If the Duke Demands (Capturing the Carlisles #1)
But ugh. Since everyone loves it, allow me to present MY version of it.
If The Duke Demands - Khanh's Version
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 ...more
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.
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
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.
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 ...more
Though first in a series, If the Duke Demands connected with earlier series of the author's with couple of characters from that seri ...more
Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words."
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.
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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) ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
**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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more