Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blog Tour & Review: DUKE OF MANHATTAN by Louise Bay

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A sexy, standalone romance.


I was born into British aristocracy, but I’ve made my fortune in Manhattan. New York is now my kingdom.

Back in Britain my family are fighting over who’s the next Duke of Fairfax. The rules say it’s me--if I’m married. It’s not a trade-off worth making. I could never limit myself to just one woman.

Or so I thought until my world is turned upside down. Now, the only way I can save the empire I built is to inherit the title I’ve never wanted -- so I need a wife.

To take my mind off business I need a night that’s all pleasure. I need to bury myself in a stranger.

The skim of Scarlett King’s hair over my body as she bends over . . .

The scrape of her nails across my chest as she screams my name . . .

The bite of her teeth on my shoulder just as we both reach the edge . . .

It all helps me forget.

I just didn’t bargain on finding my one night stand across the boardroom table the next day.

She might be my latest conquest but I have a feeling Scarlett King might just conquer me.


"He's devastatingly attractive, richer than God and in need of a wife." If I were to have an arranged marriage, I would DEFINITELY want this scenario. A sexy as sin Duke, who’s incredibly attentive and sweet, driven and career oriented, AND mind-blowing in bed… sign me up please!

In DUKE OF MANHATTAN we meet Ryder Westbury, (who is a completely new character to the series), and Scarlett King whom we first were introduced to in KING OF WALLSTREET and then reintroduced to in PARK AVENUE PRINCE. Louise Bay set up the intrigue for her character almost immediately when we found out she was a divorcee and the circumstances surrounding that were concealed. Now, this is her story and how she builds herself up after a failed marriage and how she proves to herself (and her ex) that she is not the type of woman you leave behind.

Ryder is trying to protect his company from getting into the hands of someone he hates, but the only way to do that is to find a wife and soon. But after living a life with no want for a committed relationship, there is no one he can think of that would want to be his wife ONLY for appearances and NOT take something from him in the end. Until Scarlett. She has something to gain from this arrangement. After sharing a night of mind-blowing passion, Ryder finds out that her company is the one he is trying to acquire. He sees an answer to his predicament. Offer her a fake marriage, to save his company and in return, he’d pay off her company’s loans in full. She’d no longer be at risk of losing her company, CECILY FRAGRANCE and he’d save his company. He sees this as a win-win situation. Scarlett is hesitant at first, what with her first marriage failing. How can she marry someone only to get divorced AGAIN? But what choice does she have, she HAS to save CECILY FRAGRANCE in whatever means possible. But what happens when the pretending isn’t pretending anymore? After months of shared moments. Living together day in and day out. Continued passionate moments together. What happens when you want more…a future…everything? Neither Ryder nor Scarlett were looking for a future together. This was all supposed to be temporary. A means to an end. But fate has other plans. When hesitations are crumbling and feelings are forming, creating deeper feelings, hesitations set in once again. Insecurities surface. Can an arrangement such as this, turn into something MORE?

This is a story about love happening in the least expected of places. It’s about going on an adventure and taking risks. Facing your fears. It’s about finding out who you are and what you want out of life. I swear I fall in love with Louise Bay’s writing style with each book I read of hers. (This is only my 3rd book of hers). Each one has a uniqueness to it that makes it stand on its own and DUKE OF MANHATTAN was no exception. First of all, HELLO, sexy Brit *fans self*. I was drawn into the story right then and there. *wink* And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

This story was fun and sexy and downright swoon worthy. Heck, I fell in love with Ryder right along with Scarlett. And on top of creating yet another extremely lovable man, I have to say, Louise Bay did a great job of developing Scarlett’s character. Scarlett went from this cautious woman to this confident, vibrant woman by the end of the book. It was that self-reliant woman that Ryder recognized in the beginning and whom he eventually helped shine through. They were perfect for each other!

DUKE OF MANHATTAN was executed wonderfully and was packed with everything I’ve come to love and expect from Louise Bay’s novels. The constant push and pull between Ryder and Scarlett. The ever-present combustible attraction and then the growing development of affection and love between them made for a fun, sexy and beautiful read. There was also a touch of angst in there, which keeps a reader intrigued. I would recommend this novel to any and all romance lovers.

Note- And of course we were treated with some scenes with previous characters: Sam and Grace (PARK AVENUE PRINCE), Max and Harper (KING OF WALLSTREET) and Violet, whom doesn’t have a book yet, but I HOPE she gets a story of her own. She NEEDS her HEA too!
5 stars! 
xoxo, Vivian 💋


About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels - the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful and Hopeful and the novella series' The Empire State Series, What the Lightning Sees and Calling Me. The novels and together the series are stand-alone although there are some overlapping characters.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn't have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

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