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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 Never deny PDF marriage Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown and given to his A reasonable man with vast holdings. 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 they battle wit and will while trying to determine who has the true legal right and ownership of a Scottish estate Madeline Hunter has become one of my most favorite historical romance writers as I discovered after reading the Wicked Trilogy and the first book of The Rarest Blooms Series I cannot wait to continue with that series next

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Never deny a duke

Can surely 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 whe. 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 they would someday be the big dogs top o the heap no title important or powerful in England except for royaltyBrentworth meets his match in Miss Davina MacCallum in Madeline Hunter s Never Deny a Duke He owns a Scottish estate Davina thinks the estate along with its title which can be passed down to a woman belongs to her Two kings have promised help to Davina now one of those kings is dead the other embarrassed by his promise and just wants the problem to go away What do you with a problem like Davina The king comes up with a brilliant idea or so he thinks but he is no match for BrentworthDavina thinks because the estate s manor house is mostly destroyed by fire and because Brentworth has shown no interest in it that he should just hand it over But Brentworth being Brentworth has no intention of handing over any of his properties to a probable fraudster After all as he proclaims on numerous occasions I am Brentworth He is especially not about to lose this particular estate either by the wish of a King or the efforts of the Scottish nobody Before the King makes Brentworth aware of Davina s claim he meets her socially as she writes for the journal owned by Clara the Duchess of Stratton Brentworth was intrigued by the young woman who seems curious about him but not impressed with either him his wealth or his titleBrentworth in turn becomes interested in the young woman who is willing to go head to head with him and a respectful friendship is eventually formed as they both seek proof to her claim for the estate Brentworth has always been the most mysterious self contained and discreet of the three dukes It was nice to read of a character who was not a total man ho He is almost the complete opposite of Duke of Langford in actions and attitudes It was amusing and welcome to read of the three friends together with Brentworth actually consulting Langford for relationship advice Ms Hunter has written a Regency character refreshing than mostDavina is also an original Hunter has not written about a titled young lady ultimately looking for marriage but a strong woman of common origins who has managed her life and is willing to go to some lengths to prove her claim Davina pits herself against a King a Duke a Scottish nationalistHunter with Never Deny a Duke has hit the trifecta of an entertaining plot original characters and writing as smooth as silk Bonus points for the history behind the claim and the portrayal of ScotlandThe Decadent Dukes has been one of my all time favorite Regency series I am sorry to see it end but I will look forward to Hunter s next seriesThank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review

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N Davina 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 her books were one of the first romances I started reading when I discovered this genre She does a wonderful job writing

  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 MacC

  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 improvement on the previous book in the series A Devil of a Duke which just scraped a C grade3 stars from me last year And I liked the premise of this one – and the way Ms Hunter handles it – uite a lot Davina MacCallum has come to London in order to petition for the return of the Scottish lands

  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 an

  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 This was never going to be an easy task for her given that she is unable to prove conclusively that she is the true heir to the est

  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 roma

  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 tha

  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’ meets his match and

  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 u

  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