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If the Duke Demands (Capturing the Carlisles #1)

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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 f ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Forever
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Mar 13, 2017 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it did not like it
Why the fuck is the average rating for this book like 4.3 when I spent 75% of the book wanting to bash the stuffings out of the main love interest with a rusty one-pointed morning star?

But ugh. Since everyone loves it, allow me to present MY version of it.

If The Duke Demands - Khanh's Version

*Main Characters*
Trent: duke, main love interest. Stodgy and with a stick in his ass bigger than the Washington Monument

Miranda: an orphan who runs an orphanage, in case the author hasn't made her life tragi
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Joanita
Mar 02, 2017 Joanita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr2017

What is worse than reading a most anticipated book and hating it from the beginning? Loving a book until the half mark and then having it go up in flames.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Okay, let’s start with what I loved:
✔ I love the mistaken identity trope, being in love with the wrong brother/friend and then realising it’s been the other one for you all along.
✔ Watching Miranda and Sebastian slowly fall for each other, noticing things they suddenly find attractive that they never noticed before.
✔ The unco

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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'If the Duke Demands' by Anna Harrington is book One in the "Capturing the Carlisles" series. This is the story of Miranda and Sebastian. Miranda thinks she is in love with Robert, who is Sebastian brother. Miranda has known Sebastian and his family since she was young girl. Which to Miranda it makes them think of her as a young girl still. But she is 21 years old and she wants Robert to notice her as a women. But Robert is looking to court someone else so Miranda tries to sneak into his room at ...more
Phoenix77
Feb 15, 2017 Phoenix77 rated it it was ok
Meh...
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Due to some back-room shenanigans the pressure is off of me to deliver a concise, structured review for this story. Instead, I’ll share my rather plain spoken thoughts.

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This entire story can be summed up in one word: Melodramatic. The character issues are overdone, the feelings they feel are all over the top and the scenes never seem natural. Even if I could get over the soap-opera feel of the story it was difficult to find a character that I enjoyed with the exception of the hero’s mother
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Dianne
Feb 22, 2017 Dianne rated it it was amazing
The Carlisle boys knew her as a child, she was like a little sister, but Miranda is all grown up now and she wants Robert Carlisle to see her as a woman, not the little girl she used to be. What better way to show him than to creep into his chambers in an alluring costume and seduce the man of her dreams? But even the best laid plans can go awry, but Miranda NEVER expected to enter the wrong chamber and find herself being kissed by the Duke of Trent, Robert’s older brother, Sebastian. Can you sa ...more
Didi
This is a mix of childhood friends to lovers, love for the wrong brother, and the Cinderella story. If you have read many historical romance before, you're familiar with this formula: Common girl fell in love with an aristocrat, said aristocrat loved her back but need to find suitable wife from peer, etc etc; or variation of such. That's the gist of the story here.

Though first in a series, If the Duke Demands connected with earlier series of the author's with couple of characters from that seri
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Shannon
Feb 06, 2017 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This is the first book in many months that I struggled to put down. I started this book around 10:30 or 11 pm, thinking I would just read a chapter or two before I went to sleep... before I knew it 4 am rolled around and I begrudgingly (after having reached 50% of the book), went to sleep.

Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words."
Dot Salvagin
Jan 22, 2017 Dot Salvagin rated it it was amazing
Humorous….no ….it is absolutely hysterical at times. There is sexual tension, hijinks and confusion all adding up to a delightful read. Sebastian knows that the orphaned ward of his tenant farmer, Miranda, is not the woman of society standing that he needs for his Duchess but he can’t seem to help himself in his obsessive lusting after her. Miranda, wants Robert but there is something compelling her toward Sebastian. This is a fun book that is witty without being silly and dramatic without ever ...more
Juliana Philippa
Her eyes widened as an idea struck her. Sebastian's heart skipped in warning. Whenever Miranda got that look on her face, trouble always followed.
Bottom Line. This is my first book by Anna Harrington and I will definitely read her again. I really enjoyed If the Duke Demands and it ended up being a one-sitting read for me. I loved the leading characters (for almost the entire book), the chemistry was sizzling, the writing was good, and the relationship development was really enjoyable.

