Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Review- The Duke's Perfect Wife

The Duke's Perfect Wife
Highland Pleasure (4)
Jennifer Ashley
Berkley Sensation
Published April 2012
296 Pages
Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-425-24710-5
Author's Website
 Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, 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
My Review
When Eleanor receives a certain package in the mail from a total stranger, she opens it to find picture of a ex fiancee, a man she gave her heart to a very long time ago. These pictures aren't just any photo's, they are of him magnificiently in the nude, and she wonders why someone has been sending them to her. So she knowing, that she and her father are short on funds. So she heads to London, and finds Heath, and proposes a business arrangement. Eleanor knows that it is up to her to find the one with all of these pictures, before one falls in the hands of a journalist or scandal magazine, which might ruin any chances that Hart may have to succeeding in his goals for the future. However one thing that Eleanor didn't plan on, was how much she still loves Hart, even after all of this time. She doesn't trust him in the least, but she can't resist his tender caresses that sends fire running through every pore of her body. She is afraid of letting him into her heart again and only end up a broken shell...but will Hart and Eleanor find what they are both looking for in each other?

The Hero (Hart Mackenzie)
Hart, as leader of his family, has yet to hold onto a love of his own. Through all of these years, he has done everything he could to protect his matter the cost, even to himself. Hart is very successful, and is one of the most well known men in England, and has enough power to do just about anything he would set his mind to. Hart, never likes the word 'no', but there is one woman that isn't afraid of him or defying him in any way. He has always loved Eleanor, and even though he has plans for her, she comes right to his doorstep and he finds himself more than a little intrigued by her proposal, and sets out to seduce her into his bed and in his heart.

The Heroine (Eleanor Ramsay)
Eleanor, lives with her father in a small village, and is more than content..,mostly. However she has managed to keep tabs on Hart Mackenzie. Hart was once her fiancee, a very long time ago. But then he hurt her and she knew she had to end things. He has always been a strict and hard man, but now that she is so near to him again, she doesn't know if she will be able to resist him. Eleanor is determined to find the one responsible to sending her those nude photographs of Hart, but then the stakes are set higher, and only by putting her faith in Hart, will she be able to find a more exquisite love than she has ever known or dreamed of.

My Thoughts 
OH MY GOSH!!! I LOVED this one!! I can't even put into words how much I fell in love with "The Duke's Perfect Wife". I actually haven't read this series for quite a few years, not since they first came out, and I can't believe it took me so long to read this one. Ever since the first in the series, I just fell in love with all of the characters. How great it was to see them all in Hart's story. Hart I have always loved...even though he is manipulative and craves power...but more importantly he loves very deeply. He does everything he can to protect those in his close circle, especially his family. The career he has made for himself is sky rocketing, and is most popular among England, even though he is a Scot and wears a kilt (so so sexy!!!)Eleanor, is a fighter, and I just loved that about her. She stands up to Hart, which could be very amusing, and isn't afraid of him at all. I really loved the sparks that fly between these two...even verbally. The bed scenes...well *sigh* so sweet and tender at times, but very steamy, I felt like I was in a oven!! The plot was very thrilling and exciting, and so mysterious at times, I kept guessing what was going to happen, and I ended up guessing wrong!! LOL Such adventure reading Ashley's historical's. I am never bored, and I always find myself totally engrossed in this one. I always know when I pick up her books I will enjoy it, and it was the same for this one. I think it had me from the first paragraph and I was hooked and It was pretty hard putting it down. I have always loved the way this author writes her powerful and heart wrenching. It touches something deep inside this reader, and I am sure every other reader who has had the opportunity to read her wonderfully written works. I couldn't help but fall in love with Hart....a hero to just dream about for years!!! A story that will capture your heart and take you on a adventure of love and passion and danger! A Delectable treat.

First Line 
Hart Mackenzie. It was said that he knew every pleasure a woman desired and exactly how to give it to her.

Favorite Quotes 
Hart leaned down to kiss her. He dropped more kisses to her bare side, and then he forgot about the camera. It tumbled to the mattress while he gently lowered her onto her back, and then he climbed over her, body surrounding hers. Where he belonged. Thoughts of his past, his mistakes, his anger, his misery, were gone. Hart looked into Eleanor's eyes, felt her arms around him, and knew he'd found home.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
A Mackenzie Family Christmas
The Seduction of Elliot McBride
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie



  1. Got to love a man in a kilt! That's a gorgeous cover and this looks like one I could definitely add to my TBR pile :)

  2. I loved Hart's story! It was my favorite after Ian's ofcourse. Eleanor was perfect for Hart. I didn't realize how much he cared for her and it was quite a shocker, but I loved him more for that. The mystery part was done so well, I didn't know who the culprit was until it was revealed. It was so smart of him to do that. Have you read their christmas novella. It was fabulous as well. Great review :)



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