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His Highness The Duke

Dragon Lords, Book 5
Narrated by: Melissa Barr
Series: Dragon Lords, Book 5
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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The would-be heroine...

Aeron wants nothing more than to continue to live out her very long, solitary life in a small metal room listening to communications for the Federation Military. It's not glamorous. It's not even charming. But it's safe. There's no chance of getting hurt.

When she intercepts a communication about the impending genocide of the Qurilixian people, she has no choice but to act. No one at the Federation seems inclined to do anything about the threat and suddenly it's up to her to save a whole planet. Enlisting the help of her degenerate sister, Aeron finds herself signed up as a prospective bride to the very barbarians she's trying to save.

The man who did not need saved...

Dragonshifter High Duke of Draig, Lord Bron, is not looking forward to his seventh failed attempt at a marriage ceremony, but when he sees the lovely Aeron he knows instantly his years of waiting have finally paid off. The gods have blessed him with a life mate... or have they? His new bride is insistent she's not there for marriage, but for a mission. It's up to Bron to convince her to stay, or risk spending the rest of his life alone.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Noblemen brothers aren't new to the sacred Qurilixian bridal ceremony. After several failed attempts at finding a bride, it's hard to get excited about yet another festival. No matter how honorable they try to live, it would seem fate thinks them unworthy of such happiness - that is until now.

With very few words spoken and the shortest, most bizarre courtship in history, they will bond to their women forever. And once bonded, these men don't let go... Too bad nobody explained this to their brides.

©2012-2014 Michelle M. Pillow (P)2014 Michelle M. Pillow

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Disappointing :(

I have listened to every single one of her books RELIGIOUSLY and I have loved each one with 5/5 stars. But this book was so hard to continue to listen to. The story was uneventful but I kept listening anyways in the hopes that there would at least be a really good cliffhanger. There wasn’t, I was disappointed in this chapter of the draig storyline

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Finding love while trying to prevent genocide

Where does His Highness The Duke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love the Dragon Lords series by Michelle M Pillow. This book just adds to the story of the Draig. It's hard to rank it when the whole series is so good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of His Highness The Duke?

When Queen Mede explains to Aeron about the Draig marriages. She has to much patience with Aeron and takes the time to welcome her to the family.

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

This is the first book I have listened to that was narrated by Melissa Barr. The way she narrated made you want to keep listening to see what happens next.

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

Aeron explaining to Bron about how her home world was destroyed and why it was so important to her to do whatever necessary to prevent that from happening to another planet.

Any additional comments?

This is the fifth book in the Dragon Lords series. I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very interesting and full of life. It's a wonderful book about a person who cares enough about others and is willing to do whatever needed to prevent another tragedy. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

Aeron is a civilian analyst for the Federation. She intercepts a communications transmission about a possible genocide attack of the planet of Qurilixen. When the Federation does nothing about it because Qurilixen is not part of the Federation, Aeron decides she has to do something. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of Qurilixen don't allow many ships to land on their planet. She steals a ship and head to place her sister, Riona, is to ask for help in getting the info to the inhabitants. Aeron interrupts Riona just as the dice is thrown in a game causing Riona to lose the game. Riona's solution to getting to Qurilixen is by signing up with Galaxy Brides to be part of the Draig Breeding Festival.

Lord Bronislaw, the High Duke of Draig, is not looking forward to the Breeding Festival. It's his seventh year of attending but it's his duty to attend since his royal cousins are attending for the first time. Bron just knows he is not going to find his bride again and doesn't pay attention to the brides as they walk past. He is shocked when his crystal lights up and he realizes he missed her. After the other grooms collect their brides, he walks past all the other brides to figure out which one is his. He finally stops in from on Aeron. It takes convincing to get her to go with him. Things don't go as planned once they reach the tent. She is obsessed with getting to the King to tell him of the planned attack and tells Bron over and over that is the only reason she is there. Bron tricks her into taking off his mask and that's when things really get out of hand. They end up consummating their marriage when it is forbidden. Bron leaves her in the tent by herself all night to atone for his sins.

The following morning he must present her in front of the council as his wife. She becomes obsessed with the crystal when he gives it to her to break. The King and Queen are very upset about the way Aeron reacts to the crystal. Bron has to take it away from her, pick her up then drop her on the crystal to get it to break. Once broken, Aeron remembers why she is there and tries to tell the King while denying she is married. When Aeron doesn't shut up about it, the King drugs her and orders Bron to take her to the hunting cabin so he has time to get his marriage in order.

Aeron awakens during the trip to the cabin. She is adamant that she is not married to Bron. While there, Bron disappears. She starts heading down the mountain and runs into his brother, Alek, and his new wife, Kendall. After Alek finds Bron in an ancient dungeon, Bron takes Aeron back to the castle so he can talk with the King about the possible attack. King Llyr tells him to look into it and take his bride home. They reach Bron's home and find that his brother, Mirek, has married Riona who is in a coma.

How will Bron get Aeron to accept their marriage? You will need to listen to this to find out.

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what so short

to short, good but short. I liked the story voice acting was alright. I wish though there was more then 15 chapters

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Is it finally his turn at love?

What did you love best about His Highness The Duke?

The Lord Bron finally has gotten his forever love but is not an easy task. Aeron is one tough female.

What other book might you compare His Highness The Duke to and why?

All of the books I have listened to in this series. Each male finds a bride but has to work hard to gain them.

What three words best describe Melissa Barr’s voice?

Strong, Clear, Good

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

When Aeron learns all that is involved in marrying Lord Bron and when she learns of her sister.

Any additional comments?

