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Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey

This is not the typical governess meets Duke and they fall into a happily ever after.  It’s a little different dynamic that makes for a change of pace.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

last-nightTitle: Last Night with the Duke
Author: Amelia Grey
Series: The Rakes of St. James, book 1
Publish Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


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This is a regency romance, no sex and a HEA.  No violence and no foul language.

I’ve read various versions of the governess hooking up with the Duke, but this is the first one where the governess is not really qualified to be a governess because she’s the owner of the business that places women in the workforce.  The Duke wants her because he’s intrigued by her spunk.  He’s not the nicest Duke I’ve ever met, but he has his moments.

It does take some time for the romance to heat up, but with the golden rules that head each chapter it’s no wonder.  Esmeralda follows the rules and is always sensible.  She makes a great role model for the Duke’s twin sisters.  The protagonists dip and weave around each other and while this is not my favorite book by Amelia Grey, it’s not bad.

I can’t say I’m excited about it, but it was ok for a change of pace as far as how the governess came to be in the household taking care of charges.


Other recommendations…

…you might try  Amy Corwin’s books Fencing For Ladies or The Bricklayer’s Helper.  You might also want to look into Alexandra Hawkins Lords of Vice series.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.








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