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Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel...complet Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel...completely out of control. Hannah can't help but curse her own idiocy. Dire straits have led her to the altar with a gentleman she hardly knows. Played for a fool, she's embarrassed, furious, and worse, married to an equally outraged stranger—an exasperating man who unleashes all manner of emotions in Hannah, not to mention unwanted desire. Reluctantly, she agrees to play the wife until he can sort out the mess. But the nearness of the undeniably attractive Duke and the passion in his black eyes unsettles her well-guarded heart—making her want to do so much more than "act" the role of blissful bride.


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Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel...complet Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel...completely out of control. Hannah can't help but curse her own idiocy. Dire straits have led her to the altar with a gentleman she hardly knows. Played for a fool, she's embarrassed, furious, and worse, married to an equally outraged stranger—an exasperating man who unleashes all manner of emotions in Hannah, not to mention unwanted desire. Reluctantly, she agrees to play the wife until he can sort out the mess. But the nearness of the undeniably attractive Duke and the passion in his black eyes unsettles her well-guarded heart—making her want to do so much more than "act" the role of blissful bride.

30 review for What a Gentleman Wants

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    I didn't plan to reread this so soon, but it was released in audio so I decided to go ahead. The narrator is Heather Wilds and she does a good job. I enjoyed just as much in this format as in reading. I don't think I will write much of a review but some things I like about this one is the plot and the family-oriented leads. The heroine is a widow and loving mother. The duke is constantly protecting his wayward brother while allowing him to stay in the good graces of their step mother and sister a I didn't plan to reread this so soon, but it was released in audio so I decided to go ahead. The narrator is Heather Wilds and she does a good job. I enjoyed just as much in this format as in reading. I don't think I will write much of a review but some things I like about this one is the plot and the family-oriented leads. The heroine is a widow and loving mother. The duke is constantly protecting his wayward brother while allowing him to stay in the good graces of their step mother and sister at his own expense. It's probably no secret that I am a bit biased when it comes to Linden, but this is a really good one. One of her better ones. The plot is unlike any others I have read which is saying something in HR.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    This was a sweet romance that was exactly what I was looking for: a diverting bargain with no price-fix from the publisher. It takes some work to find these treasures these days, but I'm indignant enough to overcome my inertia on book seeking. Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, is a stuffy guy who likes his peace and quiet. Always pulling his twin brother, David, out of scrapes, he never seems to get a break. Hannah Preston is the widow of the vicar in Middleborough who has the unique opportunity to h This was a sweet romance that was exactly what I was looking for: a diverting bargain with no price-fix from the publisher. It takes some work to find these treasures these days, but I'm indignant enough to overcome my inertia on book seeking. Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, is a stuffy guy who likes his peace and quiet. Always pulling his twin brother, David, out of scrapes, he never seems to get a break. Hannah Preston is the widow of the vicar in Middleborough who has the unique opportunity to help nurse David back to health after a carriage accident. Frankly, the whole basis of the story is a bit unbelievable, but I could get past it because I was engaged enough in the story telling and the characters. David manages to convince Hannah to enter into a "marriage of convenience" with him but signs his twin's name to the registry which causes all kinds of problems. Absurd. But whatever, as long as the interactions work, I can live with it. Hannah's four-year-old daughter is cute and actually fairly realistic. Throwing little tantrums when she's tired and wearing her mom out while alternately melting everyone's hearts with her little kid utterances. It's nice to see that when most kids in historical romances are not much more than cardboard cutouts with lace hung all over them. Marcus is hard to like at first, but he starts to gain some sympathy quickly. Hannah is immediately likable and in such a difficult situation it's hard for the reader not to root for her. At first they might not seem like a good match, but their chemistry becomes apparent and it's believable. I have to point out one scene that really made this book for me. So often I want to bang a book against the wall because the author contrives internal reasoning for the characters NOT to talk to each other in order to continue a rift or misunderstanding. There is a lovely scene where this doesn't happen. It's a simple thing, but it made me so happy to see an author just go ahead and allow a relationship to progress. Yes, it's Regency fluff. But it's a bargain on Kindle and it's a sweet romance. Friends looking to break up the angst might want to remember Caroline Linden for future stress reduction therapy. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I knew while reading it that the story is extremely farfetched. It's only after finishing it that I realize how willing I was to go along with how very unlikely the whole setup is. And that goes for pretty much everything surrounding the main couple, from the brother's marriage trick to the counterfeiting to the household and family situation. The thing is, all that wasn't even a little bit important to me while reading because I was lost in Marcus and Hannah. It isn't just that I liked them (I d I knew while reading it that the story is extremely farfetched. It's only after finishing it that I realize how willing I was to go along with how very unlikely the whole setup is. And that goes for pretty much everything surrounding the main couple, from the brother's marriage trick to the counterfeiting to the household and family situation. The thing is, all that wasn't even a little bit important to me while reading because I was lost in Marcus and Hannah. It isn't just that I liked them (I did), but that I respected them both for their strength and courage and honest communication. I just wanted them to be together because they were so perfect for each other and seeing them come to care for one another was just so emotionally engaging that I didn't mind the skips and trips and bumps they found along the way. I wish I could recommend this to everyone, but I have to admit that high sticklers for period and/or, well, sensible plots will probably struggle. Add that Marcus has a moderate case of negative motivation* and I can't give this the five stars I want to. Heck, four stars is probably more than the story really deserves. Except that I enjoyed reading it so much and really loved both Hannah and Marcus so well that I'm not going to be at all wobbly on giving it all four of those stars. A note about Steamy: There's really only one explicit sex scene, but that's under my definition where I count it as a single scene as long as the sexy times roll along. This particular scene spanned two chapters and had a brief breakfast interlude so any reasonable definition of "scene" would probably have it as two and possibly more. So this is the middle of my steam tolerance, and I have to admit that having so much all in one place had me skimming by the end... * Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    What a Gentleman Wants was originally released in 2006 and is being re-released ten years later with a shiny new cover (and boy what a nice cover it is!). I realized that I had never read this early work of Linden's so I moved quickly to remedy the issue. For this story, you will need to suspend some belief in reality, but if you can adjust to the set-up of the story, you will enjoy the emotional journey. Marcus, the Duke of Exeter, has a twin brother. They may be twins but appearances are the onl What a Gentleman Wants was originally released in 2006 and is being re-released ten years later with a shiny new cover (and boy what a nice cover it is!). I realized that I had never read this early work of Linden's so I moved quickly to remedy the issue. For this story, you will need to suspend some belief in reality, but if you can adjust to the set-up of the story, you will enjoy the emotional journey. Marcus, the Duke of Exeter, has a twin brother. They may be twins but appearances are the only thing they have in common. Marcus is responsible, intense, and aloof. David is irresponsible, charming, and carefree. When David is nursed back to health by a vicar's widow after a carriage accident, he impulsively offers marriage. However, the night before the wedding, David decides to back out and instead signs his twin brother's name in the marriage ledger, takes his brother's new "wife,"Hannah, to London, leaves her at Marcus' house, and flees to the continent. The bulk of the story takes place as Hannah and Marcus struggle to sort through the mess David has created without hurting those close to them and whipping up a scandal. Despite the ridiculousness of the situation, Hannah and the duke are both sensible, even-tempered people who discover an unexpected connection to each other. At first, they circle each other warily, but this does not last as the masks fall away and the two begin to understand one another. I really like how this story progressed. There were not flowery words or excessive drama between the two leads. Instead, there was wariness, which turned into respect, which led to friendship, which blossomed to love: She knew she had fallen in love with him--not when, not how, and sometimes not even why--but she had. For most of the book, the physical relationship between the two is limited since they both know the marriage is a sham and are searching for a way to move on from the mess. However, this delay in intimacy only served to ratchet up the sexual tension to such a degree that I was fanning myself when Marcus and Hannah finally gave in. Good heavens. I love how Linden writes her sex scenes :) His dark hair was tousled every which way, his face taut. He looked dangerous and reckless, not at all like his usual controlled self. "You have no idea," he said, "how much I want you." There is an underlying mystery with a counterfeit money ring to increase the suspense, as well as a series of delightful secondary characters in Marcus' stepmother and stepsister and Hannah's young daughter Molly to add to the sweetness. Overall, this was a great read. The set-up of the story is a bit far-fetched, but the emotion is all real. I loved Hannah and her straightforward, positive approach to life. At first, I struggled with Marcus, but just like Hannah, I came to understand and appreciate his cautious, quiet demeanor. When Marcus falls, he falls hard: He didn't give a damn what society said about him for it. She was good for him, he had realized; she was perfect for him. And he meant to do anything to keep her with him. And isn't that just perfect? This is an early Linden book, but her voice is as fresh as ever. I recommend this one for a nice escape. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read and review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    This one started quite well and had so much potential, it was sad to see that it never reached it. Though well written and interesting, it failed in the most important part: the romance. The hero and the heroine find themselves married because of a joke his twin brother played on them. Though their immediate reaction is to hide the fact and live their separate lives as before, they soon find that this is quite impossible and they have to act the happy couple for everyone to see. There is also a This one started quite well and had so much potential, it was sad to see that it never reached it. Though well written and interesting, it failed in the most important part: the romance. The hero and the heroine find themselves married because of a joke his twin brother played on them. Though their immediate reaction is to hide the fact and live their separate lives as before, they soon find that this is quite impossible and they have to act the happy couple for everyone to see. There is also a subplot about some counterfeit money that the hero is trying to solve, which unfortunately points to his brother as the culprit. The heroine was nice and gentle and caring all right, but the hero was cold and unkind to her. And the bad thing is, we never see him acting differently before she starts to feel an attraction to him, as she sees him as the man he is, not the duke. Well, she may have seen him but I didn't. I never saw how, why or when those two people fell in love; they suddenly do. How I may ask, since we only watch them in a couple of occasions together where he speaks barely two words to her. They have so little interaction with each other, it's impossible to feel their connection. And they fight this 'attraction' again and again, succumbing only to a kiss for almost until the end; no chemistry, no sparks between those two. The ending was also dedicated to the suspense part of the plot, which I ended skimming in order to get it over. I bet I'm not going to remember anything from this book in a week or two.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Sridhar

    4.5/5 stars. A testament to how much I loved this book is that I re-read almost days within completing it. Caroline Linden is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, and I've only read two full fledged books by her and a novel or two. This book is my all time favorite as of now. Marcus and David Reece are identical twin brothers, and Marcus is the elder by barely a few minutes thus making him the Duke of Exeter. A formidable, respectable and thorough gentleman Marcus takes his elder brother st 4.5/5 stars. A testament to how much I loved this book is that I re-read almost days within completing it. Caroline Linden is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, and I've only read two full fledged books by her and a novel or two. This book is my all time favorite as of now. Marcus and David Reece are identical twin brothers, and Marcus is the elder by barely a few minutes thus making him the Duke of Exeter. A formidable, respectable and thorough gentleman Marcus takes his elder brother status and ducal responsibilities a touch to the extreme. From the prologue itself I found myself completely in love with Marcus. His body language, his manners, his words and his inner thoughts cemented my thought that he'd a brilliant hero. He's my favorite kind of hero's in historicals ; powerful, strong with enough darkness to make him sexy as hell but no underlying angst to make him a douchenozzle. And most imporantly Miss Linden proved that a hero can be infinitely attractive without being a rake who sleeps with everything that moves. Both Hannah and Marcus have a sexuality that's understated but oh so powerful, not just together but also as individuals. I loved this part particularly. I won't get into any plot details because it's just so unique and wonderful to experience that I do not wish to spoil anyone who'll be reading it. Basically, through certain circumstances Marcus and Hannah (the widow of a vicar with a little girl in a remote town) end up married - or something of the sort. They agree to keep up the shenanigan for a month or two so that the Duke doesn't have to face a scandal and cause pain to his step-mother and his little sister, both of whom he loves dearly in his stoic ducal way. God, his relationship with Rosalind and Celia is so beautiful I have no words. The sacrifices he makes of himself and their image of him so they never see the truth of David and his failings is just ugh. Though it is classic enabling behaviour on Marcus' part but he rectifies that later. Reading about Marcus and Hannah getting to know each other is a delight, and the underlying sexual tension is tense as hell. When they finally get together it made me sigh and lean back in my chair because I was just so on edge. Brilliant work by the author in pulling us into the characters and the romance. But my favorite part of it was the fact that they both have honest and open discussions on everything, but mostly their feelings *gasp* for each other. An HR without misunderstandings and open, honest communcation bewteen MC's? Yes, it exists. When push comes to shove Marcus doesn't hold back in expressing his feelings for Hannah and doesn't let anything, nor his ducal pride, nor what is expected of him as a Duke and especially not the notion of being vulnerable come in the way. Even Hannah doesn't do the whole insecure I-will-not-express-my-feelings-until-he-does nonsense. Ugh it was just so sweet and romantic. The ending is wonderful as well, and sets up the next book in the series by actually making us like David as a character. Which I did not in the start of the book for sure. if I have any complaints its the lack of epilogue, and perhaps the lack of interactions between Marcus and Molly but it isn't that troublesome. The book was always more about Marcus and Hannah and I love that! Just go read this, I promise you won't be dissapointed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I really enjoyed this book. It's written in a moderately intense tone, with lots of point-of-view switches between the characters, which annoyed me very slightly at first, but actually made the whole story much more intimate. The basic plot is quite simple, but the internal dialogue of the hero and heroine, and the hero's naughty brother, is fabulous, and makes it quite an addictive read. I even liked the heroine's daughter in it. Normally, I find that children have no place in HRs, but, like all I really enjoyed this book. It's written in a moderately intense tone, with lots of point-of-view switches between the characters, which annoyed me very slightly at first, but actually made the whole story much more intimate. The basic plot is quite simple, but the internal dialogue of the hero and heroine, and the hero's naughty brother, is fabulous, and makes it quite an addictive read. I even liked the heroine's daughter in it. Normally, I find that children have no place in HRs, but, like all the characters, she felt so realistic that it didn't bother me at all. There were some things in particular which I absolutely LOVED about this one. The situation the heroine is placed in is awful, and, on the surface, sounds completely unbelievable, but actually marriage in this period was a much more haphazard, iffy thing. Lots of people never did really get married at all, others used fake names if they had a previous marriage which turned into a mistake (you couldn't divorce unless you were very wealthy), and anyone could be dubiously married in the Fleet Prison, for as long or short as you wanted. So, actually, the premise is more realistic than it sounds. I also loved how the characters place the heroine into a completely impossible situation. She's been emotionally blackmailed into doing the most ridiculous thing, and is surrounded by a complete cold-fish, his matchmaking, shopaholic stepmother, and his step-sister, who is far too romantic for her own good, and clinging on to her last year as a child by her fingernails. She's been dumped in this situation by a man who's done a runner and her daughter loves it there. I can't imagine what I'd do in that situation. The development of the romance itself is also well-written. They don't fall into bed at the first opportunity, and the steamy bits were kinda vague, but the sexual tension and attraction is smokin' hot. The plot switch and change of pace towards the end also surprised me a bit, mainly because it worked so well. Normally, when suspense is thrown into a Regency HR, after the romance bit is quite well-developed, it falls flat for me, but it really didn't here. So, maybe after writing this review, I'd give it closer to 4.5 stars than 4 stars...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jultri

