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Georgiana Dudley, the ‘Ice Duchess’, has just emerged from mourning after a nine-year marriage of convenience to the Duke of Darby, her twin brother’s lover. Deeply hurt by a scoundrel a decade ago, Georgie swore she would never turn her head for any man, let alone another rakehell. But then she encounters the wickedly handsome and all too charming Rafe Landsbury, the EarlGeorgiana Dudley, the ‘Ice Duchess’, has just emerged from mourning after a nine-year marriage of convenience to the Duke of Darby, her twin brother’s lover. Deeply hurt by a scoundrel a decade ago, Georgie swore she would never turn her head for any man, let alone another rakehell. But then she encounters the wickedly handsome and all too charming Rafe Landsbury, the Earl of Markham and against her better judgment, her interest is reluctantly aroused. An affair may be impossible to resist but dare she trust Lord Markham with her most intimate secrets... and her heart? Society believes Rafe to be a diplomat but for many years he has been working on the Continent as a spy for the Crown. Leaving the shadowy world of espionage behind, he returns to London with the intention of finding a wife. When he is paired with the frosty yet fascinating Duchess of Darby at the picquet table during a ton ball, he is intrigued. Do-or-die man that he is, he’s certainly not going to let her cool demeanor dissuade him from pursuing her. When Rafe’s dark past returns to endanger Georgie, he is determined to protect her at all costs, even if that means hiding who he once was. With the stakes so high, both Georgie and Rafe must decide if love is a risk worth taking... Author’s Note to Readers: This historical romance has a steamy heat rating. It contains open door love-making scenes and frank language is used. ...

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  • Candace
    2018-11-11 13:23

    Georgiana "Georgie" Dudley is known as the Ice Duchess. Rafe, Lord Markham, is a retired spy for the Crown. They meet over a card game. Intrigue and sparks fly, but Rafe has enemies who could seek revenge for his spying activities. Can he keep Georgie safe from his enemies? Will love be enough to starve off his past?This is an easy read. We come to know a lot about the main characters, enough to make us care for them. Though there is no cliffhanger, we feel there is more left to the story. The last scene didn't feel like the right ending to me. There is explicit sex and adult language in this novel.

