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Educating Elizabeth (Diable Delamere Book 1)

by Kate Pearce

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Elizabeth is sent to the Gervase, Duke of Diable Delamare, by her stepfather, she thinks to perform chores for him and he thinks for a night in his bed. She ends up in his household working at decoding cryptic notes detailing an assassination attempt as well as to receive lessons in becoming a courtesan so that she can earn money to support her invalid brother.
While I enjoy Ms. Pearce's work, this one was kind of a mess. You had the dark 'alpha' Duke, the plain bluestocking virgin, a spy caper, the evil gambling stepfather, the first wife who betrayed the Duke, and several other tropes one can find in a Regency romance. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind tropes, but this book seemed to throw them all in without following through to a logical conclusion or giving good backstory to explain whatever was going on. There wasn't much real connection between the hero and heroine, at least in my opinion. He didn't always seem that interested in even forwarding her 'education' at times. I did like Gervase, I just wish he had been developed more. Elizabeth was more of a puzzle. Sometimes she's very docile and others a bit of a shrew. I did like some of the secondary characters, but I wish this had been a more concise story. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Nov 1, 2016 |
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When Miss Elizabeth Waterstone encounters the enigmatic Duke of Diable Delamere in the most shocking of circumstances, she is determined to exploit his rakish expertise to the fullest extent. The duke agrees to teach her everything she needs to know, but in return expects to receive her unwitting cooperation to uncover an assassination plot against the monarchy. But Elizabeth is hard to deceive, and the duke finds himself needing more than her innocent skills in his bed. Together they must use their remarkable abilities, to thwart a villain, save the Prince Regent and accidentally and inevitably fall in love.… (more)

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