Summary.
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Mandi Schreiner
Feb 28, 2017 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Sebastian’s family was granted a title and vast land and wealth when a former Earl committed treason. All of a sudden, Sebastian and his two younger brothers had a future responsiblity. When Sebastian’s father dies falling off a horse, Sebastian becomes a duke and his days of being irresponsible are over. His two younger brothers however keep the party alive and going, much to Sebastian’s frustration. He feels guilt over the fact he was partying the night his father died, so he makes it his miss ...more
Cyndi
Feb 26, 2017 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
There's nothing that soothes this readers soul more than a regency romance. Since I don't read them near as often as I used to (once it was all I read), I'm absolutely gleeful when I find a new to me author. In this case Anna Harrington has risen to the top. It took no more than the first chapter to hook me and If the Duke Demands ranks as one of my favorites. For one thing, it was a unputdownable read. I started in the late morning and finished mid afternoon. Secondly, more than once I bawled m ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Ok so I know I like the hit people in books over the head, but Sebastian did deserve it later on in the book. *hits him over the head*

Miranda is, how to explain her really, she loves her village, her work, she is lively, and maybe not the most refined. But she was a delightful heroine. Except for when she snook into her crush's bedroom *hits her over the head too* That was such a stupid thing to too.

While Sebastian used to be out there, he is now proper and just wants to find a good wife.

They ar
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Flor
Mar 04, 2017 Flor rated it liked it
2.5
Deiatra Dee Deacon Foster
Feb 06, 2017 Deiatra Dee Deacon Foster rated it it was amazing
When a Rose appears in his bed Sebastian Carlisle, Duke of Trent, is all for seduction; until she calls him by his brother’s name. As if that wasn’t bad enough he soon learns she is the neighbor girl the Carlisle’s grew up with.
When Miranda Hopkins learns the man she’s loved for as long as she can remember is paying court to another she knows she must declare herself before he’s lost to her forever. What better time than after a masquerade ball when she can approach him and declare her love from
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Cocktails and Books
This book had everything I look for in a romance book: witty dialogue, laugh out loud moments, sexual chemistry, tension and those emotional moments that have you reaching for a tissue. Anna Harrington packed this book with all of that and such a great hero and heroine combination that I was sad to get to the last page.

Sebastian and Miranda may have known each other for years and Miranda may have thought it was Sebastian's brother Robert that she wanted, but it was obvious from the very beginnin
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Anna's Herding Cats


Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kG62cb

Goodness. Anna Harrington knows how to write a sassy romance that simply charms. Wonderful heroines. Lickable heroes. And romance that'll make a girl swoon. If The Duke Demands? Total reader-girl catnip.

Sooo. Miranda has decided she needs to snag her a Carlisle brother and right quick. The best way to do that? Sneak into his room late at night and seduce that bad boy. Only problem...she kinda sneaks into the wrong brother
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April
Feb 28, 2017 April rated it it was amazing
The Carlisles are back…and England will never be the same! Known as the “Scourge of Mayfair,” the infamous brothers enjoy nothing more than having a good time and striking fear into the hearts of marriage-minded mamas. But when the three brothers cross paths with three very special women, they’ve finally met their matches–in more ways than one.”
“If The Duke Demands” is an exciting premise to a brand new series by Anna Harrington, “Capturing the Carlisles”. What a delightful, fun, romp through Re
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marieno
Mar 06, 2017 marieno rated it really liked it
It's the first novel by Anna Harrington that I read. When my sister participated in the giveaway, I joined her after reading the premise. We didn't win but buying it was worth it.

Miranda grew up next door to the Carlisle Brothers. (Sebastian, Robert and Quinn) She associated Robert's kindness to her with love. After it's apparent that he's going to court Diana, Miranda decided to hide in his room at his mother's birthday party so he can finally sees her as a grown woman. Unfortunately (or is-it)
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Cassie Sykes
Feb 28, 2017 Cassie Sykes rated it it was amazing
If The Duke Demands is my favorite book so far that Anna Harrington has written!

I love that the characters are easy to relate to and you cringe in embarrassment for them at times. Without giving away the whole story, the plot was fast moving during most of the book and involved the girl-next-door all grown up. The two main characters were well developed through their history as well as their relationships with other characters in the book. I am definitely eager to see the other characters in bo
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Melanie
Feb 28, 2017 Melanie rated it liked it
This is the first book in Anna Harrington’s new regency series Capturing the Carlisle’s, about three Carlisle brothers, rakes who become respectable after family tragedy, and the first story pairs Miranda Hodgkins and the eldest brother, Sebastian Carlisle.

