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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749955996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749955991
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gaelen Foley's first novel was published in 1998 and she went on to win the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Historical Romance. Many awards later this NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author is now published in ten languages. Visit her at www.gaelenfoley.com

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"Gaelen Foley . . . is destined to captivate readers."--Romantic Times

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Welcome to the glittering world of Regency England and the passionate lives and tempestuous loves of the Knight family . . .

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 15 May 2008
Format: Paperback
The Duke - The first book in the Knight Miscellany series.

The Storyline:
Dolph is infatuated with Belinda (our heroine) so he has her father put in jail and gets her fired from her job, just so that she has to marry him. Bel refuses and ends up becoming a courtesan. Robert Knight (Knight - sigh!) Duke of Hawkscliffe, thinks he can use Bel to find out the truth (about a murder) from Dolph because of his infatuation with her. So Robert strikes a deal with Bel. He becomes her protector and she has to pretend to be Robert's Mistress. Gradually over the Season, they start to fall in love and Robert protects, cares and even risks his life for Bel.
Unfortunately, the scheming Earl of Coldfell offers Robert a plum political position in exchange for marrying his daughter Juliet. Bel won't be mistress to a married man, so will Robert come to his senses in time and realise that Bel means more to him than risking any scandal? Will Robert agree to marry Juliet? Can Robert live without Bel? Is Dolph the murderer? Will they all live happily ever after? Read it and find out.
- Skim read Chapters 1&2, and start from Chapter 3.

Why buy?
I re-read it time and time again and still enjoy it. I have read this story countless times now and it is such a FANTASTIC book. The characters, storyline, detail, places Foley describes and romance are all excellent. She makes you feel part of the story and you really want them to live happily ever after. Bel is an intelligent and beautiful heroine who has made the best of the bad situations she has fallen into. The characters really come to life and are everything you could ask for in a Hero and Heroine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Sept. 2006
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This is the first book in a series and is a well written romance. I have all of Gealan Foleys books, they are all great. They are hot and steamy...very much different from Georgette Hayer books, but still conform to good written romance. You'll read this and you'll want the rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.E.B on 26 Oct. 2010
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Belinda Hamilton is young, beautiful and vulnerable. Her father has been locked away in prison after falling into debt and now she must do all she can to survive, even if it means going against her pride and honour. When the noble and handsome Duke of Hawkscliffe offers to be her Protector in return for her help in catching an alleged murderer, Bel knows she must accept. After all, the Duke only asks for her help, not her body. It seems like the perfect arrangement but as a dangerous attraction develops between them, Bel risks going against the first and most important rule of a courtesan- never fall in love.

Miss Hamilton is the perfect heroine full of beauty, wit and compassion. After losing her job at a young girls' finishing school she refuses to be beaten and knows she must do all she can to help her father. She is certainly no weak, timid female but beneath her hardened surface lies a vulnerability and fear, which she is determined to hide.

Bel and Hawkscliffe appear to be a match made in heaven but there is only one thing stopping them from living happily ever after: Society. Faced with a heartbreaking decision, they risk losing each other to please the outside world.

Not only is this book wonderfully romantic, the plot is very gripping and excellently written. An expert in her field, Foley avoids making the story seem corny and the characters shallow. The ending however, did seem rather far-fetched and not what I would have chosen but that certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. It was some of Foley's other work which got me hooked on this genre and for that I thank her greatly. Nothing beats a bit of Regency romance.

If you're after heart-melting romance and raw sexual passion this book is exactly what you need. The sizzling chemistry between Bel and Hawkscliffe will take your breath away and arouse in you desires that you never knew existed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crux Roesia on 22 Jun. 2007
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This was my first Gaelen Foley novel and it certainly won't be the last! The author takes your hand and carries you into England's past in such a way that you are reluctant to let go.

The Duke is the story of a heart-sore gentleman seeking revenge for the death of the woman he believed he had a tendre for, and a wronged beauty who is forced to presume the role of a courtesan in London's elitist society after life has dealt her a savage blow.

Hero and heroine in turn both sizzle and snuggle together in an addictive read that had me willing the fates not to conspire against them. I have read quite a number of books set in this historic period and usually find myself quickly returning to the incomparable Georgette Heyer. In this case, I went and ordered the second of Gaelen Foley's Miscellancy series, in the hopes that I would discover another really good story to lose myself in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on 26 May 2010
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This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have read (and since I get through at least 4 a week, that is saying something!) I actually went as far as to buy it, after the first reading from my local library. The hero, Robert Knight, is a man of deep integrity and almost impenetrable loneliness, who pined for a particular society beauty from afar in a display of courtly love worthy of King Arthur's Court. He cannot have her: she is the wife of a friend. When she dies in mysterious circumstances, her husband asks Robert's help. Robert's watchword in affairs of the heart is 'devotion' and this devotion to a dead woman's memory leads him to unbend his integrity and hire Belinda Hamilton, a demirep seeking a rich protector. I won't go into his reasons for doing this, but they are believable and what ensues is a poignant and fragile meeting of souls. Hired to avenge his lady love, knowing her 'services' in any other capacity are not required makes Belinda feel safe. Inexperienced as a courtesan, Bel finds herself falling in love with her 'knight-protector' as more facets of his chivalrous nature unfold. There is the usual moment of misunderstanding between the two - a moment that characterises so many romances and spoils some - but in this novel it was not at all jarring, simply part of a well-woven progression. The spell Foley weaves is not broken by anachronisms or careless errors: her prose style is lyrical and haunting and she does not feel the need to spell everything out. I like a writer who assumes her reader is intelligent. Despite their differences, the two main characters grow to respect and value one another. To say more would be to give away too much, but suffice it to say that the ending is all that anyone could wish for. I would recommend any book by Gaelen Foley, but this is one of her best.
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