    3.5/5. Great prose as expected from Linden, but for some reason it just didn't move me. It took me more than a week to finish, partly because of Seasonal duties calling me elsewhere but partly because of my procrastination in returning back to it. Both protagonists are appealing but the chemistry didn't sizzle enough for me. The premise was not the most convincing, especially with Marcus forcing Hannah to pretend they're happily married in order to spare the feelings of his step mother and siste 3.5/5. Great prose as expected from Linden, but for some reason it just didn't move me. It took me more than a week to finish, partly because of Seasonal duties calling me elsewhere but partly because of my procrastination in returning back to it. Both protagonists are appealing but the chemistry didn't sizzle enough for me. The premise was not the most convincing, especially with Marcus forcing Hannah to pretend they're happily married in order to spare the feelings of his step mother and sister. Furthermore, Marcus had virtually no interaction with Molly, no scene where they started to bond. The closest thing was him acknowledging while watching her at play that she's not as annoying as he expected. David meanwhile was observed by Hannah in the beginning to be patient and good with Molly which aided in her decision to accept his proposal initially. It bothers me that Hannah did not consider how Marcus might be as a father figure to Molly, before falling for him. (view spoiler)[The ending involving them swapping identities was a bit silly. What was Marcus hoping to achieve by intentionally making himself a tied-up prisoner of the gang of baddies? He had no chance of extricating himself from the situation if it wasn't for David (and Hannah's) intervention and even then, why let them (the pretend David and Hannah) walk away instead of killing them all in order to ensure that Bentley inherits? And why on earth would they pay the Lily a veritable fortune (for a servant) of 200 pounds, the same amount Marcus thought would be enough compensation initially for Hannah to walk away. Why would a maid who betrayed their trust deserve the same amount as an innocent woman, caught up in a deceptive marriage to a duke? From my limited understand of Regency monetary values, that was enough to secure a comfortable country abode and life, if one was wise with money and probably far more than they would pay a loyal retiring servant. In addition, Lily justified her actions because she told them she was all alone in the world, but in the beginning, we were told she is the cousin of the dowager duchess's maid. As a person quite particular on details, these little inconsistencies did add up for me. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I read and listened both to this first book in the Reece family series. It took me a minute to get used to the narrator but once I did I really enjoyed what the narrator brought to the characters. Marcus and Hannah are my kind of H/h. A twin, a fake marriage, and a vicar's widow. The perfect storm. Can't wait to read book 2, although if it's about David, he has some redeeming to do. I read and listened both to this first book in the Reece family series. It took me a minute to get used to the narrator but once I did I really enjoyed what the narrator brought to the characters. Marcus and Hannah are my kind of H/h. A twin, a fake marriage, and a vicar's widow. The perfect storm. Can't wait to read book 2, although if it's about David, he has some redeeming to do.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    4.5 stars. Personally, I ♥ this historical suspense romance, despite its unlikely premise. The suspense is decent, and it has such an intimate feeling to it, partly because we get so much of the hero's POV. The "newly married to a stranger" relationship starts off cool and distrustful, warms to friendship and trust, and finally blazes into passion. That first erotic love scene! Yowsa! The explicit love scenes felt honestly emotional. Unlikely Premise: David, an irresponsible rogue with good inte 4.5 stars. Personally, I ♥ this historical suspense romance, despite its unlikely premise. The suspense is decent, and it has such an intimate feeling to it, partly because we get so much of the hero's POV. The "newly married to a stranger" relationship starts off cool and distrustful, warms to friendship and trust, and finally blazes into passion. That first erotic love scene! Yowsa! The explicit love scenes felt honestly emotional. Unlikely Premise: David, an irresponsible rogue with good intentions, impersonates his older brother Marcus, the Duke of Exeter. Signing the duke's name, he marries Hannah, a widow with a young child. When Marcus discovers what David has done, he feels compelled to continue the farce, staying married to Hannah until David returns. Why? To protect his stepmother and sister from losing faith in their beloved David. (Quite a stretch, yes?) The problem is -- David has gone missing (foul play!) and does not return for several weeks. Long enough for Marcus to fall in love with Hannah. At first cold and aloof, our hero heats up nicely:"He was lean and hard everywhere, his skin sleek and golden in the candlelight. Dark hair covered his chest, narrowing down to his stomach. His eyes never left her, those dark, dark eyes she couldn't look away from. He put her in mind of a powerful animal, muscles taut and coiled, ready to spring -- at her." I came upon that first big clincher at about 70%. Sizzling, and the loving between Marcus and Hannah feels real. Emotional, but erotic: "With one arm he lashed out, sweeping perfume bottles and brushes from the dressing table before lifting her onto it...He kissed her desperately, his hands shaking as they raced over her, too wild with urgency to linger anywhere. God in heaven, how long has he wanted this, to have her..."Suspense: A decent suspense thread runs throughout the story: kidnapping, beating, theft, impersonation, and murder, etc. This thread did not fully develop until the second half of the book, but the author alluded to it in the first half. I especially liked the scene with the pearls, up on the roof. Child alert! The few scenes with young Molly were sweet -- especially when she is talking with the Duke, calling him Extera. Linden writes decent children's dialogue.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beebs

