Dukes and Desires

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 230 ratings

The Desirable Duchess Publisher's Summary

Lovely Alice Lacey was a true incomparable, and her marriage to the Duke of Ferrant was the event of the season. Almost no one realized, however, that Alice was secretly in love with someone else - or that she had confided her feelings to a clever talking mynah bird who announces these intimacies at the moment of the couple's wedding.

Now the gossip mongers are relentless. Alice's marriage started out, and has remained, cold and impersonal, and her new husband is already rumored to be taken with another woman.

Before she even realizes what is happening, Alice finds herself in a world of opposites: The man she thought she loved is something other than he seems; and the man she married, something far more than she hoped. Her last hope and redemption has to be convincing the man she wedded that they are in love.

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  • Book 1

    • The Desirable Duchess

    • Dukes and Desires, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    Lovely Alice Lacey was a true incomparable, and her marriage to the Duke of Ferrant was the event of the season. Almost no one realized, however, that Alice was secretly in love with someone else - or that she had confided her feelings to a clever talking mynah bird who announces these intimacies at the moment of the couple's wedding. Now the gossip mongers are relentless. Alice's marriage started out, and has remained, cold and impersonal, and her new husband is already rumored to be taken with another woman.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Least favorite narrator ever

    • By Laurie S on 03-06-18

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 2

    • Her Grace's Passion

    • The Royal Series, Book 9
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Matilda, Duchess of Hadshire, is virtually a prisoner of her cruel husband, who romances his mistress right under the duchess' nose. Her only joy is dreaming of the handsome Earl of Torridon - for like her, he is trapped in a horrid marriage and longs to find true love and happiness. Though she secretly wishes for the death of her unkind husband, Matilda never could have imagined the guilt that plagues her when the illustrious duke is befittingly murdered by his own mistress!

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  • Book 3

    • Pretty Polly

    • Dukes and Desires, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Blessed with beauty, Mrs. Manners never bothered with the lesser skills of grammar and spelling. So, in order to entrap a second husband, namely the dashing Duke of Denbigh, she needed Miss Verity Bascombe. Surely the modest chit would be honored to write her love letters. Poor Verity! Her old schoolmate was as selfish as ever. But the lovely girl's gilded pen soon had the duke most intrigued by the poetic Mrs. Manners!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Amusing

    • By Grammie on 05-31-17

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    • Pretty Polly

    • The Dukes and Desires Series, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Blessed with beauty, Mrs. Manners never bothered with the lesser skills of grammar and spelling. So, in order to entrap a second husband, namely the dashing duke of Denbigh, she needed Miss Verity Bascombe. Surely the modest chit would be honored to write her love letters. Poor Verity! Her old schoolmate was as selfish as ever. The lovely girl's gilded pen soon had the duke most intrigued by the poetic Mrs. Manners! But alas, what began as a tiny deception became troublesome indeed - for Verity soon found herself enamored by the handsome duke!

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  • Book 4

    • The Sins of Lady Dacey

    • Dukes and Desires, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    The local society could only speculate how a pair of turtledoves would cope as the guests of the scandalous Lady Dacey. Surely she would attempt to corrupt them - an act that both Pamela Perryworth and Honoria Goodham would see as welcome entertainment in their rigid, joyless lives. Though Mrs. Perryworth is married - most unhappily - and the young Honoria has a cloying tendency to read too much scripture, the purity and loveliness of both ladies nonetheless inflames the senses of two notorious lords.

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  • Book 5

    • My Dear Duchess

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Handsome, dashing Henry Wright, the Duke of Westerland, needed a wife in a desperately short period of time. If he could not find a wife, he would lose the legacy he so desperately desired. Young, lovely, but sheltered Miss Frederica Sayers needed a husband just as much as Henry Wright needed a wife, only she needed a husband to save her from the life of shame that almost certainly awaited her when shefled the callous cruelty of her family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful performance

    • By Rhonda Exum on 01-05-18

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  • Book 6

    • Lady Lucy's Lover

    • The Royal Series, Book 4
    • By: Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Poor deluded Lucy. She married a gambler, a womanizer, and a drunkard, and she refuses to admit that his frequent overnight absences are of significance. It is not until he reveals that Lucy's parents "bought" him for her that it really stings. And then one night at a ball, she meets the charismatic Duke of Habard - and suddenly anything seems possible.

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  • Book 7

    • The Scandalous Marriage

    • Royal, Book 24
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    As far as matrimonial prospects were concerned, Lucy Bliss was told she'd make an excellent clergyman's wife. Her mother had loftier aspirations, however, for Lucy's lovely younger sister, Belinda. Belinda would marry a duke, more specifically the duke of Wardshire. Lucy was truly horrified. "Lucifer" Wardshire was rumored to be as wicked as the devil, with orgies and mistresses - and worse.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator didn't do it justice

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-12-15

    Regular price: $20.97