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The Duke's Perfect Wife: Highland Pleasures, Book 4 | [Jennifer Ashley]

The Duke's Perfect Wife: Highland Pleasures, Book 4

Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancée, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all - a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him - his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss: his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart, though he realized it too late.
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Publisher's Summary

Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancée, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all - a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him - his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss: his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart, though he realized it too late.

Now Eleanor has reappeared on Hart's doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes - and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination - Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him ... or save him.

©2012 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

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

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    Kimberly 10-01-12
    Kimberly 10-01-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The Glue"

    Hart Mackenzie is the glue that kept the three brothers alive and on track to make their own successes. He is mostly an enigma through the first three books but this one is his story. Angela Dawe gave her normal perfect performance of Jennifer Ashley’s ‘script’. It really filled in the blanks and gave a bit of the Irish/Scottish history. I believe I think back to this novel more than the others because it fills in so much.

    Lady Eleanor Ramsay is a force to be reckoned with, which makes her the perfect match for Hart. Her dialogue in this book is excellent and often very funny. Her father is the quintessential nutty professor that always lends to humor and enlightenment. I loved her story about her Great Grandmother after the slaughter - priceless!

    This book is a bit of a roller coaster and I thought best in the series – though they are all good. Some reviewers disagree, but that is to be expected I suppose.

    Lady Eleanor was Hart’s first betrothed and why she broke it off comes later in the book. The photo sessions were a surprise, as was Eleanor’s wish to learn EVERYTHING; but that is for the readers’ discovery.

    I listened to this over two months ago and still remember it well and love it still. It is worth the credit, and I will listen again. I recommend the series – and leave this one for last.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda USA 01-27-15
    Rhonda USA 01-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Rhonda478

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    "Still like the series On second listen"

    This is enjoyable on many levels. Good story. Great narrator. Amazed at how much of the story I didn't remember will have to re-listen to others I previously listened to. Much like an old friend catching up and telling stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SpeechPathMom 09-25-14

    “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    "A nice continuation of the series."

    This was a pleasant addition to the series. If you enjoy the characters and would like a deeper insight into the mind and heart of Hart McKenzie, this is the book for you. Easy listen, especially when engaging in daily tasks.

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-31-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Pretty good addition to the series :)"

    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Eleanor and Hart regardless of their sometimes stupid decisions. I was happy to see Hart finally get himself a wife because he needed some happiness and also it means he’ll stop being such a controlling jerk to the rest of the family (as I’m sure Eleanor will keep him too busy for that). They do end up being a good couple though and work well together.

    Eleanor is the single daughter of a scholarly Earl but lost her mother when she was only 8. She was once engaged to Hart Mackenzie and had loved him dearly but she broke off their engagement after she found out things about him that broke her heart. Since then she hasn't even tried to find a husband and instead takes care of her ailing father (and became a spinster).

    Hart Mackenzie is the oldest son of the Mackenzie family and a Duke. Hart has definite ambitions in the political arena, hoping to gain enough power to eventually help Scotland gain its freedom from England. Hart wanted Eleanor to marry him and regretted their breakup. He did his duty and married another woman but his wife died during childbirth and Hart lost both his wife and baby. Hart didn't have any real inclination to remarry and didn't for years. It isn't until recently (now that his brothers are all married and taken care of) that Hart’s thought of taking another wife and once he did, Hart knew his new wife had to be Eleanor.

    Hart has plans to win Eleanor back (but wasn't planning to see her so soon) when Eleanor shows up unexpectedly wanting to talk to him. Eleanor tells Hart they need to talk and she has a proposition for him. Eleanor then proceeds to explain that she was recently sent a picture of Hart, naked. Eleanor worries that someone has more pictures and might use them to make a mockery of Hart and hurt his political plans. Eleanor proposes that Hart pay her to work for him and she’ll go about trying to discover where the pictures came from. Hart doesn't really want Eleanor to get involved in the situation but figures it would be good thing to have her around and agrees to her arrangement. Soon Eleanor is staying in Hart’s house and trying to find out where the pictures came from. Hart keeps trying to keep her out of trouble but Eleanor tends poke her nose in, even when Hart doesn't want her to. Eleanor manages to track down some of the naked pictures that were taken of Hart but there’s still more that are missing. Hart also is making in-roads to his political ambitions but doesn't always like what he has to deal with in order to get the allies he needs to accomplish him goals. While all this is going on the attraction between Hart and Eleanor is still strong and tends to make it difficult for them to stay away from each other. There are a few times when they almost lose themselves but most of the time Hart is able to keep control (or they get interrupted).