    3.5 rounded up to 4. This is a re-print of a previously published work, I read a digital ARC of this reprint Hannah is about to lose her home having been recently widowed. Her only option is to move her and her daughter back to her father's house which is a daunting prospect because he is recently remarried and doesn't really want them. As she is preparing to move there is a carriage accident and she takes care of the victim David. After learning of her problems and feeling grateful, David offers 3.5 rounded up to 4. This is a re-print of a previously published work, I read a digital ARC of this reprint Hannah is about to lose her home having been recently widowed. Her only option is to move her and her daughter back to her father's house which is a daunting prospect because he is recently remarried and doesn't really want them. As she is preparing to move there is a carriage accident and she takes care of the victim David. After learning of her problems and feeling grateful, David offers her a marriage of convenience promising to look after her and her daughter. However, the night before the wedding David has second thoughts and on the day of the wedding signs his twin Marcus, Duke of Exeter's name in the marriage register. Unaware of the deception, Hannah goes to London with him where David dumps her but not before telling the newspapers and family of the Duke's marriage. Marcus is absolutely furious and plans to send Hannah away immediately but can't because of the notice in the paper and his family's arrival in town to congratulate them. I have to admit that I found the beginning of the book a bit unbelievable and read much of it with a raised eyebrow but what followed was a really enjoyable read. The relationship build-up between Marcus and Hannah was very well done, we see the haughty Duke slowly softening towards Hannah and her daughter and watch Hannah come to realise that the man behind the Duke is a really good man. He does his best to look after everyone, they talk to each other, there are no big misunderstandings between them. There is a side story about a counterfeiting ring and a jealous cousin who is trying to get rid of the twins so he can be Duke which gives some drama towards the end of the book and is wrapped up very neatly. All in all I enjoyed this book, it wont be added to the favourites list but it was fun while it lasted. *Received from Netgalley

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lorka

    So so close to being put on my Keeper Shelf!! I absolutely loved the hero, a real cold-hearted jerk that needed to be brought to his knees by just the right woman! The heroine was written very well, her daughter Molly was a cute addition... I loved Molly's first meeting with Marcus, asking him his name and flustering him and he goes out to the hallway to holler for her mom to come get her (and rescue him). I could totally imagine that realistically happening. I loved how well-written the sexual So so close to being put on my Keeper Shelf!! I absolutely loved the hero, a real cold-hearted jerk that needed to be brought to his knees by just the right woman! The heroine was written very well, her daughter Molly was a cute addition... I loved Molly's first meeting with Marcus, asking him his name and flustering him and he goes out to the hallway to holler for her mom to come get her (and rescue him). I could totally imagine that realistically happening. I loved how well-written the sexual tension was with Marcus and Hannah. I made a point to remember page 213, so I could quote a great part: "...and he kissed her as if he'd been waiting forever to do it." It was so perfectly said, because the whole scene was written to really portray that feeling spot on. What kept it from being a Keeper, was maybe when they finally admitted that they loved each other, I thought maybe it could have been dragged out a tad bit longer. It seemed like once it was brought up, it all happened too quickly. That, and how they constantly repeated to themselves (inner dialogue) about how they needed to resist each other, because they weren't really married. But, wait... I thought the registrar from her village showed Marcus and Hannah's name. So weren't they really married? I was confused about that. But over-all, a great love story :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Once I got past my initial loathing of the premise (younger, good-for-nothing twin has an accident, ends up admiring the woman who takes care of him so much he offers her a marriage of convenience only to get cold feet at the last possible second, ends up forging his brother's signature on the marriage certificate and then proceeds to abandon a completely oblivious woman in London after sending an announcement of his twin's wedding to the Times and informing his stepmother and sister about the m Once I got past my initial loathing of the premise (younger, good-for-nothing twin has an accident, ends up admiring the woman who takes care of him so much he offers her a marriage of convenience only to get cold feet at the last possible second, ends up forging his brother's signature on the marriage certificate and then proceeds to abandon a completely oblivious woman in London after sending an announcement of his twin's wedding to the Times and informing his stepmother and sister about the marriage), I ended up really enjoying this, only to roll my eyes at all the last-minute drama that served as an attempt to redeem the younger twin's actions so he can get his HEA in the next book of the series. Once the story focuses on the relationship between the heroine and the older twin, I found it really enjoyable, their journey from married-by-"mistake" to married-for-real was slow and believable, but I would've loved it more if it hadn't been for the last-minute kidnapping, blackmail, and rescue mission.

