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Addicted to the Duke: An Imperfect Lords Novel
     

Addicted to the Duke: An Imperfect Lords Novel

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by Bronwen Evans
 
A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.

Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but

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A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.

Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but for two rather vexing complications. First, the sea holds painful memories; second, for her own safety, Hestia is to accompany him. As Alex battles the demons of his past, he must also resist Hestia’s surprisingly skillful attempts at seduction. After all, Alex has sworn to leave her untouched, and he intends to honor that vow—until he can properly ask the Earl’s blessing.

Ever since His Grace rescued Hestia from the arms of a Turkish pirate six long years ago, her heart has belonged to Alex. So when he agrees to help find her father, Hestia is thrilled. Although Alex tries to hide it, there’s passion in his eyes—and a frisson of desire in the air—whenever they meet. On board ship, miles from home, Alex won’t be able to deny her any longer. But with scoundrels lying in wait, she may not live to tell the tale of her conquest.

Look for the enchanting Disgraced Lords series from Bronwen Evans:
A KISS OF LIES | A PROMISE OF MORE | A TOUCH OF PASSION | A WHISPER OF DESIRE | A TASTE OF SEDUCTION | A NIGHT OF FOREVER

Praise for Addicted to the Duke

“Regency romance fans looking for something just a bit different will adore this one from [Bronwen] Evans.”Library Journal

“I would happily recommend this book and am looking forward to the next installment!”—Flippin’ Pages Book Review Blog
 
“No stranger to adventure, Ms. Evans knows how to thrill readers with her courageous heroes and tempting heroines. This time around she steps up her game and sets the action on the high seas. A wounded warrior battles his inner demons while fighting against the advances of a sexy siren on the quest for answers. As the mystery unfolds the seduction begins. Bronwen Evans doesn’t do dull and Addicted to the Duke explains why.”—I Love Romance 

“Ms. Evans combines high seas adventure with sizzling romance that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Her books just keep getting better and better.”—Ashlyn Macnamara, author of What a Lady Requires

“I was glued to the pages of Alex and Hestia’s story, from the first page to the last.”—My Book Addiction and More

Addicted to the Duke grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go. But even more impressive than Bronwen Evans’s fast-paced, exciting storytelling is her ability to craft an emotional tale of forgiveness and redemption that stayed with me long after I devoured the last page.”—Shana Galen, bestselling author of I Kissed a Rogue

