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The Duke's Perfect Wife Audiobook

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

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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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    Tabblair Hope-o'brien 12-11-12

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    "A Joy to read. A family you learn to love"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Duke's Perfect Wife to be better than the print version?

    Yes!! The story teller has great range and did a perfect highland accent.
    The brothers are alike in many ways and yet totally different. Its best to start with the first
    book and watch as the family slowly change for the better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Duke's Perfect Wife?

    When he first show his feeling for the lady.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have read all the books so every scene was a favorite.The Duke gets his due


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Duke gets his due.


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    Jan Indiana 11-22-12
    Jan Indiana 11-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Love and Politics"
    Any additional comments?

    Another great addition to the series, The Duke's Perfect Wife includes Hart's political ambitions, assassination attempts, possible blackmail, some nice moments with the kids, Ian playing an important role in Hart's HEA, and yes, Eleanor is perfect. A lot going on and the romance doesn't get lost. Very well done.

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    Michelle Columbus, OH, United States 11-04-12
    Michelle Columbus, OH, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great series"
    Where does The Duke's Perfect Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the top


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

    Other books in this series. It is set around a family.


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

    I have not listened to anything she has narated before but deffinitely would again. She was great.


    Any additional comments?

    This entire series was wonderful. There was a great love story with a little mystery as well. I was very pleased with this book and was sad to see the series over. I hope that she writes another book for this series as there is one more brother left in the family to write about
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    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 09-30-12
    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Hoping there is another story in this series"

    I just love the Mackenzies. Again I think Angela Dawe has the perfect narration for 1880s England/Scotland. Harts story did not disappoint and I hope Ms Ashley continues on with Daniels story and Mr Fellows story. I started this series only because the first book sounded unusual, I don't regret it and each story has been equally good. These people have depth and soul.

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    Shawne Jacksonville, FL, United States 09-22-12
    Shawne Jacksonville, FL, United States 09-22-12
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    "Couldn't stop listening to this story. Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Duke's Perfect Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, intriguing, and sensual!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The well developed characters and their background stories. The love scenes were not only steamy but filled with pure love the characters felt for each other. Eleanor was such an amazing and strong woman.


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

    Awesome performance! She narrates with such excitement and feeling!!


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

    When Hart Mackenzie realized that his love for Eleanor and his family was more important than power and ambition.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful series!!

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    C. Ogle Tennessee 09-10-12
    C. Ogle Tennessee 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but not great!"
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    I liked this book, just thought Ian & Camerons was more interesting. This one does fill in the lingering questions from the other three in the series.

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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 01-10-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Those Mackenzie brothers make me smile!"

    Almost as good as Ian's story. The story was interesting, narrator was awesome and this was ever so close to being as good as my favorite brother Ian. If you liked Ian's story, you will love Hart and El's. This is a story of love worth waiting for! Time to start from the beginning because they are all worth a second listen!

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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 11-12-13
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it.."
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    There were a few people who didn't like this, on Amazon, but I refused to listen to them because I couldn't wait to read Hart's story. And I'm so glad I ignored them. Next to Ian's story this one was the best. It could have been better with a different narrator but I, eventually, got past her hesitations when she read. She really didn't read with much emotion either, not like Katherine Kellgren or Moira Quirk or some of the better narrators.

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-07-13
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-07-13 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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    "The DUKE finally finds love & happiness"

    I really love to read books about complex, multi-dimensional characters. And, this book fit the mark....so much so that when you read about the duke, Hart MacKenzie and the love of his life, Lady Eleanor Ramsay, you feel as though they are living, breathing, tangible characters.

    One of the aspects that absolutely intrigued me about this book was that I was constantly trying to figure out the man who is Hart Mackenzie, the Duke of ____. It was as if I was jotting down mental notes about him throughout the book and I feel as though I didn’t really “get him” until the end of the book.

    I kept putting Hart in somewhat of a category of a cross between having a dark, sexual drive like Christian Grey (from 50 Shades of Grey) and the mystery and public intrigue that surrounded his life as John F. Kennedy Junior. Hart MacKenzie is the type of man that every woman wants, every man fears and few truly know.

