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The Duke's Tattoo: A Regency Romance of Love and Revenge, Though Not in That Order (The Horsemen of the Apocalypse Series)

The Duke's Tattoo: A Regency Romance of Love and Revenge, Though Not in That Order (The Horsemen of the Apocalypse Series) [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Davis
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London, August 1815
Before he was the tenth Duke of Ainsworth, Jeremy Maubrey was one of the ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ and a cavalry officer known for his implacable nature. Jem always found a way to even the score with his saber. But what he wakes up to find on this particular morning requires revenge of a whole new order of magnitude.

Bath’s only female apothecary, Miss Prudence Haversham has dreamed of revenge against the duke who ruined her life nine years ago. Unfortunately, she made one simple mistake and mocked the wrong man indelibly. Now, Miss Haversham can only pray her innocent victim never discovers the guilty party.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aspen Street Press; Revised and expanded edition (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q1YEQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Miranda Davis has loved Regency romances since Mr. Darcy won Elizabeth Bennett's heart. (Not that Miranda is 200 years old.) Miranda's mother must take responsibility for her daughter's love of Georgette Heyer.

At various points, she has earned degrees from Smith College and Harvard University and worked at everything from scooping ice cream to big-time advertising. When she's not busy with family along the Old Santa Fe Trail, she's happily dreaming of Regency England or reading about it. Or knitting. Or working on the next story slowly but surely.

Another important individual contributed to her efforts. Though he never read (that the author knows of), her hulking, brown, part-gargoyle dog provided the inspiration and the dignified model for Attila.

By the way, only one of the photos is of me.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Caz
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I have to say that when I read the "blurb" for this book which detailed the initial premise, I wasn't convinced this would be a book I'd like, principally because it sounded too implausible for my taste. But I read other reviews (all of them pretty good) and given it's selling for less than two quid on Amazon, I thought "why not?"

I'm pleased I gave it a go, because Miranda Davis is clearly a talented writer. Despite the rather odd circumstances that lead to the meeting of the hero and heroine (she arranges for his nether regions to be tattoed as revenge for his having disgraced her years before - although unfortunately, she's mistaken him for his older brother!) - this is an enjoyable, if somewhat predictable story that's well-told with a light touch and plenty of humour.

If I have a complaint - and it's really just a niggle - I think that the second half of the book failed to live up to the promise of the first half, as the story then settled into a rather well-trod path, with the Duke having fallen head-over-heels for Prudence, but neglecting to inform her of that fact. As a result, we're in "big misunderstanding" territory, where both protagonists long for each other, but her pride won't let her marry a man she believes doesn't love her, and he can't understand why she's not chomping at the bit!

That said though, it's all handled with humour and consistent characterisation, so I can forgive much!

"The Duke's Tattoo" is the first in a series of four, and I will definitely keep an eye out for the next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut 14 May 2012
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I wasn't sure what I was going to get at first with this book. To be honest I was a little unsure of the Regency period setting. Having just read the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy in all it's intense glory I thought this would just be a little bit fluffy. Therefore I was completely unprepared for the absolute Jem this book turned out to be. The writing is beautifully period, wonderful rich vocabulary and gives a rich sense of place and time. The two main characters are a delight. I loved the wit and verbal fencing and found myself laughing out loud. I couldn't put it down and was gutted I couldn't download the next book.... Hurry up, can't wait.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sparkling Regency Romp 15 Aug 2012
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I loved this story. It was unusual; in both the tattoo and the fact that Prudence is an apothecary. It was beautifully written with a nod to Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin. I very much enjoyed the humour.

Ms Davis' research in her novel and the interesting miscellaneous historical notes following it were excellent.

I love novels by US authors but I find they don't always cross the Atlantic too well! Not the case in Ms Davis novel. The only word that was not appropriate to Regency England was 'Fall" which we Brits refer to as "Autumn". I was so pleased that she had "ground floors" and "waistcoats" though. The clothing descriptions were particularly accurate: Perfect!

