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What the Duke Desires Audiobook

What the Duke Desires: The Duke's Men, Book 1

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Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter, who was presumed dead after being kidnapped. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister.

Soon he and Lisette are traveling to Paris posing as husband and wife, in search of Tristan, who has disappeared. And the longer he spends with Lisette, the easier it is for Max to see that the line between dukedom and desire is easier to cross than he imagined....

©2013 Deborah Gonzales (P)2013 Tantor

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    harp diva 06-30-13
    harp diva 06-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Duke of Lyons finally gets to be happy!"

    A nice story with some interesting twists, good characters and a fine narration. Definitely go for it!

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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 02-20-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2011

    I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!

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    "NOT THE BEST NOR THE WORST."

    If you are looking for something to pass by the hours until your next entertaining book then I would say purchase this book ( I bought it on sale @ $4.95, definately don't waste a credit on this). Its not best and not the worst book I have read. Corrie James does a fairly decent job narrating, though at times I would catch her swallow as she narrated and her dipiction of the duke sounds more like Humphrey Bogart than a British aristocrat but still, I will say, she is probably why I kept reading this book. I would like to listen to her narrate a really good book, i think that will let her stand out from the others. The story itself quite frankly is a bit dull; the chemistry was a little forced. Jeffries is not my favorite author just because most of her books are predictible but once in a while I do catch a really good book that she has written and that is why I bought this book in hopes that it was one of those good books; I was disappointed that this was not the book since the summary promised to be a yummy little read.

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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 01-25-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This author continues to be a favorite"

    Have listened to and read several books by this author, and always enjoy them. This was another winner. The story line kept my interest as the plot unfolded. Liked both lead characters early into the book. The female had some backbone, always appreciate that. There were also a few surprises along the way. Narrator was great, accents were believable, performed the different voices well. Overall definitely worth the credit. Will be getting the others in this series.

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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 10-07-13
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful.."
    What made the experience of listening to What the Duke Desires the most enjoyable?

    The narrator.


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

    Never heard her before but I liked her a great deal.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I've read so many of Sabrina Jeffries books it's just incredible, and I've enjoyed them all. The characters: Max, Lisette, Tristan, Dom and Victor were all wonderful. George and Hucker were just vicious creeps and I'm sure, eventually, they'll get what's coming to them.
    AND the sex was great, not too much, not too little.
    An all-around good read/listen. I found that it's great fun to read along with the narrator.

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    Kathie 08-08-13
    Kathie 08-08-13
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    "Stunningly Awful."

    Half way through part one it appeared the author decided to "phone it in". Really, really not worth a credit.

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    bluestategirl Vermont 02-21-15
    bluestategirl Vermont 02-21-15 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "What happened to the ending?"

    Despite great characters, a wonderful love story, and a promising plot, the whole story evaporates to nothing under the weight of unresolved plot points, making this book a disappointment for me.

    This could have been a great book, and I think that's why I'm so disappointed. The author failed at coming up with an ending that made sense, and once it fizzled, I felt like I was standing around waiting for the big reveal, only to see people clearing the set while the actors all went home. It was a let down.

    There are two mysteries: the unrelenting, and unexplained, murderous hatred of a stepbrother toward his step siblings, and the kidnapping and death of a young heir. The two intermingle, bringing our H and h together in a mad dash across post revolution France. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Unfortunately, we never feel as if we are in France, as most of the action takes place either in a carriage, on a steam ship, or in an apartment. (I did enjoy the scenes that took place under quarantine, but that's all I'll say about that.)

    I don't know why the heir was kidnapped. (The explanation given is convoluted and strains credulity.) The stepbrother's hatred is thwarted, but never explained, or resolved. We get our HEA, which is nice, but it isn't enough to save the book from expiring into mist.

    There are some steamy sexcapades that show the author knows how to write a love scene, and her characters are compelling, so perhaps with later books, the plots she comes up with will be worthy of them.

    Corrie James did a great job with the narration. I would say that she is probably the reason I listened to this book, but in fact, I liked the book until I got to the end.

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    Lady M 02-25-14
    Lady M 02-25-14
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    "Entertaining!"

    I enjoyed "What The Duke Desires", it was well written with engaging characters. The narrator did a great job.

    Our hero, Maximilian (Max) Kale, the Duke of Lyons, was a second son who became the heir when his older brother was kidnapped as a child. The Duke, having a mad father and Great Uncle, fears madness runs in his family and dreads having to marry to produce an heir. So when he gets a note saying his older brother may be alive, he makes an assignation with Tristan Bonnaud, who supposedly has proof, and can lead him to his brother---but Tristan is a "no show" and has gone missing himself. Searching for Tristan leads Max to Tristan's half brother, Dom, who owns an investigative business. Dom is out of town on business, so the Duke ends up aided (and manipulated) by the investigator’s half sister, Lisette Bonnaud, the illegitimate daughter of a viscount, and Tristan's sister.

    A big part of the story takes place on a trip from England to France, where Max and Lisette travel as a middle-class married couple. The mystery is well done and keeps one guessing.

    Well worth a credit!

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 02-02-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2016

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "A REGENCY ROMANCE WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING!"

    I really enjoyed the platter of "every kind of delicious" that this book delivered. There is a great plot that becomes unraveled very nicely. The backdrop of complicated brother-relationships for both the hero, Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons and the beautiful heroine, Lisette Bonnaud was very cleverly developed. The romance was like a winding road leading to a blissful ending that was thoroughly enjoyable at every stage of the relationship. There is mystery, intrigue, travels under aliases, passion, and of course a love that is strong enough to fight the fear of the future. The narrator, Corrie James, was very good. I liked the slight French accent she used for the heroine and her male voices were equally well done. This is a regency novel that is sure to be satisfying to anyone seeking a romantic indulgence.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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