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He is the last duke standing the sole remaining bachelor of the three self proclaimed Decadent Dukes Yet Davina MacCallum's reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his A reasonable man with vast holdings can surel I received this Advanced Reader Copy in a GoodReads Giveaway This book marks the satisfying conclusion to The Decadent Dukes Society trilogy and may be my favorite book of the series The aloof self possessed enigmatic Duke of Brentworth finally meets his match in the determined fiercely independent Davina MacCallum as they battle wit and will while trying to determine who has the true legal right and ownership of a Scottish estate Madeline Hunter has become one of my most favorite historical romance writers as I discovered after reading the Wicked Trilogy and the first book of The Rarest Blooms Series I cannot wait to continue with that series next

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Never deny a duke

Y part with one trivial estate especially when Davina intends to put it to good use Brentworth however is as difficult to persuade as he is to resistThe Duke of Brentworth's discretion and steely control make him an enigma even to his best friends Women especially find him inscrutable and unapproachable but also compellingly magnetic So when Dav 45 starsMy reading has slowed to a snail s pace compared to last year but I seem to be having hits than misses lately That is a very welcome trend and Madeline Hunter s latest continues it I thought the romance and characters were lovelyThis was the final installment in Hunter s Decadent Duke s trilogy but it can be read as a stand alone Brentworth is the least scandalous of the trio He is the most respectable and wields considerable power in the ton enough power that the King does not have the influence over Brentworth that he might over other peers This is problematic because the King and the King before him may have promised to return lands in the Brentworth holdings to previous Scottish owner s family that was thought to have perished in the Jacobite uprising Conveniently the Scottish family s heir is an attractive woman of marriageable age Despite Brentworth s fascination for the medically trained Davina he does not give in easily to the convenient solution Brentworth and Davina embark on a fact finding mission both hoping to disprove the other This causes them to spend much time together which fuels their initial spark I enjoyed how their relationship grew in an organic way They both grew to respect each other however begrudgingly at the beginningHunter has typically written a reliably good sometimes great read but I did go into this one uncertain of how I would enjoy it because this has been an uneven series Thankfully it ended on high note in my opinion I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Ina MacCallum shows no signs of being even mildly impressed by him he is intrigued Until he learns that her mission in London involves claims against his estate Soon the two of them are engaged in a contest that allows no compromise When duty and desire collide the best laid plans are about to take a scandalous turn into the very heart of passio I read this book maybe two weeks ago and now only vaguely remember it This does not encourage me to give it than a meh rating So that s what it gets meh from meUpfront I should state that I have been a longtime reader of Madeline Hunter HRs Since the first book she ever wrote in 2000 I ve always appreciated her historical research lack of excessive anachronisms addition of a little mystery to add interest to each romance and as far as the romance itself it was usually pretty intense and sexyBut the last HRs of hers I truly enjoyed were the Rarest Blooms uartet and a select few of the Fairbourne series Nothing since Now it all feels so been there done that with all the heroes and heroines almost clones of earlier ones Well this is not a new phenomenon It has happened to most recent work from other previously talented authors I can no longer appreciate once favorite authors such as Lisa Kleypas Mary Balogh Eloisa James or lesser favorites such as Sarah Maclean Elizabeth Hoyt Tessa Dare etcMaybe it s me But I m still going to give this new Hunter a meh The hero here is the last duke standing in her latest Decadent Dukes Society series He s the handsome and very ducal Duke of Brentworth The heroine is Davina MacCollum who is trying to recover Scottish lands confiscated from her family by the Crown and given toguess who Yep So we have an antagonistic relationship at first because our ducal duke doesn t want to acknowledge that Davina has a legitimate claim Need I tell you what happens here I think not However I will admit that some of the historical aspect was interesting About Scottish baronies and inheritance etc Although something Hunter mentions in her Author s Note still has me puzzled She says In Scotland baron is a minor title and ranks below Scottish baronets in the hierarchy of titles Well this is probably a Who cares to most people but it just makes no sense to me My limited research abilities lead me to understand that barons are not part of the Scottish peerage as opposed to English peerage where barons are the fifth and lowest rank In Scottish peerage the fifth and lowest rank is Lord of Parliament and barons do not figure in the ranking at all That s fine I just can t figure out how baronets could rank higher than barons anywhere Just the etymology of the name baronet implies a lower rank than baron Oh well Who cares If there is somebody else besides me who does care and can educate me please please helpAnyhoo this is an HR and that means that romance is the most important part of the novel So I will say that it s okay in that respect but the earth didn t move for me as I read the Hh interactions But at least we didn t have an annoying and too innocent heroine in spite of her being a virgin As a woman who would have been a doctor if the times had permitted it and who had been her physician father s assistant she knew a bit than the usual Hunter virgin and the sex scenes weren t as paternalistic on the hero s part as I d been finding them in other Hunter romancesThe bromance is good here too as is usual for a Hunter HR I usually enjoy the interactions between the men than those between the men and women So we have the first two decadent dukes of the series making their appearances here as well as their romantic pairings in those books The heroines of those books didn t come across as very appealing here but then they did not appeal to me very much when they were the MCs of their own romancesWell I dunno YMMV I just found this novel to be pretty meh


