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Book Review-The Duke Of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville

Title: The Duke Of Dark Desires
Author: Miranda Neville 
Series: The Wild Quartet 
Format: E Book 
Release Date: December 30 2014 
Publisher: Avon Books 
Pages: 384 Pages 
Acquired: Edelweiss 
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-0-06-224334-8

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours . . .
Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified—to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him. Somehow Julian must find a way to make her succumb to temptation . . . without losing his heart and revealing the haunting mistakes of his past.

Desired: Duke skilled in the seductive art of conversation . . .
Lady Jeanne de Falleron didn’t seek a position as a governess simply to fall into bed with the Duke of Denford. Under the alias of Jane Grey, she must learn which of the duke’s relatives is responsible for the death of her family—and take her revenge. She certainly can’t afford the distraction of her darkly irresistible employer, or the smoldering desire he ignites within her.

But as Jane discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she’s faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for Julian: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she’s sworn to kill?

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Edelweiss and Avon Books.

The Duke Of Dark Desires is Julian’s story–and surprisingly I enjoyed this one quite a bit, a lot more than I expected. I have enjoyed this author quite a bit in the past, but this series, has given me mixed feelings and hasn’t really been easy to connect with, but this latest story reminded me of this authors earlier books that I truly loved.

This story is one that deals with some tough issues, we see interaction with characters that were involved in the french revolution, which was a sad time for many. Both Julian and Jeanne are connected to each other. Julian has one regret, one that haunts him, when he made a mistake, and trusted the wrong person, and ended up betrayed, and a family was killed, including Jeanne…at least that is what he is led to believe. Jeanne lost her family when she was fifteen, and in order to survive she had to become a mistress. Jeanne wants justice for her family and vows to find the man responsible. She arrives in England, and answers a ad for a governess. Then she meets Julian, who upon meeting her, hires her. Julian has recently become a duke, and his mother has left him guardianship of his three sisters, sisters he barely knows. All he wants is to make Jeanne his mistress, but there is so much more to his attraction to her than meets the eye. Even though he will do anything to have her in his bed, he also starts to realize that he wants to keep her for much more than sex, he wants her for life…he just has to convince her of his devotion…

From the beginning of the story, you see how these two are connected to each other, even if they don’t know it at first. And for most of the book, you see them develop a relationship, and even though its obvious that Julian is out to seduce Jeanne, we see a deeper bond form between them one of friendship and trust. We also have other characters involved in the story…the three sisters, who are charming and totally remind me of mine own. I think one of the things that I really enjoyed about this story was the building up of the romance and the love story. Julian and Jeanne’s love story is a bit forbidden due to certain circumstances, but it was quite fun seeing these two handle the sexual tension that builds and how a friendship forms at the same time.

One thing that I had a hard time was fully connecting with the story. I had a enjoyable time with this one, but it wasn’t the type that I had me fully into the story, just one that I could enjoy on a leisure evening. I really liked everything about the story otherwise. The characters were quite intense, and there are some intense moments in this story that really engage you. I had no problem getting into it, and you can read it as a stand alone if needed. Overall this was a well done romance, with unique elements that mixed in well with the solid story line, variations to the plot that might shock you in delightful ways…a story to immerse yourself in! SUPERB!!

My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Series Order
The Importance Of Being Wicked (1)
The Ruin Of A Rogue (2)
Lady Windermere’s Lover (3)
The Duke Of Dark Desires (4)

ARC Book Review-Lady Windermere’s Lover by Miranda Neville

Lady Windermere’s Lover
The Wild Quartet (3)
Miranda Neville
Avon Books
E Book
Published June 24 2014
Acquired: Edelweiss
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-224332-4
Authors Website 

Synopsis
Hell hath no fury . . .

Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family’s estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she’s taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.

Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal.

Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can’t bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn’t about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she’d long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!

My Review

Damian, in his early twenties, while drunk on his birthday with his friends, gambles a important piece of property, a property that was special to his mother. So he marries Lady Cynthia in order to get that land back. Damian works for the foreign office for seven years. After a year of marriage, he returns for a mission and at the same time get his wife back. Cynthia even though married, hasn’t seen her husband in quite some time, and doesn’t seem any harm in flirting with her neighbor, but she is determined never to betray her vows. But when her husband unexpectedly returns, they start to live with each other once again, and Cynthia starts to slowly learn who her husband really is, and discovers a passionate and sensual man who is dedicated to duty and honor. Will Damian and Cynthia be able to learn to love after separation and mistrusts.

Lady Windermere’s Lover is the third book in the wild quartet series and in the past I have learned to really enjoy this author. I found this book to be very enjoyable and fun and easy to love. There wasn’t any big issues that I had with this story, I did feel like it wasn’t the type of story I could fully get into though. I did have a fun time with it, and it was one of those stories you can relax into but not get fully immersed in the story. It had the feel of a good cup of tea on a quiet evening. Lately I have been reading very gripping stories, so it was nice to relax into a book and not be at the edge of my seat the whole time. (Not saying I don’t like books like that, but it is nice at times to take a breather and read a story a bit more softer). Although I will say I wish there was more romance in the story.  I felt like this couple were more friends than married turning into lovers. I didn’t feel much sensuality in the story or much of a romantic theme. There were moments of course, but I didn’t get the feeling that I usually do with this author. So I was slightly disappointed, but it was a comfortable and easy read, so I had no trouble reading it. I just had higher hopes for it. However having said that, I do want to touch base on a few things I really did enjoy.

I really love the characters involved in the story both main and side characters. Damian and Cynthia are a solid match. Damian is a mix of beta and alpha personality. Damian is willing to admit when he is wrong, willing to fight for what is his, and is a protector. He has a admirable sense of loyalty and I really liked him. Cynthia is your average heroine, but has some qualities that makes her above average. As you read further in the story you start to see more into Cynthia and I really loved her personality and she has that endearing quality to her. Some of my favorite characters were the side characters, and this neighbor rake trying to seduce Cynthia…well I liked his bad boy personality. He was just too likable not to love.

Overall a enjoyable story with witty humor, unique characters, and full of scenes to make you have that “feel good” feel. A PLEASURE TO READ!

My Grade 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
The Second Seduction of A Lady
The Importance of Being Wicked
The Ruin of a Rogue