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How to Tempt a Duke (Daughtry Family #1)

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How to tempt a duke? By refusing to be tempted at all...

He'd returned from war a duke. Now Rafael Daughtry was battling a force more terrifying than Napoleon's army—his family. Thankfully, his childhood friend Charlotte Seavers had agreed—reluctantly—to a bargain. While Rafe would provide her with the home she'd lost, Charlotte would provide him with a chaperone for his un
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by HQN Books (first published 2009)
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Denise
Apr 11, 2016 Denise rated it did not like it
It started out ok, but then this storm came and I totally lost interest. The twin sisters of the Duke were annoying and I don't care for characters who are out of control the way one of the twins was. Also, during the storm, Charlotte seemed to have become a different person entirely and I no longer liked her at all. The story started to go in an off direction and the way I viewed the characters in my head abruptly changed, like I was reading a totally different story. I didn't like it.
HÜLYA
Feb 25, 2012 HÜLYA rated it liked it
Sımsıcak-Kasey Michaels

Pek begendigim bir kitap olamadi ne yazık ki. Dört kitaplık bir seri serinin diğer kitapları nasıl olur bilemem ama bu ilk kitap fazla durağan ve sakin geldi bana..

Askı pek hissedemedim.

Yazar ask ve tutkuya ek olarak,dostluk,arkadaslıgida isliyordu. Ama maalesef heyecan yoktu. Hikaye Napoleon savası zamaninda geciyor...

Savastan Amcasi ve kuzenlerinin bir deniz kazasinda ölmesi ile bir dük olarak dönen Rafael Daughtry Düklügü ogrenmek ve ikiz kızkardeşlerine göz kulak olma
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Maggie
Sep 29, 2009 Maggie rated it really liked it
I don't think I've read a Kasey Michaels book before and I really really liked this one. There was a little bit f violence towards women which I really hate reading about (seeing on tv, movies, etc.). I got caught up into this story quickly and I loved the strength, friendship and diaglog between Rafe and Charlie. Fitz was also a great character and played a key role in a tear wrenching part of this book. The next book is Nichole's story and I hope there will be a third about Lydia.
Rema
Sep 28, 2015 Rema rated it really liked it
Despite my initial reservations about the novel, I ended up liking it a lot. I found Rafe to be a refreshing change from the usual brooding and tortured males in HR. He was happy, amusing, and light-hearted. He had some really cute dialogues and he made such a cute pairing with Charlotte. They were an innocent sort of couple. Not every interaction involving them detailed their "fiery attraction". It was a refreshing change from the usual HRs I read. However, the more intimate of the scenes were ...more
ѕєяєηιтι
Düşük beklentiler içinde okumaya başladığım ama okudukça beni saran okumaktan zevk aldığım bir kitap oldu.Historical olarak hafif kalıyor ama içinde bir çok duyguyu barındırıyor sevdim ben..

Özellikle Tanner ve Lydia'yı merakla bekliyorum şimdiden:)
Kathy
Aug 30, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It had the humorous moments to the ones that caused me to tear up. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in Kasey Micheal's Daughtry Family series.
Patrícia
Senhora de prémios e honrarias, Kasey Michaels é autora de mais de cem livros bestsellers com direito ao RITA Award e a constar no Romance Writers of America. Esta romancista brilha no romance contemporâneo mas também dá cartadas no romance histórico, como é exemplo, a série Daughtry Family.
Dos dias de hoje para o confronto entre os dois maiores generais da História, Kasey leva-nos a Londres após o regresso a casa dos oficiais ingleses e a uma história de amor que nos faz esquecer uma época sang
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Nira
Nov 16, 2009 Nira rated it it was ok
The book was rather disappointing. It lacked pace and I found the lead charcters unappealing.

