WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND by Shana Galen

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HE HAD A PERFECTLY ORDERLY LIFE… William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual. securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…

UNTIL SHE CAME ALONG…Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s seriously disruptive to have the duke who’s the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…

RHL Classifications

Historical Romance

Regency

Heat level 2/moderate

Reviewer Rating 4.5 Stars

 REVIEW BY PAM

This story is the first in Ms. Galen’s newest series that features a trio of stunning courtesans that have the ton hang on for their next move.  Each has their own unique title and the trio together simple stun the ton to a state of breathlessness. 

This story focuses on Juliette, dubbed the Duchess of Dalliance, although she is no Duchess, she lives just as one would amongst the ton.  She hides a past and a few secrets from the ton, that the Duchess façade has allowed Juliette to move on with her life for the moment.  But she wants more from her life… 

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, has a perfectly ordered life.  He has picked a perfectly staid Lady to become his wife.  But his perfectly ordered life is in for a rude disruption… 

William, AKA the Dangerous Duke, has been linked with the Duchess of Dalliance by the scandal sheets. In reality the two have never met, but Juliette sees an opportunity to meet the Duke and maybe make a connection.   So by a twist of fate, William actually shows at the Prinny’s Ball to announce his betrothal to Lady Elizabeth.  When William is introduced to Juliette, he calls her a harlot and tries to cut her. Juliette holds her head up high and strikes back at William in front of the ton. 

While licking her wounds from her interaction with William, Juliette witnesses the murder of Lady Elizabeth.  Juliette is then forced to turn to William for protection from Lady Elizabeth’s murder, if he will believe her story.   

Both characters have built walls around themselves; Williams consisted of his ducal persona of punctuality and dependency on his watch.  Juliette used her persona of the Duchess of Dalliance to hide a past that she did not want the public to become aware.  But this common thread ends up pulling these two characters together, given their vast differences in station and background. 

William and the amount of growth his character managed to achieve in the story, along with the constant friction and strife between he and Juliette kept me turning pages.  I really look forward to the next book in this series, the subplot was great and I cannot wait to see how it evolves.

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