Must Love Dukes

Embracing Romance is very pleased to have author Stacy Reid with us today!! So without further ado, we’ll turn the blog over to her 🙂


I love dukes. I have read on many forums where readers mention they are tired of reading about dukes! What about the regular heroes like Mr. Darcy? Or the mere Sirs, Barons, Viscounts, or Earls? I enjoy reading and writing about heroes that range from misters to lords, but there is a special place in my heart for heroes holding the title and bearing of a duke.

I am a rabid reader, and there had been a time a book only had to have the word duke in the title to cause me to drool, and refuse to read anything else until I had that book in my hand, or on my Ereader. Of course, this love has naturally translated into me writing about my own yummy dukes. My debut book, The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding, is about the scrumptious Sebastian Thornton, Duke of Calydon. The third book in my Scandalous House of Calydon series, to be release February 2015, features a Duke bent on revenge, and brought to his knee by the slip of a girl.

I think it is fairly evident I am in a love relationship with heroes that are powerful, slightly unattainable, dangerous, scandalous, honorable, arrogant, simply begging to be unraveled by daring, spunky heroines. Not to say, of course, in my historical romances I only write about dukes … far from it! As long as I write about men and women my readers can root for, while falling in love with their character, I am ecstatic.

Now, while the word Duke in a title will always draw my eyes to that book, the featured duke must have certain characteristic for me to fall in love with, for him to live in my heart, and for him to be memorable. He must be sure of his power, and status, he is never anxious, he is ruthless when needed, yet kind, honorable, and faithful to his lady, friends and family. He is commanding, he is not whiny, nor dictated to by his peers, nor his mother. Am I asking for too much? … Nah just a duke!
Today I share with you some of my reasons for loving dukes, followed by a few of my favorite romance novels featuring the heroes of my heart.

Why I love Dukes:
1. They are the most arrogant and pompous in the haute monde, begging to be taken down by a notch.
2. They are normally the embodiment of the powerful, swoon worthy alpha males that we see in the billionaire tycoons of today’s contemporary romances.
3. They are referred to as, “Your Grace,” is it just me? I find that sexy as hell. It is elegant, yet powerful, and not as common as, “My Lord”
4. The stakes always seem to be a bit higher for them, as they have more to lose.
5. Some of my most memorable dukes fall in love with ladies that are wildly inappropriate from them, but somehow perfect. This always makes watching their journey to love delicious.

Some of my favorite duke reads are …….

Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens

Whitney My Love by Judith Mcnaught

Almost Heaven by Judith Mcnaught

What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long

Waking up with the Duke by Lorraine Heath

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah Mclean

When I Met My Duchess, by Caroline Linden

How to lose a Duke in Ten Day by Laura Lee Guhrke

And of course my very own The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding!

Please share your reasons for loving dukes, and also your favorite duke books, for I am always on the lookout for a delicious read!

Stacy Reid

Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love, Dusean Nelson.

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people.

Michelle’s non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there.

When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

11 Responses

  1. jessicajefferson

    Great selection of books there! I once said Kathleen Woodiwiss was kind of the “gateway drug” into historical romance, but I’m starting to think that Judith McNaught’s book may just be what turns us all into addicts!

    • Stacy

      Oh Jessica you are so right! I adore both Kathleen and Judith…I still read their books over and over

  2. Michelle McLean

    Happy to have you here today!! I love most heroes but dukes really are fun 😀 Titles, money, power, and usually a very nice set of snug breeches 😉 I love Something About Her by Jeannie Ruesch 😀

    • Stacy

      Thank you for having me Michelle! oooh so I bought Something About Her by Jeannie Ruesch. Will let you know what I think about it…but I just know it is going to be scrumptious 🙂

  3. Barbara Monajem

    My favorite duke book is The Foundling by Georgette Heyer. Believe it or not, the hero, the Duke of Sale, has none of the characteristics you listed (well, he is addressed as Your Grace, but he can’t help that, LOL). My second favorite duke book is also by Heyer. It’s These Old Shades, and the Duke of Avon is a perfect alpha hero — much more like what one would expect in a duke.

    • Stacy

      Barbara I am off to get these now! I have read a few Georgette Heyer and she is quite brilliant. I know I am in for a treat….:)

  4. Sheryl

    Thanks for posting all of these books about Dukes! I LOVE books that have Dukes in them, they are a must buy. I have read yours by the way and loved it.

    • Stacy

      You are welcome Sherly! I am so happy you loved Sebastian 🙂

  5. JoannaM

    Stacy, you nailed the reasons why I loved Dukes! And I’ve read some of those post about some people even saying they will go a full year without a Duke. I love all kinds of heroes as well, but a full year without my Dukes? I don’t think so!