“It’s a captivating storyline that keeps you turning the pages.”—Duelalias
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425284230
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/13/2017
Series:
Imperfect Lords , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
2,329
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Addicted to the Duke: An Imperfect Lords Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Another well written page turner!!
Marichus-Real 3 months ago
Alex has been looking for revenge against Murad, the Turkish pirate who captured him and kept him captive for two years. He had never thought it would be the beautiful Hestia who presents him with that chance. Hestia has loved Alex from the day he freed her from the hands of Murad. When she finds herself in a difficult situation that threatens her life, she asks Alex for help. I love Bronwen Evans’ books but this one is totally different from the others I’ve read by her. Although I enjoyed reading it, I found it very repetitive and full of inconsistencies. However, I loved Hestia. Her love for Alex is so great that no matter what people think about it, no matter Alex’s behavior towards her, or her father’s attitude for him. I liked Alex as well, although he was so damaged because of the things he was forced to do under the influence of opium that he was not able to see how much he loves Hestia. As the book I read was an advanced copy and I consider that it was not totally edited, I have decided to give it a four stars rate. I received a free review copy of this book by NetGalley
KimP65 4 months ago
Alex & Hestia were awesome! I absolutely loved these characters. The sparks between them every minute of the books were explosive. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The way they loved each other but were denied was so exciting and challenging that I wasn't able to put this book down. The series is titled Imperfect Lords and couldn't be more accurate. While Alex wasn't perfect he was absolutely amazing and such a good person, who could blame Hestia for falling in love with the rogue! I can't wait to read more in this series!!!
LiveLaughandLoveBooks 4 months ago
Historical Romance mixed with addiction issues, who knew it could be a pretty decent book? But it was and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters were fun and I didn’t have an issue connecting or falling for them in the slightest. Alex and Hestia are perfect for each other! The book does get a bit repetitive at times, but Addicted to the Duke is a good read otherwise! * I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.*
KimMc 5 months ago
Alex and Hestia's story is surrounded by the complications of opium addiction. In today's culture and the heroine epidemic that's is overtaking many of our young people, this is a timely story that takes the same complications and gives a mirror to them. Alex is fighting his attraction to Hestia, as he feels he's not good enough for her due to his opium addiction and struggling sobriety. He loves her and feels responsible for her, which drives them both into some dangerous & life threatening situations. Hestia's belief in Alex and second chances eventually saves them both, and her addiction to him turns out to be all that's needed to bring him around to her thinking. *I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
Crystal61 5 months ago
A terrible past haunts Alex and he must face his demons when he rescues Hestia. She knows her heart belongs to Alex, but it takes a lot of faith, patience, and strength to help him find his way to his own heart. Alex is a very tortured soul, physically and emotionally, and I wanted to help him see the light. Hestia is young and honest, but learns and accepts the bad in the world, and I applauded her strength. I highly recommend this story and give a mild warning about the dark aspects of this story. It kept me reading whenever I could. I enjoy Ms. Evans stories, and look forward to more in this series. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
grandmareads102 5 months ago
This is a well written story that is filled with love, passion and redemption. Alex, the Marquess of Tavistock, endure unbelievable abuse when he was held captive by Murad. When he escaped he was a broken man addicted to opium. He felt then and now that he's unworthy of love. Alex cheated the brutal Turk of his prize when he rescued Lady Hestia. She's an innocent. He won't let her be hurt. Alex is her hero, but he won't let her commit to him. I cared for these characters. Their plight tugged at my heart. Alex has his flaws and his secrets, but he learned from his mistakes and become a better person. Hestia is a loving and caring woman. She want Alec to be hers. Can she reach him and help him put the past behind him? Bronwen Evans has written great emotional characters. Their dialogue is both touching and passionate. I enjoyed how they cared and protected each other. I couldn't put this book down until I knew they were safe. I wanted them to have their HEA. This story is a great addition to the Imperfect Lords series. I can't wait for Stephen's story. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
MsChris1161 5 months ago
As any good story that has pirates should be, ADDICTED TO THE DUKE is a wild ride. Bronwyn Evans kept me captivated from the start with this adventurous tale of Dukes and Lords, Pirates and Sultans, danger and deception, and love and honor that starts in London and sails to the Greek Islands. There were many twists and setbacks as the hero and heroine, Alexander Bracken, the Duke of Bedford and Lady Hestia Cary fought for their lives and for their love... repeatedly. Both characters were strong-willed and determined, and not always in agreement. Alex didn't believe he was capable of love and would never be deserving of Hestia's love. Hestia knew she could never love another. As in all good romances, love wins in the end and the journey to that end is well worth the read. 4 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley.All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
MyBookAddictionandMore 5 months ago
