A USA Today Bestseller and RITA® Finalist, The Demon Duke is the first in Margaret Locke's new Put Up Your Dukes Regency historical romance series.
"Locke has outdone herself with this sensitive, splendid Regency and her portrayal of its disabled hero. Damon Blackbourne has a little-known, completely misunderstood neurological disorder (now known as Tourette syndrome) that causes involuntary, uncontrollable nervous muscle twitches.
The real value to this romance is Locke's depiction of the lovers overcoming the social obstacles that others create out of fear and suspicion of Damon's disability. This tale of hope and courage will appeal to Regency readers across the board." - Publisher's Weekly starred review, March 2, 2018
"Regency romance lovers will savor this story, interspersed with perfect amounts of romance, intrigue and redemption." - InD'Tale Magazine, October 2017
A man tormented by a painful secret meets the bookish miss who just might save him from himself...
Behind every good man is a great secret.
Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family's estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, Damon must take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom and chaperone his sisters through the London Season–his worst nightmare come to life.
He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. She stirs him body and soul--until she stumbles across his dark secret.
Bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to find a husband, but she has other plans, such as writing a novel of her own. She has no idea, however, how to deal with the all-too-alluring Duke of Malford.
Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?
If you love "beauty and the beast" stories, you'll love The Demon Duke...
"Margaret Locke's fourth book, The Demon Duke, puts her squarely in the senior ranks of Regency romance novelists. The balls, the social interactions, the rigidity of Regency society's arcane rules, all come to life in a charming way. And, of course, there are a number of happily ever afters. An excellent read, and I can't wait to see what adventures await the panoply of engaging characters." - P. A. Duncan, author of A War of Deception
Length: 278 pages
About the Author
Margaret Locke, 2018 RITA® Finalist and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Magic of Love and Put Up Your Dukes series, writes binge-worthy romance that keeps you up past your bedtime. She delights in making readers laugh, cry, and think. Because love matters.
You can usually find her in front of some sort of screen (electronic or window); she's come to terms with the fact she's not an outdoors person. Newly obsessed with coffee, she also fangirls over Jane Austen, history, cats, books, and Colin Morgan.
When not writing, Margaret adores spending time with her fabulous husband, two fantastic kids, and three funny felines. And chocolate. Don't forget chocolate.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Grace & Damon are wonderful together. A touching story of a man who was beaten & cast away as a young boy by a father who believed he was tainted & twisted by something the young boy could not control. Grace, a woman who would rather read than attend the lavish balls, & find a husband is considered a mouse. But this compassionate , understanding young lady proves everyone wrong. A lot of sexual tension as Damon desires Grace from the very first time he meets her. Many of the High born ladies desire him but only if tryst ing in secret. By the way, I love the cover. He is dressed exactly the way as described at one of the balls, including the skull pin!
Great story especially including the medical condition of tourettes.
I instantly fell in love with this book and its characters. The author has weaved such a special love story about one man who has suffered greatly from his disability and was able to find an inner strength to learn to cope with what life and his family has given him. The love story is so sweet and you can’t help but root for these two individuals. But the story does not stop there; the author has been able to weave together a plausible family story with intriguing drama. I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy reading about true love and over coming life’s obstacles to have a happy ending. Also, don’t forget to bring a pack of tissues along with you when curl up to enjoy this story.
Good read, a few misunderstandings, and not too drawn out. Just missing something to make me care more about the characters.
A unique view of a neurological disorder