Devil in Duke's Clothing

Devil in Duke's Clothing

by Nina Mason

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Overview

Innocence lost. Paradise found.

Maggie York, a convent-raised foundling, knows the Duke of Dunwoody's sexual tastes are a shade or two darker than most, but marries him anyway-partly because she has no other prospects and partly because, try as she might, she can't seem to stop fantasizing about her dashing rake of a guardian. Two years ago, something she saw him do lured her from the garden of innocence into the orchard of fleshly desires--and she's been hungry for more ever since.

Robert Armstrong, the duke, is a Roman Catholic whose extreme devotions as a boy colored his passions as a man. He's also a slave to the times in which he lives--and to his king. Everything he is, everything he holds dear, depends upon staying in Charles II's good graces. Unfortunately, Maggie isn't who the king wanted Robert to marry. Now, to make amends, the duke must either whore his wife or be reduced to a penniless and unprotected commoner at a time when those of his faith are feared and hated throughout Great Britain.

Whose interests will the duke choose to protect?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505376227
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She writes romance for the heart and mind, books that entertain, edify, and educate.

When not writing, Ms. Mason works as an editor, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Orange County, California, the author currently lives with her husband, daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie just north of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Devil in Duke's Clothing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CinW More than 1 year ago
If you've been on Facebook recently, you couldn't have missed the massive media campaign Mason has conducted for this book. And you know what? Although the pictures are hot, and the historical tidbits she posts are great, they don't even begin to touch this book. Ok. Ok. So now onto the review, right? I love historical fiction, and I'm not a massive fan of erotica. But Mason is changing that for me. Her characters are twisted. Her story? A great beginning to the Royal Pains series. But her greatest strength lies in her sexy scenes. You want a man like the Duke of Dunwoody in your life. He's exciting. He's devoted. But most of all? He's hot. Really, really hot. Overall, I enjoyed Mason's writing style. I think she did a fantastic job with her characters, her dialogue - even the historical tidbits. This book may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy a good story with spice?  This one is right up your alley.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
John Cleland’s Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was published in 1749 and was promptly banned. Describing the life and (gasp!) carnal pleasures of a prostitute, it is a titillating, uninhibited, descriptive work and its blatant narrative leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. Perhaps its greatest controversy isn’t its graphic nature but, rather, its assertion that women derive pleasure from sexual intercourse. Indeed, women who enjoy sex have always been viewed as cheap and immoral while men are lauded for their virility and prowess. In this very well-written and lustful erotic historical novella, Nina Mason tells the story of a young woman’s sexual awakening in clear but historic period language, in all its crassness, bawdiness and, given its historical emphasis on the politics of Catholicism during the reign of Charles II, counter to religious nature. Maggie York is the young ward of Robert, the naughty Duke of Dunwoody. She has long known the young and handsome duke enjoys a vigorous and unorthodox sex life, but she is surprised to learn that he desires her for his bride.  As an unprotected female with no prospects, she marries Robert for security but, unbeknownst to her, he has long admired and loved Maggie, the girl his father intended for his bride when his family took her in under questionable circumstances. Maggie has had a complicated crush on the young duke, ever since she secretly watched him have sex with her maid two years earlier. Maggie, a devout Catholic raised and educated by nuns until the age of ten, is shocked but is just as shocked to find that she actually enjoys watching and also becomes aroused by what she sees. She reasons she must be a sinner if she likes what she observes but can’t quite find it in herself to be ashamed. After all, why should men be the only ones who enjoy sex? “Yes, ‘twas a sin, but surely God would forgive her if she said a rosary or two. She was, after all, only witnessing the sinful act, not taking part.” and “She’d been abandoned by her parents, treated badly by the sisters, ignored by the saints, and told by the religion she embraced she was lesser in God’s eyes because she lacked a penis.” Robert is an attentive and loving husband, eager to initiate his bride to the pleasures of lovemaking. Maggie is cautiously willing to indulge her husband if it will keep him from straying but, in exchange for allowing him to introduce her to his