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Yet from the moment she meets her ra. Yet from the moment she meets her rakishly handsome host, she begins to question if she can destroy his world so callously. She once wanted nothing more than to destroy his good name—and now she wants nothing more than his kiss. Caught between vengeance and ecstasy, Simon and Lillian begin a passionate affair. But betrayal lurks behind every stolen touch—and the duke's shocking past may be his ultimate undoing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. What the Duke Desires Billingham Bastards 1 3. In What the Duke Desires , Jenna Petersen launches the first installment in her passionate new romance series about the illegitimate sons of a notorious duke brought together by love and deception. Paperback , pages. Published October 27th by Avon first published October 13th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about What the Duke Desires , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about What the Duke Desires.

Lists with This Book. Nov 14, KarenH rated it really liked it Shelves: Simon was a dutiful son; and, as heir to the late Roger Crathorne, the revered Duke of Billingham, Simon reluctantly accepted his ducal obligations and allowed his mother to arrange a country house party for the sole purpose of finding him a wife. As Simon stood outside his estate and personally greeted each marriage-minded miss, he was beginning to despair that the party would be all for naught for he hadn't felt a special connection to any of them.

That is, however, until Lillian Mayhew steppe Simon was a dutiful son; and, as heir to the late Roger Crathorne, the revered Duke of Billingham, Simon reluctantly accepted his ducal obligations and allowed his mother to arrange a country house party for the sole purpose of finding him a wife. That is, however, until Lillian Mayhew stepped from her friend's carriage.

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Simon immediately felt a jolt of electricity when their gloved fingers touched; which, of course, ricocheted down to his groin. LOL At that point, the other duchess wannabes should have climbed back in their carriages and headed for home Simon Crathorne, the new Duke of Billingham, had found what he was looking for. Little did he know, however, that he was interested in the one woman that was all wrong for him. Lillian was indeed in attendance with a single-minded purpose, but it wasn't to woo Simon What seemed like a simple, light-hearted story at first was not the way of it at all.

While this book did have the same premise, surprisingly, it wasn't the central focus of the story. The first third of the book established the relationship between Simon and Lillian. We know exactly why she is in attendance and what she is determined to do They do have good chemistry and are both likable characters; and, when Lillian gives up her virginity rather easily, it's believable.

After all, she is 27 years old and all but firmly on the shelf. She isn't ruining herself for a future prospective husband Simon is attractive as hell and he desires her above the rest, so why not? The second third of the book is where the reader is thrown a curveball. I've read a million books with tortured heroes, but the events that lead to their despair have happened in their past and they come to the table as such. However, in WTDD, we watch an affable, good-natured Simon - due to circumstances beyond his control - transform into the most agonized, tortured hero ever!

My heart went out to this poor guy! As the black void of despair is about to swallow him whole, Lillian - at one time so hell-bent on his destruction - becomes Simon's champion. The final third of the book is all about redemption - for both Simon and Lillian.

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Lies and deceit are unmasked and laid bare I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've read two others by Jenna as Jenna and it's obvious that with each book she is expanding on her capabilities and truly coming into her own as an excellent historical romance author not to mention her alter ego who is kicking up all sorts of dust in her own right! If you're in the mood for a truly satisfying novel, complete with good characters, a great story and even greater sex: D , What the Duke Desires would be a good choice.

View all 12 comments. Oct 24, Iris rated it it was amazing. I really like Jenna Petersen's style of writing and I think this is her best book yet. Great characters, complex emotional development and a few surprises along the way together with a romantic and sexy love story. I read romance to make me happy and Petersen always rings my bell without ever being sappy or shallow.

This is the best romance I've read this year. I can't wait for the next book in this trilogy. Dec 15, Lisa rated it really liked it. I wasn't too sure about this book when I started it. Lillian is there with the sole purpose of extracting revenge against Simon but her hatred is really directed to his late father. The previous duke had done a horrible act against Lillians mother which caused her to commit suicide. As she heard her dying fathers wish to seek revenge, though this was said to her brother, not her, Lillian sets o I wasn't too sure about this book when I started it. As she heard her dying fathers wish to seek revenge, though this was said to her brother, not her, Lillian sets out to diminish the late dukes perfect, honored reputation any way she can.

