If the Duke Demands (Capturing the Carlisles #1)

Author: Anna Harrington

Publisher: Forever 

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

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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.


Review: A delicious new series from Anna Harrington will always get me reading. She combines the setting of the past with the crushes, squabbles, and same sorts of feelings we can all relate to in the challenging game of love. I really enjoyed the female character in this one.

Miranda was orphaned as a young girl and went to live with her aunt and uncle who ran a farm on the Carlisle estate. She was raised with the four Carlisle children as friends and always thought of then a such except for Robert. Him she idolized. Unfortunately for her romantic feelings, he didn’t reciprocate the love. Oh, he cared deeply for her as a friend. Just not as a future romantic partner.

Sebastian still felt the guilt of not being at his father’s bedside when he died. He’d been determined to put the Dukedom first, and his feelings and desires second. He was to take care of his family and do what was expected. His feelings weren’t important. Or were they? After years of only seeing Miranda as the troublesome little girl she’d been, she startled him one night by showing up virtually nude in his bed. After that, he had no trouble seeing her as the beautiful woman she was.

But she wasn’t for him, right? She wasn’t what society expected of a duchess. She made him happy, though, and shouldn’t that count?

Great story with heat and emotion. Loved it, thanks!

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