Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville (VBT, review and GIVEAWAY) TBT

The Duke of Dark Desires

The Wild Quartet # 4 By: Miranda Neville
Releasing December 30th, 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?


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Author Info

MIRANDA NEVILLE grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby’s rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont. She loves hearing from readers and may be reached through her website.

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My Review:

The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville is the concluding story to a collection of tales that center around Caro Townsend and a group of her friends.  This particular novel focuses on the aftermath of one young man’s quest to acquire a formidably impressive art collection owned by the Falleron family and the sobering aftermath of betrayal and upheaval that accompanied the French Revolution.  Julian Fortescue has unwillingly taken on the mantle of leadership in his household, complete with three half-sisters, but never imagines the tie he shares with the alluring woman who applies to be their governess.  His active pursuit of the woman he knows as Jane Grey may have unexpected consequences, which could result in his paying a far greater price for her affections than he ever imagined.

This intriguing historical romance tale blends fact and fiction in a story that is slightly uncomfortable to contemplate, given the basis for Jane’s quest.  Reflecting the horrific events that accompanied the overthrow of the aristocracy and the harsh choices facing a young woman who has lost everything, the heroine’s decisions and search for justice provides a poignant counterpoint to the hero’s somewhat charmed path.  I found it difficult to be totally sympathetic to Julian, since his actions don’t quite paint a picture of a truly penitent and unselfish person, but the story does a great job of showing his gradual evolution into a hero to match the heroine.  The gradual revelation of the clues to solve the mystery behind the life-changing events that took place in the story provides an exciting conclusion to the series and gives an interesting perspective about art and where it should be showcased.


  1. Great review! I am looking forward to getting started on this series!

    1. Thank you for the compliment, Sharlene. Hope you have fun reading the series and thank you for visiting!