Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Sorry for the long delay between posts! Crazy busy! But the show must go on, and what better book to start off my new website than a bodice-ripper by Tessa Dare? If you follow my site, you may already know that I have a couple of favorite bodice-ripper novelists, and Tessa Dare is at the top of my list…This is entirely due to the fact that I find myself chuckling and laughing out loud when I read her stuff.

Romancing the Duke was no different. Miss Goodnight seeks out a castle which she has inherited, only to find that it is already occupied by a handsome Duke who refuses to leave the premises. To make matters worse, he is intolerably cheeky and seems to believe he can make her leave by making her fear for her virtue. To spice up the plot, there is a cranky, feisty Ermine, an army of storybook Knights, and a deep, dark secret which Miss Goodnight has never revealed to anyone…

If you want a read that is warm and delightfully scandalous, but with a light-hearted mood that’s perfect for a cozy weekend by a fireplace, then Romancing the Duke is a perfect next read for you. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt

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The 6th novel in the Maiden Lane series is here, and it’s out in audiobook too! Duke of Midnight, by Elizabeth Hoyt, is a bodice-ripper with a gothic twist.

Artemis Greaves is serving as a lady’s companion to her aristocratic cousin Penelope when they are accosted by some street hoodlums. Before they succumb to the evil men, they are rescued by a masked stranger who can only be the legendary “Ghost of St. Giles”. He is gone before they can get much information from him, but Artemis ends up with a ring from his finger-a ring that can only belong to an aristocrat. Who IS this Ghost, and why does he wander the dirty, booze-ridden streets of St. Giles if he comes from a noble family? Artemis is determined to find out more.

The Duke of Wakefield, Maximus Batten, has a secret second life, spending his days in Parliament and his nights seeking clues in the darkness to solve the murders of his parents, decades ago. No one can ever know the truth about his double life, so he keeps a safe distance from everyone but his faithful manservant. But the time has come for Maximus to find a suitable Duchess-someone from a titled family with a nice dowry would be ideal…So why does he find himself so captivated by Artemis Greaves…?

I was surprised by Duke of Midnight, mostly because it had a darker twist to it-madness, the corruption of the aristocracy and Bedlam, murder and revenge…If you want a nice, tidy bodice-ripper where boy meets girl and they simply banter back and forth until they inevitably fall into bed together, this one is not going to be that novel. If you want something with a little more bite, however, be sure to pick up Duke of Midnight, by Elizabeth Hoyt, today-and the audiobook version by Hachette Audio is impeccably narrated, so if you like to listen to your romance novels, this one is a keeper.