  14. 4 out of 5

    kris

    Plot-y bits: Hannah is the widow of a vicar and is about to be evicted by the new vicar. David is the twin brother of the Duke of Exetar and proposes marriage. He forges his brother's signature and then drops Hannah in London and sends letters to the Times and his step-mother / sister. Marcus, the duke, is enraged but allows the farce to stand. First: HUGE suspension of disbelief that a man would be like 'JUST GO ALONG WITH IT' to the woman his twin brother dumps on him after forging their marria Plot-y bits: Hannah is the widow of a vicar and is about to be evicted by the new vicar. David is the twin brother of the Duke of Exetar and proposes marriage. He forges his brother's signature and then drops Hannah in London and sends letters to the Times and his step-mother / sister. Marcus, the duke, is enraged but allows the farce to stand. First: HUGE suspension of disbelief that a man would be like 'JUST GO ALONG WITH IT' to the woman his twin brother dumps on him after forging their marriage. Second: I thought there were some really, really well done parts, especially the scene where they have tea together and talk, and when they discuss what's to be done now that David's ruined everything. Much conflict could have been had, but Linden chose to circumvent it and it was refreshing and delightful. Third: The subplot / final conflict was a MESS. I never quite understood how Marcus was supposed to be helping with the investigation and the kidnapping/showdown thing was just not good. Overall, intriguing but not light-me-on-fire great. Will probably check out additional books by Linden if I come across them, but am not in any great rush to seek them out at this time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    Vicar’s widow ends up caught in a prank between twin brothers 3,5 rounded to 4 As all Caroline Linden’s books, this one is very well written and the main characters are both well developed and adorable (Marcus In his own arrogant way). Hannah is a vicar’s widow that is about to loose her home to the new vicar. After helping a victim of a car accident, Hannah ends up accepting the gentleman’s proposal of a marriage of convenience. He seems to be s good man and to love her daughter and this way she w Vicar’s widow ends up caught in a prank between twin brothers 3,5 rounded to 4 As all Caroline Linden’s books, this one is very well written and the main characters are both well developed and adorable (Marcus In his own arrogant way). Hannah is a vicar’s widow that is about to loose her home to the new vicar. After helping a victim of a car accident, Hannah ends up accepting the gentleman’s proposal of a marriage of convenience. He seems to be s good man and to love her daughter and this way she will have her own home again instead of having to move back with her father and his new wife. Things are not what they seem though and Hannah ends up in London supposedly married to her “husband’s” twin brother, the arrogant and distant Duke of Exeter. The first part was a 5 star for me, but I just could not buy the “pretend the marriage is real” thing. It just had no justification or made any sense when contrasted with the strict social rules of the time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    This was a first time read for me by Caroline Linden and I truly loved this story. I am intrigued to find out how his Exeter's twin brother, David gets his come uppance in his story. Hopefully, it will be one that keeps him out of trouble 😁. 4.5 Stars This was a first time read for me by Caroline Linden and I truly loved this story. I am intrigued to find out how his Exeter's twin brother, David gets his come uppance in his story. Hopefully, it will be one that keeps him out of trouble 😁. 4.5 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    I enjoyed it even though there were logic problems. They went from dislike to lust, but I didn’t see any love. More romance development would be good. I had trouble with Hannah seeing the maid sneaking around at night like a spy. Yet Hannah continues to trust the maid to take care of her precious 4-year-old daughter? Toward the end the author wanted a crisis, so she added some bad guys doing counterfeiting. That was ok, but it was like the last half of a different story. That story was not develop I enjoyed it even though there were logic problems. They went from dislike to lust, but I didn’t see any love. More romance development would be good. I had trouble with Hannah seeing the maid sneaking around at night like a spy. Yet Hannah continues to trust the maid to take care of her precious 4-year-old daughter? Toward the end the author wanted a crisis, so she added some bad guys doing counterfeiting. That was ok, but it was like the last half of a different story. That story was not developed. We didn’t get the beginning or middle. It was a way to put the hero in danger, and he did something stupid. He went somewhere alone to confront a group of bad guys with no weapon. He should have taken some guys with guns as back up. That action did not fit. He was smarter than that. Editing problems. Several times I did not know who was speaking because of illogical line breaks. It caused me to go back and reread a paragraph to figure out who was talking. That should not be required. For example (page 112). “She tried to focus on what the duke had said. “Settled things?” “Your compensation.” She sighed, her head beginning to ache. He is saying “Your compensation” but it looks like she is saying it, because it is on the same line as “She sighed.” Another example (page 173) He says something. (Some descriptive words follow) She could sense rather than hear him approaching. “Is it broken?” He was directly behind her.... I didn’t know who was saying “Is it broken” because it is placed next to “She could sense.” “Is it broken” should have been moved to the next line and be next to “He was directly behind her,” because he was speaking it. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 343 pages. Swearing language: mild including religious swear words but not often used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Setting: unknown time probably early 1800s London, England. Copyright: 2006. Genre: historical romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    This is a re-print of a previously published work, I read a digital ARC of this reprint I like forced marriage romances very much. This was a decent read but I didn't love the romance. The pace and logic of this romance was off somehow. I was given this book for my honest review and there you have it. This is a re-print of a previously published work, I read a digital ARC of this reprint I like forced marriage romances very much. This was a decent read but I didn't love the romance. The pace and logic of this romance was off somehow. I was given this book for my honest review and there you have it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aylen Ainsley

    A slow burn ignites! Marcus, Duke of Exeter, finds himself married to Hannah, the widow of a country vicar, thanks to his charming but roguish and duplicitous brother, David. Although both are furious at what David has done, Marcus and Hannah agree to stay together temporarily to avoid scandal. Despite the Duke’s coldness and Hannah’s outrage, these two find they are attracted to each other. It’s a slow burn after that, and there were times when I lost patience with both of them. Kiss her! Kiss A slow burn ignites! Marcus, Duke of Exeter, finds himself married to Hannah, the widow of a country vicar, thanks to his charming but roguish and duplicitous brother, David. Although both are furious at what David has done, Marcus and Hannah agree to stay together temporarily to avoid scandal. Despite the Duke’s coldness and Hannah’s outrage, these two find they are attracted to each other. It’s a slow burn after that, and there were times when I lost patience with both of them. Kiss her! Kiss him! But finally, love and lust ignites and in very satisfyingly steamy ways. Especially enjoyable were the suspenseful scenes toward the end of the story in which Hannah proves she has some unique skills that saves the lives of both Marcus and David who are threatened by villainous rival. Marcus and Hannah discover that they have come to respect each other, to benefit from each other’s presence, to desire each other, and finally, to love each other. Very enjoyable read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steelwhisper

    Delightful, intelligent and lovely.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    „What a Gentleman wants“ by Caroline Linden got a new cover and is newly published, it was originally printed in 2006. The author is new to me so I am really glad that I got this copy from Netgalley to review it. I couldn’t put the book aside … After David’s love involvement at a party with a married woman his brother saved him from the angry husband by taking his place. David is a rake, a unscrupulous rake so his twin brother Marcus Reese, the duke of Essex, who has saved him all the time, sends „What a Gentleman wants“ by Caroline Linden got a new cover and is newly published, it was originally printed in 2006. The author is new to me so I am really glad that I got this copy from Netgalley to review it. I couldn’t put the book aside … After David’s love involvement at a party with a married woman his brother saved him from the angry husband by taking his place. David is a rake, a unscrupulous rake so his twin brother Marcus Reese, the duke of Essex, who has saved him all the time, sends him off. On the countryside David has a carriage accident, breaks his leg and a young widow, Hannah, takes him in to nurse him to health. In the end he offers her marriage, in exchange for all the time she spent with him and because she is about to lose her house to the new pastor and has to move back in with her father and his new wife. So he marries Hannah, takes her and her little daughter Molly – one of my favorite characters in this book – to London where he puts in his brother’s former mistress’ room in his house. By the morning David is gone and Marcus and Hannah discover that they are married to each other because David signed in Marcus’ name. The two brothers aren’t alike, they are very, very different. Were David is charming and warm, Marcus is distanced and cold. He doesn’t want to be married BUT David hasn’t just fooled him, he informed their stepmother Rosalind and their sister about the wedding, their love and how they met AND he posted an announcement in the newspapers, so everybody knows that Marcus got married to Hannah. And Marcus cannot tell his those people he care about the truth … I couldn’t put the book aside, like I said in the beginning. You have to love Hannah, who is a cute and lovely woman, a strong young woman. She knows that the most important thing is to provide for her daughter’s future that’s why she also gives into the deal with Marcus. But she also sees his other sides, the caring one for his stepmother and sister. Marcus takes his time to see that Hannah wasn’t into this sham that she had no clue that she got married to him and not his brother. Next to this two there have been other great characters in this book – my favorite was Molly. She’s adorable and she is allowed to give Marcus a nickname because she cannot say Exeter. I wouldn’t have minded more time between her and Marcus because it would have been adorable. Rosalind, his stepmother, is more like a real mother to him, there is no difference because she cares deeply and he knows that she loves the boys and he doesn’t want to disappoint her in any way. It was a quick read and took my mind off work, which is something not every book is able to do lately. Grading exams (not in English of course because it isn’t my mother tongue) isn’t always the most enjoyable thing. I liked the developments, it was the right timing – not too quick, not to slow, just right. Oh and those love scene … oh my God … I love them. They were a new definition from hot, especially their first night. I read it on the bus and had to re-read it at home because …I mean a scene likes this on the bus … Rating: 5*****

