What a Gentleman Wants

What a Gentleman Wants

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by Caroline Linden
     
 

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Two strangers are swept into a sizzling, spellbinding world of daring deception and unexpected passion. . .

Marcus Reese, Duke of Essex, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. A thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow

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Two strangers are swept into a sizzling, spellbinding world of daring deception and unexpected passion. . .

Marcus Reese, Duke of Essex, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. A thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own, and the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel. . .completely out of control.

Dire straits have led Hannah to the altar with a gentleman she hardly knows. Played for a fool, she's embarrassed, furious, and worse, married to an equally outraged, exasperating man who unleashes all manner of emotions in her—not to mention unwanted desire. Reluctantly, Hannah agrees to play the wife until he can sort out the mess. But the undeniably attractive Duke unsettles her well-guarded heart—making her want to do so much more than "act" the role of blissful bride. . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821779316
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Zebra Historical Romance Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.98(d)

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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader's Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her at carolinelinden.com.

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What a Gentleman Wants 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marcus Reece, duke of Exeter, had always acted to preserve the family name, and his twin brother's along with it. To keep his brother, David, from being called out for a duel of honor, Marcus again cleans up David's mess and sends him out of London for awhile. But David ends up injuring his leg when his carriage wrecked during a race in a small town called Middleborough. The vicar's widow, Hannah Preston, takes care of David as he heals. David comes to care for Hannah, and for her small daughter, Molly. David is sincere when he proposes to Hannah, but the day before the wedding he panics. ..................... Hannah curses her own idiocy. With few choices open to her, she weds a gentleman she hardly knows. David escorts Hannah and Molly to London, says he must be away on business for a bit, and promptly disappears. Hannah does not learn that David forged Marcus's name to the marriage license until the cold and aloft duke appears before her in person with accusations. Of course, Hannah is ready to simply walk out. But before she can, David and Marcus's sister, Celia, and stepmother, Rosalind, arrives and proceeds to gush all over Hannah and Molly. ................... Reluctantly, Hannah agrees to play the part of Marcus's duchess for a while. In doing so, Hannah will help secure Molly's future and Marcus can keep his relatives from hating David. The entire mess would sort itself out within only a month or two. Meanwhile, Marcus can continue his investigation with Bow Street of a counterfeiting ring. David seems to be mixed up in entire counterfeiting scheme and Marcus hopes to prove his brother innocent. But with tempting Hannah nearby, Marcus is having trouble concentrating. Marcus learns that by playing the part of husband, he has a chance to claim happiness. ...................... ***** Caroline Linden's characters are so vivid that, for awhile, I forgot they were all part of a fictional piece. As I read, I could easily see the events unfold before me and felt as though I were a part of everything. An outstanding story that I hated to see end. BRAVA! *****
Anlenhart1 9 days ago
Caroline Linden is one of my favorite regency authors because she has the ability to write about realistic characters in a historical setting. Her new book "What a Gentleman Wants" focuses on the lives of Hannah, a mother and vicar's widow and David, the Duke of Exceter. The story opens with David saving his twin brother Marcus from an angry husband. Marcus is forced to flee London and has an untimely carriage accident. He meets Hannah, and tries to do the right thing by marrying her. He realizes before the wedding, that he would be unhappy, and decides to sign his brother's name instead of his own. David learns of his "marriage" after Marcus has disappeared and the relationship that starts between him and Hannah is not a happy one. She agrees to be his pretend wife until she will not affect the family reputation. They slowly start to feel each other out slowly and eventually real feelings begin to evolve. Hannah and David's lives a complicated by Marcus's return, David's family and Hannah's lack of status. This book is more dramatic than some of Ms. Linden's previous novels, but I enjoyed the slow evolution of their romance. I look forward to continuing the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
TammyS32 14 days ago
Marcus, the Duke of Essex has spent most of his life getting his twin brother out of trouble and now he has forged his name to a marriage license. Until things get sorted out Marcus and Hannah end up playing the part of husband and wife. Will Marcus realize that his brother may have done him a favor? This was a good historical read, plenty of drama and suspense. I was hoping for a bit more in the chemistry department between Marcus and Hannah they seemed comfortable with each other more than deeply in love. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Marcus Reece, the Duke of Exeter and his younger twin brother, David, are as different as night and day. Marcus has always taken his role of Duke very seriously and lives a disciplined life. David, on the other hand, has always lived a life of scandalous behavior, gambling and drinking too much. When David is caught with a woman cheating on her husband, Marcus sends David to Brighton until the scandal dies down. On the way to Brighton, David and his friend, Percy, were racing their carriages and collided with one another throwing David out of his carriage. Hannah Preston, widow of the local vicar, lives with her four-year-old daughter, Molly, in the town of Middleborough, midway between London and Brighton. She is packing to move back with her father as a new vicar with soon take over the Vicarage. She hears the crash and runs to help. David is taken to her cottage where the local doctor sets his broken leg and suggests that he not be moved for a month. Hannah agrees to care for him at the Vicarage. The calm life with Hannah and Molly is good for David as he heals. He becomes friends with her and offers her a marriage of convenience which she accepts. She knows that life for her and Molly at her father’s home would be miserable. After they marry, they journey to London to Marcus’s home. This has given David time to realize that now he will have to give up his life of drinking and whoring and he soon regrets his hasty decision. He also realizes that Hannah would be a better match with his brother, Marcus. Shortly after arriving at Marcus’s home, David flees leaving a note that he used Marcus’s name on the marriage registry showing that Hannah is married to Marcus. Hannah is shocked and hurt and Marcus is very angry at David once again for his irresponsibility. Marcus is cold toward Hannah and she is determined to find a way out of the mess while keeping up the charade that she and Marcus are actually husband and wife. As they get to know one another, they realize that they are both rather stubborn people. Thinking that Hannah is just someone looking for a rich husband, Marcus is skeptical of her. However, after getting to know her, he realizes that his first assumptions are wrong and an attraction begins to form between them. But more trouble arises when it learned that there is a large counterfeiting operation going on and David appears to be right in the middle of it. This makes more problems for Marcus and worry for the big trouble David could be in. Thus, he jumps in to see what he can find out about it. This is a good story of romance, intrigue, and a bit of humor. Caroline Linden has once again written a very good novel. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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kronan1 More than 1 year ago
A Little Far Fetched..................................................................... But then most regency romances are.    So just by the ticket and take the ride.   Mistaken identities---counterfitters---crazy relatives.    Its a fun ride.
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I enjoyed the book it was a relaxing read nothing hard to understand just enjoyable it kept my intrest.
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