    The Mackenzie family is around during the story and it’s interesting to see how things have progressed for each of the couples from the previous books. They also have fun putting their 2 cents in on Hart and Eleanor’s resuming relations and some are rooting for them to get back together (as they liked Eleanor) and the rest are just happy to settle in and see how things go (although some betting pools do get set up…). Things don’t go easy for Hart and Eleanor, even once they get back together. Hart’s political goals come to fruition and he starts gaining more power. However, there’re difficulties tied to Hart’s elevation which causes someone to make attempts on Hart’s life. Besides that, Eleanor has difficulties in their relationship as Hart has pulled away from her once he got her back. Eleanor tries to tell herself it’s just the pressures of everything happening in Hart’s political area but it still causes some stress for her. Hart actually is having trouble opening himself up to Eleanor completely (although Ian tries to convince him that he needs to) because he’s worried if he does, she won’t be able to accept the true him. Things sort of go off kilter with a bombing and some majorly stressful times but everyone comes out alright in the end. Then Eleanor and Hart are reunited and get their HEA.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked it and was glad that Eleanor and Hart were able to work things out. There were a few times I didn't understand their motivations but overall was happy with the way things ended. I also was happy to see the 4th Mackenzie brother married and settled. I plan to read more of the series in the future as I’m a bit curious about Daniel and Lloyd’s stories. I’d recommend this story. :)

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    Amazon Customer 02-09-14
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    "Not up to par!"
    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Ashley’s story?

    The whole plot...the fact that she goes back to him after 8yrs?! The fact that the reason why they parted in the first place was because of his mistress.. and then he leaves the mistress because of this..then he goes off and marries someone else and have a baby with that person and when the wife dies rather than try to mend fences with the his love interest he goes back to the mistress who caused their breakup in the first place?! That he still cared for the mistress despite the fact that said mistress was willing to have his brother IAN blamed for a crime he didn't commit and that said mistress almost killed IAN's wife? Then after all this happened, that's when Eleanor comes back into his life even though he was at fault in the first place..she pretends it's to help him out with this issue with the photos and yet it just seems like she meekly accepts all his proclivities and his depravities and his past women...where is her pride? If that was the case and she's ok with all his stupid crap, why bother breaking off the engagement in the first place? why is it ok now and not then? If he's suppose to love her why go back to the mistress and not her? Why marry someone else after the breakup? Couldn't he change his ways when they broke up and persuade her to take him back rather than get married to someone else for political reasons? I don't really buy that the wife dies while trying to birth their baby, that's too convenient an excuse for the author to get rid of the wife, Oh and killing off the mistress too, in book one..so that all obstacles are out of the way so that further down the road she could write (Harte and Eleanor) back together again. I know it's just a story but still it doesn't compute into a love story really, because without the love scenes, there really is no substance to either of them, because of their actions before and after their breakup, the chemistry isn't really there, otherwise why does he need to go to other women and take 8 yrs before they get back together again? Really? What's she doing during those years, pining away for him? waiting for him to come back to her? Yeah right..in the end she's the one that went to him....no chemistry, no real love,.because in spite of him thinking he couldn't live without her or that he really loves her, he married someone else and still go off to his mistress or other women so where was the love for her in his actions?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the fact that the brothers care for each other and that they look out for one another especially IAN, with his special needs and their patience with him.


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    Terry Rapid City, SD, United States 06-30-13
    Terry Rapid City, SD, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Last one in series"

    By now, I was hooked on the series. However, this main character was changed/misrepresented in earlier books in the series. The characters were engaging, but when the story line is carried from book to book, the characters need to be the thread of commonality.

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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 06-30-13
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.

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    "Best book in the series"
    Would you listen to The Duke's Perfect Wife again? Why?

    Yes and I've already listened to it twice. The main character was such a terrible man, but loved his family at the same time. After the other books, couldn't wait to learn more about him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked L.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Hart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 04-02-13
    Deborah 04-02-13
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    "Loved it!! Another great Mackenize story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Duke's Perfect Wife the most enjoyable?

    I loved that Ms. Ashley blended in a mix of all the Mackenize brother. It was nice to hear how Ian, Mac and Cameron were all doing with their new wives.


    What other book might you compare The Duke's Perfect Wife to and why?

    The book is very similar to Jennifer Ashley's other Mackenize novels.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a great MacKenize Scottish accent. It is hard to tell the MacKenize brothers apart however.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it. Great Story!


    Any additional comments?

    Very Enjoyable. I would recommend this recording to anyone who has already enjoyed the first 3 novels in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 03-13-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "AMAZING MACKENZIES"
    What made the experience of listening to The Duke's Perfect Wife the most enjoyable?

    Got to know and love the characters in the first book "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie". Even though this fourth book in the series did not disappoint and was almost as good as the others, Ian MacKenzie remains my favorite character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Eleanor Ramsey was not a push-over even though still in love with the Duke.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I have listened to the previous three installments of this series and I think she does a fairly good job. I like it when a female narrator can do gruff, sexy male voices. Ms. Dawe is pretty good in this arena.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were times I laughed. No crying, but did get anxious a couple of times during the story.


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    Karen 01-21-13
    Karen 01-21-13

    O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!

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    "Okay"

    This was my least favorite book of the series!
    maybe it is because my expectation was too high but with Hart proclavities and past history with the heroine, I was expecting hot bookie nookie, a stong heroine who makes him crawl...
    but it was not to be

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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