A dour duke....
Jules, the Sixth Duke of Dandridge disdains Society and all its trappings, preferring the country's solitude and peace. Already jaded and cynical since the woman he loved died years ago, he's become even more so since unexpectedly inheriting a dukedom's responsibilities and finding himself the target of every husband-hunting vixen in London.
A wistful wallflower....
Forever in her stunning sister's shadow, Jemmah Dament has adored Jules from afar for years - since as children they were the best of friends. She daren't dream she can win a duke's heart any more than she hopes to escape the life of servitude imposed on her by an uncaring mother. Jemmah knows full well, Jules is too far above her station. Besides, his family has already selected his perfect duchess: a poised, polished, exquisite blueblood.
But one enchanted night....
A chance encounter reunites Jules and Jemmah, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget. Jules realizes he wants more - much more - than Jemmah's sweet kisses or her warming his bed. He must somehow convince her to gamble on a dour duke. But can Jemmah trust a rogue promised to another? One who's sworn never to love again?
Caution: This historical regency romance contains a duke who literally thumbs his nose at society, a sweet and intelligent wallflower with a secret dream, a villainess worthy of a fairy tale, and two delightful match-making dowagers.
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By Trish R. on 15-12-17
Just okay story and perfect narration..
As much as I like Ms. Cameron’s books/novellas I’m just going to give up on her. A person will say something and then you have to go through 20 or 25 pages before someone else answers or replies. It’s just one long narrative after another. It becomes so boring waiting for more dialogue.
Of course, Jules was drop-dead gorgeous and Jemmah was NOT. God, I hate these kinds of stories. They had been friends as children and had seen each other throughout the years, including two years before, and suddenly he loved her? After their sudden meeting in the library he was like a lovesick fool and, naturally, she couldn’t figure out why he would want someone plain like her instead of her beautiful, spoiled, self-absorbed, hateful sister Adelinda.
Between Belinda, Adelinda and Jemmah’s mother, Adelinda herself, and Phryne Milbourne (what a name) Jules was always hiding from someone. And Adelinda and Phryne were exactly alike. It’s no wonder he didn’t want either of them.
Anyway, this was just a story of fluff and that was ok. There was a kiss or two but nothing else.
As to the narration: I actually paid almost $4.00 for less than 3 hours of listening just because Stevie Zimmerman was the narrator. Crazy, huh? I can’t help it. I love Ms. Zimmerman’s male voices, the difference she makes in the female voices, the young and old alike. And her emotions.
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By PeggyC51 on 22-12-17
A Diamond for a Duke is the retelling of a Cinderella-like story by Charles Perrault entitled Toads and Diamonds. This is a heartwarming tale of a lonely Duke and a young lady treated little better than a servant by her mother and older sister. They are childhood friends who lost touch with each other. Is it possible that these two friends could find their happily ever after with each other? Aunt Theo and Lady Lockhart, aka the fairy godmothers in this tale, think so and embark on a plan to make it happen.
This story has all the elements of a good fairy tale. There is a sweet damsel and a gallant rescuer. There are nasty villains and fairy godmothers to thwart them.
Collette Cameron has written a happy and humorous story that will put a smile on your face. Stevie Zimmerman brings this charming story to life. Her narration is a pleasure to listen to and her voices are wonderful.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful