Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review ~ Dukes are Forever by Anna Harrington ~ Seduction and Revenge


Guardian and Wards! Carriage Accidents and Betrayal. Seduction and Revenge! Anna Harrington Brings it All in her debut novel, Dukes are Forever!


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Heroine ~ Kate Benton is an independent, resourceful and self-reliant woman.  She is only 20 but has studied medicine for most of her life. She is determined to run her estate Bramble, and to keep practicing medicine. She's vulnerable as well because no matter what her asshole of a father does, and he does some very bad things, she still yearns to have her father's love. [br]

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Hero ~ Edward Westover, Duke of Swarthmore, is more of an army Colonel than a Duke. He was thrust into the Dukedom when his older brother and his wife were killed in a carriage accident. He actively seeks vengeance from the drunken man, Philip Benton, who was driving the other carriage that killed his family. He's very stubborn,  autocratic and very distrustful and expects his orders to be obeyed without question.

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Edward has won Kate's estate and guardianship in his act of revenge. He thinks she's a child and goes to the estate to assess the situation and hire a governess. Needless to say, there are shocking discoveries to be made. Kate and Edward banter and argue from the moment they meet. The chemistry between them flies off the page! [spoiler]Edward deflowers his own ward and then somehow gets it into his head that she seduced him! (He was betrayed by his sister-in-law before her marriage and is extremely distrustful of women) He does something very stupid after that and pisses me off!! He really grovels later but it takes him a while to figure out how big a dunderhead he is![/spoiler]

I loved the secondary characters! Edwards Aunt is a classy broad and his fellow soldier friends are so dang interesting!

For a debut novel, this was an emotion packed adventure! I can't wait to read the next one, Along Came a Rogue!

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ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE

Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Swarthmore, than a little girl's fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy's estate, everything that villain held dear—including his daughter—belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way—that's Edward's plan. But he's in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman...

...AND WAR

Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who's invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her—and Brambly House—alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward's cool fa├žade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There's so much she doesn't know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?

 

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