10 thoughts on “Never deny a duke

  1. says:

    35 StarsThis was the third instalment of the Decadent Dukes Society series while it wasn’t my favourite out of the three books; I did still enjoy it I have always loved the writing style of Madeline Hunter and her books were one of the first romances I started reading when I discovered this genre She does a wonderful job writing a heartwarming romance and including passion friendships and adventure into her tales In this adve

  2. says:

    I received this Advanced Reader Copy in a GoodReads Giveaway This book marks the satisfying conclusion to The Decadent Dukes Society trilogy an

  3. says:

    I've given this a B at AAR so that's 45 starsI was really relieved to discover that Never Deny a Duke was a big improvement on the previous book in the series A Devil of a Duke which just scraped a C grade3 stars from me last year And I liked the premise of this one – and the way Ms Hunter handles it – uite a lot Davina MacCallum has come to London in order to petition for the return of the Scottish lands and title she believes were u

  4. says:

    At Last It's time for the story of Eric Marshall the Duke of Brentworth and the Most Ducal Duke He is the last of

  5. says:

    I actually like the premise of this one because it's a bit unusual Scottish Davina MacCallum arrives in London with the sole purpose of gaining an audience with the King in order to plea her case to have their f

  6. says:

    45 starsMy reading has slowed to a snail’s pace compared to last year but I seem to be having hits than misses lately That is a very welcome trend and Madeline Hunter’s latest continues it I thought the romance and characters were lovelyThis was the final installment in Hunter’s Decadent Duke’s trilogy but it can be read as a stand al

  7. says:

    I read this book maybe two weeks ago and now only vaguely remember it This does not encourage me to give it than a meh rating So that'

  8. says:

    Series Decadent Dukes Society #3Publication Date 43019Number of Pages 304This wonderful wrap up for the Decadent Dukes Society is delightfully different – not one of your standard tropes The ‘Most Ducal Duke’ meets his match and it is a delight to watch The book is well written and the characters are very relatable and likableEric Marshall Duke of Brentworth has long been known as the most ducal of dukes He’s always proper dour du

  9. says:

    35 Stars Never Deny a Duke features a wonderful romance between a woman determined to reclaim her family’s lands and the Duke who doesn’t plan to give them upWhen Davina MacCallum seeks out the Duke of Brentworth it’s not for any of the usual reasons Eric would have expected Instead Davina is looking to reclaim Scottish lands confiscated from her family and given to his But the Duke of Brentworth never gi

  10. says:

    Both the MCs were bland and nothing endeared me to them Also there was a lot of filler so much was written that didn't add anything to the story Rosalyn Landor's lovely voice was not able to save this unfortunately

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