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  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060528400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060528409
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,139,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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fantastic book great story and caricatures this is the second book in the duke trilogy fantastic books. highly recommended. loved every one you will not be disappointed
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12 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Art on 15 Feb. 2005
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This was the first book I read by this author, but it wont be my last!
The plot was unusual and gripping but what made it different was the emotion portrayed by the main characters. This author is in the same league as Lavyrle Spencer!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully Real 31 Oct. 2004
By E. A. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Adele Ashworth has created real people in Duke of Sin. The emotions ring true and have you turning the pages feeling you know these people. The mystery has some actual mystery to it. I made several wrong guesses in the course of the book before banging my head and saying 'Of course!'. The solution makes perfect sense - I just missed it.

Two examples of realism - the first comes when the hero is explaining to his friend how he became involved with the heroine - he sums it up along the lines of 'So I said I'd give her the manuscript if she became my companion'. Instead of shock or dispproval or any of the usual best-pal novel reactions, the hero's pal proclaims him a genius and swears he WILL use that ploy in the near future. I laughed. The second is something I won't spoil - but the hero reveals it only to his friends. He never tells the heroine. This moment is much more satisfying than the standard gut spill every hero starts doing about page 243.

If you have a low tolerance for sex scenes, be warned - this book is very hot. Generally you would find me complaining about that but Adele Ashworth has written them into the story and the characterization so seamlessly that I found myself reading and not skimming until the last 3rd of the book. (Normally I hit the first one and skip ahead). Rather than detract from the story they really do advance it and enhance it. Great read.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 - Wish we could add the 1/2 stars 15 July 2006
By LIL' OLE COWGIRL FROM TEXAS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I REALLY liked this book. Great writing, great character development, more to the story than just a light-hearted romance. I really liked the two lead characters. I could pick apart a couple of un-realistic aspects of the story (her being a virgin still @ 35, him living in seclusion with only his servants for the last 5 years) but I enjoyed it so much I am not going to.

My only complaint is the Title of the book & the picture on the back of the book. I felt like I needed to hide it from my kid's. I was afraid it was going to be a really trashy romance. It was not. Really only one "R Rated" sex scene.

He's called the "Duke of Sin" but the only sin he committed was being wrongfully accused of murdering his wife. Again, this is the best romance story I have read in a long time. I will be looking for more from this author.

I was surprised so many reviewers focused on the inconsistent eye color. My husband, me & our 3 boys have a mix of eye color depending on what shirt we have on. I never even caught this & it seems a weird thing to get hung up on. Again, it was a good book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Chemistry between the two leads... 24 July 2005
By avines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is the first book i've read by adele ashworth and it definitely won't be the last! duke of sin, while flawed in a few ways, is ultimately a great story because of the two lead characters. the heroine, vivian rael-lamont is strong, independent, and forthright with her emotions. rarely does the hero have to guess how she's feeling. she is candid and honest about them whenever he inquired.

the hero, william raleigh, duke of trent, is just as candid, which brings a mature voice to this story. it's not a love story between an experienced hero who falls in love with an innocent and naive chit, this is a love story between two mature adults who aren't afraid to say how they feel or tell each other what they want, and THAT'S why i love this story.

the emotions here ring true and are never melodramatic. ashworth does an amazing job of depicting the characters in a way in which the reader can see the vulnerability they share because of the hardships they've experienced in their lives. despite what other reviewers have said, i DID see the chemistry between the two and saw the love develop on a deeper level. i could see it because vivian and william were fleshed out so that the reader could see all facets of them, which made the reader understand why they would fall in love with each other.

the one main weakness of the story was the plot. the blackmail plot was so convoluted that even when it was resolved, i still didn't quite understand what had happened. however, the pace of the book was such to where the plot meant little to me because the focus was always on vivian and william, which is how i like my romance novels. so what if the secondary characters weren't drawn out? it didn't hinder the development of the love story between vivian and william, so i didn't care. it made the whole thing more intimate.

