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Designs on a Duke: A Regency Romance (The Bluestocking Scandals Book 1) Kindle Edition
Her secret will save a legacy. But it could also break her heart when faced with a duke caught between two identities.
The daughter of a famed architect, Rebecca Lambert has been raised among the nobility yet understands the circumstances of her birth. Becoming an architect is a dream, not an option, until she must assume an identity to protect her father’s name.
No one was pleased when Valentine St. Vincent was shockingly named the Duke of Wyndham -- least of all Valentine himself. He has always led with his fists, but now he must become the man his brother was supposed to be.
When Valentine hires Rebecca’s father, she takes on the work herself. But as she spends more and more time at the duke’s homes, she finds herself hopelessly falling for a man she can never have. For the Duke of Wyndham must marry a woman for her dowry and respectability -- two things Rebecca can never provide.
Will Rebecca and Val resign themselves to the lives chosen for them, or those they were born to live?Designs on a Duke is a steamy regency romance.
From the Publisher
|Designs on a Duke||Inventing the Viscount||Discovering the Baron||The Valet Experiment|
|The Bluestocking Scandals||Book 1||Book 2||Book 3||Book 4|
|Her secret will save a legacy. But it could also break her heart when faced with a duke caught between two identities.||Lady Fredericka “Freddie” Ashworth might never marry for love, but she will settle for a marriage of convenience.||She’s spying on him. He’s engaged to another. Can their stars ever align?||How does he ever protect a woman whose greatest danger is herself?|
|Writing the Rake||Risking the Detective||A Noble Excavation||A Gentleman of Mystery|
|The Bluestocking Scandals||Book 5||Book 6||Book 7||Book 8|
|There is only one way this fake courtship can end. Disaster.||She was swindled, ruined, and left for dead. She will take back her life and her pride -- but she will never fall in love again.||Will forbidden love at first sight between the fossil hunter and the second son of an earl be strong enough to withstand all that stands in their way?||There are only three things Bow Street runner Georgina Jenkins knows about the man she pulls out of the Thames. His name, his lack of memory, and the fact that he’s in trouble.|
"Ellie St. Clair has a smooth, laid-back style of writing that captured me from the first page until the last. Like easy-listening music, the words flowed into my mind. I could smell the smells and sense the deserted feel of the house. The characters are very well thought-out and jump off the page with a mere movement. I love how Ellie worked the story, adding Regency details here and there that brought it all to life for me." - Sherry Terry, The Naked Reviewers ★★★★★
"I just finished my second reading of this book and I loved it just as much the second time! The characters are so fresh and real they just jump out of the story and live in your heart." - Momo ★★★★★
"I simply love the friendship formed among the ladies to be able to create the series. Each woman intriguing in her own way and therefore the reader wants to learn of their individual romances." - Secret Pearls Reviews ★★★★★
"The author wrote this story in such interesting flow that I could not stop until i reached the end. I do enjoy reading about strong women willing to follow their passion." - Jean ★★★★★
"This is a very fast moving, steamy love story with many twist and turns. I couldn't put it down and stayed up late to finish it. Be sure and get your copy. Hint-- don't start reading if you have appointments. As you will miss them." - Nanna ★★★★★
"The book is well written and the characters are realistic. I enjoyed reading this book. Once I started reading I was unable to put the book down. Ellie St. Clair has a way with words that just draws you into the stories. I was hooked from the first page." - CRAFTINGMAMA1985 ★★★★★
- ASIN : B083F3R7FZ
- Publication date : January 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3219 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 262 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,728 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Finally I have read an Ellie St. Clair’s story, it is sad to say but with so many authors, I am unable to find the time to read them all.
But, yes, it is done and nothing is better than discovering an author with a new series.
Even if it deals with a duke, I loved the characters were commoners, with a different upbringing than the usual private schools and balls.
Valentine is an wonderful man, overwhelmed by the task but trying to do the best as he can. He also lives with a guilt he can’t shake out of him but in time, he will accept his pain and live with it.
Also, he stands for what he thinks is right and won’t back off.
He needs to know he can trust those around him, why he didn’t really care for names and renown.
Where lies Rebecca’s deceit.
Rebecca is at her wit’s end, her father’s sanity looking like it is deteriorating faster and faster. Why she needs this commission.
Even if her father never really recognize her work, she is now the one providing it for them when his outbursts do not cause them to loose contracts. Why she must protect at all cost her father’s ailment. She never expected to fall for the newly appointed peer, yet he acts so differently from the other titled persons she has met.
Their attraction is one of instant recognition, but there is so much between them only waiting to tear them apart, they will both need faith in the other to see if they can make things work for them.
I loved the dynamic of their relationship, they are both aware of what is at stake and of what is expected from them but they also hope for more than they were willing at the beginning.
Valentine is a kind and caring man, he accepts people around him when they have proved their worth, he is not demanding of more, just to be honest. Rebecca has to be more cunning as for a woman, her line of work is unthinkable for her time, yet she listens and make her customers requests and needs primary to anything else.
Definitely a great first in a series, with the introduction of the future protagonists of the next books, all intriguing ladies.
I almost stopped reading it,but glad I continued & finished it.
Valentine & Rebecca were OK charactersin the beginning, they became better towards the end. I felt horrible for Rebecca's father during the Story.
It’s candid and sweet and a lovely written story, even if stretched a bit too long.
You know it’ll all end well because how could it not so it works as some very comforting reading if you’re ever in need of something plain and cute.
I did like the feminism regarding all female characters, which was something refreshing to read - we’re all tired of hare-brained women after all.
A beautifully written story. Can’t wait to read more I. The series.
Top reviews from other countries
I loved this book Designs on a Duke, and I didn’t want to put it down. Valentine was the Duke and Rebecca was the Designers Daughter. The designer was now of an age that had left him confused and forgetful. Rebecca helped her Father with the work load and very discreetly did a lot for him. Valentine commissioned the designer to update his London and Country residences.
Well the love story began and then Rebecca was discovered doing her Father’s work and the Duke’s interfering Mother insisted that they lose their commission, and they are asked to leave the house.
But they have an ally in Valentines sister and with her help it gets sorted out.
It is a beautiful love story and has a very happy ending. I felt their love could go on and on. I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward to the next in the series.
Well done Miss St Clair. Each time I read one of your books I think this is the best yet. But I think this book is best so far.
The duke goes to a ball at Almacks , so the Regency period, but is going to have a water closet installed in his house. The Water closet was invented in the 1880s, so late Victorian.
The language was poor, many colloquialisms and Americanisms. Language and behaviour were inappropriate for the period. Paragraphs frequently started with a relative pronoun, words were missing, incorrect use of vocabulary. Additional words eg continue on, carriage with horses in front, or missing words. This made some sentences incomprehensible. A scattering of quite,rather and somewhat added at regular intervals to make it sound English.