  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    2018-12-03 16:27

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts... for more, visit Punya Reviews...This is what I thought in a nutshell. Looking at the reviews, I seem to be the minority here but it’s what it is. The Ice Duchess by Amy Rose Bennett wasn’t what I had anticipated it would be. I have been waiting for this one since I read book 1 of Scandalous Regency Widows, Lady Beauchamp's Proposal. While I absolutely adored book 1, this did not hold my attentions for long. Our h, Georgiana had a sad past, which made her so wary of men that she’d not fall in love or marry. Since she also didn’t want to spend her life as a spinster, Georgiana or Georgie as her family calls her, ended up marrying a good friend Teddy, who was also a Duke. But there was a secret to their marriage not everyone knew, and the few who did, never talked about it. Georgiana’s brother, Jonathan, is gay. And Teddy was his lover. With the taboo surrounding the whole thing, they had to find a way to continue on. Georgiana was eager to help too.Even though it was a total MOC with no plans for a consummation (seeing Georgiana wanted it that way), she’d always known what Jonathan and Teddy were up to. She was happy with this arrangement, protected by Teddy’s title, enjoying his platonic company. Sadly, he suddenly passed away a few years ago, leaving Georgiana bereaved (though it didn’t look like Jonathan was as sad as she was). She still grieved for her friend, and at the same time, determined to remain a widow. She didn’t want any entanglement with any men, not even for a bit of fun. But Jonathan and their friends, a couple, Philip and Helena (who I think also appeared in book 1), wanted to get her out of her shell and have her meet other men. But with her aloof and cold demeanor, though beautiful, Georgiana had already garnered the title of the Ice Duchess and no man, so far, had been able to break her out of it.Until one day, when Rafe Landsbury, an Earl, is thrust upon her by the meddling above mentioned brother and friends. It was pre-planned, the whole game of cards, which Georgiana played rather well. But Rafe’s dubious charm, alongside his good-looks addlepated her so badly that she ends up losing. For the first time in her life. Then she loses again when challenges are thrown with stipulation. Rafe just wants to have some “fun”. He already knew he’d been able to ruffle the Ice Duchess quite well. He’s a known rake and this gives his ego a big boost. He wanted Georgiana in his bed, as soon as possible..... which happens rather quickly, and knowing her abhorrence for men, I couldn’t believe how easily Georgiana let Rafe touch her and jumped into his bed too! Most especially, when I finally learned of what happened to her! Regardless, their affair begins with the blessing of Jonathan, Phillip and Helena. I think that was the first time I was rather put off by the story; everything happened too soon for my liking where chemistry was rather lukewarm at best.Rafe was introduced in book 1 as the hero’s friend, and had a brief appearance. But I remember precious little about him to judge him by because I read that one in 2014. In this book, I didn’t care neither for him, nor Georgiana. There was a murder mystery plot brewing too, a past of Rafe’s coming back of haunt him. A shadow from his days as a spy of the Crown. That bit was quite the mess, with many, many affairs, all in the name of the King and country (yeah right!). One of those went wrong, the woman was murdered and her vengeful husband is now onto Rafe, and Georgiana too, because of her involvement with him. I generally don’t care for rakes, and wasn’t really amused reading about his ‘rakish days’, with stories to go with no less! But Georgiana seemed quite interested in them. :/ Either way, that was the second thing that put me off the story.It seemed that Rafe had feelings for Georgiana too but he wasn’t certain if it’s safe to be a committed relationship. To prove his point, she’s thrust into the danger’s path a few times, the last being quite nerve wrecking so Rafe decides to end things with her. Just like that. Completely in her face, leaving Georgiana shattered since she was totally in love with him. His reason, if he’s not around then she’d not be in any danger again. :|A month later, she had decided to do the same thing she’d done with her first marriage; this time to save her unborn child from the stigma of being born a bastard. Georgiana knew it’s pointless to tell Rafe since he’s washed his hands off her. This new young Lord that Jonathan is involved with now can give her a home, and a name for her baby, even if she’d never know a man’s touch again. I found it rather troubling that Jonathan was fine with the whole thing once again; that he didn’t seek Rafe out and demanded that he do the right thing! Was he simply taking advantage of his sister’s sad situation? I don’t know but it didn’t feel quite right.Anyway........Rafe was woken up from his drunken stupor by the news of Georgiana’s marriage. The only thing that stirred Rafe though, was a possibility that she maybe pregnant, which must be the reason why she was hastily going down a path she refused to until now. I distinctly felt if she didn’t confirm her pregnancy to him, Rafe wouldn’t really have bothered to step into her life again. I wasn’t sure I liked that thought. I did like Georgiana at first, but I never could understand what exactly she saw in Rafe, and it took its toll on me in the end.I really, really wanted to like The Ice Duchess; trust me, I tried. I even stopped reading for a while cause sometimes, when a book doesn’t work the way I hoped it would, I leave it off for a while and it bounces right back. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen here. *sigh* BUT that doesn’t mean I’ve lost interest in the series. It’s quite common to not love all the installments in a series, at least for me. And I love Amy’s writing style, so I’ll be waiting to see what’s next from her. 3 stars.PS: I still highly recommend Lady Beauchamp's Proposal. Go check it out!Review copy received from the author, thanks Amy! x

  • Maike
    2018-11-26 16:22

    Mediocre The story is mediocre at best. Completely ridiculous actually. This book is carried by several explicit sex scenes. Besides that, there's not much more worth mentioning.I kept reading, kind of annoyed, giving it 2 stars but then occasionally encountering parts (mostly the sex scenes) that were better. I bet the story was written around the sex scenes!Anyway, I give it maybe 2.5 stars.If you want porn, this is the book for you. If you want a love story or any story that is even remotely believable or somewhat accurate, it is not.Oh. And just as a side note regarding one of those many little annoying things in this story:I am German. Scherzfrage does not mean riddle.

