The Heart of a Duke

The Heart of a Duke

by Victoria Morgan
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Heart of a Duke 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A thrilling novel of mystery, betrayal, and claiming a destiny. When Lady Julia decides to take matters into her on hand regarding her engagement to the Duke of Bedford, she accidentally kisses his long-lost twin broth Daniel. And what a kiss it was! When feelings emerge, Julia must fight to deny them or shame her family and ruin her name by breaking her engagement. Daniel isn’t about to let his cruel hearted brother become the husband of the innocent Lady Julia, especially now that he’s had a taste of her warmth. As Daniel fights to save Lady Julia from a loveless marriage and a villainous husband, he must also work to uncover the truth about the fire that sent him away ten years ago. Using what resources he has, he and Julia begin to uncover the truth about Edmund, the Duke of Bedford, but there are secrets that are determined to remain hidden. Secrets that someone is willing to kill over. Can Daniel and Julia find out the true meaning of the cryptic note? And can they find a way to be together, despite her betrothal to his brother? If you’re looking for a novel that’s full of adventure, twists, turns and deceit then look no further! I simply adored Julia and Daniel’s characters and the plot of this novel was very well developed as well. I particularly love a novel with an evil twin, especially when the twin gets what’s coming to him! This book is incredibly entertaining, and I especially enjoyed the way both twins pretended to be each other in order to gather information. While the plot of this novel was somewhat predictable, Julia and Daniel’s subterfuge was brilliant and I just kept turning page after page! Definitely a fun, entertaining read by Victoria Morgan. Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by AprilP Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Victoria Morgan's second historical romance, The Heart of a Duke is a typical regency novel, with a hint of mystery and a lot of passion. Morgan's ability to incorporate mystery into her history is exceptional. The Regency period comes to life under her pen. With plenty of witty banter and some amazing secondary characters, Morgan has created a timeless romance that will endear fans and entertain even the most staid readers. The Heart of a Duke may be Morgan's sophomore offering but it shows all the qualities of a seasoned novelist. A very good read for Regency fans! What I liked: I liked Julia a lot. She was strong willed and had a deep love for her family. She knew what she wanted and she certainly went for it. She just didn't know what she was getting herself into. Daniel wants to protect her and save her from his wicked brother, while also trying to figure out just what really happened before he left for America. They make a lovely couple who appears to really care about each other and respect each other.  I thought Morgan did an excellent job with the romantic aspects of this book. It was realistic and engaging. She lets the romance build between Daniel and Julia at a perfect pace. They have known each other for years and are starting out as friends, who eventually discover that there is more than friendship in their hearts. Julia has a period where she won't let Daniel come to her rescue that seems a bit out of character for her, but she eventually comes around. Edmund was a very good villain type character. He was abusive to Daniel even when they were children. For whatever reason he has decided to put Julia off again and again on a wedding date and he certainly knows more than what he is willing to tell about what happened the night of the fire. He is a schemer for sure and readers will take a instant dislike to his attitude and demeanor. When he takes out his vengeance and ruins Julia, it was time for him to get his just rewards. I liked him a lot, in spite of the fact that he was a bad guy. He was very well written. I loved the secondary characters from Daniels friends Robbie and Brett to Julia's sister and little brother, Emily and Jonathon. These characters add a lot to the plot and help move the story forward. I liked the fact that Morgan leaves the opportunity open for a second book about these characters by making Brett very intrigued with Emily. When an author can make the secondary characters almost as important as the main couple, I think that shows the mark of a good writer. What I didn't like: I had a bit of a problem with the mystery of this one. It was far too predictable. It was obvious to the reader early on what had happened ten years ago and why, though Daniel was a bit oblivious. I thought that Morgan could have thought more out of the box and made mystery aspects of the book more believable and hard to figure out. I felt a little cheated because it was too easy to figure out. But to be fair this novel is a romance not a mainstream mystery. Bottom Line: The romantic parts were well written and came across as heartfelt, while the mystery was a little flat and one dimensional. The secondary characters shined almost as well as the main couple and there is potential for more books about these characters. I thought the author excelled in some areas, while lacking in others. I still really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from this author. It was good, but could have been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading recommend
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