The Duke's Perfect Wife (Highland Pleasures Series #4)

The Duke's Perfect Wife (Highland Pleasures Series #4)

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by Jennifer Ashley
     
 

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Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.

Hart has it all--a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him--his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their

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Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.

Hart has it all--a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him--his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss--his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.  

Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart's doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes--and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination--Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him.

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"Ashley demonstrates her gift for combining complex characters; emotionally compelling, danger-tinged plotting; and a delectably sensual romance into one unforgettable love story." —Booklist Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425247105
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Series:
Highland Pleasures Series , #4
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
230,379
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Ashley demonstrates her gift for combining complex characters; emotionally compelling, danger-tinged plotting; and a delectably sensual romance into one unforgettable love story." —-Booklist Starred Review

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author and winner of RWA's RITA award, also writes as Allyson James. She lives in the southwest with her husband and cats and spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories. Visit her at www.jennifersromances.com.

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The Duke's Perfect Wife 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
highlandhussy More than 1 year ago
4.5 flames “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.
EKD More than 1 year ago
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).
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
WOW - WHAT A RIDE!! All the Mackenzie Men are all man, and know how to make a women moan and moan - etc. This has it all - plot twist. intrigue, sadness and love. I can't pick a favorite, because they each are unique in their own way because the men are different in how they approach life and the women they love. You must read these in order to understand the dynamics of the brothers and their families. I enjoyed the emotional ride in this story because so much is going on. I loved how El was brought back into Hart's life again, it was a clever way the author spun it. There is some mighty great love scenes that will make you blush, but not in the erotica way some author's write. I highly recommend this whole series, but do yourself a favor and read in order to fully enjoy those Mackenzie men!! (ljb)
michellewils More than 1 year ago
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I have loved the whole series, but to see Hart become a good guy was an absolute read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters and the series. This was not my favorite. Felt that I still have unanswered question about Hart. It was good. I loved Ian best! Then Mac. I am not sure that I got to know Hart well. I am sure we' ll see more of him and Eleanor in series. Still love Ian best, in his own story and as he appears in all the other books. On to Elliott, #5
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Love Hart and Eleanor's story. So happy to see that they finally end up together. I watched them in each book preceding this one, and hoped that they ended up together. Love how this one ended too. It was perfect and Hart finally figured out what was more important than his ambition in politics. Loved it.
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Kimmielu More than 1 year ago
This author has not disappointed me yet with this series
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silentkey More than 1 year ago
Just was not feeling it for this story. Too long and kinda boring.
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