One Night in London: The Truth about the Duke PDF ☆

One Night in London: The Truth about the Duke PDF ☆
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  • One Night in London: The Truth about the Duke
  • Caroline Linden
  • 12 November 2019
  • 1494552205

One Night in London: The Truth about the Duke[PDF / Epub] ✅ One Night in London: The Truth about the Duke By Caroline Linden – Essayreview.co.uk A bargain that was all businessand pure passion Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother she needs Lon A bargain that was all businessand pure passion in London: ePUB ´ Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother she needs London s top solicitor for that But when Edward de Lacey, son of the powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man who can do the job, Francesca decides Edward himself must champion her caseif only she can melt the dashing lord s stony heart Edward has reason to be guarded, though London s One Night ePUB Ì tabloids have just exposed a secret that could ruin his entire family When Francesca offers a unique chance to undo the damage, Edward is forced to agree to a partnershipand now, each moment together feeds the flames of his scandalous longing for the passionate widow But when Georgina disappears, fate will test them bothand leave their love hanging in the balance.


About the Author: Caroline Linden

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a in London: ePUB ´ writer She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is muchexciting than writing code Her books have won the NEC RWA Readers Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA s RITA Award, and have been translated into seventeen languages around the world She lives in New EnglandSign up at to get notified about her books and receive a free One Night ePUB Ì short story exclusively for subscribers.


10 thoughts on “One Night in London: The Truth about the Duke

  1. says:

    Reread May 2019 Buddy read in a HRBC This is just a wonderful book starting a wonderful series Linden at her best If you like flawed characters with real challenges, try this one The protagonists are not perfect The villains are actually human and not really that terrible, just misunderstood This combined with an amazing romance make this among the best that HR has to offer.Previous review I listened to this for the first time, but I have read itthan once, though it has been a few y Reread May 2019 Buddy read in a HRBC This is just a wonderful book starting a wonderful series Linden at her best If you like flawed characters with real challenges, try this one The protagonists are not perfect The villains are actually human and not really that terrible, just misunderstood This combined with an amazing romance make this among the best that HR has to offer.Previous review I listened to this for the first time, but I have read itthan once, though it has been a few years since reading So, what did my older, wiser self think in this re read I still liked it quite a lot, maybe not 5 stars like, but close enough to keep the rating There are two issues that made me think about dropping a star 1 The narrator His voice is nice for men, but the lady and child characters are not the best I also thought his voice for the Hero changed at the end for a bit, which was odd 2 the one night in London clearly refers to a an epic love making session, that is OTT I believe this is where my younger and older selves diverge on opinion It is very sensually done, and I am sure on first reading, I loved it But now I think it s too long, and listening only highlighted this fact.As to what I love and still love, there are several points in its favor 1 It doesn t pretend Regency is a fairytale time where everything is wonderful Francesca, the heroine, faces much sexism and judgment on her appearance not motherly looking in her quest for legal counsel to adopt her niece Edward is fighting his own family s potential legal battle, and it pays to be a Duke s son The difference between the two MCs experience is well drawn and a good illustration of the time 2 Neither MC is squeaky clean They are willing to use any device within their power, influence, charm, money, as a means to an end not that they are cruel or ruthless, but they are clever and resourceful 3 They seem perfect for each other Their personalities compliment each other, and the attraction is palpable They see each other at the other s low points and are just what the other needs 4 Resolutions to problems are not perfect The resolution to Francesca s issue is not ideal, but the best option, and Edward is able to accept that it will be OK if his family issue is not resolved as he would wish 5 It s the start of a great series Linden was smart in her order She put the dull estate manager brother first Next up is a war hero, followed by a Duke It also has a compelling storyline, making it a well connected, enticing series It is a dramatic and somewhat cliche storyline deathbed summons the the old Duke, with a deep dark secret , and Linden makes fun of this a little in the book 7 It s Caroline Linden, and it s writing that is very strong I love her style She is one of my favorites, and she is very consistent

  2. says:

