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To Steal a Duke’s Heart

A Historical Regency Romance
Narrated by: Marian Hussey
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

A disgraced young woman with nothing to lose.

A handsome, newly appointed duke, bound by his honor.

Her one opportunity to steal his heart.

Disowned by her parents for helping her sister elope to the Americas, Grace Curtis never expected to capture the attention of the witty and bold George Blackmore, the Duke of Cromford. After the sudden death of his father leaves him with the responsibilities of his elevated station, he has little time for romance...not even with the beautiful Grace.

When Cromford’s younger brother, Edmund, takes an interest in her best friend, Grace encourages the relationship, in the hope of seeing the duke again - and stealing his heart. However, Edmund divulges some unexpectedly worrying truths about his older brother, and Grace soon finds herself questioning her attraction to the newly appointed Duke of Cromford. 

As she finds herself embroiled in a bitter war between two brothers, Grace must choose carefully where to place her trust. Will she be able to fathom the duke’s true colors and find happiness?

A tale of love, duty, mistaken assumptions, drama, and intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Regency England. To Steal a Duke’s Heart is a clean Regency romance that will keep you up late into the night.

Clean Regency romance novel. No cliffhanger.

©2019 Audrey Ashwood (P)2019 Audrey Ashwood

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Loved it.

A charming story with a secondary romantic subplot.
The narrator did an excellent job and I found myself listening to this book in one day. It was thoroughly entertaining and had me hooked.
I liked the fact that there was a little bit of suspense in the story and that it was a clean regency romance.
I enjoyed the banter between the main characters as they flirted with each other but it did take quite a few misunderstandings and arguments in order for them to find their way to a HEA together. It was quite an entertaining journey!
I'm looking forward to reading more from the authors.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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Not the best read or listen

Only finished it as l hoped it would get better it was ok not brilliant

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  • Rada
  • 22-03-19

What in the world...

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I have to be honest, 4 hours into the book, I was ready to quit. All the characters behaved as if they were in high school. Grace met a Marquess at a party and spent 10 minutes in his company. He made a great impression on her and she set her sights on him. They made plans to have a dance at the next party and said good bye. Grace apparently did not read any of the society news pages because she can’t be bothered, so she had no idea that his father died and the now Duke was in mourning. Her friend sets her straight, but Grace is convinced that he has no interest because he has learned of her disgrace the prior year for helping her engaged older sister elope with someone else. She is not wrong because the Duke has learned this about her from his valet and has written her off as not a good match.
In the meantime, Grace and her friend meet the duke’s brother and Grace hatches a plan to get closer to the Duke by getting her friend together with the brother. Little does she know that the duke and his brother do not get along and the Duke is on to her machinations. By this point, I was ready to quit the book. I could not take any more of this crap. But, seeing as how I promised a review, I kept on listening.
Things do pick up a bit during the second half and the book somewhat redeems itself. Grace gets kicked to the curb by literally everyone for her machinations and slinks off to her family home. Her friend is now married to the duke’s brother and Grace sees what a jerk he is so she tries to tell her friend. This was what was the final straw that sent her home.
Now Grace is completely beaten down and meek and quiet and everyone wants her back to the self assures lady she was, except that they all hated the results of her previous personality.
The Duke, who basically played mind games with grace the entire time by telling her that had she not schemed to meet him, he’d have come for her, then not explaining his brother’s true nature, then telling her that he was done with her... has a complete change of heart. Seriously? The book obviously has a happy ending, but it was so high school throughout that I was not impressed. The Duke needed to figure out his own mind instead of lashing out. Grace needed to stop meddling and develop a bit of sympathy for the fact that he was in mourning. Her friend needed to grow a backbone.
I regret having to leave this review like this, but I am not sure what else to say here. It had good premise, but failed on the execution.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 14-07-19

A Stiff Duke and A Woman Who Wants Him

The Duke and Grace...he is very straight laced , honorable, and takes his role in life seriously and conducts himself as is appropriate. He meets Grace at a ball..her differences ( opposed to who and what he is) causes her to stick in his mind.
The story opens describing the way society acted, nothing is exciting or fun...always a ho mum attitude which is reenacted in the story..although people can still be nasty to each other for perceived bad behavior..as is Grace viewed.
I just didn’t see what Grace saw in the Duke, nor why he was able to declare himself as he does with the way he treated her...just not a couple I could envision.
I found descriptions over done from time to time and anxious for some sections to move on.
The narrator has a lovely voice and did a very good job in the telling of this story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 11-04-19

Great Historical Romance!

