Regency Romance

ARC Review: The Good, The Bad and The Duke by Janna MacGregor

Title: The Good, The Bad And The Duke| Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #4 | Author: Janna MacGregor| Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks | Publication date: November 27th 2018 | Num. Pages: 368 | Genre: Regency Romance


4 stars – A sweet but sexy Regency Romance

**I received a ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**


A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied…

Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?

Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?


The Good, The Bad and The Duke was a sweet, sexy and simple Regency romance and the first book I’ve read by Janna MacGregor. I enjoyed the story overall and the characters were good, it was a little bit too – I suppose risque is the best word – for a regency romance and I would classify it more akin to a bodice ripper.

Which is great!

I really liked how Paul Barstowe was portrayed in this book – as both a rake and as a good man – I know it’s typical of how Regency romances are but I liked how it was done in this book.

Daphne Hallworth was also a pretty good character with a nice way of showing she is determined to control her own fate and control her own fate she does.

The storyline was unique in that Daphne got herself into a spot of bother and then did her damnedest to get herself out of it even if it caused problems for her later on down the line.

The story that follows was good, well written and with concise dialogue; lots of light humour, sweet romance and sex scenes that were well placed and not overly long like I’ve seen – just right.

I really liked both of their charity ideas and thought they were both great ideas to follow through with.

I think the book was missing a little something but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I missed the Bow Street Runners which are usually quite frequent in these kinds of books.

Overall, I would say The Good, The Bad and The Duke is a solid 4 stars and recommended for anyone who loves a Regency romance novel with a set of characters to love and hate.

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