To Tame A Duke

To Tame A Duke

by Patricia Grasso
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To Tame A Duke by Patricia Grasso

"Set against the turbulent historical background of the War of 1812, this star-crossed romance pits a grieving English nobleman, James Armstrong, the fourteenth duke of Kinross, who has come to America bent on avenging the death of his elder brother, the thirteenth duke, who was betrayed to American troops and executed. He is in pursuit of the Gilded Lily, a spy-catcher of formidable reputation and great skill. When he finds his prey, he is dismayed to discover that the Lily is no common soldier; “she” is eighteen-year-old Lily Hawthorn, the beautiful raven-haired daughter of a tavern owner with sapphire eyes and a daring spirit.

James kidnaps Lily and her eight-year-old brother and returns with them to England, intending to keep them prisoner until the end of the war. He decides to make her fall in love with him—and then break her heart but all romantic hell breaks out when he himself falls in love."

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ISBN-13: 9780759244047
Publisher: EReads
Publication date: 06/24/2010
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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To Tame A Duke 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this because there were like four star reviews and then the one short detailed one against the book. Well that one long detailed review, although I don't totally agree. Pretty much hit the nail on the head. It became ridiculous at the end when he had burned her numerous times, and she would agree to wagering kisses in a chess match etc. At that point he deserved to have each chess piece shoved down his throat. Earlier in the story the guy literally says. .I can make you love me, and before the end of the page, after she has dismissed this statement as preposterous, has thrown both her clothes and virginity away. And it continues through the story. I did love the little character of Michael and his pet pig. That was a cute touch. I also if I'm being honest got tired of the Shakespeare ongoing reference :- act, page, line thing. Okay we got it already. And all the detail of every meal that often sounded like a Gordon Ramsey restaurant. The story had a fun plot to it, but the heroines' wishy washy attitude became really embarrassing. And my one pet peeve I can never get over. . Bad editing. It seems this publishing co. May not be as hands on, but it was terrible. There were multiple times where 'tl' became a 'd'.. so you would read 'lasdy'. Pennick (however it was spelt) would regularly abbreviate itself Pen-nick. And there are more weird examples like that. Comically at one point he took her hands and raised them to her lips. .lol nothing like kissing your own hands to make you fall in love. Hey I'm not trying to diss the novel or the author, I just think the publisher should have done better editing, and maybe the author should have actually given the heroine a little more self control. I will however give the author the benefit of the doubt abs try another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of the book was a great story. I always like a revenge book but just the idea dosn't count. The emotion in the book was all over the place. The hero was one of the worst characters I have read about. I just could not figure out any emotional conection between the characters. The hero was a insensetive jerk all through the book. He used niceness to hide his nastiness to ,as author wanted us to belive, his love. If that is love I dont know what abusive reationship is. The heroine was really weak too. I hate it when the girl says I don't want to sleep with you and you have to rape me and two kisses later she says take me now. If you are gonna have a weak character why bother to make her seem strong? Even her relationship with her brothers was wierd. Never mind that there was no mention of their dad and how he feels about his kids being kidnapped. The revenge story has been done a lot but when one reads the Buccaneer by Donna fletcher or even Johanna lindseys books, specially her triology on vikings,the stories make sense. Even though I hate insensetive jerky heros but still the character's emotions from their pain to hate to love and forgiveness makes sense. In this book the hero hated her, or loved her, he treated her like dirt and he spends ten days before their wedding with a brand new mistress without apology and he laughs at the heroine when she is upset. He tells her she needs pin money, but doesnt allow her to leave the house, and tells her that he will take her baby away from her and will send her back home. His reaction to her being upset is that since she is pregnant she is emotional. And all the while claiming that he loved the heroine from the first moment he saw her. It truely bugged the hell out of me that he would be nice to her and the herione would melt and over and over again try to remember that him bein nice is not real. She never learned the lesson that the hero is a selfish jerk. The secondary characters were all weak too and none of them developed beyond a shadowy figure.This book sadly will end up in my archive and I would rather stick with great authors like Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn and specialy Jennifer Ashley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1812 Boston, Lily Hawthorne is a tavern owner¿s daughter who is recruited by her half-brother Seth to aid the war effort. She is known as the Gilded Lily and has an amazing ability to remember codes and pass them on. Though warned by her brother and Bradley Howell, her fiancé, not to complete her next assignment, she goes ahead with it anyway.

Unfortunately, Lily and her brother Michael are captured by James Armstrong, Duke of Kinross. He has vowed to capture and kill the Gilded Lily whom he believes responsible for the death of his older brother Hugh, who was hung in America as a British spy. James¿ plans change when he discovers that the Gilded Lily is a woman, and he decides to keep her prisoner at his estate in England until the end of the war.

But Lily is not just any woman. She is incredibly intelligent, very resourceful, and fiercely protective of her brother Michael, who was born with a disability. James falls hard for Lily but refuses to let her know that he loves her, and Lily is heartbroken at his callous treatment of her. Things do not go as planned for James when he is forced to explain Lily¿s presence in England to his mother and aunts.

Ms. Grasso has written an enjoyable historical with plenty of wit and tension between the hero and heroine. The heroine is especially likeable with plenty of backbone and spunk. Though the characters could be more developed, this is a pleasing fast-paced read.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I finally ordered and read this one and Loved it! Splendor's innocence and the way she held it even through everything she experienced was so well written. I felt her pain when she had to leave Jourdian and his when he realized he loved her. Harmony and Emil were so funny to follow and I loved how they both had the emotions of jealousy and love at the same time so like normal humans. I especially loved the Christmas gift scene with the gifts that were given and how perfect they were. I will definitely read more from this author! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. This book was fabulous, one I couldn't put down and definitely one of the best I've read in a very long time. It was fast moving, extremely well written and a very touching and exciting story. I would highly recommend this novel.
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camaibarb More than 1 year ago
I especially liked the characters and story line in this book. I would read all of this author and wish she would write more books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite romances! Adventure on the seas, colonial america and england
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be Patricia Grasso best work ever. I could not put the book done. I read it again not because i did not understand it, but because it is a beautiful piece of work. Two definite thumbs up!!!!!