This was my first Audrey Ashwood and Rosie Wynter's book, and won't be the last. George and Grace's story is really great! I love all about this story! The characters, the storyline, the twists and turns, the suspense, and the ending. Now, I can't wait to listen to Grace's sister story! Marian Hussey did an amazing job with the narration! I am looking forward for more books written by these authors and read by this narrator. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily written this review.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 02-04-19

A bit uneven but overall entertaining...

It's my first book by Audrey Ashwood and Rosie Wynter so I had no particular expectations but after listening to this one I think I will read other books by them in future.

I generally liked the book though I feel it is a bit uneven, especially when it comes to the pace of the story. The first part is quite slow, with a lot of detailed descriptions and lengthy conversations (which is not necessarily a fault, as it gives the book the Austen-like feel of "let's not hurry with the tale, we have time enough to spare...":)), on the other hand, the ending with its action-packed scenes reminded me of the swashbuckling action-adventures (like The Three Musketeers, for example)... Quite a clash in style:)

There are not too many characters to follow but they are quite colourful (although you may think some of them a bit stereotypical), however, they are not always consistent when it comes to their personalities... I don't think someone rather meek and relying on a friend to acertain their every decision would suddenly grow enough backbone to act ruthlessly and cruelly towards that particular friend - but I may be wrong, I'm not a psychologist...

Anyway, I liked the overall story; the plot develops smoothly and most of the time logically and in accordance with the rules of the time, the ending is really fast-paced and exciting, and narration by Ms Hussey is very well done - she reads at a good pace, but not too fast, she makes proper distinction between different voices and adds a nice flare to the narrative parts.


DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Layla
  • 02-04-19

Historical romance

I did like this book even if some of the characters did annoy me. However, I had to remind myself that one, it is set in a different time period and two, that there are some people who actually act like this even in todays society.
However, I believe the main female character fit the era she is from. She acted really naive which I would expect from her upbringing in that time.
The person that really got my blood boiling was her aunt. I have to say that I did not like her at all. But other than this it is not a bad book which is suitable for all since there is no sexual content or profanity. It does have so mild violence.

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  • HeatherY
  • 23-03-19

Really Enjoyed This One!

Grace is spending the season with her aunt in London and reveling in her new freedom. After a scandal in her recent past damaged her reputation, she isn't expecting to meet a suitable match and the men so far haven't interested her. When she meets an enigmatic man at a party and learns he's the Duke of Cromford, she's intrigued and immediately plans to capture his heart. But the Duke is forced to leave town suddenly and Grace is introduced to his brother, who tells Grace some very ugly things about the Duke.

This is the sequel to A Mysterious Rogue, Rosalie's story, but it can be read as a standalone. It's a sweet listen with no steamy scenes. This isn't a typical romance between a wide eyed innocent and a rake with a heart of gold, both Grace and George are flawed and layered characters. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but the plot reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice. I really enjoyed this one and didn't want it to end!

The narration was really well done, with distinct voices and a performance that pulled me right into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I can't wait for Claire's story!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 22-03-19

honor such a misleading attribute

okay this story was very very good the characters were very interesting and the fact that the author used the timeline of the story for us to understand the situation was very interesting and very good the story was very romantic and very funny I liked it a lot

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  • Zena
  • 18-03-19

Gripping story

This is the gripping and interesting love story between Grace and George and how friends and family could possible ruin lives - if allowed to.
It also shows quite clearly that if one pushes too hard then one is liable to lose out totally.
I loved the way these two authors have written this story. It held my attention and I kept on wondering what was going to happen next between all the very colorful characters.
Marion Hassey has a very interesting voice and uses it to portray each character realistically which really enhances the telling.
These three artistes make a great team and I am happy to recommend the audio/ebook to you.
I requested and received a copy of the audiobook version and my review as above is voluntary and unbiased.

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  • Katie Thompson
  • 18-03-19

Fantastic!

The characters are simply marvelous. The narrator is incredibly talented and truly brings the tale to life. It’s just wonderful to listen to.

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  • Gina Johnson
  • 15-03-19

Stubborn duke

I just found these new to me authors and I am glad I did. This was a charming story with some suspense. Though it did take the stubborn duke a lot of time to admit his feelings and the character of his brother, everyone has a lesson to learn which made them into better people. I received a complimentary audio and this review is voluntary.