Review: When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen

When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen
Series: The Fallen Ladies Book (# 1)
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Source:  NetGalley


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 gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…


Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s seriously disruptive to have the duke who’s 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…

Review: As a fan of Ms. Galen’s for some time I jumped at the chance to read her new book When You Give a Duke a Diamond, from her ‘Fallen Ladies’ series, I was not disappointed. I was once again transported to the past only to fall in love all over again. I have always loved a well written regency romance and Ms. Galen leaves you breathless with this one.

The Earl and Lady Sinclair took in three young girls and helped them to become three very well brought up young women. Although to the ton they are thought of as courtesans, right now only the Sinclair’s and the three of them know the truth. By doing this an allowing the deception it in a way wards off unwanted men vying for their hands. As far as the ton believes they each are mistresses to the Earl and sometimes perhaps he has all three of them at one time.

In When You Give a Duke a Diamond, the Duchess of Dalliance as the ton knows Juliette, is remarkably beautiful, smart and looking for someone to love and have a family with. In walks the Duke of Pelham…William from when he was younger. He is William no longer he is the Duke, somehow he has lost his fun spirit.

The paper has hinted of a dalliance for lack of a better word between William and Juliette, funny though they have never met. At a ball later that night he looks up to see these three beautiful women walk in one is just a stunning as the next but it is the one in the middle that takes his breath away. She has already had a run in with an unsavory guy named Lucifer looking for the ‘Diamonds” which she believes to be her and her ‘sisters’. That evening she witnesses the murder of William’s fiancée Eliza. When she takes him to the body it is missing.

This throws them together and sends them on the hunt for the body and the diamonds. Along the way they beginning sharing the secrets from their past, Juliette finds herself falling for this man thinking it may finally be a possibility to shed all the secrets so that she can have what she dreams of. Thinking they also are being chased by Lucifer in his quest for the ‘Diamonds’ when it really was…well, I am not one to spoil the story.

Will finds himself drawn to Juliette as he tends to keep fighting those feelings only to give up in the end. She helps him change back to the fun loving person. The steamy sex…well, let’s say that it is…

Ms. Galen writes with passion as she brings the romance between Juliette and Will out into the open throwing two unlikely people into a situation that gives us teasing sexy kisses, steamy sex that is sensual, natural and oh so perfect.

The adventure had this reader guessing to the very end. Ms. Galen writes with passion. She brings a strong plot, great dialogue, and adventure that are fast paced; not to mention very sexy characters that you can relate to. Only to spin them into a tale that is hard to put down keeping you interested until the very end. Did I say that I loooooooooooooooved this book?

I can’t wait for Lily and Fallon’s story.