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What did you love best about If the Duke Demands?
In the beginning of the book when Miranda Hodgkins believes herself to be in love with Robert, a second son, and plans on seducing him at his mother's masquerade Birthday party. Miranda was raised playing with the Ducal family and Robert still treats her like a child. She wants to prove to him she is a woman. Miranda's impetuous nature often gets her in trouble and her attempted seduction of Robert is no exception.
What did you like best about this story?
It is the first true Historical Romance novel I have read in a long time (no other genres included, i.e. mystery, etc.) and very well written. It takes place in 1822 when society's social customs and etiquette were all important. Miranda, being an orphan raised by an aging aunt and uncle, had dreamed of a season in London, but never thought it would come to be a reality. Miranda was kind and supportive of the Duchess when the Duke died and the Duchess wants to give Miranda a season while she is of an age. The Duchess provides everything: new gowns, shoes, etc. and teaches her "society" rules and etiquette. Being a country girl everything is new and exciting to her. Sebastian, the new Duke of Trent, makes her transition into society easy for her, appearing at her first ball on his arm and dancing the first dance with her, as part of a deal struck between himself and Miranda on the fateful night of his mother's Birthday party.
Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. I used to enjoy her performances and then I bought a few books where she whispered all through them and it was very disconcerting, so I began omitted books narrated by her. BUT SHE'S BACK! Her performance was excellent in "The Duke Demands".
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I found myself teary eyed on more than one occasion. I also had to chuckle at times; like when Miranda and the kids at the orphanage she works at wrote a pirate scene into their study of Shakespeare.
Any additional comments?
It has explicit sexual content but well written. To my knowledge it is the first time I have read/heard any of Anna Harrington's work. She is a very accomplished author. I really like her style of writing, and Justine Eyre's narration was the icing on the cake.
I highly recommend it for a mature audience.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I don't think anyone that likes sense in the plot of a novel. Even though romance is escapist literature, there still requires some belief in the events. Nothing seemed to be true to the era.
What do you think your next listen will be?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I hesitate when the narrator is JE. She is not a very good narrator, as she is breathy and over the top. I find her readings very irritating and probably should have avoided this book. She made a poor story worse. I am avoiding some of my favorite authors, because she is the narrator. I should have done the same with this one.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
disappointment. It started out with some promise, but all the times the heroine would just arrive at the hero's house in the middle of the night in her nightgown did not seem realistic. Who would even do that in the regency era.
Any additional comments?
This was a very immature author. The story line was just a mess and the end of the story's proposal was so corny, I flinched while reading it. It was just so silly it ended the book on an even worse note than all the silliness during the entire book.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful