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.
"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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A True Historical Romance Novel
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
- Lady M
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.
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.
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.
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.