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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville


The Duke of Dark Desires
The Wild Quartet # 4
By: Miranda Neville
Releasing December 30th, 2014
Avon




Blurb
Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours…

Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified-to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him. Somehow Julian must find a way to make her succumb to temptation … without losing his heart and revealing the haunting mistakes of his past.

Desired: Duke skilled in the seductive art of conversation…

Lady Jeanne de Falleron didn’t seek a position as a governess simply to fall into bed with the Duke of Denford. Under the alias of Jane Grey, she must learn which of the duke’s relatives is responsible for the death of her family-and take her revenge. She certainly can’t afford the distraction of her darkly irresistible employer, or the smoldering desire he ignites within her.

But as Jane discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she’s faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for Julian: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she’s sworn to kill?

My Thoughts:
Let me express how much I loved The Duke of Dark Desires. What a fantastic story about one woman's pursuit for vengeance and a man living by his own rules. Oh my goodness, I didn't know what to expected when I started to read this book, other than "Yes, Julian's story." Seriously, an incredible journey. Okay, I better get on with the rest of my thoughts and why I thought this was fantastic.

LOVE Julian! He's a marvelous character. I mean he paints himself as this dark, brooding man that people should be afraid to cross paths. However, if they got to know him they would see there is more to him than what he presents. I love that Jane sees right through him, and she even tells him what she thinks of him:
"I wouldn't want you to be a saint, merely a halfway decent man. And I believe that you are and always were. You like to pretend to be devilish with your black garments and your long hair and your twisted smile but you don't deceive me. You were never black as you pretend. There is a soft heart underneath that alarming shell."
Love that. He truly is a decent guy. However, certain events in his life kind of made him jaded, and who wouldn't after certain things in his life.

Jane, where do I begin with her. Amazing character. Ever since her family was murder, she has been on the course to find the culprit and find justice and peace. However, we know that vengeance is never the answer, it just sounds like a great idea at the time. Having a character fueled for vengeance makes Jane an interesting character. Not only does she feeds off that, but she's intelligent and poise. This helps her guide Julian's half-sisters. We can't forget Julian's half-sisters, because they are kind of important to the story. After all if it wasn't for them Julian and Jane would probably have a hard time crossing paths, but I think Jane would have found another way.

The dynamics between Julian and Jane are incredible. At first, there interactions feel like one giant cat and mouse game. Each one trying to outwit the other in the game of seduction, of course this intrigues Julian. During this cat and mouse game, they both start to respect one another and slowly enjoy one another's company; eventually it turns into foreplay.

Here's the bottom line: LOVED The Duke of Dark Desire, because masterful story. I love how it all starts with one big cat and mouse game that transform into something more. There wasn't one dull moment, and at times had me holding my breath. I did get a knot in my stomach cause I was worry that Julian might seek out being a proper duke for his sister. We can't have that happen. By the end I was shedding those happy tears, because Julian and Jane found happiness amidst the darkness in their lives. Just beautiful and enjoyed every moment.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss 





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Author Info
MIRANDA NEVILLE grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby’s rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont. She loves hearing from readers and may be reached through her website.

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