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Monday, February 27, 2017

Quote-tastic/Review-- If the Duke Demands (Capturing the Carlisles #1) by Anna Harrington

I was seriously giddy to see a new series from Anna Harrington. I loved the original series that this one spun off from. The heroes are so yummy and the heroines unique and fiery. Awesome combo in a historical. So this go-round. Miranda has a thing for a Carlisle brother and decides it's time to snag her man. Only problem? She kinda sneaks into the wrong brothers bedroom.

Which made for some entertaining moments when they later team up to each find their own HEAs. So this one he's giving her some tips...

"We'll practice flattery next," he instructed.

"But you've already told me that I have a pretty smile," she reminded him, giving him another one.

He was quickly learning to appreciate her smiles. "Not of you. Me."

She blinked, surprised. "You?"

"If you want a man to know you're interested in him without showing up i his bedroom at midnight--"

"That was a mistake," she interjected with an irritated huff.

"Then you need to let him know in more subtle ways." He repeated for emphasis, "Subtle ways, Rose."
And this one just made me laugh. I always get a kick out of mama/kid convos that are awkward like this. Because serious, yeah, the stork. Sticking to that. lol 
"I must admit that I was surprised your sister told me what had happened," she pressed gently. "Not only that you found Miranda attractive, but that you let yourself be intimate with her."

Embarassment surged through him, and he shook his head. "This is not a conversation I should be having with my mother."

Her eyes sparkled with amusement at that. "My dear boy, where do you think you came from-- a stork?"

"Yes," he agreed quickly with a very arched brow. Good Lord, he desperately needed more brandy. "Yes, I did. So did all my siblings." He paused to consider... "Except for Quinton, who was left by gypsies."

She smiled at that. 
If the Duke Demands (Capturing the Carlisles #1)

Goodness. Anna Harrington knows how to write a sassy romance that simply charms. Wonderful heroines. Lickable heroes. And romance that'll make a girl swoon. If The Duke Demands? Total reader-girl catnip.

Sooo. Miranda has decided she needs to snag her a Carlisle brother and right quick. The best way to do that? Sneak into his room late at night and seduce that bad boy. Only problem...she kinda sneaks into the wrong brothers room and finds herself face-to-face, and, erm, other-bits-to-other-bits with his older brother who just so happens to be the oh so proper duke who's sponsoring her upcoming Season. *deep sigh with a side of facepalm* Yeah.

I really adored Miranda. She's lively, spirited, full of heart and love and just a wonderful woman who was easy to love. And goodness Sebastian. He was a handful. A new duke who's a bit stodgy and way too set on being proper. He could be so charming and so frustrating. I loved when he let his guard down and wanted to just throttle him now and again, too. But, yall, I'd totally lick him. *nods slowly*

Their romance was so blasted fun and their differences entertaining as all get out. I loved seeing her enthusiasm and lust for life rub off on him. There were laughs and swoons and some night heat, though, there was a wandering hymen that didn't know quite where it should be.

All in all, a delightful start to the series. I had a great time with these two while they tried to figure each other out and realize that all their excuses for why they were wrong for each other was why they were so perfectly right for one another. And now I'm ready to see all of the Carlisle brothers meet their matches. It's sure to be a good time.
Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can't wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she's swept into rock-hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she's horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent—Robert's formidable older brother.

Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: he'll help her win his brother's heart if she'll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself.

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