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When You Give a Duke a Diamond: Jewels of the Ton, Book 1 | [Shana Galen]

When You Give a Duke a Diamond: Jewels of the Ton, Book 1

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable-that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next....
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William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable-that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next....

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's seriously disruptive to have the duke who's the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide....

©2012 Shana Galen (P)2013 Tantor

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-26-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-26-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Captivating Regency Romance"

    Juliette is the talk of the ton on a regular basis. From what Juliette is wearing to who she is sleeping with gossip about her is served up daily in the scandal sheets. You would think a girl would hate having her business spread all over the ton paper but Juliette wouldn't have it any other way.

    William is set to be married with a suitable bride when the Duchess of Dalliance strolls into his life. When this diamond meets this Duke the two embark on a romance loaded with action and mystery making this story impossible to put down and addicting to read.

    Let me start off by saying I listened to this book in one day. I literally would silence anyone who interrupted my listening with a death glare. I was hooked from the start of this story. I really enjoy how the story just keeps unfolding and nothing is what it seems and no one is who they claim to be, and it is brilliant.

    When You Give a Duke a Diamond stars my favourite type of lovers, hate lovers. In the beginning they can't stop fighting and bickering but after a series of unfortunate events the two reluctantly become stuck together and that is where the fun kicks off.

    I loved the story so much and I won't give-away all the details that had me clutching the pages learning about these characters, but you will be surprised. Each character is so cleverly written I fell in love with all of them. I can't wait until the next book in the Jewels of the Ton series is release because I am dying to jump back into the world Shana Galen has created.

    I recommend this book to adult readers and lovers of historical romance as there are sex scenes.
    I like Lucy Rivers as a narrator and thought she did a good job with the delivery of the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 03-26-13
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2006

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "I don't like American accents for English romances"

    This is a personal pet peeve of mine, but as soon as I heard the narrator's American accent for a an English romance, I stopped listening. Since this was a pre-order and I was not familiar with this narrator, I took a chance. I won't make that mistake again. I also cancelled my pre-order of the second book in the audio series as it's read by the same narrator.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    nitagayle winslow, az, United States 12-18-13
    nitagayle winslow, az, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Say at home mom/ wife.... Children are grown. Have 4 Grandchildren. Like to listen to books while I quilt.

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    "Not for me!"

    I'm sorry to say this but the Performance was so Bad I had to turn off!! Save your time get the book and read it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 12-14-13
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a real favorite"

    This was a unique story, for a historical romance, with intriguing plot twists and good depth of characters. Naturally the love scenes were fun. But there were many more aspects of society brought into this story, such as the few choices women had, the expectations of the peerage, the expected roles of parents. All that made it quite an interesting listen. As for the narration, personally it was nice to be able to distinguish the dialog from the rest of the text. If you prefer all English accent for the entire book, don't get this one. But for me, this narrator seemed to capture various accents quite well. I readily knew which character was speaking. It was a nice change in narration, as I have many other audible books read by Prebble, Landor, Eyre, Flosnik, and I like those narrators as well. The variety keeps them from becoming routine. Can't wait to listen to the next in this series and find out more about 'Lucifer' and the other heroines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney San Antonio, TX, United States 04-20-13
    Courtney San Antonio, TX, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent story! Love this author!"

    This is such a fun series! I wish they had more of Shana Galen's books on audio! Can't wait to listen to If You Give a Rake A Ruby!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 03-26-13
    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2009

    Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.

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    "wow Brilliant"

    I thought this book had an unique plot. I was intrigued and glad I bought this story. The writing was excellent. I will look for the next book in the series. The main characters were described so vividly this provided extra depth to the book. Although I listened to the sample I think the Britspeak disappeared except when there was dialogue. This did not bother me overmuch as I was so enthralled by the story. This will not win any awards for narration but to me well worth the listen. Check out an audio sample if you are on the fence. The narrator's voice quality is very nice.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Oak Hill, WV, United States 06-01-14
    Diana Oak Hill, WV, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Book addict, romance lover, sometimes blogger, and everyday librarian!

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    "Call Me Amazed!"
    If you could sum up When You Give a Duke a Diamond in three words, what would they be?

    Secretive, Witty, Sly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the heroine Juliette a lot. She took command of her life and set out to make it the way she wanted it.


    What about Lucy Rivers’s performance did you like?

    I was amazed at the different female British voices she conveyed. I had no trouble distinguishing between them, even when I let the story carry me away.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book blew me away! I was expecting a tame and uneventful story, and instead got a story that kept me engrossed. It had a little intrigue, original characters, and a romance that I not only liked but believed in.


    Any additional comments?

    I just found a new narrator to add to my favorites list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Poe DFW, Texas 01-27-14
    J. Poe DFW, Texas 01-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Historical chick lit"

    Rather than "historical romance," I'd call this historical chick lit. But if you are looking for a simple light hearted story, then this may fit the bill. It isn't at all intellectual. And it isn't one of those books that gives you goose bumps as the romance develops.

    I didn't care for the narrator at all. Her voices & accents are terrible - particularly the men.

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    JuneParmer South Carolina 12-05-13
    JuneParmer South Carolina 12-05-13

    I love reading and listening to books and I hardly want to do anything else. I prefer fantasy & mystery books but I'll read anything...

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I didn't want to stop listening. I did want to beat the male character but you know men are just stupid anyway.


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    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 12-04-13
    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it.."
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story: murder, mystery and romance. Loved Will and Juliette. Loved Fallon and Lily. Loved Warrick. Would have hated Will's father if he hadn't been dead. Lucifer was just evil and I wonder where he went and if he'll be back. The story itself was as entertaining as any book I've ever read as I do get tired of just a love story and nothing else. This book had it all. And lots of great sex too.

    As to the narrator? Loved her. She did a fantastic job with every voice. One reviewer didn't like that she read without an English accent then did the accent when someone spoke. I absolutely loved that she did that because you knew exactly when someone spoke. She was awesome! I can't wait for her to hear her again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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