I hope everyone who celebrates the holidays had a good one. Today I'm happy to participate in the blog tour for Miranda Neville's fourth book in The Wild Quartet series and my personal favorite, The Duke of Dark Desires. If you like dark, brooding, mysterious historical romance heroes and heroines who overcome great odds then you HAVE to read this book! As always, thank you to Tasty Book Tours for the awesome opportunities to host and of course, read such wonderful books!
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Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Avon Romance
Release Date: December 30, 2014
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?
The wickedly seductive Julian Fortescue, Duke of Denford has finally met his match!
Julian was content to live out his days as a rebel, a rake, and an art collector, but after a series of unfortunate deaths in his family, he found himself the Duke of Denford. As if the new title and responsibilities weren’t bad enough, he has also become the guardian of three half sisters who are just as stubborn and rebellious as he ever was. He needs a governess desperately and has every intention of hiring only the most qualified woman for the job, until he meets Jane Grey. Though Julian tries his hardest to seduce her, Jane seems to be immune to his charms. As his attraction to Jane grows into something deeper, Julian becomes more and more certain that she’s hiding a terrible secret.
Miss Jane Grey is not who she appears to be. She is, in reality, Lady Jeanne de Falleron, the only member of her immediate family to survive The Terror in France. Posing as a governess and using the name Jane, she hopes to discover which of Julian’s family members was responsible for the deaths of her parents and sisters. Though she tries to resist Julian, it isn’t long before she starts to give in to her intense attraction to him, only to discover that the traitor she seeks might be the same man she’s falling in love with.
Gosh, where do I begin with this book? The cover! It’s a beautiful cover first of all. The couple really captured how passionate Julian and Jane are in the story but it’s the color that really did it for me. I’ve never seen completely black cover look so gorgeous! The artist really did a fantastic job on it!
The last book in the The Wild Quartet series, The Duke of Dark Desires lived up to my expectations of the dark, brooding Julian I met in the previous book, Lady Windermere’s Lover. He really stole my attention in book 3, actually, let’s be honest, I fell in love with him so much that I went and read the first two books just to catch glimpses of him. I wanted him to get his happy ending, but most of all, I wanted to know what burden he was carrying around that tortured him so badly.
But as tortured as Julian seemed, it was a drop in the ocean compared to Jane. Her story came from one of the bloodiest, most tragic events in history, the French Revolution, and it was clear she endured the most hell. Author Miranda Neville did an amazing job of creating a real life, HD picture of Jane’s life before and after the most terrifying time during the French Revolution otherwise known as The Reign of Terror. Jane survived so much darkness and pain yet there was still goodness in her, there was still a loving, warm human being within her, but she was also a warrior, one who wanted to avenge her family. I couldn’t NOT love her.
Julian and Jane had so much to overcome, so many secrets to expose that it seemed like there was no happy ending in sight for them. With Julian trying to outrun the secrets of the past and Jane trying to dig them up again, a blow up was bound to happen and it did, just not in the way I had thought. By the time their secrets came out, Julian and Jane’s relationship had taken such big steps so it was no surprise that Jane had to step back and figure out what she was going to do next, so did Julian.
The Duke of Dark Desires was, in my opinion the darkest book in the series because the story and the characters were heavily influenced by the events of The Reign of Terror. Such a dark time in European history that is usually not as prominent in the historical romances that I read, it not only gave the story a darker edge but more emotion as well. I know my eyes got a little watery whenever Jane remembered her family or everything she did to survive afterward.
A nice side benefit of reading such a well written romance? I became interested in reading about The French Revolution. Such a complex, deadly time in Europe yet it's effects were felt worldwide.
Final Verdict: Definitely making my list of my favorite books of 2014, The Duke of Dark Desires is one of those books that deserves to be on the “Wish I Could Forget it so I Can Rediscover It Again” list.
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