Review: If the Duke Demands

If the Duke Demands

Anna Harrington

Capturing the Carlisles #1

Publisher: Forever
Publication date: 28-Feb-2017
Date Finished: 06-Feb-2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 368
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9781455597253
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Rating:5 star
4 flames
Reading Challenges: Goodreads


“Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can’t wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she’s swept into rock-hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she’s horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent—Robert’s formidable older brother.

Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: he’ll help her win his brother’s heart if she’ll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself.

The first book in Anna Harrington’s new sexy Regency trilogy about the Carlisle brothers—three unrepentant rakes who become respectable gentlemen when family tragedy strikes.



This is the first book in many months that I struggled to put down. I started this book around 10:30 or 11 pm, thinking I would just read a chapter or two before I went to sleep… before I knew it 4 am rolled around and I begrudgingly (after having reached 50% of the book), went to sleep. As soon as I woke up I started reading again and didn’t stop until I finished (I was lucky that it was my day off).  It has become extremely rare, particularly in the past few years, for me to sacrifice sleep for a novel, but this one was worth it.

This is the first book in a new series, and it sets a great tone, I am desperate for the second book (Particularly after reading the teaser from the end of this book). Unlike many of the newer historical romances, this one did not have a secondary plot like spies, pirates, murder, etc. This one was entirely about the romance, which I love. The main characters, Sebastian and Miranda, were very lovable, sweet characters that kept me enthralled in their intense attraction for one another.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book, honestly I believe it would be a good starter book for those getting into historical romances.

About the Author

I fell in love with historical romances and all things Regency—and especially all those dashing Regency heroes—while living in England, where I spent most of my time studying the Romantic poets, reading Jane Austen, and getting lost all over the English countryside.

When I read my first Regency romance in 2012, I was hooked and longed to create my own independent and spirited heroines and dashing heroes. The best part of writing historical romances is falling into history—to live in the world of Regency England through my characters, with dazzling balls, beautiful dresses, and gorgeous houses that I would otherwise never be able to experience. I love the period’s rich history and find that all those rules of etiquette and propriety can be worked to the heroine’s advantage…if she’s daring enough to seize her dreams. –Goodreads


I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.


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