What the Duke Wants

What the Duke Wants

by Amy Quinton


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England 1814: Upstanding duke desperately seeks accident-prone wife from trade...

She is from trade. He is a duke and an agent for the crown with a name to restore and a mystery to solve.

Miss Grace (ha!) Radclyffe is an oftentimes hilariously clumsy, 20-year-old orphan biding her time living with her uncle until she is old enough to come into her small inheritance. Much to her aunt's chagrin:

She isn't:
• Reserved - not with her shocking! tendency to befriend the servants...
• Sophisticated - highly overrated if one cannot run around barefoot outside...
• Graceful - she once flung her dinner into a duke's face... on accident, of course.

But she is:
• Practical - owning a fashion house is in her future; unless someone foils her plans...
• In love... maybe... perhaps... possibly...

The Duke of Stonebridge is a man with a tragic past. His father died mysteriously when he was 12 years old amid speculation that the old duke was 'involved' with another man. He must restore his family name, but on the eve of his engagement to the perfect debutante, he meets his betrothed's cousin, and his world is turned inside out... No matter:

He is always:
• Logical - men who follow their hearts and not their heads are foolish...
• Reserved - his private life is nobody's business but his own...

And he isn't:
• Impulsive - it always leads to trouble...
• Charming - that's his best friend, the Marquess of Dansbury's, area of expertise...
• In love... maybe... perhaps... possibly...

Can he have what he wants and remain respectable? Can she trust him to be the man she needs?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503304697
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2014
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Amy Quinton is an author and full time mom living in Summerville, SC. She enjoys writing (and reading!) sexy, historical romances. She lives with her husband, two boys, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to go camping, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking... And did she mention reading? When she's not reading, cleaning, or traveling, she likes to make jewelry, sew, knit, and crochet (Yay for Ravelry!).


