Review- The Duke Of Shadows by Meredith Duran

Title: The Duke of Shadows

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Meredith Duran

Publisher: Pocket Star Books, 2008

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

From exotic sandstone palaces…

Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé’s betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.

To the marble halls of London…

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous — and that a single decision can alter one’s life forever.

Destiny follows wherever you run.

A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned…and some passions never die.


This was my first introduction to Meredith Duran’s writing.  Since this debut novel was written she has written several that I look forward to reading.

It is difficult to plop this book in the HR genre alone.  It is filled with so much action and adventure that it is almost destined for the Thriller category.  The plot, set in Colonial India during native uprisings, can be dark and very violent at times.  This is not my favorite type of romance novel but when so well written I can only say that this is one of my favorite novels.

Our heroine was in dangerous situations throughout the book and of course survived against the odds.  Our hero wasn’t always there to do the saving so she was not a shrinking violet but a woman who relied on herself to save herself.  I am partial to feisty heroines and Emmaline should be the template-feisty-heroine for all novels.  I also appreciated that she didn’t back down when faced by the villain.  There were some misunderstandings that were resolved rather quickly.  The heroine did seem to succumb to the hero rather quickly but all is forgiven on that score since I was rooting for their reconciliation.

The war and fight scenes were graphic, sometimes disturbing, but always in keeping with the books message.

I recommend this book to those who want lots of adventure and action along with their romance.


My thanks go to Mo and Edyta for recommending this book to me.



Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance, Romance

4 responses to “Review- The Duke Of Shadows by Meredith Duran

  1. mo

    Thanks for the mention Dot! You’re right, this is a much meatier romance read. Duran is very good at writing heroines who are not shrinking violets and are able to cope by themselves. The violence was pretty graphic for a romance, but they were tumultuous times in India. I did enjoy the different setting, as with Thomas’ NQAH, it’s nice to get out of England sometimes :).


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