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What I Did For A Duke

What I Did For A Duke

Escrito por Julie Anne Long

Narrado por Justine Eyre


What I Did For A Duke

Escrito por Julie Anne Long

Narrado por Justine Eyre

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4.5/5 (17 valoraciones)
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9 horas
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Dec 31, 2019
ISBN:
9781541430891
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For years, he's been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he'll seduce Ian's innocent sister, Genevieve — the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he'll capture her heart . . . and then he'll break it.

But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . and though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke's dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anything she won't do for a duke?

Contains mature themes.

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Dec 31, 2019
ISBN:
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Sobre el autor

USA Today bestselling author and Rita® Award winner Julie Anne Long’s books have been translated into eighteen languages, nominated for numerous awards, and have appeared on dozens of “Best of” lists. NPR named her Pennyroyal Green series as one of the Top 100 romance series of all time. She currently lives in Northern California.

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  • (5/5)
    WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE by Julie Anne Long is an interesting historical romance set in Regency England.It is is fifth in the "Pennyroyal Green series".but can be read as a stand alone. Book in the " Pennyroyal Green Series": #1 The Perils of Pleasure,#2 Like No Other Lover, #3 Since the Surrender, #4 I Kissed a Earl.A great historical romance read with an older mature gentleman and a much younger mature lady. A wonderful plot of a mature gentleman out to ruck chaos on the man, Ian's,who affronted him of his fiancee a few weeks earlier. So for vengeance he decides to seduce,ruin then abandon his offender's older sister,an innocent. But things go wrong when Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, meets the lovely,independent Genevieve. Moncrieffe becomes attracted to this independent,intelligent,homely,young lady, the Eversea who as yet has been untouched by ton scandal until....Moncrieffe.What follows his funny at times as he learns this vicarious young lady is not only lovely,attractive,but is also full of surprises and very intelligent.But Genevieve believes herself in love with her childhood friend,who has announced to her is plans to propose to their dearest friend and the tides are turned. For Moncrieffe, will not only become infatuated with Genevieve but will also loose his heart and soul to her. But he will make the decision to let her go,to find her happiness and can find her true love. This is a story of romance,passion,forgiveness,with wit,humor, sweet sensuality,finding yourself,letting go of the past and finding true love.If you enjoy historical romance full of romance,you will enjoy this one."What I Did For a Duke" is a great read,that will leave you wanting more.It is fast paced from beginning to end.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher and details can be found at Avon,an imprint of Harper Collins Publisher and My Book Addiction Reviews.
  • (5/5)
    Julie Anne Long is at her best, in my opinion, when she is writing the book equivalent of a bottle episode. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors, but I do have my minor (and occasionally not minor) quibbles with her Pennyroyal Green series. I didn’t care for the first book (I feel like there might be a review floating somewhere in the ephemera detailing my issues), I was destroyed by the second book, the third and fourth books suffered from my same issues as the first (I’ll touch on that slightly when I get into the review), but truth be told, I was reading this series solely so I could get to this book. The first, third, and fourth books for me — not that Julie Anne Long is not GOOD at writing mystery/suspenseful plots, it’s just that I think her specific set of talents shines when she’s simply writing about the growth of a relationship and emotions between the two main characters.

    It’s no secret whatsoever that I love a May/December romance. I have, literally, loved May/December since I was a preteen. When I found this one repeatedly mentioned on lists of the best romance novels with significant age differences, I decided I would give the Pennyroyal Green series another go around. Which has turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL decision. But to say there was a lot of anticipation and build-up for me in getting to this book would be an understatement.

    For one of the very few times in my reading lifetime, a book that was so hyped up in my brain, did not disappoint me at all.

    The Duke of Moncrieffe, Alex, is a widower who is cuckolded by Ian Eversea (a name familiar to those who know something of this series). Well, sort of. Alex is engaged to Abigail Beasley and Ian takes it upon himself to romance her a little. Alex catches them, and instead of calling Ian out, as Ian fully expects, Alex instead vows revenge. Oh, and he’s been somewhat accused of poisoning his deceased wife.

    Genevieve Eversea is Ian’s baby sister, all of 20 and madly in love with her nearly-life-long best friend, Harry Osborne. She and Harry comprise a trio with Millicent, and on the first day of the Everseas’ house party, Harry tells Genevieve that he’s planning to propose — to Millicent. Genevieve is devastated. Completely heartbroken and devastated.

