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Peek Inside Denying the Duke

The duke needs an heir, but he is no longer the same man he was when he and Lady Patience made promises for their future. She loved him once but refuses to marry him because she’s convenient.

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Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex left his family’s estate and joined the military.

Alex returns to assume the title Duke of Bedford when his brother unexpectedly dies. He is unprepared for both his new responsibilities and the reunion with Patience. The horrors of war are a heavy burden, and when he learns that Patience never married his brother, he is stunned.

Patience withstood the bullying of her fiancé and her father for four long years. She refuses to marry Alex just because he’s the duke, especially if he no longer loves her. How would that be better than what she has already endured? Promises made in their youth are not enough to overcome the changes life has wrought for them but love can grow and transform, if only Patience could believe that.

Each book in the Lords & Ladies in Love series is STANDALONE:
* Seducing the Marquess
* Marrying the Wrong Earl
* Denying the Duke
* Wagering For Miss Blake
* Captivating the Earl


“Callie Hutton never fails to bring to the pages characters that are entertaining to read. Ms Hutton is my go-to-author for historical romance for this reason.” - Talking Books Blog

“There is drama, danger, and romance. Steamy tension!” - Sally, review

“Callie Hutton has written a remarkable second chance romance with this newest addition to the Lords and Ladies in love series…I found the characters in this story endearing and memorable.” - Brenda T., NetGalley review

“I really enjoyed this-- I loved the tension between the two main characters, and the drama of the storyline.” - The Genre Reader

“This was a beautifully written story. Characters you will absolutely love, a villain who you can't help but hate, and a storyline made for a great read!” - Jessica N., NetGalley review

“I really enjoyed this story and fans of Regency romance will definitely enjoy it as well.” - Debra Martin, author of Assassin's Curse

Denying the Duke by Callie Hutton is a charming historical romance with interesting characters and angsty storyline.” - Sarah W., review

I was really engrossed in the story...I loved the way the characters seem so real but so weak or so strong at times.” - Anna, review

“The plot was good and the characters are delightful.” - Nicole, review

“One of the things that I really like about Callie's writing is that she is able to evoke strong emotions about her characters.” - Annie, review 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631175
Series: Lords & Ladies in Love, Book 3
Release Date: Jul 10, 2017
Page Count: 277
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, marriage of convenience, second chance, ugly duckling

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Book Review For: Denying the Duke by Callie Hutton 'Denying the Duke' by Callie Hutton is Book Three in the "Lords and Ladies in Love" series. This is the story of Patience and Alex. I have read the previous books in this series but feel this can be a standalone book. Patience and Alex met when she ...more

By Ivy November 24, 2017

What a beautiful second chance romance ! It would have been a lot better if the heroine's dad had died. That slimy, greedy and abusive bastard did not deserve to have a future where his son in law ( the H ) had paid all his outstanding debts. That didn't seem fair after all the cruel ways he had tor ...more

By AnnMarie July 05, 2017

Denying the Duke is the third book in the Lords and Ladies in Love series by Callie Hutton. It can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

Alex Pemberton was the second son of the Duke of Bedford when he met and fell in love with Lady Patience Browning. Unfortunately, being a second son meant that Ale ...more

By Tam July 10, 2017

Callie Hutton always pens a great novel, and this story is no exception. I loved the spirit, strength and determination Patience had in refusing to be bullied by the men in her life. Here is a heroine I can stand up and cheer for! Alex was a heartwarming character that only want to show Patience tha ...more

By Petula July 11, 2017

Lord Alexander Pemberton is the second son, the spare, to the Duke of Bedford. He has always been pushed aside by the Duke and bullied by his older brother.
Lady Patience Browning is just sixteen when her family pays a visit to the Duke if Bedford's estate. She immediately makes friends with the you ...more

By Nicole June 19, 2017

I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

I have read a few books by Ms. Hutton and she does not disappoint in this novel. The plot was good and the characters are delightful. It deals with abusive relationships, physical and mental and how the characters are able to over ...more

By Angel December 22, 2018

Lord Alexander Pemberton, second son of the Duke of Bedford, has spent his life being reminded of his less than revered position in the family. So when he loses the love of his life, Lady Patience, to an arranged marriage with his brother, a heartbroken Alex joins the military. Four years later, he' ...more

By Isha July 03, 2017

Oh, to be young and naive. Patience and Alex thought love would be enough, but there were other plans at play. Callie Hutton never heads in the direction, I think she'll go. From heartache to tempting fate, she keeps her thoughts close to the vest and keeps readers guessing what's going to happen ne ...more

By Donna July 12, 2017

Lee jumped in at book 3 of this series but declared she will go back and read the first ones because she enjoyed it. Check out her full thoughts on "a href="">Scanda... Book Reviews ...more

By Rachel August 03, 2020

I really liked this book, much more that I even thought I would too. I enjoyed our heroine’s quest to be in charge of her life. I liked the love delayed story. It was all well done and nicely resolved. ...more

