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By Jo Beverley | Comments: ( 126 ) | Date: ( Nov 13, 2019 )

When Bella Barstowe is kidnapped and taken to a Dover tavern, she believes her life and virtue will be forfeit until she s rescued by the notorious Captain Rose, a man who seems as dangerous to her as her original captors Convinced her only option is to flee, she steals his horse and disappears into the night.Bella never expects to see Captain Rose again, but years laterWhen Bella Barstowe is kidnapped and taken to a Dover tavern, she believes her life and virtue will be forfeit until she s rescued by the notorious Captain Rose, a man who seems as dangerous to her as her original captors Convinced her only option is to flee, she steals his horse and disappears into the night.Bella never expects to see Captain Rose again, but years later she learns the wicked truth behind her abduction Determined to get revenge, she seeks out the only ruthless man she knows the man who rescued her all those years ago.What she doesn t know is that Captain Rose is just a disguise for the formidable Duke of Ithorne, who is intrigued to hear from the mysterious woman from his past Their lives are soon entangled by danger and a growing passion that should never be.


  • Title: The Secret Duke
  • Author: Jo Beverley
  • ISBN: 9780451229533
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

About Author:

Jo Beverley

Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK At the age of eleven she went to an all girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her future husband, Ken Beverley After graduation, they married on June 24, 1971 She quickly attained a position as a youth employment officer until 1976, working first in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, and then in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.In 1976, her scientist husband was invited to do post doctoral research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada When her professional qualifications proved not to be usable in the Canadian labour market, and she grew up their two sons and started to write her first romances.Moved to Ottawa, in 1985 she became a founding member of the Ottawa Romance Writers Association, that her nurturing community for the next twelve years The same year, she completed a regency romance, but it was promptly rejected by a number of publishers, and she settled earnestly to learning the craft In 1988, it sold to Walker, and was published as Lord Wraybourne s Betrothed She regularly appears on bestseller lists including the USA Today overall bestseller list, the New York Times, and and the Publishers Weekly list She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, the National Readers Choice, and a two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times She is also a five time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and a member of their Hall of Fame and Honor Roll.Jo Beverley passed away on May 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.



Comments The Secret Duke

  • Sarah

    12/9 - What a strange collection of side plots this story has! From Thorn's adoptive Manx cat and her kittens to Bella's quest for women's rights with many (many) secret identities thrown in to make things even more complicated. The relationship between Bella and Thorn felt like a total afterthought to me. I think Beverley was way more interested in her labyrinthine plotting than developing the chemistry between her main characters, luckily the ludicrously far-fetched plot kept me reading all da [...]


  • Jacob Proffitt

    I really loved this book. Indeed, I enjoyed it so much by the end that I almost forgot how much I struggled at the beginning. After the prologue (that wasn't really a prologue as it lasted several chapters) this book has a longish lull that had me a little frustrated. This is exacerbated by the cover blurb because it mentions things that don't happen until a quarter in or so. There's a long string of unassociated events that are essentially background for once the real story starts with Thorn an [...]


  • Twiggy

    It's been a while since I read anything by Jo Beverley and I had forgotten how good she can be. This is a well written romance with interesting characters and although in some respects it could be described as light hearted it would not fall into the category of badly written sex filled fluff that seems to be fairly standard fare at the moment. This is a tale of multiple identies - it is set in Georgian times ( Malloren connection) - and we have an overall Masquerader theme. Thorn Duke of Ilthor [...]


  • Elis Madison

    I guess JoBev had so much fun with the labyrinthine plot (complete with multiple aliases) of The Secret Wedding that she decided to do it again. It’s the night George II died. Captain Rose, a ship’s captain and sometime smuggler, rescues a damsel in distress from a mob of rapey drunks. Then he rescues her again from the abductors she’d escaped earlier that night (only to find herself facing the mob of rapey drunks). By way of reward, the captain steals a kiss. He's hoping for a little bett [...]


  • willaful

    I’ve been less and less satisfied with Beverley with each successive book; I had some hopes at first that this one might be a streak-breaker, but I’m now at the halfway mark with no inclination to finish it. The meandering plot feels to me like the author wrote several scenes using her favorite devices -- masks/disguises/masquerade balls--and then wrote the rest of the book around them, squeezing the scenes in any way she could. Consequently there are multiple plotlines, but not one that com [...]


