Saturday, September 22, 2012

ARC Review: When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen - 4 Wine Glasses!

When You Give a Duke a Diamond
Jewels of the Ton #1
by Shana Galen
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published Sept 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 13: 9781402269738
copy courtesy of NetGalley
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 gossip papers 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 disruptive to have the duke who is 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...

Lexi's Thoughts:
Three stunning courtesans have the ton hanging on their every move. Each one has their own beauty and grace, but when you put them all together they take your breath away. Galen’s new series Jewels of the Ton starts out with the Diamond and is everything you want in a historical romance. 

Juliette has earned the nickname the Duchess of Dalliance, and she certainly lives like a Duchess. She has her own home, eats wonderful things, and attends the best parties wearing the most beautiful gowns. Exactly what a Duchess should do. But her title is just a nickname, Juliette has some big secrets to hide and she is not willing to tell them to anyone...even William who she ends up falling in love with. 
William is a duke. That sums him up quite nicely as he views everything he does with a “What Would a Duke Do” attitude. Add in some OCD tendencies and you have a handful. Surprisingly Juliette finds this handful tugging at her heart strings. And she does more than that to him. Before he knows it his life is turned upside down and actually embraces the change. 

Besides being great characters you get to learn their secrets as they try solve the mystery of the missing diamonds and murder. Threats to their lives, near kidnappings, and plenty of gossip surround these two. This is a series you will fall in love with right away. And the ending leaves you with some important information, just enough to make you put book two of the Jewels of the Ton at the top of your Next to Buy list.

 Rating: 4 Wines! An excellent start to the Jewels series!

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