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    Not much of a devil...

    From the age of eight, Lady Amarantha Vale knew she would marry for love. At first, it’s not what happened and her sense of adventure took her to Jamaica with her betrothed, Reverend Paul Garland. Mere days after her arrival, a hurricane hit the island, she took refuge in a cellar where she met the man who would own her heart… THE DUKE is the long-awaited story of the Devil’s Duke, Gabriel Hume as we finally get to know the man who struck fear in the hearts of his countrymen. He was actually quite different than what I expected, from his brief appearances in the previous books, and alas, there were few glimpses of the dark, dangerous, and mysterious eccentric he appeared to be, apart from the gossip. I always find Katharine Ashe’s books extremely difficult to review, so enrapt do I become in her otherworldly prose, her extraordinarily vibrant descriptions, and her unforgettable characters. Ms. Ashe’s incomparable talent in setting the mood, in conveying feelings and emotions, and nearly provoking cases of the vapours in modern readers with sentences such as these: “She smelled like a memory”… THE DUKE is a very intricate story, where several characters’ lives intertwine, and Amarantha and Gabriel’s passion smoulders over years and oceans. It does indeed take them what seems like “a desert of years” to truly reunite. The inclusion of abolitionism was brilliant, and in fact, I was utterly captivated with everything in the story that revolves around that theme, even more so than the romance. I felt that a little episode towards the end was rather unnecessary, and its sole purpose seemed mostly to delay the inevitable, that is Amarantha and Gabriel’s happy ever after. On the other hand, the secondary characters are exquisitely drawn, and I am pleased that the extraordinary Libby Tate will have her own story next. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I give 3 ½ stars
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    Sweeping love story

    The book reminds me of my early romance reading days, a sweeping love story spanning years and continents. I loved both main characters, but there were too many secondary characters and stories for my taste. I have a feeling most characters already made an appearance in earlier stories (this is book three), but I haven't read them therefore I sometimes felt overwhelmed. That being said, I definitely recommend this book. *I received an ARC from the publisher*
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    Devil's Duke, or misunderstood man?

    I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook from the author. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I am a huge fan of Katharine Ashe's novels. I started this book with high expectations, and I am happy to say that The Duke did not disappoint--this is a great read! As always, the characters are developed with great sensitivity and care so that by the end of the first few chapters, they feel like personal friends, so I truly cared about what happened to them and felt invested in the events of the book as they unfolded. While many of the people in the book make appearances in earlier installments in the series, this book can easily be read as a standalone novel. (That said, I encourage everyone to read all the books in the series--they are all delightful!) But as strong, compelling, flawed and human as the characters are, what really makes this book work is the plot. The author does a fantastic job of combining romance, strife, drama, racial and social injustice and historical events into a whirlwind that kept me reading long into the night because I just couldn't put the book down. This book is a great read that fans of historical fiction will devour with great relish!
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    A puzzle waiting to be solved.

    Never have I come across a tale as complex as The Duke. Ms. Ashe has created a thinker's romance filled with labyrinths and heart-stopping emotion. A puzzle waiting to be solved.
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