    Naturally, this is when it’s revealed that Alexander, Duke of Moncrieffe, has been added as a last minute participant of this little house party. And boy, does he have some plans for Genevieve.

    What I love about Julie Anne Long’s writing, in all of her books, is the fact that no one she writes is purely a caricature. The villains aren’t just villains, the heroes aren’t merely heroic. Everyone seems like a real person. Genevieve is naive, she is rather innocent, she is a tad dramatic, while also being quiet and reserved and intelligent. But at no time do you want to shake her for being too innocent, or too stupid, or too anything.

    I think the thing I love most about Genevieve is that her quietness and the way in which she expresses care and kindness toward others, is seen almost solely through the eyes of Alex. Genevieve’s virtues aren’t something that impressed upon us like a hammer between the eyes. It’s not something that Genevieve internally strives for. It’s just part of Genevieve, and Alex is the only one that really notices it because Alex is so deprived of that sort unthinking consideration.

    Alex is especially interesting to me in this novel, he could so easily come across as the haughty, distant, lascivious asshole. After all, he’s there to use Genevieve to get revenge on her scallawag of a brother. But he’s actually a complex person. He’s not inherently cruel, vicious, evil, or any of the other adjectives that tend to be attached to him. The slow reveal of what happened to his wife, and the impact it had on him is beautiful. As always, it seems, in the hands of Julie Anne Long, the trauma of his backstory and how it affects his ability to both feel and accept love and kindness is not something that is drawn in aggravatingly broad strokes. Instead it just quietly, and simply, a part of Alexander who has dark and light shades to him.

    Genevieve and Alex have such a wonderful dynamic between them. She’s heartbroken, his heart was broken years ago. She’s the quiet one who is lost in a sea of the insanity of the Eversea clan, he’s the duke that everyone writes off as the haughty (perhaps murderous) heartless man. Somehow, in trying to use her, he ends up becoming hers. And it’s just gorgeous.


    It’s gorgeous. It made me laugh out loud. It made me clutch my heart. It made me flush. The sex scenes are well. You know. It’s good. That’s what I’m saying. Read this book. It’s some of the very best from Julie Anne Long, and some of the very best period.
  • (5/5)
    Couldn't stop thinking about it, so I decided to reread it. I enjoyed it just as much the second time. I love Alex. A mature hero is, unfortunately, a novel thing. also? Sex without love from the heroine. Amazing.
  • (5/5)
    I liked this book, but not a lot happens here.

    Upon Rereading . . .

    I read this book ten months ago, gave it three stars, quickly wrote the "review" shown above, and moved on. Recently I've read two other books in the Pennyroyal Green series and like them quite a bit. Moreover, I looked at some of the glowing reviews of this book, including a really nice one on dearauthor.com, which inspired me to pluck this title from my To Read Again Perhaps shelf.

    I'm glad that I gave it another chance. Perhaps I read it too quickly the first time, for this is a book that needs to be read carefully. It's true, as I said, that not a lot happens here. The story spans about a week during a house party at the Eversea's Sussex estate. Alex arrives intending to take revenge on Ian Eversea by seducing his younger sister, Genevieve, who is already in love with Harry. Then he changes his mind. And Genevieve changes hers. The end.

    But, oh the journey that these two make to reach their happy conclusion is quite lovely. Ms. Long's prose sparkles; her humor insinuates itself without ever being laugh out loud. But you must read it thoroughly and not skim over the interior monologues (as I tended to do). Mr friend Moss described it as "pure joy" and indeed it is.

    Highly recommended!
  • (5/5)
    Emotional. With a capital "E". That is the first and only word that comes to mind as, while and after you're done with this book. From the first page, where we see Ian climb into Abigail's room, Ms. Long makes the suspense build ever so slowly.

