First off this book had a rape scene. It's between Bel and a minor character and it's not very graphic, Bel kind of blacks out as it is happening. I know some people have a problem with these types of I just finished reading a book about which I complained that nothing happened. Well, lots of stuff happens in The Duke.
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I read and very much enjoyed your novel, The Duke , back when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth okay, slight exaggeration, but sometimes it feels that long ago; actually, the internet tells me that The Duke was published in I liked some of these books better than others, but my interest waned sometime before the Knight Miscellany series ended — none of the books had the same impact for me that The Duke had, and eventually I moved onto other things.
When I saw that you had a new novel coming out, I decided to dip my toe in the water again and see if I was missing anything. The book opens in Cornwall in She is being held by a gang of smugglers, and now they plan to turn her over for use as a sex toy to the Duke of Warrington, known to the denizens of the local village as the Beast. The smugglers have run afoul of the Duke and plan to use Kate as part of a peace offering.
Apparently this was before the invention of those pretty fruit baskets where the fruits are cut to look like flowers. You see, Warrington is part of a secret order called…the Order, which for centuries has battled another secret order, more imaginatively named the Prometheans okay, to be fair, I later realized it was The Order of St. Michael, but they usually just go by the short name. Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, Beast, castle, virgin sacrifice.
Anyway, our hero, whose first name is Rohan, accepts his gift and has her deposited in his bedroom for later ravishment. They do manage a little petting when she is pretty out of it, and honestly, I found that distasteful enough. He also discovers that she appears to have a connection to the Prometheans, one Kate herself is not aware of.
Okay, I had a lot of problems with this book, and this whole business was one of them. This book did eventually decide, but far too late for my tastes.
The entire Prometheans v. Order dynamic, replete with occult mumbo-jumbo, was way over the top, and not in a good way. I felt like the book got more and more cartoonish as it went along, at least in its portrayal of these two secret groups that were battling it out, good v.
It all just struck me as very silly again, not in a good way, though others may be more forgiving. The silliness reaches its height in the dramatic denouement in which our hero and heroine venture into a secret, booby-trapped cave in the Orkney Islands in order to retrieve value scrolls from the tomb of Valerian the Alchemist before the baddies can get there.
The characterization was flat — the hero and heroine more a collection of cliches than anything. The writing was similarly cliched and at times far too purple for my taste. As it as, again, my grade for My Dangerous Duke is a D. This is a mass market published by Avon who participates in agency pricing thus no discounting and tax will be assessed for some readers. In that time she's read a lot of good romances, a few great ones, and, unfortunately, a whole lot of dreck. Many of her favorite authors Ivory, Kinsale, Gaffney, Williamson, Ibbotson have moved onto other genres or produce new books only rarely, so she's had to expand her horizons a bit.
Ward, and she eagerly anticipates each new Sookie Stackhouse novel. Strong prose and characterization go a long way with her, though if they are combined with an unusual plot or setting, all the better.
When she's not reading romance she can usually be found reading historical non-fiction. This makes my choice easier as I have issues with the Molesting Hero. Harking back to Sarah's recent post: they should have to disclose this crap before I pay for a book!
TKF the next Liz Carlyle is paranormal historical or has paranormal elements. I was confused for the first third of the book because there was nothing in the cover, blurb, etc that would tip a reader off. Jane : Is this a new trend we need to watch for? Or watch out for? Maybe it is an Avon thing. The next Liz Carlyle is an Avon book.
From the cover and blurb in the back is very misleading. I love historical paranormals. But I do understand why a misleading cover would tick people off. One question though, is this a matter of misleading covers or a general dislike of historical paranormals?
Just curious. I knew her move to Avon would spell doom. Color me confused. BTW I got one of those edible arrangements for my birthday this past fall and they are even more beautiful IRL than in photos.
Thanks for the fun review. The way I look at it, paranormal trumps historical when it comes to pinning down the genre. I'm not at all surprised to find Avon doing this, however. Adding secret paranormal aspects seems right up their alley.
Kate Pearce : Is it being marketed as a paranormal? If so, then the right readers will find it. I not, you've got a problem IMO. Jane : the next Liz Carlyle is paranormal historical or has paranormal elements. NO No nooooooo make it stop make it stop! But is sounds like it will be properly marketed as a paranormal. I agree with Joy. Been there and done that with MJ Putney.
Can you imagine My False Heart with magic tossed in? Oh noes…. And even though MJ has gone back to historicals now, they are just no good. Their mission: to stop the insidious spread of an evil, centuries-old secret society with tentacles in every court in Europe and members among the uppermost reaches of power.
Readers are going to be pissed. Having recently read a bunch of her later works I can agree that YES they are getting worserer and worserer. Thanks, Jennie! To clarify, the paranormal elements of My Dangerous Duke were not hugely overt.
The other paranormal elements are sort of hazy and debatable. The whole Prometheans v. Order business felt paranormal because it involved these groups that, while not superhuman, were portrayed as existing outside of the regular world — fighting a centuries long battle that truly was good v. And the cave that I mentioned at the end was fantastical — it was hard to imagine or understand such a thing being constructed and maintained without either a greater level of technology than these characters would have had knowledge of, or magic.
Reading that at the time, my eyes rolled around in my head so much that I think I sprained an eyeball. ETA: Also saw on twitter that the new Brockmann has a ghost? I loved both The Duke and Lord of Fire. I gave up on her with Her Only Desire, and it seems that each subsequent book has received a lot of bad reviews.
GrowlyCub : Ghost in new Brockmann is way to add her historical element into book, like in the early TS series. Someone help me understand how this could be good? I read the entire Knight Miscellany back-to-back a few months ago, and I think I probably could have made a line graph showing the decrease in quality.
One Night of Sin pleasantly surprised me, but most graphs of real data have noise, so I think it was an outlier. Maybe it will turn out to be a phase for Carlyle too. Nothing in the packaging of the books says paranormal to me. Like email her and her editor and return the book pissed. Mallory's website has been reassuring readers for months that her latest isn't any species of paranormal, so one conjectures she learned her lesson after the last one.
And not telling me you're switching genres is simply unacceptable. Thank you. I mean obvi enough to read like 7 of her books! After liking or loving most of the 7 books of hers I read previously I was shocked by my vehement reaction, but it struck me as over the top silly, i was laughing AT IT as i read. We do not purchase all the books we review here. Some we receive from the authors, some we receive from the publisher, and some we receive through a third party service like Net Galley. Some books we purchase ourselves.
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REVIEW: My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley
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I read and very much enjoyed your novel, The Duke , back when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth okay, slight exaggeration, but sometimes it feels that long ago; actually, the internet tells me that The Duke was published in I liked some of these books better than others, but my interest waned sometime before the Knight Miscellany series ended — none of the books had the same impact for me that The Duke had, and eventually I moved onto other things. When I saw that you had a new novel coming out, I decided to dip my toe in the water again and see if I was missing anything. The book opens in Cornwall in She is being held by a gang of smugglers, and now they plan to turn her over for use as a sex toy to the Duke of Warrington, known to the denizens of the local village as the Beast. The smugglers have run afoul of the Duke and plan to use Kate as part of a peace offering.