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Posted March 29, 2012
“Hart Mackenzie. It was said he knew every pleasure a woman desired and exactly how to give it to her. Hart wouldn't ask what the lady wanted, and she might not even know herself, but she would understand once he'd finished. And she'd want it again."
Thus begins the smokin' first paragraph of The Duke's Perfect Wife.
I’ve wanted Hart’s story since I first saw him in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. He was such an ass to Beth, yet his love for his brothers, especially Ian, was so obvious. Hart seemed driven. He acted as if the fate of the world rested on his broad shoulders. And to him? Maybe it did.
When The Duke's Perfect Wife opens, Lady Eleanor Ramsey is pushing her way through a crowd of journalists to get to Hart. When she has him alone, she propositions him. And no, not in that way. She asks him for a job. This is my favorite thing about Eleanor. She may tend to babble, but she is also very direct. She doesn’t sugarcoat anything and she is a very capable woman. What a patient and caring woman Eleanor is. Hart just bulldozes over people to get his way, and El quietly sidesteps him every time. Eleanor is good for Hart, I only wish Hart had trusted her a bit more. The backstory between the two is finally brought to light, and I was surprised at how emotionally vested in their romance I became.
Eleanor is in possession of several photographs of Hart. This wouldn’t be so unusual, except that hart is nude in all of them. Someone has been sending them to her, and she can’t resist the chance to uncover the mystery (which by the way, was a great mystery!). But that means, she is uncovering more and more about Hart, as well.
Hart has been planning his life out down to the second. He knows what he’ll do, and where he’ll be 1 year from now, 5 years from now, you get the idea. Having Eleanor sitting across from him in his carriage, telling him he will give her a job, actually fits with his plan. He wants El for his wife, he always has. He blew it with her when they were young, and now that he has her in his life once more? He won’t let go.
This poignant quote was from Mac to Hart, warning him not to hurt Eleanor again.
“We're Mackenzies," Mac said, his gaze steady. "Remember that we break what we touch." He jabbed a finger at Hart, "Don't break this one."
One thing I wish we had seen more of was Hart’s penchant for “unusual proclivities,” because it was such a huge part of who he was. What we did see, though, was how hard it was for Hart to share that side of himself with Eleanor. It wasn’t easy for him, and even Ian seemed to understand Hart better than he understood himself. In fact, Ian was in this one quite a bit, and not only did he diffuse a tense situation merely by being Ian, but he stole every scene. He is the one who kept telling Hart to let Eleanor see every side of him.
I love how this series has such a different feel to it from Jennifer Ashley's other books, even compared to her other Historical Romances. The language, the words, the way they speak, it's all such a seductive world, you’ll get swept away, just as I did.
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Posted April 14, 2012
Why is Lady Eleanor receiving erotic photographs of the Duke?
That is how we embark into book 4 of the Mackenzie series "The Duke's Perfect Wife".
The mysteries and intrigues that take place thought the book are wonderful; I did not want to put it down.
This turned out to be a 5 Star read for me and tops my Mackenzie list right up there with Book 1 in the series
"The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie".
Though predominantly a Romance there is also intrigue and mysteries aplenty to keep the story moving along.
We get a better understanding of who Hart is and why he is the way he is. We learn what caused Eleanor to break off their engagement years ago and we get a glimpse into the wicked and erotic behavior that Hart has been keeping behind his iron, self-control. There is plenty of interactions with all the previous characters from the other books and a great love story finally gets it's happy ending. Many believe the Mackenzie men "break everything they touch" but once again this story proves that in the end they are the masters of second chances.
As in all the Mackenzie books more secrets from the past get revealed and we get the hint of romances yet to come; as the series continues on with more players from the Mackenzie and McBride families.
I loved this book and the entire series so I hope you give them all a try.
Here are the order of the books so far
Book #1 - "The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie" (Ian and Beth's story - I give it 5 Stars)
Book #2 - Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage ("Mac" and Isabella's story - I give it 4.5 Stars)
Book #3 - The Many Sins of Lord Cameron ("Cam" and Ainsley's story - I give it )
Book #4 - The Duke's Perfect Wife (Hart and Eleanor's story - I give it 5 Stars).
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Posted April 18, 2012
I have read a couple of the other books so I know the story line. There was too much of everyone and everything. The tough, "mind of her own" heroine was kind of sad. She had so much potential, but is no where near the strong heroine the author tries to paint her. I didnt feel the love at all, more of a controlling obssession for him and a pathetic one for her.I did not like Hart. With all the characters from the other books and the hot/cold hero, my rating started at a 4 and now I give it 1.5. Save your money...
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Posted April 10, 2012
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I have loved the whole series, but to see Hart become a good guy was an absolute read!!!!
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Posted April 8, 2012
Posted February 13, 2012
I love the Mackenzie Brothers series and cannot wait for the release of this one in April. This one is to be followed by 2 others. I wait in great anticipation.
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Posted August 10, 2012
The series was fabulous....ordered all e-books, then got the audio versions. These were really the best of Ashley's series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted July 15, 2012
Absolutely one of the best series I have ever read... Can't wait for the next installment due out soon.
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Posted May 10, 2012
This book was a delicious mixture cooked up to give you not only a huge helping of real romance and relationships but even a surprise treat for dessert!
You want these people to be together and you become "them" as you read always checking characters on and off your list as to who is the culprit!
The end is a wonderful dessert of "why didn't I guess that?"! SO all I can say is ENJOY!
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