By Jennifer July 10, 2017

I read an early copy in exchange for an honest review. Alex and Patience are so cute together in the beginning. Young love but crushed by reality. Four years of trying to forget their puppy love they are thrust back together by Patience's scheming father and Patience's reluctance to consummate their ...more

By Janet July 02, 2017

4.25 stars
Four years ago, Alex Pemberton, second son of the Duke of Bedford, had planned a life together with Lady Patience Browning daughter of the Earl of Wilton. However, when their fathers announced Patience was to be betrothed to his brother Cyrus, the heir, Alex left his family's estate and jo ...more

By A July 14, 2017

There is no denying it, my fellow romance book-loving friends. Denying the Duke definitely got right down to the business of innocent, instant attraction and promise of future love. Alex and Patience certainly felt the same pull towards one another when they first met at age 16 and 20, but fate step ...more

By Bec July 14, 2017

Alex and Patience fell in love four years ago until it was decided that she was to marry his brother. Now after his brother's death, Alex has returned home to take over his brother's position as Duke of Bedford. Discovering that Patience never married his brother, Alex is determined to win her back. ...more

By Brenda July 10, 2017

Publisher's Description:

Forbidden fruit never tasted so sweet...

Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex left his family’s estate and joined the military.

Alex returns to assume the title Du ...more

By Peggy July 10, 2017

Four years ago the hopes and plans Alex and Patience had for a future together were shattered when they learned that their fathers announced that Patience was to be betrothed to Alex’s brother Cyrus, heir to the dukedom. Devastated, Alex convinced his grandfather to buy him a commission in the army. ...more

By Fizza June 23, 2017

It's an interesting story. I liked it. Patience and Alex fell in love when they were quite young but as soon as their love story started it ended too. Now after four years they're seeing each other again. Both have changed, life hasn't been good to either of them. One thing still remains though i.e. ...more

By Amanda June 29, 2017

I really enjoyed "Denying the Duke" by Callie Hutton. I'm not usually a huge fan of reunion stories, but this one was actually sweet and Alex and Patience definitely deserved their happy ending.
Patience and Alex met when she was a young sixteen and he a young twenty-one. As a second son, Alex has be ...more

By Eva July 10, 2017

lady patience has been bullied and ordered about without fail by her father, by the fiancé she never wanted, and finally by lord alexander, the new duke of beresford. the man she fell in love with when she was but sixteen and who left her behind when she was forced into a betrothal with his brother. ...more

By Connie July 10, 2017

Bedfordshire, England - 1814

Lord Alexander (Alex) Pemberton, age 21, is the second son of the Sixth Duke of Bedford of Woburn Abbey. Alex’s older brother, Cyrus, the Marquess of Tavistock and heir to the Bedford Dukedom and his father have both never cared for Alex and simply tolerate his existence ...more

By Debra June 21, 2017

Lady Patience met and Lord Alex Pemberton, second son of the Duke of Bedford, when she was just sixteen and he was twenty. As sweet love blooms between them, Patience is horrified to learn that her father has bethrothed her to Alex's older brother and heir. The young love they harbored was torn apar ...more

By The Book Junkie Reads . . . July 10, 2017

Second chance at your first love has a long hard road to travel through betrayal, deceit, pain, and conflicting emotions and hesitations. Alex was just a second son that fell in love with the wrong lady. She becomes promised to his older brother. The brother that will received the title. Unwilling t ...more

By Arwen July 11, 2017

Patience and Alex were a charming pair who made me yell at them over and over. I like it when an author can get me to do that. There is one part (Chapter 19 to be specific) where I felt Patience's reaction was not right...her character didn't seem to do what I'd been led to expect her character woul ...more

By Debbie July 11, 2017

Lady Patience meet and feel in love with Lord Alex Pemberton, the second son of the Duke of Bedford. Little did Patience know her father was betrothing her to his cruel brother Cyrus. Lord Alex decided to go into the army than stay and watch his brother marry the woman he loved and hopefully he’ll f ...more

Denying the Duke is the story of Alex and Patience. Alex is the second son of the Duke of Bedford. The first time he sees Patience he is drawn to her. They end up making a plan to be together but when Patience is betrothed to his brother, Alex can't take it. He leaves to join the military. Four year ...more

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Callie Hutton

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USA Today Best Selling Author

Callie Hutton

Callie Hutton, USA Today bestselling author writes both Western Historical and Regency romance with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, a daughter-in-law, twin grandsons and her top cheerleader husband (although thankfully not all in the same home!). Living in the Midwest provides plenty of opportunities for Callie do pursue her interests: researching history, meeting readers, spending time with her adorable two year old twin grandsons, and discovering new adventures. Callie loves to hear from readers and welcomes the opportunity to become friends, both in person or virtually. Find her online: and sign up for her newsletter at:

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