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The Devil Duke

The Demon Duchess Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
Series: The Demon Duchess, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A chance encounter with a tabloid playboy lands a scrappy waif a place in high society.

Fainting in the notorious nobleman’s arms is the smartest move the self-proclaimed spazz ever made. Now her picture decorates every gossip rag in Britain, and the public wants to know who the Devil Duke’s new squeeze is. 

Offered a sizable sum, Izzy De Luca travels to England where she will pose as the Duke of Devoy’s new bride. It seems the rake’s reputation needs some rehabilitation, and the fresh-faced orphan is just the girl to brighten his tarnished image.

Izzy enters a lavish world of wealth and privilege, but soon realizes her uptight employer is no laid-back lady charmer. Sparks fly between the two when the spirited American lets the impossibly handsome blue blood know she won’t be gentrified without a fight.

As they play out the carefully constructed charade, the jaded Duke finds himself drawn to Izzy’s rare brand of charm, and what begins as a collision of worlds ends in a union of love.

This may be a modern day Cinderella story, but this feisty commoner is no simpering sweetheart. She means to give our titled hero a run for his millions.

©2015 Tessa Bowen (P)2018 Tessa Bowen

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Steamy

I really enjoyed this book. This was the first time I had listened to a romance novel and I was pleasantly surprised. The story reminded me of My Fair Lady in that a commoner is taken in by the aristocracy and made over to become a Duchess. I really enjoyed the characters though there were times when Izzy’s voice was a bit much. As the book went on I feel like her voice was toned down a bit and it was much more pleasant to listen to. The only negative was that there were a few times that I would have liked Izzy to stick up for herself a bit earlier than she did, but at least she did stick up for herself.

While the story itself is one that is often told, (rich playboy meets common girl, falls in love, etc.) this version felt fresh and new and also added the element of the playboy having a young daughter. It added additional complexity to the story and more opportunities for humor and character development and discovery. It was a great story and one that I will likely listen to again. It is also the first in a series and I have already started on the next one!

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • Sandra
  • Wilson,Texas Usa
  • 11-26-18

Hilarious

Loved it the connection and chemistry of these characters was so fun and flirty great book can't wait to listen to the next book in series!

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Feel Good Fairytale Romance

Izzy Is a poor American girl, Trevor is the rich English Aristocratic. Their story is a unique twist on rich playboy meets common girl. The story is witty and clever with so much humor I laughed all the way through it. Definitely could be a Hallmark Movie

The narrator did a great job with all the characters

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Interesting Listen

Izzy is being paid to pretend to be the Dukes bride. He is rude to her because he does not want this. They end up sleeping together and Izzy does not to be a part of his many women and runs away. The Duke realizes that he needs her. When he finds her he must convince her that he is now serious about her.

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Cute story, narration lacking

I really enjoyed The Devil Duke as a novel. It is a cute fairytale story that reminds me a bit of Cinderella and My Fair Lady. There’s great chemistry between the characters; however, the narration was lacking. This is a story that deserved, at the very least, a narrator who could pull off both American and British accents, but would have been even better as dual or duet.

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Interesting Story

Being this book is Book 1 of "The Demon Duchess Series," it is important to read/listen to it in order to understand what's happening in later books. While I liked the basic plot line of this story and Trevor, the "Devil" Duke, I absolutely was not impressed with Izzy! All I could think of as I listened to this story was: "Where’s the bar of soap"!!! Absolutely loved Archie--what a sweetheart!! This is sort of an off-shoot of a Cinderella story where an urchin from the U.S. and a member of the English aristocracy are forced into a marriage contract and have a battle of wills.

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  • Celvia
  • San Antonio, USA
  • 03-20-19

Sparkling

I love this quirky and funny story. I always like a story with an unorthodox dynamic couple. You never know what may come from the couple. It was hysterical theme throughout the story. I couldn't stop laughing. All that zestful batter was working up for monumental climax. The narration was awesome.

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Cute Romance

I received this audio book free for an honest review. Can you say "My Fair Lady"? The beginning of the story is flavored with a commoner versus an aristocrat. The author did a great job of making the story flow smoothly and building the characters. The narrator did a good job with both accents. Enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

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Modern Day Fairytale

The Devil Duke by Tessa Bowen is a modern day fairytale romance about a young American girl who is offered a sizable sum to marry a Duke to repair his reputation. I listened to this book on audio Narrated by Virginia Ferguson. Virginia Ferguson did a great job narrating with the different voices she used for the characters. However, it did take me a bit to get used to the voice she uses for Izzy because she is supposed to be in her 20's but sounds more like a 13 year old girl. This is the first book of Tessa Bowen's that I have read and look forward to reading more of her books in the future. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes the modern day fairytale romances.

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  • Ree
  • orlando fl
  • 02-05-19

Opposites Attract

A modern day fairytale with a predictable happy ending one would come to expect - making for a great feel good romance. Characters were very different in personalities making the attraction between them all the more entertaining. Story involves an English duke with a less than stellar reputation for being a playboy and an American woman who poses as his newest love interest, A business association is developed for the purpose of providing a more positive public image for the duke, while the American is paid well for her part in the publicity stunt. Initially, the relationship is purely business however, as time passes a romantic love interest developes.
I received this audio for the purpose of review however the opinions and comments are my own and have not been solicited.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 06-14-19

Let this Duke story grab you

Book 1 in the series. Its a Royal story but in modern times , a modern fairytale, where a commoner finds her prince .
Tessa throws in a few twists and turns and a story with true love , even though the Hero and Heroine didn’t know they were meant to be together

Hero is Trevor. Heroine is Izzy .
You know it’s true love when Izzy turns Trevor’s life around . Trevor was just roaming in life with no purpose until he meets Izzy .
Trevor was a ladies man always changing Ladies. He got bored with them .
Trevor and Izzy became the Darlings of Britain and Izzy in the spotlight when she fainted and Trevor the Duke saved her .
Trevor asked her to change his reputation . First his image with the ladies , he’s Divorced with a child .

