‘When You Give a Duke a Diamond’ by Shana Galen

BOOK BLURB: 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…


“You’re coming with me,” he told her. “I don’t know what’s frightening you, but you can explain in my coach.”

“I’m not…” But she looked over her shoulder and seemed to reconsider. “Very well. You do realize, Your Grace”—somehow she made the title sound like an epithet—“that your actions tonight only confirm the rumors about us and incite new ones.”

Reluctantly, Pelham looked over his own shoulder. A crowd of onlookers was watching them, most of them murmuring and whispering behind their hands. He scowled at them, and several scurried away. Others took a step back.

“I’ll squash any further rumors,” Pelham said between clenched teeth.

“Wonderful,” she muttered.

He signaled to his coachman, and his carriage was beside them in mere moments. A footman opened the door and handed the duchess up. He was right beside her. Once inside, he closed the curtains and instructed his coachman to wait.

He turned his attention to the woman across from him and tried not to stare. The color was high in her cheeks, and her eyes were bright. He did not think it possible, but she was even lovelier than when he’d first seen her tonight.

His gaze—completely of its own accord—flicked to her mouth. She’d rouged it, because it was far too perfectly red to be natural. It reminded him of some exotic fruit, and he desperately wanted to sample it. One kiss…

He tightened his hands on his knees. What was wrong with him? He couldn’t kiss her. She wasn’t an acceptable kissing partner in the least. She was a courtesan—a whore. She seduced men for money, and he was falling under her spell.

She narrowed her icy blue eyes at him. “Why are you looking at me like that?”


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34 thoughts on “‘When You Give a Duke a Diamond’ by Shana Galen

  1. I love Shana’s books. This one sounds great. I am recommending Lord & Lady Spy to everyone. This is a great book, funny read, and just a great couple to follow along with. I am eagerly awaiting the new book to come out. Can’t wait for the next story.

  2. I am so pushing this book! I loved it! And I can’t wait for the next one. Just enough mystery to keep you guessing, and itching for the next book. Just enough number of facets…to the characters =). And just enough romance to make your heart pound.

  3. I agree with Leah- its been on my TBR list/pile! While Shana is a new author to me, I probably have one or two of her books that are also in the before mentioned pile…oh the woes of being a full time RN and mom….limited time for reading seriously puts a damper on my reading and relaxation!

  4. Hi Melanie!

    I know you’ve heard the term love at first sight but have you ever heard of love at first read? That’s what I felt like when I read Shana’s first book! Whenever I hear that she has a new book coming out I don’t even need to read an excerpt. All I need to know is that she’s releasing a new book!

    I can only think of a few other authors that devpes all her characters and not just the hero and heroine like Shana can and make you fall in love with them all from the maid to the maiden and the footman to the hero I love them all!

    Thanks for including Galen in your search for the very best authors – you just found her!

  5. I’m very happy to push WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND. It looks like my type of read. Put Duke in the title & I’m lost. I must have.

  6. Congratulations on the new release. I haven’t read any of Shana’s books, so I can’t pick one to push. This one sounds good though.

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