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A Duke Never Yields [Mass Market Paperback]

Juliana Gray
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5 Feb 2013

A DUKE NEVER YIELDS is the delightful third novel in Juliana Gray's debut Affairs by Moonlight trilogy. You'll be swept away by the fabulously inventive plot, witty writing, heart-stopping romance and glorious Italian setting. Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn and Suzanne Enoch, Juliana is a dazzling new talent in romance.

Impatient with the strictures of polite British society, Miss Abigail Harewood has decided to live life on her own terms - and the first thing she requires is a lover. When the commanding Duke of Wallingford arrives on the doorstep of her leased holiday castle, she thinks she's found the perfect candidate: handsome, dashing, and experienced in the art of love. But tempting Wallingford into her bed proves more difficult than she imagined. Restless and dissatisfied with his debauched life in London, the formerly rakish duke is determined to spend a year chaste. But as Abigail tries her best to seduce him, Wallingford finds his resolve crumbling in the face of her irresistible charm...and her alluring secrets.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (5 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425251187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251188
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,035,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Charming, passionate, and thrilling...sets a new mark for historical romance' (Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author)

'A dazzling debut...the best new book of the year' (Lauren Willig)

'A delightful confection of prose and desire that leaps off the page' (Julia London, New York Times bestselling author)

'Clever and supremely witty. A true delight' (Suzanne Enoch, New York Times bestselling author) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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ETERNAL ROMANCE: Find your heart's desire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written - It had me hooked! xxx 18 Feb 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
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A Duke Never Yields is the third book in the Affairs By Moonlight series. Abigail has decided that what she needs is a lover. Not interested in marriage, she sets out to find herself a man. So when the Duke of Wallingford arrives, Abigail concludes that he is the man for her: handsome, and sure to be full of passion. Wallingford is wealthy, born into a life of privilege and power. after living a careless and carefree life, he is determined to take a vow of chastity for year, and tries his best to resist her charms, though for how long?...

I loved it! I was drawn in very quickly to the story and it captured my attention from beginning to the very last pages, it was a book that I could not put down.

Abigail was a fantastically written character. She is an unconventional lady, fiercely independent and knows exactly what she wants. I warmed to her straight away and for me, she was refreshing as a character and I loved her personality and her confidence. She made me laugh as well, there were scenes where Abigail would say exactly what was on her mind and I would be laughing in agreement with her. I also really liked Wallingford as a character - there was a lot of depth to his personality and his background, and I particularly enjoyed reading to find out more about him.

The relationship between Abigail and Wallingford was fantastic - it has a brilliant mix of elements to it. It is very sensual, with romance, passion and sex for readers to devour. Also, there is humour between them, which makes their relationship very realistic, and it is fun! There is also some drama in store too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice series 10 July 2014
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I'm reading these out of sequence but it doesn't seem to matter. The female lead was quirky & very modern - bit 2 much for a Victorian. The plot was different from the usual historical romance but if you go with it, it's fine. Not sure what the point of some of the side characters was - the car owner for example.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A splendid conclusion to the trilogy 6 Feb 2013
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the last book of Gray's Affairs by Moonlight trilogy, and in it we see the pairing of Miss Abigail Harewood with Arthur Penhallow, the Duke of Wallingford. Although it can be read as a stand alone book, it's best to read the other two books in the series as the common events in each of the books are told from a different perspective, allowing a better understanding of what really transpired.

Abigail Harewood is a nonpareil, a young woman who strives to be unconventional. She does not do this by directly flaunting society, but chooses to engage in her own pursuits and interests. She bets on horse racing, become friends with men at pubs, and is a lover of classics. Unlike other young women, she does not want to get married for fear of losing her independence, but wishes to take a lover and experience passion. For this purpose, she picked the Duke of Wallingford to be her target once it becomes known they will be renting the same castle for a year. Wallingford, however, took a vow of chastity and tries his best to resist Abigail, only to surrender his heart and body to her.

The most wonderful aspect of this novel are the characters. There is so much depth in Wallingford that a mere description would not do him justice. He is the typical jaded libertine who has bedded hundreds of women without surrendering a bit of his heart. At his core, he is a sensitive and caring individual who is truly afraid of living up to his reputation for the rest of his life, not being able to be live without women and never finding more than a physical satisfaction with any of them. He sees Abigail with her innocence and angelic features as a temptation at first, but it is he who later grovels continuous at Abigail's feet, trying to get her to believe in his steadfastness. He is at once a man and a boy, sure of his standing and authority but sensitive to his own faults and afraid of failing the expectations of those he loves.

Abigail is such a singular character that it is quite impossible to strictly categorize her. She is intelligent, innocent in a refreshing way, but remarkably perspective of herself, others, and society. She knows what is expected of her but decides to forgo that for her own pursuits. She is seemingly naive yet so astute in her assessment of situations and people. She sees Wallingford for the man he is underneath, and comes to love him for him, but could not bring herself to trust that he will not stray in his love. In this story, she undergoes a transformation from a young miss looking for passion to a loving wife characteristic of Odysseus' Penelope, well deserving of Wallingford's love.

