Review: The Mad, Bad Duke by Jennifer Ashley

Posted June 10, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: The Mad, Bad Duke by Jennifer Ashley
The Mad, Bad Duke
by Jennifer Ashley

3 Stars


Released: December 1st 2006
Series: Nvengaria #2
Published by JA / AG Publishing
Format: eBook

“… it was passionate, funny and I liked that it had a little magic in it…”
~ Under the Covers

I decided to read this book for three reasons:

  1. It’s called the Mad, Bad Duke. Some people are seduced by a cover and some people are seduced by a title. I can be enticed by both. In this case it was the title that got me
  2. It’s by Jennifer Ashley, and Ashley has written one of my favourite historical romances of all time – The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenize
  3. I read the first book in the Nvengaria series years ago and it was about time I started the second book!

So, did the book live up to the name, was he mad? Was he bad? Was he a duke? No, a little, and definitely. He wasn’t mad, although he was beginning to think he was, but you will need to read the book to find out more about that! He was a little bad, in the previous book he was a very naughty boy and he still has a wicked, ruthless edge. And he isn’t just a duke, he’s a Grand Duke, second only to the King of Nvengaria, here in England as a diplomat to scare everyone into submission for the good of his native land.

Before going further, another thing you need to know about this book is that it isn’t just your typical historical romance, it has a touch of magic and this book starts with a lust spell that bring Meagan and Alexander (the mad, bad duke) together. From there it’s a roller coaster as Meagan gets caught up in the whirl of Alexander’s life, from the formality and daily schedules of a diplomat to the passionate and emotional Nvengarian servants. All the while, the lust spell seems to be morphing into something more, or at least, they assume it’s the spell…

I really enjoyed this early book from Jennifer Ashley, it was passionate, funny and I liked that it had a little magic in it, something that separates it from other books in the historical genre. There are a few more books left to go in this series and this time I don’t plan on waiting another few years before I pick them up.



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About Jennifer Ashley

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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You have me intrigued. I will be trying this series.


I need to check this out. Thanks Suzanne

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

I love this cover and review was great!!! ,shared on all my socials!!

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.