The Duke's Fallen Angel

The Duke's Fallen Angel

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When passion begins to boil, fame and fortune no longer seem to matter. 

The Duke of Ravenscar intended to debut the most acclaimed ballerina in the civilized world to open his London theater. But when the ship arrives with an understudy, Drake is convinced the fortune he has invested will be forfeit. Until he sees the woman dance. 

Britannia LeClair arrives in London excited to be performing the lead in La Sylphide. A foundling, she has had to work harder and with more determination than anyone in the corps. At last, her debut in London proves her worth despite her lowly birth. Until she meets the smoldering gaze of the Duke of Ravenscar. 

Determined not to become anyone's mistress, Britannia keeps the duke at arm's length while she sets to uncovering the mystery of her parentage. With only a miniature painting and a monogrammed handkerchief, her inquiries lead to a series of escalating accidents and threats. 

When Drake realizes Britannia is in danger, he will move heaven and hell to protect her...if the strong-headed ballerina will let him. As they traverse through the mire of skullduggery and hidden shame, events unravel to endanger them both. Will the truth prove worth uncovering, or will it sever the deep love that has come to bond their very souls?

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ISBN-13: 9781978689664
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Series: Devilish Dukes Series , #1
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Duke's Fallen Angel (Devilish Dukes, #0) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent plot and engaging characters but really bogs down. And, oh yeah, "discrete" is a different word with a totally different meaning than "discreet". Spell-check does not replace a good vocabulary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the read, I didn’t want to put it down. The Duke of Ravenscar was supposed to have the Elite Ballerina from France to come star in the grand opening of his theatre. But what he gets instead is her understudy! Britannia has been looking for answers to her parentage for years after she found a box with her name on it when her guardians died, it leads her to England. She must prove herself to the Duke but what she gets instead is someone trying to kill her. With the help of Drake the must find the culprit before it’s too late. When she is kidnapped, falsely accused of a crime and deported as a criminal to the Australian penal colony, Drake the Duke of Ravenscar will do anything to get her back! Such a thrilling and wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! The duke and ballerina captured my interest from the beginning. As the story unfolded, and the layers of mystery and romance began to open, I simply could not put this story down! Now I want to check out another book by this author!
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story kept me turning the pages. I loved Bri's grace and innocence, and her determination to find out about her past. Drake was a bit of a bully in the beginning, but he grew on me. Once he realized what was important, he showed his true colors. There are several wonderful secondary characters, as well as a couple not-so-nice ones. I felt the love of dance through both Bri and Drake's eyes and feelings. I highly recommend this story. This is my unsolicited review.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
The romance just steams off the page. Enthralling, captivating, enchanting, intoxicating...words that this story evoked in me! I so wanted these two to defy convention and get their HEA!!! Amy captured my heart very quickly in this story despite knowing nothing about ballet or french! Dance is definitely Amy's first love. Drake, the Duke of Ravenscar is opening what he plans is the primer theatre in London and has booked the most renowned ballerina in the world to open it. He's staked everything on this venture and it MUST succeed. When he meets the ship from Paris his star isn't on it but an unknown foundling understudy instead! He's ruined he's sure. Britannia LeClair is an orphan raised by a loving couple outside of Paris where she learns everything she needs to be part of the Paris Opera Ballet. She has risen to the top despite her lack of pedigree by sheer determination and god given talent. She proved to Drake she can make the ballet season a success. Along the way he falls hard for this little ballerina who has no parents, no history and someone threatening her life. As a Duke society wouldn't tolerate him marrying a common dancer with no noble blood and she will not be anyone's mistress. Oh the chemistry and willpower these two exude. I loved the mystery of who's threatening her, who's her parents and if they ever find a way to be together! Thank you Amy for this story and the opportunity to review it for you. It's your best yet.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. The time period, the charachters , everything about it. The rule breaking Duke, the lower class performer made for engaging reading.  Drake has staked everything on his ballet house and this opening performance. Touting the premiere balerin from France, he is shocked and maddened to find out her understudy has been sent. But one viewing of her dancing is all it takes to heighten his curiosity. And their first kiss only magnifies she is like no other. Instant passion, instant fire only makes it harder to stay away. Bria has to make this show perfect. She knows she's good but can she carry the show? After meeting Ravenscar and his imposing height, she is a bundle of nerves. But attracted as she's never been before. But she has other reasons for being in England also. To find out who her mother ad father are. With only a portrait to go on she must be careful. As Drake becomes closer and closer to Bria the more smitten he becomes by her. She refuses to be his mistress. Has made it clear she will never be any mans mistress but he wants more. But his station keeps his mother on his case to find a proper and suitable wife. But with Bria there can be no other. She is the one for him. Now to as her see it too. As Bria's infatuation grows to a strong love, the love of her performing keeps the house full night after night. But with her inquiries into her birth secret messages, threats really a re becoming a real fear. Is she onto something. As things are drawing to a close and it is nearing time for her to leave, the dangers reach epic proportions and her life my be ruined. Can anyone save her? Will Drake come fr her? Can she really b who sent finds out she is?? The mystery reveals itself and it was stunning to see where Bria really came from. Loved this story!!
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
