- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 699 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (11 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EFPNV1G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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All In with the Duke (Gambling on Love Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Yes I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance novel and tell them that it's a very good romance.
I liked Tristan and I liked Max, and I loved them as a couple. Yes it's maybe a little cliched to have the big (in every sense), socially, financially, and politically powerful Duke be the Dom in their relationship, but this story didn't follow the conventional D/s narrative in that Max, while knowing exactly what turns him on, was once bitten, twice shy about expressing his darker desires. March writes absolutely lovely Doms, men who are utterly smitten by their subs and care as much for their pleasure as their own, and Max was no exception.
However... I can't help feeling the ending was just too neat and tidy. March is rather fond of the partner who cannot imagine a future between her heroes suddenly having a Big Revelation and all their objections melting away in the space of a couple of paragraphs of Deep Thought, but underlying that overly-convenient conclusion is a carefully considered and realistic way for the two men to be together - something I especially value in an historical romance. In this story... I simply didn't believe in the solution Max found.
Still, those niggles aside it was an enjoyable book to read, as March's books always are. It suffered from perhaps (gasp!) a surfeit of sex, but then she writes it so well who can complain about that? Overall it's a solid 3.5-4* read and if you're a fan of March's you'll love it.
The fine detail of the setting is perfection, and March uses language which fits the era but isn’t so distant that it makes it hard work to read. The pages flow gracefully, and her ability to build up tension between the lovers is second to none. There’s always a bit of kink in her stories but it’s not so strong or odd that more ‘vanilla’ readers wouldn’t enjoy it, and I find it quite endearing. The kink is actually used as a deeper bond of understanding and sharing between Tristan and Max.
All In With The Duke is not without humor, which is subtle but brings the characters to life. I’m going to have to quote my favourite line, spoken during an argument, “Don’t Yes your Grace me, I suck your cock.”
All in all, if you love regency, romance, an intense build up to passion, total page turning, with easily flowing prose that makes you melt, then you need to go; All in With the Duke. Also note March's books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic Contest.
The setting being the 1820’s, it automatically brings forth certain attitudes, opinions and beliefs about how life was back then and therefore colors the headspace when starting this read. It did to me, as well. However, this book pretty much defies us to chuck them all aside, and not just our impression or even outright knowledge of the times, but how a romance can be told. For some, this may be an issue, a sticking point. For me, it consistently caused my eyes to widen, to remain bright as I made my way through the struggles and triumphs with Max and Tristan.
Both of these men are rather straight forward and strong in their opinions, both about themselves and their places in life, in society. What makes that interesting? The fact that each of them helps, forces the other to truly see their potential, how things could be, that the past does not have to dictate the future. This, and several other themes threaded throughout this book feel very modern in flavor, yet they all seem to work within this context. It all gave me so much to grab onto: the surprise at any one action they would take, words they would share, the chances they would take, the determination and the desire. Now that I think about it, that may be the key. There is simply so much to grab onto in this book. I never felt let down or left to my own devices. It was all there for the ravenous taking, and take I did.Read more ›
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