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What the Duke Wants (Agents of Change Book 1) by [Quinton, Amy]
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Length: 322 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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What happens when a staid duke with a tragic past meets an accident-prone young lady just waiting for the day when she comes into her inheritance? Anything! What the Duke Wants is everything a Regency romance should be – charming, witty, suspenseful, and above all … sexy. Amy Quinton brings you Book 1 of her spicy new Regency series, Agents of Change.

She is from trade. He is a duke and a spy with a name to restore and a mystery to solve.

England, 1814:

Miss Grace Radclyffe is an oftentimes hilariously clumsy 20-year-old orphan biding her time living with her uncle until she is old enough to come into her small inheritance. Much to her aunt’s chagrin, she isn’t reserved (not with her shocking! tendency to befriend the servants), sophisticated (highly overrated if one cannot run around barefoot outside), or graceful (she once flung her dinner into a duke’s face… by accident, of course).

But she is practical (owning a fashion house is in her future, unless someone foils her plans…) and in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly…

The Duke of Stonebridge is a man with a tragic past. His father died mysteriously when he was twelve years old amid speculation suggesting that the old duke was ‘involved’ with another man. He must restore his family name, but on the eve of his engagement to the perfect debutante, he meets his betrothed’s cousin, and his world is turned inside out... No matter; he is always logical (men who follow their hearts and not their heads are foolish) and reserved (his private life is nobody’s business but his own). He isn’t impulsive (it always leads to trouble), charming (that’s his best friend, the Marquess of Dansbury’s, area of expertise).

Or in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly…

Can he have what he wants and remain respectable? Can she trust him to be the man she needs?

Content Notes: Spicy, Historical, Regency, Suspense

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (26 January 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RUBIDZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh… spoilers included 11 March 2015
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This book was just okay. The Duke was wishy-washy. I was so frustrated by how many times he believed some total lie about Grace, even when anyone with a little bit of sense or critical thinking would have quickly realized the falsehood. And this was supposedly someone who was so clever he was an agent for the Crown (eye roll). Numerous times in this story the Duke said very nasty things about Grace, which she heard, but she quickly forgot it. There was one night of steaminess, but it was so random and completely not believable. Then the Duke, who was so 'honorable' insisted he couldn't marry Grace since she was beneath him. That is not how an honorable man would have acted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book. 2 August 2015
By CSS - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book and cannot wait to see where the author is going to take these characters. Although I found Stonebridge's preoccupation with the expectations of his title to be a little grating at times (he's an Agent for the Crown - show some backbone man!) it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story, but I confess, if it were me, I would so totally want to run off with Dansbury!

Grace is totally charming, and as klutzy as they come, something I can relate to. The dinner scene with the flying prawn had me howling! And although Beatryce is less than endearing, even I could feel some empathy for her in the end. Not a lot mind you, but just enough to make me think redemption (in another novel?) may be possible.

Speaking as someone who doesn't normally read Regency Romances - and how anyone can say this is not a romance is beyond me - I was delighted not to be overwhelmed by the history of the period. The author puts in just enough to let you know exactly where you are, but still allows you to enjoy the story which, let's face it, is the whole reason we're reading it to begin with, right? I predict a long and successful future for Amy Quinton.
4.0 out of 5 stars What the Duke Wants 19 May 2016
By Rreader - Published on Amazon.com
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What the Duke Wants was a light hearted read for me. I loved, LOVED the heroine Grace Radclyffe. Everything from her 'commoner' status, to her fiery spirit, down to her clumsy curse. She's beautiful, intelligent, full of life, and a clutz. Not good wife material for any good man of reputation back in 1814, much less a Duke.

The hero Ambrose Stonebridge the 10th Duke of Stonebridge was a different story. I didn't really care for him. Oh he wasn't a bad man, he was just an all around jerk in my opinion. He had good qualities, a kind heart, loyalty, honor, but to me seemed full of an arrogance because of his title and it is that arrogance that is almost his downfall. Maybe he reminds me of too many guys I knew in high school and that's why I just didn't take to him fully.

Now Dansbury, the Dukes best friend. That is a different story. I was sorry that Grace couldn't run off with him. Sigh. But​ I know, I know the Hero and Heroine are meant to be together in a romance and eventually Ambrose does come around. It just takes him forever. :)

I'm looking foward to reading the second book in this series What the Marquess Sees, and I hope you will give both of them a try.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irishlady 3 February 2015
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I really liked this story. It had all of the right ingredients in making a fun read. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were lovable, though a bit misguided, but were able to find their HEA. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat with smoldering looks, restrained passion and love trying to break free from restraints.
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and intrigue at its best! 6 June 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The romance coupled with the mystery and intrigue was a winning combination that held my interest the whole way through. The characters were great...Grace was funny and sweet with her constant mishaps adding comic relief. Stonebridge and Dansbury were strong men whose chemistry worked well together. Stonebridge himself was a complex character and I would have liked to delve more deeply into what made him tick. His time at Eton and what occurred there needed to be explored more fully. The novel leaves us with many lose ends, so I am eager to see what Amy Quinton has in store for us in the next installment. I am assuming it will center around Dansbury and Beatryce, but we shall see.

First off , I simply loved the characters in this book. We have Grace, who is hilarious and quite refreshing. And we have Ambrose, The Duke of Stonebridge who is devilishly handsome and is down right swoonworthy. Then we have the best friend Lord Dansbury. He's such a sweetheart and I so hope that he gets his own story.

Enough about that because , frankly all the characters, even the secondary ones are fabulous. So moving on..... We have great characters but we also have an amazing plot . Filled with suspense, danger and intrigue. It's well written and an all around delightful read . Amy Quinton belongs on every Historical Romance lovers book shelf.

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