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The Duke of Dark Desires
     

The Duke of Dark Desires

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by Miranda Neville
 

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Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours . . .

Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified—to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him.

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Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours . . .

Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified—to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him. Somehow Julian must find a way to make her succumb to temptation . . . without losing his heart and revealing the haunting mistakes of his past.

Desired: Duke skilled in the seductive art of conversation . . .

Lady Jeanne de Falleron didn't seek a position as a governess simply to fall into bed with the Duke of Denford. Under the alias of Jane Grey, she must learn which of the duke's relatives is responsible for the death of her family—and take her revenge. She certainly can't afford the distraction of her darkly irresistible employer, or the smoldering desire he ignites within her .

But as Jane discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she's faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for Julian: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she's sworn to kill?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/29/2014
Jeanne de Falleron, alias Jane Grey, has spent nine years searching for someone named Denford who sent her family to the guillotine. When Julian Fortescue, current Duke of Denford, suddenly needs a governess for his half-sisters, she lies her way into the job. Julian is dealing with his own guilt over the Fallerons’ deaths, but his search for the man who betrayed them still gives him plenty of time to admire the beautiful, secretive new governess. As the family moves from London to Denford’s country estate, Jane struggles to keep her past secret while continuing her investigation and exploring her attraction to Julian. The final book in Neville’s Wild Quartet follows from the hints given in Lady Windermere’s Lover to explore the repercussions of Julian’s participation in the French Revolution, but the focus is more on Jane than on Julian. Jane is a more worldly heroine than the previous wives; fans of the previous books may miss the wry rake in the reformed Duke. (Jan.)
Smart Bitches
I cannot recommend this book highly enough... Just make sure you pace yourself and savor this one.
Dear Author
“A very satisfying conclusion to the series.”
Reader to Reader
“As a widow and business owner, Juliana is a refreshingly different kind of Regency heroine, and Neville provides plenty of fascinating details about book collecting while infusing the plot of The Wild Marquis with just enough danger and desire to keep things interesting.”
Lisa Kleypas
“Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!”
Madeline Hunter
You’ll love Miranda Neville’s charming romance, intriguing plot and fresh new voice.
Romance Junkies
“Brimming with mystery, engaging characters, humor, clever repartee, fast-paced action, sizzling sensual scenes, romance, plot twists and a satisfying conclusion, this is a story you will want to read more than once. I highly recommend this delightful story!”
Eloisa James
Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read.
The New York Journal of Books
“The best description for this new novel from Miranda Neville is wonderfully adorable. The spirit, the joie-de-vivre, and the wit make the dialogue sparkle and the characters pop.”
Romance Reviews Today
Readers are sure to enjoy the well written and interesting NEVER RESIST TEMPTATION.
Library Journal
12/01/2014
Julian Fortescue, Duke of Denford, is overwhelmed when his self-centered mother leaves his three half-sisters in his care while she goes off to America with her new husband. He needs a governess to deal with the chits—and attractive Jane Grey is perfect for the position. But Jane is not at all what she seems. Lady Jeanne de Falleron is on a mission to kill the Fortescue who betrayed her family and sent them to the guillotine. She's not about to let anything get in her way—not even her growing feelings for Julian, the man she fears may have been involved. VERDICT A smart, determined French émigré and a reluctant, guilt-ridden duke find love and a few surprising answers in this densely plotted, passionate tale that is enhanced by a dash of danger and a lively trio of girls who will eventually merit their own stories. Neville (Lady Windermere's Lover) lives in rural Vermont.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-23
Years after the French Revolution, the only surviving daughter of a marquis travels to England to avenge herself on her family's betrayer. Neville (Lady Windermere's Lover, 2014, etc.) returns with the final installment in her Wild Quartet. Jeanne de Falleron survived the slaughter of her family by sacrificing her virtue, although she was only 15 at the time. But she's determined to deliver justice to the man she's convinced betrayed her family, a man she knew only as Mr. Fortescue. Disguised as an English governess named Jane Grey, she manages to find work in the home of Julian Fortescue, the Duke of Denford and the head of the Fortescue family. Although she has no experience as a governess, Jane is determined to provide a good education to the Duke's three young sisters, even while she investigates Fortescue relatives to find the culprit who caused the deaths of her parents and sisters. Little does she know that Julian himself was plain Mr. Fortescue at the time of her family's deaths. Julian is haunted by his own guilt over the deaths of the Falleron family. He blames himself for his youthful stupidity in the incident, although he did not directly betray Jane's father. At the heart of the story is the Marquis de Falleron's unrivaled art collection, which Julian is waiting to retrieve from its hiding place in Belgium. The story is further strengthened by the Duke's three sisters. Fenella, the middle sister, is a perfect depiction of a troubled young woman in a world that values looks over brains. The main characters' appreciation of art adds color to the story, which is otherwise an entertaining but unsurprising tale about falling in love with the enemy.
From the Publisher
"Shaun Grindell's rich, vibrant voice resonates as the handsome, rakish Duke." ---AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062243348
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/30/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
340,503
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Miranda Neville is the author of the Burgundy Club series and the novel Never Resist Temptation. She has also had novellas published in three anthologies. She grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other historical romances. She now lives in Vermont with her daughter and her cat. Visit her at mirandaneville.com.

