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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Avon Books (27 Mar 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0739480278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739480274
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2008
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When a loathsome rake steals heiress Francesca Dunroy's most treasured possession she is determined to get it back. In return for the heirloom, she decides to offer the rake a kiss. But on the darkened terrace in the middle of a ball she makes a dreadful mistake - she seduces the wrong man!

Justin Maddox is London's newly titled duke and he's not enjoying himself at all with his new position. Although that all changes when the fiery Francesca kisses him with a passion that surprises them both.

With neither able to forget, or even stay away from each other - love soon starts to blossom. But what will happen when Justin's enemies decide that it's time for revenge?

This is the third book in an ongoing series (after The Price of Indiscretion and In the Bed of a Duke) which focuses loosely around the Cameron sisters. This book follows where the last left off and tells the story of Justin Maddox as he tries to come to terms with the fact that he is now an English duke and not the Scottish rebel he always thought he was. As it is part of a series, I really don't think that this book stands alone as there is too much back story that you need to know to understand this book.

Both Justin and Francesca are enjoyable, interesting characters and I liked the interplay between them and their honest interactions with each other. It was also nice to see some characters from previous books pop up in this one.

I guess my main issues were that this almost felt like a filler book.
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Francesca Dunroy is in a pickle. Due to her own foolishness, she has lost a priceless family jewel to a loathsome rake who she thought she was in love with. In desperation she decides to seduce him into giving it to her at a ball -BUT she seduces the WRONG MAN! Justin Maddox maybe the new Duke of Colster and new to London society (he was kidnapped in infancy and raised in the highlands before his twin brother found him and restored his title) but he knows a fiery lass when he sees one. Sparks fly between these two, even though neither is interested in marriage. They seem to be constantly bumping into each in the most unexpected places. While Francesca searches for her jewel, Justin is experiencing a major identity crisis. How is a former Scottish blacksmith supposed to act like an English duke? And what of the possible Scottish rebellion? Who's side is he on? Just who should Justin trust? The land where he was raised or his own twin brother?

I enjoyed this one sort of. Both the H/H have major trust issues with their families for different reasons. They turn towards each other as a means of a lifeline. A well developed romance. Very good love scenes with likable characters. The only thing lacking is drama/action. There is a little bit with the loathsome rake who possesses the jewel, but thats about it. Maxwell (author) spends a fair amount of time and uses plenty of secondary characters to introduce a possible Scottish rebellion plot which never materializes. There are plenty of people threatening and harassing Justin into giving them what they want, but no one actually ACTS on the threats! Sheesh! Whats the point of the villains telling the hero "you'll be sorry if you don't....." or "we'll kill you if...." and then NOTHING happens to back that up?
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mrs b ordered this to go to her ipad2 and it ended up on my kindle somehow, she loves cathy maxwells works and has read and re-read her books many times so anyway draw your own conclusions
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Charming 19 April 2007
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
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Francesca Dunroy is considered both a catch and somewhat of a pariah of the London ton. She is desirable because she is quite beautiful and an heiress who will inherit a lot of money and land upon marrying. She is considered an outsider because due to her recently deceased mother's illness, she had missed coming out to society at an appropriate age, she is older than most unwed ladies of the ton. Also, her father married a younger woman very quickly after being widowed. London society is punishing her for her father's lack of mourning.

Then one night at a lavish affair hosted by her father, she meets the newly and reluctantly named Duke of Closter, Justin Maddox. Justin is of English nobility who was raised as a blacksmith in Scotland. He is a sexy man who is more that a little out of his element and uncomfortable with his new position. When Francesca inadvertently walks into his arms the sparks ignite and soon they find themselves more involved with each other than either of them seems to want.

This book is part of a series, you could probably read it as a stand alone, but I wouldn't recommend it. It has been so long since I read the last book in the series, that it really took some deep searching in my brain to remember some of the characters. I had a hard time remembering how Justin and Phillip got to be where they were in this book. I wish I would have read the last book over, as a refresher.

Francesca and Justin make a charming couple with a lot of passion and Ms. Maxwell writes an exciting tale. This was a delightful historical romance with wonderful characters. This book was really hard to put down, but things like sleep, food and family kept getting in my way. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning last night reading; I kept saying one more chapter then I will go to bed. If my eyelids would have cooperated I would have finished this story last night, one more chapter was never enough.

At the end of the book you get a small insight into the next book in the series, I am really looking forward to it; I hope Ms. Maxwell won't keep us waiting long.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good romance, but lacks action and drama....31/2 stars 6 April 2007
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
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Francesca Dunroy is in a pickle. Due to her own foolishness, she has lost a priceless family jewel to a loathsome rake who she thought she was in love with. In desperation she decides to seduce him into giving it to her at a ball -BUT she seduces the WRONG MAN! Justin Maddox maybe the new Duke of Colster and new to London society (he was kidnapped in infancy and raised in the highlands before his twin brother found him and restored his title) but he knows a fiery lass when he sees one. Sparks fly between these two, even though neither is interested in marriage. They seem to be constantly bumping into each in the most unexpected places. While Francesca searches for her jewel, Justin is experiencing a major identity crisis. How is a former Scottish blacksmith supposed to act like an English duke? And what of the possible Scottish rebellion? Who's side is he on? Just who should Justin trust? The land where he was raised or his own twin brother?

