Four Nights with the Duke

So, um, yeah, I read a romance novel over the weekend called Four Nights with the Duke. It was not my usual reading material, but more along the lines of something I would have read as a teenager. However, it was entertaining, a fairly quick read and pretty juicy.

As far as plots go, it was the usual damsel in distress blackmailing a handsome duke into a marriage of convenience to outsmart the evil uncle story. The duke and his glorious manhood seduced the large-bosomed, tipped with nipples like ripe strawberries, lady who happened to also be a virgin. Ahem. There ‘s lots of passionate, mind-blowing sex.

The usual cast of characters joined our oversexed duo; a drunk but utterly wise and charming uncle, the protective best friends, a crippled young heir, the cruel butler, the jolly butler (yes, both) and an untamed Arabian stallion. And this group faced the usual hurdles, with characters fighting their own feelings or doing what they think is best for other characters without discussing it with them first, etc.

With all the action, intense feelings and, well, sex, it’s hard to believe this book’s timeline was only about four days long. But it was a raucous four days. Whew.


Let’s be honest. We don’t read these books for their intellectual stimulation. Romance novels are fun, light reads. And this one fulfilled it’s purpose.

I’m actually considering starting a book club just for reading romances. Think how much fun the group discussions would be! “How many times did the author mention his glorious member?” or “Did her bosom heave too much?”

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A Pirate’s Pleasure

When I hit my preteens, I discovered romance novels. And I was swept away by plundering pirates, cocky cowboys, valiant vikings and dashing dukes. I think my favorites were the historical romances set in London, involving carriages and ball gowns, illicit encounters in the gardens.

However, my absolutely favorite romance novel during that period, the one that stuck with me the most, was A Pirate’s Pleasure by Heather Graham.


From the back cover:

She was his defiant captive.

With her flame gold-hair and azure eyes, Skye Kinsdale was a prize beyond compare. Betrothed to a lord she’d never met, she set sail for America sworn to reject him on sight until the infamous pirate Silver Hawk seized her ship and banished all other men from her life. Burning with rage and passion, she was determined to destroy the arrogant buccaneer, to be free at any cost…

He Was Her Keeper…And Her Slave

The black prince of the seas, he was feared by pirate and privateer alike. Silver Hawk vowed he would have the vixen, make her crave his savage embrace. She was his—by law of the sea. The man who commanded a Caribbean kingdom swore he would teach his wild temptress to love, to surrender to the lawless thrill of…A Pirates Pleasure.


I think I may have read it more than once. The beautiful, innocent (yet defiant) female who is captured by a dangerously handsome pirate who wants to keep her for himself. How can a young girl resist such a story line? There’s a major twist in the book, about halfway through, if I am remembering correctly. I read this book twenty years ago! yikes.

My taste in books has changed a lot in the last twenty years. I don’t read as many romance novels, and those that I do read need a good plot and less innocence-ravishing.

You should read this book … if you ever daydream about sexual escapades at sea or enjoy fantasies of being kidnapped by pirates.

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