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The story is engaging, perfectly paced and kept me interested from beginning to end. Sweet and fun adventure Great story. Funny,suspenseful and a sweet story. I really enjoyed the characters and cannot wait for the next book in this series. Rated 4. Jun 02, Jessica Cale rated it it was amazing Shelves: romances. She is tirelessly kind, she handles her foibles with humor and grace, and deals with her ghastly family with the patience of a saint. Ambrose Langtry, the tenth Duke of Stonebridge, is a complicated character.

The chemistry is immediate and considerable. I understood their attraction and felt their frustration as they are frequently reminded that any relationship between them would be impossible. Speaking of difficult characters, Lady Beatryce Beckett is the worst. Can she be redeemed? Quinton has her work cut out for her! The espionage subplot was exciting and nicely executed. Their efforts to solve an almost twenty-year-old murder and their subsequent revelations drive the plot forward and set up the series nicely.

The supporting characters and unusual settings really helped this book to stand out. Lord and Lady Swindon are about as pleasant as their name suggests, while Lord Middlebury is a convincingly loathsome antagonist. What the Duke Wants is an outstanding debut.

As a fan of historical romances I love discovering new authors able to breathe fresh air into the genre and with this debut work there's much that makes it memorable. From its delightful heroine to its sensual banter to a secondary character who's left me panting for the next installment I found this an enjoyable journey. Grace is unlike most women of the time. Class distinction doesn't concern her, she aspires to design fashions and own her own shop when she comes of age, and she's incredibly cl As a fan of historical romances I love discovering new authors able to breathe fresh air into the genre and with this debut work there's much that makes it memorable.

Class distinction doesn't concern her, she aspires to design fashions and own her own shop when she comes of age, and she's incredibly clumsy but is able to laugh it off with a smile. In a nutshell, Grace is a delightful heroine who's strong-willed and intelligent. Though her vernacular seemed almost too modern her words and deeds often brought a smile to my face. She's immensely likable and friends with everyone, even amongst the servants, and her sunny disposition was a wonderful dichotomy to the nastiness of the relatives she's living with.

From the moment she sees the dour countenance of Ambrose she fell for him despite their class differences and fought her heart and mind every step of the way. It's a difficult journey to reach her HEA as loyalty to her family has her denying what her heart truly wants as does a Duke who purposely hurts her as he too fights his attraction. Since the day his father was murdered with his reputation torn to shreds Ambrose has felt the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Desperate to clear his family's name he's walked the straight and narrow which has hardened his heart and turned his personality overly serious. Deciding that he's ready to marry, and to conceal the fact that he's looking into his father's murder, leads him to Beatryce and her family who he's known since he was younger. She'll make the perfect wife with her unquestionable manners and demeanor, but it's her cousin Grace who captivates him. From their memorable first meeting in a mud puddle to their clandestine meetings, Ambrose knows their match will mar his family's name but her joy in living slowly thaws his heart.

Ambrose is a self-assured man with few friends he trusts, he's a bit cold and rude at times, but you can't help rooting for him and Grace.

She makes him a better man and in return I wish he had treated her better throughout the story. When pushing her away he acted with cruelty, he immediately believed the lies her relatives told about her, and used their class differences against her. Through her eyes, and because of her forgiving nature, I too ultimately forgave him. With witty banter teeming with sensuality Ambrose and Grace's burgeoning relationship was fun to watch. It was a slow burn of clandestine encounters, and hurtful behavior from him, that led to a culmination of their feelings very late in the story that was well worth the wait.

Along with their engaging romance was an intriguing mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. With two compelling main characters came an equally engaging cast of secondary characters. Beatryce and her parents provided plenty of villainy with their cruel words and deeds, which lent an air of Cinderella to the story, and had me booing whenever they came on the scene.

Providing an air of sweetness and chivalry, as well as sexiness and loyalty, was the charming Dansbury. Ambrose's loyal friend was a giant with a big heart and I look forward to his story being told next. As a debut this story had a good flow and nicely juggled its romance with mystery. Though the hero was a bit tarnished, and the heroine a bit too forgiving, I found this a delightful read that still makes me smile just thinking about it. Apr 28, Ki rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook , own , arc.

If you know me I really love spies so this was a hit for me. So the secondary story worked amazingly with this book. The characters were both intriguing and likeable. Stonebridge really needs most of the wack on the head but all is good with him and me, for now. I love my agents! As for Grace, I got confused every time I hear her name, well especially in a sentence along with her calling Stonebridge, Your Grace. Can I say it was funny at the same time too? Like I said the secondary characters were a great add to the story.