  • Gwessie Tee
    2018-12-04 18:13

    Received in return for an honest review, naughtiness scale 4* Wow is not a word that should do this amazing book justice but is how I feel, completely loved the story and how it moved and wound to reach the end, it had me captivated to the point where I literally could not put it down, in parts was giggling in other parts shouting at my ereader at which point my son asked me if I was mad, without giving spoilers I can tell you that every possible emotion that can be felt will be, I definitely was rooting for our hero and heroine, as always in romance stubbornness can factor hence I shout at my ereader 😊, In all seriousness I loved this book and very highly recommend it to all who love Regency Amy has not disappointed and I cant wait to read more thank you Amy xx

  • Laura J.
    2018-11-30 19:41

    very hard to careGeorgie, the Duchess, is a widow who has had a traumatic experience 10 years ago. She's beautiful, rich, very much an aristocrat and boring. Rafe is handsome, charming, an ex-spy, and won't take no for an answer. Even when Georgie tells him why she's afraid to have sex, he is determined to get her in bed. There is a bit of a mystery. Overall this book is skipable. Even the sex scenes were skipable.

  • Anna
    2018-11-27 15:25

    It was hard to tear myself away from the story of Lord Markham--former spy for the Crown--and Her Grace, Georgiana Dudley. It's a story that stirs the imagination - as these two passionate individuals meet and begin to fall in love. He is smart-and his instincts are still honed from his service with the Crown. Rafe Markham has been separated from his dangerous job for almost a year...but he becomes convinced that some aspects of his job may never leave him...and in fact may still be lurking- in the form of dangerous revenge. He doesn't know who or why...but his instincts tell him that his best chance for love and a happily ever after...the intriguing Georgiana Dudley...could be the one to pay for his evil deeds while in service to England. And he knows that the danger will strike like a viper. He can do nothing but be guarded and try and protect the one person whose presence in his life promises happiness and light. The woman who is unaware that her connection to him could very well cost her her life. Intriguing and thought provoking-a wonderful salve for the soul of readers who enjoy the romantic stories that promise mystery and intrigue. The characters are warm, witty, and interesting. Mrs.Bennett delivers a wonderful story full of excellent description and a plot thick with excitement. I won't spoil your chance to arrive at the end of this book feeling thoroughly enriched. I cannot wait for the next book in her series!

  • Jennifer Davies
    2018-11-17 12:28

    This is the second book I have bought and read by Amy Rose Bennett. Let me start by saying, I do enjoy her writing style and I am a fan. I love Amy's strong heroines who as the story unfolds you discover has encountered some dreadful ordeal thus shaping the character you meet. In The Ice Duchess, you meet the beautiful Georgiana Dudley, a widow of nine years. Although the marriage was one of convenience for her sake and her brother's, returning to the social world of the ton, isn't of much interest to her nor is the desire to take a lover. Pushed by her brother and friends to mingle and have some fun, she falls prey to the sexy and mysterious Lord Markham, a known rakehell (I love that word). One kiss, enflames The Ice Duchess cracking her frosty reserve and awakening desires she had buried long ago after a brutal betrayal. Georgiana is torn as to whether to trust the known philander or run as fast as her legs can take her. The lure of his kisses draws her into a web of mystery, secrets, betrayal, and murder. Lord Markham, "Rafe" is captivated by the beautiful and cool Duchess whom he is paired with at the piquet table during a ton ball. Drawn to her demeanor and obvious charms, he is determined to pursue her at all costs despite his mysterious and dangerous past. I enjoyed the story, the characters Georgiana, the Duchess, and Rafe, Lord Markham, had a great chemistry and sensual heat together. I did at times wonder if Rafe demonstrated his affections for the broken Georgiana soon enough considering all she faced, but with all good stories, the suspense keeps you turning the pages to discover the ending!

  • Shae Carson
    2018-11-12 16:36

    Every single trope out thereInsta-love, spies, kidnapping, murder, marriage of convenience, duels, impractical situations for the time-period with a lack of social consequences and more. I wouldn't have continued reading if the editing sucked, hence 2 stars instead of one, but I usually hesitate to DNF a book. I've certainly read worse books. I won't be rereading it though.

  • Molly
    2018-11-11 15:21

    I loved Amy Rose Bennett's new book the ice duches. I love the characters and the plot. Georgiana Dudley, the ‘Ice Duchess’, so she wants an affair. Society believes Rafe to be a diplomat but for many years but instead he has been a spy for the Crown. Rafe wants to find a wife. But when Rafe’s past returns to endanger Georgie, he is going protect her at all costs. I don't want to spoil everything in the story, but it was a great read. I can't wait for her next book.

