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The Black Duke's Prize

Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Sent to London by her untrustworthy uncle, the beautiful and feisty Katherine Ralston arrives for the Season in utter despair. Not only is she caught up in the mad whirl of ballgowns and galas, she must also make certain that her disreputable uncle doesn't sell her family estate in her absence. Katherine Ralston, a country girl at heart, sees the Season in London as something she must endure.

Nicholas Varnon, known as the Black Duke for his rakish and irresistible charms, sees the season as a chance to repair his rakish reputation. Yet, he seems to be taking quite an interest in the spirited Katherine. Suspicious of trickery, Katherine is determined to ignore the sinfully sexy charms of the Black Duke. Little does she know, she may have just met her white knight in shining armor....

Contains mature themes.

©1995 Suzanne Enoch (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely delightful . . . if you aren't reading the smaller Regencies you are missing a rare treat. The stories are innovative and the characters lively. Good job, Ms. Enoch. " ---Affaire de Coeur

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I can't stop reading it!

This book has all of the right components, for me:
1. There must be humor
2. There must be a makeover, i.e. Cinderella
3. A strong, smart, much loved heroine
4. A strong, yet at times, vulnerable hero
5. It must make me cry, either happy tears, sad tears, or just loving the book and hating for the book to end.

This is the real thing! Just read it, you won't be disappointed!

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Loved it

I usually never finish a book on one day but this book kept me interested and I would listen to it again. I enjoyed that Catherine was not a wimpy character and knew who she was and what she wanted. I also like that she could hold her own with the Duke and doesn't take his crap but yet have chemistry between them. I also loved that this was a clean romance similar to Jane Austen's pride and prejudice. It's a worth read/listen. Anne did ok even though she is not my favorite narrator but she doesn't butcher the book.

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Delightful

I loved the story, it is a witty clean romance with strong character and lot of action

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There were some good funny parts

But I don’t think it is one of the best Suzanne Enoch has written. Although in fairness, part of it might be the narration. I wouldn’t mind Anne Flosnik narrating if she didn’t try so hard. Her “weepy” voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me. It would be better if she just used a softer voice. And her male voices are not fabulous, but again I think it is because she tries to hard. Often I like the voice she uses for side characters better than the main ones because she isn’t trying so hard with them. I don’t stay away from books she narrates, but I won’t listen to one specifically because she is reading it.

As for the book itself... there were some good funny parts and times I laughed out loud. I liked the storyline a lot. I did not like that Kate always got mad at the Duke. Not sure how he fell in love with that but I’ve seen it in real life, so who am I to say? Lol

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Charming romantic fairytale

Lately I have read many historical romances that aspire to be a study in human emotions ranging from complete despair to extreme happiness, books full of deeply wounded angsty heroes and idiotic heroines. It was so lovely and refreshing to find this little gem of a book.
It doesn’t pretend to be anything deep, it’s just adorable historical romantic comedy that has its silly moments and at some point heroine almost became too shrewish but she quickly came to her senses and it didn’t spoiled the story.
I will be definitely downloading more of Suzanne Enoch books.

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good story

I am sure this could be a great story, but I can't stand narrator voice.. sound fast I tried to slow down got worse.. her voice is just too much.. I rather just read it myself.

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  • 12-31-17

Disappointed

This author is usually wonderful, but the h is one of the worst ever and the narrator is poor. Read Enoch’s “Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid” - delightful! (Read the print version - poor narration).

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Not one of her best

I like spirited heroines but this one was just had a bad temper and was rash. Because of this the story just got aggravating instead of interesting.

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lol it was cute

This book is a historical romance book.

Nicholas Varnon has a reputation, but with just the right woman he is willing to change his ways with the little attitude, but when each of his good intense places him in danger of losing the only woman that matches him he rushes to save her.

Katherine Ralston is about to lose everything, she has already lost her parents and her uncle is about to sale off everything else her family has worked for, but when she meets the arrogant Duke and all his intense to reach her heart are thwarted.

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  • 03-19-17

divinely perfect!

divinely perfect! couldn't get enough!
loved every character and the events ran smoothly.
thank you!

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  • D. Mark
  • 09-27-17

The Taming of the Pain in the Arse

This book is about half the length of a normal novel, and is only just about bearable for that time. If it were any longer, I would have abandoned it as a Did Not Finish. The storyline is ok, although nothing original, but the main protagonists are so unlikeable that it's difficult to care about what happens to them. Nicholas starts off as a repellant character who talks to- and about- women in a disgusting manner. His character does improve throughout the story, but conversely, Katherine gets worse and worse. I find childish couples very wearing, and the almost constant bickering of these two is not enjoyable. 'The benefit of the doubt' is an unknown concept in this book.

The book references The Taming of the Shrew several times, and this-along with constant references to her "Irish temper"- apparently justifies Katherine's erratic behaviour. She flies into a temper in seconds and without warning. I find a woman's violence against a man as repellent as a man's towards a woman, but unfortunately this is treated as acceptable. I really hate it when a writer's idea of an "independent", "spirited" or "feisty" female is an unreasonable, argumentative, irrational woman. Her lack of manners and ingratitude are just awful.

The supporting characters are not very well fleshed out, and there isn't a laugh in the whole book.

Anne Flosnik is a narrator you can either bear to listen to or not. The narration of this book is neither better nor worse than any other she has read. Other than the general strangeness of her narration, the only thing that stood out was when she pronounced 'Don Quixote' phonetically. Other than the pure wrongness of this, it ruined a gag.

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