    I had less of a time figuring out Lady Eleanor Ramsay. She is a beautiful woman who is much like her Scottish Highland predecessors. She is intelligent, fierce, beautiful, true to herself and deeply loyal to family and her ancestral roots.

    Relationship Questions:
    Hart and Eleanor were engaged about 8 years earlier. So this book was about a resolution to the disintegration of that original commitment, and finding the path to happiness in both their lives. Eleanor is Hart’s true love and he lost her because he didn’t know to show his love. He only knew how to control people and there was no way he was going to control that self-possessed Highland lass.

    For me, when I started reading the book, there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered regarding their relationship: 1) Why did Lady Eleanor break off the engagement with Hart, 2) If Hart adored her so much why didn’t he go back to her after Sara’s death (his 1st wife) and son’s death for consolation? Why did he instead go to his mistress Mrs. Palmer?

    Thankfully, all of these questions do get addressed almost like a leaky faucet of information….one drop at a time. And, ultimately I think this is true to Hart’s character. He suppressed and carried a lot of weight on himself. The weight of the well-being of his family, the weight of the country, the weight of not knowing how to connect to happiness for himself, and the weight of grief.

    Regarding Mrs. Palmer (the deceased mistress), I have to admit that I was jealous for Eleanor over Hart’s relationship with Mrs. Palmer until that part was explained….and explained very well. Turns out I had NOTHING to be jealous of for Eleanor….LOL

    The Love Development:
    The love between Hart and Eleanor is deep, it’s forever, it’s powerful, and insatiable. Yet, due to Hart’s character (Mr. “Hold Everything In”… “Control freak”), he only lets himself out a little piece at a time, whereas, Eleanor is a waterfall of love and patience. So even though Hart is crazy about Eleanor you won’t get the full sense that they are complete in each other until toward the end of the book. Hart is not like his brothers who become immediate fools for love and push almost everything aside for their lady loves. But, with Hart there is no guessing, he wants Eleanor and he wants her forever, that part was always evident. There were some great rendezvous between the two: on the stair railing, laundry room, El’s bedroom etc before they got married and then things really heat up! And, the photographs…oh those naughty photographs!!!

    Great Moments in the Book:
    ~A great aspect of this book was being back in the MacKenzie world and getting to see how all of the MacKenzie brothers are fairing with their beautiful wives and families. I was so touched with the portrait session of the MacKenzie’s in the epilogue. Seriously, I think a tear ran down my cheek, even though I had this big smile. There is this concept of a new era for the MacKenzie's. They have broken the cycle of rage and destruction that their father paved for them.

    ~There is this fabulous little scene between Agent Fellows (illegitimate MacKenzie son) and Lady Scranton (Isabella’s sister) on a ladder together that was a great taste of things to come with that couple….talk about sweet stolen kisses and his hands on her hips….always a sweet thing!!!

    ~There is this powerful moment where a13-year old Irish boy, an attempted assassin of Hart, who is being questioned by none other than Hart himself, in his office, and Fellows and other law enforcers are present. Then, Eleanor walks in and is powerful in her effectiveness in dealing with the stubborn boy. She relates this AMAZING story that had been misinterpreted throughout the years about her great-grandmother, a Scottish Highland Laird’s wife and how she dealt with the English as they tried to take her lands. OMG…it was awesome.

    ~It was hilarious how the MacKenzie family (including valets) were exchanging money with one another AT THE WEDDING, due to the bets they made on whether Eleanor would marry Hart, or not. Loved it!

    ~I liked the terms of endearment Hart used for Eleanor: “minx,” “beautiful lass,” “wicked wife.” Very, very cute….

    ~Very wonderful & powerful moments between Ian and Hart…both when Hart found Ian and then later when Ian found Hart (I won’t spoil anything with details)… Ian tells Hart, “I will always find you.” OMG…that part gave me chills and I wanted to cry because it was so touching!


    Narrator: I LOVE the narrator and I think she is perfect for this series….just perfect.




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    CAC 09-11-12
    CAC 09-11-12

    Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........

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    "Loved this series............."

    Loved this series and this book was no different. However, it did get a little long in some places and the passion scenes were not as intense as the others books, but concluded the family well.

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