Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can’t wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she’s swept into rock-hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she’s horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent-Robert’s formidable older brother.
Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: He’ll help her win his brother’s heart if she’ll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself.
Review: I love romance in any genre, I really do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love reading regency romance, fancy dresses, the Haute Ton, all of the parties, and teas the ladies got to attend. It’s fun reading about all that.
I have never read anything by Anna Harrington, but I really enjoyed The Duke Demands, a lot. I’m going to be reading more of her work from here on out. This is the first book in the capturing the Carlisle series and I saw on her Amazon page that the next book is out. I’m so excited about this!
Miranda is a young girl in this book, but she is extremely mature, despite her age. She’s loving, caring, smart, and determined. Sebastian is a man that has a gentle soul. He’s caring intelligent, and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. He puts a lot of unnecessary pressure and demands on himself. Miranda and Sebastian are each other’s friends, and are truly there for each other during their times on need. They look after each other, defend each other, and understand each other.
The dialogue between Miranda and Sebastian is truly entertaining, and I found myself giggling more than once out in public while reading. I got some strange looks, but I don’t care. I love reading books where the two main characters are each other’s friend first, before anything else comes into play. It’s important to be friends first in fiction as well as in real life.
Falling in love is so unpredictable, and I love reading about two characters finding each other, spending time together, discovering each other, falling for each other and loving and accepting each other.