Duke of Manhattan
Back in Britain my family are fighting over who’s the next Duke of Fairfax. The rules say it’s me--if I’m married. It’s not a trade-off worth making. I could never limit myself to just one woman.
Or so I thought until my world is turned upside down. Now, the only way I ...more
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⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2! Duke of Manhattan (stand-alone). A business arrangement to save a company & protect a legacy is sweetened by mind-blowing sex courtesy Ryder Westbury!
“But she tasted so good. And she was behaving so well. Her hands exactly where I told her to put them.”
Duke of Manhattan (stand-alone) opens up to business owner Scarlett King in need of a one-night-stand following a divorce. Investor Ryder Westbury heir to the title Duke of Fairfax is not one to turn down flirtation when there i ...more
➳As a member to inherit a position that requires certain aspects of your life to alter, Ryder has managed to captivate all of them in this enamoring love story, along side Scarlett, the bombshell beauty that captivated him the moment they first met. However, before he encounters with Scarlett, his problems take into an appreciation that he must not only become t ...more
➦This, hands down, was my favorite by Louise Bay. I always listen to her audiobooks and this time I was very very pleased with the male narration. Because who doesn't love a sexy accent?
➦And, of course, the arranged marriage trope will NEVER GET OLD. I can't help it, I love it and I'm really glad Louise Bay finally wrote a book with such a premise. This... this GUY needs a wife so he can keep his company. And he might just find a fake wife in a woman who he had a one night stand with.
Divorced, having terrible luck trying to get back into the dating scene. She misses her ex-husband and can't understand why he left her, is she boring?
At least she has her work, Scarlett partnered up with her college roommate Cecily and opened a fragrance business Cecily Fragrance. She loves her job and doesn't want to do anything else.
Ryder has grown up being part of british aristocracy but wanted to make something of himself without being under the umbrella of ...more
This author always has fantastic covers for her books and this one is no different. Great representation of the hero. Great use of graphics. Good composition and simple yet effective typography.
What can I say about this one other than it was an incredibly good read. It was well written and nicely paced. It was sweet. It had angst. It had no OW/OM drama. It had great secondary characters (even a few glimpses of characters from past books). It had smokin' sex scenes. It had a sweet and totally c ...more
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Oh, this was good.....No, Really this was fantastically good. Louise Bay has nailed sexy, caring, sweet without the man knowing he is... and everything else that could make you swoon. You will fall hard for these two characters because they are evenly matched...
In Business ...
And in Bed!
This has all the making from the start of another marriage of convenience tale... with all the touchstones of how they go.. ...more
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Duke of Manhattan was my first Louise Bay novel, and wow. What a way to dive into her books! Amazing chemistry, great characters, and hot hot hot sex! And y’all know how crazy I am for fake relationship/engagement/marriage of convenience stories. (I am fascinated with British aristocracy.)
Sometimes, the most unusual circumstances can throw two people together—that doesn’t mean they’re not perfect for each other.”
Ryder Westbury made his fortune in New York ...more
I'm loving this cover and I found it fitting for the depiction of Ryder and his story. Scarlett's been divorced for two years from her high school sweetheart and her hearts still floundering. Finding the entire dating scene a total nightmare, she has thrown herself into the company she founded with her old college roommate, Cecily. Although they're amazingly successful, their loans are due and they need an investor ASAP. Ryder is the heir t ...more
Here's what I loved: The trope is one of my favorites. It's brilliantly executed with just enough dr ...more
I knew that Scarlett's book was going to be good even before I met Ryder. Funny thing is that I kind of read Scarlett wrong when I met her previously. I thought she was a serial dater who liked variety in her men. I may have even been a bit mean and thought she got sick of her husband, so divorced him. Holy heck, I got her SOOOO wrong. She was almost the complete opposite of that. Imagine my surprise when she decides to have her first one night sta ...more
ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
As always, Louise Bay comes back with a great love story and a great list of characters (those swoony heroes and sassy heroines!!). This series of standalones have stolen my heart and Duke of Manhattan was quite a special one too. Let's see why!
So, Duke of Manhattan can be read as a standalone novel but I highly recommend reading King of Wall Street and Park Avenue Prince to enjoy th ...more
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Somehow I skipped reading Duke of Manhattan even though it's been sitting on my Kindle since it released. I'm really glad I finally went back and read it though because I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters. Ryder and Scarlett had some amazing chemistry and I thought they just worked really well together.