They helped moved the story along and shall I say, added tension too? I also enjoyed spending time in both the minds of the two characters. Sure spending time in their own heads were great but sometimes it was just too much? Like Stonebridge is just too cruel when they are apart and it makes me wish there were more time for the two to be together to fix all these misunderstandings and such. And did I say I wanted to kick him? There were lots of details which worked well for capturing the feel of the Regency time and there were lots of thinking from the characters but it worked.

Rating: 3. The book description sounded interesting, and I always love books set during the Regency period.

What a Duke Wants by Lavinia Kent

Ambrose Langtry, the tenth Duke of Stonebridge is ready to set up his nursery and chooses Lady Beatryce, the daughter of The Earl of Swindon, a longtime family friend. When he arrives at a house party the earl and his countess are giving, the last thing he expects is to Rating: 3. When he arrives at a house party the earl and his countess are giving, the last thing he expects is to stumble across Grace Radclyffe in a mud puddle needing rescue. Grace Radclyff, the niece of the earl and cousin to Beatryce, is known for having unfortunate mishaps.

In essence, she is clumsy. When she looks up into the most brilliant green eyes she has ever seen, she immediately falls under their spell. Why did those eyes have to belong to someone so far above her in status and almost engaged to Beatryce? Can Grace fight the growing attraction she and the duke feel for each other and retain her honor, or will she throw caution to the wind and give into the incredible passion she feels?

What the Duke Wants has plenty of moments of hilarity and witty dialogue between Grace and Ambrose. There is also an interesting mystery running along with the romance between the duke and Grace. The pacing is excellent and the plot engaging, keeping me entertained. I enjoyed the book for the most part, but there were issues. I found him, crass, rude and without honor in his dealings with Grace throughout most of the book.

Personally, I have no idea why a sweet, innocent young miss would fall in love with him. I guess this is a case where youth overrides good sense and love is indeed blind. I found Ms. She had me chuckling out loud several times. I always enjoy humor in a book.

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However, her use of parenthesis scattered throughout the story was distracting. I also would suggest she try to make her dialogue and narrative more in line for the period. Some of her phrasing sounded too modern for a Regency tale. Although quite amusing. Nice to meet you again. We really need to stop meeting this way.


I also realize that many authors use the word hello, but it only began being used with the advent of the telephone, not suited for a Regency novel in my opinion. He is a delightful character and will make a great hero. If you enjoy a light-hearted tale with a bit of mystery intermingled with an outstanding ending, then you will enjoy What the Duke Wants. Happy reading! I would give more than 5 if I could! It was some time since I last read something so emotionally moving as this romance. I adored each parts of this book!

Where was Amy Quinton hiding?!?!? Really, we are talking about her debut romance! If she gets any better with her next romance I'm pretty sure I'm going to have an heart attack. I was desperately looking for an author who would have made me feel so much, it was some time or at least many romances read recently since I last experienced this empathy, this intense need to keep reading despite the late hour combined at the same time with the awareness that this fabulous story would have finished at a certain point and who knows how long I have to wait before I'll have the chance to read again something like this From now on I'm Quinton's fan no.

I crave for more and I need an happy ending like this one for Lord Dansbury! View 2 comments. Sep 21, Carla Smith rated it it was amazing. I loved this book and cannot wait to see where the author is going to take these characters. Although I found Stonebridge's preoccupation with the expectations of his title to be a little grating at times he's an Agent for the Crown - show some backbone man!

Grace is totally charming, and as klutzy as they come, something I can relate to. The dinner scene w I loved this book and cannot wait to see where the author is going to take these characters. The dinner scene with the flying prawn had me howling! And although Beatryce is less than endearing, even I could feel some empathy for her in the end.

Not a lot mind you, but just enough to make me think redemption in another novel? Speaking as someone who doesn't normally read Regency Romances - and how anyone can say this is not a romance is beyond me - I was delighted not to be overwhelmed by the history of the period. The author puts in just enough to let you know exactly where you are, but still allows you to enjoy the story which, let's face it, is the whole reason we're reading it to begin with, right? I predict a long and successful future for Amy Quinton.