But as she arrives and is greeted by the most handsome man, she is thrown for a loop when he introduces himself as Simon. As the sparks fly between Simon and Lillian, and everyone from Simons mother to best friend, Rhys, tell him that this is a match that can never happen the scandal of the suicide, she has no money! The real turning point, for me, to make this book a good read was when Simons discovers the secrets of his late father.

They are some major secrets that have been hidden his entire life. They transform this dashing man into a devastated, humble man and made me really love him.

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Throughout all this, Lillian is by his side but still never revealing her secret. When she finally, finally, reveals her true reason for being there, Simon is heartbroken but chooses to stay with her. Lillian flees back home for a bit until we get the happily ever after.


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Even though the first half or so was just ok, the second half was excellent. It has heartbreak, sorrow, love, joy. It will make you tear up, smile, and want to smack Lillian. The epilogue leads right up to the next story, The Unclaimed Duchess Billingham Bastards, 2 and I have started it already as I was so intrigued to continue with this story and see all the fall outs waiting to happen. I hope there is more to come in this series.

Nov 10, Kathleen rated it really liked it. What The Duke Desires was a toss up between 4 and 5 stars. The reason I went with 4 stars was because I probably would never read it again even though I loved it. The story was really good, I liked the characters and almost to the middle of the book the heat started and stay hot for the rest of the book.

All and all a very good read. Jun 07, Nicol Althea rated it liked it Shelves: Now, this is more like it. This is my second book by this author and i like this a lot better than the first one i read entitled "Everything Forbidden. I actually like this book better because i found it sweet and innocent with just a hint of revenge on the sides. I adored the hero Simon Crathorne particularly because he was very honest about his feelings for Lillian. When he realized his unexplainable attraction to her, he t Now, this is more like it.

When he realized his unexplainable attraction to her, he tried to pursue her to see if there's something "more" than mere attraction between them and if something lasting can bloom from it. Unlike other men who hold powerful titles especially that of a duke, Simon didn't deny his feelings towards Lillian despite her obvious unsuitability as his bride. He didn't really give a fig about her past or of the scandal surrounding her family.

He pursued her only for who she was and of the feelings that was purely between the two of them, not of the external conceptions and disapprovals surrounding their growing relationship. I also admired his desire to make things right and of how he was strong enough to endure the blows he received when he found out the truth about his esteemed father.

Of course, he couldn't have done it without the comfort and support of our dear Lillian. What i like about Lillian Mayhew is her strength and bravery. Enduring a past like hers must have been really devastating. But instead of being overcome with sadness and defeat, she used her past circumstances to strengthen and motivate herself in pursuing her goal.

Sure, i was mildly annoyed at her need of revenge directed at innocent Simon but i deeply understood her reasons for doing so.

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She was only trying to honor her father's dying wish and i admire her for that. I guess, I would have done the same if i were in her shoes. But i'm really glad that she was able to come to terms with her hatred and revenge at the end. It was because of Simon's sweetness and honesty that melted her revenge driven heart. I also admire how she was very sensitive to Simon's feelings and how she exhibited such strong support for him when he finally uncovered his past. She didn't shun him because of it but all the more came to care for him.

And i do love her for that. I'm glad she is who she is because Simon would't have made it without her strength of heart and support. So despite her unsuitable background, i am compelled to say that she is indeed perfect for Simon. In sum, this is another good read. It makes one feel better after reading it. My favorite part of the book was when Lillian was finally learning to let go of her hatred and need of revenge and was deeply coming to love and care for Simon.

That was so moving. Yes, its one of the typical stories out there but i enjoyed it nevertheless. Also this book reminded me of another book entitled Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas, they have similar points but i still love that book better than this one though. Still i enjoyed this one well enough and found it worthy of another read through.

Will definitely read it some time in the future. Thanks to the author for delivering us this book. May 26, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: Real easy read and I did get teary-eyed a bit too easily imo for this book as it also had major cheese factor going for it. But, it was a lot of fun reading.

Nov 16, Anne OK rated it it was amazing.

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Just discovered this author and really like her style. Am going to find her other books and read them! Dec 01, Gordana rated it really liked it. Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from Bookperk and other HarperCollins services. You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time.

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