Warren, Tracy Anne. At the Duke’s Pleasure. (New York: Avon, 2010). ISBN – 9780061673429.
Main Characters: Edward Byron, the Duke of Clybourne and Lady Claire Marsden
Related Works: This is part of the Byron’s of Braebourne series. Books in the series include the following:
- Charmed by Her Smile – the story of India Byron and Quentin Marlowe, the Duke of Weybridge – part of the Four Dukes and a Devil anthology
- Tempted by His Kiss – the story of Margaret Amberley and Lord Cade Byron
- Seduced by His Touch – the story of Lord Jack Byron and Grace Danvers
- At the Duke’s Pleasure – the story of Edward Byron, the Duke of Clybourne and Lady Claire Marsden
- Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed – to be released in September 2010
Description from the Book:
All the Byrons are just as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” as their famous non-relation . . . but now the time has come for the eldest son to marry . . .
Edward Byron, Duke of Clybourne, has everything a man in Society needs. . . except a wife. Duty requires he wed, so he decides that a long-standing arranged marriage will do nicely. He knows his bride is beautiful, biddable, and bright enough to run his household and nursery. He expects his betrothed, Lady Claire Marsden, will be thrilled with his decision – unfortunately, she’s not!
Claire has longed for Edward since she was sixteen, but how can he expect her to agree to his proposal when he barely knows her and doesn’t love her? Nothing will convince her to accept a loveless marriage. And so she begins a battle of outrageous resistance, forcing Edward to learn that he must lose his heart in order to win his bride.
Big sighs!! I so fell in love with Edward while reading this book. He was perfect as a haughty and privileged duke who decides it is time to carry out his duties and marry. It just so happens that he has been betrothed to Lady Claire Marsden since her birth twenty-one years ago. He believes that Claire will be thrilled that the time to wed has come. He isn’t sure what to make of the fact that Claire does not want to marry him.
Meanwhile, Claire is quite resolute in her determination not to marry Edward. She goes to some extraordinary lengths to try and encourage Edward to jilt her. She courts scandal, spends Edward’s money and tries to convince him that she is not duchess material. However, Edward is incredibly resolute. He is determined to do his duty – and as he gets closer to Claire, he finds that his reasons for marrying her go beyond ducal responsibilities.
The two battle throughout the majority of the book which generates some serious sexual tension. Often I get tired of battling characters, but I thought it really worked for Claire and Edward. It certainly made them a wonderfully memorable couple – so much so that I anticipate re-reading this story many times in the future.
Final Thought: I absolutely adored this book – and fell jus a bit in love with Edward Byron.
Read first on January 20, 2010