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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding.
Edward Byron, tenth Duke of Clybourne, had been trained from an early age not to show emotions. No matter the provocations, a peer is always in control of both his thoughts and feelings. His marriage has been arranged to Lady Claire Marsden since he was a lad. When duty finally requires he wed, Edward decides the long-standing arrangement will do nicely. Edward thought...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Childhood engagement
Edward Byron, the Duke of Clybourne, has been engaged to Lady Claire Marsden since he was 11 and she was a newborn. As it becomes time for him to marry, he decides that Claire will in fact be suitable; the only problem is, that she doesn't want to marry him. Not because she doesn't like him (she does, very much) but because she knows he doesn't love her.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding., 15 Jan 2010
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Detra Fitch (USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: At the Duke's Pleasure (Mass Market Paperback)
Edward Byron, tenth Duke of Clybourne, had been trained from an early age not to show emotions. No matter the provocations, a peer is always in control of both his thoughts and feelings. His marriage has been arranged to Lady Claire Marsden since he was a lad. When duty finally requires he wed, Edward decides the long-standing arrangement will do nicely. Edward thought his betrothed would be thrilled when he finally sends word that their wedding date is nearing. He quickly learns otherwise.

Lady Claire is twenty-one by the time Edward decides they are to wed. Claire has been in love with Edward since she met him five years ago. However, Claire does not wish to be wed without her love being returned, even if that means becoming a spinster. Claire informs Edward up front that she does not want a dutiful marriage, but rather a love match. When he refuses to release her from their engagement, Claire decides that her only escape is to force Edward to jilt her. Therefore, during the Season, Claire engages in various eyebrow-raising peccadilloes in hopes of Edward jilting her. Instead, Edward realizes her game and picks up her thrown gauntlet.

At the same time, Edward is secretly working to uncover the identity of a spy buried deep within the system - a mole who had access to information at the highest levels of government. Does Lady Claire even stand a chance of shaking Edward up, when even a dangerous spy fails?

***** FIVE STARS! Who could NOT love a lady with the courage to stand up for herself? I was thrilled as each antic Claire engaged in turned out to be grander than the one before! By the last one, Claire even had me admitting that I would never have dared to go half as far. Tracy Anne Warren has brazenly shown that she is one of the best Regency Romance authors of our time! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Childhood engagement, 2 Aug 2010
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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Edward Byron, the Duke of Clybourne, has been engaged to Lady Claire Marsden since he was 11 and she was a newborn. As it becomes time for him to marry, he decides that Claire will in fact be suitable; the only problem is, that she doesn't want to marry him. Not because she doesn't like him (she does, very much) but because she knows he doesn't love her.

And herein lies the first problem, one afflicting so many historical romances these days. Claire doesn't want to marry the man she loves because he doesn't love her, she'd rather behave so dreadfully that he washes his hands of her and never sees her again. Erm, really?

And Claire's behaviour is really bad. She comes across as a stupid, spoilt young girl who has no thought for others rather than herself. Edward becomes more and more amazing as he puts up with her behaviour and, the second major problem, somehow it makes him fall in love with her. Yes, that's really going to happen.

The book requires that heroine and hero are at odds for most of the time, although Edward's amazing forbearance somewhat blunts Claire's success. He decides to try to seduce her to get his own way, although apart from this he seems fairly unselfish in this book. The big problem for this reader was the unlikeable heroine Claire. I can't find myself rejoicing that Edward finally got her as I think he got a bad bargain there!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Byron families saga, 22 Jan 2013
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Love the continuing family thread as always enjoyable to read to see what happens to all the characters. Will look forward to similar reads
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