My Daring Duchess

My Daring Duchess

by Julie Johnstone

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My Daring Duchess by Julie Johnstone

When a lady bent on ruining rogues and a duke set on revenge attempt to derail each other's plans, passion erupts into a love for the ages.

After being left brokenhearted by a duplicitous rake, Anne Adair no longer desires a husband--she wants justice. She's traded in her foolish dream of happily-ever-after for the much more sensible one of thwarting the blackhearted lords who prey on innocent debutantes. But her first mission proves rather complicated when the dashing, devilish Duke of Kilmartin comes to the aid of her target.

Simon Sedgewick, the newly titled Duke of Kilmartin, never thought he would return to England, let alone attend a ball full of simpering lords. But when his oldest friend's reputation is being smeared and Simon discovers that the perpetrator is none other than his enemy's granddaughter, his long-festering desire for vengeance flares to life.

The moment Simon spies Miss Anne Adair across the glittering ballroom, he knows that the ravishing beauty is the perfect instrument for the retribution he thought lost to him. He does not know, however, that Anne has devised a scheme of her own. And soon, these two wary hearts will discover that the best laid plans are no match for love.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LONG NOVELLA.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158722219
Publisher: Darbyshire Publishing LLC
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Once Upon a Rogue , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 26,989
File size: 398 KB

About the Author

As a little girl I loved to create fantasy worlds and then give all my friends roles to play. Of course, I was always the heroine! Books have always been an escape for me and brought me so much pleasure, but it didn't occur to me that I could possibly be a writer for a living until I was in a career that was not my passion. One day, I decided I wanted to craft stories like the ones I loved, and with a great leap of faith I quit my day job and decided to try to make my dream come true. I discovered my passion, and I have never looked back. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate that I have been able to make a career out of sharing the stories that are in my head! I write Scottish Medieval Romance, Regency Romance, and I have even written a Paranormal Romance book. And because I have the best readers in the world, I have hit the USA Today bestseller list several times.

