and she is going on my automatic to buy list! I love her writing style and the complex plots that she has weaved so beautifully together....The characters are amazing and the story will tug at your heart strings. So if you love a great read, do go and get this series, you will be glad that you did!"
New York Times best-selling author Nicole Jordan on A HINT OF WICKED
"A unique, heart-tugging story with sympathetic, larger-than-life characters, intriguing plot twists, and sensual love scenes make A HINT OF WICKED an impressive romance debut! I was rooting for both Tristan and Garret to win the lovely Sophie's hand for a second time. For jaded romance readers, Jennifer Haymore is an author to watch!"
Eye on Romance on A HINT OF WICKED
"Ms. Haymore's talent for storytelling shines throughout this book."
Elizabeth Hoyt
"Jennifer Haymore's books are sophisticated, deeply sensual, and emotionally complex. With a dead sexy hero, a sweetly practical heroine, and a love story that draws together two people from vastly different backgrounds, A TOUCH OF SCANDAL is positively captivating!"
RT Book Reviews on PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY
PRAISE FOR USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR JENNIFER HAYMORE:

"4.5 stars, HOT! Readers have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to Confessions of an Improper Bride, in order to finally uncover the truth about Meg Donovan's "death." Haymore creates a highly satisfying answer, drawing the reader in with wonderfully realistic characters, adventure, passion and unexpected plot twists while crafting another delightful entry in the Donovan series."

Shirlee Busbee
"Jennifer Haymore is an up-and-coming new writer who displays a skilful touch in her erotic tale of a woman torn between two lovers."
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR JENNIFER HAYMORE:"

4.5 stars, HOT! Readers have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to Confessions of an Improper Bride, in order to finally uncover the truth about Meg Donovan's "death." Haymore creates a highly satisfying answer, drawing the reader in with wonderfully realistic characters, adventure, passion and unexpected plot twists while crafting another delightful entry in the Donovan series."—RT Book Reviews on PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY"

With beautifully rendered characters, lush sensuality, and a riveting story line, this well-told tale puts a refreshing spin on both the hidden identity and classic reunion plots and gets Haymore's new series off to a delightful start."—Library Journal on CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPROPER BRIDE"

41/2 Stars! Haymore uses the Christmas season as an enhancing backdrop for a mystery/romance that is both original and fulfilling. Her fresh voice & ability to build sensual tension into lively love stories...makes this tale shine."—RT Book Reviews on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION"

Jennifer Haymore strikes a good balance of strength, sensuality, drama and intrigue in her characters...Becky is an independent, fearless woman except when it comes to opening her heart to another man. And Jack, while strong and passionate, shows great sensitivity under his 'rogue' persona. With enduring characters that exhibit strong chemistry, I very much enjoyed Ms. Haymore's unique, engaging style and look forward to reading the other books that are a part of this series."—www.fictionvixen.com on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION"

Each time Ms. Haymore writes a book in this series I think there is no way to top the one I just finished. I started this latest one and realize she has done just that and has proven to me how fresh this series can remain. The characters of Becky and Jack are so full of life and longing just trying to make the right connection between family, relationship and future happiness while figuring out who to trust with all their secrets. This is a wonderful story and while I recommend reading the 1st two it is not imperative as Jennifer Haymore is a magician at connecting the plot from one book to the next— but trust me you will have to buy the first two, they are that good."—The Reading Reviewer (www.marygramlich.com) on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION"

Ms. Haymore has penned a fabulous story of seduction, romance, intrigue and betrayal and above all that - love. You don't want to miss it! I'm now a big fan of this new author and she is going on my automatic to buy list! I love her writing style and the complex plots that she has weaved so beautifully together....The characters are amazing and the story will tug at your heart strings. So if you love a great read, do go and get this series, you will be glad that you did!"—sapphireromance.blogspot.com on A SEASON OF SEDUCTION"

Sweep-you-off-your-feet historical romance! Jennifer Haymore sparkles!"—New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle on A TOUCH OF SCANDAL"

Jennifer Haymore's books are sophisticated, deeply sensual, and emotionally complex. With a dead sexy hero, a sweetly practical heroine, and a love story that draws together two people from vastly different backgrounds, A TOUCH OF SCANDAL is positively captivating!"—Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author on A TOUCH OF SCANDAL"

A unique, heart-tugging story with sympathetic, larger-than-life characters, intriguing plot twists, and sensual love scenes make A HINT OF WICKED an impressive romance debut! I was rooting for both Tristan and Garret to win the lovely Sophie's hand for a second time. For jaded romance readers, Jennifer Haymore is an author to watch!"—New York Times best-selling author Nicole Jordan on A HINT OF WICKED"

