Last Night with the Duke

Last Night with the Duke Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St James Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the bru

  • Title: Last Night with the Duke
  • Author: Amelia Grey
  • ISBN: 9781250102492
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St James Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift In ways he cCould finding love be his greatest scandal of all The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St James Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift In ways he could never have expected, she arouses than just his curiosity.Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist She can t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters debut Season.unless one of London s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride

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    1. I was a definite fan of Griffin, the sexy, dirty talking duke. Esmeralda had good qualities too with a great voice for independent, sassy heroines everywhere. I enjoyed both the primary and secondary characters quite well. They were afforded some decent growth and exhibited complexity. It was the plot that didn't convince me. I get that selecting a young unmarried and virginal lady in her twenties as a chaperone represents how unconventional the duke is but -.- come on. Let's be real. We then ge [...]

    2. A message to publishers and big wigs in the industry…***2.5 stars***Geez, I’m probably shooting myself in the foot here, but I think it’s about time we set the higher-uppers straight. Recently, I have been involved in discussions with fellow readers and a few historical romance authors about “Dukes”. Supposedly, we, the readers, like our heroes to be of the Duke variety. It’s said to "catch our eye" in a title, appeals to us because of their nobility, more realistic than a PrinceREAL [...]

    3. 1.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Esmeralda is a viscount's granddaughter but after her mother was disowned by the family for marrying an Irish poet, she finds herself overseeing a chaperone and governess business. Griffin might have been a wild youth, but as the Duke and head of the family now, he wants nothing to go wrong when his twin sisters make their debut. With the possibility of [...]

    4. A sexy duke needs to hire a chaperone to escort his two younger sisters and keep them safe from the vipers out to ruin them as they make their debut amongst the ton. He fears someone will harm their reputations to pay him back for a prank he played out years earlier. While visiting the local governess/chaperone business, he witnesses a sassy young woman instruct one of her underlings on the proper way to keep a boy in line and decides then and there that Miss Esmeralda Swift is the only woman ab [...]

    5. ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review. What a sweet, cute and funny read. Very enjoyable. The Duke of Griffin notices the sign for Mamie's Chaperone and Governesses on his walk and on impulse decides this might be his answer to his problem. You see Griffin will be overseeing his twin sisters during their season (his aunt became ill and is unable too). A season full of parties, shopping and teas that Griffin is dreading. So when the sign for a Chaperone came into view he de [...]

    6. Last Night with the Duke 'Last Night with the Duke' by Amelia Grey is book One in the "The Rakes of St. James"series.  This is the story of Griffin and Esmerelda.   Griffin is getting ready to present his twin sisters to the town. But fears that without proper supervision for his sisters and that his wild past might hurt their them he thinks to get a competent chaperone.  When he overhears Esmerelda talking to one of her employees he knows that she would be strong enough to handle his sister [...]

    7. There is a fad at the moment for historical romances involving governesses (or a chaperone from a governess agency, as is the case here). They seem to have overtaken duke-who-is-also-a-spy as the theme du jour.For example, this series that I just read. Eloisa James’ latest also has the same plot as Last Night with the Duke.I have read one other book by author Amelia Grey, and found it was your standard Regency romance. Inoffensive, familiar to those of us who read this genre often, delivering [...]

    8. LAST NIGHT WITH THE DUKE by Amelia Grey kicks off THE RAKES OF ST. JAMES regency historical series with an intriguing look at how misdeeds can affect more than yourself. Three friends believe their prank was harmless, but they’ll soon find out how hard it is to overcome seeds sown. It will be entertaining to discover who pulls each rake from their beloved bachelorhood.The Duke of Griffin must oversee his two sisters’ coming out for the Season. His own reputation has set the stage for trouble [...]

    9. I almost DNF@ page 82. The entire conversations in those pages bothered on redundancy. Griffin has just met Esmeralda and he's trying to convince her to chaperone his sisters for the season, she refuses, he insist, she refuses again, he insists again, she refuses, he insists and on and on it goes. When she finally agrees they spend time reflecting on the conversation they have had. It got annoying. When they were not reflecting on their past conversations, Esmeralda was reflecting on her life, h [...]