Rafe - a man of war - inherits a title and has no idea how to go about managing it. In comes heroine, whose-name-I've-forgotten-because-I-did-not-really-like-her, a childhood friend and neighbour. She helps him "take care" of his twin sisters, which is something like what the blurb says but I thought the sisters' role in the story was quite pointless besides the fact that our heroine needed a reason to l
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Canan  ^^
Kitabın kurgusu, olayların akışı, karakter seçimleri güzeldi.
Ama ben nedense bir eksiklik hissettim.Sanırım yazar ya iyi bir gözlem ve analiz yeteneğine sahip değil ya da çeviri bana böyle hissettirdi.Bi yapaylık, acemilik vardı kitapta.
Kısaca konuya değinecek olursam;Rafe bir askerdir.Amcası ve kuzenleri bir kazada ölünce sıradaki varis olarak bir kont olmuştur.Ama bu konuda oldukça tecrübesizdir.Bu sırada devreye çocukluk arkadaşı Charlotte (Charlie) girer.Kız kardeşlerinin bakımında (16 yaşla
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Tasmia
I don't give half-stars, but I'm sorely tempted to change my rules for this one. It's mostly very good, with a vivid, engaging cast of characters and a romance I readily bought into; on a story level, I want to give it a four. However, there were some weaknesses in the writing that I couldn't ignore. The story is rich and we're given plenty of time to get to know the characters, but the passage of time - especially, but not only in the jump from part one to part two - is patchy enough to detract ...more
Elaine Violette
Jul 29, 2013 Elaine Violette rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to lovers of historical romance. Both Rafe and Charlotte are very likeable characters. Rafe's two sisters, both very different, added to the story and most likely the author will or already has told their stories in another novel. (I haven't checked) A horrid experience closes Charlotte off to her emotions and to a man's touch. Rafe is understanding of the truama in her past experience and lets her move at her own pace. At times, however, the budding ...more
Sevimli Hırsız
Pek beğenmedim ne yazık ki.Tarihi Aşk Romanı türünde pasif ve sönük erkek okumak hoşuma gitmiyor. Bu adamın da başlardaki hali sıktı. Kötü demiyorum ama daha iyi olabilirmiş. Adam söz de savaşta komutan ama daha kendi kardeşlerini idare etmekten aciz. Kızın yaşadıklarında kaldığım çelişki de cabası olur. Bir şey yaptılar mı, yapmadılar mı diye diye sonlara doğru netleştirdim resmen. Eh işte derim bu kitap için. Kitapsız kaldığında okunacak bir şey. :)
Kiki
May 06, 2016 Kiki rated it it was amazing
Rafe and Charlie, best friends as kids and adults. their story progressed at a more realistic time period, instead of them falling in love in 1 week, they had months to figure out their relationship and work on it. I loved this story because not everything fit but somehow it worked in the end
Jessi
Rafael Daughtry never expected to be the duke. His haughty uncle and disparaging cousins all drowned in a boating accident leaving the career soldier unprepared for his new responsibilities. Responsibilities that include his sixteen-year-old twin sisters who are already pulling the wool over his eyes by making him believe that his aunt is watching them while their aunt believes that Rafe has taken charge. Only Charlotte Seavers has seen through the charade... and now she's been pulled into it, p ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jan 11, 2010 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
one of the best Regency Romances I've read in a long time. The end has a twist I definitely never saw coming. The next book is about one of the Duke's sisters, and I didn't want to read it...until she grew up a bit at the end. But Rafe and Charlotte were a great pairing, and a cute romance.
Rafe comes back from war to a new dukedom that shouldn't have been his. He says rather grimly at one point, "And I only had to step over 3 bodies to get it." But Charlotte helps him gain his footing and deal
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Ririn
Feb 04, 2014 Ririn rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, gr-my-14
Overall, this was quite a good book. Good storyline (even if it's a cliche friends to lovers story) and good writing. But I just can't feel the chemistry between the hero and heroin. Friendship chemistry, yes but lovers' chemistry? No. So it was just a read without any emotion from me.
Cathy
Jul 09, 2012 Cathy rated it it was ok
A newly and unexpectedly named duke returns changed from war to a childhood friend changed by hidden scandal. The childhood friend is set up as the chaperon for the duke's unmarried twin sisters. Minor adventures and metaphorical fireworks ensue. I liked it well enough for what it is, but there was too much emphasis spread across unnecessary secondary characters who weren't well developed or all that likable but who will, of course, have subsequent books of their own. There was also some (in my ...more
Cherish
Apr 12, 2012 Cherish rated it it was amazing
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Chondra Fox
May 28, 2014 Chondra Fox rated it really liked it
loved it. it had funny parts and sad parts, an all in all good book
Bean
Sep 28, 2014 Bean rated it really liked it
Very likable characters and enjoyable story.
Pam
Dec 31, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
First in a series of 4 books, along with a prequel to this book. It's a quick read, definitely a historical romance.

