Monday, April 8, 2013

What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries + Featured Freebie

What the Duke Desires  (The Duke's Men, #1)Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, accepted long ago that his kidnapped brother was dead. When a cryptic note from investigator Tristan Bonnaud claims otherwise, Max seeks out Tristan’s sister, Lisette—and is infuriated to learn that Tristan has also mysteriously vanished. Have the siblings perpetrated an elaborate hoax? Or is the fiercely protective beauty as innocent as she claims them to be?
Fearful that the powerful Duke will destroy Tristan’s career in his zeal for the truth, the clever Lisette convinces Max to accompany her to Paris in a joint search for their loved ones. But their journey takes a seductive twist when they pose as an ordinary husband and wife—not an English Duke with a tarnished family name and the illegitimate daughter of a viscount—and discover an exhilarating passion free from the damning secrets of the past. With the line between danger and desire enticingly blurred, they discover that some mysteries, like those of the heart, are answered tenfold in the bliss of a true and trusting love.

My Rating: 5/5

Loved it! What the Duke Desires was a top notch historical romance. Definitely a delightful read.


I loved how this book was different than most historical romances. Historical romance tend to have the same few plots over and over, though I don't mind that predictability. However, this book had a different idea to it that I haven't seen before. But, of course, we still have the sweet romance and happy ending. 

I loved Lisette. She was a brilliant heroine. She was very likable and came off as a great character right away. She was strong and didn't let anyone walk all over her. Not even Max, when he was acting too "dukely." I liked that she was understanding and knew to reserve judgement. It was a nice change from heroines who jump to conclusions. Honestly, there is absolutely nothing but good I can say about her. 

Max was just as wonderful. He had me falling for him immediately. He was so sweet. He would do anything for his loved ones, evidenced by the way he reacted to news about his brother and by his protectiveness over Lisette. Despite being a duke, he was very down to earth. Basically, he was absolutely perfect.

Lisette and Max's romance was adorable. These two were so cute together! And they definitely had some serious heat that could turn scorching. They were a lovely couple :)

I loved Lisette's brothers. They were great characters, even though they didn't appear much in this book. Here's hoping that they get their stories in the upcoming books in the series!

The plot was was fast paced and I was hooked from beginning to end. There were thrills along the way as Max and Lisette attempted to track Tristan down. And a few surprises that I never saw coming. The ending, of course, was a delightful, sweet conclusion. I'm really looking forward to reading the next books in this series.

I loved this book; it was absolutely brilliant. Romance lovers, you really have to read What the Duke Desires! 

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Pocket Books for a copy!
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1203 A.D. - Our heroine is the illegitimate daughter of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany. The Lady Elizabeau Treveighan was sent to foster at a very young age, her identity known only to a herself and the earl who fostered her. When her half-brother Prince Arthur is murdered and rumors begin to fly that the opposition to King John intends to marry her to a Teutonic prince and supplant her and her new husband as the rulers of England, she suddenly becomes a very hot, and very dangerous, commodity. 

Enter our hero. 

Sir Rhys du Bois is charged with keeping Elizabeau safe until her arranged marriage can occur, but the task turns into one of monumental proportions. It's one harrowing flight after another as Rhys tries to keep Elizabeau from harm's way. Somewhere in the process, they fall madly in love with each other and the knight finds himself battling duty and love in order to stay on task. Torn, but with a tremendous sense of duty, he cannot escape the feelings that are swamping him, and Elizabeau does not make it easy for him. Her love for him supersedes her loyalty to her country, and to a family name that has only meant heartache for her. When Elizabeau is finally captured by the king's men and slated for execution under the charge of treason, Rhys will risk everything to save her from the executioner's sword. However, Rhys is betrayed by another knight and soon, he too is slated for the executioner's axe. As Rhys and Elizabeau face death together, allies come together for a covert operation that will save both their lives. It's a race against time before King John's men can execute the last legitimate heiress to the throne and her protector turned lover.

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