What I Did For a Duke

What I Did For a Duke For years he s been an object of fear fascination and fantasy But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe Duke of Falconbridge the ton knows one thing for certain

  • Title: What I Did For a Duke
  • Author: Julie Anne Long
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • For years, he s been an object of fear, fascination and fantasy But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain only fools dare cross him And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge he ll seduce Ian s innocent sister, Genevieve the only Eversea asFor years, he s been an object of fear, fascination and fantasy But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain only fools dare cross him And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge he ll seduce Ian s innocent sister, Genevieve the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal First he ll capture her heart and then he ll break it.But everything about Genevieve is unexpected the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke s dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice is there anything she won t do for a duke

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    1. What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long: a wonderfully interesting and utterly original 5 star read.Welp, I can honestly say I do not know exactly how I'm going to go about explaining this book. While the cover and description make it seem very much unoriginal what lies within the pages is crazy refreshing. At first , upon hearing the stupid revenge plot that the hero had involving the heroines I promptly felt likeThen I encountered the fact that there is a love triangle, though it really is di [...]

    2. This was a 4 and 5 star read for all of my friends, but for me it was just ok. First off, I didn't like the Duke of Falconbridge. He was assy.Yeah, yeah, he caught his fiancee in bed with a rascally young guy, and his honor demands satisfaction. Whatever. Dude, you were about to marry a scummy cheater. Thank your lucky stars you got out of that relationship without catching something that made your wiener itchy, and move on! But, noooo. His grand revenge scheme is to seduce this guy's younger si [...]

    3. Re-read May 2017There is something immeasurably special about this book. On the one hand, you have Genevieve, who is wonderful. She is equally pragmatic and passionate, and how often can you say that about a character? She is blind and ignorant, but blissfully so. I loved her so much.And then you have Alex. Oh, Alex.Alex is higher than Mr. Darcy and just slightly below Captain Wentworth for me (with the good captain taking the #1 spot). He's so delightfully flawed. And demanding. And wry. And wi [...]

    4. Oh, how I'm loving the Pennyroyal Green series!! This installment, What I Did For a Duke, is romantic, angsty, passionate, funny in a word; amazing!!! Needless to say, this is a must read series for me!

    5. 5 Fantastic Stars!I've read tons of historical novels and this one is definitely in my top 5. Gosh the plot was a breath of fresh air! The characters were unusual for a historical, but yet believable at the same time. Long's writing is exceptional and I love the words she chose. She definitely had a dictionary on hand. Yes it was a bit "wordy", but it made for a better intimacy between the characters (instead of them jumping into bed right away). Just when I thought I was done with historical's [...]

    6. What I Did for a Duke was a surprise hit for me. I expected that I might consider it “alright,” but it ended up being amazing. The duke – so noble, so above those who love and who FEEL - ends up becoming so human. He was so much fun to read, with his dry wit, his sense of humor over catching his fiancé in flagrante delicto and continuing to torment Ian. When Alexander and Genevieve meet, I could feel the chemistry and tension. I loved his surprise that she wasn’t fawning over him, and I [...]

    7. I am giving this one four stars mainly because it made me laugh - a lot! The Duke of the title has a very dry wit and the female main character manages some hilarious one liners too.I always call these kinds of books "Georgette Heyer with sex" but they are not often written as well as Heyer's were. This one was good. Ms. Long writes an entertaining story, realistic dialogue and her characters are charming and funny. It seems I have entered a series at book five but it probably does not matter. I [...]

    8. I think one of the best tropes is the man that gets brought down to his knees by a woman least expected to do so. I love it each and every time. Whether it be St. Vincent, from A Devil in Winter or Michael Stirling, from When He Was Wicked, There's just something about an arrogant male falling from his proverbial perch!This was very good! I loved how Alexander Moncrieffe, the Duke of Falconbridge, had this plana plan that totally blew up in his face! When he first saw Genevieve he believed her t [...]

    9. I liked both the hero and heroine in this one! That's always a pleasant surprise.We have the Duke of Wherever, an older guy (yay, I'm not a pedobear for once), who catches the heroine, Genevieve's, brother in bed with his fiance. He's planning revenge. He gets himself invited to Genevieve and her pervy brother's house party. Let the games begin!Then, we have Genevieve, who starts out a little too wide-eyed for me. She is all moony over a guy named Harry, who proceeds to tell her that he is plann [...]