  • Shannon

    Slow. How a book about a kidnapping, revenge, love and a Duke can be boring I have no idea. But it is.


  • Claudia

    Una novela curiosa y la más compleja que he leído de Jo Beverly, lo que siempre viene bien, me gustan las historias un poco enredadas, con malentendidos y hechos curiosos que piden a gritos una explicación que es dada de forma clara y en el momento preciso. Un duque de corazón noble y abierto al amor cae rendido por una mujer de pasado oscuro y deseosa de reformar el mundo. Creo que esto último es lo que más he disfrutado de la historia, cómo Jo hila fino para llevar con pericia el romanc [...]


  • Meg Myers

    Clearly this book has a great story line. My only problem with it was that I consider it a "slow" read. It was really hard to keep reading. I liked the purpose, the people, and even the plot. I just kept feeling really bored, and wanted to stop reading it. When you put the story in prospective it could have been really good. I think I blame the publisher not the writer. The story about a girl who is oppressed that eventually has something good to her in which her rotten family wants to take it a [...]


  • Lynn Calvin

    preorderJust a wonderful book. I enjoy everything of Beverley's but this one in particular seemed to pull together some elements from previous stories without having the characters take over.In particular, while we see Rothgar in passing and he is definitely involved, he isn't the one who makes everything happen. I also liked the way in which the heroine's story evolves from the beginning and the way in which she is actively a part of what happens.Some Beverley heroines have really shockingly aw [...]


  • Lynne Tull

    Of the three books in this trilogy this was by far the best. I guess Ms. Beverley saved the best for last. A Lady's Secret and The Secret Wedding tended to be more on the frivolous (read silly) side. The story of Ithorne and Bella took on more of a serious tone without any deep angst. As always with this genre, there is a happy ending and all of the objections/problems/rescues take place in the last 30 pages of the book. After reading this as a trilogy I find that these three books are nos.7, 8, [...]


  • Chava

    It was a little hard to get into the story at first, but once I got past the "set up" chapters, I enjoyed reading this one. I thought the story had some clever twists. Of course, it was not very believable, but that was part of its charm. I also liked that this wasn't really a "bodice ripper" - the moments between Bella and Thorn were more subtle.


  • Lisa (Reading to the Moon)

    I really liked it. The story is far-fetched (with the Duke and his pirate half-brother trading places) put it was fun. Both the hero and heroine enjoy disguises so they both get chances to play dress up. I like Jo Beverley's romances.


  • Rachel C.

    Mediocre. Bella is a featherhead and Thorn is surprisingly uninteresting for a part-time pirate and spy. The plot was cluttered with too many secret identities, both his and hers.


  • Theresa Hurley

    Enjoyed this one with Bella and Captain Rose! Really entertaining!


  • C. Mills

    unusual twist on the usual woman-mets-man romance plot. Enjoyable.


  • Marisa

    Ser duque puede ser una carga, pero con la duquesa adecuada es divertido


  • Zaxs Yacs

    A thrilling new historical romance from the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret WeddingWhen Arabella Barstowe is kidnapped, she believes her life and virtue are forfeit-until she's rescued by the notorious rogue Captain Rose. Bella never expects to see him again. But years later she learns the wicked truth behind her abduction, and she seeks out the only man who can help her take revenge. What she doesn't know is that Captain Rose is just a disguise for the formidable Duke of Ithorne [...]


  • Christine

    Another solid book from Jo Beverley. I love the way she uses actual historical figures (like King George III) in her books, bringing them to life in a historical setting. The mix of real history with the growing make believe world she's created is a lot of fun, especially since it doesn't bog down the story like some other books that attempt to do the same thing. It just copmliments it. The romance here was standard, trustworthy Jo Beverley. In this one, the Duke of Ithorne, pretending to be his [...]


  • An Odd1

    Follows The Secret Wedding, read before my reviews. Modern language, clever witty Georgian romantic adventures, cognizant of real difficulties for females in society, with a soupcon of exposed bosoms. Action deviates in some excess around other series' characters, but never drowns by inner waffling about secrets. An excerpt from the next book (more intro chapters on the author's website) repeats a rescue sequence. Why mess with a formula for success? Especially casts who surprise. In a rough 17 [...]


