A Diamond for a Duke: A Regency Romance (Seductive Scoundrels, #1)

A Diamond for a Duke: A Regency Romance (Seductive Scoundrels, #1)

by Collette Cameron

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BN ID: 2940154698877
Publisher: Blue Rose Romance
Publication date: 07/24/2017
Series: Seductive Scoundrels , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 34,085
File size: 3 MB

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A Diamond for a Duke: A Regency Romance (Seductive Scoundrels, #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont bother
def618 More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet novella based on the French fairytale known as Diamonds and Toads or vice versa. Jemma Dament is treated like a servant by her widowed mother and sister. She is sweet tempered and doesn’t complain. Her Aunt Theo is the one person who really loves her. While hiding out at Theo’s birthday ball she is discovered by a childhood friend, Jules, who is now a Duke. They rekindle their friendship and agree to meet at Theo’s for tea the next day. Theo’s mother-in-law, the Dowager Lady Lockhart, offers Jemma a job as her companion. As such, she will be able to have nice clothes and attend ton events. The offer infuriates her mother and she is thrown out of their house. She moves in with Lady Lockhart and Aunt Theo and Jules starts courting her. Yes, there is a HEA but I won’t spoil your pleasure in reading it. Thank you, Collette, for allowing me this ARC. Release date is Monday, 7/24.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
A Diamond for a Duke is the retelling of a Cinderella-like story by Charles Perrault entitled Toads and Diamonds. This is a heartwarming tale of a lonely Duke hounded by his family to marry and produce heirs. He is also being pursued by title seeking debutantes, in whom he has no interest. Jemmah is the younger daughter, neglected and treated as no more than a servant to her sister. These two have known each other since childhood, and Jemmah’s aunt is his godmother. In an attempt to escape the chase at a ball, he ends up in the library where he happens upon a sleeping Jemmah. Is it possible that these two friends could find their happily ever after with each other? Aunt Theo and Lady Lockhart, aka the fairy godmothers in this tale, think so and embark on a plan to make it happen. A Diamond for a Duke has all the elements of a good fairy tale, a sweet damsel, a gallant rescuer, villains and fairy godmothers to thwart them. It’s easy to pick out the toads in Jemmah’s sister, Adelinda, and Lady Phryne Milbourne. I look at Jules’s family and Jemmah’s mother as bullfrogs. Then there’s Jemmah who has always loved Jules, and sparkles like a, yes a diamond. This is a happy and humorous story that will put a smile on your face. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily reviewed it and the comments are my own.
charleneC More than 1 year ago
you will love Jules and Jemmah's story! this is a poignant story about two people meant for each other. this story is heart wrenching at times, with a wonderful happy ending! I cried and laughed throughout this book. Collette Cameron writes beautiful stories!
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful fairy tale retold! Collette Cameron's novella, A Diamond for a Duke, is based on Jean Perreault's classic fairy tale « Toads and Diamonds ». This is a sweet romance with two charming characters named Jules and Jemmah. Over the years, Jemmah and Jules had seen each other, but only as very close friends. But one day, something changed to bring them closer than ever, even love will enter their lives. Let's start at the beginning, Jemmah had been rejected by her controlling mother and awful sister. All her life, she lived in her sister Adelina's shadow. Since Jemmah is a sweet and caring soul, this is the reason that Jules liked her so much. They meet again, but because of her past, she feels that she isn't good enough for Jules, a Duke. They had so much in common since both of them had known grief and loss! However, Jules knows her better than herself. Is love possible between those two gentle souls? What will happen next? A Diamond for a Duke is the perfect Summer read that ends with HEA note! *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.*
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
This was a fairy tale with all the magic woven throughout the pages. Complete with the mistreated younger daughter, Miss Jemma Dament and her Prince Charming, Jules, the Duke of Dandridge. The story contains some enchanted dialogue that will make you smile as the reader but make you sad at the plight Jemma has endured all her life. Jules has stepped back into society only for the sake of his godmother, Viscountess Theo Lockhart's birthday. Theo is Jenna's aunt and Jemma attends only to help her mother and older sister of the need anything, their virtual slave. When Jules runs across Jemma who he has not seen in a few years, the magic begins. Miss Cameron is an excellent story teller and always brings her characters to life. This tale will not disappoint you but make you want more!!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
I love the fairytale on which A DIAMOND FOR A DUKE is based, a French classic by Jean Perreault, because it is about looking beyond appearances, that all that glitters is definitely not gold, and what a joy to have Collette Cameron give it an lovely Regency twist. The writing is brilliant, so colourful and eloquent, and I love how Ms. Cameron again comes up with original and often quite hilarious epithets and exclamations. The characters feel genuine, and I absolutely adored Jemmah’s Aunt Theo! I could picture her in every little detail, so formidable and decisive, and fair. The romance between Jules and Jemmah is simply a lovely person; they truly like each other, nothing is rushed; it’s just a progression of how they felt towards each other since they were children, and since neither got out much, they just didn’t see each other all that much for a long time. Jemmah thought she was undeserving of someone like Jules, a duke no less, she of the tattered clothes and what she thought were her plain features. She is charming, and Jules is a wonderful man: honourable, kind, and so protective of his friend and of his true love, Jemmah. A DIAMOND FOR A DUKE might be short in length, but it is