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Publisher's Summary

Can a Duke's bastard win the heart of a lady? 

Plucked as an orphan from the slums of St. Giles' by his half-brother, the Duke of Blackmore, Sebastian Black soon rises to become one of the richest men in London, and a notorious rake to boot. His time at Eton has left him with a healthy disregard for the aristocracy - that is until he inadvertently becomes involved in the affairs of the prim, proper, and snooty Aurelia St Claire.  

Aurelia's brother, Lord Theodore Epsom, was reported missing after Waterloo, but she is convinced that she has sighted him alive and well in London. The pair join forces to try to discover exactly what happened to Theo. And as their sleuthing takes them into London's murky back alleys, they discover that they aren’t so different after all.  

Can two people overcome their prejudices, their foibles - or even their very history - to find love?  

This clean Regency Romance is by the author of Proposing to a Duke, the first novel in The Regency Black Hearts Collection. It can be read as a stand-alone novel or enjoyed as part of a series.  

©2017 Claudia Stone (P)2018 Claudia Stone

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Good Feel Good Story

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. So many of the stories of the child born on the wrong side of the blanket are tragic. This was a good one where the brother discovered he had a half-brother and did the right thing and took him in and took care of him. The story did not end there, The Duke and his brother have a great life and soon both are rich. Want to know what happens next? Grab a copy and listen you will enjoy it. The narrator was good.

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Great Story!

I so enjoyed this clean Regency Romance. The author did an awesome job building the characters, writing a touch of mystery and other crimes along with vivid descriptions and details. The narrator did a good job with giving the characters distinguished voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is a standalone listen, and is part of a series. I will definitely listen to more books by Claudia Stone and Virginia Ferguson.

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Enjoyed this title

I love Regency romance with mystery and this book fitted the bill perfectly.
I loved how the story started with a glimpse into Sebastian's childhood. I could see his motivations for the paths he took in life.
The romance was nice. It had a little bit of humour which I enjoyed and I loved the story of the missing brother.
All in all a lively and intriguing Regency Romance and a series that I will follow.

The narration was just OK for me. I heard a lot of words mispronounced and the narrator's pace was a little bit slow for me.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader's copy at my own request.

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Clean historical romance with a mystery.

I love this book!!

I must admit that I thought there might be some sexual content due to the cover but that is deceptive. But I liked the blurb so I thought I would give it a go and I am so glad that I did!

This is a historical romance with just the same amount of mystery. This is the second book in the series, which I did not realise since I have not read/listened to the first book in the series. However, I did not feel that I was missing anything, so it could be read as a stand alone.
I will look up the authors other books.

I would highly recommend to all!!!

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how I love it

while I loved the story very much the couple was fantastic and very intense yes the story started a little bit slow I wouldn't call it Slow Burn but it was a little bit slow in the beginning though the story developed very nicely and fast afterwards I loved the story very much it seriously and very good written book and very enjoyable one the narrator did an amazing job I loved very much that performance lovely
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 05-14-18

I loved, loved, loved, loved this book!!!!!

First off, I tip my imaginary hat to the narrator. This was an excellent, excellent presentation. Ferguson delivered on the Regency period, for both men and women, and from start to finish, her efforts are to be applauded.

The story itself started off slow and built to to a rather nice crescendo. You knew there would be a HEA, since that's the hallmark of Regency romances. Still, the story with all of its wonderful characters, both friend and foe, made for a delicious listen.

The Duke's brother and his love were fated from the start. The rather inventive way they met along with their separate backstory's made me root for them right away. They were both strong and capable and fiercely loyal but cautious. It was fun watching them find each other.

This story, coupled with such great narration, made for an absolutely wonderful listen.


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real good

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!

'This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review'

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  • 05-10-18

Not quite your typical Regency romance...

This book isn't quite what you expect. It has your tall, dark and handsome, successful son of a Duke (even if he is illegitimate), your damsel in distress, the villains with nefarious intentions, the greedy relatives, and the eccentric character. However, the story isn't quite as simple as it seems. For instance, the most prejudiced and snobbish character is not an aristocrat, the hero of the hour is not the aforementioned Duke's son, and the potentially shelved spinsters aren't falling all over themselves to find husbands. The characters are quirky and imperfect which makes the story more enjoyable.

While it is obvious that the two main characters feel an attraction and the HEA appears inevitable, the reader must traverse a few unexpected turns along the way. The result is a clean, charming Recency romance that is slightly off the beaten path.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.