  • Connie Fischer
    2018-11-11 12:17

    Latimer House, Mayfair London - 1816Georgiana (Georgie) age 28, the widowed Duchess of Darby, is attending a soiree at the home of her friends, Helena and her husband, Phillip Latimer, the Earl and Countess of Maxwell. Georgie’s twin brother, Jonathan, is escorting her. Her brother and her friends want to see her get back into life and put the grief for her dead husband, Teddy, behind her. Even though theirs had been a marriage in name only, Teddy had been her best friend. It so happens that Teddy and Jonathan had been lovers. Holding back her tears, she calls upon her cool facade which has earned her the title of The Ice Duchess. As much as she wants to leave the party, she knows that she must stay awhile and not disappoint her friend, Helena. Georgie has never cared for social events. But she enjoys playing cards and her brother takes her in to play.In the card room, Rafe Landsbary, Lord Markham, introduces himself to Georgie and asks to play cards with her. The man has a reputation as a spy for Britain although she knows nothing about the man. In fact, Rafe has just become heir to his father’s title, the Marquessate of Avondale. When he beats her at cards, she is angry because she has always been a very good card player. Stepping outside for air and to cool her anger, Rafe accompanies her. He kisses her which arouses her but she pushes him away thinking that her brother has set him up to try and get Georgie to relax and learn to live again.As she meets more people, Rafe is always nearby teasing her. However, she is adamant that she is not interested in him. Although he has retired from his work for Britain, he is still on watch for anything unusual. At the party, he is aware that someone outside in the garden is watching him so he is on alert. As Rafe and Georgie see more of one another, there is a definite attraction but one that she fights.Will Georgie be able to let down her guard and allow herself to come close to Rafe? What is the danger lurking in the shadows?This book a good book but I found there were too many characters introduced that tends to make it confusing for the reader. However, I have enjoyed the the author’s work before and I’m sure I will continue to do so in the future.Copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • booksofallkinds
    2018-12-11 17:31

    It is 1816 and Georgiana, the widowed Duchess of Darby, is being thrust back into society by her twin brother Jonathan, and her best friend Helena. Worried about her seclusion, they long for her to find some passion or love in her life. Georgiana misses her husband Teddy, who was her best friend and champion, even though they were married in name only. And the last thing she wants to do is find romance, as she is haunted by her past which has altered her forever. And with her reputation as the Ice Duchess, she hopes that the rakes will keep their distance. But when Rafe Landsbury, Lord Markham, takes an interest in her, she cannot seem to escape his attentions, and what worries her the most is that she is not sure if she wants to escape him.Rafe is fascinated by Georgiana, but the more he gets to know her, the more he wants her for himself. But Rafe soon discovers that Georgiana has suffered horrifically in her past, and may be unwilling to trust him to love her and keep her safe. And when Rafe's past comes back to haunt him and threaten everything he has come to cherish, will Rafe be forced to walk away from Georgiana in order to protect her?THE ICE DUCHESS by Amy Rose Bennett is unlike any other Regency romance that I have read before. Gritty, heart-breaking and emotional, my heart broke for Georgiana as she tried to face her past in order to move on in her life. Rafe is the perfect hero - strong and protective, but also unbelievably tender and vulnerable at times. With danger closing in, ghosts from both of their pasts reappearing, and sizzling sexual encounters, THE ICE DUCHESS by Amy Rose Bennett was a compelling read from start to finish. This is my first time reading Amy Rose Bennett but it most certainly will not be my last.*Book received from Secret Realm Book Reviews and Services in exchange for an honest review

  • KellyThe Sassy Book Lover
    2018-11-18 18:41

    I was provided a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.This was my first time reading something by this author and I loved it from page one. This is a very steamy read, but it doesn't take away from the story. I loved that even though her marriage was a marriage of convenience they both truly cared for each other and were best friends. There is so much in this book to love and to figure out. They were meant to be together and they kept being thrown together until she let down her shield and let the ice duchess melt away. I was shocked when what happened to her years ago was finally told, but it explained so much about her marriage and why she didn't want men around. The ending left me wanting more!Georgiana is a favorite heroine of mine. She has been through so much but keeps her head up and goes on. Her past has affected to her badly, but also made her a strong woman. I loved how she and her brother were together and took care of each other.Rafe has his own dark past that has affected him badly, but being a spy meant no one fully knew what happened. You love him for everything he does to protect Georgina from danger and to help her with her past even if his ways are a bit shocking at times.I loved all the characters epically her brother Jonathon. He had a great personality and would do anything to take care of his sister or make her happy. I also loved that the people that knew about her brother and husband didn't judge them or make a big deal out of it. I look forward to reading more by this author.

