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“The Devil was about to be tamed.”
Her name is Hannah Reid. Born a commoner, she has been Duchess of Dunbarton ever since she was 19 years old, the wife of an elderly duke to whom she has been rumored to be consistently and flagrantly unfaithful. Now the old duke is dead and, more womanly and beautiful than ever at 30, Hannah has her freedom at last.
And she knows just what she wants to do with it. To the shock of a conventional friend, she announces her intention to take a lover - and not just any lover, but the most dangerous and delicious man in all of upper-class England: Constantine Huxtable.
Constantine’s illegitimacy has denied him the title of Earl, so now he denies himself nothing... or so the ton would have it. Rumored to be living the free and easy life of a sensualist in his country estate, he always chooses recent widows for his short-lived affairs. Hannah will fit the bill nicely.
But once these two passionate and scandalous figures find each other, they discover that it isn’t so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire - without getting singed. For the duchess and the dark lord each have startling secrets to reveal, and when all is said and done, neither will be able to say which one fell in love first, who tamed whom, and who has emerged from this game of hearts with the stronger hand.
©2010 Mary Balogh (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By HistRomReader on 10-02-10

Way better than first reviewer's one!

I'm not certain why this only got a one star rating, but I enjoyed it quite thoroughly - as I always seem to do, with Mary Balogh's novels! I confess that I was awaiting a match for "Con" (a character type I particularly enjoy) -- and that made it all the more exciting. I wonder if the reviewer did not care for the slightly stylized rendition that Anne Flosnik offers. When the story is good, though, she gives it "front stage" and allows it to shine on its own merit. Additionally, her tone is well suited to the dry, urbane humor that marks Balogh's works. I give it a four + -- probably mostly to allow a bit of room in case I need a future five -- and recall thinking that this is one I'll want to "read" again!!!

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By Brupp on 12-10-10

Thoroughly Enjoyed this book

I don't understand the 1 star rating. This is the first novel I have read from theis author and am going to read her other releases. The only reason it is not 5 stars is because of the narrator. She is a little stiff.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Pici on 11-28-16

Last Huxtable?

Like the other Huxtable stories, full of surprises, wonderful characters slowly divulging their secrets. Hero and heroine showing strength and depth. Delightful to the end. I miss them already!

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By Nanhellan on 01-27-16

I like this author

The book was spoiled for me by the narrator her voice seemed forced. I was also irritated by the number of "he said she said" bits, it shouldn't be necessary to add these.

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