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Publisher's 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.
©2017 Anna Harrington (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Justine Eyre is the perfect fit for this Regency romance.... Her voice is textured and full of emotion, and her British accent draws the listener into the story.... Eyre varies her narration as the story moves from passionate romance to humor and scheming. She gives each character a unique voice - from the determined-sounding Miranda to the deeper, more forceful tone of Sebastian. Listeners will eagerly await the next installment in this new trilogy." (AudioFile)
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By Lady M on 03-07-17

A True Historical Romance Novel

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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By K. Norton on 06-01-17

Annoying narrator and poor writing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The author uses the word HER throughout the story CONSTANTLY. Then on top of that the performer has such an irritating way of saying her Hs in words. Even if the word does not have the letter H in it the narrator still puts it in there HHHHHHHHHello HHHHHHHHow ahhhhhre are yhhhhhhhou you. That is how she talks throughout the audio which is super annoying I wonder if the author even listened to her own story via audio. Also the performer Ms Eyre made the hero sound like a moron nothing attractive in her performance of the hero. Never want to purchase an audio by her again

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