  • Nicole Laverdure
    2018-11-20 12:19

    Sizzling Regency romance! 4.5 starsAnother page turner with Amy Rose Bennett's new novel, The Ice Duchess! I love historical romance set in the Regency era! In this novel, the love scenes are written with tenderness and passion! Beautiful chemistry between Georgiana and Rafe. This author's words flew off the pages—I could not put it down! As soon as I started to read The Ice Duchess, I was pulled into the story and it kept me wanting more.The Ice Duchess tells the story of Georgiana, a young widow, who entered a marriage of convenience to please her brother because her late husband was her brother's lover. Now, she doesn't want to take a chance at marriage. However, a charming rake, Rafe, will disrupt her life. Her twin brother and close friends concoct a plan to reunite Georgia and Rafe, who were perfect for each other, but didn't know it! Rafe is a devilish rake, and also an ex-spy for the Crown, who only wants to settle down. But, having been a spy, his past activities will put Georgia in danger. Having both suffered recent losses, will they take a chance and move on with their lives? Will Rafe be able to protect Georgia when a mad baron attacks her? What will happen next?In The Ice Duchess, Ms. Bennett has created a beautiful love story set during the Regency era. Lovers of romance will love it! I recommend this second story part of her Scandalous Regency Widows.** Reviewed for Books & Benches **

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-04 15:23

    The Ice Duchess, book two in Amy Rose Bennett's Scandalous Regency Widows series, is another extensively well drawn work by this author.When Georgiana Dudley the widowed Duchess of Darby is introduced to Rafe Landsbury the newly named Earl of Markham their attraction is indisputable. Each harboring secrets that could destroy any viable life together, the acute tension in their courtship was evident from the start. A very well orchestrated seduction on the part of the hero made this a dangerous story in and out of the bedroom. Likeable characters yearning for more than a superficial relationship gave this book a strong underlying focus.Ms. Bennett has once again shown an interesting scenario featuring the darker side of the Regency Era. This author gives readers an intimate view of subject matter that while very much a part of polite society and society in general was taboo and condemning. You can always be assured of a story full of well designed plot twist when you read a book by Amy Rose Bennett. Structured with engrossing facts The Ice Duchess is ultimately a wonderful romance full of high risk and suspense. *I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.**While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*

  • Petula
    2018-11-13 18:13

    Georgiana Dudley, the Duchess of Darby has been mourning her husband for long enough. That's what her brother and her friends are telling her. So they have dragged her back to London for the season. She has no interest in finding another husband or even a lover. Her past has damaged her forever. Rafe Landsbury, the Earl of Markham has been decommissioned from his work for the Crown. Only a very few people know what he did on his travels through war torn Europe. Now he is ready to settle down, but will his dangerous past allow that? The lovable characters in this story drag you into their lives. Its a lot of fun with danger, emotion and hot sexy scenes. It is part of a series but reads as a stand alone . I loved it.

  • Vicki Highley
    2018-12-01 18:27

    London 1816. Georgina, Duchess of Darby is a widow and her brother has decided she needs to find someone to make her happy, so along with her friend, Helena, Countess of Maxwell had arrange a meeting or game of cards with Rafe Landsbury, Lord Markham. The road to happiness isn't easy, because the two of them have secrets. Secrets that can destroy them and their love. Amy Rose Bennett has written a very enjoyable story of learning to trust and love again. The Ice Duchess was a book that I couldn't put down once I started. I wanted to know what their secrets were and how they could overcome them to find happiness and I wasn't disappointed.I received a copy for a fair and honest review.

