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The Devil Duke

The Demon Duchess Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
Series: The Demon Duchess, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

A chance encounter with a tabloid playboy lands a scrappy waif a place in high society.

Fainting in the notorious nobleman’s arms is the smartest move the self-proclaimed spazz ever made. Now her picture decorates every gossip rag in Britain, and the public wants to know who the Devil Duke’s new squeeze is. 

Offered a sizable sum, Izzy De Luca travels to England where she will pose as the Duke of Devoy’s new bride. It seems the rake’s reputation needs some rehabilitation, and the fresh-faced orphan is just the girl to brighten his tarnished image.

Izzy enters a lavish world of wealth and privilege, but soon realizes her uptight employer is no laid-back lady charmer. Sparks fly between the two when the spirited American lets the impossibly handsome blue blood know she won’t be gentrified without a fight.

As they play out the carefully constructed charade, the jaded Duke finds himself drawn to Izzy’s rare brand of charm, and what begins as a collision of worlds ends in a union of love.

This may be a modern day Cinderella story, but this feisty commoner is no simpering sweetheart. She means to give our titled hero a run for his millions.

©2015 Tessa Bowen (P)2018 Tessa Bowen

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certain phrasing should not be used

i have mixed feelings about this book. The story plot was ok with plenty of laugh out moments, but the reason for my low star rating is i found it offending at times. The way Izzy spoke using variations of the word spazz and pervert. It made it hard to listen too at times struggled to finish.

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Great Story

I loved this story it was not what I expected Iaay was a great character she was sassy and funny I love her and I grew to really love Trevor too. The narrator was not my favorite but she didn't ruin it for me.

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  • Amanda
  • Neath, West Glamorgan
  • 14-08-19

hilarious

What a hilarious book, Isobel's sassy take no prisoners attitude was just brilliant, and had me laughing out loud as she drove her duke to distraction, and Virginia Ferguson's voice really brought the book to life..

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My Thoughts on The Devil Duke

Right from the beginning this story started off interesting. The leading lady was lively and interesting. She was spunky and I loved how she gave the Duke a run for his money. The Duke had one of those personalities that as was off putting but in that way where you're just waiting to see the good side of him. You know it's in him, you know just have to wait. But as I waited I got this highly entertaining story that was funny and so well told by narrator Virginia Ferguson. Her British accent seemed really well suited for the story. It seemed like the perfect fit. I think the only thing that occasionally threw me was that sometimes I think the accent slipped a bit when she was switching between the third person pov and voicing Izzy's American voice. But it wasn't anything that could make you dislike her narration at all. I definitely liked her.

Overall this was a good introduction to this author for me and I look forward to more books by her.

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Loved it

Enjoyed listening to the story. Is was my first from this writer and I enjoyed the narration. It will not be my last. Felt it was well written and kept me listening.

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Let this Duke story grab you

Book 1 in the series. Its a Royal story but in modern times , a modern fairytale, where a commoner finds her prince .
Tessa throws in a few twists and turns and a story with true love , even though the Hero and Heroine didn’t know they were meant to be together

Hero is Trevor. Heroine is Izzy .
You know it’s true love when Izzy turns Trevor’s life around . Trevor was just roaming in life with no purpose until he meets Izzy .
Trevor was a ladies man always changing Ladies. He got bored with them .
Trevor and Izzy became the Darlings of Britain and Izzy in the spotlight when she fainted and Trevor the Duke saved her .
Trevor asked her to change his reputation . First his image with the ladies , he’s Divorced with a child .

Virginia performance was good. Her British accent was perfect for the story . Virginia voice and accent was strong and smooth

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The Devil Duke

Enjoyed listening to the story. Felt it was well written and kept me listening. Have added the next book in the series to my wishlist. Definitely will listen to more by Tessa Bowen and narrations by Virginia Ferguson

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The Devil Duke

The story has good bones and a great concept. I really enjoyed most of the characters narrated by Virginia Ferguson, but Izzy voice was hard to tolerate. I do think it kind of suited the character they were trying to portray. I do wish Izzy would have been a bit more mature on some levels, but i love that she played with his daughter. When the story starts out and the Izzy meets Trevor at his home he seems quite the jerk. I was glad he came around and showed his real self to her.

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  • Suzyplums
  • Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 14-04-19

awful natration

I was looking forward to listening to this book but I couldn't get past chapter one. the voice of the h was so bad and greating

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Demon Devil Duke!

This is the first book from this author and I have to say it was spectacular. This book is like a modern fairytale but it’s hilarious, sweet and Romantic.They annoy each other with witty banter.
I found myself laughing out loud, even getting funny looks from people around me.
The narrator does a wonderful British accent and America accent. I definitely enjoyed listening to this narrator.
I am leaving an honest review for a book I requested. I can honestly say I’m happy I did I loved listening to this book. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 25-03-19

Steamy

I really enjoyed this book. This was the first time I had listened to a romance novel and I was pleasantly surprised. The story reminded me of My Fair Lady in that a commoner is taken in by the aristocracy and made over to become a Duchess. I really enjoyed the characters though there were times when Izzy’s voice was a bit much. As the book went on I feel like her voice was toned down a bit and it was much more pleasant to listen to. The only negative was that there were a few times that I would have liked Izzy to stick up for herself a bit earlier than she did, but at least she did stick up for herself.

