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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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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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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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  • Terry
  • Rapid City, SD, United States
  • 06-30-13

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

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.

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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.

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  • Coooper
  • Wasilla, AK, United States
  • 03-13-13

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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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

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Fabulous performance of a great book!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Duke's Perfect Wife to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print book, but I can't imagine reading it without hearing Angela Dawe's voices in my head. In fact, I just downloaded the print version of A MacKenzie Family Christmas, now that I've finished listening to the four main books about the brothers. I hear Angela's voices in my head as I read it. I am relatively new to audible.com, but after hearing the four books, I have been searching for other books she reads. I'm ready to pack my bags and head to Scotland after listening!<br/><br/>This is the Fourth book in the series; I recommend starting with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. The second book is Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage and the third is The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. All main characters from the first three appear in this fourth book, and you will enjoy it more in chronological order.<br/><br/>Enjoy!

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

Similar to Maya Banks Scotland books. Strong, stubborn hot men, headstrong women, wonderful Scot accents. What else could you want in a romance?

Which scene was your favorite?

The family photograph scene towards the end.

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

Yes, but instead I listened while I did chores around the house. Made folding laundry much more enjoyable!

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  • Joslyn
  • MILTON, WI, United States
  • 01-03-13

Least exciting of the series, but worth a credit!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found this brother the least compelling of the MacKenzie brothers. Would have enjoyed more of a romance storyline.

If you’ve listened to books by Jennifer Ashley before, how does this one compare?

I liked this story the least of the MacKenzie brothers series.

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

Love Lord Mac and Lord Cam!

Could you see The Duke's Perfect Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Henry Cavill, Robert Pattinson