  • Carolyn

    Now, THIS is the Jo Beverly that I know and love! "The Secret Duke" is the last book in her three-book Rakish trilogy, which includes the lively, impossible Mallorens and which is set in Georgian England. I was sadly disappointed by the second book in the series "The Secret Wedding" because of certain storyline elements that disturbed me. "The Secret Duke," however, fulfilled every promise beautifully for the Duke of Ithorne's story. All of the elements Ms. Beverly uses so cleverly and masterful [...]


  • Sory

    Tenía expectativas con este libro, quizás por eso me dejó tan vacía. Hacía tiempo que no leía un histórico y cogí este con ganas pero me dejó como si nada. Se entretiene en descripciones y diálogos totalmente innecesarios y que no tienen sentido. No necesito que cada vez (que son muchas) que dice que la protagonista se despierta, se lava de esta forma, con este objeto, luego se peina de este modo con esto. y así con cada paso que todo el mundo hace por la mañana. Todo muy predecible, [...]


  • Martha

    I seldom find a book that I do not enjoy reading. This one was it for me, it was very slow and boring. I actually skimmed through and barely read half of it and still was able to know what was happening. The characters just did not seam to have any chemistry and I was over half way through the book before they even had any real contact with each other and I don't mean physical contact. But I continued hoping for some kind of mind blowing crescendo didn't happen but I always try my best to finish [...]


  • Mom

    When Arabella Barstowe is kidnapped, she believes her life and virtue are forfeit-until she's rescued by the notorious rogue Captain Rose. Bella never expects to see him again. But years later she learns the wicked truth behind her abduction, and she seeks out the only man who can help her take revenge. What she doesn't know is that Captain Rose is just a disguise for the formidable Duke of Ithorne, who is intrigued to hear from the mysterious woman from his past. Their lives are soon entangled [...]


  • Patricia

    There is nothing quite like people who are alike enough to switch places. That serves as the major portion the plot for this story.In between, there is a fair lady to be rescued. And lots of back and forth humorous interactions as one man tries to rescue the maiden - by having his brother do it - and both try to keep everyone else from noticing the switches.The characters start out fairly well developed. By the end, they are almost predictable (as much as these particular characters can be!).


  • ZaBethMarsh

    It was a nice enough end to the Malloren series, however there were so many lose threads from other stories woven in that it felt stretched and strained. Unfortunately it was a long time since I read the previous books that it was difficult to piece all the random pieces from the previous novels together. PS: Even though Beverly says this is the final book in a note at the end of this novel, I just found two more Malloren books on .


  • Ines

    Oh my goodness, I really enjoy reading historical romances, but this book was -so- long. I could barely get through it and there's only so many times that one can read about a man worrying about a woman accepting him because he is a duke, and a woman wondering about a man who is the half brother to a stuffy duke.It was a fairly enjoyable read the plot wasn't too intriguing and it barely had any twists and turns.


  • Mem

    Set in Georgian England, part Jo Beverley's Malloren family, the Duke of Ithorne comes to the rescue of Bella Barstowe. She has been kidnapped for ransome and Ithorne, as Captain Rose, saves her from drunks in a wharf-side tavern. She is rescued from 4 years of her father and then her brother's house isolation when she inherits money and leaves her home.Bella's life is filled with changes and rescues, her own and others.


  • Lady Grey

    I really enjoyed this book (the third in a trilogy about three related friends). It involves a lot of action and intrigue and in the case of this one, revenge. It's the type of historical romance that makes me want to read more about the time period during which it takes place. I was hoping there was going to be a bit more action at sea being that the main character moonlights as a sea captain at times but most of the action takes place on the road.


  • Martina Bennet

    La historia me encantó, el problema fue el final que en una página lo despachó cuando era una parte tan importante, por lo que careció de emoción y sentimiento. En cuanto a la editorial (cabe aclarar que es una traducción) la edición deja mucho que desear. Errores ortográficos, gramaticales, puntuación y transcripción Un desastre completo. Y no es el primer libro de ellos que encuentro así.


  • penelopewanders

    After years (it seems) of not reading any of the Malloren series, I was delighted, after finishing the Secret Wedding, to see I had the next in the series. There was a bit of criss-crossing in terms of the chronology, but I enjoyed this a great deal as well. The fanged Hessian cat-rabbit was a bit over the top for me, but whatever. I liked the main characters here and it made for a very good holiday read.


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