- File Size: 595 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing (February 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IFG18NE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Both Kristin Vayden’s writing and the story flowed beautifully. I just adored the characters and their interactions with each other. The dialogue is full of fun, witty banter that leaves you feeling connected to the characters and as if you were sitting there eavesdropping on their conversations.
I highly recommend this book – I enjoyed it so much I have already read it twice and it has only been out two days! This is the perfect book for anyone who enjoys Regency romance, magnificent banter between characters and a couple with fabulous chemistry and the makings of a great love story.
Charles and Carlotta gave me all the mushy feelings I can feel within two very adorable characters. I fell in love with them the instant they showed their attraction to each other. Charles, the "manwhore" of the royal world; and Carlotta, the damsel in distress/Cinderella--- what more can a reader like me ask for?
And there goes Lady Southridge, whom I first me in The Only Reason for the London Season. When you thought she couldn't be funnier, hang tight. She will tickle you in every way with her wit and classic humor in What the Duke Wants.
What the Duke Wants is like a fairy tale come true for me. Forget Cinderella, Jasmine and Belle. Carlotta and Charles are my new dream royal couple.
With a perfect blend of humor, romance and all things royally magical, What the Duke Wants has surely climbed not only to my top reads of 2014 but to my oh-so-romantic heart.
The heroine, Lottie, is the daughter of a baron. When her parents died, she came into a substantial inheritance, which included the family estate. However, at the beginning of the story, Lottie learns that all of her money has been lost in a bad investment, leaving her penniless. Not having the funds for her estate's upkeep, Lottie is forced to rent the property and seek employment. Thanks to her lawyer, she learns of the governess position within the Duke's household and is hired by his housekeeper for the post. IMO Lottie's age--she's only 18/19--was too young to be a governess, especially when you consider that one of her charges is 16, but I was willing to go along with it.
Our hero, Charles, Duke of Clairmont, is the quintessential jaded aristocrat. At thirty-three he's seen it all and done it all. He knows he has to marry one day in order to secure the succession for the dukedom, but has no plans of doing that any time soon. He also doesn't have any use for women, other than to warm his bed. He has quite a "black" reputation for carousing and womanizing, and is said to have no less than a dozen mistresses at any one time. When he learns that he has been appointed guardian to three young girls, to say he is unhappy, would be an understatement. LOL Leaving the decision of a governess up to his housekeeper, Charles plans on sending his wards off to his country estate and continuing his life in London, uninterrupted. Immediately his plans go awry, when during the first days of the girls' arrival, there are torrential rains in London, which prevents them from traveling to the country.
The instant Charles meets Carlotta he is captivated by her beauty, and he finds himself coming up with excuses to spend time in the intriguing beauty's presence. However, Charles is very quickly aware that his feeling for Lottie are unlike any he's ever had for a woman, and he realizes that he is in danger of falling in love. Knowing that an alliance between himself and a governess would not be acceptable, Charles decides to remove the temptation by sending Lottie and the girls off to the country, at the first opportunity, where he intends for them to remain. I really liked the fact that at no time did Charles consider making Lottie his mistress, as have been the case in any number of governess romance books that I have read.
Once Lottie and the girls have departed, Charles' plan to remain in London is derailed when Lady Southridge discovers that he is now guardian to three girls, and insists that he accompany her to his estate so that she can meet the young ladies. Very soon, Lady S discovers that Charles has feelings for Lottie and she immediately undertakes the role of matchmaker to see the two wed. For this endeavor she enlists the assistance of Charles' wards.
The story that unfolds is, for the most part, lighthearted and fun, with lots of LOL moments. I really enjoyed the easy, witty banter that occurred between the characters, especially between Charles and Lady S. LOL. Lady S is quite a character. She is a force to be reckoned with; or as Charles says a force "not to be" reckoned with. Haha
What I didn't like about the story is the fact that the obstacle to the couple's being together wasn't very convincing. At first I was buying into the whole "a duke can't marry a governess" thinking, because in reality that rarely, if ever, happened. It's only in romance books where we see lords and governesses getting married on a regular basis. Too, even the fact that Lottie was a baron's daughter didn't remove this impediment to a union between her and Charles, because once a lady entered service, she in essence became a member of the servant class and was exiled from her own kind. Despite these truths, Lottie's insistence that she couldn't have Charles just went on for too long, and after a while became tiresome! I mean even after her circumstances changed she was still thinking that same nonsense, even though she knew Charles loved her and wanted to marry her. Consequently, by the time the two got their HEA and Lottie was getting all choked up thinking how close she'd come to losing Charles, I was rolling my eyes, because IMO, if she had lost Charles it would have been due to her own stupidity! Oh, and Charles' torment over the fact that Lottie didn't want him was just as annoying. I mean very early in their relationship he told her that they couldn't have a future together for obvious reasons. Then when he decides to pursue her in earnest, he didn't bother to communicate that to her, but just kept kissing her. So, of course, she had to wonder at his intentions and tried to keep him at bay. I mean, what else was she supposed to do, fall in his arms and let him ruin her?
So, while this book started out pretty awesome, it kinda flopped towards the end. Still it provided me with a few hours of entertainment,and for that I am grateful. I do plan on reading the next book, but will wait a while before doing so. I should mention that this is essentially a clean romance. There are quite a few kissing scenes, and there is one love scene, but no details on the sex is given. Happy reading!
I remembered that I enjoyed it, but that's an understatement. I found it gripping from beginning to end. The characters come to life, from the meddlesome Lady Southridge to precocious Betty.
The heroine, Carlotta, was the wealthy orphaned daughter of a baron, on the cusp of her comeout when her fortune is lost and she's forced to seek employment.
The hero, the Duke of Clairmont, is a rake, confirmed bachelor, and suddenly guardian to 3 young girls.
They share the same solicitor, who decides that they each have something the other needs. Carlotta needs a job and the duke needs a governess.
Sparks fly from the beginning, but they each try to fight the attraction, knowing that it just isn't done for the nobility to consort with the help. However, everyone (and I do mean everyone!) decides to play matchmaker. How can they resist? They can't.
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