The ghost aspect in this story was also very interesting. At the end of the first book it becomes clear that there are ghosts in the castle, while at the end of the second book it seems that Wallingford's grandfather, the Duke of Olympia, was somehow involved in leasing the castle to the three men and three women. This story provides the history of the castle along with the curse explained, which plays a big role in Abigail's behavior as well as the other couples'love stories. The conclusion of this story resolves the curse and leads to a happily-ever-after in Shakespearean style, all the characters making merry and leaving a little ambiguity over the ghosts' future.

All in all, this is a fantastic conclusion to the trilogy, and a wonderful book in itself. There are some aspects I feel are unnecessary and a bit overdone, but it is a great read nonetheless, centered on two complex and unique characters who finally found all they had wanted in each other. Despite the negative reviews I've seen, I strongly urge those who want an intriguing and original historical romance to pick up this book right away.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smartly written. 12 Mar 2013
By Old Latin teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I must confess to being a bit tired of the LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST theme to this trilogy, but this third entry gets 4 stars from me because of the intelligent, witty writing to be found here. Many romance authors write as if their books were intended for 16-year-olds and I do so enjoy the books with grown-up sentences and dialogue. In this respect Gray's up there with Courtney Milan, Cecilia Grant and Meredith Duran.

This is the third romantic pairing of the 6 characters of the trilogy and is the book that ties up most loose ends. The castle's curse will be lifted, the mysterious castle owner will be revealed and everybody should live HEA. All three books take place at the same time and in the same place (that castle in Italy), with the main focus each time on only one couple. Left to be paired romantically are Miss Abigail Harewood, younger sister of the heroine of Book 1 and cousin of the heroine of Book 2, and the Duke of Wallingford, nephew and friend of the hero of Book 1 and older brother of the hero of Book 2.

It's a cute romance with lots of humor, a bit of poignancy at times and some moving moments. Abigail is an independent-minded miss who wants to live life on her own terms and does not wish to marry. That does not mean she wishes to be a virgin forever, however. So she chooses Wallingford to be her very first lover. He's a known rake with quite the reputation with women. He should be able to make the experience a very memorable one.

Well, this is amusing because Wallingford is on that one-year mission to de-debauch himself, while Abigail wants to be debauched. **SPOILER** Another thing about their romantic relationship that I really enjoyed is the reality of their first time together. The earth did not move for Abigail except perhaps in a bad way and she's totally disappointed in her chosen rake/lover, who finds he has to go to the castle library to investigate how to satisfy a woman sexually. I loved this take on the rake. **END OF SPOILER**

All in all, this is an enjoyable read. And soon to come is How to Tame Your Duke, which, interestingly, takes place in 1889. That's one year earlier than the now-completed Love's Labour's Lost trilogy, which takes place in 1890-91. In the preview of the new book which is included at the end of this one I only recognize one character, the Duke of Olympia, who I suppose will play "deus ex machina" in the new book as he did in this first trilogy.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Take 27 Mar 2013
By E. Jacobson - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book up until the end. Characters were witty, dialogue interesting, and I enjoyed the fact that the hero actually tried to discover "the seat of a woman's pleasure" through ways that did not include a whorehouse. However, I found some of the plot twists toward the end to be too far fetched and disappointing. ***spoiler***

Why didn't she tell him she was pregnant?? How disappointing for him and her!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars, Not as charming as the first novel in this series 5 Feb 2013
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The final book in the Juliana Gray's Italian castle series lacks the charm of her first novel and it is mostly due to the heroine. I found her to be a little too unrealistic.

Abigail Harewood is in Italy with her sister and cousin to escape London; or rather Abigail is following her sister who needs to leave London. Abigail is the younger sister of a Countess and she has decided to live a life very different than her older sister. Firstly, she has decided she will never marry and secondly she is resolute to take a lover. Abigail does not fit the bill of a Victorian lady. This is not an older woman but a young girl in her early twenties who acts much like a teenager but thinks she is very grown up.

Abigail decides the best way to know if someone will be a good lover is to engage in kissing them which she has tried on several servants. When her travelling party meets the Duke of Wallingford and his party in Italy, she tries her whiles on him and discovers he is such a good kisser that he must be her first bed partner.

Wallingford is unhappy that he is attracted to Abigail but believes he will never see her and her bossy sister again. Not so because they are all renting the same castle. Wallingford is trying to be as chaste as a monk for the next year but Abigail is a walking temptation, she flirts shamelessly and lets him know she plans on having him as a lover.

Abigail is bold and what was surprising is her personality seems so different in this book compared to the first novel in this series where it appears that she does not like the Duke. Here she is actively pursuing him.

Abigail is not one to listen to the advice of others. Compared to the first novel, the dialogue between the leads is circular and I found it to be less interesting than the conversations between the leads in the first story of this series. Abigail comes off as young and at times spoiled and silly. Her sister seems very unaware of Abigail's plans for her future, very little active listening occurs between the characters with the exception of Wallingford but even he gets sidetracked because he desires Abigail.

The ghost story of this book, however, was intriguing and I have to say the last third of this novel picks up the pace and makes for a very entertaining read because Abigail stops fighting her destiny. Wallingford becomes a noble hero by the end of this story and Abigail matures into a worthy heroine.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! 7 April 2014
By music/book lover - Published on Amazon.com
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Juliana Gray's characters walk off the page and into your mind. Her writing is lyrical, evocative and keeps me turning the pages and hating for it to end. The Duke is perfectly stuffy and Abigail is just the woman to give him a strong dose of reality.This is one of a series, but easily stands alone (although why would you not read the others?)
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