Up All Night with a Good Duke
"I can think of the perfect way to keep you occupied and your mind diverted," she murmured. "Come to my room. If you're not too tired…"
Lust flashed in his gaze and then he caught her face between his hands and kissed her. "For you, my beautiful Artemis, I'd stay up all night."
Artemis Jones—"respectable" finishing-school teacher by day and Gothic romance writer by night—has never lost sight of her real dream: to open her own academic ladies' college. When Artemis is unexpectedly called upon by a dear friend, a fellow Byronic Book Club member, to navigate her first London Season, she comes at once. Who knows, perhaps she can court the interest of a wealthy patron for her school. As long as she can avoid her high-handed aunt's schemes to marry her off.
Dominic Winters, the widowed Duke of Dartmoor, needs a wife—someone who will provide him with an heir and help him to manage his spitfire adolescent daughter. The problem is, Society has dubbed him "The Dastardly Duke." Rumors are rife that he murdered his mad wife so his choices for a suitable bride are limited. But then he meets the ravishing and passionate Artemis Jones who might just be everything he needs.
“The perfect blend of sexiness and humor… Amy Rose Bennett has created a lush, vibrant love story, her characters sharing a fabulous sensual chemistry that fairly scorches the page.”—Christina Britton, award-winning author
Bennett (How to Catch a Devilish Duke) underwhelms in the Victorian romance that launches her Byronic Book Club series. The inconsistently characterized heroine, Artemis Jones, teaches at a finishing school by day and writes salacious Gothic romances by night. She views both gigs as stepping stones to her dream of opening a women's college. However, when Artemis's shy friend Lucy is forced by her father into looking for a husband, Artemis quits her job to return to the London society she's shunned in support of Lucy. She falls in love at first sight with the Byronic hero of her dreams: Dominic Winters, "the Dastardly Duke of Dartmoor," whom society believes to have murdered his wife as the result of a smear campaign by his wife's brother, the cartoonishly villainous Guy de Burgh who, coincidentally, is also the scoundrel who seduced Artemis during her first season. Artemis hatches a bizarre plot to avoid marriage by ruining her reputation, a half-baked scheme that ends with her in an engagement-of-convenience to Dominic, who wants Artemis's help managing his rebellious daughter. There are some sizzling sex scenes along the way, but the story is loaded with subplots that go nowhere and illogical character beats. It's a shoddily constructed, broadly drawn melodrama.
Up All Night with a Good Duke
Up All Night with a Good Duke by Amy Rose Bennett
Historical romance. 1st book in The Byronic Book Club series.
Artemis Jones is a spinster and has no intention or inclination to get married. But having a season is the only way her Aunt will sponsor a season for her younger sister, so Artemis heads home. She accidentally runs into a man in the rain at the train station. He leaves an impression but each end up going their own direction. Fate’s first meeting?
So much going on in this book. From social events of regency upper class or “ton” to bluestocking views on fiction novels to a missing first wife, and a cad of a brother-in-law. It all flows together as Artemis and Dominic get to know each other and make an impact on the other’s life. The mystery deepens and then isn’t a mystery? There might be a ghost, but no, maybe not. Just a very intuitive woman?
As I said, a lot of plot lines to follow. HEA in the end so I’m happy.
“She chided herself for acting like the caper-witted debutante she used to be.”
I consider myself well educated but this book had me reaching for the dictionary often. When I was only at 17% and looking up yet another word, I started writing them down. I’m sharing because I’m amused when people say you don’t learn anything from reading fiction. Some of these I knew, some could be figured out by the sentence, while others surprised me.
Temerity, Soubriquet, Lorgnette, Parsimonious, Catherine wheel, megrim, Bowling (not the game), Costermonger, Postprandial, Banyan, Miasma.
Shallow and immature
Writing was terrible. Te characters were shallow and underdeveloped and the attraction between the characters was immature. Very disappointing!
Don’t Miss this one!
Absolutely loved the characters, Artemis and Dominic are exceedingly intriguing. Their story is everything one wants in a romance novel; captivating with emotional stories. I personally couldn’t stop reading waiting for the next twist and unexpected turn.
Unfortunately I now have to wait until next February for the second book to be released.