long on charm, the writing is exquisite as ever, which is not surprising from Collette Cameron. A DIAMOND FOR A DUKE is a wonderful read that will take you away for a bit and have you dreaming of finding your own Jules and a romance as true as Jules’ and Jemmah’s. I wonder if we will get to see Sutcliffe’s and Pennington’s stories… I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Collette Cameron offers a lovely rendering of an old fairy tale, Diamonds and Toads. One I had admittedly never heard of until reading A DIAMOND FOR A DUKE. It's a sweet, romantic story of true love between childhood friends, but also a story of two sisters who couldn't be more different in character or looks. The eldest, Adelinda, is favored by their mother for her good looks which are very much like her own as is her cruel and selfish behavior. The younger sister, Jemmah, favors their father, both in her kind temperament and her appearance. After his death, she is treated near the same as a servant until a benevolent family member takes her under their wing. Soon the true diamond between the sisters emerges. Jules, the Duke of Dandridge, unexpectedly meets Jemmah after years apart from his childhood friend. The reacquaintance stirs in him the fondness he always had for her making him determined to make her his Duchess. This novella is very much a sweet fairytale with a lovely fairytale ending that made me sigh. 4 stars ~Complimentary copy received. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Anonymous 3 months ago
What a lovely short story! Based on a lesser known fairy tale, the reader finds a young lady in need of rescuing, a dire situation, a villainous worthy of the role, and a hero worthy of the best of fairy tales. The underlying message from this tale leaves a moral to ponder; one that is timely to life in general and society in particular. Thoroughly enjoyed this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very sweet short story. Characters you love to hate and a couple determined to be together.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
Destined to live a life at her mother and sister’s beck and call, Jemmah Dament both loves and hates the times she is allowed to attend society’s functions. She keeps her desire for love and a different life in check until one magical night. Jules, Duke of Dandridge, has loved and lost. Knowing he must do right by the title he’s become the debutante momma’s dream. Seeking refuge from a particularly trying society event he stumbles upon a an unpretentious stunning beauty. Has he found his perfect mate? Can he convince her she’s a true diamond? An evil mother, wicked sister, two delightful fairy godmothers, a handsome duke, with a few toads tossed in and you have a wickedly delightful tale by Collette Cameron. A tale that showcases Ms. Cameron’s wit with such phrases as “saucy astute old bird”; “thundering hippopotamus’’s hooves”; and “blisters and bollocks”.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A silly book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth the read. Leaves a smile on your face, and in your heart.
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, sweet fairy tale love story! It also makes me think of this famous line from a movie, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner". Collette Cameron uses her special touch to bring two lost souls together. Jules, the new Duke of Dandridge and sweet Jemma from his childhood, both are hiding themselves away from the revelers at the dowagers ball, neither wanting to be there, but they promised they dowager. You will just have to read this book to see what mischief is up. I promise you won't be disappointed! I received this book and chose to give my honest opinion of.
Roberts1925 More than 1 year ago
A great novella! Well written with well rounded characters, romance, and a little humor to round out a great story. Starting looking for the next one in the series and realized it's not out yet. I can't wait to keep reading this series!
Dzneychica More than 1 year ago
A delightful start to a new series! I always love when a fairy tale is given a new life as a romance novel, and this one is a great example! It is a hilarious re-telling of the lesser-known "Diamonds and Toads" French fairy tale. Ms. Cameron infuses plenty of humor in the book, especially with one-liners the main characters "say" internally. This book had me giggling throughout, and laughing out loud in parts! I thoroughly recommend it, and cannot wait for the next in the series! Please note: I received an eBook copy for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved Jules and Jemmah's love story! Collette Cameron never disappoints with her wonderful historical romances. They are filled with history, wonderful balls, fashion, high society and dysfunctional family drama all along with the romance of course. Ever since her father's passing Jemmah has been at her sister and mother's beck and call, but even in doing so she never finds favor from either of them. Her life consist of one long chore list that never seems to end and even if that wasn't bad enough their cruel words never end. Jules is a friend from her past and seeing him again brings back so many memories and feelings that she thought long forgotten, but her mother will never allow for them to court because Jemmah is not her favorite and nothing happens unless her mother allows it. Jules and Jemmah have so much stacked against them, but they will surprise those closest to them by what lengths they are willing to go in order to be together. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this story. Jemmah had a hard upbringing, being made to feel less than the lady she is. Jules sees a beautiful woman and must have her. With all the tricks, slander, and such going on around them, Jemmah and Jules find their way to each other. The journey is an interesting one, and I did not want to stop reading. I look forward to more from Collette Cameron. I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Novella 3.5*. Short story based on a French fairytale and read like a fairytale, though with some unusual language (one such being "fake-as-a-purple-wig-on-donkey"). The nearest fairytale that I would liken it to is Cinderella. Not a story that I would re-read but it whiled away an hour or so quite pleasantly. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.