If the Duke Demands
Capturing the Carlisles #1
by Anna Harrington
Publisher ~ Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Genres ~ Historical Romance
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.
Author Anna Harrington does a great job of setting up the reader's interest in the Carlisle brothers Sebastian, Robert and Quinton in this book 1 of the Capturing the Carlisles series. Each of these sensual men have an entirely different personality that will attract the female readers to want to read their stories.
Sebastian is portrayed in a manner that will make your heart ache for who he was and what he has become since he became a reformed rake. The reader will have compassion for him thus wanting him to find a happy ever after in-spite of his misguided belief system. He comes across as is a very interesting man with a lot of facets to his personality. I enjoyed his understanding and interaction with his rascal brothers as well as how he protects and loves his mother and sister. Even Miranda was not left out from his protection which causes all kinds of havoc in this story that made me laugh and yes even cry.
Miranda is fun and she makes me smile. She is arresting in all senses of the way, loves her life, is confident in who she is and that attribute is very attractive in a female character. Her love for life is portrayed in all aspects of this book and as a reader the overall impression of this book is hope.
For this reason, I give it 4 STARS and am excitedly looking forward to reading When the Scoundrel Sins #2 of this series.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
My Reviews Of The Capturing the Carlisles Series
I fell in love with historical romances and all things Regency—and especially all those dashing Regency heroes—while living in England, where I spent most of my time studying the Romantic poets, reading Jane Austen, and getting lost all over the English countryside.
When I read my first Regency romance in 2012, I was hooked and longed to create my own independent and spirited heroines and dashing heroes. The best part of writing historical romances is falling into history—to live in the world of Regency England through my characters, with dazzling balls, beautiful dresses, and gorgeous houses that I would otherwise never be able to experience. I love the period’s rich history and find that all those rules of etiquette and propriety can be worked to the heroine’s advantage…if she’s daring enough to seize her dreams.
In addition to earning my degrees in the U.S., I have studied theatre in London, Mexican history in Guadalajara, and Spanish in Ecuador. I am an avid traveler and have enjoyed visiting schools and volunteering with children's organizations in Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, and Mexico, and I have amassed thousands of photos I unleash on unsuspecting friends who dare to ask about my travels.
I love to be outdoors! I've been hiking in Alaska, the Andes, and the Alps, including one week spent dangling off the via ferrata in the Italian Dolomites, and I love whitewater rafting (when I don't fall in!). I earned my pilot’s license at Chicago Midway (To all the controllers in Chicago Center—I greatly apologize for every problem I caused for you and Southwest Airlines), and it is my dream to one-day fly in a hot-air balloon over Africa.
I adore all things chocolate, shamelessly dive into ice cream of any flavor, and guzzle Kona coffee by the gallon. A Doctor Who fanatic (everyone says my house is bigger on the inside), I am a terrible cook who hopes to one day use my oven for something other than shoe storage. When I'm not writing, I like to spend my time trying not to kill the innocent rose bushes in my garden.
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