Addicted to the Duke by Bronwen Evans is #1 in what promises to be an intriguing new series, "Imperfect Lords". Bronwen Evans continues to write, a brilliantly and masterfully work of romance! Such feelings and emotions shown throughout this powerful and compelling story, are hard to convene to readers. But she managed it, beautifully. Very impressive! I loved Alex, his desire to survive, his revenge was well deserved, and his feelings of not being worthy was honest, and true feelings. I understand how people who have been or seen such abuse, could face such feelings. It addresses the inner turmoil of such things and how love can heal their wounds. Well done! It also addresses the issues of drug abuse and disabilities, tactfully and honestly. Alex defintely deserved a life of love and happiness. He did not deserve to feel shame for his misfortune, especially, since it was not his fault. To live in captivity for two years and survive, made him a better man, and helped to shape him into the man became. Hestia was loveable, feisty, fearless, admirable, and very stubborn, albeit a bit naive, but she was determined to get her man. She also understood Alex, for what he was, not what he thought he should be, for people to respect him, and love him for himself. I think her love for Alex made her a bit reckless, at times. I liked how Hestia stood by Alex at all cost, even at her own risk. She was very determined to save her man. I loved how Alex and Hestia, managed to push past their fears, insecurities, and their past to find healing, love, and just maybe a HEA. I think "Addicted to the Duke" was an emotionally charged tale. One that deals with issues of sexual and drug abuse, as well as, opium addiction. Ms. Evans did a wonderful job writing about tough issues that are quiet common in today's world. Readers will be able to connect to Alex and Hestia's story. I certainly did! I know people who faced the same issues as Alex, some gave into the addiction for the oblivion it brought, others was overcome and couldn't let it go. Sexual abuse, rather, male or female is devastating to all. I read "Addicted to the Duke" in one day. I couldn’t put it down. I was glued to the pages of Alex and Hestia's story, from the first page to the last. A must read Historical Romance. I can't wait to read the book 2 in the "Imperfect Lords" series, they are certainly going to be, imperfect, flawed but oh so lovable. A must read Historical Romance. I received a complimentary copy. Rating: 5 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR
JuliaAD 5 months ago
Alex is a dark character, but I really like him. He was held captive by a pirate for two years and became addicted to opium. Hestia had to be rescued by Alex when she was 16. She was kidnapped and was being sold to the same pirate that held Alex captive. Now, four years later, she needs Alex's help once again. He has been avoiding her because he knows if he is near her, he would want to keep her for his own. Hestia has gotten word that her father is dead. She knows this isn't true, but his heir is trying to take over everything, including her. She must find her father and save her father's estate and herself. She and Alex come up with a plan. While searching for her father, Hestia and Alex find betrayal, heartache and love.
Dawncatlady 5 months ago
Alexander must overcome a painful past while helping Hestia find her father. She has loved Alexander for long time and wants a future with him. The medicine of history was helpful at times however this book delves into the lesser known long standing problems with some treatment. This author always delivers an excellent tale of intrigue and love for her characters. Keeps the reader turning pages to the end. Ebook from Netgalley and publisher with thanks. opinions are entirely my own.
Hfowler 5 months ago
This was an entertaining adventure about a woman, Hestia, who has been in love with Alex for the past 4 years, ever since he saved her from Turkish Pirates.  Alex has done everything he could, except marry someone else, to push Hestia away, going as far as to let her catch him with another woman in a very compromising way. He does not believe he deserves her due to the fact that he had been held captive by the same Turkish pirate, who kidnapped Hestia, for two years, having to do things he is ashamed of doing in order to survive.  But when her father is presumed dead by a cousin in order to claim the title, Alex is the only man she can think to go to for help.  He agrees to help her find her father and they set off for the Mediterranean to face both of their demons and their attraction for each other. Alex has ulterior motives for helping Hestia, he was to seek vengeance from the man who enslaved him, though he keeps that a secret from Hestia. He has every intention of fighting his desire for Hestia but being on a confining ship for weeks on end inevitably leads to passionate encounters. Hestia wants to win Alex, but she comes to realize she really doesn't know who Alex is and he refuses to enlighten her about himself and what he went through while enslaved.  She sets out to prove to him that love can heal and the past does not have to control the future. I enjoyed the story, it had highs and lows in the emotional turmoil category, though my one frustration was that as Hestia learned that Alex didn't truly care for her the way she thought he did (supposedly) she comes to the conclusion to step back only to wake the next day ready to fight for him again.  It was like one minute her heart breaks at finding out he loved another woman (going as far as to call out the other woman's name in a drug induced state) and coming to realize he didn't love her and never did to back to being optimistic about her chances to win him.  I would have loved for her to actually stick to the notion that he didn't love her, but rather was in love with another woman, and to let him come to realize he did and fight for her.  She seemed to be the only one truly fighting for a relationship and the few moments when he realizes how much he cares for her, he doesn't act on it (when he thinks he is going to lose her to men from his ship who try to kidnap her). I wanted Alex to at some point fight for her, but she, in the end, rescues him from the Turkish pirates and is strong for the both of them, which is cool in a way, but I needed the two characters to be a bit more equal in the ability to fight for one another. I understand the demons Alex faced and I understand why he thought he was unworthy of her love, but he seemed to only show his passion and love for her while they were having sex. Afterward he kind of steps back into an aloof manner. With this said, I did love the story and their adventure.  