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THE DUKE NEXT DOOR (Heiress Brides) Mass Market Paperback – 14 Jun 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Press (14 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939694
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you haven't yet read a Bradley novel, let yourself be seduced by the mistress of the game!" - Romantic Times Book reviews"

About the Author

Celeste Bradley is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Scoundrel in My Dreams," "Desperately Seeking a Duke," and the Royal Four and Liars Club series, among many others. Prior to giving writing a try, Celeste was a professional artist. Believing that storytelling is as much of an art form, she applies those skills to writing. She is a two-time RITA Nominee and winner of the prestigious Historical Storyteller of the Year from "Romantic Times Book Reviews." Mother of two teen divas, Southern-born Celeste lives in the Southwest. Her hobbies include gardening, jewelry making and collage. She feels very strongly that literacy can change lives.

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By beryl cliffe on 10 Mar. 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
bo ok in excellent condtion and love this series
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
It's okay... 4 April 2008
By Bronwyn - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am giving this novel three stars based on that guide that we get from Amazon. Like my title says, this book was ..okay.

The first book in the series, shows the multi faceted Diedre. First we see her cold and calculating like her step mama Lady Tessa, then as the book goes on, we see that she has her own agenda, and is not the spoiled princess that she appears to be.

The Duke Next Door, now gives us the full picture of her character and her finding love. Except I don't think she got it with Calder. Now hear me out- Diedre was a wonderfully written character. Her sailor mouth and conspiracies with Calder's daughter (Lady Margeret)were hilarious and poignant. And the revalations we get about her childhood with Lady Tessa certainly added depth. I was very happy when Lady Tessa gets her setdown to the end!

Now why do I say this book is okay? I feel the bond between Dee and Lady Margaret, but her relationship with Calder left me underwhelmed.

(Please Celeste fans, don't stone me with unhelpfuls!)

Calder is your typical aristocrat of the dense variety. It didn't strike him as rather rude that his bride found out about his daughter after they got married and he bungles all of his initial interactions with her. Deidre's response is to wage a 'war' on to make him realise that she and Lady Margeret want to be in life (actively).

His response to this 'assault'and their subsequent interactions make up the latter part of the book. I'm trying not give away plot details, however Calder continues on in his aloof denseness, still comparing Dee's actions to that of his late wife. This all climaxes with a very dangerous situation, and thankfully we see Calder shedding his hauter and rather self righteous attitude and fighting for his wife. Quite literally in fact.

The main reason I am not raving about this book like I have every other CB novel, is how the conflict and tension was built. Both Rafe and Dee have pre conceived notions of marraige, and were aware of their short comings yet there wasn't any communication of the kind till it was way too late. Also the situation that Dee got into with Baskin, and Calder's handling of it left a bad taste for him. (And by situation I mean, the attemmpted rape where dense Calder thinks it was consensual, and then Dee's kidnapping where he thinks she may have run away with him.)

All in all, it was great follow up in the Heiress series and I will recommend it for backstory purposes.

Now we're waiting for Sophie's story ...
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
forgettable 8 May 2008
By M. DETWILER - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book last weekend and I actually had to go back and check facts because this book was so very forgettable. My first quibble was that it was fairly boring. Dee is determined to get back at her husband for keeping a big secret from her, but her scenes of revenge get old very quickly. Just when it looked like something was going to happen romance wise, she would get mad at him and huff off. This behavior was very tiresome and I had a hard time finishing this book.
There are very few love scenes in this book and that is a problem. In a good book, well written sexual tension can keep a book rolling along without a lot of romantic action, but this book wasn't that. It became downright plodding after a while. The characters were sort of wooden, especially Calder, and I found Dee wearing on my nerves. There are too many good books out there to waste my time on frustrating books like this one.
I usually like Celeste Bradley but this series hasn't been a good one for me so far.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nothing redeems this one..... 9 Oct. 2008
By G. Heyburn - Published on
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This is the second Celeste Bradley book that I have read and it will be the last. I thought perhaps this series needed a bit of warming into, so I continued on after reading the very silly, boring and disappointing first entry (Desperately Seeking A Duke). Big mistake.

The Duke Next Door has absolutely nothing going for it. I found it to be incredibly boring. There was no romance, no heat and really no plot. The heroine was annoying, shallow, not very likable and not well drawn. The hero was just blah. Midway through the book the hero for the third and last book in this series was introduced. Nothing that was written about him enticed me into continuing with this series.

Once again we have a glowing back cover description that makes one wonder if whoever wrote it actually read the book or was perhaps giving into a bout of wishful thinking.

The reader is led to believe that our hero had some huge secret that was responsible for him being so cold, unfeeling and absolutely miserable to his new bride. The secret, once revealed didn't live up to it's billing and was in truth a non-event. Add the silly sub-plot of the two idiots responsible for maintaining the Pickering trust and the boring miserable excuse for an anti-hero that was supposed to provide a bit of intrigue and you have a recipe for disaster.

I totally gave up on this one and by three quarters through the book, was skimming and skipping whole pages of this yawner.

Maybe it's time for authors to release books more slowly and get back to basics. I can't be the only one growing tired of cookie cutter regency romances where one simply has to change the names to protect the guilty. The reading public isn't stupid and quality is worth waiting for.

Bottom line, save your money and skip this whole series. I am going to save even more by skipping this author entirely in the future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unlikeable hero, forced attraction/laughs 7 May 2008
By Diana Moon - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I could tell that CB is a good writer, but this was not a great book. The main problem was the hero. He was wooden, dull and unlikeable. It seemed the heroine fell in love with him at sight as a teenager and then never grew out of her infatuation. She certainly wouldn't fall in love with him for any of his actions.

The best chemistry was between the heroine and the step-daughter. There were many laughs in the book, but they all felt forced rather than organic. (such as the adventures at the climax of the book - at the tavern and on the road) I could tell the writer was saying, "hmmm. let's make them laugh here. that's rather cute or funny."

I'm going to try to give some of her other books a try. This was a fun, mindless read but nothing great.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another light read 3 July 2008
By Lucia A. Rodriguez - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's an entertaining book, with sparks of humor, although it's not great in the romance department.

After Rafe's and Phoebe's wedding in Desperately Seeking a Duke, Deirdre proposes to Calder and he accepts. The book covers the relationship between the new couple, intertwined with the continuous schemes of the solicitors, the romance between the butler and the maid, and the beginnings of a friendship between cousin Sophie and Graham, Lady Tessa's cousin.

Calder is a character difficult to warm up to. He's very obtuse and clumsy with his feelings, somewhat cold, almost like a robot sometimes. In some moments it's very frustrating, comparing Deirdre with his first wife, but at least his behaviour is somewhat coherent with his character. I didn't love him, but he made a better impression than in the last book, especially towards the end.
Deirdre, or Dee, it's a more interesting character, although sometimes tiresome. She'd fell in love with Calder years ago, something not very understandable, so their relationship loses spark. It's interesting to see her planning how things are going to be in their marriage, to have them fall apart when she begins to really know her husband and discovers he has a daughter.

Their relationship isn't great, it seems forced and doesn't have much chemistry. It's more interesting and real the relationship between Dee and Calder's daughter, first with acceptance and uncertainty, and finally with care and love.

The book left me wanting Sophie and Graham story, which has the potential to be the best of the trilogy. I give it 3 stars, but like the first book, it would be better 2 ½.
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