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.
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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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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.
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5 out of 5 stars
I have loved every book by Anna Harrington to date, but If the Duke Demands, the first book in her Capturing the Carlisles series, is by far my favorite. This book was an absolutely flawless historical romance read. I read the book in a matter of hours because I absolutely could not put it down. Everything about Sebastian and Miranda's love story was absolutely PERFECT!
First off, Sebastian ended up being my favorite Carlisle brother. I was so sure that I was gonna love Quinton the most, but the way that Anna brought Sebastian to life in this novel made him not only my favorite Carlisle brother, but my all-time favorite hero by this author. He was one of those tormented heroes that is only tormented because he keeps jumping to conclusions and is too stubborn to talk things out with the characters around him and for some reason stubborn heroes like that always manage to worm their way into my heart.
As for Miranda she was an interesting heroine. Her whole crush on Robert never really made any sense to me, but I commend her for the lengths she was willing to go to for him to notice her especially since the awkward and hilarious situation led to Sebastian being the one that noticed her.
As for the romance in this novel, I really enjoyed it. I felt like everything progressed at a really steady pace that wasn't too fast nor too slow but still allowed me as a reader to really become invested in these characters' love story. By the end I 100% believed these two were in love which is always my end goal when reading any romance, so as a result I found this book to be a very satisfying read.
Aside from the romance and the hero and heroine, I also really enjoyed reading about the other characters in this book at least what we get to see of them. It was really nice to get glimpses of the couples from the previous books all happy and I also enjoyed learning more about Robert and Quinton in preparation for the future books in this series.
Overall, I loved this book so much! It truly was Anna Harrington best book so far and I'm excited to see how she is going to outdo herself next. And of course if you haven't picked up a book by this author yet, I highly recommend you do so ASAP!!!