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The Blue-Eyed Black-Hearted Duke

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This author is new to me. I enjoyed the book and will read others of hers. The plot was very involving and I loved the love story.
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Radolf Wolferton, Duke of Wolferton was the fourteenth of his line. He hated London and his townhouse there. It once belonged to his father, who was a cruel and debauched person. He was trying to redeem himself. As he had during the war and his ten years after. After his sister's disastrous marriage and the beatings she had taken, when her husband died, he had Camille come live with him and he did so enjoy her. 
Miss Jaclyn Moreux was his ward and had been gone ten years at school. Her father had been the duke's best friend but he was killed during the war. His sister had gone to bring her back from Belgium and a short vacation. The two ladies had become very close.
This was an unusual story, it started out how Wolferton's, at least he was, guarded by the Red Wolf and a Guardian Angel. They were depicted on a beautiful stained glass window.
I enjoyed this tale and read it in one sitting, It was that good. The characters were excellent, engaging but they weren't that sure about their relationship but they knew they cared for each other. The author put in some interesting twists which help keep the book entertaining. It was well written, easy to read and so complicated sometimes but the author kept it all straight. I highly recommend this novel but it is for those eighteen and over, very racy.
I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
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How do you tempt a sinner?—Offer him a saint! Dark, dangerous, brooding and, in his opinion, unredeemable, Radolf, Duke of Wolferton, doesn't fear death but welcomes it. Guilt-ridden because of his sinful past, the tormented hero of the Waterloo wars, honor-bound, believes he is undeserving of any woman's love and closely guards his black heart. Powerfully drawn to him, Jaclyn Moreux, his ward, cannot deny his allure and the sizzling attraction that grows. She is lured by his seductive charm and the danger and passion in his embrace. But a treacherous villain sets about disparaging the duke to Jaclyn with lies and half-truths. Jaclyn vows to help Radolf conquer his demons and accept the supernatural powers that destines their love. 
I really couldn’t get into this book. I tried and got through the first few chapters but I just didn’t like it. I didn’t care for the characters or their interactions with each other. 
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
Unfortunately, I did not finish this book. The story was to slow for me and seemed very repetitive. The characters had potential but they seemed very flat. .
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Radolf, Duke of Wolferton, is guilt-ridden by his past sins and the memories of his time in the Napoleonic Wars. He was entrusted with the care of a young girl by a fallen comrade. Now ten years have past and it is time for his ward to make her appearance in society. 
The Wolferton family had long been the guardians of the red wolf who passed on a mystical power as thanks. A stain glass window depicting a red wolf and a warrior now holds that power and its magic can only be seen by the family. When Radolf meets Jaclyn, he is disconcerted to find the glass react to her and even stranger, Jaclyn has noticed it too. 
Radolf does not believe he is worthy of Love and likes to further his black reputation. He tries to brush aside the feelings Jaclyn arouses but when danger dogs her step he must confront his demons. 
I found this story to be an okay read. While part of a series it can be read as a standalone. While there were some elements I enjoyed. I found it hard to connect to the main characters which made it difficult to finish the book, 
I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Truthfully, this book was hard for me to get into.  I didn’t dislike it, but it didn’t completely wow me either. I absolutely loved the storyline and there was some incredibly intriguing characters.  I liked the hero but I didn’t.  Most of the time he was gentle and sweet with his ward but it bordered on how one would treat a child.  It just wasn’t a comfortable relationship for me. The heroine seemed weak and prone to hysterics.  I tried really hard but I just couldn’t connect with her.  This isn’t a reflection on the story or the authors writing but more of a reflection of my tastes.  I prefer a more strong and independent heroine.  The story has the potential of being amazing, and I can absolutely see why people might love it.  It just wasn’t for me.
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Radolf is Duke who was a rake in his younger days...but also always honorable. He has taken care of his ward for the past 10 years without ever having met her.  In comes Jaclyn.  She is beautiful and sweet.  I personally found her a bit wanting.  She wasn't a very strong heroine.  Radolf is led by supernatural guardians...and when he realizes Jaclyn can see them also, he confirms that she is his one and only.

Meanwhile, we have a little villain.  He has determined that Jaclyn and her dowry will be his.  

I found it a little hard to care about Radolf and Jaclyn as a couple.  They are very far apart in age, and while Radolf is quite a catch, Jaclyn just didn't do it for me.  The story is well written, and I think if you can like Jaclyn, you'll love this tory.
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A love story between an older Duke and his young ward.
Radolf tries to keep his feeling for his ward Jaclyn to his self but the more they are together he realizes he care for and maybe even loves her.
Jaclyn loved her protector for years and now she has a chance to let him know.
Will his age keep them apart? Will he realize he is not as evil as he thinks.
Good drama,suspense and passion.
Voluntarily reviewed,
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Radolf, Duke of Wolferton has been caring for a fallen soldier's daughter for ten years. He hasn't seen her in all that time as she has been in school. She is his ward and she is coming to stay with him and his sister until a husband is found for her. There is a stained glass portrait  that hangs in his library of a warrior and a red wolf in honor of a prophesy. When Jaclyn arrives at the manor, Radolf senses something about her. There is a deep attraction there but she is an innocent and he is a thirty six years old "sinner" who does not believe he is worthy of her. As they fight their attraction, an undesirable Lord wants Jaclyn and will stop at nothing to get her. Will she be saved and will Radolf admit that he cares for her. There is a supernatural element that runs throughout the story that I loved. It was there when needed and manifested in an interesting way.  I would recommend this book highly. Loved everything. I received this book from Net Galley and The Wild Rose Press for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. The opinions expressed are my own.
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A power passed down through the centuries to the Wolferton family.  The family mascot and coat of arms was the red wolf that began the legend and was captured in a stain glass piece that showed the wolf with a strong warrior and it had magical powers that only they could see. 
London 1825 Radolf (red wolf) the 14th Earl of Wolferton had a ward. Jaclyn. that he had not seen since she was ten and sent to school.  Upon her arrival as an adult, it seemed the glass glowed as she greeted Radolf and it seems the story begins. Radolf has had a terrible past, although touted a hero of the battle at Waterloo.  He is a dark character that needs to be brought to the light and it seems Jaclyn may be the answer. But she is lured by his charm and seductive passion in his embrace but there are outside forces that may pulled them apart.
There are several twist and turns in this fast paced story that will keep you enthralled until the end.
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3.25 Stars
Dark, dangerous, brooding and, in his opinion, unredeemable, Radolf, Duke of Wolferton, doesn't fear death but welcomes it. Guilt-ridden because of his sinful past, the tormented hero of the Waterloo wars, honour-bound, believes he is undeserving of any woman's love and closely guards his black heart.  Jaclyn Moreux, his ward, cannot deny his allure and the sizzling attraction that grows. She is lured by his seductive charm and the danger and passion in his embrace. But a treacherous villain sets about disparaging the duke to Jaclyn with lies and half-truths. 
A different take on a Regency romance & whilst I did enjoy the book I’m not a lover of fantasy, supernatural novels. This well written book had a story that didn’t lag & the characters were well fleshed. I liked the book but it didn’t have me in raptures, I've read other books by the author & will certainly read more of her romances
 My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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It took till about a quarter way through to become comfortable in the story, Although this is the sixth book in this series , it’s a standalone so I’ve missed nothing before .
However it was quite intriguing and I kept reading to the end , I’m glad to say it was enjoyable.
A little dark a little sweet , and I came away feeling like I’d enjoyed my time reading it , so my advise is stick with it .
Note that this was my fist time reading this author, and it was most likely just my reaction to a new style of writing, Do give this a go if Ms Masters is new to you .
I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review
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