I was gifted this audible for my honest review

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Loved it

His Highness The Duke is the fifth book in The Dragon Lords series by Michelle M. Pillow. It tells us the story of High Duke of Draig, Lord Bron and Aeron Grey, civilian analyst for the federation.

Aeron intercepts a communication about the impeding genocide of the Qurilixian people. Unable to get anyone to do anything about the information she decides to get help from her sister and signs up to be a bride in hopes of saving lives. Bron is on his 7th attempt at a marriage ceremony and does not believe that he will ever find his bride. Due to not paying attention he almost doesn't.

I enjoyed this book. I love the humor, the intrigue and the romance. I liked how different the Duke is from the Princes. It's funny how the Duke almost screws up his chances of a bride. Aeron is feisty, brave, strong and stubborn. The book is very well written and a must read for all paranormal readers.

I highly recommend this series. It's a really good read.

Dragon Lords Series (in reading order)......
1. Barbarian Prince
2. Perfect Prince
3. Dark Prince
4. Warrior Prince
5. His Highness the Duke
6. The Stubborn Lord
7. The Reluctant Lord
8. The Impatient Lord
9. The Dragon's Queen

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The Duke's Story

What did you love best about His Highness The Duke?

Aeron did come to love Bron. He was so starved for love that he totally missed his forever love.When Bron thought he was not going to find his bride & totally missed her because he was looking at his feet instead of paying attention to the paraded brides. His crystal glowed but when he looked up all the brides paased by. He did not know what she looked like & had to wait & go to each woman to see for whom it glowed the brightest. It glowed for Aeron. Bron & Aeron really had a bad beginning, but it worked out for them.

What didn’t you like about Melissa Barr’s performance?

Her performance was very choppy & it was very distracting. She did not flow in her narration. It was very much like she was reading a script.

Any additional comments?

Just because the narrator was bad the story is great. I really love the way Michelle Pillow continued each story in real time from the point of view of the main characters. So it was all happening at the same time from their POV. I look forward the next book.

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Oh I love the duke

Would you listen to His Highness The Duke again? Why?

Sure it's a great story. I LOVE all the dragon lord story's miss pillow is an excellent writer.

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

Love her she makes the story come to life.

Any additional comments?

Ah the cousins are just as much alpha dragon men as the princes! I loved book 5 miss pillow does it again and we have new set of brothers to fall for lol, great story line, plot and troubles! Can't want to hear the next book!

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  • Amanda
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  • 03-19-15

short but just as good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend only if they are unable to read the book themselves. This book is a part of an amazing series and if you can't read it yourself, then listening to someone else do it is a better alternative.

Did Melissa Barr do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I found that I enjoyed her voice, but of course she didn't sound how they did in my head. I felt that she did a good job reading overall and even voicing the characters and making appropriate inflections and attitude for the characters, but I could not completely fall in love with the pairing of her voice and this story.

Any additional comments?

This is the 5th book in an amazing series. It's a little shorter than the other 4 but still packs a lot of excitement, fun, and romance between the pages. Bron is a serious hero but oh so lovable as only Draig men can be. Aeron had a one track mind in saving the planet, but with a sexy, alpha, male as a mate how can you not get a little side tracked. I found this story to be funny, adventurous, hot, and a great read and an enjoyable listen. I loved their story years ago and enjoyed it just as much now.

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The Dragon Lords Duke Has Arrived

Would you listen to His Highness The Duke again? Why?

Yes this was a very enjoyable listening experience.

What other book might you compare His Highness The Duke to and why?

It is a part of the Dragon Lord Series, only this book introduces pthe Royal cousins I stead of the four princes. The Duke is a bit more on the serious side so perhaps as see a bit more similarities between him and Zoran.

What about Melissa Barr’s performance did you like?

I felt her performance was well done. Her voice was much more effective for the female characters than the males but overall she did a pretty good job.

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

When Aeron finally tells Bron what happ Ned to her planet, her family and her people, Bron was finally able to understand and support her on a much deeper level and I felt it gave Aeron the ability to find the security she needed so desperately.

Any additional comments?

Although a bit short this was another great exciting romantic sexy romantic adventure to add to an awesome series. If interested my full review is posted for the ebook up at Amazon.

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The Duke

At the start of the book we are not on the Draig's Homeworld. Instead we start with Aeron hunting down her sister Riona in order to save the Draig. Aeron works for the Federation and intercepted a transmission that sends her on a personal mission to save the Draig. After seeing her own homeworld destroyed she refuses to stand by and do nothing. That is where her sister comes in and gets them a ride aboard Galaxy Brides.

Now we are at the Wedding Ceremony and this is Bron's 7th attempt at finding a wife. Going in to the ceremony he is already planning on not finding a wife and doesn't even watch the procession. When he looks down he sees his crystal glowing but did not see who made it glow. That is just the start of his bad luck during the ceremony. By the end of the night he believes his marriage is cursed and doomed to fail by the Gods.

I enjoyed this book. It has the same type of timeline as the other Dragon Lords book. However, this time around we have a new enemy that we did not see in the original 4. The couple in this story get together faster then the others but that doesn't mean that there aren't steamy scenes in the book. I loved Aeron's passion for everything and wanting to save the Draig. I also loved Bron's persistence in wanting to make this marriage work and Aeron happy. I cannot wait to see how this story continues.

I loved Melissa Barr's performance. I was almost able to listen to this in one sitting. The only thing preventing me was my schedule.

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  • Sar1386
  • 10-29-16

Why so short!

I enjoyed these characters and was just getting into the story and relationship then it was over! Why?