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What A Gentleman Wants (Reece Family Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Linden
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Book Description

Two virtual strangers are swept into a sizzling, spellbinding world of daring deception and unexpected passion in Caroline Linden's thrilling new romance. . .

What A Gentleman Wants

Marcus Reese, Duke of Essex, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel. . .completely out of control.

Hannah can't help but curse her own idiocy. Dire straits have led her to the altar with a gentleman she hardly knows. Played for a fool, she's embarrassed, furious, and worse, married to an equally outraged stranger--an exasperating man who unleashes all manner of emotions in Hannah, not to mention unwanted desire. Reluctantly, she agrees to play the wife until he can sort out the mess. But the nearness of the undeniably attractive Duke and the passion in his black eyes unsettles her well-guarded heart--making her want to do so much more than "act" the role of blissful bride. . .

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When David Reece is injured while racing his carriage through quiet little Middleborough, vicar's widow Hannah Preston not only winds up taking care of him but also accepting his offer of marriage since it offers a practical solution to many of her own problems. It is only after Hannah arrives at her new home in London and meets David's twin brother, Marcus Reece, the Duke of Exeter, that she discovers that the roguish David has apparently played one of his infamous jokes by signing Marcus' name to the wedding register. Until he can sort things out, Marcus suggests pretending to proceed with the wedding, but Hannah quickly discovers that their marriage of convenience is going to be anything but convenient. Linden deftly adds danger to the mix in her latest elegantly written Regency historical as her delightfully autocratic hero tries to crack a counterfeiting ring while romantically clashing with the book's quietly efficient, equally stubborn heroine. John Charles
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  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0821779311
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (September 1, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779316
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Hate Turns To Love - a shelf keeper! September 6, 2006
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I won't rehash the plot as the other two reviewers did so well, but let me just tell you that you don't want to miss this one! If you like your hero's ala proud Darcy types and bold heroines with a bit of steamy love scences added to the mix, you'll love this one! Marcus, Duke of Exeter is the arrogant snob who looks down upon his plain provincial 'wife'. Seeing Hannah be able not only to stand toe-to-toe with him, but slowly peel away his crusty layers to show the true man he really is, is priceless. When the truth of his identical brother's trickery is publically revealed, will either of the two want out of their 'marriage'?

Excellent regency historical! A must read!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVA! September 7, 2006
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Marcus Reece, duke of Exeter, had always acted to preserve the family name, and his twin brother's along with it. To keep his brother, David, from being called out for a duel of honor, Marcus again cleans up David's mess and sends him out of London for awhile. But David ends up injuring his leg when his carriage wrecked during a race in a small town called Middleborough. The vicar's widow, Hannah Preston, takes care of David as he heals. David comes to care for Hannah, and for her small daughter, Molly. David is sincere when he proposes to Hannah, but the day before the wedding he panics.

Hannah curses her own idiocy. With few choices open to her, she weds a gentleman she hardly knows. David escorts Hannah and Molly to London, says he must be away on business for a bit, and promptly disappears. Hannah does not learn that David forged Marcus's name to the marriage license until the cold and aloft duke appears before her in person with accusations. Of course, Hannah is ready to simply walk out. But before she can, David and Marcus's sister, Celia, and stepmother, Rosalind, arrives and proceeds to gush all over Hannah and Molly.

Reluctantly, Hannah agrees to play the part of Marcus's duchess for a while. In doing so, Hannah will help secure Molly's future and Marcus can keep his relatives from hating David. The entire mess would sort itself out within only a month or two. Meanwhile, Marcus can continue his investigation with Bow Street of a counterfeiting ring. David seems to be mixed up in entire counterfeiting scheme and Marcus hopes to prove his brother innocent. But with tempting Hannah nearby, Marcus is having trouble concentrating. Marcus learns that by playing the part of husband, he has a chance to claim happiness.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really good!! December 20, 2006
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This book was fascinating for me. I didn't know if Ms Linden was going to be able to keep me interested in the "deceived into marrying the wrong man" theme for long enough but, Boy, did she ever.

