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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and engaging historical romance, 1 Nov 2006
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josie82 (Fife, Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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Louisa North is a strong, independent, unmarried lady who is dedicated to her charitable work with her ladies' reform group. She has no desire at all to marry. But that is before Simon Tremaine, Duke of Foxmoor - the man Louisa once loved, and who broke her heart - comes back from India where Louisa had him exiled. When he once again begins to pay her attentions and is hell bent on wooing her into marriage - Louisa is suspicious. Does he want to marry her because he loves her - or is it revenge? But when Simon's schemes are uncovered, Louisa is determined to make him pay - with his body, soul and his heart.

Those people who have read Sabrina Jeffries Royal Brotherhood series will recognise Louise North as Marcus's sister from To Pleasure a Prince. Although dealing with the same characters - this book can definitely stand on it's own so you don't need to have read To Pleasure a Prince to enjoy and understand this book.

The book itself is wonderful. The characters are engaging and believable with Louisa being a spirited lady without being brash, and Simon an arrogant duke with a believable touch of vulnerability about him. The exchanges between the two are charged and heated and their relationship throughout the book develops beautifully and is very enjoyable to read. The story is a cat and mouse tale with lots of secrets and hidden agendas to go along with the wooing and seduction. And the background of politics and reform makes this an intelligent, fresh read yet it never becomes heavy and bogged down with political detail.

I really enjoyed Only a Duke Will Do. Sabrina Jeffries writes a fast-paced, fun and clever book that fans of historical romances are sure to love. I would definitely recommend this book for fans of Sabrina Jeffries and those looking for a romance with intelligent, strong characters and an interesting storyline - I'm sure that you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only a duke will do, 19 Feb 2009
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Mrs. Jannette Wiggins "regency nut" (North Devon England) - See all my reviews
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The series is so good have had to buy all of them and get so enthralled blow the housework
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Politics of Love, 2 Jun 2009
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Seven years ago Louisa North fell in love. The only problem was that Simon Tremaine, Duke of Foxmoor was courting her by order of the Prince Regent. Furious, humiliated and heartbroken, Louisa demanded justice. So Simon was packed off to become Governor of India, leaving his political ambitions in tatters.

Now Simon is back, and his interest in Louisa is as intense as ever. But can she ever trust him? Especially now that she has political aspirations of her own.

Louisa is an independent spinster who has learned to control not only her feelings, but her life, thanks to Simon's betrayal. And yet she still finds him hard to resist, particularly now he claims to have changed - and shows evidence that it might even be true.

Simon is as devious and ambitious as ever, though Louisa tests him to his limits. They're a well-matched pair, equally secretive and wary, ambitious and passionate, and Jeffries stirs their emotions into a fever pitch amidst the machinations and demands of politics and reform.

As well researched and written as always, the second book in the 'School for Heiresses' series belongs more to Jeffries' last series 'The Royal Brotherhood'. It continues the story of Louisa and Simon that began in To Pleasure a Prince (Royal Brotherhood), though the letters between Headmistress Charlotte and Cousin Michael maintain the ties. Because of this I think it is probably my least favourite of the series. Having said that, it's still a thoroughly enjoyable read that immerses the reader in politics and love.

If you like your historical romance with both substance and history, Jeffries is always an excellent choice.

(For those interested in Simon's cousin - Colin Hunt - check out the The School for Heiresses anthology, where his arrival in England collides with the outspoken Eliza Crenshaw who made a brief appearance here.)
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