ARC Review: If the Duke Demands by Anna Harrington

Posted February 28, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 9 Comments

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ARC Review: If the Duke Demands by Anna Harrington
If the Duke Demands
by Anna Harrington

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 28th 2017
Series: Capturing the Carlisles #1
Published by Forever
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“IF THE DUKE DEMANDS unexpectedly swept me off my feet.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ll admit, I was lured in by the pretty cover.  And also my efforts to try new authors in search for new and refreshing stories.  This one, was a big hit!  Being my first read by Anna Harrington and not knowing what to expect, this book was surprisingly endearing.  I fell for the characters from the very first moment we see young Miranda trying to sneak in her childhood friends’ bedroom to try and seduce him and fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming his wife.  Except she sneaks into the wrong brothers’ room and finds an unexpectedly seductive Sebastian.

They both want different things.  Miranda wants the more wild and carefree younger brother, Robert.  Sebastian wants a proper lady to fulfill duties as his future Duchess.  They are far from what the other expects, and yet they can’t help that sudden connection.  The moment they shared pulled away their defenses and left them completely open to the other.  I loved how they were so unguarded and free to be who they really were with each other.  And it was so much fun to see Sebastian try and leave his stodgy and serious persona aside and indulge in his real desires with Miranda.  They couldn’t have been more opposite characters, except they both they right balance for the other.  She makes him a little bit less reserved and enjoy life.  He centers her.

IF THE DUKE DEMANDS unexpectedly swept me off my feet.  I kept turning the pages with excitement and glee.  I couldn’t put this book down, it was just sexy, sexy, witty and at times hysterical.  All key things I love in my historical romance. I can already anticipate that these will be very sweet and fun books.  I love the light hearted feel of the story and I absolutely love the Carlisle family so I can’t wait to continue on reading their escapades.  And now definitely a new to me author I’ll be on the lookout for more.

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About Anna Harrington

I fell in love with historical romances and all things Regency—and especially all those dashing Regency heroes—while living in England, where I spent most of my time studying the Romantic poets, reading Jane Austen, and getting lost all over the English countryside.

When I read my first Regency romance in 2012, I was hooked and longed to create my own independent and spirited heroines and dashing heroes. The best part of writing historical romances is falling into history—to live in the world of Regency England through my characters, with dazzling balls, beautiful dresses, and gorgeous houses that I would otherwise never be able to experience. I love the period’s rich history and find that all those rules of etiquette and propriety can be worked to the heroine’s advantage…if she’s daring enough to seize her dreams.

In addition to earning my degrees in the U.S., I have studied theatre in London, Mexican history in Guadalajara, and Spanish in Ecuador. I am an avid traveler and have enjoyed visiting schools and volunteering with children's organizations in Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, and Mexico, and I have amassed thousands of photos I unleash on unsuspecting friends who dare to ask about my travels.

I love to be outdoors! I've been hiking in Alaska, the Andes, and the Alps, including one week spent dangling off the via ferrata in the Italian Dolomites, and I love whitewater rafting (when I don't fall in!). I earned my pilot’s license at Chicago Midway (To all the controllers in Chicago Center—I greatly apologize for every problem I caused for you and Southwest Airlines), and it is my dream to one-day fly in a hot-air balloon over Africa.

I adore all things chocolate, shamelessly dive into ice cream of any flavor, and guzzle Kona coffee by the gallon. A Doctor Who fanatic (everyone says my house is bigger on the inside), I am a terrible cook who hopes to one day use my oven for something other than shoe storage. When I'm not writing, I like to spend my time trying not to kill the innocent rose bushes in my garden.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

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Thanks for the review.

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You’re welcome!

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I love,love historical romance books,and lately I have read a lot 😀
Added to my wishread 🙂
Thanks for the lovely review Francesca 🙂

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Hope you enjoy it!

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The cover got me too! Glad the story is just as good.

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LOL I’m not the only one huh? Yeah, I think this will be a fun series

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This sounds beyond awesome! Historical romance is still my #1 go-to genre when I just want to get lost in a good romantic story, and this one seems to fit the bill perfectly! Giving it, and this new-to-me author, a try. Thanks!

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Yes it’s definitely sweet and romantic! Hope you enjoy it 😉

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Thanks for the review Francesca