Series: The Duke Society #1
Author: Gina Robinson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018
The controlling old duke’s last wishes.
The mysterious new duke’s first demands.
And I'm the headstrong new duchess who’s caught between them.
From an American billionaire’s daughter, to almost a duchess, to actually a duchess…it’s been a strange 24 hours.
Our plan was simple, if not scandalous. Me, the 29-year-old daughter of an American billionaire, marrying him, the ancient Duke of Manly on his hundredth birthday. But then, neither of us has ever been conventional. We were each going to get something we desperately desired out of the marriage. For me, it wasn't money. And it certainly wasn't sex. The plan was working so well. Until Manly dies at the altar before saying "I do." With his dying breath, Manly maneuvers me into a marriage of convenience with his hot, mysterious heir, Ren Sattler, the new duke. Suddenly I'm drawn into the mysteries surrounding the castle and Ren—mysteries that threaten my hopes of saving the estate and my marriage…not to mention my heart.
DUKED is a sexy, standalone modern marriage of convenience story that blends billionaire, modern gothic, and contemporary romance and has a happily-ever-after.
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I have been DUKED! Duked is such a unique take on a modern-day duke and duchess novel. I really liked the plot of this book the most. It killed me yet kept me going. This book has some heat and romance, but it also has a mystery that will keep you guessing. What will happen next?
The plot of this book was so interesting. It was so intricate that I didn’t expect how it ended. It was a rollercoaster ride of mystery and emotions. There are so many layers in this book. Just be aware that there is a surface plot, but there is also an underlying plot that is just as interesting. This is a marriage of convenience, but this is also a bit of mystery.
I really enjoyed these characters. Ren is freaking hot as heck. I knew I liked him from the moment we met him. He is portrayed as the bad boy. Dangerous and out of reach. He has more to him that what the rumors would have you believe though. Then you have Bliss. She is feisty yet regal. Exactly what I would expect from a duchess. She is such a great character.
The heat between these two is immediate. As soon as they meet, you can tell there is an attraction there. This was before Bliss even knew who Ren was. Once that forbidden aspect was added, I feel like it only intensified the heat. Add in the surprises that kept getting thrown their way and you have the perfect recipe for nothing but steam.
I loved the writing style of this book. The pace of the book was steady. The book is told from one point of view, but it fit what the book needed. The characters were dynamic. The author did amazing revealing the mystery little by little. What I really loved was that this book has a historical duke romance feel to it, but it is set in modern day. It really was the best of both worlds.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This story reeled me in and kept me interested throughout the book. There is going to be another novel following a different set of characters. I cannot wait to see how the author writes that book. I feel like it will be just as good, if not, better. I would recommend this book to others.
Writing Style: 5/5
Gina Robinson is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Jet City Kilt series, the popular Billionaire Matchmaker, Switched at Marriage and Billionaire Duke romantic comedy series, featuring a billionaire in business with a matchmaker, a billionaire in a surprising marriage of convenience, and a billionaire who inherits a British dukedom, the Reckless and Rushed contemporary new adult romance series, and the Agent Ex series of humorous romantic suspense novels. Her books have delighted readers and received praise in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Romantic Times Book Reviews.
She writes romance and women's fiction across a wide variety of subgenres—new adult, contemporary, historical, romantic suspense and romantic comedy.
Her love stories are infused with a happy blend of romance, adventure, a bit of mystery, and humor. Readers are drawn to the light touch she gives even serious topics and the fast, fun, easy-to-read pace of her books. From college campus to Seattle to Las Vegas to England, her settings become almost characters of their own, driving the story.
She believes in the power of true love and passion, and that every great romance should have a happily-ever-after.