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What A Gentleman Wants (Zebra Historical Romance) (edition 2006)

by Caroline Linden

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Title:What A Gentleman Wants (Zebra Historical Romance)
Authors:Caroline Linden
Info:Zebra (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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This was an interesting read. I liked the way it started with David forging Marcus signature on the marriage licence. The story was enjoyable especially the mystery and suspense, the only problem i had was the romance, i felt like Hannah and Marcus didnt really have much attraction together, he spoke to her daughter only once in the entire book, David was more of a father to Molly in the 4 weeks he spent at the vicarage than the entire time MArcus and Hannah were supposedly married. Apart from that the book was enjoyable. Although i didnt care for david's character in this one i hope in the next one he matures well enough.

  invincible005 | Dec 14, 2015 |
This was a pleasant read with well written characters, humour and all the drama and refuse-to-admit-we-have-attraction a good romance requires. I particularly enjoyed that the female characters did not fall headlong into stereotypes of the period or genre. They remained feminine, somewhat bound by societal rules but also had intellect, compassion and strength. Hannah, as a vicar's widow, is able to explain some of her meeker behaviours on upbringing and her station during her first marriage yet leaves no doubt as to her true feelings and is willing to bypass propriety when warranted. Linden writes her as a flushed out character who has a belief code that she lives by but who also has true emotions, reactions and considers her instinctive reactions against public expectation rather than swooning or turning to hysterics as other authors would have her do. Marcus and David Reece are also more than stereotypes once you turn a few pages, bringing dimension to the various relationships in this novel. The inclusion of Hannah's daughter, Molly, is handled very well. She serves as motive for Hannah's actions and as a means to explore the personalities of several characters by way of their interactions with her. Any good romance needs some drama to sustain it and Linden opens the story with a dramatic trickery that forces our reluctant lovers together. She is correct in knowing that more adventure is needed later to urge the characters to their final realizations, but the sub plot concerning counterfeit money and a nefarious challenger to out hero did not fit as well as it could have. Hinted at from the beginning, too little detail was given to the reader until the end. It made it hard for this reader to care very much about this part of the story. The only merit I found in this 'mystery' was in the brief interactions between brothers David and Marcus and then between Hannah and Marcus. I did enjoy seeing the brothers interact as a team rather than their usual adversarial relationship. A nice Saturday read...and yes, I am curious about the continuation of the Reece family romances in What a Rogue Desires (David's story) and A Rake's Guide to Seduction (little sister Celia's story). Perhaps I'll look one of them up some other Saturday. ( )
  Absent_Librarian | Apr 9, 2014 |
This book isn't bad; it's just built around unbelievable behavior. I simply couldn't accept that Marcus would pretend to be married to Hannah just to keep his stepmother and sister from finding out what a rotten trick David had played. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
Marcus Reece has spent his entire life looking after his family and pulling his twin brother out of trouble. When David gets into until his worse scrape yet, he leaves London and has an accident outside a small town. Hannah Preston, a vicar’s widow with a small daughter, nurses him back to health. In a spurt of appreciation, David proposes to Hannah to ensure her future. When he develops cold feet, he comes up with a rash plan to protect Hannah and to provide Marcus with the one thing he can use, a good wife. When Hannah and Marcus meet each other angry sparks fly. Can the two actually begin to care for one another? ( )
  mlorio | Aug 27, 2011 |
This is the story of two brothers: Marcus, the Duke of Exeter is proud, arrogant, and in-control; younger brother David is wild, carefree, and constantly in some sort of trouble. One day David is injured in a small hamlet outside London, and Hannah Preston (the vicar's wife, now a widow) takes care of him. David sympathizes with the young widow and her daughter and comes up with a plan to help her. He proposes a marriage of convenience, but signs his brother's name on the wedding register. After taking Hannah to London and then leaving, it is revealed to her that she is married to Marcus, a duke who is an absolute stranger to her. Marcus and Hannah cannot deny the marriage, as it would cause a great scandal. (David has published a wedding notice in the paper.) Marcus decides the only solution is to pretend to be married for a while until she can leave without speculation. However, Marcus finds himself drawn to the intelligent and kind widow and he wonders how convenient a marriage to her really is....

This is, essentially, a book about an arranged marriage. Neither Marcus nor Hannah are delighted with their situation, but they try to keep up appearances. Of course, it doesn't take long before the act becomes real. It's not a particularly complex or original idea, but it is still a delightful read. What made it so interesting to me was the hero, Marcus. He is abominable at first. When he first meets Hannah, he is rude and condescending. You wonder how on earth he could be a romantic hero. Later, he becomes more real. Hannah starts to realize that he cares deeply for his family, and this causes her to alter her opinion of him slightly. The most surprising thing about Marcus is that when he does finally fall in love, it's the real thing. He becomes protective and is determined to not let her go. In this sense, he reminds me of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. He seems to be arrogant and aloof in the beginning, but he loves with his entire heart.

There is a small mystery in the plot as well. It's a rather minor part in the story's beginning, but it takes on a major role at the end of the book and helps to bring about the conclusion. I particularly enjoyed the book's ending. David shows up and redeems himself, and Hannah fights for what is hers. Although I thought it was an enjoyable read, the romance is a bit lacking. It took Marcus and Hannah a long time to decide they were in love, and then it happened suddenly. I didn't understand what caused the sudden change. I thought this could have been developed better. However, for a light romantic read, this doesn't disappoint. ( )
  halo776 | Jun 11, 2011 |
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Marcus Reese, Duke of Essex, 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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When his wayward twin brother tricks him into marrying a vicar's widow, Marcus Reece, Duke of Exeter, finds his life forever changed by this spirited beauty as they are both swept into a world of deception, betrayal, and passion.

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