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What A Gentleman Wants (Reece Family Trilogy)

What A Gentleman Wants (Reece Family Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Linden
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Two virtual strangers are swept into a sizzling, spellbinding world of daring deception and unexpected passion in Caroline Linden's thrilling new romance. . .

What A Gentleman Wants

Marcus Reese, Duke of Essex, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel. . .completely out of control.

Hannah can't help but curse her own idiocy. Dire straits have led her to the altar with a gentleman she hardly knows. Played for a fool, she's embarrassed, furious, and worse, married to an equally outraged stranger--an exasperating man who unleashes all manner of emotions in Hannah, not to mention unwanted desire. Reluctantly, she agrees to play the wife until he can sort out the mess. But the nearness of the undeniably attractive Duke and the passion in his black eyes unsettles her well-guarded heart--making her want to do so much more than "act" the role of blissful bride. . .

Praise for Caroline Linden's What a Woman Needs

"A skillful blend of scorching sensuality and the tenderness that tempers passion. . .don't miss it!" --Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0821779311
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (1 Sep 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779316
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. Despite an addiction to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, she studied physics and dreamed of being an astronaut. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight, but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel--and it was much more fun than writing computer code. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. She lives with her family in New England.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Romantic and Great Characters! 23 July 2006
By KMont
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hannah Preston is an unassuming widow of the late vicar to Middleborough, twenty-five miles from the jaded influence of London society. When David Reece barrels into town one fine spring day, she's dismayed, though not surprised, to find herself the caretaker for the spoiled aristocratic man after he injures himself while carriage racing. As the weeks pass, the two form a genuine friendship that ends up in a most unexpected way--marriage. Unfortunate circumstances led her blindly to the alter and she winds up married not to a man she thought she could live with, but to his cold and haughty brother instead!

Marcus Reece, duke of Exeter, has pulled his brother up by the collar all their lives, but this time his reckless sibling has gone too far. In a bold move that may well be the worst affront to his ducal personage, his brother has gone and gotten married--but using Marcus's name! To the world, he and this provincial vicar's widow are legally wed, and he cannot break his family's heart by denying it. When he purposely embroils Hannah in a thin web of lies, he finds beneath her country demeanor a woman far more capable of grace and wisdom than many ladies frequenting society's soirees. What's a strict, emotionless duke to do with a willful and headstrong pretend wife? It shall not be anything involving tender emotions! Or will it?

The main ingredient that caught my attention right off was the characters. From the duke, Marcus, and Hannah to Marcus's stepmother Rosalind, this book shines with characters that make the story come to life. Marcus is a cold and guarded man, but with good reason. He is the caretaker of his family and he takes his job seriously.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming love story 4 July 2008
By Lulu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A wonderful tale that captured my attention right from the beginning. The interaction between H/H was so tangible that you actually forget you're reading a book, you are so caught up in the tale. This was great writing fom Ms Linden.
I like the fact it wasn't angsty and there was no silly misundertanding. It did have was a little bit of suspense though, but that didn't distract from the story itself.
If you want a charming love story, this is it.
This book had its smile moments, especially when Hannah's daughter, the 4yr old Molly calls the proud Duke of Exeter, Mr Excetra! And she used his bedroom for her hide and seek games:)

The dialogue between H/H was great. Loved Hannah's fiestiness,she was not prepared to back down from the ice-cold, rigid duke. And she gave as good as she got. I loved how Marcus went from this cold, proud man to one with a heart as he started to fall in love with Hannah.
And the love scene when he finds he can't let her go, phew!!! that was well done!

I loved the secondary characters of his stepmother and sister, Celia, who loved Hannah from the begining and tried every trick possible to throw these two together, first when they thought something was wrong with the marriage and later when they found out the truth that Marcus and Hannah weren't really married.
And it was nice to see his brother David, goes from being utterly useless and selfish, to redeeming himself totally in the end. Which sets him nicely for his book, 'What a Rogue Desires"

'A Rake's Guide to Seduction' is Celia's story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather slow and not very believable 16 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As the other reviewers say, this book has quite a promising premise - they're married because his brother put his name down, and not his own.

But for me, the whole book didn't work. The pace was really slow - we don't even meet the hero for the first few chapters. And the characters end up feeling like puppets on strings - doing odd things which are not rational or consistent with their characters (such as they are developed). For instance, the brother does an about-turn - being a reckless young man, then offering marriage, then reverting to being a reckless young man. I'm never clear why he suddenly came over all caring.

Marcus' mother and sister are obtuse to the point of TSTL, and seriously, is not disappointing your mother a good reason to stay married to a stranger, and not insist that your brother follow through what he started?

There is also quite a bit of the Cinderella thing in this book - does she love him or does she just love the dresses? of which copious amounts are bought for her, of course.

For me, it didn't work. That's not to say you won't like it, clearly others do, but I couldn't believe in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB!!! 29 Dec 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A man (David) wishes to make amends to the way of his life; offers marriage to a woman than chickens out as he is to become a father and husband all at once. He goes through the marriage in the name of his elder twin (Marcus). Naturally his brother is not happy but Hannah is just what Marcus needs. All the other characters are lovely and the story unfolds with a twist.

A wonderful book. I loved it! and recommend it along with What a woman needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST YET 15 Jun 2011
By minniep
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I finished this last night at 3am- unable to put it down. Such wonderful bed-time story. Bought her next one= another late night!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really nice read!
Marcus Reese, Duke of Essex, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. He accepted this as his lot until his brother forges his name to a marriage license... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SusieQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Caroline Linden - What a Gentleman Wants
I have enjoyed the story line of this author and would not hesitate to read more of her novels and if you like these sort of story lines like I do then it's the book for you. Read more
Published 11 months ago by vickyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever concept makes fresh and enticing!
Loved the concept of this anthology all the individual tales picking up a key character from those assembled for the Duke's wedding and it worked. Read more
Published 16 months ago by TroublewithTribbles
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment
Really enjoyed this book from Caroline Linden, and will read the other Reece series. Much more content to this book.
Published on 4 Oct 2012 by Suzie
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing Pages!
I was happily enjoying reading this book until I got to what should have been page 129 and the continuity hit rock bottom. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by dennie778
2.0 out of 5 stars what a reader wants
The story was good but oh dear please do your homework before leaping into describing early nineteenth century britain. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by cranky history lover
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful romance
This is the first book that I have read by this author. I decided to read it based on other peoples reviews. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Sarahj
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