Title: If the Duke Demands
Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can't wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she's swept into rock-hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she's horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent—Robert's formidable older brother.
Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: he'll help her win his brother's heart if she'll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself.
The first book in Anna Harrington's new sexy Regency trilogy about the Carlisle brothers—three unrepentant rakes who become respectable gentlemen when family tragedy strikes.
Author: Anna Harrington
Series: Capturing the Carlisles #1
Published by Forever Source: Publisher
Published: February 28th 2017
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance
Pages: 368 pages
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Miranda has known the Carlisle boys since she was a kid. She was always viewed as the little sister of the group, but now grown up, and wants Robert to see her as the woman she’s become. Conventional ways haven’t worked, so she takes matters into her own hands by sneaking into his room. Dressed to seduce the man of her dreams, only the man in the room ends up not being Robert, but his older brother, Sebastian. Oh no! What to do??
After agreeing to keep this indiscretion to himself, Sebastian and Miranda agree to help each other find love in the coming season in London. He will help her win Robert’s heart, and she will help him find the perfect duchess to do the dukedom proud.
Miranda is full of life! Vivacious, fun, very loving, and liking what London has to offer! She’s a sassy thing and Sebastian finds it harder and harder to not notice everything about her. Ever since his father passed and he’s felt guilty of not saying goodbye, he’s been swamped with obligations. Blinded by the dukedom, Miranda offers him a breath of fresh air and lightens his dark existence. She brings him out of his doldrums! They try to do right by the pact they made, but are inexplicably drawn to each other. They find common ground and although surprising, can not seem to resist tempting the other.
I loved Miranda from the start! She was belle of the ball so to speak and she was loving everything happening to her! Well, she was, until Sebastian made it clear that although he fancies her, she could never be a duchess. She was below his station and with his first priority being the Duke of Trent, he could never entertain marrying her-love be damned!
I liked Sebastian when he wasn’t being an ass! He did have feelings for Miranda and is struggling to come to grips with what he wants vs. his obligations. He was in total denial. If he said he needed a proper duchess one more time, I was going to kill him! He was utterly frustrating to say the least! I felt so sad for Miranda as all she wanted was to love Sebastian, and for him to be happy! She tries to show him that he can be the duke and also be the man he was. He felt that was impossible to do. He was slow in coming to the realization he could be both, but he ultimately came around-finally. Miranda should’ve made him work a bit more for her, but her love was just blinding her that she didn’t care. She only wanted him and a HEA she deserved!
If the Duke Demands is book one in the new series Capturing the Carlisles by Anna Harrington, and it was a good start! It has a fun and flirty air which is nice considering London and the Ton can be totally suffocating with their snobbiness and rules! I’ll be looking forward to book two, When the Scoundrel Sins about Quinn!