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Gaelen Foley
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7 July 2011 Knight Miscellany (Book 1)

Driven to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of the woman he loved, the Duke of Hawkscliffe will go to any lengths to unmask a murderer. Even if it means jeopardising his reputation by engaging in a scandalous affair with London's most provocative courtesan - the desirable but aloof Belinda Hamilton.

Bel has used her intelligence and wit to charm the city's titled gentlemen while struggling to put the pieces of her life back together. She needs a protector, so she accepts Hawkcliffe's invitation to become his mistress in name only. He asks nothing of her body, but seeks her help in snaring the same man who shattered her virtue.

Together they tempt the unforgiving wrath of Society - until their risky charade turns into a dangerous attraction, and Bel must make a devastating decision that could ruin her last chance at love.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749955996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749955991
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,471 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

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above...Oh unfair 7 Sep 2006
By Izzy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a MUST BUY NOW book 15 May 2008
By Hannah
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!! 25 Feb 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Something like this only comes in once in once life..a story like this is ..its simply heartwarming..I love Bel's personality..And Robert is where the word Hero was from!...He's too good to be true! Its warmth my heart to see Roberts warming up to Bel even though he thinks that she is a wanton..butshe realy is acting it...and chapter after chapter you see how he is step by step feeling protective towards her..and then they both feel this attraction...when Bel spills the beans about her past..(thats my fav part by the way)..its just sets your heart on fire and you start to reach for the characters..i almost came to tears a few time through the book..when roberts say "You are my lady and i fight for your honor" or something like that...anyway it got to me....Buy this or regret it for the rest of your life..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly written Regency romance 26 Oct 2010
By K.E.B
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and exciting Regency read 22 Jun 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The duke
A good series almost as good as her previous series..Throughly recomend this as a very good story with excellent plot
Published 4 months ago by sally g
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
My wife loves these books she read this one in about four days, now she wants number two in the sreies!
Published 10 months ago by Chris Gustar
3.0 out of 5 stars Room for Improvement, but still enjoyable
Review taken from Blog Post (#84) in February 2011, after borrowing from the library.

This is actually the first book in the Knight Family Series, and focuses on Robert,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Toodles Book Club
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I got this booked based on reviews but I was a little disappointed. True, the story gets better and I think the ending is quite good but somehow the characters lacked depth. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by D. Phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I was really looking forward to reading this book - the first I've read by Gaelen Foley and I was very disappointed. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by essexlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful
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! Read more
Published on 26 May 2010 by Bibliophile
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Published on 9 July 2009 by Linda Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars great start to the knight family story
loved it but having read subsequent novels the surprises in the story werent surprises at all. robert "hawk" hawkscliffe starts the trensd of saving damsels in distress in this... Read more
Published on 23 May 2008 by Lindymck
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
The book lack sparkle. The story was flat and unbelievable. The climax was so anti climax. Not worth your time.
Published on 22 May 2008 by Book Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Good Regency Romance by modern standards
I have all books in the series and I really enjoyed 'The Duke' and 'Lord of Fire', for me it was addictive reading and the stories have fine detail and suspension - I really cared... Read more
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