    I ve given this a B for narration and B for content at AAR, so I m leaving it at 4 stars.In One Night in London, book one of Caroline Linden s 2011 2012 The Truth About the Duke trilogy, the deathbed vigil of the two younger sons of the Duke of Durham, is followed the next day by a meeting with the family solicitor The solicitor reveals that the late duke contracted a secret marriage some years before he married their mother As this may mean the later marriage was bigamous and they are al I ve given this a B for narration and B for content at AAR, so I m leaving it at 4 stars.In One Night in London, book one of Caroline Linden s 2011 2012 The Truth About the Duke trilogy, the deathbed vigil of the two younger sons of the Duke of Durham, is followed the next day by a meeting with the family solicitor The solicitor reveals that the late duke contracted a secret marriage some years before he married their mother As this may mean the later marriage was bigamous and they are all illegitimate, the brothers stand to lose everything.The story focuses on the middle brother, Lord Edward de Lacey, who has run the Durham estates with great skill and great success He doesn t care much for society and has a reputation for being a ruthless businessman and a bit of a dull dog He hires London s premier solicitor to prepare their case, and hopes it will be just a matter of time before his eldest brother Charles is proved to be the rightful Duke of Durham While the Durham Dilemma is the thread which connects all three books in the series, this one is principally concerned with Edward s romance Anyone who is expecting the resolution of the matter of the inheritance is going to be disappointed, because that doesn t happen until book three Lady Francesca Gordon is furious when she discovers that the same solicitor has turned down her case in favour of working for the de Laceys She confronts Edward, accusing him of poaching him, her annoyance greatly fuelled by the fact that he is the only lawyer she met who gave her case even the most basic consideration When one of London s scandal sheets prints a story about the Durham Dilemma the next day, Francesca sees an opportunity to advance her cause She knows the editor of the scandal sheet and will contrive to have him print a retraction in return for Edward s help in securing the services of another solicitor This bargain naturally throws theminto each other s company, and as they spend time together, they each begin to revise their original assessments of the other.The protagonists are both very strongly drawn, and although at first they seem to be complete opposites he rather starchy and she a tempestuous free spirit as the story progresses both they and the reader come to see that what originally seem to be almost unbridgeable gulfs in personality are actually qualities which are complementary Francesca livens Edward up, reminding him what it feels like to be happy rather than merely content Edward helps her to see the value of learning to hold back and plan rather than to rush headlong into a situation.The sexual tension simmers between them from the get go Francesca thinks Edward is dull and colourless at first, and he thinks she s a managing harpy, yet they find it increasingly difficult to stop thinking about each other Edward fights his attraction to Francesca particularly strongly, feeling that she is everything he doesn t like in a woman she s forward, opinionated and capable and Francesca can t believe she is having lustful thoughts about such a stiff necked fellow as Edward de Lacey And when the lustful thoughts finally turn into reality the pair of them may just have melted my earbuds Their passionate affair has the feel of a mature relationship, but is simultaneously one in which the characters experience that first explosion of infatuation and physical desire.Gildart Jackson, a new to me narrator who is also, it seems, a newcomer to the world of audiobook romance, has a voice like melted chocolate, rich and dark His narration is nuanced and expressive Although there are times when it is a little on the slow side, that fits with Edward s character, as he s a reserved man who always thinks before he acts Mr Jackson differentiates clearly between all the male characters, doing an especially good job in providing each of the three brothers with his own, distinctive sound His performance of Edward is excellent He really captures the essence of him part restrained, buttoned up gentleman and part sex god by skilful use of subtle changes in tone and inflection Edward intent on seduction is utterly and deliciously wicked while Edward the businessman is considered and rather restrained in both speech and manner.His portrayal of female characters is less successful Francesca is a widow in her late twenties, so it s right that she doesn t sound like a wide eyed ing nue, but at times she soundslike a middle aged dowager than a vital young woman That said, Mr Jackson s portrayal changes as the book progresses, so overall he does athan decent job I don t, however, much care for the falsetto he uses to characterise Louisa Halston, Edward s ex fianc e, as it falls over the edge into caricature.One Night in London is an enjoyable listen and a good start to this series I certainly intend to listen to Mr Jackson again on the strength of it, and I m pleased that he s joined the very small club of men who narrate historical romance I hope he maintains his membership, because the genre needsgood male narrators