    10. 5 stars – Historical/Regency RomanceThis is an enjoyable, engaging, and utterly romantic read with charming, multifaceted characters, intelligent dialogue, witty repartee, hot sexual tension, the right amount of humor and emotion, and very steamy love scenes. It’s my first read by Julie Anne Long, but it definitely won’t be my last. And it’s certainly sparked my interest in reading the other books in her Pennyroyal Green series. 5 stars.

    11. I really like this book. A lot. I would have given it 5 stars instead of 4.5 but Genevieve kinda annoyed the heck out of me towards the end of the book. The ending, however, more than made up for it. Swoon, swoon, swoon is all I can say. And I fell head over heels in love with the Duke. I absolutely love his character.

    12. I was so so so tempted to bump this one up to a five, but I ultimately chose a four because I don't love the heroine enough to give it a five. Alex (the titular duke) is perfect - stoic, enigmatic, complex, confident, and a little cold such that when he cracks a little over his emotions for Genevieve (our heroine), it's swoon-worthy. He was just a wonderful H, and, despite his bold words, he carried his seduction out with such finesse and grace that I sat here wide-eyed, waiting to see what woul [...]

    13. I absolutely loved this book. It was a surprise as I hadn't read this author before and judging by the name of the book, I wasn't thinking it would be anything out of the ordinary. I was wrong. I will always remember this book as it made me feel very emotional. The book opens with the H catching the h's brother climbing in a window in London to jump into his fiancee's bed. Rather than the H calling the brother out, he told him to expect some revenge in the future, leaving it up in the air.Some t [...]

    14. I LOVED this book. The story had a flow of words that were so fantastic from start to finish.This story took place almost in one setting and had no action. Most of the story was the characters talking. I'm completely amazed by how this book grabbed me under these circumstances. It had some LOL moments and heartfelt ones too.I really liked both the H&h characters in this book and the way they interacted with each others. The heat level was very low until the last 1/4 of the book and then it s [...]

    15. I enjoyed the writing style of the author and I liked both main characters, especially the sardonic hero. But I had a big problem with the fact the heroine fancied herself in love with another man for way way too long in the story. The ending was nice but I had trouble trusting the heroine to know her own feelings when it took her so long to figure things out. But if I took away that annoyance, the author showed a lot of promise.

    16. 4 1/2 stars (rounded down to 4 stars, because Genevieve's "blindness" lasted way too long - I mean, (view spoiler)[she thought she was still in love with Harry and accepted his marriage proposal when there was only two chapters left to finish the book! (hide spoiler)])Note: I received this eARC from Harper Collins via NetGalley. That had no influence on my review/rating.

    17. I am utterly delighted by this historical romance for a number of reasons. My first reason is that I often feel close to being completely done with romances altogether. I'm just so over the same tired storylines. I've always loved historical romances because they are comfortable. The 19th Century English setting is so familiar that it's almost like putting on a comfy t-shirt. But there seems to be very little room for variation in theseplots. I've gotten to where I don't even finish most of the [...]

    18. I thought long and hard about this rating. I really struggled with it. I love the way JAL depicts people, their feelings, who they are and the interactions between characters. Exquisite and subtle writing. I hope to see more writers exhibit such writing skills. I will continue to read JAL just for that. I know the book has really great reviews and I can see why. About 80% of me agrees with them on the awesomeness of this book. And I would certainly recommend the book. That being said, it should [...]

    19. I loved this! It kind of reminded me of The Notebook (probably due to the love triangle). This is officially my favorite Julie Anne Long book and my favorite older man/younger woman trope. The revenge aspect was resolved quite quickly, thankfully (there was a lot of humor because of this "revenge" that Alex was going to exact against Ian). Genevieve and Alex were such a great couple - even if they both fought it for a little too long. The beginning of this was a tiny bit slow going - but once it [...]

    20. Shoot, just lost my whole review.Excellent, excellent, excellent historical romance: Sexual tension, witty banter, and wonderfully charming and intelligent characters.Sample of dialogue between Moncrief, the hero, and Ian, the heroine's smarmy trouser snake brother."Mr. Eversea," he drawled. "We haven't yet had a chance to speak alone. I hardly recognize you clothing."Moncrief, a sardonic and slightly haunted Duke, caught Ian in bed with Moncrief's fiancee. Ian is forced to flee not only horsele [...]

