Review: Never Deny a Duke by Madeline Hunter

Zebra, 2019


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

First the good things…this is my first Madeline Hunter book and I was impressed with her writing skill. Technically she has a superb command of language and she’s a good writer. I am certainly interested in reading other books by this author.

But this book just wasn’t for me. There’s nothing wrong with it…it’s just that much of what drove the plot was external to the characters. There was a lot of time spent focused the land dispute and the sociopolitical events that produced Davina’s current predicament with her lands. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE history. I just…felt like there was a lot of attention paid to these elements and less attention paid to these characters, their feelings for each other, and their chemistry. Sometimes I felt a little bit bored. But that’s just me. This book has great reviews on Goodreads. I strongly suggest fans of historical romance should get it a try and see what they think.


The Duke of Brentworth is man known for his caution and infallible control. Given that women often see him as a challenge, he’s used to ladies clamoring for his illusive affections. But Miss Davina MacCullum couldn’t be less interested in him that way. And this throws him for quite a loop…

Davina MacCullum is after one thing…her rightful lands. Unfortunately her lands were confiscated and given to the infuriating Duke of Brentworth. She intends to go toe-to-toe with the arrogant duke and she even intends to get the king himself involved. But then, of course, the handsome duke goes and kisses her…

Happy Romance Reading!