Pages: 384 pages
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Intro: Today was bad. My computer crashed while I was drafting out another review. Not fun. I thought I was going to have to buy another laptop because no matter how many times people say you can replace a laptop with a phone—you cannot. I am happy to say, however, that in the midst of the treachery that was today, I can fondly remember the beauty that was The Duke of Dark Desires. It was a reading highlight of the year---young as this year may be.
Heroine: Jane-She was just plain old awesome. She was the epitome of what I think every heroine should be. She was so smart and strong but had a vulnerability about her. She also never let Julian take advantage of her.
Hero: Julian-Julian is a hero that I think I would have disliked if this book had been written by just about any other author. He could have turned out to be a caricature of himself…too cartoonish but he didn’t. He did have all those qualities that made him a bad boyish rake but he also was quite sweet and kind. It does take him a while to show his kind side but it was there.
Chemistry: I loved these two together. There is a definite give and take between them. They each have something to offer each other aside from the obvious. Jane brought out Julian’s kindness and Julian brought out Jane’s moxie. They were perfect.
Conclusion: I’m such a big fan of Miranda Neville. She never disappoints and I love her books so much. I loved this one as well. Julian and Jane had this amazing chemistry that just read so real and I don’t encounter that very often. I also found myself liking Julian’s sisters. I don’t often like children in books but they were so well-developed as characters. I cannot wait for Miranda Neville’s next book.
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.