The characters were strong and the plot was enjoyable.  The conflict and villains were formidable but not over the top. There were surprises and twists along the way that did keep me turning the pages to the very end.  The ending was great and the epilog gave me both the nice wrap-up to the story and teased me about what is to come next.  I liked it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Addicted to the Duke is about the Lady Hestia Cary, and Alex Bracken, the Duke of Bedford. The story begins with Alex rescuing Hestia from Sultan Murad Bayezid., who had imprisoned Alex four years earlier. The story picks up four years later when Fredrick Cary, Hestia's distant cousin, brings a body home that he claims is Hestia's father. With her father supposedly dead, he will become the Earl of Pembroke. The story recounts their effort to find her father, and keep her safe from Cary. Without giving the whole plot away, this book deals with the addicting effects of opium, and the Duke's struggle with it, and the effect of his captivity with Murad. I found the descriptions of the effects of addiction to be mostly realistic, and enjoyed how the author dealt with this difficult topic. The main storyline was how the Duke came to realize he could love and be loved. There were a few editing errors, but they didn't take from the enjoyment of the story. All in all, a good read, and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. I was given and advanced copy of this book for a honest review from netgalley
debralmartin 5 months ago
I've read other books by Ms. Evans and this book, though dark, is enjoyable. Dealing with the subject of addiction and the power to overcome it, is a timely issue, but in the Regency period, not much was known about the addictive properties of opium and laudanum. I could feel the struggle Alex, Duke of Bedford, was facing every day. Captured by a Turk during the war and held for 2 years, Alex was addicted to opium and Murad's sex slave. When he rescues sixteen-year-old Lady Hestia from the same evil Turk, she falls hard for him. Relationships become even more tangled because it was Hestia's father who had rescued Alex from Murad years earlier and when Alex returns Hestia unharmed to her father, he extracted a vow from Alex to never offer for his daughter. This story is not the usual Regency romance. Most of the book takes place on the high seas where Alex and Hestia cannot hide from each other. I did get a little tired of Alex's internal dialogue about not being good enough for the innocent Hestia. Romance, redemption and vanquishing an enemy makes this story an very enjoyable read. It doesn't take place in the ballroom so many of the tons rules are not restricting the hero and heroine. There were a couple of excellent twists that caught me by surprise. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ajgray 5 months ago
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. I loved this book. The love story between Alex and Hestia is well written and keeps your attention. Also the storyline of their previous and later capture by the Turk pirate Murad adds great drama to this book. I have read several of Evans historical romance novels and they have all been wonderful books. I would highly recommend this one. I hope Stephen will be featured in his own story.
Rita0285 5 months ago
Bronwen is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she writes. Although this is not her usual style. This one is intense and a little dark. Alex and Hestia really go through so much you begin to wonder if they are gonna make it through. So many things keep happening to them that it had me on pins and needles. I didn't want to put the book down so I could see what was next.
BookloverUT 5 months ago
Lady Hestia Cary is in trouble. She has to find her father before he is declared dead and her cousin, Fredrick, kills her for her inheritance. She asks Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, for help. He accompanies her back to the Mediterranean where they both first met. Six years ago, Alex saved Hestia from the cruel arms of a Turkish pirate. Since then, Hestia has been enamored with Alex, and sees this opportunity as her last chance to woo him. This was a beautiful historical romance that has enough action and adventure to keep your bedside lamp on all night. I loved how the author uses characters that have both a good and a dark side. One minute they can be dastardly pirates and a moment later they become gentlemen rogues with honor. Everyone who loves a pirate romance needs to read this book. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
candy-b 5 months ago
He was broken and had lost his soul. She was everything good. She loved him but he was afraid of the darkness in his soul to get close to her. Browen Evans treated the subject of addiction with her usual understanding of the damage that is done to a person.. The story will hold you enthralled with her handling of these delicate issues. The feelings of the characters and the way they act shows that understanding. This had all the elements necessary to make a great book I could not put this book down once I started it. I was given this book for an honest reveiw. Barnes & Noble He was broken and had lost his soul. She was everything good. She loved him but he was afraid of the darkness in his soul to get close to her. Browen Evans treated the subject of addiction with her usual understanding of the damage that is done to a person.. The story will hold you enthralled with her handling of these delicate issues. The feelings of the characters and the way they act shows that understanding. This had all the elements necessary to make a great book I could not put this book down once I started it. I was given this book for an honest reveiw. Barnes & Noble Indie Bookstore Review by He was broken and had lost his soul. She was everything good. She loved him but he was afraid of the darkness in his soul to get close to her. Browen Evans treated the subject of addiction with her usual understanding of the damage that is done to a person.. The story will hold you enthralled with her handling of these delicate issues. The feelings of the characters and the way they act shows that understanding. This had all the elements necessary to make a great book I could not put this book down once I started it. I was given this book for an honest reveiw. Barnes & Noble Indie Bookstore Review by He was broken and had lost his soul. She was everything good. She loved him but he was afraid of the darkness in his soul to get close to her. Browen Evans treated the subject of addiction with her usual understanding of the damage that is done to a person.. The story will hold you enthralled with her handling of these delicate issues. The feelings of the characters and the way they act shows that understanding. This had all the elements necessary to make a great book I could not put this book down once I started it. I was given this book for an honest reveiw. Indie Bookstore Review by