one strength of the plot was that william guessed early that vivian wasn't a nefarious creature bent on ruining him. he knew she was being blackmailed, so the reader was spared all of the crap that goes with misunderstandings like that: cruel treatment of the heroine at the hands of the hero followed by the heroine desperately trying to convince the hero she's telling the truth. sure, there are a couple of secrets that vivian held close to the vest, but they were ultimately revealed in such a way that the hero didn't doubt her, except for one time and his friends help him recognize the fact that she's innocent of any wrongdoing against him so it only lasted for a second.

and BOY...those love scenes were as hot as they come. ashworth is gifted in both her description of sensual tension and verbal foreplay, all without it ever becoming a vulgar thing. there were also some, um, UNUSUAL love scenes here. let's just say that william can be a bit overeager and finish things before they begin. the fact that he couldn't control his desire DEFINITELY made him sexier in my eyes.

while i do agree that some of the dialogue was more sophisticated than i would have expected for victorian england, frankly, i found it refreshing. just because it's not the usual dialogue doesn't mean it's not likely to have existed. i'm not a stickler for that kind of thing.

so in the end, strong character rendering, burnng sensual tension and some of the most luscious love scenes i have ever read, made this a good story in my book. if those are the kinds of things you look for in a romance novel, then pick this one up. if you're more of a stickler for accuracy in historical data, are uncomfortable with graphic love scenes, or are easily distracted by a weak plot, then you probably won't like this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
First Ashworth book - and Won't be my last!! 8 Mar. 2005
By J. Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
William Raleigh the Duke of Trent suspected of murdering his wife and shunned by society, has been living as a recluse on his vast estate. Vivian Rael-Lamont is a widow living near the duke. She has secrets from her past that are threatened to be exposed unless she can retrieve a valuable Shakespearean manuscript from the duke's estate. While the blackmail plot is rather weak the two characters were so strong and engaging that you were quickly drawn into their tragic lives and this allows you to accept the plot that brings them together. The book was truly more about the growing feelings between William and Vivian.

This was a truly incredible romance between two lonely people who had been damaged by their previous marriages. William was just so loving and caring. The way his body reacted to Vivian was incredible. Obviously it had been awhile for him. I loved how Vivian was intuitive enough to realize that this sensitive loving man could not have done all the horrible things that had given him the name, Duke of Sin. As she opened up her heart finally after thirty years both of these lonely people would find real and true love.

On a romance scale this book ranks high with some highly charged emotional love scenes. In fact the love scenes are some of the best I have read in a long time. This is a real page turner and four strong roses. I highly recommend and do not think you will be disappointed.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
How could this book possibly rate a 5? 14 April 2005
By Annie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think too many reviewers give away 5 stars like candy on Halloween. This book was flawed in so many ways. Giving 5 stars when there were obvious mistakes makes you wonder exactly who reads these books! How could any editor miss the fact that the author describes H/H both at different times with different eye color?? That is inexcusable. I liked Will, Duke of Trent. But the "conflict" in the story does not really work. First of all, Will is charged with murder, rightfully gets off with the help of his two best buddies, two other Dukes. But...he lives 11 months of the year in Cornwall alone. This makes zero sense: if they were such good friends, would they not be associating with Will? Would Will not visit with them and them him? I do not get it. Also, Lady Vivian has a legal separation. Well, so what? Plenty of the Ton lived separate lives. The concept that she had to maintain a separate life and not even see her sisters is well, stupid. If the family maintained the illusion she lived in France with her husband, would she not come and visit??? And how could her husband have died 9 years earlier and she not know? He married her for her money and she apparently settled money on him with the legal separation, so if he was no longer looking for funds, what happened to him? Also, what about Will's family? He is a Duke so who is his heir? So, Will supposedly has two valued friends who he never sees. And another point: the author is going to continue the series obviously about the other two Dukes. But his book does not really have them enough in the story to make a sequel about them interesting. She created zero curiosity about them. The only reason I would even read the next book is to find out what happens with Vivian and Trent. They marry I guess, but an heir? His her family? Visiting London? Society accepting them? Poorly plotted storyline.
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