Friday, June 14, 2013

What the Duke Desires (The Duke’s Men #1) by Sabrina Jeffries

What the Duke Desires  (The Duke's Men, #1)Historical Romance

From Goodreads:

"Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, accepted long ago that his kidnapped brother was dead. When a cryptic note from investigator Tristan Bonnaud claims otherwise, Max seeks out Tristan’s sister, Lisette—and is infuriated to learn that Tristan has also mysteriously vanished. Have the siblings perpetrated an elaborate hoax? Or is the fiercely protective beauty as innocent as she claims them to be?
Fearful that the powerful Duke will destroy Tristan’s career in his zeal for the truth, the clever Lisette convinces Max to accompany her to Paris in a joint search for their loved ones. But their journey takes a seductive twist when they pose as an ordinary husband and wife—not an English Duke with a tarnished family name and the illegitimate daughter of a viscount—and discover an exhilarating passion free from the damning secrets of the past. With the line between danger and desire enticingly blurred, they discover that some mysteries, like those of the heart, are answered tenfold in the bliss of a true and trusting love."

What the Duke Desires is the first book in a new series and has a full cast of characters.   Lisette and Max are the main characters in What the Duke Desires.  Tristan is Lisette’s brother and Dom is Lisette’s half-brother and both play an important part in the story.  Victor is a cousin that Max discovers as the story unfolds.  He is Max’s only living relative.  Then there is George, another half-brother.  George is not a nice person and I suspect that he will show up in future books. I saw hooks for several more books in The Duke’s Men series.

This is a fast paced romance filled with tension and danger.  I was kept guessing until end.  The writing is great, the story is interesting and the characters are well developed.  What the Duke Desires is a great start to a new series. 

I received an ARC of What the Duke Desires from Edelweiss.  What the Duke Desires will be released on June 18th.  Pre-order so you can start reading as soon as it comes out.

Pocket Books is the publisher of What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries.

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