While the story itself is one that is often told, (rich playboy meets common girl, falls in love, etc.) this version felt fresh and new and also added the element of the playboy having a young daughter. It added additional complexity to the story and more opportunities for humor and character development and discovery. It was a great story and one that I will likely listen to again. It is also the first in a series and I have already started on the next one!

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • Sandra #AudiobookObsessionReviewer
  • 26-11-18

Hilarious

Loved it the connection and chemistry of these characters was so fun and flirty great book can't wait to listen to the next book in series!

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  • J. Allen
  • 20-11-19

holy frekin crap!

I loved this read / listen! So much fun - this listen had me laughing out loud with these main character antics. Isabelle is now one of my favorite people - her sassy wit and ability to let things go amaze me and I love that she won't change who she is for anyone or anything! I think I fell a little in lust with this devil duke too! A handsome rake who gets charmed by the most unlikely of sorts! Great storyline and I loved the flow - never got bored. The narrator did a great job on this as well! I may just have to listen to this one again and again - I enjoyed it so much!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review!

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  • deanna
  • 15-11-19

good read

I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was an excellent book

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  • Abby
  • 15-11-19

Gum smacking Cinderella with a slight potty mout

A rendition of a Cinderella story with an arranged marriage to try and improve the image of a known playboy, the Devil Duke, to a common girl. While at times Izzy's immature attitude made me want to shake her, she was bold enough to call the Duke out on his $#!+. I enjoyed their banter and while the storyline progressed along a predictable path, it still kept my interested.

Tessa Bowen did an excellent job at describing the characters and their internal monologues really helped.

Virginia Ferguson did an excellent job with the character voices snorts, gum smacking and all. She is very talented.

I received a free audible code through a Facebook group giveaway and am providing my honest review voluntarily.

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  • Drifter
  • 12-11-19

Opposites Do Attract!

Tessa Bowen has written such a heartwarming and delightful story of two people that are so different from each other. Trevor is a wealthy ladies' man that never plans on settling down. However, he is raising a delightful little daughter. Izzy is a common young lady that barely makes enough to support herself. Since he needs to clean up his image they make an agreement that will benefit each other and thus the fun begins. The banter between them is hilarious. Izzy freely speaks her mind and finds herself falling in love with Trevor. But he is determined to stay a bachelor. The narrator does an excellent job of portraying the emotions and personalities of these characters. I enjoyed the sassy voice that she gave Izzy and the aristocratic voice that she gave Trevor. I asked to receive this Audible book and voluntarily wrote this unbiased review. I highly recommend this Audible book. It frequently made me laugh out loud and I will listen to it again.

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  • Mary Dean
  • 12-10-19

Perfect opposites attract love story

I just absolutely loved this book. I was a little bummed when it ended. The Devil Duke (Trevor) and Izzy couldn't be more opposite. Trevor needs to fix his image and stop being a playboy and focus on fatherhood. Izzy is a young woman who has had a hard life but isn't one to dwell on it. A chance encounter with a tabloid picture making up a relationship has them in a unique arrangement. She will be his wife for image only. Only their opposite attraction makes for one great love story. Trevor is used to everyone doing as he says and expects Izzy to listen to his commands on how she should be. Well Izzy isn't like most women he knows. She is stubborn and independent and very unique. I absolutely adored her. Their interactions had me cracking up through out the book. This narrator did a great job in expressing the personalities of both characters in her narration. I couldn't get enough of The Devil Duke and Izzy. I can't wait to read the second book in this series.I also must note that this author wrote the most beautiful love scene I have ever read/heard. Romance fans definitely need to read/listen to this book.

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  • Nancee
  • 11-10-19

Devilishly Charming Fun

Anything can happen when you need to polish up your royal image and you make a deal with the least likely woman to help you. She is everything he's not and yet just what he needs. The relationship banter is perfect. Virginia Ferguson ( a new to me narrator ) has excellent comedic timing and does a great job being stodgy, proper, and entitled and then a whimsical free spirit who speaks her mind. I really LOVED ♥♥♥♥♥ this story.

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  • Jennifer K.
  • 10-10-19

The Devil Duke

I enjoyed this rags to riches Cinderella style story. The daughter stole to scene when she was present. The narration seem to have lots of background noise or sounded like there was something in her mouth.

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  • Jodi
  • 08-10-19

So Good!!

This book is hilarious! I was listening to this book while I was at work and had to stop I was laughing so much! Rags to riches steamy romance. As they say opposites attract, I loved the banter and chemistry between Izzy and Trevor. Tessa Bowen has done a wonderful job with the characters and story. I received this audiobook at my request in exchange for an honest review