I am torn about this story because there are aspects of it that I liked and then there are some that just rubbed me the wrong way.

The first thing that I couldn’t wrap my head around is Miranda’s actions to seduce a man she adored since her chi
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Oz Mikhail
Mar 16, 2017 Oz Mikhail rated it it was ok
This was I do believe to be a Historical Romance, but from the way it's written its more like, a poorly acted play. where the actors have to act like they are back in time but cant bring themselves to actually act like they are. I'm not sure if that made any sense but the point is i found this book hard to understand because the way its written, the characters seem well built, but it has poor world building, as though it was written in haste, with no research in to the time period, or how the pe ...more
Lauren - SERIESous Books
--Want to know if the whole series is worth reading? Read my overall review of the whole series at seriesousbookreviews.com ! Spoiler Free!

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

Honestly, I had butterflies in my stomach from start to finish, it was that good of a story!

I loved everything about this book! It was absolute perfection!

First, the romance trope used here of is one of my favourites! I love when two p
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Rene
Feb 08, 2017 Rene rated it liked it
3T/3H
Barbara Rogers
Jan 29, 2017 Barbara Rogers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Oh! My! Goodness! I absolutely, positively LOVED this book. Anna Harrington has done it again with the first book in a new series. We first met the Carlisle brothers in Harrington's book - How I Married A Marquess - whose heroine was Josie Carlisle.

This book is steamy, angsty, funny, loving -- what more could you ask for!!! I stayed up all night and read it straight through -- just couldn't put it down. I LOVED the banter between Sebastian and Miranda (Rose)!

Sebastian Carlisle is the Duke of Tr
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Roses R Blue
Mar 02, 2017 Roses R Blue rated it it was amazing
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: http://wp.me/p3QRh4-uS

When Miranda Hodgkins lost her parents, she went to live with her aunt and uncle who are land tenants of the local baron. She soon became great friends with the baron's children, and became a fixture in the Carlisle household. As she started to leave childhood behind, she fancied herself in love with Robert Carlisle, the middle brother. Robert, however, still sees Miranda as a little sister, and still calls her by her childhood nickname of "Sp
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Lubnaa
Mar 05, 2017 Lubnaa rated it liked it
3.5/5

I have very conflciting feelings about this book. On the one hand, I loved it, but on the other hand, the characters annoyed me halfway though.

The story started off on a hilarious note and it was enjoyable seeing how that fateful night changed Miranda and Sebastian. They both started seeing each other in a different light and slowly started enjoying each other's company. I especially loved how Sebastian tried to help Miranda get noticed by his brother, Robert. Even though he made a barga
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Bambi Unbridled
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If the Duke Demands features an altruistic and exuberant heroine that will endear herself to most readers, and have you hoping she wins her HEA.

Miranda Hodgkins grew up with the Carlisle family as the orphaned niece of their tenant farmer. Known for being reckless and troublesome, the Carlisle boys still see Miranda as the irksome sprite who followed them around their estate. But when Miranda wants Robert Carlisle (the middle brother) to notice her as a woman, she decides the best course of act
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books are love
Mar 19, 2017 books are love rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

I haven’t dabbled much in historical romance. Occasionally picking one up because it seems interesting and when this one came available I loved the description. Girl being bold in that era and trying to take control and get the guy. I didn’t expect it to be as entertaining and interesting as it was. The characters, storyline and writing took hold of me and I didn’t even feel I was back in time when Dukes and society played a role in matchmaking.

Here we ha
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Connie Fischer
Feb 24, 2017 Connie Fischer rated it it was amazing
Mayfair London - 1820

Sebastian Carlisle is arriving at is home, Park Place, just as dawn is breaking. He knows that his family does not approve of his cavorting around with loose women. He is shocked to find his brother, Quinn, waiting for him with the sad news that his father has died. As the oldest, Sebastian is filled with guilt that he was not home when is family needed him. He vows to put his family first now that he is the Duke of Trent.

Islingham, Lincolnshire - 1822

Miranda Hodgkins is att
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I fell in love with historical romances and all things Regency—and especially all those dashing Regency heroes—while living in England, where I spent most of my time studying the Romantic poets, reading Jane Austen, and getting lost all over the English countryside.

When I read my first Regency romance in 2012, I was hooked and longed to create my own independent and spirited heroines and dashing h
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