What a Duke Wants

What a Duke Wants

by Lavinia Kent

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ISBN-13: 9780061986314
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 365,531
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Most days Lavinia Kent loves her life and knows that she has found her own happily-ever-after with her husband and three children But on those other days (you know which ones!), she is very glad for the wonderful romances, sensuous gowns, and tall, sexy men that fill her mind – and then her computer.

Lavinia lives in Washington, DC, with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets. She attended Wellesley College as an undergraduate and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

What a Duke Wants is Lavinia’s fourth book from Avon Romance. She also has a fun and sexy serial of e-novellas, The Real Duchesses of London, available from Avon Impulse.

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What a Duke Wants 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
njoireading More than 1 year ago
After having read the previous book with Peter and Violet I was looking forward to Isabella's story. What a let down. The story was childish and anyone who thinks Isabella was able to live on her own for the last three years is dreaming. Mark was a disappointing hero who never did anything....and I mean he did nothing. Ms Kent can certainly write a better story, I know I have read them.
romancecritic More than 1 year ago
I believe this is the third novel in a series. I have not read the first two; however, that is not necessary as "What a Duke Wants" does well as a stand alone book. Lavinia Kent does nothing extraordinary with this novel. In fact, she conforms to all the prescribed Historical Romance dos, don'ts, and clichés. In short: (this is a review, not a book synopsis) Runaway Isabella Masters, currently known as Isabella Smith and employed as a nursemaid, finds herself "moved" to the stables by some haughty Duke's employee, where she is trying to lull her wailing charge to sleep. It is there, in the stables, while muttering to herself about "covering cocks" that Isabella encounters Mark Smythe, the Duke of Strattington, who, as the book excerpt suggests, does not reveal his true identity. Thus, the not-so-Cinderella story begins. Even though Lavinia Kent tried an engaging, comical opening to this novel, - the double entendre of the above mentioned "covered cocks" - she failed to capture my attention, as there was nothing original in that beginning; the small misunderstanding on Mark's part (about whose cock should be covered) was well anticipated and, therefore, neither humorous nor winning. And that is pretty much how the rest of the novel progresses, with attempts at originality that fail because of their predictability. Isabella Smith, or Masters, or whatever is running from her past, from deeds done that hold dire consequences. She guards her secret to the end, unable to trust. How many such Historical Romance damsels in distress have we, the readers, met? Mark Smythe is learning to be a Duke because he never expected to inherit the title, being a first cousin; and he only feels "himself" while in the presence of Isabella, necessitating his "false identity" - how many "Marks" can we recall? Even the sexual tension in this book is predictable - with Mark being beautiful, and Isabella unbelievable. All the formulaic, run-of-the-mill "How to Write a Romance Novel" gibberish. Then there are the actual sex scenes, glazed over yes, but annoying as well. I think one scene was actually ten pages long (I am exaggerating, but bear with me; I have a point). When Isabella and Mark finally get down to business, they, all of a sudden, stop and have a lengthy discussion about naughty books Isabella has read and THEN resume- REALLY, hmm . I don't see myself saying right in the middle of the action, "stop honey, I want to discuss this picture I saw wherever, it didn't reveal that move!!!" Come on! I know that Kent's attempting to illustrate Isabella's naïveté; however, reading about positions or how large a man's size is in comparison to statutes or pictures grows tiresome, and yes, predictable. However, all this criticism aside, this novel does possess redeeming qualities, which make it a 3 ½ star read. Isabella is more mature than her 21 years. Her despondency, while Mark's mistress, is well portrayed and can be felt. The fact that she resolved her "past" issues on her own, in an adult fashion was very appealing to me. Mark also conquers his internal struggle - figuring out how to be a Duke, realizing his mistakes, realizing how he's hurt Isabella, how he's functioning solely to please society's expectations of his new station. And, there is dialogue that is witty, painful, and joyful as well. Basically, this is not a bad book; it is just nothing special. Originally on romancecritic
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1821 England, the Duke of Strattington's man Divers tosses Miss Isabella Masters and her baby Joseph out of his house because the infant makes too much noise crying, which will disturb the lord. Outside in the dark she meets a man who originally thought she was a doxy until he sees the baby. Once they clear that up she says she Isabella Smith taking Master Joseph to his father in London; he says he is Mark Smythe, who hides from her that he may be the Duke she just scorned. They hit it off, but she dreams of marrying him while he dreams of not marrying her or anyone. As they kiss, they land in a compromising position. Mark proposes, but Bella wants Strattington so she decides to run away again. However, Mark realizes he wants Bella as his wife whether he is a duke or a commoner. This is an entertaining Regency romance with a bit of a mystery and suspense enhancing the story line. Sub-genre readers will enjoy the changing relationship between Smith and Smythe while wondering along with the lead male how Bella became Master Joseph's escort. Harriet Klausner
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bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website:RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS: We finally have Isabella's happily-ever-after, but you won't be lost if you don't read the previous books in the series. However, I'm one of those people that just loves to read them in order, because the family dynamic is something I can't get enough of when it comes to series of any kind.Isabella Masters has been on the run from bad men for a while now, and under those circumstances, it is imperative she hides her identity well. When we meet her, she's traveling towards London, a place she doesn't want to go, under the assumed name of Smith and as a child nurse to baby Joey.Mark Smythe, the newly minted Duke of Strattington, is on his way to London as well, trying to adjust to his circumstances of inheriting a dukedom after his uncle and his cousin die. Not expecting it nor wanting the responsibility, he has a hard time accepting and adjusting to the life he must now embrace.Our hero and heroine encounter each other one night as both are trying to find some rest and peace after a long day of travel. Their first meeting is full of funny double entendre; yet, by the end of the night, we can't help but like both of these characters in spite of their holding back their real identities from one another.From that point on, Ms. Kent takes us on a predictable journey of assumed identities, chasing villains in a blue coat, and one nasty employer; but throughout all that, as I came to know these two so well, being predictable actually made the story more intimate to me.My heart went out to both of them as they struggled with their choices and their feelings for each other. As they both come to terms with who they really are and the choices get narrowed, their decisions become even harder to accept. Or are they?WHAT A DUKE WANTS is a fast paced, fun, and very entertaining read with a predictable plot, yet it will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.Melanie
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