  3. says:

    There are a lot of things to love about this book The three brothers who learn that their father has been married when he was young and re married without knowing what has happened to his first wife which might just make his three sons bastards are all incredibly interesting you have an older brother who relies on his family name s influence and doesn t seem to care about anything but his own pleasure who has to learn some responsibility if he wants to keep his title the good middle one Ed There are a lot of things to love about this book The three brothers who learn that their father has been married when he was young and re married without knowing what has happened to his first wife which might just make his three sons bastards are all incredibly interesting you have an older brother who relies on his family name s influence and doesn t seem to care about anything but his own pleasure who has to learn some responsibility if he wants to keep his title the good middle one Edward, this books hero who is all about family and duty, who has to learn that he has to stop fighting his brother s battles and focus instead on what he himself wants and the youngest, slightly impetuous brother who is a bit wild, but loyal to a fault to his family I loved reading about them, how each of them changed and grew over the course of the story, and I can t wait to see the other two get to their happily ever after.ButThere was a bit too much drama in this book for me Especially Francesca s claim that her niece is being cruelly mistreated by an evil step mother made little sense to me view spoiler In the beginning she and therefor the reader is told by a neighbor that the step mother is in financial difficulties, that the niece looks thin and unwell, and that she seems to have to do household chores Francesca has also been forbidden to visit her niece for some years The family then steals away in the dead of night, leaving no trace of their whereabouts At some point Francesca sees her niece on a busy street and starts to chase after her, but the step mom s brother appears to actually drag her away in time All of this gives the impression that the niece is being mistreated by seriously cruel people, but once they find the family again, it s all just some big misunderstanding, the niece actually loves staying with her step mom and her new half brothers, and refuses her aunt s offer to live with her This resolution just made no sense to me hide spoiler Francesca also has a temper that often leads her to jump to conclusions and lash out at other people, which I never really warmed up to Her reaction to reading about Edwards trouble in a gossip sheet after she just stormed into his house and accused him of stealing her lawyer kind of was a just bit too much for me instead of thinking something along the lines of oh no, the poor man, I guess he really does need that lawyer her immediate reaction is oh good, I can use this and she basically blackmails him into helping her find her niece by telling him she can get the owner of the newspaper to print a retraction, if only he helps her out in return Because a man about to loose everything he has worked his entire life for just has nothing else to do But still, it s Caroline Linden who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors , so it s well written, funny and heartbreaking at the same time, full of interesting characters, and seeing the oh so proper Edward exploring his wild side was seriously hot And now I m off to download the next book in this series

  4. says:

    I just INHALED this Why I m blazes did I wait so long to start this series What was I thinking Edward and Francesca were two opposite but somehow complementary personalities who positively combusted when they were together.Edward starts of stiff and formal and steeped in duty but as he sheds that armorgood stuff Francesca was a little harder to like In some ways I loved her vivacity but I thought sometimes her temper and quick assumptions of people was annoying However, I think her stre I just INHALED this Why I m blazes did I wait so long to start this series What was I thinking Edward and Francesca were two opposite but somehow complementary personalities who positively combusted when they were together.Edward starts of stiff and formal and steeped in duty but as he sheds that armorgood stuff Francesca was a little harder to like In some ways I loved her vivacity but I thought sometimes her temper and quick assumptions of people was annoying However, I think her strength was what drew Edward in and really helped him grow too and I liked that in her.Both have journeys of discovery here and the ongoing Durham Dilemma continues after this book ends I ll be diving in to the next book shortly

  5. says:

    I enjoyed this immensely, though I have mild issues as well Part of my enjoyment is how well Linden managed the character motivations and how they drove the conflicts that produced such great tension throughout the story Francesca is comfortable She isn t rich rich, but she has everything she needs for a comfortable, even active life in her social set without needing to worry much about money or shelter or food So she d be all set if it weren t for her worry about a niece she has been cut of I enjoyed this immensely, though I have mild issues as well Part of my enjoyment is how well Linden managed the character motivations and how they drove the conflicts that produced such great tension throughout the story Francesca is comfortable She isn t rich rich, but she has everything she needs for a comfortable, even active life in her social set without needing to worry much about money or shelter or food So she d be all set if it weren t for her worry about a niece she has been cut off from with hints of abuse You can see from the start that she loves her niece and can t stand not knowing where she is or how she is doing Linden crafted circumstances such that Francesca really does have a shot at gaining custody even in the draconian laws of the time so having her target locked on finding the best attorney in London makes complete sense and her sense of urgency is borne up well by the things we know.Edward is less comfortable, but his motivations are even stronger Indeed, his having anything to do with Francesca at all is just a touch of insta attraction overwhelming good sense She s certainly a distraction he doesn t need That s not a complaint, mostly because Linden shows us how dry his life has become and how much he needs someone he can t bend to his will to bring him to life It s clear, even early on, how well they d suit and subsequent events only reinforce that initial impression I love how they clash, but I loved even better how well they worked together once they worked out compromises that let them be themselves with each other I love a relationship so strongly drawn and this one kept me riveted to the story.It s not all peaches and sunshine, though The eventual resolution with Georgina the aforementioned niece was disappointing view spoiler Indeed, I can t help feeling like Linden manipulated events just to heighten tension when we learn that Georgina is not only being adequately cared for but that she s in a home where she feels loved and appreciated The hints of abuse make pretty much zero sense in light of what we learn and hand waving Georgina s step mother s motivation as irrational apprehension about Francesca doesn t hold water under scrutiny particularly with taking such drastic action as to move house in the dead of night hide spoiler Also dragging my interest down, Francesca tolerates a lot of awful behavior from some of the men who want to be in her life in the boudoir sense and that didn t sit well, either One character is openly lecherous and borders on crude in ways that were overbearing and, well, icky Sure, he s powerful, kinda, and she wants something from him, at least to start, but I felt beslimed by his presence on the page and didn t understand Francesca s tolerance particularly after her need for him lessened Or capacity for ignoring slime Even themild man who has been courting her since her husband died pushed the creepy vibethan once She keeps calling him her friend, but I failed to see anything from him that wasn t self servingly geared towards winning a place in her bed.Still, this is a solid 4 stars, largely on the strength of that central relationship I love when a couple fits so well together that their differences become strengths after they work out a framework for compromise and communication Very well done.A note about Steamy There are a couple explicit sex scenes, so about the middle of my steam tolerance Unfortunately, this is another area I felt didn t work terribly well I get the attraction and heat between them But I didn t see Francesca being so reckless Making their relationship publicly acknowledged before knowing Edwards actual intentions seemed out of character for her on so many different levels Yeah, love, but still

  6. says:

    Lovely story of a dutiful middle son recently jilted by the woman he loved when he most needed her and a bold and impetuous widow with Italian blood in her veins.As an Italian descendent myself, I found Francesca s frank personality fun and a wonderful balance to Edward s lovely responsible and thoughtful self.There is not much antagonism against their love although they are from different classes and in the background they are both struggling with family problems.Great read Can t wait to rea Lovely story of a dutiful middle son recently jilted by the woman he loved when he most needed her and a bold and impetuous widow with Italian blood in her veins.As an Italian descendent myself, I found Francesca s frank personality fun and a wonderful balance to Edward s lovely responsible and thoughtful self.There is not much antagonism against their love although they are from different classes and in the background they are both struggling with family problems.Great read Can t wait to read Gerard s and Charlie s stories mainly Charlie s

  7. says:

    This was an enjoyable 3.5 stars, although I took a long time to warm to Edward He was so buttoned up and very judgemental of Francesca But he did eventually melt, and Francesca herself was an interesting, strong woman A solid story.