Born and raised in Southampton, England, Shaun Grindell is an accomplished actor who trained at the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Actors Institute in London. An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator, Shaun has narrated many titles in different genres.

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The Duke of Dark Desires 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just when I think I'm sick of reading in the romance genre, I come across a book like this one and I'm hooked again. Wonderful story - sad, and sometimes funny; but, always entertaining. Intelligent read - you can't go wrong with this one. Enjoy!! ExArkie
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Although this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Julian is charming and most definitely not a proper duke, as he repeatedly assures Jane Grey. Jane Grey is more than the governess she claims to be, but fits the role quite nicely. Their story is slow building, but well worth the time. I kept wondering how long their secrets would stay hidden and how badly their relationship would be damaged once they were revealed. Julian's sisters are great and I hope to have the pleasure to read their stories someday. Complimentary copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Great Historical romance! The Duke of Dark Desires is an amazing story of the Duke and governess. This is an emotional story of Jane who had lost her family and has vowed to kill the man responsible. She only knows the name Mr. Fortescue and have no idea which of them. When Julian advertises for the governess, Jane sees her chance to enter the household as governess. Julian has his own secret and has been feeling guilty for the past 9 years. Now he is responsible for his three stepsisters and needs a governess. It is a sweet, emotional story with secrets, betrayal and romance. I love Jane and Julian's story with his three stepsisters. Thank you Miranda Neville for writing another amazing book.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Miranda Neville saved the best for last! I have enjoyed this entire series and Julian has always been my favorite character. I wanted his story to answer all the questions about him from the earlier books. It did and more! I couldn't out it down. I do not write plot spoilers but I believe you will like this book very much.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville Book Four of The Wild Quartet series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: December 30, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours . . .  Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified—to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him. Somehow Julian must find a way to make her succumb to temptation . . . without losing his heart and revealing the haunting mistakes of his past. Desired: Duke skilled in the seductive art of conversation . . .  Lady Jeanne de Falleron didn't seek a position as a governess simply to fall into bed with the Duke of Denford. Under the alias of Jane Grey, she must learn which of the duke's relatives is responsible for the death of her family—and take her revenge. She certainly can't afford the distraction of her darkly irresistible employer, or the smoldering desire he ignites within her.  But as Jane discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she's faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for Julian: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she's sworn to kill? What I Liked: Well, this book wasn't quite what I expected. It was so much more than whatever I thought it would be. I love lord/governess stories (though I feel like there aren't many), so I couldn't wait to dig into this romance. As many of you know, I didn't really like The Ruin of a Rogue (book two of this series). This one (book four) caught my attention because of the lord/governess thing. But there was so much more to this book! Jane Grey isn't a governess - she is a French aristocrat, fallen from grace. Everyone believes that she and her family are dead, murdered nine years ago when an English lord betrayed them, stole expensive paintings from them, and left them to hang. She has known for years that a Mr. Fortescue was behind it all... potentially the same Duke of Denford, Julian Fortescue, her new employer. Jane has every intention of getting her revenge, but she doesn't expect to fall in love with the man... Ahhh, this book was so complex! It's not just a romance novel. There is so much scheming and betrayal and even politics in this book, it's fabulous. I didn't like a lot of things about The Ruin of a Rogue, but I'm glad I wasn't deterred by that novel. The complexity and depth of this novel was fascinating! Jane is the model of a perfect governess. She schools Julian's three half-sisters into proper ladies, all while keeping up pretenses that she is an Englishwoman from St. Lucia, with an excellent reference and a mysterious past. I really like Jane! She is direct and forward and proper and ladylike. She has no problem telling Julian exactly how she thinks things should be done, but it's not done in a stuffy or bossy or annoying way. I like Julian a lot. That man is sinful, but he is also sweet and kindhearted. At first, it seems like he's kind of a meanie, because he doesn't want to take in his three half-sisters as his mother and her latest husband gallivant across the globe. Honestly, I feel for him, and understand. But he slowly begins to really like his sisters. I love seeing this progression. I also love seeing him fall for Miss Grey. The romance is fabulously slow-burn. It's all sorts of wrong, for the duke and his governess to be doing anything improper, but Julian knows no boundaries, and Jane has no honor to lose. She wants to kill him, anyway, but she also wants to kiss him. Tough decision... I thought I would be constantly annoyed by Julian's younger half-sisters, but I really liked them! The oldest is fifteen, the youngest is... seven? Nine? Somewhere around there. The author does a really great job of making sure that readers really like the girls, in addition to Julian and Jane. I won't go too deep into Jane's past and the huge conflict that made her go after the Fortescue family and how everything comes down to her and Julian. But trust me, it gets twisted. And intriguing! I really liked how much bigger it was than Jane's family and Julian's family. There was a country involved, in a time of war. You really have to read the book to know what I mean!  Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The characters were really likable, the chemistry was sizzling, and the mystery/story was captivating.  What I Did Not Like: The cover. Haha. Not that the author can do anything about that. But anyway - I wanted one or two scenes more between Julian and Jane...  Would I Recommend It: I really liked this historical romance novel, so yes! It's not the most amazing historical romance novel of the year, but I am so glad that I didn't miss this one (especially after how I felt about The Ruin of a Rogue). Rating: 4 stars. I haven't read books one or three of the series, but I'm glad I read two of the four books! This last book is probably the best (in my opinion).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good love story of julian & jenna. Enjoyed this book. Best of the series. Hope this is the end of some what slow but okay reads. Glad I only had to pay $4.99. Some of her books go for $7.99, to high for my budget. Try the series and find out on you own if you might like a slow and boring series. GOOD LUCK...........................
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Julian and Jane's pasts weren't connected by thin threads of passing acquaintances or mutual relationships. They were thickly entwined, knotted together by events that were meant to save lives but didn't. Julian never forgot Jane's family or his failure at keeping them safe. Jane never forgot the betrayal by someone in Julian's family that sent her own family (father, mother, and two sisters) to the guillotine. The heavy weight of guilt followed Julian for nine years, while Jane's desire for revenge grew steadily during those years. Ms. Neville did a spectacular job keeping their respective pasts separate until that perfect moment when Julian's love for art took center stage and forced Jane's past to come to light. The aftermath was devastating; my heart sank when it felt like Julian and Jane's love was coming to an end. It was a brilliant move by Ms. Neville to use that moment to her advantage by revealing betrayal was closer to Jane than she'd thought all along. A delightful addition to the cast were Julian's half-sisters. They argued and fought like only sisters could, but loved like only sisters could too. Despite the bickering, snide remarks, and sarcasm, the love they had for one another was always there. And for Jane, who lost her sisters so tragically, being with them gave her a chance to be a sister again, to intervene when necessary, to help them understand one another like she'd done with her own sisters. It was so heartwarming to see Jane have that with them. What I loved the most was the pace of Julian and Jane's relationship. It was slow and sensual, filled with promise and potential almost from the beginning. I couldn't wait for them to fall in love, to make love for the first time, and I wasn't disappointed when both of those happened. There was so much between them than just physical attraction by that point; their relationship was natural, earthy, and real, you know? This story took me by surprise. I was expecting something darker, something more forbidden, but was delighted by how light it was. The sadness and tragedy of their pasts aren't forgotten but neither does it overshadow what's currently developing. Love took its time, overcame incredible odds, and brought together two people who not only desired it but needed it. ***Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***
mrsgodiva More than 1 year ago
Great read. Looking for more books by Miranda Neville.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The third in this series that I have read, Miranda Neville brings her skills to create characters and a storyline that feels plausible, with a slow discovery of the attraction and love that is blooming. Julian is well-comforted in his role as rake and seducer, and far less prepared  or confident in his ability to parent his three young half-sisters or the title of Duke.  He’s hard not to like, this bit of arrogant rogue with a devil-may-care attitude toward consequences. Even with some despicable background, his development showed the true delight that he found in his sisters, and the desire to ‘do better’ for them.  It wasn’t instant – but there is a kindly heart beneath the layer of show and  pragmatism.  Jane / Jeanne is far more than just a simple governess: her desire to find the “Fortescue” who caused her family’s demise has driven her  to great lengths and deceptions. Posing as Jane Grey, a simple governess who is taking charge of his sisters. A perfect set-up for the intrigue and twists that shall come.  Understand that this is a time of great upheaval in England, with worries in the aristocracy about the  not long past French Revolution, and the wars that follow.  The country is rife with spies and agendas, and stories that are half-told and intertwined.  Neville did get sidetracked a touch in the presentation of the twists and elements that will become important, and that  information did distract from a growing, if slowly, attraction between Julian and Jeanne.  A bit of a slow starter, this story interconnects with the others neatly, but can stand alone without great difficulty. Inclusion of historic details and some interesting flouting of conventionally accepted norms of society all help to develop a real interest  in the characters and the outcome.  There is a sense of possible in these stories, while firmly set in their time there is a modern edge to the characterizations that will resonate with readers. Dialogue is clever, the smoldering looks lead with palpable feeling to the connection between Julian and Jeanne, and the realization of their shared desire for love and a happy ending come with a satisfied sigh. I received an eArc of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.