If the Duke Demands

Anna Harrington
If the Duke Demands
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Publisher
Forever
Release Date
February 2017
ISBN
9781455597253
Series
Book 1 of Capturing the Carlisles
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
A LESSON IN SEDUCTION . . .

Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can't wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she's swept into rock-hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she's horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent-Robert's formidable older brother.

Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: He'll help her win his brother's heart if she'll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jan 19, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
81 people found the following review helpful
I was caught by the blurb--the heroine in love with the brother of the hero, the hero searching for a bride, and they made a pact to help each other get what the other wants? It had all the makings of disaster and bittersweet angst and I wasn't disappointed!

Miranda was a lovely heroine--she has such joy for life that I wish I had. She was also honest in her feelings for the duke, and I can't help but feel how he's sooo not worthy of her. (He got that right when he said so at the end.) Sebastian had the weight of the dukedom on his shoulders, and a promise to his father to do right by his responsibilities, and this means finding the perfect woman to be his duchess, which...does not include Miranda. Okay, I get where he's coming from, and he did tell Miranda he cannot marry her even as she offered herself to him, but-- But. BUT. If he were an honorable man, he wouldn't have taken what she offered, knowing this would ruin her and her prospects. He came across as selfish and self-serving. So, minus points for him.

And that's basically the only negative point about this book for me. I love Sebastian's and Miranda's chemistry, the way they flirt and banter is so organic and realistic that it feels real, and of course, I love the angst and the jealousies and the conflicts.

I do appreciate the author for the refreshing point of "adding" needed scenes to Shakespeare, like the pirate scene in Hamlet and the other scene in Romeo and Juliet, to make her heroine unique and also to add something a bit different to the tired genre of historical romance. Overall, I enjoyed reading IF THE DUKE DEMANDS a lot. Well worth the read!
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