Read The Duke's Undoing Online Free - Meet the Duke of Ruisdell, the unlikely hero of my new Regency Romance.
The duke has just returned from the Napoleonic wars on the Iberian Peninsula with a wound in his shin, where a musket ball was lodged. He is weary, cynical, and very bored. Known as the worst rake in England, he finds he has no interest in upholding that distinction, when his friend, the Marquis of Somerset, proposes a bet: “Five thousand guineas says that seducing Miss Elise Edwards will cure your ennui.” Because his friend has just lost a packet to him, he agrees that the bet be posted in White’s famous Betting Book.
The following day, he has a most unsettling experience. Walking in Green Park, he spies a mysterious young woman, veiled, and obviously grieving. A disembodied voice, sounding strangely like that of his late adjutant, informs him, “The jig is up. That is the girl you are going to marry!” He scoffs, but is nevertheless intrigued by something about the slight figure. He even sketches her and asks if he can be of assistance to her. She declines his offer kindly.
At the opera that evening, he is again intrigued by a beauty across the Opera Hall. He hears the same voice, saying the same thing. The marquis informs him that the woman in question is Miss Elise Edwards. When he meets her, he recognizes her voice as that of the woman in the park. Now she is surrounded by a surfeit of ex-fiance’s, one of them dangerously unbalanced. Ruisdell discovers an actual bond between them which makes him honor bound to protect her.
Thus begins a train of unstoppable events–dangerous, humorous, devilish, and amorous–that carry his life along at such a pace that the duke soon knows not whether he is on his head or his heels. And then there is that bet . . .
|Title||:||The Duke's Undoing|
|Number of Pages||:||200 pages|
July 19, 2016
If you love a good Rouge story with the amazing determination to never marry and continue for life in a bed um never wed um manner then this book is for you. Until the moment that you realize he is such a great person. He has seen things. He has been affected by what he saw in the war and now jus...
June 21, 2012
First of all let me say I love regency novels. I have read quite a few of G.G. Vandagriff's books, but was disappointed and shocked that this novel is not a clean read.
August 09, 2016
The Duke's Undoing had a lot of potential but failed woefully short!! G.G. Vandagriff the author needs to study history about Dukes before tempting to write one. The Duke of Ruisdell was so badly written. I felt like I was in some kind of joke. Dukes would never have taken a Hackney, public trans...
June 30, 2014
Miss Elise Edwards has just lost her third fiancé. Her first died in the Napoleonic wars, her second turned out to be mad and fled to Italy, and she suspects the most recent of being in love with her best friend—who is most certainly in love with him.
Through a strange set of events and coinciden...
April 21, 2013
Found this on Goodreads (this is my best source of new books to read!) and picked it up because I love a witty Regency-era romance.
Things I liked about this story included a heroine who was engaged multiple times before she met Her Real Hero (the Duke of the title) and that struck a humorous cho...
April 30, 2013
The heroine of The Duke’s Undoing, with her three ex-fiances, her writing of novels under the pen name “A Gentlewoman,” and her unconventional personality, intrigued me from the start. What sounded in the description like an unlikely scenario was presented quite believably by the author.
November 13, 2013
It has more depth than the usual romance novel with lots of different characters and plot devices. However, it's all too much. The first half of the novel is excellent. The hero and heroine get to know each other and develop a relationship. Then after that the plot speeds up into sheer madness....
May 14, 2012
Apparently this is a wildly popular genre, and this book is diverting, although not anything but fluff and not meant to be. This is the first Regency romance I've read, so I'm not familiar with the conventions of these books, but I like Vandagriff's other books and thought I would give it a try....
April 30, 2012
This one was just okay for me. I actually started it and put it down a couple times and when I finally came back to it I was able to get into the story a little better. I thought the story was enjoyable enough, but I wanted to like the characters more than I did. Elise was a likable heroine, I wo...
April 25, 2012
To be quite honest, I don't believe I've read many Regency Romance novels, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. However, GG Vandagriff did not disappoint. This novel is filled with intrique, turmoil, a bit of comedy, and a LOT heart-fluttering romance. I loved the characters, especially those...