proclivities, she asks him to educate her in the classics, philosophy, and the sciences, as well as in pleasures of the flesh. The bold and direct conversations between Robert and Maggie are enlightening and eye-opening, not just about sex but also about the views of men and women in the Catholic faith. Maggie learns that Robert is reading Paradise Lost by John Milton, but he prefers the views of Margaret Cavendish, a duchess who was also a writer and scientist. Such thoughts and belief explorations are dangerous in the current political climate and to Robert’s precarious position in the court. Maggie is intelligent, well read, and self-educated and is eager to learn more. Science meets religion in radical tomes mentioned in the text, including On the Use of Flogging in Venereal Affairs and in the Office of the Loins and Reins, published in 1629 by a German physician. “‘Do you believe women are lesser in our Lord’s eyes than are men?’” “Robert, who’d initially feared his unsettling response to his devotions might stem from demonic possession, was vastly relieved to discover a scientific explanation for the erotic pleasure he derived from being whipped.” But Robert’s past  in the debauched royal court of Charles II soon comes to haunt their newlywed happiness in the Scottish countryside. It seems that Robert married without royal permission and the ramifications of that disobedience impact the last few chapters of this tight and gripping novella. When they are summoned to Edinburgh, Maggie discovers just what depravity Robert and the court intends. The licentiousness of the royal court is shocking to read but is based on rigorous historical research on which the author prides herself. That a supposedly Catholic regime would partake in wife swapping, whoring wives to placate a king, and orgies and ménages is not for the faint of heart. I am impressed and astounded by Mason’s presentation, her rich and colorful use of language and vocabulary, and the relaxed sexual mores rampant in the royal court. “‘I’m a Catholic, Maggie. Do I need a reason to feel guilty?’” I found myself looking up certain words used for sex and body parts and they are all historically accurate according to the king of dictionaries, The Oxford English Dictionary. But some of the prose and sentence structure are humorous and border, at times, on the purple: “After several more thrusts, her cork burst, spraying orgasmic effervescence through her body.” or “She’d be royally screwed in more ways than one.” But I am disappointed (and shocked) by Robert’s actions as well as his reasoning in the final chapter. However, I suppose it suits the actions and plot of the story. I’m still not quite sure of his devotion to and love for Maggie but, given the lax morals of the court, I suppose he’s better than most. Warning: if explicit sexual descriptions and adventures alongside Catholic scripture make you uncomfortable, this is not a book for you. But if you enjoy well-written, saucy, and ribald historical fiction, you will really enjoy this book. This post first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This was a story that I had to read in one sitting.  I chose a day that it would happen.  This is a hot steamy story steeped in history.  Maggie is a young woman who finds that she is attracted to a devilish Duke.  She is aware of his 'tastes' but marries him regardless.  Robert learned at an early age that pleasure came in many ways.  He also say something in Maggie that would make her the perfect mate for him.  He teaches her about pleasure and pain, and they learn together about love and how it helps overcome difficulties in life.  I loved the bit of history with regards to King Charles II and how the couple fit into the scheme of it all.  I look forward to the next book which continues their story.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
DEVIL IN DUKE’S CLOTHING is historical erotica, if not exactly what I expected, it is however splendid. Maggie York is an innocent young woman who agrees to marry the somewhat older Robert Armstrong, Duke of Dunwoody. Maggie consents to the marriage partly because she has no one else to turn to, but also because Robert fascinates her, and he promises to further her education. In more ways than one, it turns out; Robert’s sexual practises are not precisely conventional, especially in 1678 Scotland. Maggie might be innocent and a bit timid, but by no means is she close-minded or a dishrag: if the Duke wants to fulfil his darkest desires, she will make sure he respects her wishes. DEVIL IN DUKE’S CLOTHING is extremely well-researched, and wonderfully accurate in its vocabulary and religious sensibilities, and the author’s attention to detail is remarkable. The characters are very engaging and fully-developed, and we get to experience Maggie’s growth. I love how Ms. Mason handled Maggie’s sexual education by her husband: he is attentive and considerate; in spite of his sexual proclivities, he cares for Maggie and respects her wishes. And there are nail-biting plots twists and political intrigue towards the end that will leave you breathless. The narration flows effortlessly, and Ms. Mason’s prose is positively exquisite. I cannot wait for the next book in the series! 