  • Lail
    2018-12-04 14:16

    Intriguing story. Reviews:Notice: This review has spoilers. I received a copy of "The Ice Duchess" by Amy Rose Bennett through a giveaway. This book was difficult for me to write a review for. I was intrigued by the creative storyline of the Duchess and her marriage of convenience to her best friend and her twin brother's lover, and to the building suspense of what nightmarish atrocity had she endured that change her into the ice hearted woman she became. For me personally there were a few reasons I couldn't stay connected to the story and it is just my personality and preferences that I think got in the way. I really had a hard time with Jonathan the duchess's twin brother's character. It bothered me that Georgie was more upset and fragile over the loss of her husband and best friend than Jonathan appeared to be. They arrive at their first ball after their grieving period, and he joyously heads after the first attractive someone he sees which makes it very hard to believe his professing that he had loved Teddy more than anything and no one could ever replace him. I also had a hard time respecting and taking him as a serious character because of his too happy child like bantering and calling her "Georgie-bean" during serious times when a strong adult presence was needed. I was so disappointed after all of the building of this horrible secret she kept and never told anyone what happened because she just couldn't bear telling it or having anyone know what happened to her, then it's unveiled....she doesn't know what actually happened because she wasn't conscious and only had a couple of incoherent flashes and no mention of her physical condition afterward. Because, I believe this book and writing really has some potential I would enjoy, I decided to read other reviews for this book which I'm very glad I did. It was stated by other reviewers with similar reviews for this book that they have read other books by this author and gave great reviews. So, I won't give up and I will read some of the other books in the series. TBC.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-28 12:39

    Rafe and Georgie. I'm not got to give a synopsis of the story, since most other reviewers have done a much better job than I could. I, personally, had a number of problems with this book. First, and foremost, Georgie was a spoiled brat. When she lost at cards on multiple occasions? She got mad and pouted. She did nothing but bad-mouth Rafe, but when he first kissed her she was all over him like a blanket. She practically has sex with him and then when he calls her Georgie she replies, "I have not given you leave to use my first name." Actually, she was a shrew through the first half of the book. Once they actually started communicating with one another, the book got a little better. The danger in the story was interesting. Between 45-90% I was liking the book a little more. Then, unfortunately, it took a turn for me. Rafe has decided that they can't be together because of his past. He's miserable, she's miserable. Something happens to cause him to rethink his position and he decides to try and win her back, saying that he knows that groveling will be involved. He finds her and starts taking off his clothes, "to prove his love". Sorry, sex does not prove that he loves her.

  • Margaret Watkins
    2018-12-03 12:37

    A suspenseful Regency romance, The Ice Duchess kept my interest all the way through. The meeting between Georgiana Dudley and Rafe, the Earl of Markham sets off sparks and despite Georgie's vow to never become embroiled with any man ever again, she is unwittingly pulled into a competitive relationship with Rafe. Once Rafe sets out to win Georgie over, she finds that she doesn't have the weapons to withstand his overtures. The seduction of Georgie is gentle and sweet, however the story does become darker and more menacing as it moved into the latter half, as enemies from Rafe's past threaten his future. Apart from the villains in the story, I did enjoy the characters. Georgie's brother and friends only wish to see her happy and fulfilled and Rafe is the man to bring healing and renewal. Unfortunately, when Georgie is threatened, Rafe decisions hurt her more than she thought possible. In light of the explicit bedroom scenes, this book should come with an age restriction, however it does make for exciting reading.

  • Pontiki
    2018-12-11 14:29

    Georgiana has been through a lot in her young 28 years, being a widow and suffering a tragic experience in a previous relationship. Rafe is a retired spy who has a past of his own, including a regret about a mission where he had to choose his country over saving his lover. Their attraction is immediate, and grows as they begin to reveal more secrets. I liked them both, but for awhile they didn't seem to talk enough to make them fall in love. Things became more intensified as the book went on, so it got better. I didn't like that Georgie's twin gay brother seemed to get over the love of his life with such ease, and he didn't seem to make good decisions to protect her sometimes. He wasn't malicious, but also not helpful when she was in danger. The intrigue about the evil man from Rafe's past was exciting and added to the story. Well paced, good book.

