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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville

The Duke of Dark Desires (The Wild Quartet, #4)Publisher: Avon
 ISBN: 0062243349
 Pages: 384 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical
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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 Review:

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.

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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.

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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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  1. Thank you for hosting today! So happy you loved it!

  2. Wow, what a review! Best of the Best and five stars! Whoopee! Now for sure I gotta get this book so I can read about the whole governess thing... :-) Thanks for the post.



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