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
This book was the perfect blend of history and hotness. I enjoyed the characters and watching them get to know one another. I found their back-stories to be very interesting and those really fed into the tone of the times they lived in. Mason gave a real sense of the dangers and debauchery of the court of Charles II. The boudoir scenes were racy and taboo. They really helped to complete the picture of the secret fetishes found during that time period.  I enjoyed Maggie a great deal and her internal struggles with being both disgusted and turned on by the behavior of her husband. I can't wait to see what Mason is going to do with book two.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Naughty, Intelligent, Clever, and Highly Entertaining Favorite Quote: “He was Lucifer made flesh, the devil in duke’s clothing.  He had warped her mind, stolen her heart, and blackened her soul.” My Review: This is my first Nina Mason read, but certainly won’t be my last.  I am astounded at her writing dexterity and skill, not only has she written quality smut, she has craftily done so using historical English and a Scottish accent.  Her cunning and naughty little tale kept a smile on my lips the entire way through.  In addition, I learned quite a few new words, making it an educational venture as well.  And to think - my mother always scolded me for reading fiction, claiming it to be a waste of time.  I feel so much smarter and livelier for having read this clever story, and plan to become considerably smarter by reading more of the same.  
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this story. This was a well researched historical with a dark, erotic twist, which was new to me. I enjoyed the story of Maggie and Robert. It was an endearing tale. Maggie grew up in a convent before she came to Robert's home under the care of his family, so she is very naive to many things. At times, I found her naivete cute, a little humorous at times. But despite this, the story is hot and intriguing. It took me a few pages to get into reading and getting used to the language, but once I got into it, the story was impossible to put down. I do wish there had been more towards the end. If you are a fan of historical and erotic tales, this is a good read. It definitely is not for those sensitive to things like flogging/caning, threesomes, voyeurism, or M/F/M scenes.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Amazing and Accurate Erotic Historical Romance. DEVIL IN DUKE’S CLOTHING by Nina Mason is one of the most factually and linguistically accurate historical romances I’ve ever read. It also is one of the steamiest. The relationship between Robert and Maggie is an unusual one and frankly, I would like to have known more about their early years together since Maggie had lived with Robert, his brother, Hugh, and under the fear of the elder duke until his death since she was ten years old but that aside, this was a very satisfying romance. Her fascination with Robert was long lived and even though she fears his strange sexual proclivities, she still wants to marry him and be a good wife. Robert seems to have his own fascination with Maggie stemming from her youth. I believe he sees her as the only truly pure and innocent person in his life and I suppose it is one reason he treats her so gently and cautiously even as she begs to experience his sexual likes. Nina has done an amazing job of presenting this story as if it was happening in the moment, my only wish is that it had been longer. There’s a lot of untold story here and I would love to know it. Steamy hot, exquisitely set, this amazing historical romance delights even as it holds us on the edge with anxious worry for their safety in a world where being Catholic could shorten your life, especially when you do the complete opposite of what the king wants. DEVIL IN DUKE’S CLOTHING by Nina Mason is an intriguing tale of political unrest, sexual exploration, and a pure love, which grows stronger with every passing day even in the face of danger. I highly recommend this amazing erotic historical romance because Nina has written an exquisitely beautiful yet intriguing story encircled by a world of unrest far more real than we want to acknowledge. I can’t wait to see what she gives us in the next book in the series. ***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Mousiey More than 1 year ago