Virginia performance was good. Her British accent was perfect for the story . Virginia voice and accent was strong and smooth

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  • Emma Roseman
  • 04-30-19

The Devil Duke

Enjoyed listening to the story. Felt it was well written and kept me listening. Have added the next book in the series to my wishlist. Definitely will listen to more by Tessa Bowen and narrations by Virginia Ferguson

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  • Christy D
  • 04-29-19

The Devil Duke

The story has good bones and a great concept. I really enjoyed most of the characters narrated by Virginia Ferguson, but Izzy voice was hard to tolerate. I do think it kind of suited the character they were trying to portray. I do wish Izzy would have been a bit more mature on some levels, but i love that she played with his daughter. When the story starts out and the Izzy meets Trevor at his home he seems quite the jerk. I was glad he came around and showed his real self to her.

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  • Suzyplums
  • 04-14-19

awful natration

I was looking forward to listening to this book but I couldn't get past chapter one. the voice of the h was so bad and greating

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 04-07-19

Demon Devil Duke!

This is the first book from this author and I have to say it was spectacular. This book is like a modern fairytale but it’s hilarious, sweet and Romantic.They annoy each other with witty banter.
I found myself laughing out loud, even getting funny looks from people around me.
The narrator does a wonderful British accent and America accent. I definitely enjoyed listening to this narrator.
I am leaving an honest review for a book I requested. I can honestly say I’m happy I did I loved listening to this book. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Angiee
  • 04-07-19

Good Book

This book seems like a modern day fairy tale. Some of the story seemed rushed and Izzy was a bit annoying. But I love fairy tales and especially Cinderella.. These characters are interesting for the most part. This is a story that you should at least give a chance.

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  • LeMiliere
  • 02-13-19

Izzy and Trevor

The Devil Duke by Tessa Bowen is a modern-day Cinderella romance about Izzy DeLuca a young American girl who faints into the arms of The Devil Duke when he comes into the shop she is working at to buy a new shirt. Paparazzi take numerous photographs of her in his arms which add fuel to his notorious reputation but by some fluke, the man in the street think she's wonderful and are happy he has fallen in love with a commoner. A short time later Izzy is offered a sizable sum to travel to England and marry the Duke to help him redeem his reputation.

The Duke - Trevor - is, at the start of the story, very unlikeable stuffy and pompous. Whereas Izzy is wild, she has short dark hair with a purple streak, wears outlandish clothes and refuses to comply with his demands. Never the less they each decide that they will go through with this marriage. The Duke's elderly secretary Sir Archibald and the Duke's 13-year-old daughter are both lovely characters who are important to the story.

As the story progresses feelings become involved on both sides but the Duke seems to think that he can have his cake and eat it too as he has his 'friend' the Baroness almost always at his estate, how is that going to work? When Izzy decided enough is enough and leaves, Trevor has to come to terms with the fact that he will need to really change if he wants to win her back. By the end of the book Izzy and Trevor had totally won me over and what started out as a business arrangement turned into so much more.

The story is narrated by Virginia Ferguson who did a wonderful job narrating the different voices for all the characters. However, the voice she used for Izzy who is 20 sometimes sounded a little young. The Duke's voice I think was perfect, so pompous sometimes and charming at others just like the man himself.

This is the first book of Tessa Bowen's that I have listened to but I plan to listen to the next book in this series.

I received this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 01-30-19

what a devil!

I really enjoyed this story , Trevor the demon duke is a misunderstood guy , he loves women sure but he's not the 'demon' he's made out to be , and naive little Izzy fainting in his arms isn't what he wanted to happen , now people want to know who is the girl he's locked in an intimate embrace with

I struggled to connect with Izzy at first , she acts a lot younger than her 20 years and is quite immature but it does add a certain innocence to the story and the narration of the characters was pretty spot on
looking forward to listening to the next book in the series

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  • Mickey
  • 01-18-19

A nice twist to a Cinderella story

The Duke, Trevor has a history of being a playboy and he’s wanting to clean up his public reputation. He had met Izzy, when he needed to buy a shirt and the paparazzi mistook Izzy as his new love. Izzy is a young American that is struggling to have enough money for a meal and comes from a troubled past. The Duke and Izzy are vastly different in their personality and backgrounds but they do find themselves drawn to each other. The passion they have in dislike for each other grows into something more, you will get frustrated with some of their actions but you will also laugh and cry. It has a wonderful HEA, the narrative was good at making the story come to life.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 01-12-19

Great chemistry

I really enjoyed the chemistry between the characters in this book. I did get a little frustrated with the portrayal of the English leading man but soon realised that this is his personality rather than what the author thinks English people are like!

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  • Kaye Melilli
  • 06-17-19

I love me a Duke!

Even though I was annoyed by the repetitive use of the word friggin, Izzy and Trevor’s story was cute and sweet. The banter between the characters made me laugh, they had good chemistry and the story was well thought out. The narration was good, the British accent was totally believable and enjoyable to listen to but the American accent that was put on was annoying and sometimes did not seem authentic. It would have been better to have two different narrators, one for each of the characters.