  • Wendy Tavenner
    2018-11-15 17:27

    Hot and SteamyLoved, loved the book!! Georgina was married to her husband for 9 yrs but it was a marriage of convenience only since Teddy was her brothers lover since Cambridge!! Since Teddy passed unexpectedly a yr ago Georgina is out of morning. They call her the Ice Duchess and Lord Markham is going to melt her ice!! Georgina is called the Ice Duchess because she doesn't want a man getting close to her. She was terribly traumatized 10 yrs ago by Lord Craven and she has never told her brother the full story. A she and Lord Markham (Rafe) get closure an enemy from his past emerges and comes after Georgina. A wonderful story with lust, passion, intrigue, danger, kidnapping, heartbreak, guilt and finally love!!! The book was so good it was hard to put down!!

  • Kathy
    2018-11-10 15:15

    Georgina married a man who was her brother's lover. She gained a good friend but not exactly a husband. He died a year ago and now friends and her brother are trying to find a man for her. She doesn't want one. She had a horrible past and prefers to keep her future to herself. However, Rafe is intrigued by her and they suddenly find themselves kissing on the terrace. But something isn't right. Race a former spy feels something is wrong. Time proves him right. This is a well written suspense novel with a helping of romance. I did enjoy it.

  • Book Monitor
    2018-12-09 14:38

    Georgiana is a recent widow with a lot of hidden history, Rafe, Lord Markham is now back in England after "diplomatic" service. His past and hers impact on them, so when they meet having been set up by their friends, they connect, but their relationship is dogged by a resurgence of their pasts getting in their way. A fast paced and very readable story. Sometimes adventurous, sometimes romantic and sometimes steamy. I read this not having the first in the series and I feel it stood up well as a stand alone. I will be looking for others as I like the writing. A good escapist read, light and easy and enjoyable.

  • Synergy
    2018-11-30 19:16

    EnjoyableThis is a nice steamy regency romance. The only flaw is that the heroine is silly at times, endangering herself and her brother, even when she knows someone is stalking her. So often authors write historical heroines who disregard safety and sense because they want to charter their own course or think they know best. So although this isn't a new flaw, I still wish such heroines would use a bit more common sense. When they do, I reward those books with 5 stars.

  • HR-MovieLover
    2018-11-19 16:26

    This story happened in 1816. Unfortunately it contained modern words such as "cut & run" & "c*cksure." Rafe a retired spy for The Crown was an earl. & Georgiana her gay husband's widow. Rafe thought heroine stunningcynical and prickly. She thought hero self-assured & an odious/ conceited peacock. Hero had 2 baddies to deal with. Georgie's gradual thaw-ing of emotions highlighted the story. Sex scenes,excepting the 1st, came across as more of the same. Amixed effort.

  • Cheryl
    2018-12-06 19:36

    Such a disappointment!Loved the story, but the ending was such a disappointment. Yes she got her man, but it was a blah ending to a good story, I'm sure this writer had a better way of ending this, it reads like a rush, and not matching the other part of this work, anticlimactic.

  • Corinne
    2018-12-10 17:32

    No insipid debutants here! From their first meeting Georgie is confused and overwelmed by the strength of her attraction to Lord Markham. Due to her history, she's very cautious. It doesn't take Markham long to realize she has some dark secrets and he softens his approach. Then his past comes back to haunt him. Well-written page turner with some suspense.

  • Cindylynn Jackson
    2018-11-18 20:41

    I LOVED THIS BOOK !!!If you like historical romance. You have got to read this book! I couldn't put it down. In fact, I had audioon reading it to me. But, I had to stop it about half way through this book. And start reading it myself. I didn't want to miss a single word of this story. And it has ALOT OF AWE REACTIONS !!!

  • Barbara Xedos
    2018-11-16 20:18

    The Ice DuchessHere is another wonderful story by Amy Rose Bennett. It was hard to put down this book. The story was about a Duchess that treated badly when she first came out and then married for convenience then her husband died and how her cold heart melted away. I hope you will enjoy reading this story as much as I did.

  • Danielle Carpenter
    2018-11-25 18:38

    Hero or Coward?This was good story up until the end. Rage is a coward. He makes a promise he doesn't keep and then expects Georgiana to just fall in line when she becomes pregnant with his child. He knew when he left her she could have been pregnant. Then he seduces her into saying yes which is bad as any torturer or terrorist.