I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: MacKenzies & McBrides #4
Published by Tantor Audio, Berkley on April 3, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 13 hours
First off – I have to say that I read The Duke’s Perfect Wife back when I started teaching. As in, when my life was incredibly hectic and it was a miracle that I was finding ANY reading time. So do you think I wrote a review right away? Pfft! Please. And anyone who’s ever procrastinated writing a review can tell you – they only get harder to write the longer you wait. So… cut me some slack if this sucks, please?
Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.
Hart has it all--a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him--his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss--his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.
Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart's doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes--and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination--Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him.
I contemplated not writing a review but there’s two reasons why I’m pushing ahead – (1) I received The Duke’s Perfect Wife for review, so that would be kind of unethical and (2) it was too good to not at least say that I loved it. Here’s what stood out to me so much that it’s still in my brain – after way too many hours of teaching 5 year olds:
- I had really looked forward to reading this because I knew I wanted to get to know Hart better… and it was a treat getting to see his soft underbelly. I love the way Eleanor was able to cut through his tough exterior.
- Eleanor is one of my favorite leading ladies. She doesn’t demur and act coccoquettish. No, she’s says what she’s thinking without any affectation. And she’s SMART. And she has guts. Yeah. I loved her.
- I remember being slightly disappointed by the romance, though. Not that it wasn’t good – but because of the kind of relationship Eleanor and Hart had previously it’s kind of en media res and I think I would have liked to see more of the early Eleanor ad Hart. If I recall correctly we do see some of those early moments through memeories and I enjoyed those moments so much that I know I would have liked that initial romance too.
- There’s great little, surprising tidbits about who Hart really is – ALWAYS has been – that I was thrilled to get, along with insights into other members of the family.
- The naration is on point, as always. Angela Dawe is just perfection for this series. I have no complaints there! 🙂
So I don’t have lots of specifics about what EXACLTY hapened, but the feelings stuck with me. And that’s a sign of a pretty great book, right?