Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Review: The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville

The Duke of Dark Desires (The Wild Quartet #4)
Author: Miranda Neville
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: 30 December 2014

Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours . . .
Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified—to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him. Somehow Julian must find a way to make her succumb to temptation . . . without losing his heart and revealing the haunting mistakes of his past.

Desired: Duke skilled in the seductive art of conversation . . .
Lady Jeanne de Falleron didn't seek a position as a governess simply to fall into bed with the Duke of Denford. Under the alias of Jane Grey, she must learn which of the duke's relatives is responsible for the death of her family—and take her revenge. She certainly can't afford the distraction of her darkly irresistible employer, or the smoldering desire he ignites within her.

But as Jane discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she's faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for Julian: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she's sworn to kill?


Alrighty, so after reading the previous book in the series, Lady Windermere's Lover, I was very intrigued and excited for Julian's story. He's a bit of a scoundrel and he tries to seduce his former best friend's wife in the last book. But I'm always interested to see how an author can take a character like that and make him into a hero for his own story.

Jane Grey is really Lady Jeanne de Falleron and she is seeking the man who betrayed her family and sent them to their deaths. All she knows is the man's name is Mr. Fortescue, which leads her to apply for the position of governess in Julian Fortescue's household. Jane is one determined lady, I will give her that. I felt awful for her, for the way her innocence and her life were stripped from her at such a young age. She has learned to forge her way in the world through whichever means she can. She's so strong, but she is also a very passionate woman-something that Julian brings out in her despite the fact that she knows she shouldn't become entangled with him. 

Julian is a very interesting hero. He's not exactly the heroic type, he's positively sinful and far too happy about trying to seduce his half-sisters' new governess. Julian really develops throughout the story, very much with the help of Jane. He starts off as pretty closed off and selfish but his sweeter side is revealed as the book, and his relationship with Jane, progresses.

Whilst Jane and Julian certainly have plenty of sexual chemistry between them, I didn't really feel connected to their romance until further into the story. I guess because there were so many other factors at play than just them and their feelings, it detracted from their relationship a little bit, for me. Although by the end, I thought they had such a close and passionate love.

There is plenty to keep a reader intrigued in this book. The mystery surrounding the missing paintings and the deaths of Jane's family is a tangled web of betrayal and politics. Jane just wants revenge against 'Mr. Fortescue' but it all becomes so much more complicated. 
Overall, I enjoyed The Duke of Dark Desires, although perhaps not as much as I'd hoped unfortunately. It's still a good romance with a riveting plot, so I would recommend it to other romance readers. 

 *I received a review copy from the publisher, for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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