OMG IT IS SO HOT STEAMY SEXUAL A MUST READ LEAVES YOU WANTING MORE Mousiey has an amazing and OMG is it so delicious and HOT!! and I do mean it is HOT & STEAMY!! The book that I am speaking of is written by our own NINA MASON!! Her fabulous book is titled "THE DEVIL IN DUKES CLOTHING". I rec'd a ARC from Ms Mason in exchange for an honest opinion This is mousieys very honest opinion of her book. The way she has taken history and intertwined it with a very -very sexual story. Her characters are so well described in such fine detail -along with all the scenes and actions in the book, You feel like you are the Duchess or the Duke- This is one book you do not want to miss reading. OMG IS IT EVER SO HOT AN STEAMY!!! Genre- Erotic Historical  Author - Nina Mason Release Date-January 2015 The Duke in Devils Clothing is about a Duke who has decided to go against the King and marry his ward. She has been his hearts desire ever since he found her in the woods with her angle sprained.  Richard marries Maggie and on their wedding night they set some ground rules among the,two them.. Along the way Richard shows Maggie the true meaning of love and desire. But woe is me there is trouble ahead for the young couple. The King has summoned them to court. Now he can either say yay or nay to their marriage.  What do you think will happen ?? The Duke in Devils Clothing is the most desirable and hot, steamy book that I have read. I recommend this book for readers 18 and over. And due to all the hot, steamy and desirable moments (believe me the book is so full of them) mousiey gives a rating of 50 out of 5 stars. Now this is just the book in the series.. And OMG I can hardly wait to read the next...  RUSH NOW AND GET YOUR COPY !!!
JoRead More than 1 year ago
Superbly well written, thoroughly fascinating, an all-around great story, and definitely not what I expected. Not only that, but I don't think I’ve been more educated with so many proper terms as to the anatomy of the umh… human body. Now, how to remember that for future reference? Lately, when I read “erotic” I tend to roll my eyes because it seems the trend is the Dom/sub relationship. I'm not criticizing the genre; heck! I haven’t even tried reading it yet. The thing is that I love Historicals because of the romance in itself and the heroines albeit a bit ahead of their time, still tend to be a bit innocent and have to follow certain rules, so I was a little hesitant reading this story because how much more submissive could a women be in times past? And what role would romance play here?  Gad, was I wrong! Robert Duke of Dunwoody falls for his ward, sweet Maggie York at the tender age of 14 but decides to stay away because she’s too innocent and young. However, once she’s of age and he’s pretty much forced to, he decides to marry her and educate her in all ways possible, as the new duchess and his lover. Maggie, although, raised in a convent, is no saint. Once she’s made known of the duke’s intentions and because of his dark reputation (as she’s first hand witnessed), she decides to learn a few things on her own and well, heads to his library. Even though she is a bit scared of her soon-to-be husband, she thinks if she doesn't want him to find a mistress, she’s going to have to acquiesce to his desires. Besides, she’s always wanted him more than her religious believes would let her admit. I very much liked how their relationship developed. Although some scenes are scorching hot and extremely graphic they are part of the growing romance. It may be corny but it’s happening between husband and wife, they are trying to discover each other’s desires and the fact that he’s sort of rewarding her curiosity makes him a loving husband in a way. The rest of the story is full of details and the way it’s told only adds more flair to the whole. It truly made me feel part of the times. It also reminded me why I fell in love with historicals. There is however one scene I could have lived without, only because Mr. Duke here was supposed to be grieving his wife’s afflictions and yet he seemed to be too busy entertaining old acquaintances. He said he “had to” but he seemed too OK with the whole thing. No matter what you said, that’s wrong in my book, buddy! Not very loving or husbandly of you. Period. To finish, I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys their books with lots of accurate historical information, exquisite detailing, right usage of proper expressions, and of course, a whole lot of naughtiness and spice.  +++ I received a copy of this story in exchange of an honest review +++
toni-michelle More than 1 year ago
You just can’t put it down….it’s one of those books that will give you a hangover because you have to know what happens next.  In any book that Nina has written she has been able to grab me and hold my attention all the way to the finish line. I crave more immediately upon completing her books. This one was no different. I need more! I cannot wait until there is a book 2.  The description of the characters is so detailed it is like looking through a picture album at them. And the story line is not only exciting but HOT!!!  Poor Maggie, all of what she has learned in a convent growing up as an orphan, is about to be challenged by her new husband. Robert insists that they were meant to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh or God would have never given them the ability to enjoy such things. Compromising, because Maggie wanted to learn so much more than what was taught, she agrees to some of his lesser sexual demands.  But will Robert remain married to her? Would King Charles II require he give her up and marry another? Or maybe the king will require her as a whore…..you gotta find out what happens.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone considering it. I will also be sure to advise anyone looking for a book that this is a MUST READ! Nina Mason has done it again! I cannot wait to sit down and read it again just before book 2.