In the second in New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney’s scintillating series, society’s most coveted duke finds the one thing wealth and position cannot buy—the perfect partner…
For years, Martha York has been fascinated by a man she’s never met—Jordan Hamilton, the new Duke of Roth and protégé to her inventor father. Could the elusive gentleman possibly live up to his brilliant letters? When Martha travels to his estate to carry out her father’s last bequest, she discovers that the answer is a resounding yes, for the duke’s scientific mind belies a deep sensuality…
Jordan was determined to complete his prototype alone, but it’s impossible to resist the alluring young woman who shows up at his door. Working together, they grow ever closer, until a case of mistaken identity leaves him bound to another. A woman’s heart may be more complex than the most intricate invention, but Jordan must find a way to win Martha’s, or lose the only woman who can truly satisfy him…
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About the Author
Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.
Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There’s no great secrets or surprises here, and that is perfectly fine because Ranney delivers two characters in Martha and Jordan that fairly breathe in the corner of your eye as the story unfolds. Both of these characters are intelligent, curious and slightly different from the norm that has come to be so prevalent in today’s books. Add to their complexity and moments of vulnerability, and what emerges is a story rich in layers, providing a conclusion that is richer for the nuances and subtle clues that each character offers to the other, as their connection is built. Martha is wonderfully curious, intelligent and brave, with a serious case of love for a man she has only experienced through letters. Her father’s protégé, the young inventor, now Duke of Roth, Jordan is determined to proceed through his discoveries and inventions alone. Until Martha arrives with her father’s final bequest, and a request to participate. Jordan is wonderfully geeky in all the best ways, and a touch awkward, which does give poor Martha a bit of pause, but to work beside him, learning and watching his mind work, perhaps will lead to a chance. And their camaraderie is wonderful. These two have science and curiosity in common, and that with Martha’s father, give her a singular, even unique, approach and understanding of his work. The quiet unveiling of their histories and concerns, along with their likes and dislikes all serve their budding friendship, and builds the foundation for a true match. A wonderfully paced and plotted story that focuses more on the emotional connections and Sympatico of the characters than on a pure physical connection to show their affections. Emotional intimacy won the day in this story, and the sensual scenes were overlaid with flowery prose and euphemism that just fell flat for me. Overall, this was a wonderful story, memorable for all of the things it was, especially for the characters of Martha and Jordan. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Oooh, this was such a good read. Martha and Jordan were absolutely wonderful together, their romance initiated through Jordan's correspondence with her father though neither of them realized it at the time. In person, their relationship started a bit rockier, but it was soon clear to everyone around them that they were meant to be together. It took them a little longer to figure it out, but that made it even better once they did. The secondary characters weren't quite as likable on their own merits, though they definitely have their uses in terms of moving the plot along. Martha's grandmother was a bit too manipulative for comfort, though of course her initial actions are the ones that caused Jordan and Martha to spend so much time together, and she really did have Martha's happiness in mind for at least part of the book. Martha's half-sister and Jordan's so-called friend, though? Real pieces of work. They definitely amped up the drama and angst, serving their purpose, but ugh, other than that had very few if any positive qualities. At least Martha and Jordan will likely be so busy inventing and creating together that it probably won't matter much to them that they don't get many outside visitors. The English Duke is the second book in Ranney's Duke Trilogy and works perfectly well as a standalone. I'm really enjoying Ms. Ranney's writing in this series, and am looking forward to book 3's ( The American Duke ) release next fall! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Karen Ranney turned geeky into sexy with The English Duke. Jordan proved a different type of hero with his scientific mind and sensitive soul. Ever the romantic, the fact that Martha was captivated by his words before ever having seen Jordan's face made for a beautiful story. The concept, the message, the characters all did it for me. Being unique is one of the best traits a person can have. Ms. Ranney gave a taste of beauty's true meaning. Just be you and everything will fall into place. Priceless message, unforgettable read. 4 1/2 stars Copyright of Night Owl Reviews
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What a wonderful book! Martha, suffering from the loss of her father, is appalled at the rudeness of the man he bequeathed all of his research to. She has tried to contact Jordan Hamilton, aka the Duke of Roth several times to no avail. So she decides to deliver her father's lifes work to him personally. And a well worded set down as well. Jordan Hamilton has been ignoring the letters for a reason, but Martha does not know this. This was a sweet story. Intelligence is sexy! And a man who can appreciate an intelligent woman, in that day and age is a wonder. I liked the witty banter, the annoying sister and the friend who can be annoying himself. Very well written! The Grandmother was one I would wish for. I will look for more from this author! 4.5 stars for me, I received an ARC of this title.
The story made you really care about the hero and heroine and their defeat of their adversaries.