    It starts with the emotions felt by Ian while he literally stalks Abigail, the Duke's fiancée, for three days culminating with his climb into her bed, flows seamlessly through while we watch Harry carry out his "plan" while Alex ever so slowly, but surely brings Genevieve to life. And the ending will have you holding your breath, wringing your hands and putting the book down so you would prolong the emotions felt by the characters. It feels so clichéd to tell you that the Author has written three-dimensional characters, but she has, and not just written about them, she's molded, gave breath and depth to such complex Hero and Heroine that left me breathless! Struck dumb! I honestly didn't want the book to end. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? I have to get through this page to get to the next, and next, and then you turn around and the book ends and its 5 am!!! And I want more...

    The best thing about this story is...well, I'm unable to choose. Could it be the part where he tells her how a kiss should feel? Or a part where she discovers his intent for her? Or the part where she receives the flowers? Or the dialogue? I have to tell you, it is one of the best dialogues written. The humor and wit were so natural that it left me chuckling and laughing out loud. See, I just can't choose! There's just too many. What gave me most satisfaction is the way that Ms. Long slowly "peeled" the story as well as the characters, for me. She has taken her time in "painting" not just the setting but the emotions of all her characters. The writing went way beyond steamy and romantic. It was sensual. The sensuality was off the charts and jumps of the pages to leave you panting for more. What a gift that was!

    Out of all five Pennyroyal Green books that she's written, for now, this is my favorite.

    This series is one of the best I've read; the characters in all five, well-developed and the stories perfectly paced. We are completely engaged from the beginning of the series and are eagerly awaiting the next one.
    I absolutely recommend this book, along with the previous four, to all regency romance fans. They are a brilliant piece of writing.

    Now Ms. Long, tell me, whose story will you give us next? Lyon's or Ian's? Either will be welcomed by me. Bravo, Ms. Long!

    Melanie
  • (5/5)
    I loved this historical romance - an entertaining fifth installment in the Pennyroyal Green series. It was refreshing to have an "older" hero, Alex, the Duke of Falconbridge. His inner thoughts were great, and I loved the way everyone cow-towed to him, having no idea of what he's really thinking! Sensational set up on the beginning with Ian too - poor man! Still, I had trouble with the whole Genevieve loving Harry bit which was the fly in the ointment. Still, best of the series so far.
  • (4/5)
    I never thought I'd enjoy this period of history so much. The conventional courtesies, impeccable politeness, dastardly rakes, pub culture, pecking order, parlor games, and games of the more... emotional sort. But what makes these stories is Julie Anne Long's writing.I could go on and on about the characters in the story. This installment in the series is about an introspective, clever but never unkind, young woman suddenly faced with a dichotomy of sorts: what she thinks she wants is not quite what she needs or wants and this, revealed in the least expected ways by the most unexpected people.I can imagine how difficult it would be for a woman in that time to uncover what she wants with pressing familial and societal expectations. This author has a way of writing these characters that aren't stuffy, forced or cliched, that reflect this period of history without losing humor, character depth, or plot that completely loses the reader's interest.If you love period romances, I highly recommend these! Another fun romp through Pennyroyal Green.
  • (5/5)
    Very enjoyable with great characters and humor. I loved the main characters and wanted them to be happy. The duke's humor was unexpected, he would say shocking things at serious times that made me laugh. Genevieve was wonderful as well, young but not childish always struggling to match wits with the duke. This is character driven so no murder or adventure but still very engaging and hard to put down. What I enjoyed most was the interaction of the characters. There was no back stabbing or blackmail, no evil doer messing up things. Just regular people with mixed emotions trying to figure out what they want. Beautifully written.
  • (5/5)
    Loved the book. Funny, Engrossing... not a single dull moment. Liked both the lead characters. Even the secondary characters were good.
  • (4/5)
    I do love a hero that skates between good and bad. I enjoyed this hero and heroine immensely, and Long handles the subject of young-love/realistic-expectations very well. Also, despite the written medium, she does a brilliant job of making the reader peripherally aware of characters "off screen", whether it be Henry reacting to a particular laugh or Ian nervously watching the duke for quick movements.
  • (4/5)
    I loved the honesty between the hero and heroine. In this type of book where the hero and heroine's relationship starts off with their own agendas, it usually takes a long time for honesty to be established. The relationship between the two built slowly throughout the book as the h/h learned more about each other and spent more time together. Unfortunately, the ending moved the book down a few stars for me. It seemed like the relationship had built to a point that the the actions in the last chapter didn't fit with the story. But the journey to that point was a great read.