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My Daring Duchess 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
What a fun romance this was with all the dirty linen in several families being aired in public! Anne, a Duke’s granddaughter living with her grandfather’s unpleasant ward, Mary, heads up the Sisterhood for the Ruination of Rogues. The rake they are going to try and ruin is a Lord Rutledge who supposedly ruined one of the members of the Sisterhood with a kiss. At the very next social engagement at which the Lord would be attending Anne was going to make the attempt to ruin him with gossip and such. But at that same social engagement another duke, Lord Simon Kilmartin, a friend to Lord Rutledge, was attending and he became very interested in Anne despite her intention to discredit Lord Rutledge. Ms. Johnstone‘s excellent writing described Anne’s family history and that of Simon in such a way that the confusing twists and turns in the story were made clear to the reader. I laughed out loud at some of the characters’ antics and there wasn’t just one happy ending…there were two!
Outlaw1812 More than 1 year ago
My Daring Duchess is the fourth book in the Once Upon a Rogue Series. This book tell the story of revenge, discovery and love. Anne wants revenge not only for her but all girls done wrong. Revenge is a dish best served cold and that’s just how Anne plans to serve it. She ends butting heads with Simon Sedgwick, Duke of Kilmartin, it’s really more a case of each of them trying to out best the other. I loved Simon and Anne story. This book will have have you smiling and falling in love with these two. I just wish the book was lobger. Another amazing book by Julie Johnstone
Brownac101 More than 1 year ago
Simon Sedgewick, the newly titled Duke of Kilmartin, never thought he would return to England after his grandfather sent him away all those years ago in disgrace. Now he’s inherited the title and has returned to England with his sisters attend a ball full of simpering lords. He learns oldest friend's reputation is being smeared, and Simon discovers that the perpetrator is none other than his enemy's granddaughter. He sees a way to help his friend and seek revenge against those who wronged him all those years ago. Granddaughter of the Duke of Rowan, Anne Adair no longer desires a husband, she wants to protect and warn other young debutantes away from the rakes and rogues of London society. She’s the president of the “Sisterhood for the Ruination of Rogues” club whose goal is to ruin the rakes who ruined them. Simon see Lady Anne and decides she’s the perfect revenge against the Duke of Rowan and decides to peruse her and ruin her reputation. Anne is on to his game and sets out to uncover the mystery surrounding Simon and what happened all those years ago. Simon and Anne have more in common than they first believed, both came from struggling families after their grandfathers deserted them, both are looking for love, family, trust and loyalty, someone to believe in them. This is a story filled with deception, mystery, intrigue and romance which make for an exceptional story I know you’ll truly enjoy. This is my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie Johnstone has done it again. I was given a copy of My Daring Duchess. It was amazing. Lady Anne Adair lives with her grandfather the Duke of Rowan. Together with other wronged women she forms the Sisterhood of the Ruination of Rogues. The group sets its sights on the newly titled Duke of Kilmartin, Simon Sedgwick, and things become complicated. As Anne tries to assist the Sisterhood in its revenge plot, she starts to fall for the Duke. I don’t want to spoil the twists and turns of the rollercoaster ride so I will stop there. Suffice it to say, the problem is who is actually a rogue and who is just falsely accused of being one.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story by Julie Johnston. One of my favorite tropes to read is the damaged hero or heroine, because it is wonderful to see be healed by each other. Simon Sedgewick has returned to England, the one place he hoped never to see again. Having been banished years ago due to untrue accusations, he is out for revenge for the untruths that were told. Attending a ball to he sees Ann Adair, the granddaughter of his enemy who smeared his name. Ann having been recently left bereft by a rouge, she is herself out to ruin as many rakes as she can starting with Simon. It really becomes a case of each trying to best the other, which as we know can never work out! But fate has a way of stepping in and bringing two people together who need each. As they spend time together can they hold onto their strong desires of revenge? Or will they give into their attraction and true selves and find happiness? Simon and Ann come alive and have you smiling and feeling emotional as they make their way through their feelings and learning to let go. Thank you Julie for another great story!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
My Daring Duchess by Julie Johnstone is book Four in the "Once Upon a Rogue" series. This is the story of Anne Adair and Simon Sedgewick, the Duke of Kilmartin. For me this was a standalone book. Simon was banished by his grandfather along with his grandfather's good friend. Never thinking to return he is somewhat surprised to be the new Duke of Kilmartin let along back in the ball rooms. When Simon happens to see Anne Adair he thinks too that maybe he can seek the revenge he thought lost to him. Anne who was left broken-heart by a rake now works to save other young ladies from such downfall. Anne goes forward with trying to take down a Rake but is stalled by Simon. Both looking to get revenge from a hurtful past who have both had family struggles find that they may want something more....each other. Another great story from Ms. Johnstone! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. I was gifted a copy of it. Lady Anne Adair has been duped by a rogue in her recent past. She is skeptical when the dashing Duke of Kilmartin, Simon Sedgewick begins to try to woo her. Because of a lame leg, Anne has always been a wallflower. Will Simon’s persistence win the day? Will Lady Anne let go of her bitterness and be free to see the truth about Kilmartin? This story is quite an emotional ride. “He was perfection. It wasn’t simply that his face looked as if it had been chiseled from marble. There was an inherent strength there, as well as the set of his chin that suggested he had a stubborn streak. He wore his thick, wavy russet hair a little longer than proper, suggesting he didn’t give a fig about rules. His bronzed skin hinted that he enjoyed the outdoors, and as she swept her gaze quickly over his massive shoulders, down his torso, to his thighs, which appeared powerful even clad as they were in black trousers, she was certain he was very fit. Moving her gaze back up to his face, she startled to find him gazing intently at her, lips curled in an amused smile. Goodness!” Johnstone uses her pen to expose the destruction that gossip and bitterness can bring to many. Anne’s transformation is a pleasant one and fun to watch. I highly recommend My Daring Duchess.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I have to say I loved this book! My favorite part was that the H/h felt an instant attraction, but you got to watch as they slowly fell in love without them falling into bed. You could watch the love grow as they learned to trust each other instead of having to be told constantly they were in love. Anne had to learn to trust herself after a bad experience and Simon had to learn to let go of his past feelings. A nice clean/sweet romance read! The only thing I am disappointed in was that I didn't see what happens to M. (not spoiling this, after reading story you'll get it) I was gifted an ARC and my opinion was my own.
