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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

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"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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Love Book Four!

I just loved all the books in this series. This is a lovely romance about Hart and Eleanor. I couldn't wait to listen to this book because I wanted to know more about Hart as he had so much responsibility in the family. This book (and series) was so well written. It kept my interest and had grown to really care about these people. I wish there was another book in this series!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 04-01-13

Perfect ending...

This book is just as good as the previous ones. The ending was very good and complete as it gives you a glimpse of how each brother and their families are doing. Hart was completely redeemed in this book. He changed a lot from how he was portrayed throughout the series. Eleanor was his perfect match in every sense. The bit of BDSM between Hart and Eleanor towards the end of the book was kind of weird but I guess it was appropriate to explain his "dark" side. It's nothing too descriptive though.

Narration: well by now Ms. Angela Dawe has improved her Scottish accent a bit and her narration has only gotten better. I highly recommend this book and I'm sad the series has ended.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 02-25-13

FIVE STARS - FOUR WORDS - I NEED MORE PLEASE !!!

For those of us JA fans who have listened to this entire series so far then I am sure they will agree that each of these books have just been wonderful and a joy to listen to.

If you're a historical romance lover then they just don't get better than this addictive listen about Hart - he has it all - a Dukedom (lovely), wealth (comes in handy), good looks (especially when he's in his kilt), women falling at his feet (well who wouldn't), a high job in Parliament (mmm not so sexy) but the one thing he hasn't got but desperately wants is Lady Eleanor his ex fiancee. He is a deeply tormented soul full of regrets and unfulfilled dreams so can she love him again and save him from himself (everyone say "ahhh").

There's well thought out characters both from previous books and new ones whose input into the story gives it depth, passion, intrigue, humour, sex and it's also touching, tender and sensual as well. You really feel like you know what makes the two lovers tick and what drove them to make the decisions they made in the past.

I hope Audible will give us book 5 The Seduction of Elliot McBride (out now) and 6 The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie (sometime in Oct 13) because her fans want this series to continue for generations to come.

Worth a credit? Do you really think I'm going to say Naah after that review - it's a MUST HAVE LISTEN and definitely a re-listen series ..... so that would be a YES. QUI, SI, AYE, SIM, DA, SHI ..... well you get the message.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Adore this family

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

Yes I would as the story itself is one I really enjoyed and the narrator does an outstanding job bringing it to life

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

When Hart realized he didn't want to be Prime Minister and wanted to be with his wife more

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

Eleanor

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

When Ian never gave up on finding Hart. I loved the connection between the two brothers

Any additional comments?

I adore this family and have been reading the way through this series and patiently waiting till I got to Hart's book hoping it won't not disappoint me as reading other reviews many were disappointed.Well I was not I really enjoyed this story. I went back in forth between the kindle and audible version and enjoyed both ways. I really was trying to listen to the audio version but I had to know what happened and I can read quicker than listen. I will say I adore the narrator for this series she does an excellent job with all the accents she must do. The story itself is a wonderful one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kristin
  • Brookings, SD, United States
  • 03-09-13

love it, so sad to reach the end of this series!

Loved all four books in this series, but the first and last ones were my favorites. You definitely should listen to all of them. Yes, you can get the basics of the other brothers if you just listen to this book. But then you miss out on all the personality nuances and interactions in the family. Would give this series 10 stars if I could. By this book the characters feel like family, and just the way they act, especially Ian from the first book, made me laugh out loud. Will definitely look for more from this author.

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  • Rebecca
  • Sylvan Lake, AB, Canada
  • 01-16-13

Cunning yet predictable

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not a thing, I buy a book from this series whenever I need a mental break from a difficult or depressing read. It's uplifting and enjoyable.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't have changed anything. This is all about one big, happy family.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Angela is quite limited but her voice is very soothing. It's not uncommon for her to get the male and female character mixed up and her accents are terrible.

Do you think The Duke's Perfect Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No...all of the brothers are married now, lol.

Any additional comments?

Don't expect anything spectacular but you will be content.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 08-28-12

Read this one to cap it all

Duke Hart Mackenzie is politically motivated, strong willed, the leader of his family and his political party. Widowed for many years and having suffered the loss of his infant son, he has been concentrating all his energy into gaining power. Now nearing victory, he needs a wife who can stand at his side, to be hostess to all the balls and fetes that will be expected of a Prime Minister. Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the one who got away, the woman who jilted him many years ago, though he never really understood why, despite her explanation. Now he has her back in his sphere of influence, he is determined that she will fulfill the role he has planned for her. This is the 4th of the Mackenzie series. I enjoyed the characters, especially the growth experienced by the Duke, motivated by the events in the plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Good Ashley Read

What made the experience of listening to The Duke's Perfect Wife the most enjoyable?

I had liked the narrator from the other two books, and I waited for this one and was not dissapointed.

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

The beginning when she comes back into his life.

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

I don't have a favorite, as I think she does a spectacular job on each character.

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

Yes, it was.

Any additional comments?

I recommend all three of the audible books to others!

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  • J
  • Riverton, WV, United States
  • 08-06-12

Excellent Series

I loved this book as much as the others. The narrator is great & the story was perfect. I really enjoyed this entire series and hated to see it end. Too bad there was not another brother to write about. Maybe Daniel the son of Cameron would make a good addition to the series.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The Duke's Perfect

Would you listen to The Duke's Perfect Wife again? Why?

I have read this whole series more than one, so I am pretty confident I will listen again.This series has a beautiful balance of characterization, story line, mystery and romance, which is hard to find in most books.The MacKenzie brother's have damaged souls but, have found away of surviving their horrific upbringing to become much better men ( with the help of their wives, of course)

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

2 come to mind, without giving much away. The first one was Elle, taking pictures of Hart, and Hart being almost shy about it. Second, when Elle finds Hart in the MacKenzie mausoleum.

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

Really love Cameron and Daniel, they are hilarious

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

The Duke's (not so) Perfect Life

Any additional comments?

I thought it the end of the series, but it looks like there might be a book for Daniel.. Can't wait.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful