ARC Review: The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley

Posted March 30, 2012 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Reviews / 26 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley
The Duke's Perfect Wife
by Jennifer Ashley

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 3, 2012
Series: Highland Pleasures #4
Published by Berkley
Pages: 296
Format: ARC
 

 

 
Describe the book in three words

Suz: I love Hart…hmm or maybe Contains Hot Highlanders!

Annie: HART.IS.MINE.

Suz: ACTUALLY, I think you will find Hart is mine

*tug of war over Hart commences, Suz wins ofcourse, hehehe!*

The cover: Love it or Hate it?

Suz: Not a fan, I think that the other covers are better, especially Cam’s book!

Annie: LOVE IT! It’s Paul Marron. In a Kilt. As Hart Mackenzie. Must I go on?

Hart Mackenzie: Sexy Dominant Highland God or Controlling Manipulative Bully?

Suz: Definietly sexy highland god with a nice wide dom streak, I loved that about Hart. I don’t think he would be the same if he wasn’t quite as manipulative and interfering as he was. You know that it all comes from a place of love, he just wants to protect his family and those he loves and he thinks he is the best man for the job!

Annie: It’s quite obvious what my answer would be to this one. Hart is a Highland god through and through. His dominant tendencies in and out of the bed make him so irresistible! How can you deny a man who knows exactly what he wants and how he wants it? Not only do we see Hart’s dominance and arrogance in this book, but we also see the vulnerable and parental side to him as well. Ashley does a great job of displaying different sides to Hart’s character.

What did you think of Eleanor Ramsey?

Suz: I really like El, I loved her habit of talking on and on and despite having a fairly hard life struggling through poverty, she never whines, she just gets on with it cheerfully. And what I really really loved about her was that she never backed down from Hart and that she was never afraid of him, as deep down she knows she can always trust him. She was a great heroine

Annie: El is my newest favourite historical romance heroine. I loved her spunk and attitude and the way she keeps Hart on his toes. Despite the fact that her family is in an uncomfortable position, she doesn’t allow the burdens of life to dampen her spirits. She’s a fun, flirty gal who knows how to handle a man like Hart Mackenzie and I have to admire that talent. Not many can match someone so bold as a Mackenzie highlander.

Hart and El, were they a match made in heaven?

Suz: I am not normally a fan of rekindled romance, but I do think that El and Hart were a great couple. Hart needed El, she stopped him from becoming a shell, who only have his political ambitions for succor. I did think this book would be hotter then it was. There is some steamy scenes, but I think Cam and Ian’s books were far more erotic.

Annie: Absolutely! There’s no question. The chemistry is potent from page one and undeniable throughout the rest of the book. El matches Hart in the way they are both determined to see through certain events until their expected results happen. While I thought the sex scenes would be more steamy and involve ..err…something extra, the love scenes between Hart and El were still fantastic.

The MacKenzie clan has grown from four solitary brothers to a horde of mini Highlanders and their wives, what do you think of the familial relationships and their inclusion in the book and their affect on Hart?

Suz: I think one of the best things about the Highland Pleasures series is the relationship that the four brothers have with eachother. The brotherly bonds are especially strong as they all lived through an abusive childhood, terroized by their father. Hart being the eldest has always protected his brothers, first from their father then from themselves and it has been the keypoint in his life. What was great about this book was it showed the tight connection that Hart and Ian (my two favourite Mackenzies!) had. Hart would do anything for Ian and is almost more like a father then a brother.

Annie:
Actually, one of the biggest reasons why I follow this series is because of the big familial relationships throughout the series. Ian plays a big part of this book and I loved reading about him again. In this book, we see more of Hart’s experiences with his abusive father and the possible fallouts of their actions if Hart didn’t do what he did. I LOVE the fact that Ashley incorporates a different kind of love in her romances. Romantic love is important, but a family is what makes a character’s life full.

Any general thoughts on the book, and will you be looking forward to the next one The Seduction of Elliot McBride?

Suz: I loved this book! I have been looking forward to Hart’s book since the The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and I wasn’t disappointed it was a heartwrenching and emotional book and I can’t wait to see what What Ms Ashley has in store for us next.

Annie: YES! After devouring this book, it actually makes me want to go back and read the rest of the series to relive my favourite moments until the next book comes out. I’m actually regretting the fact that I read so quickly.

Any Favourite Quotes?

“We’re Mackenzies,” Mac said, his gaze steady. “Remember that we break what we touch.”

That was what Hart Mackenzie always wanted, she realized. For others to surrender to him, to let him be their master. Not because he wanted to punish them, or to have his own way, but for their own good, beacuse he wanted to take care of them. Those who didn’t understand that dashed themselves to bits on him.

“You were supposed to burn this,” Hart said. He couldn’t get up, could not move, drained from what he’d just read.
Eleanor closed the door and came to the table littered with letters. “I couldn’t, somehow.”
He noticed that she did not need to ask which letter he meant. “Why not?”
“I don’t know, really. I supposed, because, of all the people you could have told, you chose to tell me.”
“There was no other person,” Hart said. “No one in the world.”

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Jennifer Ashley

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

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The_Book_Queen
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The_Book_Queen

Great discussion–er, I mean review. Loved hearing both of your thoughts on the book, and it really read more like a conversation, which is great! 🙂 I can’t wait to read this one, this series is one of my all-time favorites.

Enjoy!
TBQ
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Beebs
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Beebs

Oh I love this series! It feels like I’ve been waiting for Hart’s book forever. My copy is on the way but it just can’t come quick enough. 🙂

Artemis
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Artemis

Can’t wait to get my hands on Hart!

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I have not read any of these, but you gals make a pretty convincing case for them.

Thanks for the team approach! Fun!

Wickedly Delicious
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Wickedly Delicious

Awesome review. Now I want to read this series. I only read Ians story and loved it.

Victoria
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Victoria

I LOVE this series and I’m so jealous you got an ARC! lol. I loved reading this and now I can hardly wait even more (which I didn’t think was possible) to get this book!

Lupdilup
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Lupdilup

My comment on the giveaway was meant to be for this post..lol
I did it from my phone, dunno what happened 😉
Anways,I can’t wait to continue with this series.
Awesome work…again.

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Under the Covers

Hey Book Queen, glad you enjoyed our book discussion!

Beebs, I hope your copy comes in soon! Enjy Harrt!

LOL Enjoy Artemis!

Sophia Rose, I highly recommend this series. Hope you give them a shot.

Thanks Wickedly Delicious!

Aw, don’t be jealous, Victoria. Hart will be coming to you soon!

Lupdilup! Thanks for taking the time to comment. appreciate it a lot

Ann

Timitra
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Timitra

I’m looking forward to reading this series…thanks ladies!!!

Under the Covers
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Under the Covers

You welcome, Timitra!

Ann

erin
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erin

Thanks for a great review! I really need to get started on this series!

Penfield
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Penfield

Thanks for the review. This book is on my TBR pile.

GzNKz4evr
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GzNKz4evr

LOL – I love duo reviews. The difference in opinion can be a lot of fun to read. 🙂 Great interview! I am going to add these books to my TBR list now.

Di
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Di

concensus looks great! The comments have convinced me to read the book (& the series).

Barbara
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Barbara

GREAT review, ladies! I LOVE this series too…sooo looking forward to reading Hart’s story! And now…Elliot’s too!

Stella (Ex Libris)
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Stella (Ex Libris)

I know a lot of my blogger friends were excited and impatiently awaited the release of this book, so I was curious to read your review, and you didn’t disappoint 🙂 Loved Ann your 3 word description: HART.IS.MINE! 😀 Lol

I still have to catch up with this series but your review re-enforced me to do so quickly 😉

thank you!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Sheree
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Sheree

I totally agree with Annie: a topless Paul Marron in a kilt? I’m there!

Linda
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Linda

Love Jennifer’s books & I pre-order as soon as I see them online. Missed this one; thanks for the review. Happily added to wishlist!

mcv
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Got to read this book!
mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

Jen B.
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Jen B.

I really love a series with the family ties. I read Sabrina Jeffries for that same reason. I am really excited about this series! jepebATverizonDOTnet

Barbara E.
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Barbara E.

Contains Hot Highlanders, that’s all I need to know. 😀 I enjoyed the review and I’m looking forward to reading The Duke’s Perfect Wife.

Megan@Riverina Romantics
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Megan@Riverina Romantics

OMG from the very beginning Suz is pulling her man tricks! You’ve got a big enough harem woman!

flchen1
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flchen1

Oooh… That sounds great! Thanks for the review–it’s terrific to have a well-reasoned response to give me a peek at the story!

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