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To Tame a Duke [Paperback]

Patricia Grasso

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24 Jun 2010
"Set against the turbulent historical background of the War of 1812, this star-crossed romance pits a grieving English nobleman, James Armstrong, the fourteenth duke of Kinross, who has come to America bent on avenging the death of his elder brother, the thirteenth duke, who was betrayed to American troops and executed. He is in pursuit of the Gilded Lily, a spy-catcher of formidable reputation and great skill. When he finds his prey, he is dismayed to discover that the Lily is no common soldier; “she” is eighteen-year-old Lily Hawthorn, the beautiful raven-haired daughter of a tavern owner with sapphire eyes and a daring spirit. James kidnaps Lily and her eight-year-old brother and returns with them to England, intending to keep them prisoner until the end of the war. He decides to make her fall in love with him—and then break her heart but all romantic hell breaks out when he himself falls in love."

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances 12 Aug 2001
By C. Penn - Published on
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When his cousin Sloan reports the death of his older brother, James Armstrong seeks revenge upon the colonists who hung his brother. The Gilded Lily, a code name for an American spy, is responsible for the death of the 13th Duke of Kinross. Now the 14th Duke, James sets off across the oceans to kill his brother's murder. Kidnapping the man from a tavern, he's shocked to learn he's a she.
Eighteen-year-old Lily Hawthorn, daughter of a tavern owner, uses her remarkable gift of memory to aid the American cause. She disobeys her fiancé for an assignation at a tavern, little suspecting the danger she walks into. A man bent on revenge kidnaps her and her eight-year-old brother. When he realizes she's a woman, he takes her aboard his ship, planning to hold her in England until the war's conclusion. His revenge takes a different direction when he decides to make her fall in love with him, so that he might simply break her heart. A hollow victory indeed, if his own heart gets broken as well.
Patricia Grasso delivers a fast-paced tale of opposites attracted in TO TAME A DUKE. Challenges of loyalty and love bring these outstanding characters to life with witty dialogue and sharp motivation. The conflict between these two strong characters boils over into hatred, mistrust and searing passion. In addition, the beautifully realized younger brother adds a marvelous touch with his pet pig. With a complex plot weaving matters of the heart with political intrigue and bit of a mystery, TO TAME A DUKE provides delightful entertainment. Highly recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than five Stars!!! 10 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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I now have a new favorite author. In my opinion a good book will bring emotion to the reader. This book brought many to me. I cried, laughed, and was on the edge of my seat. I did not want to put the book down. I can not wait to read all of Patricia Grasso's books. Five stars for Patricia!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patricia does it again 7 Aug 2001
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
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To Tame a Duke is a great book. Set during the 1800's follow Lily and James from Boston to the Ballrooms of England. You will even be re-introduced to characters from some of Patricia's old stories. Violets in the Snow, and No Decent Gentleman. James is after the murderer of his brother. He makes the mistake in assuming that Lily is the spy that caused his death. After kidnapping her and her brother, he takes them back to England, and his life is never the same again. So what do you do when you fall in love with your kidnapper, and prisoner? Read the book. This is a great book with intrigue, romance, and laughter, and some familiar old friends from the past. Just the thing for the end of Summer Blues, or rainy day curl-up with a good book day.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Historical 15 July 2001
By Sheri Melnick - Published on
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In 1812 Boston, Lily Hawthorne is a tavern owner's daughter who is recruited by her half-brother Seth to aid the war effort. She is known as the Gilded Lily and has an amazing ability to remember codes and pass them on. Though warned by her brother and Bradley Howell, her fiancé, not to complete her next assignment, she goes ahead with it anyway.
Unfortunately, Lily and her brother Michael are captured by James Armstrong, Duke of Kinross. He has vowed to capture and kill the Gilded Lily whom he believes responsible for the death of his older brother Hugh, who was hung in America as a British spy. James' plans change when he discovers that the Gilded Lily is a woman, and he decides to keep her prisoner at his estate in England until the end of the war.
But Lily is not just any woman. She is incredibly intelligent, very resourceful, and fiercely protective of her brother Michael, who was born with a disability. James falls hard for Lily but refuses to let her know that he loves her, and Lily is heartbroken at his callous treatment of her. Things do not go as planned for James when he is forced to explain Lily's presence in England to his mother and aunts.
Ms. Grasso has written an enjoyable historical with plenty of wit and tension between the hero and heroine. The heroine is especially likeable with plenty of backbone and spunk. Though the characters could be more developed, this is a pleasing fast-paced read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming, Witty, Sensuous 13 July 2001
By Lilly Rabalais - Published on
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Lily Hawthorne, a "wharf rat", is the daughter of a Boston tavern owner. She is also the caregiver for her impaired 8 year old brother, Michael. When Lily's mother died in childbirth she entrusted the care of Michael to Lily and the two have bonded and love and care for each other.
Eighteen year old Lily has a photographic memory as well as total recall. For this reason her older brother, Seth and her fiancee, Bryan, seek her help in retrieving coded messages and passing them on during the War of 1812. She becomes known as the Gilded Lily.
James Armstrong, the 14th Duke of Kinross, a handsome nobleman is determined to avenge his older brother's death supposedly at the hands of the Gilded Lily. James sets out for America and ends up at the Boston wharves. He spys Lily, who is diguised as a boy, and kidnaps her and Michael. When he realizes the Gilded Lily is a girl he decided to take them to England until the end of the war.
On board ship Lily falls in love with James, but not before exchanging many witty barbs and humorous antecdotes. Michael is accepted by James' crew and is happy on board ship where he acquires a white pig as a pet.
James takes Lily to his home where his mother and two aunts soon arrive and "forces" James to become betrothe to Lily because of his having kidnapped her. They have an allegedly "fake" bethrote until James discovers Lily is pregnant. Enter Seth and Bryan into the fiasco along with the villian and you have a great story. Michael is wonderful character and never do you feel sorry for him.
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