Love is in the air Adult romance lovers, this is without a doubt a must have for your personal library I enjoyed this book very much I rarely read any book twice, but this one Happy reading!!! Thoroughly enjoyed this and can't wait to read the next! I wandered off my norm of paranormal romance and was not one bit disappointed. Loved the story and the characters and am thankful to have had my eyes opened to another genre of romance books. Oct 08, Claudia rated it it was ok Shelves: first-in-series , stars , historical-romance.

This is the second time I have read this book within a year. I can't wait for Agents of Change Book 2.

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Mar 02, Lesley rated it really liked it Shelves: giveaways. This story had an interesting plot but was very much in the modern style of historical romances ie. I really enjoyed the character of Grace, though I disliked the extent of internal monologue of both H and h in the early stages of the novel. In contrast we have Stonebridge whose actions are far from gentlemanly, in fact he is often cruel and not very likea Readable. In contrast we have Stonebridge whose actions are far from gentlemanly, in fact he is often cruel and not very likeable. The author would appear to be matching Dansbury with Beatryce in the next book, another couple who seem incongruous.

As I liked the former and disliked the latter, I doubt whether I will read Book 2 even to find out who the mysterious villain is. I voluntarily read and reviewed a giveaway copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Really enjoyable! This story has a little bit of everything in it. Intrigue, romance, thrills, sex The mystery is a part of the story that kept me booked until the very last page.

I could barely put it down! Jun 07, D. This book is not just a Regency Romance, but also has elements of Mystery as well, hence the Agents of Change series that it is the first of. I will take a look then at how both of these elements play out and balance. For those of you who know my work, sex has little place in my own regency romances, for they are what are termed Sweet. My stories end with a kiss on or near the last paragraph of the last scene.

I give this caveat as Ms. Quinton has a different style than my own. And this leads you This book is not just a Regency Romance, but also has elements of Mystery as well, hence the Agents of Change series that it is the first of. And this leads you to know without too much of a spoiler, that there will be, sex.

The Duke of our story is the 10th Duke of Stonebridge.

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We open with a brief prologue like scene shortly after the death of the 9th Duke when our hero is still at school in Eton. Here we meet another character, Middleburg. We don't meet our Hero's best friend, the Marquess of Dansbury. The two highest ranks of the ladder of Nobility.

As we continue our exploration, we meet our Heroine Grace, who by her own observation is as Graceless as they come.

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We also learn that she has come to her uncle's a year ago. That this family the Earl of Swindon-just one rung below that of Marquess has pinned its hopes on their eldest daughter marrying the Duke of Stonebridge. We quickly learn to like our heroine who has spirit, an understanding of her life, and of the lives of those around her. She has courage and pluck. Grace of course is given many, many thoughts and actions that we equate to how a young woman of the 21st century would act and feel.

She is friends with the servants. Not just treats them with civility, but has learned their names and has them all loving her. She, since her father was in trade as a bookseller, believes that she should open a dress shop She is the granddaughter of a Baron. She is living in the household of an Earl. Austen would have looked upon this woman as a Jane Fairfax and everyone might think she should find a position as a governess, or companion.

She even has an adequate dowry of Now there I had to put aside my look at this as a romance reviewer hat. Sorry Ms. Quentin but my history hat could not ignore your mistakes and I feel I must impart this. Quentin mentioned this more than once and used it as a plot device. First the bookshop selling for close to a million pounds in todays money seems a great deal for a man in trade to have amassed. Then no person in England at the time would use a fraction to discuss money. Perhaps pounds 6s, thruppence, or similar. The Duke of Stonebridge leads a well ordered life adhering to the standards of high society and he's perfectly willing to marry to suit what he believes will restore the shine to his tarnished family name.

But he never expected to run into Miss Grace Radclyffe, the clumsy, commoner cousin of his future bride. The Duke finds his life turned upside down as he searches for a killer while he tries to maintain his logical lifestyle. Will love save the day? Miss Grace Radclyffe is an oftentimes hilariously clumsy year-old orphan biding her time living with her uncle until she is old enough to come into her small inheritance.

But she is practical owning a fashion house is in her future, unless someone foils her plans… and in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly…. The Duke of Stonebridge is a man with a tragic past. Get More Bookish Recommendations. Hard-Riding Cowboy It's hard to walk away from a good book. Romance author Stacey Kennedy tempts with heat, grabs a hold of the heart and keeps the laughs going It's Getting Scot in Here I had been looking forward to this book for quite some time, and for the most part, it did not disappoint.

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