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 ...more
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
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 ...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.
"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 ...more
They agree to help each other out. Miranda will help Sebastian fi ...more
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
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
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 ...more
Sebastian is a ...more
I LOVE THIS BOOK !
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 ...more
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 ...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 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 ...more
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
After agreeing to keep this indiscretion to himself, Sebastian a ...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