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What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long REVIEW

What I Did For a Duke by Julie Ann Long  (Pennyroyal Green #5)


Synopsis from Goodreads

For years, he's been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the "ton" knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he'll seduce Ian's innocent sister, Genevieve--the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he'll capture her heart . . . and then he'll break it.
But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke's dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there "anything" she won't do for a duke?

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Unbelievably amazing book, one of the finest historical romances I've read in  the last few years.

Extremely powerful couple, witty, sarcastic and seeing each other for exactly who they are. I was laughing and giggling through most of the book but there were plenty of moments which struck me as bittersweet and very romantic.

The synopsis MUST be ignored. It couldn't have been further from what's happening in the book.

Falconbridge is getting ready to be married. He is 40, a widower and he found someone who he thinks he might feel affection for with time. Only the girl jumps into bed with one of the bright, naughty and young Eversea brothers.

Everyone knows that Duke of Falconbridge always exacts his revenge. He comes as a guest to Eversea estate with a plan to seduce one of Eversea's sisters, - Genevieve.

Only she sees right through him...

Genevieve just received a blow. Her best friend and the guy she loved all her life confessed to her that he loves their mutual friend and intends to propose to her. Blind and stricken with grief she amuses herself with a daring dangerous game with a duke which turns into a passionate affair the more they know each other, until the duke realises that it's not enough.

Accidentally he fell in love and now has no idea how to make Genevieve see past their game.

“A proper kiss, Miss Eversea, should turn you inside out. It should . . . touch places in you that you didn’t know existed, set them ablaze, until your entire being is hungry and wild...It should slice right down through you like a cutlass with a pleasure so devastating it’s very nearly pain … It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. And it should herald, or at least promise, the most intense physical pleasure you’ve ever known, regardless of whether that promise is ever, ever fulfilled. It should, in fact . . . ” he paused for effect “ . . . haunt you for the rest of your life.”
Brilliant! Highly recommended.

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 Просто пиршество какое-то, а не книга! Превосходная история, до боли романтичная и полная иронии, с шикарными характерами...

Я не часто встречаю такие прекрасные исторические романы.

Герцогу Фэльконбриджу сорок лет, он - вдовец, который решил вторично жениться и подобрал невесту, к которой он сможет со временем, как он думает, начать испытывать привязанность. Только вот девушка прыгает в постель с одним из молодых, хулиганистых и задорных братьев Эверси...

Помолвка расторгнута, но это ещё не всё. Фэльконбридж собирается отомстить Эверси, сооблазнив одну из его сестёр - Женевьеву.... которая видит сквозь все его махинации, и ей на него с высокой колокольни.

Женевьева только что узнала, что её ближайший друг и мужчина, которого она любила всю свою жизнь собирается предложить руку и сердце их общей подруге. Сломленная, ослеплённая болью, она равнодушно наблюдает за попытками герцога её сооблазнить, и когда у того ничего не выходит они понемногу становятся друзьями и сообщниками, видящими друг друга такими как есть и не скрывающими свои мотивы.

Дружба перерастает в флирт, а флирт в страстную любовную связь, пока  Фэльконбрижд не осознаёт, что он-то влюбился и теперь совершенно не знает как дать понять Женевьеве, что они просто созданы друг для друга...

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