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The Duke's Perfect Wife (Mackenzies Series Book 4) Kindle Edition

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"Ashley demonstrates her gift for combining complex characters; emotionally compelling, danger-tinged plotting; and a delectably sensual romance into one unforgettable love story." ---Booklist Starred Review

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I'm pleased to present another episode in the saga of the Mackenzie family. This time, Hart has met his match. Reunite with brothers Ian, Mac, and Cameron, nephew Daniel, and the growing family in this series of my heart.

For more information on the series, including character sketches, book blurbs, information on what's coming next, and the Mackenzie and McBride family trees, visit and choose "Mackenzies" from the right-hand menu.

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  • File Size: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GSZZ9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer's novels have won RWA's RITA and RT Reviewer's Choice awards among others.

For information on her novels as Jennifer Ashley and Allyson James visit Also see (Ashley Gardner) for her other works.

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** Contains SPOILERS of past books in the 'Highland Pleasures' series **

Hart is the notorious eldest Mackenzie brother. He is a ruthless politician in the House of Commons, currently with his sights on becoming Prime Minister. But Hart has a reputation outside of Parliament too... a reputation that has stalked him since his youth when it was the worst kept secret that he kept a house on High Holborn for his mistress, Mrs Palmer, where they practiced dark delights.

Rumours of Hart's notoriety followed him into his marriage with Lady Sarah Graham (a duke's daughter), who died in childbirth, along with Hart's son. Rumours swirled that Lady Sarah was fragile and timid, scared-to-death of her overbearing husband and too weak for childbirth.

But even before Lady Sarah, there were rumours about Hart's first cancelled engagement to Lady Eleanor Ramsay, a woman of noble Highland birth. Nobody outside of the tight-knit and tight-lipped Mackenzie clan quite knows what happened between Hart and Eleanor, to have her jilt him and live the next eight years a spinster... but there are rumours, always rumours.

Tongues are set to wag yet again where Hart is concerned, since it is reported that he has taken Lady Eleanor into his home (for "secretarial work"). Curious that she would re-enter his life, right when he is challenging Prime Minister Gladstone on the Irish Home Rule Bill, and incurring the wrath of Irish nationalists as Hart is set to force a vote that could see him become Prime Minister. Even more curious is that Hart recently announced to his family that he was looking to take a wife. Could Hart be returning to the woman who jilted him eight years ago? And if so, does he think he can hold onto her this time?
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I was really looking forward to this book but it did not live up to the expectations beause it was ALL about Hart! El was just a supporting character in his life not a full partner. I did not feel that the love was equal from both sides. He moved on to achieve what he wants in life after they break up, while having numerous mistresses etc and she's left tucked away in a corner waiting for him. Other things that did not work:

1. The reason for the original split was just silly! She broke up with him over his treatment of his mistress who's not a nice person (as we know from Ian's book)! I really don't get El actually... she's not mad or even slightly jealous about his naked pictures taken by an evil ex-mistress. She pines for him and collects pictures and articles about him in a scrapbook. Their seperation is not addressed until much later and she acts like they've been friends all along when there were many issues that need to be addressed.

2. He didn't love her all that much. I prefer books where the hero really falls for the girl. In this book however, he gets married and goes back to his mistress etc etc while she's tucked away saving herself for him? These types of story lines are not appealing, sorry. **Spoiler** Even towards the end of the book, Hart choses to stay away rather than be with her in order to "finding himself".

The book just didn't work. I liked the other books in the serie, but this one missed the mark. Good thing I borrowed it from the library!
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It's difficult for me to write a review about a book I initially liked, but I have to lessen my rating for the book because the author did not stay true to the character of Hart, as he was introduced to us in The Madness of Ian McKenzie, book 1 in this series.

Quite frankly, I thought Hart McKenzie in book 1 was a despicable human being. The way he played with people, and especially women that he liked to control sexually, I found just awful. The way he treated his brother Ian, too, was despicable. So three years ago I had wondered how Jennifer Ashley would redeem him when she came around to write his story.

Apparently, the author's way of dealing with the awful Hart McKenzie of book 1 was to whitewash him for book 4. Granted, Hart and his brother dealt with horrific abuse from their father, but Hart dealt with his abuse by trying to control and manipulate people and by using and abusing women in sexual games. This is a man who needs to be in therapy, not in a relationship. His brothers also had trouble dealing with their terrible past, but none of them were as cold, intrinsically cruel and abusive as Hart. I am not at all surprised that Eleanor threw him over 13 years before for the way Hart treated his mistress, because she saw he would probably end up treating her the same way. Quite frankly, I had a lot of trouble believing that an intelligent, resourceful women like Eleanor would stay in love with someone like Hart for 13 years. It just wasn't believable to me. She deserved a lot better, in my opinion.

In book 1, Hart was a man who terrified the women he was with, both his mistress and his wife and various other women.
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