Review: It’s All About the Duke

It’s All About the Duke

Amelia Grey

The Rakes of St. James #3


Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication date: 29-May-2018
Date Started: 30-Apr-2018
Date Finished: 6-May-2018
Format: eARC
Pages: 320 
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9781250102539
Source: NetGalley


“Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal―but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…

Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?”



As the third and final book in the Rakes of St. James series, I was underwhelmed. As the finale, I expected more excitement, unfortunately, it was a sizzle.

As the tale mostly took place in Marlena’s home, the lack of diversity in setting had me feeling claustrophobic. Additionally, there was barely any passion, the more intimate scenes were an afterthought.

Overall, I was disappointed in this third installment but enjoyed the first two enough.

About the Author

“Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida.

Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur’s best American historical award. She has been a finalist for the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion awards which are given by Romance Writers of America and numerous other awards. Her books have been sold to many countries in Europe, Russia and China.

Amelia likes flowers, candlelight, sweet smiles, gentle laughter and sunshine. ”


I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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