    10. What a cute story! The heroine, Esmeralda, runs an employment agency for chaperones, governesses, etc. She doesn't accept jobs herself as she has a younger sister, Josephine, to care for.Griffin is a duke who needs a chaperone for his twin sisters ASAP as his aunt is ill. This will be Sara and Vera's first season. When he visit's Esmeralda's agency he decides he wants her to be their chaperone and will let her bring Josephine and her dog if she'll agree. He also offers a very nice wage, includin [...]

    11. -I needed a historical in my life and this series is just starting so I dove in. Last Night with the Duke is a mixed bag of goodies, so let’s dive in.-The setup. The Duke of Griffin is a couple of centuries away from being considered a sexual harrasser, but as a Duke (one among many, it seems) he is used to getting what he wants. He is trying to live down his rakish reputation (aren’t they all?) and he is unexpectedly in charge of his twin sisters’ Season, since his aunt is ill and unable [...]

    12. Amelia Grey doesn’t really get her new Rakes of St. James series off to a good start. Last Night with the Duke has all of the romantic elements of a fairly average story but what brings its rating down is the listless way everything unfolds. It’s romance without the romanticism and a love affair without a spark.The Duke of Griffin knows that this season may be the most challenging he’s ever faced. His twin sisters are ready to make their débuts, but a rumor is in the air that someone want [...]

    13. 3 StarsThis one was ok. Some aspects of the story and the way the charters behaved were just wrong for a historical novel. It kind of threw me off some times. The pacing of the story was odd too. The first 40% of the book takes place within the first day of H and h meeting each other. I felt the secondary plot was weak and uninteresting. Obviously the whole point was for the H and h to get the two characters together and I enjoyed their relationship and their interactions, I just felt the story [...]

    14. A delightful and enjoyable story with strong leads and supporting characters. There were some laugh out loud moments as well as heart-tugging, emotional scenes. I liked how the twins had distinctive personalities.Unfortunately, I felt the prank was pretty lame and didn't justify "revenge" so many years later. Also, when we get to find out who the villain is, it's kind of glossed over. Overall, though, a pretty good read and I'm looking forward to the other rakes' stories.**Thank you to the publi [...]

    15. Last Night with the Duke was an enjoyable start to a new regency romance series with a delightful romance, excellent supporting characters and an adorable dog named Napoleon.The Duke of Griffin’s past has finally come back to haunt him when rumors begin to swirl that his twin sisters will be pulled into a scandal during their debut season in order to punish him. As one of the Rakes of St. James, Griffin expected his reputation to follow him, but he never thought it could hurt his sisters. To h [...]

    16. The past has really come back to bite Griffin in the backside when he becomes guardian to his twin sisters during their debut into society. Fearing retaliation for his past transgressions (as a prankster) he seeks out a capable chaperone that will serve as his extra eyes and ears while he tries to weed out those determined to pay him back by targeting his sisters. He didn't expect that his search would lead him to strong willed, competent Esmeralda Swift. She's smart, determined, stern when she [...]

    17. The Rakes' progress, part 1.Enjoyable characters and story. Benedict Mercer, The Duke of Griffin will go to great lengths to protect his twin sisters from the consequences of a stupid and damaging wager he and his dukely friends (The Rakes of St. James) had participated in years ago.Part of those lengths is to hire a chaperone, Miss Esmeralda Swift. That was his first battle with Esmeralda and those battles would continue. (Both Griffin and Esmerelda are stubborn). Esmeralda has her own secrets [...]

    18. *I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of an UNCORRECTED eARC I received from NetGalley and the publisher* Writing a review for an uncorrected ARC is tricky - I have no idea if the issues I had with the book will be corrected or not before it is published. I am going to write this review with the assumption that the problems I encountered with incorrect formal address and dangling plotlines were corrected.I really liked Griffin and Esmerelda, they are both stubborn people, but both extremely [...]

    19. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but have a difficult time writing a review for a totally uncorrected copy of the book. I have no idea if the problems will be corrected before publication or not, but can only suppose that most, if not all, will be found and corrected. It is really too bad that there isn't a way those of us making these reviews could point out some of the things we see - like using the pronoun 'her' when it should plainly be 'him'. Sentences and paragraphs all ran together, so I c [...]

