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
I'm a huge fan of Historical Romance and have recently found how enjoyable audio books can be.
Great story but a tad bit too much narration by the author. I prefer stories to be told through the characters dialog rather than pages of narration telling me what they feel and thing. The audio book narrated by Corrie James was excellent - Corrie James is a new favorite of mine!
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!
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
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.
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.
Never heard her before but I liked her a great deal.
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.
I need more ears!
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.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
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.
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