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If the Duke Demands

(Capturing the Carlisles #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  932 ratings  ·  215 reviews

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
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Forever
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Mar 02, 2017 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.


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

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
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok

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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am usually very careful when it comes to reading reviews for the books I haven't read yet. This is one of the books I should have read ALL the spoilers I could get. It would have saved me a lot of time.
Let me be clear, I don't mind feminine heroines. In fact, I like them. I don't mind them making mistakes either or being silly or stupid over a man (we can't all be all-knowing-no-man-can-make-me-crazy women). It happens in real life and people get over it and move on. I don't mind the hero bein
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
Feb 21, 2017 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
Dot Salvagin
Jan 22, 2017 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
Feb 06, 2017 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."
Ivy H
Miranda, the heroine, is the poor village girl who has a genteel background and that gives her access to the uppity but kind and gregarious family of Sebastian, the Duke of Trent. She's an orphan and lives with her relatives in the village, where she also runs an orphanage. I liked Miranda, even though she has one too many TSTL moments in this novel. She has the monster of an infatuation with the H's rakish younger brother Robert but the latter is more interested in another woman called Diana an ...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.

Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Her shoulders slumped dejectedly. "But those are all acceptable ordinary topics for conversation."

"There's your problem." His gaze took a deliberate roam over her, drinking her in from the lace-edged hem of her pale green dress and matching velvet pelisse all the way up to her cheeks, which warmed of their own accord. He murmured, "You're not an ordinary woman."

Her lips parted slightly at his soft words, and once again, she found herself not knowing how to take him. Was he insulting her or compl
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 28, 2017 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 Becker
Feb 26, 2017 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
Jessica Robbins
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Miranda Hodgkins is the orphan daughter of the Duke of Trent's tenets. The one thing she wants most of all is the love of Robert Carlisle, the Duke of Trent's brother. Miranda sneaks into Robert's room to seduce him. They are both wearing masks because of the masquerade ball. When she utters Robert's name, the masked gentleman rips off their masks. Miranda is in the wrong bedroom. She is with Sebastian Carlisle, the Duke of Trent.

They agree to help each other out. Miranda will help Sebastian fi
Sabina (Whatsername_reads)
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
**** 4, 5 stars ****

Sweet and romantic. It reminds me of Lisa Kleypas.
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
Anna's Herding Cats

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
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

Miranda was raised by her aunt and uncle, tenants on the Duke of Trent’s land, after her parents’ deaths. Soon the young girl became friendly with the Carlisle children, finding a particular fondness for Robert, the second son. So much fondness in fact, that now the grown up Miranda believes that she and Robert are meant to be together and married, even as he calls her ‘Sprite” and treats her much as one would a sister. She’s got a plan thoug
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I would have loved to been able to give If The Duke Demands 5 stars but there is just to much repetitive angst going on in the story. Miranda Hodgskin is a orphan raised by her aunt and uncle, tenant farmers of the Duke of Trent. Miranda has always played with the Carlisle brothers and as she grows into a young lady she believes herself in love with second son Robert. She plots to trap Robert into marriage but all goes south. She finds herself in the wrong bedroom on the wrong bed.

Sebastian is a
Maggie Whitworth
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a brilliant storyline and the Carlisle brothers are a wonderful trio to follow .
This has everything I’m looking for in a romance . It’s touching, emotional, has a bit of a triangle going on , it’s got interfering siblings .
It’s so well written and I can’t wait to read more in the series.
And Sebastian and Miranda were made for each other .
Perfect x
Heidi Rice
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new auto buy author

A delicious tale of love and lust, thwarted propriety and secret passion... Miranda Hodgkins has set her sights on Robert Carlisle the second of the carousing Carlisle brothers, but her plan to sneak into his bed chamber during a masked ball and show him that she really is a woman now and not the childhood friend he has always teased goes disastrously - and hilariously - awry when it's his older brother Sebastian who turns up instead... Thus begins a delicious tumble into lo
Barbara Rogers
Jan 29, 2017 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
Dee Deacon Foster
Feb 06, 2017 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
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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Oz Mikhail
Mar 16, 2017 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
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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