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    Caroline Linden books almost always work for me. So it was cool to look back on one of her earlier stories with this reissue from 10 years ago. While I’ll admit, the premise is a little far-fetched, I still enjoyed the book. In fact, I plan to pick up the other two parts of the trilogy. Marcus, the Duke of Exeter, has been cleaning up his twin brother’s messes for as long as he can remember. But this takes the cake. After his latest scrape, his brother David proposed marriage to a vicar’s widow, Caroline Linden books almost always work for me. So it was cool to look back on one of her earlier stories with this reissue from 10 years ago. While I’ll admit, the premise is a little far-fetched, I still enjoyed the book. In fact, I plan to pick up the other two parts of the trilogy. Marcus, the Duke of Exeter, has been cleaning up his twin brother’s messes for as long as he can remember. But this takes the cake. After his latest scrape, his brother David proposed marriage to a vicar’s widow, then signed Marcus’s name to the marriage certificate. To make matters worse, he put an ad in the paper and wrote to their family about the Duke’s so called romance. The thing is, Hannah thought she was really marrying David. They weren’t in love, but she nursed him after a carriage accident and believed they were friends. No one was more surprised than she was when David left her at his brother’s home and disappeared. She was ready to take her young daughter and return home when Marcus insisted she stay… not as his wife in truth, but to save his sister and step-mother from the truth of David’s scheme. If Hannah plays along for just a month or two, he’ll help her quietly retire to the country, with a home to raise her child. So yeah, it’s a little far-fetched, but go with it. Marcus comes off as a cold guy. He is not interested in love. He saves his brother, but he has little patience for him. He is aloof and controlling –and when he first meets Hannah, he is pretty much a jerk to her. But what I liked about him was the man we saw as the ice melted. It’s not that Hannah changes him, but that we see the man he is underneath the mantle of being Duke. We watch him learn how it feels to be valued and desired for who he is, rather than what he is. Meanwhile, Hannah is a likeable heroine. She is put in an untenable situation, but she does the best she can for everyone involved, especially her child. She is honorable and honest with Marcus. I liked the heat between them, even when they were at odds with each other. And as they began to see each other as people, I really enjoyed the vulnerability she brought out in Marcus. There is a mystery plot surrounding David and some counterfeiters that brought along some tense moments late in the story. It was ok. Mostly it was a vehicle to get all of the characters where they needed to be, emotionally. But overall, it was a quick and engaging read, with a satisfying ending. Rating: B *Book provided by publisher for review

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Hannah & Marcus make a great couple, both being interesting characters who navigate a forgery marriage. This book was fast paced and it made me feel goey on the inside, while managing to create a "who dunnit?" situation. At times it was cheesy, but who doesn't like that from time to time. Hannah & Marcus make a great couple, both being interesting characters who navigate a forgery marriage. This book was fast paced and it made me feel goey on the inside, while managing to create a "who dunnit?" situation. At times it was cheesy, but who doesn't like that from time to time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Marcus Reece aka Exeter aka Extera is a great hero if you like your dukes chilly and condescending. Yes and yes! Marcus is a proper duke, absolutely in control of his life, except for David, his wild card younger twin brother who lives like a rake and finds himself in predicaments that often requires Marcus to step in and bail him out. Marcus and David have a tempestuous relationship where Marcus is frustrated that David can't do the bare minimum, especially at a time when Celia, their stepsiste Marcus Reece aka Exeter aka Extera is a great hero if you like your dukes chilly and condescending. Yes and yes! Marcus is a proper duke, absolutely in control of his life, except for David, his wild card younger twin brother who lives like a rake and finds himself in predicaments that often requires Marcus to step in and bail him out. Marcus and David have a tempestuous relationship where Marcus is frustrated that David can't do the bare minimum, especially at a time when Celia, their stepsister, will be having her Season in a year, and their family name cannot afford a scandal right now. Heaven. Forbid. So when Marcus tells David that he has to chill in the countryside and let the talk around his latest liaison with a married Ton wife die, he doesn't expect David to get married and then leave town. In fact, Marcus realizes David signed his own name on the wedding registrar so he's actually husband to Hannah, a country widow! I have to pause here to say that I love implausible story set-ups like this because I loved the fight between Marcus and Hannah. Marcus, at first, wants to pay Hannah to leave, and Hannah is so offended she doesn't want his money. Marcus' family storms in, and he decides to go along with the lie until the public scrutiny and curiosity goes away, and he can put Hannah in the countryside. He never expects to have a wife or kids so it doesn't really matter to him if society thinks he already has a wife. The reason why he does all of this, though, is because he doesn't want David's prank to diminish his standing in Rosalind, his stepmother's eyes, or Celia's, so he'd rather Rosalind and Celia blame him than David :'( Hannah, a practical sort of woman, is now forced to play the duchess's wife until she can safely abscond to the countryside with her child, Molly. Meanwhile, Marcus is figuring out who is involved in a counterfeiting scheme in London in order to grant amnesty to his brother, a suspect, who may or may not be involved... Hannah was a great character who worked well off Marcus. She had a practical spirit, but she also had moments of whimsy and excitement, such as in the ballroom when she stuck it to Lady Willoughby. I thought Hannah and Marcus had excellent chemistry together, particularly when Hannah starts to realize that Marcus has a heart, even if he is supercilious. Their love is a slow-burn. What A Gentleman Wants is my first read by Caroline Linden and am I going to have to finish the Reece Family Trilogy? Yes. Yes I am. I enjoyed the character dynamics between Hannah and Marcus, and there was simmering chemistry between the two. I also highly enjoyed the way Linden paced the story so that there was not a dull moment. I enjoyed the dilemma Hannah and Marcus both faced due to David's prank, and how they ended up falling for each other.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This was such a fun novel. First, there's actually a plot. And plot development. And character development. Both our H and h learn to give and take and work with each other. Then there's a cute child, some fun family members, and action at the end. Highly recommend. This was such a fun novel. First, there's actually a plot. And plot development. And character development. Both our H and h learn to give and take and work with each other. Then there's a cute child, some fun family members, and action at the end. Highly recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Friedrich

