The Duke Gets Desperate: A Novel (Sirens in Silk, book 1) by Diana Quincy

The Duke Gets Desperate: A Novel (Sirens in Silk, book 1) by Diana Quincy

Title:  The Duke Gets Desperate: A Novel
Series: Sirens in Silk, book 1
Author: Diana Quincy
Publisher: Avon 
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Multicultural Interest, Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 
Date of Publication:  26 September, 2023
My Rating:  3 Stars

My Thoughts 

* enemies to lovers, and seriously stubborn at that

* strong female lead 

* a lot of miscommunication 

* mystery 

Well written and engaging, I overall enjoyed this series starter despite some parts that didn’t work for me at all. 

Raya was a great MFC and I liked her story arc; Anthony, the Duke of Strickland and Raya’s love interest, not as much - he was often a complete ass which did little to endear him to me. The love story between the two, was told more than shown, and I was left wishing that more had been resolved and communicated. 

A lot of Strickland’s dialogue and thoughts about Raya were cringey and awkward to an extreme degree and this also did little for me. 

The mystery and other plot lines had too soft resolutions and I ultimately finished this wanting more details. 

This was my first book by Ms. Quincy.

Thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for the DRC!


Diana Quincy returns with a steamy affair between an Arab-American woman who inherits a run-down castle in the English countryside and the duke who asserts the castle is his, in the first book in a brand-new Victorian historical romance series.

Anthony Cary, Duke of Strickland, inherits his spendthrift father’s title and can finally restore the family castle to its former glory. But at the reading of the will, Strick is stunned to learn that his father has secretly disentailed him, leaving the family manor—home to twelve generations of dukes—to Strick’s American stepmother. Everyone knows Strick detests the dowager duchess, and when she dies mysteriously, damning rumors start to surface.

When Raya Darwish unexpectedly inherits her glamorous late cousin’s castle in the English countryside, she clashes with the charismatic young duke who insists the castle is rightfully his. The estate is practically bankrupt, so she must find a way to work with the duke in order to save both of their futures.

The two cannot stand each other, but mutual disdain soon gives way to desire. When questions arise about how her cousin died, Raya cannot help wondering if Strick’s sudden unbridled passion for her is part of a scheme to get his castle back...


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