Sunday, May 15, 2011

Book Review-At The Duke's Pleasure

At The Duke's Pleasure
The Byrons of Braeborne (3)
Tracy Anne Warren
Published January 2010
375 Pages
Regency Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-16342-9

Edward Byron, Duke of Clybourne, has everything a man in Society needs . . . except a wife. Duty requires he wed, so he decides that a long-standing arranged marriage will do nicely. He knows his bride is beautiful, biddable, and bright enough to run his household and nursery. He expects his betrothed, Lady Claire Marsden, will be thrilled with his decision—unfortunately, she's not!
Claire has longed for Edward since she was sixteen, but how can he expect her to agree to his proposal when he barely knows her and doesn't love her? Nothing will convince her to accept a loveless marriage. And so she begins a battle of outrageous resistance, forcing Edward to learn that he must lose his heart in order to win his bride.

Claire, has been in love with Edward, the Duke of Clybourne, since she was sixteen years old, but then he broke her heart, and even though they have long been betrothed, she has no desire to marry him now. Claire refuses to enter into a loveless marriage, because she has seen what a one sided loveless marriage is like, and has no desire to go through that. Edward, knows that it is his duty to wed, and knows that with her pedigree and manner, she would be an acceptable wife, but little did he know that he would have to fight to win her hand and affections, and that he could awaken her deep passions and desires with his kiss. Despite her resistance of him, he is ever the more determined to claim her as his matter what it takes to win his bride....

The Hero (Edward Byron)
Edward, accepts that his marriage to Claire, will be similar to other society marriage, and the most he will feel for her is devotion and affection. After seeing his two brothers in love and happy in their marriage, he doesn't know if he could ever open up to someone as they have. Edward accepts his responsibilites and duties as being Duke, and as he was required to marry because of his title, he knows that Claire is the perfect choice to be his bride. However he never thought that he would find such pleasure in her bed, or that his heart would start to open to love...

The Heroine (Claire Marsden)
Claire, once fell in love with Edward when she was sixteen, but then she spied him with his mistress, and after his reference to her at the time, she was heartbroken. Now years later, he has come to marry her, and Claire is far from happy that he has come now for her, and plans on fighting this battle of wills and of the heart...

My Thoughts 
At The Dukes Pleasure is the third in this series by Tracy Anne Warren. I just recently started reading books from this author, and just adore them. At The Duke's Pleasure was such a witty and fun love story, yet the story line still had a serious tone to it as well, but I just loved how the author woven the characters and the story all together, such brilliance in her writing, I was so entranced from the very beginning and I could hardly put this book down. The characters were so vivid throughout the story, both have vulnerabilities that I felt I could relate to. A WONDERFUL STORY!!!

My Favorite Quote 
"No, I told you before, you're the only woman that I want." His lips brushed across her forehead, then over her cheek with a gentle touch that was almost reverent. " The only woman I'll ever want"

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Tempted By His Kiss
Seduced By His Touch
Wicked Delights Of A Bridal Bed
The Bed and the Bachelor


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