Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Darian Hunter: Duke of Desire by Carole Mortimer

Darian Hunter: Duke of Desire
Release date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

The Players:

Darian Hunter, Duke of Wolfingham: legendary rake and notorious bachelor

Mariah Beecham, Countess of Carlisle: society's scandalous widow and secret agent of the crown

The Stage:

A notoriously debauched house party

The Scene:

Forced to pose as lovers, Darian and Mariah must work together to stop an assassination plot

The Twist:

As the shocking and oh-so-sensual games play out around them, the romantic ruse becomes all too real. And the tantalizing temptation to indulge their every desire becomes overwhelming…

My Rating: 5 Roses

A lovely and engaging historical romance, Darian Hunter: Duke of Desire was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a sweet read that I really enjoyed.

Mariah was a great heroine. She had a terrible marriage that made her miserable for years but, rather than let it keep her down, she instead became a successful spy who could pry the secrets out of any man. She was strong, independent, and very protective of her loved ones. I thought she was a wonderful character.

Darian didn't leave the best first impression. He came off as a judgmental jerk with the way he assumed the worst of Mariah at first, because of her scandalous reputation. But, as the book went on, my view of him changed. He proved himself to be clever, fiercely loyal to the people he cared about, and very sweet when he wanted to be. I thought he was great, as well.

The romance was lovely. Despite their rocky relationship at first, it didn't take long for it to be clear that they were perfect for each other. Both clever, independently minded, and more than they appeared on the surface, they were well matched. And they definitely had some chemistry sizzling between them.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. Though the mystery of the traitor was interesting, it was more on the back-burner, the majority of the book focused on Darian and Mariah's growing relationship. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Darian Hunter: Duke of Desire was a lovely historical romance that I really liked. It was a sweet read that I really enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. Happy you loved it and enjoyed your review.

  2. Glad to hear that :) Thanks for visiting!

  3. In the age of YA and contemporaries, it is so refreshing to read historical romances. Definitely checking this out. :)

  4. It's always great to read historicals :) Glad to hear you want to read it!