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He is the last duke standing the sole remaining bachelor of the three self proclaimed Decadent Dukes Yet Davina MacCallum's reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his A reasonable man with vast holdings can surel 35 StarsThis was the third instalment of the Decadent Dukes Society series while it wasn t my favourite out of the three books I did still enjoy it I have always loved the writing style of Madeline Hunter and her books were one of the first romances I started reading when I discovered this genre She does a wonderful job writing a heartwarming romance and including passion friendships and adventure into her tales In this adventure we get to follow the Duke of Brentworth s fall into love with the feisty Davina These two start out as enemies of sorts Davina has reason to believe that one of the Duke s properties is actually hers First she must find proof that her Grandfather was actually a Baron and that she is entitled to the property in Scotland Brentworth will fight for what is his but he has secrets and they are attached to the estate He fears they will be revealed and that Davina will judge him when she finds out his past Can these two ever see eye to eye Their journey will test them both and also have them find friendship in each otherI did enjoy the story but as I said it wasn t my favourite I am not a fan of an enemy to lovers romanceas well as a slow burn romance usually frustrates me I found the romance between this couple didn t uite show up until the last uarter of the story I prefer to have the romance be prominent in the overall story as well Even with that said I do recommend this read and I highly recommend the whole trilogy The epilogue was fabulous and I enjoyed seeing how all the couples faired with each other in the futureThank you to the author and Net Galley for gifting me an ARC This book comes out on April 30th 2019

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Never deny a duke

Y part with one trivial estate especially when Davina intends to put it to good use Brentworth however is as difficult to persuade as he is to resistThe Duke of Brentworth's discretion and steely control make him an enigma even to his best friends Women especially find him inscrutable and unapproachable but also compellingly magnetic So when Dav 45 starsMy reading has slowed to a snail s pace compared to last year but I seem to be having hits than misses lately That is a very welcome trend and Madeline Hunter s latest continues it I thought the romance and characters were lovelyThis was the final installment in Hunter s Decadent Duke s trilogy but it can be read as a stand alone Brentworth is the least scandalous of the trio He is the most respectable and wields considerable power in the ton enough power that the King does not have the influence over Brentworth that he might over other peers This is problematic because the King and the King before him may have promised to return lands in the Brentworth holdings to previous Scottish owner s family that was thought to have perished in the Jacobite uprising Conveniently the Scottish family s heir is an attractive woman of marriageable age Despite Brentworth s fascination for the medically trained Davina he does not give in easily to the convenient solution Brentworth and Davina embark on a fact finding mission both hoping to disprove the other This causes them to spend much time together which fuels their initial spark I enjoyed how their relationship grew in an organic way They both grew to respect each other however begrudgingly at the beginningHunter has typically written a reliably good sometimes great read but I did go into this one uncertain of how I would enjoy it because this has been an uneven series Thankfully it ended on high note in my opinion I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Ina MacCallum shows no signs of being even mildly impressed by him he is intrigued Until he learns that her mission in London involves claims against his estate Soon the two of them are engaged in a contest that allows no compromise When duty and desire collide the best laid plans are about to take a scandalous turn into the very heart of passio Series Decadent Dukes Society 3Publication Date 43019Number of Pages 304This wonderful wrap up for the Decadent Dukes Society is delightfully different not one of your standard tropes The Most Ducal Duke meets his match and it is a delight to watch The book is well written and the characters are very relatable and likableEric Marshall Duke of Brentworth has long been known as the most ducal of dukes He s always proper dour dutiful and forbidding as well as tall and handsome with gray eyes that created a steely gaze that shot through all that it saw Brentworth received a rare summons to court and he had no idea why especially since he and the king were not exactly friendly What he hears is stunning and the king seems to expect him to deal with it without causing an uproar about it Some Scottish chit has concocted a story and is trying to claim one of his estates The charlatan Soon it will be open season for ne er do wells to just walk up and claim portions of estates HUHDavina MacCallum s father on his death bed told her of what should be her legacy and she is adamantly bound and determined to claim that legacy She wants it for herself of course because it is her birthright but she also wants it to help the people in the region According to her father her grandfather had been sent away from his home Teyhill to keep him safe after the battle of Culloden He was then raised in the Northumberland area of England and the estate was returned to the crown and then given to the Duke of Brentworth The estate didn t just come with property it also came with a barony that could be inherited by the females as well as the malesDavina s grandfather had spoken with the previous king who had promised to help him reclaim his land Her grandfather sent the proof needed but then the old king died and the proof has disappeared Now she is petitioning the current King and she feels she s being stonewalled She just has to find the proof of who her grandfather was How It was great fun to watch Davina and Eric go from enemies to searching for proof to finally finding their HEA It was a delightful adventure with two very deserving characters However I think one of my favorite parts was the epilogue where we caught up with all three of the Decadent Dukes a few years later We saw their families and their still loving relationships and it was a truly delightful addition to the storyI voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own


10 thoughts on “Never deny a duke

  1. says:

    35 StarsThis was the third instalment of the Decadent Dukes Society series while it wasn’t my favourite out of the three books; I did still enjoy it I have always loved the writing style of Madeline Hunter and he

  2. says:

    I received this Advanced Reader Copy in a GoodReads Giveaway This book marks the satisfying conclusion to The Decadent Dukes Society trilogy and may be my favorite book of the series The aloof self possessed enigmatic Duke of Brentworth finally meets his match in the determined fiercely independent Davina MacCallum as the

  3. says:

    I've given this a B at AAR so that's 45 starsI was really relieved to discover that Never Deny a Duke was a big im

  4. says:

    At Last It's time for the story of Eric Marshall the Duke of Brentworth and the Most Ducal Duke He is the last of the Decadent Dukes a joking name picked by three young future dukes The trio of Stratton Langford and Brentworth knew even at Eton they would always be considered and treated differently As dukes th

  5. says:

    I actually like the premise of this one because it's a bit unusual Scottish Davina MacCallum arrives in London with the sole purpose of gaining an audience with the King in order to plea her case to have their family lands returned after the estate was confiscated by the Crown following the Jacobite rebellion Thi

  6. says:

    45 starsMy reading has slowed to a snail’s pace compared to last year but I seem to be having hits than misses lately That is a very welcome trend and Madeline Hunter’s latest continues it I thought the romance and characters were lovelyThis was the final installment in Hunter’s Decadent Duke’s trilogy but it can be read as a stand

  7. says:

    I read this book maybe two weeks ago and now only vaguely remember it This does not encourage me to give it than a meh rating So that's what it

  8. says:

    Series Decadent Dukes Society #3Publication Date 43019Number of Pages 304This wonderful wrap up for the Decadent Dukes Society is delightfully different – not one of your standard tropes The ‘Most Ducal Duke

  9. says:

    35 Stars Never Deny a Duke features a wonderful romance between a woman determined to reclaim her family’s lands and the Duke who doesn’t plan to give them upWhen Davina MacCallum seeks out the Duke of Brentworth it’s not for any of the usual reasons Eric would have expected Instead Davina is looking to reclaim Scottish lan

  10. says:

    Both the MCs were bland and nothing endeared me to them Also there was a lot of filler so much was written that didn't add anything to the story Rosalyn Landor's lovely voice was not able to save this unfortunately

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