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Today I’m reviewing a great little book that I bought for a book club read some time ago.
A Duke’s Desire by Liz Cole
Publisher: Breathless Press
Desire can bend even the most sterling character to its will.
Anna Carrington is no longer a child, but a marriageable young woman who has loved the Duke of Fairmount for years. She has kept her love for him well hidden, sure that even if, by some miracle, he did return her feelings, his dedication to propriety would never allow him to marry his ward.
Jared St. James is known for his strict adherence to the rules of society and respectability, even though he finds himself lusting after Anna. Having struggled against his desire to his young ward, he decides the only way to right the situation is to marry her off, but will she accept the man he has chosen for her or stake claim to her innocence?
Anna Carrington is a woman who has lived as the ward of a Duke most of her life. She spends all her time living at the Ducal estate with the Duke’s mother. Anna often escapes the confines of the mansion and spends time at a cottage on the estate. It allows her freedom that she can’t have at the mansion.
One night she falls asleep at the cottage only to awaken to find Jared, the duke himself standing in her room. Jared, is a most honourable man. He has always found Anna attractive and has looked forward to her letters for years. He hasn’t allowed himself to take advantage of his position as her guardian. He waits until she reaches her maturity to claim her for his own.
I liked this short little story. It was spicy, romantic and had a kleenex worthy HEA ending. The writing is beautiful, carrying the reader along through the story without noticing the passage of time. The relationship between Anna and Jared could have easily filled a full length novel, but it is interesting to read what is presented. It’s almost like reading the end of a book. Although short, the reader feels completely filled in on Jared and Anna’s history and feels like they have stepped into the end of the story to see what happens with all this attraction.
This is a very well written story and a short little read. Pick up a copy of this book and give it a read!
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