Jennifer Haymore is an up-and-coming new writer who displays a skilful touch in her erotic tale of a woman torn between two lovers."—Shirlee Busbee, New York Times bestselling author on A HINT OF WICKED"

Complex, stirring, and written with a skillful hand, A HINT OF WICKED is an evocative love story that will make a special place for itself in your heart."—Romance Reviews Today on A HINT OF WICKED"

HINT OF WICKED is an exhilarating regency romance!"—Harriet Klausner Romance Reviews Today on A HINT OF WICKED"

Ms. Haymore's talent for storytelling shines throughout this book."—Eye on Romance on A HINT OF WICKED

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455523382
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
House of Trent Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
34,417
File size:
576 KB

Meet the Author

As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

You can learn more at:
JenniferHaymore.com
Twitter @JenniferHaymore
Facebook.com/JenniferHaymore.Author

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The Duchess Hunt 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE DUCHESS HUNT by Jennifer Haymore is another exciting Regency Historical Romance set in England. Book 1 in “The House of Trent”novel and what a start. I believe this is her best work ever. I devowed this story in one setting as I held my breath for the hero and heroine’s HEA. What a powerful story of Simon Hawkins,the Duke of Trent, his siblings and the lovely Sarah Osborne. Simon despises gossip and scandal,he has had enough of these from his parents lives his entire life. He his a man of honor and integrity. He lives by a strict rule of honor. But when his mother goes missing all bets are off. Sarah was only eight years old when she and her father,the gardener, came to live at Ironwood Park,but she soon become part of the Trent family. While she has spent her entire life dreaming of Simon,she knew it would be a forbidden romance, for she was a lonely lady’s maid and the Duke of Trent would one day marry. Trouble to the House of Trent,brings passion,secrets,blackmail,death,sacrifice and a longing for-filled. Simon and Sarah passions grows,while,the siblings go to the far corners of England,looking for clues to their mother’s disappearance. Simon is caught in a trap, not of his making, but his parents,when he is blackmailed into marrying a deceitful Baron’s daughter,who holds secrets that could destroy his family, or will he sacrifice honor for love? I loved Simon and Sarah’s story,it crosses social barriers,holds love true to the heart,and family closer to heart, regardless of their troubles or true birth. One of Ms. Haymore’s best works so far, and I have read them all. She grabs the reader from the first page to the last page and holds them in awe as the multifaceted plot comes together. A must read for not just historical romance readers,but for mystery readers as well as any reader who enjoys an awesome read! I can hardly wait to see what the House of Trent has in store next. Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful quick read. Mystery, romance, family drama, and social standing combine to make a wonderful story. This is the first in what promises to be a wonderful series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story, kept me turning the pages for what was next. Everything I look for in a book and more!  Author is my favorite after reading this book. I plan on reading all she has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in one day. I loved the H&H there was nice development to them and an interesting mystery we are still waiting to be solved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. We knew the ending of course, but the getting there was interesting enough to keep it flowing. There was a little suspense along with the usual romance characteristics intertwined. I'm interested to see what the rest of the series holds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little romance. A real must buy
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Historical England Simon Hawkins, Duke of Trent has been doing everything to restore the family name after all the scandals that plagued the family for decades. Then Simon is called home when his mother disappears. As he investigates her disappearance he ends up tangling with temptation. Being close to the only woman he has ever loved makes things difficult especially since she is the last woman he should be desire. Sarah Osborne has spent her life longing for Simon. Sarah knows that she has no chance as dukes do not long for lady’s maids. That conviction changes after one stolen kiss. Now a passion has been sparked between them that is too strong to deny and could ultimately be her undoing. As a forbidden romance begins between them, someone is out to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Simon is now caught in a blackmailer’s web that could either destroy his family’s future or break Sarah’s heart. This is another wonderful story that will pull the reader into it and tug on their heartstrings. The characters are very well written and will have everyone rooting for Simon and his family and hoping the bad guys don’t succeed in their plot. The story also has a really well written mystery that will have the reader wondering what will happen next. This is the start of another series that will have readers clamoring for much more and hoping that each character will have their own happy ending. This one is definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rates right up there with the donovan's! A must read!
Windkinson More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! This was my first Jennifer Haymore book and I am now looking for more! Thank you
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Loved this heroine, Sarah, and hero, Simon.  Totally believed in them as childhood sweethearts who grew up together, despite the wide divide in their social class, because of the eccentricities of the Duchess of Trent. They BELONGED together, but couldn't be together. The obstacles felt very real, not (a pet peeve) a stupid misunderstanding easily solved by one good conversation.  Sex was steamy and delicious, and the HEA felt very satisfying.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Simply Wonderful romance you have to sink your teeth into. Simon, is the Duke of Trent and that position comes with much responsibility. Three years previous he fell in love with Sarah, a woman who was raised along side with his siblings. Now she is a maid, having been the gardeners daughter. Sarah Osborne, has always known the wide gulf that separates herself and Simon from each other. Even though she cares for Simon more than anyone knows, she also knows that they have no future together. She is merely a maid, and Simon a Duke. When Simon's mother disappears, all of them are frantic, trying to find a trace of her and find none. When Sarah was young, Simon's mother took her in and loved her and Sarah would do anything to find her. As Simon and his brothers start to investigate, they find a variety of clues to their mother's disappearance, and Simon and Sarah start a affair even knowing it can't go anywhere. But then when Simon starts to come to the realization on his feelings for Sarah and willing to sacrifice everything for her, he ends up being blackmailed. Now he will have to make a choice save his family from the largest scandal known to the Ton or sacrifice everything for his love for Sarah. The Duchess Hunt is the first in the House of Trent series, and I have always liked this author. I have never had a problem becoming engaged in her stories and her style of writing is addictive and draws in the reader from the beginning. After reading The Duchess Hunt I was impressed by this story, my favorite of her books so far. As the first in the series, The Duchess Hunt introduces us to the Trent family. It begins with a charming beginning of when Simon and Sarah first meet and finding Sarah hurt Simon brings her home to his mother, who immediately takes a liking to Sarah even though she is the gardeners daughter. So she does what any Duchess would do right? Have Sarah learn alongside with her own children. Having grown up in a loving atmosphere where despite her rank and birth, she feels accepted, but deep down she knows she will never be good enough for Simon.One of my favorite parts of this story was the way the Trent family accepts her. The relationship that forms between Simon and Sarah is tender and sweet and passionate. Both Simon and Sarah have shared intimate feelings with each other but haven't given into them until now. With the disappearance of Simon's mother, there is a mystery to be solved. But when Simon ends up being blackmailed into marrying a woman he barely knows and sees him as the Duke to be have at all costs, he knows he is making a mistake and hurting the one woman he loves more than life. The Duchess Hunt is a story that engages the reader until the very end. I had the hardest time putting this one down and I would highly recommend this one to anyone that loves a stimulating historical romance. There is such a unbridled emotion portrayed in this story, the characters so vividly written it makes them come alive for the reader. I did feel like there could have been a bit more emphasis on the missing mother, but I did like the "Blackmail" theme to the story. I do love a strong conflict especially when it seems like unbeatable odds for the couple involved to stay together. The side characters were lively and fascinating and I just fell in love with the siblings of Simon. The bickering and bantering between them reminded me of my own family, and I love a series that involves a big family, so I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series.The aspect of the unorthodox Trent family was intriguing, and I enjoyed seeing the varying degrees of originality between each member of the family. I think that overall, The Duchess Hunt was a charming story of a couple that have loved each other but live on different sides of the tracks. The love story was well done and the plot was thick with intrigue and mystery and conflict. Richly filled characters, and a witty enough read to charm your socks off. A Sensational story with enough zest and sensuality to make you fall in love from beginning to end.
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I liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not enough substance as far as the plot and story. It was an okay read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read. I could feel the emotions of the main characters. Sarah was very strong as the Heroine and I like a strong heroine. There is a HEA!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Sarah Osborne has been in love with Simon Hawkins, the duke of Trent, since she met him. Being the gardener's daughter, Sarah knows that nothing could ever come from it. A forbidden kiss leaves Simon wanting more, but his strict moral code keeps him from pressing Sarah for more. When the Duchess of Trent goes missing, Sarah is promoted to lady's companion. Simon wants someone to help his sister while they are in London investigating his mother's disappearance. Simon knows that it is time to get married and produce the needed heir, but he can't stop thinking about Sarah. Unfortunately, he needs the proper bride and soon becomes betrothed. Between the blackmail, the missing Duchess and all the secrets being kept, will Simon and Sarah find happiness? I LOVED this book.  Simon tried so hard to keep his family from scandal, but it seemed to just come knocking at his door. I loved that he finally did something for himself and not to save the family name.  I found myself laughing out loud and loving every minute of the love story.  I have definitely fallen in love with the Trent family and can't wait for the remaining stories in the series.  Next in line is Lukas, the family bad boy! I can't wait to see who tames him.
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He raced after Shadow. "Back to camp!" He ordered and ran.