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What the Duke Wants 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a fan of historical romances I love discovering new authors able to breath fresh air into the genre and with this debut work there's much that makes it memorable. From its delightful heroine to its sensual banter to a secondary character who's left me panting for the next installment I found this an enjoyable journey. Grace is unlike most women of the time. Class distinction doesn't concern her, she aspires to design fashions and own her own shop when she comes of age, and she's incredibly clumsy but is able to laugh it off with a smile. In a nutshell, Grace is a delightful heroine who's strong-willed and intelligent. Though her vernacular seemed almost too modern her words and deeds often brought a smile to my face. She's immensely likable and friends with everyone, even amongst the servants, and her sunny disposition was a wonderful dichotomy to the nastiness of the relatives she's living with. From the moment she sees the dour countenance of Ambrose she fell for him despite their class differences and fought her heart and mind every step of the way. It's a difficult journey to reach her HEA as loyalty to her family has her denying what her heart truly wants as does a Duke who purposely hurts her as he too fights his attraction. Since the day his father was murdered with his reputation torn to shreds Ambrose has felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. Desperate to clear his family's name he's walked the straight and narrow which has hardened his heart and turned his personality overly serious. Deciding that he's ready to marry, and to conceal the fact that he's looking into his father's murder, leads him to Beatryce and her family who he's known since he was younger. She'll make the perfect wife with her unquestionable manners and demeanor, but it's her cousin Grace who captivates him. From their memorable first meeting in a mud puddle to their clandestine meetings, Ambrose knows their match will mar his family's name but her joy in living slowly thaws his heart. Ambrose is a self-assured man with few friends he trusts, he's a bit cold and rude at times, but you can't help rooting for him and Grace. She makes him a better man and in return I wish he had treated her better throughout the story. When pushing her away he acted with cruelty, he immediately believed the lies her relatives told about her, and used their class differences against her. Through her eyes, and because of her forgiving nature, I too ultimately forgave him. With witty banter teeming with sensuality Ambrose and Grace's burgeoning relationship was fun to watch. It was a slow burn of clandestine encounters, and hurtful behavior from him, that led to a culmination of their feelings very late in the story that was well worth the wait. Along with their engaging romance was an intriguing mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. With two compelling main characters came an equally engaging cast of secondary characters. Beatryce and her parents provided plenty of villainy with their cruel words and deeds, which lent an air of Cinderella to the story, and had me booing whenever they came on the scene. Providing an air of sweetness and chivalry, as well as sexiness and loyalty, was the charming Dansbury. Ambrose's loyal friend was a giant with a big heart and I look forward to his story being told next. As a debut this story had a good flow and nicely juggled its romance with mystery and I look forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has a little mystery to solve..it was a good book...if you like your books with a little humor and trying to solve who killed his father and it has a graphic love scene, ( not to graphic for me, but for some) I was hoping for more love scenes than just one...but still good...I wanted more passion..also there is a few f... words for people who get offended...I like my books like this...I look for to reading more from this auther ...but next time please more passion;)
HeyerFan1 10 months ago
Readable. This story had an interesting plot but was very much in the modern style of historical romances ie. rakish/caddish behaviour, unchaperoned single young women etc. I really enjoyed the character of Grace, though I disliked the extent of internal monologue (of both H and h) in the early stages of the novel. She had a lovely personality and I’m sure would make a good friend. In contrast we have Stonebridge whose actions are far from gentlemanly, in fact he is often cruel and not very likeable. I also disliked the swearing - didn’t see why the author couldn’t have just said “he swore long and loudly”. The author would appear to be matching Dansbury with Beatryce in the next book, another couple who seem incongruous. As I liked the former and disliked the latter, I doubt whether I will read Book 2 even to find out who the mysterious villain is. I voluntarily read and reviewed a giveaway copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
RosannaLeo More than 1 year ago
What The Duke Wants by Amy Quinton was a pleasure to read. In fact, I can honestly say it's one of the few books recently that I have been loathe to set aside. Upon reaching the end of a steamy scene, wanting desperately to know what happened next, I realized I was up way past my bedtime and made the decision to save the rest for the next day. I proceeded to wonder about where the plot would lead late into the night. To me, that makes a great book. This is a lovely historical piece with a healthy dose of sensuality. What I loved was that it never felt over done. I've read historicals that seem over-the-top with leering villains and simpering heroines. I've also read historicals that feel so ridiculous with their rampant sexuality. This one fits nicely somewhere in the middle and that made it believable. Credibility scores high on my list. Heroine Grace is sweet but strong in her way. Our hero the Duke of Stonebridge lives up to that moniker for much of the book. I confess, I worried he might not see the light and even found myself rooting for his friend and possible rival Cliff. However, Ms. Quinton helps him realize his love and we are never truly fearful that "what the duke wants" might not be the heroine. This is historical romance, after all. A man in his position would have had similar concerns about choosing a wife. Luckily for us, he makes the right choice. I look forward to reading more by this author and I will definitely be looking into the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all the characters...even though the hero was exasperating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the death of her father, Miss Grace Radclyffe (“Calamity Grace”) is forced to live with her aunt and uncle, the Earl and Countess of Swindon, until she comes into her inheritance on her twenty-first birthday. Grace is not graceful, but don’t let her clumsiness fool you--this and the fact that she is “from trade” (something that her relations won’t let her forget) are really her only (questionable) faults. She is tirelessly kind, she handles her foibles with humor and grace, and deals with her ghastly family with the patience of a saint. She’s smart, realistic, and has a plan for herself--she will open a dress shop in her late father’s bookshop in Oxford. When the Duke of Stonebridge arrives to begin courting her cousin, Lady Beatryce Beckett, Grace’s life becomes much more complicated.  Ambrose Langtry, the tenth Duke of Stonebridge, is a complicated character. He is trying to live his life the way he believes he is supposed to, steering clear of any scandal in an effort to make up for the suspicious circumstances of his father’s death. This is a passionate man who really falls for Grace right away, but takes his responsibilities as a duke so seriously that he’s prepared to resign himself to a marriage he knows will make him miserable because he believes it’s the right thing to do. As he soon discovers, pleasing everyone is impossible, and “doing the right thing” is not always as clear as he once thought. The chemistry is immediate and considerable. I understood their attraction and felt their frustration as they are frequently reminded that any relationship between them would be impossible. Grace’s confusion is particularly understandable as she struggles with her growing attraction to a difficult man who teeters back and forth between kissing her senseless and being “a cold nincompoop.” To be completely honest, I struggled with this, too, and a couple of things that he said within her earshot were so offensive, that if I were Grace, I would have run off with his best friend, the charming (and gorgeous) Marquess of Dansbury and never looked back!  Still, Ambrose’s thoughts on duty and class division are representative of a man of his station in this period, so we can’t really fault him. He isn’t perfect, he’s real, and the fact that I understood where he was coming from and loved him by the end speaks volumes for Ms. Quinton’s talent as an author. It isn’t easy to write complicated characters, and harder still to make them likable.  The supporting characters and unusual settings really helped this book to stand out. Lord and Lady Swindon are about as pleasant as their name suggests, while Lord Middlebury is a convincingly loathsome antagonist. Clifford “Cliff” Ross, The Marquess of Dansbury, is seriously swoonworthy, while his Aunt Harriett, a “colorful dragon” steals every scene she’s in. While this book does spend some time in Mayfair, the other settings of Lord Swindon’s estate, Oxford, and briefly Lord Stonebridge’s estate are interesting and fun, and help to build on the Regency world that already feels so familiar to us in fiction.  What the Duke Wants is an outstanding debut. It’s skillfully written, the characters are realistic, the love story is wonderful, and the dialogue is very authentic. Amy Quinton is an exciting new voice in Regency romance, and I can’t wait to read her next book. 
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