    21. FABULOUS book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED every minute of this book. Seriously. Every. Minute.I totally went against my own rules and read this book out of order, because:1) I have read one other book in this series, #2, and felt fine reading that one out of order, so I assumed the same would be with this book.2) It sounded AMAZING and I was feeling rather impatient and didn't want to read the entire series to get to this one!BUT, if I could do it over again I think I would start at the beginni [...]

    22. "Would you like to see myetches?" She asked it with eyes downcast, peering flirtatiously up at him through her lashes.Her sketches?Was he being propositioned in a crowded salon? Did she intend to lure him up to her chamber? Did he mind?"Show me your sketches, Lady Blankenship," he said softly with a smile reserved for innuendo.She instantly reached down behind the settee behind her and produced, to his astonishment, a sketchbook and handed it to him."Go on," she urged on a whisper. "Tell me what [...]

    23. This is more like it.Having not enjoyed the previous installment of Long's Pennyroyal Green series I began this one with some trepidation. But my worries were not founded as the magic had returned. Fewer typos too so I guess the publisher pulled it together as well.This story was fun, especially in that it starts with one well-worn trope and suddenly and unexpectedly slingshots to another. What I loved about that sudden change was that it was completely organic and came about in a way that I'm [...]

    24. This is a story of a young woman that discovers that passion has much more to do with love than a life long friendship she ‘thought’ was love. Genevieve is young and thinks she is in love with her best friend Harry, only Harry has just told her that he intends to propose marriage to Genevieve’s best friend Millicent.Ian, Genevieve’s brother, has just been caught in bed with Abigail, the fiancée of the Duke of Falconbridge (a man known for being ruthless).The Duke of Falconbridge is olde [...]

    25. A fun Regency romance of the sexy sort. I liked the first half more than the second half; the banter was so much fun, and there were fewer period bobbles than in many of the ones featuring basically modern people in a Heyer-like Regency setting.The wicked duke means to seduce and dump someone in the family of a guy he catches in his affianced wife's bedroom; there is a love triangle. These elements could have gone south really fast, but Long makes them fun and fresh, with an emphasis on the fun, [...]

    26. Good heavens, this was delightful. I'd tried a couple of Ms. Long's Pennyroyal Green books before without much success and had essentially written off the series. Happily, I listened to my friend Michelle's recommendation and snagged this one at the library. Lurid cover (and limp title) aside, I fell immediately in love with Genevieve and Alex. On the face of things, it was never going to work for me. It's a bit of a May-December romance. There's a revenge plot sure to devastate one of the prima [...]

    27. 2.5 starsJust bleah. Not well written (for example, she clearly doesn't know what enervate means, since she uses it twice to mean energize), uninteresting characters, no chemistry between the leads and a ridiculous looking retread cover (see). I am astonished by the 5 star reviews.

    28. I saw someone on my feed discussing regency novels. I wasn't sure what they were. It turns out, it's romance novels set in the Victorian era. I've been watching a lot of Victorian era movies and series lately, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Jane Eyre, so I thought why not read something lighter over the Mother's Day weekend.I've got a friend who's into romance books, so I asked her to lend me some regency ones.This was one of her favourites.For what it's worth, it was q [...]

    29. I always love the way it feels after reading a great romance book!I decided to read What I Did For a Duke after I saw it on as one of ten best romance books of 2011. I totally agree with it. It makes me happy if a romance book with an ordinary theme turns to be an extraordinary romance. Something as ordinary as love triangle usually wouldn't have my attention. But Julie Anne Long packed it with very interesting romance, smart characters, and what a lovely writing style.Genevieve Eversea, is a v [...]

    30. 2.5 stars. Julie Ann Long is a wonderful author and I’ve really enjoyed her other books. This was a treat: in that it was free and mostly fun to read. But there was something off-key in the heroine’s behavior that made me begrudge her the love of the duke in the end.The story involves a clever, purportedly kind, young woman heartbroken by a young man she’s loved all her life and the much older, colder-seeming duke who intends her ruin as revenge for her brother’s misdeeds. Touched by her [...]

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