One of the many things I love about Sabrina Jeffries is how many of her characters pop in out of her series. It’s like visiting an old friend when one of those secondary characters from another series gets their own book. What the Duke Desires is about a familiar crazy duke- the Duke Lyons from the Hellions of Halstead Hall series (a favorite of mine).
Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons is a man of secrets. His secrets are about his families madness and his presumed deceased brother (He had a brother?). Max is relatively cold and doesn’t have many friendly connections. He is a duke, therefore, everyone listens to him and gives him what he wants.
Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount is working with her half brother in his investigation business. Fearless and intelligent she feels she will make a great investigator and hoping she can help solve intriguing puzzles with both her half brother and brother. She never wants to rely on a man and listen to false promises. She is her own woman and will take care of herself.
When Max and Lisette meet the chemistry crackles in the air. Max thinks Lisette is her half brother’s mistress and offends her. When she sets him straight he in intrigued by her and wants to know more about what she is doing in this house. Lisette doesn’t care who or what Max is. She is not having his pushy ways affect her. However, things take a turn when the pushy duke shows Lisette a letter from her brother Tristan who is supposed to be in France. Not sure what to make of this she takes matter into her own hands and not even a pushy handsome duke can tell her no. They must work together to find out why Tristan is writing to Max about his presumed deceased elder brother. Working together may not be so easy when there is crackling chemistry in the air.
This was a great read. Sabrina Jeffries does it again! Her characters always have a lot of depth. I really enjoyed Max. His inner turmoil just makes you fall for him and when the moment comes when he realized he can triumph over his fears you are cheering him him on. Lisette is strong and I love that for this time period. She is not simple brainless woman; she takes control and is not afraid to use her intelligence. The romance is hot and sweet. I enjoyed watching the cold bossy Max and the stubborn firecracker Lisette fall for one another. Oh and don’t forget this isn’t just a love story but a mystery too! I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the following books in this series.
-Romance Reader Girl