  8. says:

    I enjoyed reading this book and its two sequels and really liked listening to the audio book Gildart Jackson is a new narrator to me, and I adore his voice I could fall in love with Edward de Lacey just by listening to him He does, however, need to tweak his heroine a bit she sounds like a middle aged spinster aunt rather than a passionate half Italian young English woman I think that male narrators should avoid using a falsetto for female voices and just strive for a softer tone That sa I enjoyed reading this book and its two sequels and really liked listening to the audio book Gildart Jackson is a new narrator to me, and I adore his voice I could fall in love with Edward de Lacey just by listening to him He does, however, need to tweak his heroine a bit she sounds like a middle aged spinster aunt rather than a passionate half Italian young English woman I think that male narrators should avoid using a falsetto for female voices and just strive for a softer tone That said, I highly recommend this audio book, especially if you re looking for a steamy, but not crude, read Edward is just the kind of lover most women desire and Jackson s rendition of Chapters 16, 17, and 18 is lady porn at its finest

  9. says:

    4.5 5 Stars Simple for not giving us an epilogue Another wonderful, emotional and sensual read from Caroline Linden This woman can do wrong in my eyes, yet I love how the novella before this set up the context for the remaining three books This is a series I ll be continuing for sure Francesca Gordon needs one of the best solicitors in London to help secure the adoption of her neice, who has been hurreidly and wrong in Francesca s eyes taken away by her step mother The only lawyer who 4.5 5 Stars Simple for not giving us an epilogue Another wonderful, emotional and sensual read from Caroline Linden This woman can do wrong in my eyes, yet I love how the novella before this set up the context for the remaining three books This is a series I ll be continuing for sure Francesca Gordon needs one of the best solicitors in London to help secure the adoption of her neice, who has been hurreidly and wrong in Francesca s eyes taken away by her step mother The only lawyer who agrees to take her case basically the only one who isn t a giant sexist suddenly leaves her high and dry when a Duke s carraige rolls up Edward De Lacey is the middle son of the Duke of Durham who we meet in the novella which is set years before the timeline in this book Edward is as good as the Duke considering his elder brother, Charles, the actual Duke is basically too drunk to give adamnEdward desparately needs to hire the solicitor as new information has come to light after his father s recent death It seems the late Duke might have been a bigamist, thus leaving a chance that his three sons could be labelled bastards and left penniless and without their titles and names Hence the title of the series Durham has been Edward s entire life, and he s determined to see it stay with him and his brothers The dynamics between the three is well done, and easily sets up the readers interest for the coming books Though I wonder how Charlie will make a U turn Coming back to this book Francesca is distraught at loosing her one chance to adopt her neice so decides to let her Italian side take the reigns and storms into the Duke of Durham s house and demand that he help her From here begins the love story And what a love story it is The title One Night in London definitely refers to one hella epic love making session between Edward and Francesca It is a LOT, like a decent three chapters I think But maybe in re reads I ll find it tedious, but for the first read it s lit I had no idea Edward had this in him He went from calm and collected tohot damnover the course of the book But not in a cheezy way, like a I ll have what she s having way The sexual tension between the two had been so well build up until this one moment that the final culmination of their emotions and desires is explosive Like literally Let Iron Man demonstrate Take notes E.L James This is how you write sex and not make it eye roll worthy.Over and above the physical connect, once again the author does a fabulous job of making you believe that Edward and Francesca were meant for each other Their individual characters are a delight to read as well, but the way they blossom and come into their own with each other is the true highlight of this book I loved every bit of interaction these two shared Also points for not going the usual route of Evil Step Mother in the final confrontation of Francesca and the step mother to her neice Another set of points for Alconbury Francesca s friend of years who s desperately in love with her But he s shown to be a true friend to her without any hidden or forced agenda, even when he realizes she ll never love him like she does Edward And in fact, he helps her forgive and see how truthful Edward is in his intentions towards her I loved him for that God bless authors who write men as capable of not being douche bags of the highest order Just go read this If nothing, go read for that sexathon It s worth it

  10. says:

    4.5 I really liked it The narrator though, he made some stupid pauses when I so wouldn t have made them.

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