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    Five stars

    Domenico Vincenzo is an Italian famous painter, or so people think because, in fact, he is the Marquess of Ellsworth, an Englishmen of the Ton. The only thing he wanted all his life was painting. Eve Winslow’s life changed the day her mother passed away while sleeping. She is always afraid of dying young and missing a lot of things and that’s why she tries to live her life enjoying all she can. Ann Harrington did it again. She transported us to the places she writes about and with her beautiful style of writing makes us feel along with her characters, walk to the places they go and even smell the paint in the studio. The book is full of emotion. The characters swim through the difficulties they find living in a difficult time where a woman could be ruined just by a simple look. Both characters fight for their freedom, away from the rules of society. A great book to enjoy for all the lovers of romance. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
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    Another Wonderful Addition to the Carlisles series

    This is another wonderful and unique addition to the Capturing the Carlisles series. The writing is excellent, the plot is excellent and I loved the characters. This book features Evelyn (Eve) Winslow who is the sister-in-law of Robert Carlisle (As the Devil Dares) and sister to Mariah, Robert’s wife. We don’t see a lot of the Carlisles in this book and I did miss them – but I loved both Dom and Eve. In Eve’s sister’s book, it was Hellion meets Hellion. In this one it is driven meets driven – and their journey is a fun one to watch. Eve Winslow has narrowly – by the skin of her teeth – avoided scandal. She’s in a precarious position in society anyway – nobody wants anything to do with her because her father is in trade (and rich as Croesus) but they can’t shun her because her sister has married into the powerful Carlisle family. What was Eve’s scandal – well, if you read her sister’s book, you know – but if you didn’t – she was eloping to Scotland with a real scoundrel, and when he discovered she wasn’t an heiress, he left her at an inn. She had no money, no transportation and she didn’t know a soul. As this book begins, Eve is still being carefully monitored by her sister and her father because she can’t afford any chance of scandal. She is really chafing under that close scrutiny because she is a restless soul and can’t be still for long. Eve has what I would assume is a sort of anxiety disorder. When she was very young, her mother died and Eve equated it with sleeping – her mother just went to sleep and didn’t wake up. So, Eve has always been afraid to sleep because she was afraid she wouldn’t wake up. Eve is so fearful that she’ll die young herself that she tries to cram eight lifetimes into one short one. The Duchess, Robert’s mother, asked Eve to assure that she picked up a painting (by Domenico Vincenzo) that Dominick Mercer, Marquess of Ellsworth, was giving to Robert and Mariah as a wedding present. No problem – that is simple enough. Except, it isn’t. When Eve arrives at the Marquess’ house, things are in turmoil. When Eve tries to ask about the painting, the butler assumes she is a model for Vincenzo (the painter) and sends her to another address. Then, when she arrives at the studio, again – chaos. The artist is in a hot argument with a woman and he also leaps to the conclusion that Eve is there to model (nude) for him. Dominick had long been estranged from his family because they didn’t understand his need, his drive, his obsession with being a painter. He had left England and moved to Venice to study and paint. His art came first – before everything else – and he had become the famous Italian painter Domenico Vincenzo. Of course, a life of debauchery went along with that name. Then, the worst thing happened. Dominick’s brother died and Dominick was now the Marquess of Ellsworth. Dominick packed up and moved back to England to perform his duties, but he couldn’t give up his painting, so he started leading a double-life. In one life, he was a staid, much-respected Marquess and in the other, he was a driven painter. Too bad those two lives are about to collide. Dom is mesmerized by the model that has just shown up at his studio and he just knows that she is perfect for his masterpiece. When she tries to tell him she’s not an actress or model, he doesn’t listen and just overtalks her right into the studio. Eve is chagrined at first, then intrigued and thinks this could be an adventure – just what she’s been looking for. Dom and Eve are thrown together almost daily and grow closer and closer – until Dom is afraid she is getting too close. He must keep her at a distance because his art must come first. Add in a vindictive former model who wants more from Dom and a revenge-seeking former ‘betrothed’ of Eve and you have a rollercoaster of a ride. I thoroughly enjoyed this read – and it even had a lovely epilogue. I would have liked to see just a bit more in the epilogue though. It would have been nice to see that Dominick James Mercer’s paintings became some of the most sought-after in England and the continent and far exceeded Domenico Vincenzo’s. Still — the epilogue was sweet and lovely! I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    5star plus

    What a Duke Wants Ive been reading Anna's books since the first one released. I enjoy all her books. This one was fantastic. I read it in 24 hrs. Up almost all night to finish it. Dom and Eve were so perfectly matched. Dom trying to master what he thought was his lifes love to get his biggest lesson from Eve. I loved the transformation through the story.
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    A Beautiful Romance

    WOW !!! WOW!!! WOW !!!! Once more Anna has given us a enthralling story...This is the 5th book in the ‘Capturing the Carlisle‘s’ series & was entertaining, one more great addition to the Carlisle series. I am in love with Anna Harrington’s books....which are very well written,scripted,developed plots having amazing ,realistic characters. This book is about Dominick Mercer, Marquess of Ellsworth, who lives a double life. In public, he is a respected peers in England. But in private, he’s notorious Italian painter Domenico Vincenzo, a man known for his scandalous lifestyle & reputation with the ladies. Eve Winslow is the daughter of a Trader who is as rich as Croesus but still she is ignored by the ton.... but they can’t shun her because her sister has married into the powerful Carlisle family. She has narrowly escaped scandal.... Due to a misunderstanding, Dominick assumes she is a model & Eve also goes along with him , as thinks this could be an adventure & bring some cheer ,joy to her bored life... Dom and Eve are thrown together almost daily as she has become his muse ... they grow closer as days go by , and start falling into love..the passion between them is so intense, it makes you realize not only how perfect they are for each other, but that they genuinely need each other. This is a beautiful romance with wonderful characters that will touch your heart.A Very enjoyable read - The story line offers lots of drama, anxiety, emotional turmoil, heartache, suspense and heart touching moments . A Fantastic work done by Anna presenting the complicated emotions , feelings , thoughts very aptly ,given so mush depth to the characters... Thanks again Anna for this beautiful story ...I highly Recommend this book ..pls read it
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    A Wonderful Story

    When I read a book by Anna Harrington, I need to set aside time because I know once I turn the first page I will not move until the end! Wow, can I say it again? Prepare to be taken into a seductive story running the gamut of emotions with all of the ingredients for a perfect historical romance. This is an excellent example why I love them! Dominick Mercer is a man leading a double life, but wanting to merge them together. A passionate Italian painter whose work has made him famous, he also lives a life of self indulgence. But when he gains the title of Marquess when his brother dies, he has to keep up appearances without everyone knowing his true vocation. Eve Winslow jumps from one scandal to another and is barely on the edge of being acceptable. When she meets Dom he mistakes her for his new model and she begins to spend time with him. The author is a master at bringing the story alive with her wonderful descriptions and almost three dimensional characters. This is an emotional and intense story with suspense, drama, strong emotions and of course romance that will have you sighing as you turn the last page. I highly recommend this book and even though it can be read as a standalone, you do not want to miss this rest in this series!!
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