Historical Romance THE NOTORIOUS DUKE

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The concept of women being educated and becoming the equals of their male counterparts is completely unheard of in the England of the 1800s. Scholastica Hornsby is out to change this notion, but she's met with much resistance. The Duke of Penhurst could be her greatest enemy or her greatest ally, but it'll take some convincing from a man already surrounded by controversy. Will Scholastica find help she needs in Papa Pagan's House?

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Pages 128 Pages

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I liked it 4  4

The hero and heroine living in the Victorian age where certain things are allowed and not allow liked an education system for girls that extends beyond the needlepoint. The heroine is currently trying to get people with her ladies’ group. She’s out handing flyers for their school with her very strong-minded friend when she happens upon the hero. The man offers to take one of the flyers but the friend goes flying off the handle, trying to bar the hero from even getting close to the heroine. The hero’s reputation is murky one swirling with rumors over ruining women’s lives to building an orphanage for his illegitimate children. The friend warns the heroine to stay away from him. During their girls’ talk, the hero talks with his friend on the heroine’s background. It’s pretty intellectual one with how her mother died when she was young and her father was a scholar. His house became a social gathering where all manner of intellectuals from engineers to philosophers discuss a variety of matters. So, the heroine herself is pretty intelligent from observing to taking part in the conversations. The hero’s friend pulls the hero into a bet of wooing the heroine and the hero agrees to the stupid thing. Now, the heroine believes the hero is part of the general noble aristocracy who think below their waistcoats rather above their collars. However, he manages to impress her as he gives his sound minded opinion at one of her father’s dinner parties. The heroine also learns of his name is Pagan, one of the worst names you could bestow on a child in that era. In the next pages, the hero meets the heroine and it puts her out of sorts with her heart and her mind battling it out. It leads her into a daze that’s noticed by her friend (the strong minded one) and guesses the hero is the source. She keeps on telling the heroine not to socialize with the heroine and will even end their friendship if she does. During this time, the hero is out of sorts because the heroine is bringing back sad memories he’s worked to bury. Finally, the heroine chases him away and he ends the bet with his friend. Afterwards, the hero protects the heroine from a couple of rude men when she’s passing out flyers on the streets. Her father and friend hears about it with the friend exclaiming the man is evil and the father correcting the friend. He explains the orphanage’s name is a mere nickname conjured by the hero’s jealous enemies. He built the orphanage in the first place because for illegitimate children because he is one. The man is a product of an affair between his married mother and her French lover. The woman died in childbirth and her husband was left to raise the hero as his own. The horrible man took all his hatred and anger out on the hero, gifting him the name Pagan. He abused then abandoned the poor man as a child. And the rumor about making women cry is false, all the female partners were consenting nor had problem in the relationship. Both women feel incredibly guilty for their behavior towards the hero but the heroine finally realizes she loves the man. She finally finds him at a party where she makes her apologies but discovers about the bet. The heroine tries to leave but the hero makes a show of love by declaring he supports her movement for women in front of his sexist friend: the crown prince regent. Let’s say their friendship takes a heavy hit and yet, the hero denies being in love with the heroine. His friend’s words manage to get him to reflect on himself and after three days, he finally realizes the truth. He find the heroine and opens up about his entire life being unloved, leading him not to know what is love. He asks her to marry him, she says yes, and we end their story with the two kissing at their engagement party.

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sorry but this ones not for me. 2  2

I usually love historical romance but this one is not for me that much is absolute... I do not believe the word playboy was used in the same context back then or that Don Juan was even a known term at the time. It seemed they wanted to make a historical romance including contradictory things to the time frame... but... if you can get around that then it's possible you'll like this story. Personally, I don't find prejudgments and accusations and attitude issues based on hearsay and extreme feminism enjoyable traits in a female lead, even if she gets a bit better by the end. Overall I'd say this story had good art and was written well (no issues with pacing). The story wasn't my cup of tea, but I could see it being a good read to some other women.

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