Most of this story is believable, but it seems a little disjointed. Why are Rafe's two sisters in the uncle's house? Where or who is their mother? Where is the bereaved widow? Charlotte, the old friend, has,of course, grown up since Rafe left for the war. But Rafe doesn't even recognize her or her voice?

All in all, a good story. Good enough that I will look for the others in the
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Sharyn
Aug 18, 2012 Sharyn rated it liked it
I have a "car" book that I carry with me for standing in lines, waiting for the movie to star, etc. So went to see Amazing Spiderman in 3 D and had about 20 minutes to read-so finished my car book. 1st off I have to say that I love Regency Romances and for those who laugh, you can actually learn history that most Americans don't learn. So "How to tempt a Duke" by Kasey Michaels starts in France as Napoleon is trundled off to Elba, is a love story and a mystery. I really enjoyed it and there are ...more
Patricia Solla
Jan 08, 2011 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This is the first story of four set historically in England. As usual I like reading about how society was influenced by royalty. This story is about a man who is off fighting Napoleon when he is ordered home as his father and brothers have all died and he has now come in to the title he never imagined having. The tale is not cut and dried and introduces the other three characters to follow with their own stories. All in all I liked this book and am looking forward to reading the rest.
Mafi
Feb 12, 2013 Mafi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, 2013
Toda a gente sabe que os livros da Harlequin pecam ou pelos enredos simplistas, amadores e já muito batidos, ou pela qualidade das traduções. Infelizmente "Como tentar um duque" da veterana Kasey Michaels, autora de mais de uma centena de romances, reúne o pior dos parâmetros acima referidos.

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Jennifer
Aug 28, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads, romance
I'm pretty sure that if you shook a copy of Michael's How to Tempt a Duke hard enough, a romance novel cliché would fall out on your lap. Unlikely succession to a dukedom? Got it. Recurring battlefield fever? Yup. Let's get you out of those wet clothes? Yeah, that's there, too. All the notes are there, and Michaels plays them well enough...but you're not likely to remember the tune after it's over.
Sheila
Jan 30, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2011
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Rachel Rogers
Nov 09, 2013 Rachel Rogers rated it really liked it
Been looking for this book for a while now since my library has #2,3, and 4. Nice to see the beginning of the story and get explanations of all the things eluded to in later books. I enjoy the interplay between Charlotte and Rafe and Rafe and Fritz. Nicole is still a pain in the neck but she was my least favorite character and hers my least favorite book in the series.
Sara
Nov 05, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
A quick read about a young woman and her childhood love long separated by war and lately reunited by circumstance. They must each learn to trust an embrace their new positions in life before they can admit their love for one another and eventually marry. Of course, there are naysayers and do-badders mixed in trying to kill them and/or take what they love.
Kat
Sep 13, 2015 Kat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a new author for me. And I loved this book!!!! I adored both Rafe and Charlie. It was beautiful, their journey from friends to lovers. The last third of the story had me bawling my eyes out. Yep, puffy face and red eyes...the true sign of a good story.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 12, 2015 10:10AM  
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  • The Runaway Duke
  • The Wedding Affair
  • The Wicked Duke Takes a Wife (Boscastle, #9)
  • The Shy Duchess
  • Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelors, #2)
  • Our Wicked Mistake (Notorious Bachelors, #2)
  • My Reckless Surrender
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  • Never Lie to a Lady (Neville Family #1)
  • A Courtesan's Scandal (The Scandalous Series, #3)
  • Triumph in Arms (Masters at Arms, #6)
  • Prelude to a Scandal (Scandal, #1)
  • The Warlord's Bride (King John,  #4)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • Duke Most Wanted (Heiress Brides, #3)
  • If His Kiss Is Wicked (Grantham, #3)
  • Before the Scandal (Notorious Gentlemen, #2)
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Kasey Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 books (she doesn't count them). Kasey has received three coveted Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, two for the historical romances, THE SECRETS OF THE HEART and THE BUTLER DID IT, and a third for contemporary romance LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (that shows diversity, you see). She is a recipient of the RITA, a W ...more
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