BookReview4you 5 months ago
'Addicted to the Duke" by Bronwen Evans is the First book in the New Series "Imperfect Lords". This is the story of Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford and Lady Hestia Cary. Hestia was kidnapped with she was 16 years of age and was going to be raped and taking as a slave if not for Alex. The man that was going to hurt Hestia was once his captor..the man got Alex hooded on drugs and went along with allot of what that man used to do as his slave. But no more and he is now there to save Hestia. About 4 years later we find Alex is now the Duke of Bedford and tries to avoid Hestia. Alex knows that Hestia has feelings for him but feels she is to good for him. So he has been pulling away from her until he is called to her house. There he learns her father is possibly dead and that Hestia and her Aunt want his help finding her father. Hestia explains that her father's heir is saying that her father is dead and he is now taking over. In addition with her father's death she inherits money from her mother's estate. Which has put her in danger of being forced to marry or killed. Alex has agreed to go look for her father and she is planning to go with him. It was hard for me to put this book down. I wanted to see how their story would play out. This was another great story by Ms. Evans. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
nelriv 5 months ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I am normally a Bronwen Evans fan, but this book was not for me. Alex saves Hestia, and she falls in love with him. Alex knows she was infatuated with him, so he goes out of his way to avoid her. He is .dependant on laudanum and woman, to forget what he went thru. Hestia knows he is with other woman, so if it were me, I would move on. This is not a love story for me, maybe you will enjoy it.
TammyS32 5 months ago
Great Historical Read! Alex was captured and kept a slave by a Turkish pirate and becomes addicted to opium. Alex looking for revenge helps the man who rescued him rescue his daughter, the pirate escapes and Alex knows he isn’t good enough for Hestia. Now, four years later Hestia needs his help to find her father and Hestia plans to join him on the journey. With the sexual mounting can Alex stay away? Plenty of suspense and drama and the chemistry is very steamy. I loved it!
stanhope3234 5 months ago
3.5* Bronwen evans I have loved all of Bronwen Evans books that I've read and this one was good but I think I missed some of the connection between the characters. I would say this is a dark historical romance, second chance at love and addiction. Alexander Sylvester Bracken, the Duke of Bedford was held captive for two years beaten, tortured and controlled by opium. Nearly dead when rescued Alex survived by sheer will and the dream of revenge. Asked to rescue the daughter of his savor Alex is given the chance at revenge. Lady Hestia Cary was taken by the same man that kidnap Alex. Alex rescues Hestia but her captor escaped leaving Alex empty handed except for the beautiful Hestia who soon brings light into his tortured mind. Hestia's father swears Alex away from his daughter reminding him of his addiction and the damage to his soul and that he's no longer worthy of Hestia. Four years he's pushed Hestia away and avoided her at all cost, now he's been summoned to her house and asked to find her father. Which puts Alex right where he'd planned to be, on his way to revenge. Only his time he'll also have Hestia to protect from a merciless cousin and Alex himself. Hestia sees Alex as an honorable and good man and has loved him since the long boat ride home after her rescue. Hestia sees this as her chance to show Alex that shes the woman for him and Alex is out to show her just how wrong she is. If only the mind knew what the heart knows and wants. The beginning of this book sucked me right in with its drama but then it lost me until midway through the book. When Ms. Evans gets to the meat of the story the excitement renters the book and I was hooked again. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
McM0mmy-PW 5 months ago
Loved the premises of the "damaged" hero's. This story delves into a more serious subject than I normally read about. I guess I had never thought about how addicting some of the "medicines" were that were used back then. Thank you for exploring this trope in a new way with a damaged hero. The way Alex was damaged without the graphic images was tastefully written. It made me love Hestia even more with how she never wavered even after she found out what was done to Alex. Loved the ending and can't wait for Stephen's story next! I was given this book for an honest review on NetGalley.
jdh2690 5 months ago
Alex and Hestia, another wonderful couple who found their happy ever after with this author’s storytelling. There was a topic in this story that you don’t often read about in Regency romances, that of addiction to opium (aka laudanum). The topic was addressed by the author with directness and dispatch right from the beginning of the story, and I admired that about the storytelling. Alex’s addiction stemmed from his capture and captivity by a piratical Turk which later made for a very rocky romance between Alex and Hestia…and a very interesting journey and adventure. Once started I just could not put it down.
Lashea677 5 months ago
No stranger to adventure, Ms. Evans knows how to thrill readers with her courageous heroes and tempting heroines. This time around she steps up her game and sets the action on the high seas. A wounded warrior battles his inner demons while fighting against the advances of a sexy siren on the quest for answers. As the mystery unfolds the seduction begins. Bronwen Evans doesn't do dull and Addicted to the Duke explains why.