At the Duke's Pleasure

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All the Byrons are just as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" as their famous non-relation . . . but now the time has come for the eldest son to marry . . .

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...

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Overview

All the Byrons are just as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" as their famous non-relation . . . but now the time has come for the eldest son to marry . . .

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061673429
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Series: Byrons of Braebourne Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 272,723
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Anne Warren grew up in a small central Ohio town. After working for a number of years in finance, she quit her day job to pursue her first love—writing romance novels. Warren lives in Maryland with a trio of exuberant young Siamese rescue cats and windows full of gorgeous orchids and African violets. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and dreaming up the characters for her next book.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    What a disappointment

    This book was one of the worst romance novels I have read in a very long time. I actually did not finish it, just skipped through the last 150 pages. I had read the previous books - Jack and Grace and Cade and Meg -and was looking forward to the continuation of the story of Ned. What a disappointment! Edward is unbelievably easy on Claire, overlooking all the stupid pranks she pulls to get out of their engagement. Ordering 150 dresses----a Duke of some statue would (and should) not allow that without some harsh words. In comparison to the characterizations of his brothers he seems very spineless.

    Claire is just as bad. She is not a young debutante but she acts like a spoiled eighteen year old. We are supposed to believe she pulls off all of these stunts with hardly anyone blinking an eyelash. When they actually get together, it is so blah. The addition of the "action" is contrived and I thought poorly managed.

    Save yourself the money and time and pick up a different book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    readers will enjoy this strong investigative Regency romance.

    In 1789 Nottinghamshire, England, eleven year old ducal heir Edward Byron meets the Earl of Edgewater. Immediately afterward his father and the earl introduce a stunned Edward to his fiancée newborn Claire as the two dads made a deal.

    In 1811 Claire receives a letter from Edward, now the duke that he is coming to marry her. She has seen him three times in her twenty-two years of life: as a newborn, as a little girl and when she was sixteen. She fell in love with him as a teen, but he sees her as a duty. Claire needs Edward to jilt her so she sets in motion a plan to achieve her goal; instead he kisses her and Claire knows she is in trouble.

    At Clybourne House, Edward's sister Mallory greets Claire with enthusiasm. At dinner she meets his twin brothers and another single sibling Drake the genius. Edward receives a note and leaves abruptly. He goes to the prison where he finds traitor Lord Everett dead with a knife in his chest and no witnesses. Meanwhile Claire continues to try to get her fiancé to dump her, but she fails even when she becomes notorious as Claire the Dare doing the outrageous while he investigates who in the Ton is spying for the French.

    The lead couple has a fascinating history though they met only three times before while his sister Mallory is a terrific support character though what appears to be a setup for a sequel has been overdone. Adding to the overall fun is a locked door murder mystery inside a prison. Although Edward is too patient with Claire for someone used to being obeyed and a major coincidence is the key to resolving the plot readers will enjoy this strong investigative Regency romance.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    You did it again TracyAnne!!

    I have been a fan of Tracy Anne's books for a few years now and I have yet to be disappointed. I have been waiting for next installment of these "Byron boys" to go down for the count, "At The Duke's Pleasure", was worth the wait! Tracy Anne's plot keeps me turning the pages until I see what's happening next, then next, then next. I had it read in 24 hours and I'm ready for the next Byron brother to get his due! LOL I think you need a family tree for this Bryon family. Looking forward to "Wicked Delights Of A Bridal Bed". Great read Tracy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    not her best

    I think tracy anne warren is a very talented romance novelist. She's the kinda writer that was born to write romance but this is definitly not her best work. The key problem was the lack of conflict in the heroine's character, but despite that fact I still did enjoy her book and I will continue to read her work. You can always count on excellent hero characters and spicy sex scences that will keep you turning the page. Her other series are a must. They made very long plane rides manageable. She does the triliogy thing really well. I don't think she has posted her next series yet, but I will eagerly await it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010

    Disappointing

    I've read the first two Byrons of Braebourne series and was really looking forward to reading Edward's story. I was disappointed when I finished reading it. I had to force myself to finish the book. The heroine was childish and spoiled. I thought she went overboard on trying to get Edward to dump her. I felt sorry for the hero for having to put up with the heroine. I like Ms. Warren's books but I believe this one could have been better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    Poor Duke.

    Why would I be sympathetic with this girl? It didn't take long to see that she was a self-centered, childish, spoiled brat with ridiculous expectations and no common sense. I felt sorry for the hero for being attracted to this goofus. Ms. Warren, please give your heroine a little bit of maturity at some point!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Don't waste your time

    Not her best work.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    AM

    Oh, please! Edward takes a mistress when Claire was only 16, and she witnesses the whole thing because he does it at her own house, comes to see her only 3 or 4 times in all the years they were engaged, and then comes to claim her because "she is convenient. In my opinion she should have bought 300 dresses, not 150, emptied her chamber pot on his bed under the comforter, and then talk Drake into running away to Gretna Green to get married! I hate spineless women and the fact all this authors write them this way! I also hate that the men are written with everything to gain and nothing to lose! Lorena Bobbitt's big mistake was that she thrugh it out; a couple of minutes in the micro wave, and POP GOES THE WHISLE......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Boring. Claire was so unsure of herself it drove me crazy! Edwar

    Boring. Claire was so unsure of herself it drove me crazy! Edward was pretty lackluster too. Definitely not one of my favourites.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    Meh, Okay. Not my fav in the series.

    I really like the series and author. This is my least fav so far. I wouldn't NOT read it b/c I'm all OCD about reading the whole series. I don't agree with some of the bad reviews I've read, I just thought this one didn't delve into anything much characterwise.

    B/C of the first books I will most definitely keep reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    Boring

    This book was sooo boring, I actually had to force myself to finish it. When I read the first ten pages , I thought it would turn out to be a great read but it was such a disappointment. The main characters were spoiled and boring and the plot never fully develops. Save your time and money for a better read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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