Carlyle, Liz. Never Deceive a Duke.(New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007). ISBN – 9781416527152.
Main Characters: Antonia, the Duchess of Warneham and Gareth Lloyd, the Duke of Warneham
Related Works: This book is part of Liz Carlyle’s latest trilogy. The first in the series is Never Lie to a Lady (the story of Xanthia Nevile and the Marquis of Nash). Never Deceive a Duke (Antonia, the Duchess of Warneham, and Gareth Lloyd’s, the Duke of Warneham, story) is the second book. The third book which is to be published in July, 2008 is Never Romance a Rake (Baron Rothwell and Mademoiselle Marchand’s story).
Description from book:
They call her the porcelain princess . . .
With her fragile beauty and regal bearing, the Duchess of Warneham knows how to keep her admirers at a distance. Twice wed and twice widowed, Antonia has vowed never again to marry; never again to surrender her freedom. But when her husband’s death is deemed suspicious, and his long-lost heir returns to seize control of the dukedom, she finds that fate has placed her future in yet another man’s hands – but not just any man.
They call him a cold-hearted bastard . . .
Deep in London’s docklands, Gareth Lloyd runs Neville Shipping with an iron fist. Unrecognizable as the starving orphan who was abandoned by his family and sent an ocean away from home, Gareth has put his troubled past behind him. That is, until the Duke of Warneham is murdered, and Gareth turns out to be the dynasty’s last living heir. Wrenched from his solitude, Gareth neither wants nor needs the honors and obligations of nobility – especially the Duke’s all-too-tempting widow . . . or does he?
I was utterly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I started the first book in this trilogy, Never Lie to a Lady, at least six months and have not been able to finish it. This is one of the reasons that I had been reluctant to pick up Never Deceive a Duke. However, I was caught by the story immediately. I think this may be because there is just something about Gareth Lloyd that captured my interest. I also suspect that this might be why I haven’t been able to get into Never Lie to a Lady. Gareth had always expected to marry Xanthia Neville, who falls in love with Marquis of Nash in the first part of the trilogy. I wanted Gareth to be the hero.
Of course, now I am quite happy that Gareth met Antonia. She was such an interesting character – with her sleep walking and her memory lapses. I thought she was perfect for Gareth. I’m not entirely sure whether I will read the third book in the trilogy, but I do think that I will revisit Never Lie to a Lady. Maybe I will be able to read it knowing that Gareth will find his own happiness.
Read first March 2008