    20. 3 Stars!1st Book in the The Rakes if St. James series.I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by the author and irrespective of the review ahead, one thing is certain. I will be looking forward to other books by the author. I am truly intrigued to know what I happens to the other two rakes!The Duke of Griffin has quandary. His twin sisters on the marriage mart can become the targets of a prank by his rivals. And before they do, Griffin wants to find out who [...]

    21. ARC REVIEW This was a really fun book. Esmeralda and Griffin were so entertaining and throw in an incorrigible young girl and her dog, and a pair of identical twin girls who are making their debut and it just made this book so fun to read. Esmeralda and Griffin's chemistry was straight off right from the start, sexual tension is always fun especially when it's so distracting for the main characters.Griffin and two of his friends did something stupid in their youth and now they will never live it [...]

    22. Benedict Mercer, Duke of Griffith, has always lived his life as he pleased. Now his exuberant sisters may suffer for it. Determined to give them the season they deserve and husbands worthy of them he sets out to hire a chaperone who will reign in their impulsiveness and protect them from determined scoundrels who are set on ruining them as revenge against due to his past.Some days Esmeralda Swift wonders how she’s going to manage. Running an employment agency that barely covers its own expense [...]

    23. The Duke of Griffin is looking for a chaperone for his twin sisters Sara and Vera. Their first season is about to start and the twins are popular and will have many suitors. He hopes they will both be engaged to a good man at the end of it. When he meets Esmeralda he instantly knows he wants to hire her for the position, whatever it takes. Esmeralda is responsible for her sister Josephine and she runs the employment agency, so theoretically isn't available herself. When Griffin makes her an offe [...]

    24. Last Night with the Duke is the first book in the Rakes of St. James series by Amelia Grey.In his youth the Duke of Griffin was one of three friends who set about making a wager that scandalised society when it was discovered. It was something they have never lived down, and since that day they have been known as Rakes.Griffin thinks that after all the years that have passed his sins are behind him, except a gossip rag decided to remind everybody of the fact in a current issue, also begging the [...]

    25. I like Grey's books, they are always nice. In this story we have a handsome Duke (like they are ever ugly) and a chaperone. Which did cause some tension, especially when he called her servant, which she is, but still, it does show in the beginning where his mind is.Right, so we have Essie who has a past. Not a bad past, more her family has a past. She does not work as a governess anymore, instead she runs an employment agency. But what a Duke wants a duke gets. And she is not stupid, she sees th [...]

    26. Enthralling? Enticing? Enchanting? Exquisite . . . I loved this book from start to finished. I loved that a duke, Duke of Griffin, would take a fall so great that he could not fathom the results. He just wanted to make sure that his past deeds did not impact the debut season of his sisters. She was way more important than his reputation. He takes matters into his own hands by obtaining her a chaperone for the season. Never knowing that she, Esmeralda, would be the key to changing his world forev [...]

    27. Last Night with the Duke seems like a typical historical romance, and in some ways it is. We have a lofty Duke who wants his way and no other. We have a heroine who barely has two pennies to pinch together, a spinster in her mid-twenties who has never been kissed, trying to do the best she can in her situation to keep her 12 year old half-sister safe. Even though the heroine is way below the Duke's station (but she is the granddaughter of a viscount, but alas her mother was disowned for marrying [...]

    28. I enjoyed this title from Amelia Grey and will read the next in the series.Miss Esmeralda Swift owns an appointment agency and is raising her younger sister. She cannot afford any mistakes or she could lose everything, and she considers herself to be too practical to fall prey to a rake.The Duke of Griffin made a mistake in his youth that he now fears his sisters will pay for during their first season. When rumors arise that back up this fear Griffin realizes he needs the best chaperone he can f [...]

    29. FINAL DECISION:  The highlight of this book is the interaction between the hero and heroine which is sexy at times and full of banter. The book was adequate as a story but it just didn't grab me.  Three stars for me is a book I don't mind paying for, but will probably be one I only read once.  I did like it enough to want to read more of the seriesE STORY:  Benedict Mercer, Duke of Griffin, needs a chaperone for his twin sisters.  This is especially important because Griffin's past misdeeds [...]

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