    I'm on a Caroline Linden kick right now ... Description: Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel...completely out of control. Hannah can't help but curse her own idiocy. Dire s I'm on a Caroline Linden kick right now ... Description: Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She's a vicar's widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus's well-ordered life to make him feel...completely out of control. Hannah can't help but curse her own idiocy. Dire straits have led her to the altar with a gentleman she hardly knows. Played for a fool, she's embarrassed, furious, and worse, married to an equally outraged stranger—an exasperating man who unleashes all manner of emotions in Hannah, not to mention unwanted desire. Reluctantly, she agrees to play the wife until he can sort out the mess. But the nearness of the undeniably attractive Duke and the passion in his black eyes unsettles her well-guarded heart—making her want to do so much more than "act" the role of blissful bride. Thoughts: So this one was interesting. I'm still undecided whether I really liked it or not. First impressions are not always reliable either. And I hate that there was a very minor character named Jocelyn who apparently loves to sleep around on her hubby... GRRR! So we meet the twin Reese Brothers Marcus (the elder and Duke) and David (the immediate spare). David is a scoundrel and rake in the first degree who doesn't take any aspect of life seriously. He gambles, sleeps with married women, races his carriage etc. and all to excess. Marcus has always bailed little brother out for the good of the family and especially recently because their younger sister will be making her debut in the next year and he wants her to have the best possible Season. David is exiled to the country until his latest scandal dies down and while racing ... crashes (shock of shocks) and we meet Hannah. She is a widow of 6 months and is facing having to move back with her father as the new vicar comes in and she has no other options. She has the unfortunate task of nursing our resident idiot David back to health after his crash. He has a second of maturity and offers for Hannah to repay her kindness. He wants to support her and her 4 year old daughter Molly as a thank you and he also hopes he can grow up a bit. ... And then he has a relapse of idiocy. He purposefully signs his twin brother's name to the registry, takes Hannah and her daughter to London and drops them in the house belonging to Marcus' former mistress... and promptly leaves the city. But! Before he does, he places the announcement in the Times and sends word to their sister and stepmother of MARCUS' marriage. Needless to say, both Hannah and Marcus were royally pissed off at David. However, Marcus was a complete and total bastard of an ass to Hannah when she didn't deserve any of it. She's hurt and humiliated and has to try to explain to her daughter that David decided that he didn't want to be her new dad. On top of that, we have idiot Marcus basically coerce her into lying to his stepmother, sister and the rest of society for the remainder of the Season and then "fade away" into the country to live separate independent lives. Hannah wants the independence and so she reluctantly agrees. So he acts all bastardy because she unknowingly distracts him, shakes up his monotonous world etc. She's confused because she didn't feel anything for the brother that originally proposed but she gets that special spark when she's near bastard duke. Thrown in a little mystery illegal activity that David may or may not be a part of and voila, you have this quickie read. I definitely hated David for what he did to Hannah and his brother. I know the HEA depended on it but still... he is a whiny, lazy idiot who needs to grow the fuck up and man up. I originally hated Marcus but in the end I was happy to report that he won me back over to his side. I liked Hannah. She thought to sacrifice a potential marriage in the future to make sure that when her daughter was of age, she wouldn't be forced into a marriage in order to survive. She stood up to Marcus when she needed to and I think brought some humanity back to him in the end. I don't know, I just felt a little rushed especially towards the end. Everything was dragging out and then all of a sudden everything came together and then was resolved lickety-split. I guess this one sets up the next book for idiot David... I may have to keep that one on the TBR pile for a little while longer...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bree T