The story was actually low on the angst, which surprised me but I was happy with that because it left more room for their relationship without ...more
I really, really liked this book! It's actually kind of surprising just how much I loved it. This was just what I needed after all the heavy, intense books I read last month. This was fun, sexy and it may be my fave book in the series so far.
Ryder and Scarlett's chemistry was so hot and realistic. I fell in love with these characters. This was a charming read that's perfect if you need something that's light on angst and romantic.
I truly enjoyed this modern fairytale. It is a funny, quick-paced, sexy, and romantic story.
Obviously from the title, it is about a Duke with a pending title that he may or may not inherit it and the story takes place in New York. If you also notice the bookcover and the British flag, you will definitely understand that part of the story takes place in U.K.
Ryder Westbury is an aristocrat, a businessman, a playboy; but also deep down ...more
Ryder and Scarlett......absolutely loved and adored this couple. The storyline was well written and flowed seamlessly. I would have liked maybe a tad more of some angst but only to give it a bit more zest but all in all a very good read.
This couple was SMOKIN together and I loved that she was equally sexy and willing to do whatever freely to please Ryder, she was a def turn on lol and Ryder, oh Ryder, this man was def SEX on a stick for sure, he sure knew how to please his ...more
“..for the first time in my life, I’m in love with a woman. My wife, in fact.”
A marriage of convenience that turned into so much more.
“Whatever it is that you’re afraid of, I’ll stand between you and it my whole life,” he said.
I really liked both Scarlett and Ryder although his playboy past and commitment issues were a pain in the beginning of the book and her constant comparisons between her ex-husband and Ryder got tiring too but both did get better as the book progressed. I did love...more
I was looking forward to this book once I knew it was goin to have Scarlett in it. I 've been dying for her story once I got to know her a little in King of Wall Street. Which is a great book by the way. Scarlett was just brilliant in this book. She's funny sexy and can be sassy at times. Her confidence isn't sky high but she knows how to handle herself. Scarlett loves her family they mean everything to her. Her life has been a little up and down over the last few years with things ...more
Narrated by Shane East and Saskia Maarleveld
I had been hearing great things about Louise Bay’s romances, so I decided to dive in and give Duke of Manhattan a shot. In the end, I found this story to be a quick, fun, romantic listen. Ms. Bay’s writing style, and the general topic of this story, reminded me a lot of Emma Chase, especially her Royally series. Though I must ...more
I swear Bay continues to knock down my walls one novel at a time! The insta-marriage theme is one of my least favorite genres. The connection seems so forced and fake......
And then there's Bay! The creator of my girl Scarlett and the Duke of Manhattan, Ryder. I absolutely love how Ryder carefully unwraps each layer of Scarlett's personality, how he strikes down each of her emotional walls like the mighty Thor with his trusty sidekick, Mjölnir, and last but not least, ...more
"Whatever it is that you're afraid of, I'll stand between you and it my whole life."
Fiction shouldn't be this sweet. Or at least come with a recipe for recovery.
All these expectations will be the death of me.
Hero rating: 4.75 stars
Heroine rating: 4.75 stars
Sexual tension rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4.5 stars
Plot rating: 4 stars
Dialogue rating: 4.5 stars
Storytelling rating: 5 stars
Story ending rating: 5 stars
The DUKE OF MANHATTAN is another Louise Bay release that I've absolutely fallen in love with. Forget the marriage of convenience plot, it's the hero and heroine that had me eagerly turning the pages hoping they both figured out what was clear from the very beginning.
Ryder Westbury stood to lose everything he'd worked for if he didn't find someone to be his fake wife. Scarlett King was on the verge of losing everything she's built up during ...more
I think so far this has been my personal favorite of this series! Louise Bays books are in general highly erotic, like this book, which had so many steamy scenes, and while they kind of bothered me in the first novel, I thought they really fitted the story in this one. Scarlett King was, for once in a lifetime, a super-sympathetic and nice heroine with a direct personality and a bold voice, and it didn't seem like she was intentionally naive or otherwise cliched. ...more
Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, the Wes ...more