I enjoyed this one sort of. Both the H/H have major trust issues with their families for different reasons. They turn towards each other as a means of a lifeline. A well developed romance. Very good love scenes with likable characters. The only thing lacking is drama/action. There is a little bit with the loathsome rake who possesses the jewel, but thats about it. Maxwell (author) spends a fair amount of time and uses plenty of secondary characters to introduce a possible Scottish rebellion plot which never materializes. There are plenty of people threatening and harassing Justin into giving them what they want, but no one actually ACTS on the threats! Sheesh! Whats the point of the villains telling the hero "you'll be sorry if you don't....." or "we'll kill you if...." and then NOTHING happens to back that up? The reader doesn't find out till the epilogue that the whole thing is just a setup for the sequel. Gimme a break!

So if you liked the prequel (In the Bed of a Duke -which I had mixed feelings about), you'll probably like this one. Not as good as some of her earlier historicals (Falling in Love Again, You and No Other etc) but perhaps worth a read just to continue the series. It looks like Maxwell in saving all the Scottish/English conflict for the next in the series -at least I hope so!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Bedding Boredom 14 Oct 2007
By innocencebereft - Published on Amazon.com
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The premise of this book is actually very good for a romance novel. Perfect, in my opinion. We have two social misfits. A heroine that has been ignored by society due to her father's marriage occurring before the mourning period for his wife has properly ended, (and to a woman younger than his daughter) who is forced to make her social debut at 24. And a Scottish blacksmith that finds out he is actually an English duke, torn between his duties to both countries, whild having to adapt to social obligations and the nuances of Regency England. Both characters have all the makings for a perfect romance, I would say. Misfits drawn together by their loneliness!

However, as another reviewer said: I just did not care for either of these characters. The greatest flaw of this novel is it's horrendous execution. Francesca Dunroy is a brat. I really ended up rooting for her "wicked stepmother," Regina (We know this type, vapid, one-dimensional, greedy... total opposite of our supposedly "brilliant" heroine.). To exemplify my feelings here is an example: at one point in the novel Regina is admiring herself in the mirror and fixing her hair, our heroine thinks about how childishly Regina behaves and then displays her own astounding "maturity" by elbowing her out of the way and snatching the brush.

Ugh. And I should be sympathetic to her? Maybe if Regina was truly doing something horrible or annoying I could cheer this on as "just desserts." But, hypocritical much? She was never any better than the stepmother.

Her stupidity does not end here. After cavorting around with a rake who attempts to rape her she loses a valuable necklace at his apartment... then attempts to get it back by seducing her attempted-rapist and meeting him alone in a secluded area. Hmmmmmmm. I still cannot grasp the logic behind this. She exhibits this TSTL (too stupid to live) behavior throughout the novel.

This is obviously a sequel and the majority of the hero's development took place in the earlier novel. Therefore, he was rather bland this time around. Not too annoying, but not all that amazing either.

The romance itself was so dry and unbelievable. One of those were they meet, have sex that very same night, have changed each other's worlds and magically become better people the next day. Snore. Zzzzzz. Look, I enjoy the whole instant-attraction, spontaneous-combustible sex thing... when it's done well! This novel is a sad attempt.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
fresh Regency romance 30 Mar 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1807 Phillip Maddox gives up his claim to being a duke to his recently discovered older twin Justin, who was snatched as an infant and raised as a blacksmith. Phillip is comfortable with doing the honorable thing, but Justin is not as he is a Scot not an Englishman. One thing he does is hide the "Sword of the Mackenna" that in either the wrong English or Scottish hands would mean war.

Heiress Francesca Dunroy enjoyed the attention of rake Lord Penthorpe following a sheltered life in which her mother died two years ago and her father instantly remarried a woman younger than her. However, she realized Penthorpe is no good as he stole her mom's necklace and is blackmailing her for its return.

Phillip accepts an invitation to the Dunroy party as a minor first appearance for his brother as the duke. Because Justin will be there, the small party becomes the event of the season. Justin hates the gala so he hides in the library only to have Francesca arrive. He kisses her just before Penthorpe comes to demand Francesca give him 1000 pounds if she wants her necklace back. Justin wants Francesca but assumes she is Penthorpe's mistress; besides he distrusts females after the betrayal of his ex-wife. As he becomes entangled in Francesca's affairs they fall in love until his Scottish past arrives with a vengeance.

Justin is a fresh character struggling between his old world and his new while his beloved Francesca is an out of control heiress who tries to protect her reputation only making it worst with every bold breech of etiquette she manages to break. The support cast is solid as they bring out the best and worst of the era. Though there is much less action involving the potential Scottish rebellion than in Phillips' tale (see In the Bed of a Duke) Regency fans will appreciate the anointing of the new Duke.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If only all mistakes were this good... 28 Jun 2007
By D. Malone - Published on Amazon.com
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The heroine, Francesca, is angry at her father and his new wife, and a bit angry at life as well. Mostly, she is angry at the scoundrel, Penthorpe, who convinced her to meet him discreetly, tried to convince her to elope with him, and then tried to compromise her when she wouldn't agree. Although a well placed knee allowed her to get away, she lost a prized piece of jewelry in the process. She develops a plan to cajole him into getting the necklace back. What she doesn't know until too late is that the man meeting her on her father's terrace is not Penthorpe, but Justin Maddox, the newly titled Duke of Colster. The two hit it off immediately, but Francesca's forwardness leads the Duke to assume she is more experienced than she is. The resulting story is funny and sultry.

This quick read will keep you turning the page. A great beach or poolside read!
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