What the Duke Desires
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: 18 June 2013
Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter, who was presumed dead after being kidnapped. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister. Soon he and Lisette are traveling to Paris posing as husband and wife, in search of Tristan, who has disappeared. And the longer he spends with Lisette, the easier it is for Max to see that the line between dukedom and desire is easier to cross than he imagined . . .
What the Duke Desires is a sweet and passionate romance, it was brilliant with an engaging plot. It made me laugh and cry, and had a gripping start that sucked me straight into the story.
Lisette is the illegitimate daughter of a Viscount, who is left penniless with her mother and brother, when her father dies unexpectedly and her half-brother, George, refuses to acknowledge their father's deathbed attempt to leave them provided for. Lisette and her family leave England, and return to their mother's home in France. Years later, and Lisette returns to England, to live with her other half-brother, Dom, and help him with his business.
Then Max, the Duke of Lyons, bursts into her life, declaring that Tristan has contacted him to claim that his long ago abducted brother is in fact alive. He also believes that Tristan is most likely a swindler, trying to prey on his family's pain. To protect Tristan, Lisette journeys with Max to try and find him and prove his innocence. But on the journey, the sparks fly between Lisette and Max, threatening to ignite a fire in each other's hearts.
Lisette was a fab heroine. She has real trust issues when it comes to the majority of men, pretty much except her brothers. She vows to never be a man's mistress. She's strong and fearless in the face of Max's blustering, and would do anything for her family. I often find that in an effort to make the heroine strong and feisty, they can become annoying but it definitely wasn't the case with Lisette! She is considerate and has a very compassionate heart.
Max was also a fab hero! He has lots of issues, most stemming from the kidnapping of his older brother Peter and apparent madness that runs in males in his family. He has a deep rooted fear that he'll end up mad and alone, which leads him to try to push Lisette away repeatedly. He's very loyal and honourable, and I was so thrilled when Lisette finally broke down the walls around his heart.
They were a very sweet couple, with a chemistry that steamed up the pages.
Sabrina Jeffries always writes wonderful romances and this is no exception. The romance is sweet and through the journey was troubled the HEA is so worth it! I was completely enthralled as Lisette and Max try to track down Tristan, and to solve the mystery behind Peter's abduction. Add in to the mix a vengeful half-brother (on Lisette's side) and you won't be able to put the book down!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, for my honest review. Thank you!