Marcus and Hannah are mature enough that they made logical decisions regarding their marriage. Hannah actually tried to leave and go away when she found that David had signed his brother's name in the parish registry. She had no place to go but her conscience would not allow her to stay and let the Duke be responsible for her. The author was able to convince me that she really would have left and wasn't just giving lip service to the things she was saying. Marcus was willing to make great sacrificies in order to protect the honour of his family. By having the counterfieting plot woven into the story Ms Linden provided a bridge for these two characters to get to know each other and fall in love. Very, very cleverly done.

Marcus seems to be a cold, unfeeling member of the English aristocracy. Hannah seems to be a provincal, plain widow. It was wonderful to watch this author move these characters toward the outcome we wanted to happen. I might have liked for Hannah to have been a widow for more that six months. That short time period bothered me a little. Wonder why the author didn't give her more time to get over the death of a husband she is portrayed as really loving?

Read it. Judge for yourself. It is well worth the time and money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, quick read March 24, 2008
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I finished this book in a few hours and enjoyed it...the plot seemed slightly contrived at times and the "reveal" of the hero's feelings seemed slightly off, and I didn't care a whit about the "mystery" that intertwined with the story (linden could have absolutely left that out--i'd skip it if I had it to read all over again), but I enjoyed the book overall, and will purchase the other David's (the hero's brother) story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific Regency romance September 3, 2006
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Duke Marcus Reece is outraged and exacerbated over his brother David's latest stunt that could lead to a duel of honor. Still he has spent his life cleaning up after him so Marcus ships his wastrel sibling out of London to rusticate while he scours the latest mess.

In Middleborough David injures his leg in a carriage race. Hannah Preston, widow of the vicar, helps David heal. He soon proposes to his "nurse" and her daughter, Molly, but just before the wedding, he jilts her before vanishing. An irate Marcus accuses Hannah of forging his signature on the marriage license. She denies doing so, but apparently David did. When Marcus's sister and stepmother meet the two Preston females, they convince the "married" couple to pretend they are married to prevent a scandal and insure Molly's future. As Marcus falls in love with his "wife" and stepdaughters, evidence mounts that David is a major player in a counterfeiting ring.

WHAT A GENTLEMAN WANTS is a terrific Regency romance starring two likable responsible lead characters, who find love with one another in spite of the capriciousness of his twin. The story line focuses on the problems caused by frivolous David especially the shocker of the forged document. Though David is over the top with his behavior that scandalizes his family, sub-genre fans will enjoy the romance between Hannah and Marcus, encouraged by her offspring and his two female relatives.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Read
Absolutely one of the best books I've read in a long time. I'm a fan of Caroline Linden but this is the first review I've ever felt compelled to share. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Belinda LeBroke
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love this book...
I have read this book more than once, and still love it. It isn't the typical guy meets girl then loses girl, only to realize he can't live without her and then guy gets girl back. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story Wonderfully Written
Marcus and Hannah are perfect for one another - Caroline Linden beautifully develops their discovery of that perfection. The mystery does not distract from the romance.
Published 4 months ago by Rainy Day Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the story ,but dint like the end to much...
love it the story but.not the end. I want to know what happen next with Marcus and Hannah. I wanted interaction with Marcus and Molly.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Love stories with twins. Great plot and great characters. Kept me hooked from page 1. Not a slow read but entertaining and intriguing. Loved it. Going to read more!
Published 6 months ago by Michelle L. Shambow
3.0 out of 5 stars Could of been much better.
This could of been so much more. I really enjoyed it until about half way and then it got really boring. It was way to much stuff going on with the duke and the gaming halls. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Yolanda
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical Regency
One small plot surprise and the rest was obvious. A warm-hearted heroine and loving step-mother tame an arrogant duke to a happily ever after ending.
Published 9 months ago by Alison M. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars joyful
Another delightful story by Caroline, I do enjoy reading her books and look for more when I have finished reading the current one
Published 9 months ago by joyful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!!
What a wonderful romance story by this author. From the first page to the last I simply loved this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
It was a wonderful book,even though you did not get to hear much of her family after the first few chapters. It had suspense and the relationship between Marcus and Hannag
Published 11 months ago by Junglelisa
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Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. Despite an addiction to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, she studied physics and dreamed of being an astronaut. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight, but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel--and it was much more fun than writing computer code. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. She lives with her family in New England.

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