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What the Duke Desires (Duke's Men) Mass Market Paperback – 18 Jun 2013

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (18 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145169346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451693461
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sabrina Jeffries is the"New York Times"and"USA TODAY"bestselling author of several Regency-set historical romance series, including the Royal Brotherhood, the School for Heiresses, the Hellions of Halstead Hall, the Duke s Men, and the Sinful Suitors. Whatever time is not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions: jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, music, and costume parties. With more than eight million books in print in twenty languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. She always dreams big.

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Originally published at The Rookie Romance Blog.

What the Duke Desires is a sweet and passionate romance, it was brilliant with an engaging plot. It made me laugh and cry, and had a gripping start that sucked me straight into the story.

Lisette is the illegitimate daughter of a Viscount, who is left penniless with her mother and brother, when her father dies unexpectedly and her half-brother, George, refuses to acknowledge their father's deathbed attempt to leave them provided for. Lisette and her family leave England, and return to their mother's home in France. Years later, and Lisette returns to England, to live with her other half-brother, Dom, and help him with his business.
Then Max, the Duke of Lyons, bursts into her life, declaring that Tristan has contacted him to claim that his long ago abducted brother is in fact alive. He also believes that Tristan is most likely a swindler, trying to prey on his family's pain. To protect Tristan, Lisette journeys with Max to try and find him and prove his innocence. But on the journey, the sparks fly between Lisette and Max, threatening to ignite a fire in each other's hearts.

Lisette was a fab heroine. She has real trust issues when it comes to the majority of men, pretty much except her brothers. She vows to never be a man's mistress. She's strong and fearless in the face of Max's blustering, and would do anything for her family. I often find that in an effort to make the heroine strong and feisty, they can become annoying but it definitely wasn't the case with Lisette! She is considerate and has a very compassionate heart.
Max was also a fab hero! He has lots of issues, most stemming from the kidnapping of his older brother Peter and apparent madness that runs in males in his family.
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WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES is the first storyline in The Duke's Men historical romance series by Sabrina Jeffries with the introduction of Maximilian Cale aka The Duke of Lyons and the woman who will steal more than his heart but his soul and the very air that he breathes-Lisette Bonnaud.

The storyline focuses on the Duke's search for the man who claims to know the whereabouts of Max's missing and presumably dead brother and how this search will bring Max up close and personal with Lisette. When it is discovered that Lisette's brother Tristan is also missing, the couple will embark on a cross continent journey that will force Max and Lisette to pose as husband and wife to ensure her reputation stays intact.

There is much family background history revealed throughout the storyline including the introduction of Lisette's brothers and extended family of Maximilian Cale. Lisette is more than conscience and aware of her lack of social standing within society and therefore entering into any sort of relationship with the Duke, she fears will tarnish his reputation. And the Duke's family history, although most of it not public knowledge, has the man denying his feelings for the woman with whom he has fallen in love. A history of secrets, betrayal and lies will be revealed forcing Max to walk away from a future with Lisette. When spiteful and heartbreaking words are exchanged, Max knows he has damned himself to a life without the woman he loves.

The sexual tension within the storyline was hit and miss due to the continuous battle of words between the couple and, in particular the Duke's (Max) occasional snippy attitude and highbrow manner.
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I've enjoyed all of the books which I have read by Sabrina Jeffries (and there have been a few) and this was no exception. Lisette Bonnard is the illigitimate daughter of a french actress and a Viscount, who is left penniless (together with her mother and brothers Dom and Tristan) when her father dies unexpectedly and her half-brother George disowns them and accuses Tristan of stealing a horse from him (which he was actually given by his dying father). Lisette, Tristan and her mother go to France whilst Dom stays in England and sets up a private investigator business and ultimately when her mother dies Lisette moves back to England to help Dom out with his business. Then Max, Duke of Lyons comes on the scene demanding to know the whereabouts of Tristan, because Tristan has made contact with him stating that he might know the whereabout of the Duke's long lost brother (who he thought was dead) and Tristan then ends up going missing. Anyway the story continues with Max & Lisette travelling to France to try to find Tristan who they eventually find on a quaranteened ship, but not with the Duke's brother but his cousin. In the meantime mean George is having them all followed because he still holds a grudge and ends up putting Tristan in goal. This all happens around Max and Lisette's growing attraction for each other and the sorting of various doubts of why they should or shouldn't be together and ultimately Max saves the day and gets to marry the girl. I enjoyed this book, I wouldn't say it was Sabrina Jeffries best but it was an easy read.
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