    Lately, historical romance novels have been my comfort reads. They’re what I look for on my kindle when I can’t decide what I want to read and I’m always looking for new ones so that I have a nice collection there. I’m not exactly sure why it is – but there’s something soothing about the descriptions of dresses and balls. The men are all very aristocratic Dukes and Earls and the women are often of good breeding but impoverished and needing to make an advantageous match. This one is a little diffe Lately, historical romance novels have been my comfort reads. They’re what I look for on my kindle when I can’t decide what I want to read and I’m always looking for new ones so that I have a nice collection there. I’m not exactly sure why it is – but there’s something soothing about the descriptions of dresses and balls. The men are all very aristocratic Dukes and Earls and the women are often of good breeding but impoverished and needing to make an advantageous match. This one is a little different in that the heroine is not of a ‘good’ family – she’s of an entirely different class, hasn’t even ever met a Duke. She’s the widow of a village reverend and has a young daughter. And originally, she believes she’s marrying a gentleman of relatively good means, someone who will take care of her and make it so that she doesn’t have to move back in with her father after the new reverend arrives to take over the parish. However her groom, the feckless twin of the Duke of Essex gets cold feet at the last moment. Instead of fleeing he goes through with the marriage but signs the name of the Duke instead of his own. And our heroine, Hannah, finds herself a very unexpected Duchess. And even more surprised is the Duke himself. The Duke is responsible. Painfully responsible. He’s been bailing his brother out for as long as he can remember but he’s furious this time. Marcus had no intentions of marrying but now that he is married, he feels he must maintain the charade for a while, lest he destroy his family’s relationships entirely. So he convinces Hannah to stay and reside in his home for a while before they will quietly separate and go their ways. Sarah agrees but makes sure that she gets the Duke to acquiesce to her one request. Despite the fact that Marcus is occasionally a little frustrating in his rigidity, I absolutely adored the two of them together. Hannah is such a breath of fresh air in a novel like this, she’s so practical and day-to-day – she’s used to cooking and cleaning and doing things for herself. She’s never had servants and the Duke has so many that it’s impossible for her to remember all their names, something that distresses her. She has raised her daughter herself too – no nurseries, no nannies or governesses. She doesn’t want to send her away to the nursery in the impressive residence of the Duke but she does realise that in her new role, she will have to adjust some things. Marcus’s stepmother and sister are refreshingly supportive of Marcus marrying a “nobody”, someone not from London society. As well as Marcus and Hannah getting to know each other in the time they agree to continue being married, there’s a side plot of mystery running through this book too as Marcus seeks to uncover a sinister plot that might possibly involve his wayward brother. Even though he’s furious at him, Marcus is still bailing him out – and it appears that this time, he might be in a very large amount of trouble that might lead to a dangerous situation. I really loved how this played out, the story became more and more intriguing with more touches of suspense. I have to admit I found it difficult to like Marcus’s twin David after the deception that he pulled with Marcus and Hannah – especially poor Hannah, who was really manipulated and went through an emotional wringer. However he really did redeem himself at the end of the novel and now I’d like to read his story – it sounds very interesting! – as well as the story of their younger sister, which make up the trilogy. Marcus and Hannah had great chemistry and each somehow managed to bring out the best in each other when they were bringing out the worst. Marcus is quite stuffy and proper very concerned with the responsibilities of being a Duke and head of his family and also aware that but for a few minutes, it would’ve been David. There’s some nice complexity to their relationship that extends just beyond Duke and spare as well, which was good. The strength of the development of the relationship between Marcus and Hannah, two strangers who end up married to each other was definitely the highlight of the novel and a joy to read. I really liked both of them and thought that they turned out to be perfect for each other and the way they came to realise they didn’t want their ‘arrangement’ to end was lovely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/01... Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, likes his life orderly, which is no surprise since his twin, David, seems to cause as much chaos as he can. But David’s latest act – marrying a vicar’s widow and signing Marcus’s name in the register – goes above and beyond. Marcus doesn’t want a wife, particularly not one he didn’t marry himself. Yet there’s something about Hannah Preston that Marcus can’t resist. And as the two of the My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/01... Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, likes his life orderly, which is no surprise since his twin, David, seems to cause as much chaos as he can. But David’s latest act – marrying a vicar’s widow and signing Marcus’s name in the register – goes above and beyond. Marcus doesn’t want a wife, particularly not one he didn’t marry himself. Yet there’s something about Hannah Preston that Marcus can’t resist. And as the two of them try to untangle David’s mess without causing a scandal, it becomes clear that the duke’s errant twin may have done them the greatest favor of all. What a Gentleman Wants charmed me with its refreshingly different characters. Marcus has his world turned upside down when he finds out he’s married to Hannah, but unlike many a historical romance hero, he doesn’t blame the heroine for the mess someone else created. That doesn’t mean he’s instantly taken with Hannah, either. For her part, Hannah is a widow with a young child who took David up on his offer of a marriage of convenience in order to secure her daughter’s future so that she would never be caught in a situation like Hannah’s. And though Hannah is horrified to learn she’s been played, her spine of steel and common sense enable her to stand up to her cold, aristocratic husband. Though there’s a simmering attraction between them, neither Hannah nor Marcus give in to it. Instead, though they do their best to avoid one another, they slowly begin to learn more about one another. It’s interesting to see Hannah and Marcus peel back the layers of each other’s characters. Hannah is nothing like the ladies of the ton, but she makes Marcus come alive, breaking through the layers of ice and humanizing him. What I liked best about What a Gentleman Wants is that there isn’t heavy drama. Both Marcus and Hannah act like adults, talk when things are wrong, and slowly, sweetly fall in love. It’s a wonderful change of pace from the norm and I absolutely adored their quiet romance. A subplot involving a counterfeiting ring adds suspense to the tale, but what appealed to me most about this book were the characters. Marcus’s sister and stepmother endeared themselves to me immediately, and even the rapscallion David managed to win me over. Marcus and Hannah’s romance is the first book in the Reece Family trilogy and I cannot wait to see what author Caroline Linden has in store for David and Celia Reece! FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    At First Sight: Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter has spent most of his life getting his brother David out of one scrape or another and, after the last one, he was forced to send David off to the countryside to rusticate a little while the whispers of scandal died down. Little did he know that, on his way to the family's home, David would get himself into an accident and met Hannah, a young widow who's vicar husband passed a few months before. Spending a month in Hannah's company, David starts to fee At First Sight: Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter has spent most of his life getting his brother David out of one scrape or another and, after the last one, he was forced to send David off to the countryside to rusticate a little while the whispers of scandal died down. Little did he know that, on his way to the family's home, David would get himself into an accident and met Hannah, a young widow who's vicar husband passed a few months before. Spending a month in Hannah's company, David starts to feel some affection for her, and really wants to help her and her young daughter (since they are being forced out of her husband's vicarage as a new vicar will be arriving soon). So he concocts a crazy plan that results on Hannah marrying Marcus, even though they had never met and neither is none too happy about the situation, yet they are forced to play the part of a happy couple for the benefit of his step mother and younger sister, who are just delighted that Marcus finally fell in love. Second Glance: I was surprised by how much I got into What a Gentleman Wants, the writing flowed so nicely and, even though the plot was on the crazy side, I found myself believing it because the characters were well done. Marcus and David are twins but have polar opposite personalities, there is a bit of resentment between them but, under that, a lot of affection. And it's this affection that makes David pull this elaborate prank. It's Marcus' affection for his sister and step mother what makes him pretend he totally meant to marry a vicar's widow, and it's love for her daughter that makes Hannah go along with the charade. But in the middle of all those lies, some true feelings being to come to the surface. Bottom Line: Like I said, I really enjoyed the What a Gentleman Wants. I was really engrossed in it, even if it did require for me to make a few leaps of faith and logic to go along with the story. I grew to like the characters more and more as the story progressed and at the end I was rooting for them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jaci

    Caroline is one of a few select authors who when she releases an older book with a new cover, I am all over it. This particular story was the first book I read by Caroline when it was released in September of 2006, and she became one of my favorite authors and all her books are keepers. I love the way she writes, her characters are amazingly deep and captivating. The interactions between Marcus and Hannah will make you smile, laugh and I admit it, tear up a little. The secondary characters are a Caroline is one of a few select authors who when she releases an older book with a new cover, I am all over it. This particular story was the first book I read by Caroline when it was released in September of 2006, and she became one of my favorite authors and all her books are keepers. I love the way she writes, her characters are amazingly deep and captivating. The interactions between Marcus and Hannah will make you smile, laugh and I admit it, tear up a little. The secondary characters are also marvelous and add so much to the story and since this is the first book in the Reece Family you don't have to wait for the next two books, they are already released and available are your favorite book seller!!! This story is about a feisty, strong willed Vicar's widow with a little girl who is cruelly tricked by a gentleman who is recovering in her cottage from a carriage accident. He marries her and takes her to London and drops her off at his house, or so she believes. The next thing she knows is that a very rude Duke is knocking on her door and he looks almost exactly like her husband who has disappeared. I do not do spoilers in my reviews but you have to know that the Marcus, the Duke is not as cold as he seems and he doesn't realize how empty his life was until he met Hannah. This is a beautiful, captivating love story that will leave sighing with satisfaction. Do not miss this book or any others that Caroline writes, you won't regret it.

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