Kat Wiley More than 1 year ago
Another GREAT by Julie Johnstone! My Daring Duchess is book 4 in A Once Upon A Rouge series. This book was very charming and clean, for those who don’t like too steamy of a book. You just fall in love with the characters. I just loved the whole theme of this book, you don’t have to be perfect for someone to fall in love with you, that there is so much more to a person than the physical. This book has deception, scandal, revenge, compassion, trust issues, kindness, misunderstandings, love of family, lies, hate, wealth, bullying, a women club, thoughtfulness, ruination and always love. This is a must read and I highly recommend reading My Daring Duchess by Julie Jonestone! Travel back to the 1800s London with Anne Adair and Simon Sedgwick, The duke of Kilmartin. ***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
Revenge is best served cold. At least until white hot passion melts that desire away. Simon Sedgewick, Duke of Kilmartin, is set on revenge against those who saw him exiled. Unfortunately, his grandfather is no longer alive but his long time friend is. What better way to exact his revenge than to do what he was falsely accused of those many years ago – seduce and ruin the granddaughter of his nemesis. Anne Adair knows how close she came to ruin at the hands of a rogue. Now she has a strong desire to ruin all rogues of the ton and what better way than starting with the rogue accused ruining her friend. She never expected the rogue’s friend to set his sights on her. Can they hold onto their beliefs of what they each know as the truth or will the white hot passion melt more than their plans for revenge? Beautifully written by Julie Johnstone. Each encounter, each barter showcases Anne’s strength while giving glimpses of the vulnerability she continues to have with the concept of love. Simon’s strong need for desire is tempered by glimpses of the caring man he is, making his one loveable hero. Totally a 5+ star read!
Kelly-T More than 1 year ago
I just loved My Daring Duchess. I read it as a stand alone but I intend to go back and read the first three books in the series. Anne Adair is a beautiful girl who has had her heart broken. She forms a group of ladies who are like minded to try and alert other ladies to which men are rogues. Their intent is for no one else to be hurt as these ladies have been. Anne's first order of business is to try to alert other girls to the roguish ways of Lord Rutledge. He has kissed her friend and refused to marry her. Simon Sedgewick, Duke of Kilmartin, is Lord Rutledge's friend. He does not believe his friend tried to entrap Anne's friend so he attempts to try and stop Anne from spreading these rumors. But he also sees an opportunity to seduce Anne in an attempt to get revenge against her grandfather who had wronged him in the past. But as he attempts to seduce Anne, he also finds he is charmed by her. He also tries to show her that perhaps the ladies of this group are not being honest about these men. As Anne and Simon spend more time together, they begin to open up with each other as the walls they have built come tumbling down. When Anne learns things about Simon that question his character, she has to decide if she trusts him. I loved Anne. She was completely not like the ton and showed her vulnerability to Simon. She chose to do what she thought was not right, not necessarily what was socially accepted. Great book, very well written.
sciencexcharm 24 days ago
Would you do anything to get a man’s attention if you were not wed by a certain age? What if you fell madly in love with a man who did not reciprocate those feelings? A woman’s reputation was much easier to tarnish if a man willed it, but Johnstone turns the stakes in this historical romance. The Sisterhood for the Ruination of Rogues is prevalent and this group of women are determined that no duke or rogue should go unpunished for their thoughtlessness and foolishness. Readers will be entertained by the light humor and cunning nature of this story as it unravels. Anne Adair is the leader of the Sisterhood and she is out to destroy one man’s reputation, in particular. After a friend confides in the Sisterhood about a compromising position that she was found in with a man being a rakish intent, Anne is determined to seek revenge for her distress. With only the best intentions at heart, she feels it is her duty to spread the word about this man and gain back her friend’s reputation. When a man seeks Anne out and wants to get to know her, she instantly feels an attraction, but knows better than to get involved with someone who is too charming and handsome for her own good. He can only be one thing…a rogue. Simon, the Duke of Kilmartin, is enamored by this beautiful woman…only too soon finding out that this may be the way to his revenge against her grandfather. His growing attraction for her might interfere, leaving them both in for some painful emotions that they’d rather not face. Can they both learn to set vengeance aside and seek out the love, acceptance and truth from one another? Johnstone has a powerful, yet beautifully written story. The characters are wonderful, and the pace is fast and enjoyable. With this being the fourth installment in the Once Upon a Rogue series, it still remains a novel which can be read as a standalone. If you are a reader of historical romance, you may enjoy this book. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to My Daring Duchess by Julie Johnstone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and quick read..
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by Julie Johnstone. It is refreshing to read a one of a kind story. Her characters are full of depth, uniqueness, and fun to get to know. I've said it many times, but I truly love reading Julie Johnstone's books. She writes beautifully, her words flow together so nicely it makes reading easy and always pleasurable. I highly recommend My Daring Duchess, book 4 in Once Upon a Rogue series. When you finish this book, I'm sure you'll want to get the remaining books too!
Kat Wiley More than 1 year ago
Another GREAT by Julie Johnstone! My Daring Duchess is book 4 in A Once Upon A Rouge series. This book was very charming and clean, for those who don’t like too steamy of a book. You just fall in love with the characters. I just loved the whole theme of this book, you don’t have to be perfect for someone to fall in love with you, that there is so much more to a person than the physical. This book has deception, scandal, revenge, compassion, trust issues, kindness, misunderstandings, love of family, lies, hate, wealth, bullying, a women club, thoughtfulness, ruination and always love. This is a must read and I highly recommend reading My Daring Duchess by Julie Jonestone! Travel back to the 1800s London with Anne Adair and Simon Sedgwick, The duke of Kilmartin. ***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.