London 1833 As I turned the last page of this wonderful story, I could only smile and be glad I read the entire book through this afternoon. Amy Jarecki has ventured into Georgian England, while expertly combining her historical knowledge with romance and intrigue to bring two unexpected people together. Drake, Duke of Ravenscar had invested a fortune in a London theater and intended to bring a famous ballerina and her troupe for the opening weeks. But instead he gets her understudy who has yet to prove herself. He is so angry and knows that the theater will fail without the lead ballerina. Britannia LeClair takes the role and wants only to give her best and make her debut. A foundling, she is determined to find her birth parents who had given her up long ago. She only had a couple of clues but has puts out inquiries when she gets to London. When they lock eyes on each other, there is a definite spark and as Drake sees her dance, he is truly mesmerized. But danger lurks as Britannia receives threats and accidents that were not really accidental. Step back in time and lose yourself in a story that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can. I truly cannot wait for more in this series and you will love it too!!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Duke’s Fallen Angel by Amy Jarecki Devilish Dukes #1 Drake Chadwick, Duke of Ravenscar has built a fabulous theater that will provide ballet, opera and more to the elite of London. His first performance will star a ballerina – the best ballerina – in Europe. Well, imagine his surprise and dismay when the woman he is expecting does not appear with the ballet troupe and instead her understudy, Britannia “Bria” LeClair, is presented in her place. He is not happy and trying to figure out how to save face and prevent his theater from failing when he sees her dance…oh my! This book was a delight! Bria takes Drake’s words to heart and provides a performance that those in the audience will never forget and in so doing makes a name for herself. In spite of the adulation and fawning over her she remains true to what she believes is important and continues to work hard to present perfection each time she appears on stage. She also is in search of who her parents might be and uses two items left to her to inquire of those she meets. As the story progresses romance does occur between Drake and Bria in spite of the disparity between their stations in society. When nefarious deeds begin occurring and Bria’s life is endangered Drake is made fully aware of just how much Bria has come to mean to him and is willing to do anything to make sure she will remain at his side. This is a story I could not put down. Finding out that the author knows not only the history of the era but knows ballet well was readily apparent as I read. I cannot wait to read what will happen next in the book to follow and wonder who will star in it as I type this review. Did I enjoy this book? Definitely! Will I read more in this series? Without a doubt! Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Booktalk_with-Eileen More than 1 year ago
Here are two people who immediately you take to heart their plights – Duke of Ravenscar and Britannia LeClair. Duke of Ravenscar has put all on the line for a wager. (obviously dukes have way too much money and little brains – hey, just saying!) Drake has wagered it all. If his venture of opening a new theater, bearing his family name, The Chadwick Theatre, appointed with the most elegant of surroundings and cost him more than he could afford, fails, the man is doomed. But it was a done deal. He chose the most prestigious and sought after ballerina in France, one Mademoiselle Taglioni. He had it in his pocket! But when the ballerina wasn’t among those who were shepherded to his theatre, and found her understudy sent in her stead, he was on the verge of an apoplexy. Britannia, the understudy, had been sick for the last two days as the ship crossed the Channel. Weak and exhausted, she had to prove her worth, no less in her bedraggled clothing. Her future as a ballerina was at stake. If the duke sent them back to France, she would no longer be welcome on stage. I was caught up with the emotion swirling around these two characters. They both had so much to lose. To make the story even more intriguing, Britannia didn’t know who her parents were, a fondling with a few clues to her identity. The author adds another layer of worry for Britannia. She had been very nearly injured in several ‘accidents’. As all this unfolds, so does the duke’s heart. He justifies all his actions when it comes to Britannia. For all his blustering anger at the beginning of the story, he becomes a besotted doting man by the end. I appreciated Jarecki’s research about ballerinas of that time. Although our heroine is fictitious, Mademoiselle Taglioni was very real. Toe dancing was just coming into vogue and shorter costumes kept inching up, which very nearly does in the English noblewoman and has the gentlemen wishing they could see more! Unfortunately, a passionate dancer like Britannia, also gained a certain poor reputation whether deserved or not. Jarecki always writes a richly entertaining tale, layered with intrigue, broken hearts and happy ever afters. This one is no different.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Drake Chadwick, the Duke of Ravenscar, must make his theatre – Chadwicks – a success, otherwise he will be in big trouble. When he learns that the star ballerina he hired is not coming to London, he is livid. However upon seeing the understudy dance, he is enchanted. Britannia – Bria – LeClair immediately dazzles everyone with her otherworldly talent, even if a tad scandalous. Drake is immediately smitten, but Bria will be no one’s mistress even though most dancers have no qualms about becoming rich men’s paramours. Bria also needs to take care of something of a personal nature, which would preclude any entanglement with a duke. What a joy to have a historical romance set against a background of ballet, particularly from an author who knows her topic intimately. The ballet sequences are breathtaking, described with precision while conveying an ethereal feeling of lightness and grace. The ballet world comes off as entirely genuine, and in addition to the author’s experience, her meticulous research gives the story much authenticity. The supporting cast of characters are well-drawn and frame the principals beautifully, and some of them absolutely wonderful. I liked that, in spite of his lust, Drake does not push Bria into anything, however in a way I could sense that he was patient, and was merely biding his time until Bria came to him willingly. I must admit that I never really warmed up to Drake: he is very dukish, judgemental, arrogant, and dare I say a snob; every inch the aristocrat. In a way, my problem stems from a fact that I never thought I would say, but Drake was maybe too realistically portrayed, until he did an about-turn that felt completely out of character, combined with other turns of events. I believed he was enamoured with Bria, but he would never have made their relationship official given his overall attitude; it goes against everything he is; she would have been relegated to the role of mistress, and nothing more. Amy Jarecki’s writing is positively amazing: flowing, smooth, refined; it is grandiose. The dialogues are also excellent, particularly between Drake and his mother, who is quite an extraordinary character as well. Towards the end, Ms. Jarecki also graces us with her trademark action sequences. THE DUKE’S FALLEN ANGEL is a breath of fresh air when it comes to historical romance because of its unusual and most welcome setting. I dare hope Pauline’s story is next! I give 3 ½ stars