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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Forever Romance Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: If the Duke Demands by Anna Harrington


If the Duke Demands
Capturing the Carlisles: Book 1
Anna Harrington
Forever
February 28, 2017



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.

My Thoughts:
After reading How I Married a Marquess, I totally a book about the brothers. They sounded like men about the town. They were getting into scrapes and I was like, "I need more of them." I was excited to hear they were getting their own books, but had to wait. Now the wait is over and her comes Sebastian Carlisle, the Duke of Trent. Now he use to run around town chasing everything and anything until is his father died. After that took on the mantle of the Dukedom to heart, and along the way lost himself. 

Now Miranda Hodgkins has been a family friend since coming to live with her aunt and uncle. A rambunctious child growing up, she was a the perfect friend to the Carlisle. On top of that she has a huge crush on the middle Carlisle, Robert. This is where it gets a little crazy and good. Basically, Robert plans to start courting Diana Morgan, and this is Miranda's last chance to tell him how she feels and show that she would be the perfect lady for him. She comes up with a convoluted plan that gets her in trouble. This is where Sebastian and Miranda come together; he helps her get Robert's attention while she helps him find the perfect wife. Sounds like a splendid plan. However, lines are cross and things change. 

You know what I had fun with this story. If the Duke Demands was definitely entertaining and I couldn't put the book down. I love that you watch Miranda go from country bumpkin to a mature young lady, but the stodgy Duke has to get over his ideals of what the perfect wife should be. It was fun to see Sebastian to go from wild and crazy to stodgy to finding the perfect balance. However, it wasn't easy for him. I can't wait for more from these brothers. The younger ones definitely sound like a hoot. I'm going to be perfectly honest, I'm hoping Robert doesn't marry Diana. I'm secretly hoping for that she runs away with another guy. Anyway, those are my thoughts. 

My Favorite Lines:
"Congratulation," she told him icily. "You've become a true peer. Just as arrogant and cold-hearted as the rest of them."

Excerpt:
Her eyes narrowed as she took in that bit of dubious advice and contemplated what he asked of her, with a curious look of deep study and concentration. For a moment, her expression was damnably disconcerting as she tried to think up a compliment to give him, as if she had never truly noticed him before as a man. Which inexplicably irked him to no end. How could she have not noticed him before as someone other than the Duke of Trent, other than just a friend?
“What you’re asking of me is impossible.” She shook her head with a soft sigh of defeat. “Every man in this room knows the rank you hold, the power and influence you’re gaining in Parliament. As for the ladies, you should have seen the way they all watched you when you crossed the room to ask me to dance.” She shrugged. “What could I possibly add to what everyone has already told you about how wonderful you are?”
He stared at her, momentarily stunned speechless. What she’d just said was exactly the kind of compliment a man wanted to hear from a beautiful woman . . .
And he didn’t believe a word of it. When he saw her lips twitch with amusement, his eyes narrowed. “You are incorrigible.”
She laughed happily. “Perhaps.” Her eyes shined, and for a brief moment, she shifted closer, somehow rising up on tiptoes as she danced to bring her mouth close to his ear. “But it is all true, you know.”
Then she pulled back into her original position and looked at him shyly through lowered lashes even as the tip of her tongue darted out to wet her lips. The paradoxical effect of innocent seduction was mesmerizing, and for a moment, he forgot they were dancing in the middle of a crowded ballroom. For a moment, there was only Miranda. And the pull of her was undeniable.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna Harrington fell in love with historical romances--and all those dashing Regency heroes--while living in London, where she studied literature and theatre. She loves to travel, fly airplanes, and hike, and when she isn't busy writing her next novel, she loves fussing over her roses in her garden.


Extra author goodies:
Anna will be hosting a release party on Facebook, there will be giveaways, contests and guest posts from romance authors in addition to a special sneak peek at the end of the night.
If you can’t attend the Facebook party, or are just interested in learning behind the scenes information about Anna’s books, be sure to visit the “extras” page on her website for deleted scenes, insider info, and bonus shorts.

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