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.Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Tantor Audio Pages: 334
Narrator: Alison Larkin
The Mad Duke leaned in closer, his lips gently brushing her ear, and whispered, "I dare you."
She Can't Resist the Dare
Lillian Phillips could not imagine how her quiet, simple life had come to this. Blackmailed by the Mad Duke of Thornwood into accepting one wild dare after another...all because of a pocket watch. Desperate to recover her beloved father's pawned timepiece, Lily did something reckless and dangerous and delicious—something that led to a night she'd never forget.
He has a Reputation for Scandal
When Devon Grey, Duke of Thornwood, runs into a mesmerizing, intoxicating, thieving woman who literally stole from his bedchamber—with his new pocket watch—Devon plots his revenge. If the daring wench likes to play games, he's happy to oblige. After all, what's the use of being the Mad Duke if you can't have some fun? But the last laugh might just be on him...
First Thoughts: This is my first novel by Elizabeth Michels and it won’t be the last all though I would have liked a bit more sizzle, but it was a lot of fun and mischievous.
It starts off pretty steamy as I listened to the first CD I almost thought I got the wrong CD out and actually looked, then after that it is pretty mild but entertaining. Lillian wanted her fathers pocket watch and when she sees a man purchase it from the shop she sets out to get it back. She flirts with Devon and gets herself a little drunk and goes with him to his room. After spending the night with him she gets up before he awake and takes the watch with her.
When Devon wakes up and finds his pocket watch missing he can only think of one person would could have stolen it. He sets out to find out who took it but he doesn’t see Lilly (Lillian) again until a year later when he goes to a ball and finds her there. He decides to seek his revenge for her thievery by blackmailing her into doing some dares. Lillian at first isn’t sure about it but she does as he ask and then it starts to be a little fun. Especially when the person they are duping is one of the men that her awful brother wants her to marry.
The more that Lillian is around Devon the more she hopes that this Mad Duke would want her, but he doesn’t seem to want to marry her. He also doesn’t seem to want her to marry any of the men her brother sets her up with.
Must Love Dukes as I previously said was a fun romp, but I would have liked a little more romancing. I really enjoyed the story line but I like that teasing sort of sensuality that most historical romances do. I think it must be my favorite reason for reading historical romance.
Lillian was a fun character and very spunky and a bit unladylike for the time period and I always like that. Her brother Sebastian was atrocious and I really felt sorry for Lillian as he was only trying to set her up with a man that could help make him rich. Devon, the Mad Duke, wasn’t really all that mad but just like doing things differently. He mad me smile and laugh.
Some people just have a voice that sort of grates on your nerves and that was sort of how I felt about this narrator for most of the book. I did eventually get use to her enough that it wasn’t so bad but at the beginning I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy listening to this one or not. She will not go down as a favorite, but can be tolerated.