I thoroughly enjoyed Prudence and Jem's convoluted love story and all the minor characters involved.

I am, like other reviewers, sad that the Baron's Betrothal has not been published and look forward to seeing this on Kindle soon.

Thank you, Miranda for your wonderful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horsemen of the Apocalypse book 1 7 Nov 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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4.5 Stars

I downloaded the free sample of The Duke's Tattoo on my kindle after reading my friend Catherine's fabulous review of the book on Goodreads. I just couldn't resist trying it and by the end of the first page I knew I had a must read book in my hands so I immediately purchased the full story. After all there aren't many books that open with the hero waking up one morning to discover a rather embarrassing tattoo framing his private parts! It would have been bad enough if Jeremy had had a few too many and decided to do something stupid but in fact he had been drugged, kidnapped and tattooed against his will and he doesn't have a clue who did it or why. Understandably put out by the whole affair Jeremy is determined to find out who the culprit was and make their life a misery.

Prudence hasn't set foot amongst London society since her reputation was unfairly besmirched by the Duke of Ainsworth. She has spent the last few years living peacefully in Bath and working as an apothecary but she has always longed to get revenge on the man who disgraced her. In fact Pru and her servants have spent many hours laughing as they came up with more and more ridiculous plots. When those servants happen to find the Duke stumbling out of his club alone one night it's the perfect opportunity for them to carry out their plans. Unfortunately by the time Pru realises they have the wrong man the damage has been done. Pru feels terrible about the mistake but is thankful that the Duke was drugged and has no way of discovering her identity. As you can probably guess Jeremy does uncover who was behind his attack and now it's his turn to plot his revenge. He still has no idea why Pru would have done such a thing but he is going to make her pay for her mistake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut! Hilarious Revenge!! 5 July 2012
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Stumbled on this book and only purchased as others had reviewed and said how good it was, and truely, they were not wrong. The book desciption did not do it justice. The thing i loved about this book is the way the author wrote the characters and how they interact with each other. The banter between Prudance and Gem was brilliant, and even the way she depicts the way they feel, the racing heart and the expectation when you first fall in love, she really nails that feeling! There is also a wealth of other characters that really adds to the series, and i cant wait for the next in the series which will be about Baron Clun. I for one will definitly have this pre-ordered. I could say so much about this book, but honestly, i dont want to ruin it, just download and see for your self! Definite 5 stars!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
bought this book on seeing reviews on Amazon, and I can honestly say, the 5star ratings were spot on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jan58
5.0 out of 5 stars The Duke's Tatoo - Miranda Davis
This was an enjoyable read quite funny I thought and lighthearted and if you like these sort of story lines like I do then it's the book for you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vickyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Great plot and characters. Writing is pithy and measured. Still a few Americanism, but not too obvious that they detract from overall writing or storyline.
Published 2 months ago by ReadsALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book is absolutely brilliant.... not only is it funny and witty but the author has a way of writing that is refreshing compared to other books.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by layla
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Story
Loved this book which is part of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse series the characters were believable and the story gripping.
Published 3 months ago by Gadgetqueen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
An amusing story that kept me interested right to the end. Looking forward to reading the stories of the other characters.
Published 4 months ago by Nm
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully different.
Prudence Haversham was wronged by a man and nine years later, takes an unusual revenge. She has become an apothecary and with access to medicines and a loyal servant, she drugs the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Absolutely loved this book and read it in one sitting. Fabulous regency romp, great characters and lots of witty humour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Thouroughly enjoyable read
Really liked this book and have also read the next book in the series which I enjoyed as well. Remarkable free of anachronisms and so much more enjoyable for it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs K B
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Incredible
Miranda Davis' debut novel reads like a magical fairy tale come true. The unlikely pairing of apothecary and Duke gradually come together in a pairing that is both humorous, tender... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Susanne
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