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Duke Most Wanted [Mass Market Paperback]

Celeste Bradley
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 July 2008
Sophie Blake's grandfather willed his fortune to the first of his granddaughters to marry a duke. Since her cousin, Deirdre, will seal the deal any day now, the quiet, bookish Sophie can sit back and enjoy her time with the only man she truly adores: Graham. No matter that the part charmer, part scoundrel has absolutely no designs on her! Sophie is content to engage Graham in lively conversation, beat him at cards...and probe at the darkness hiding behind his rakish smile.Then Graham unexpectedly gains a title, an estate in near ruins and a mountain of debt. If there is any chance of survival he must find a rich wife - quickly. As his hunt for a bride begins, Sophie realizes that she isn't even in the running. Suddenly no longer content to be a wallflower, Sophie gets a stunning make-over and becomes the belle of the ball. Lots of heads are turning...including Graham's. But this beauty has secrets of her own. Will she be his salvation or seal his fate?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc. (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939700
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,789 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 BOOKreviews"

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Third in the "Heiress Brides" trilogy 7 Aug 2011
By Marshall Lord TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third in a trilogy of regency romance novels about three young ladies - Deirdre, Phoebe, and Sophie - whose great-grandfather left his substantial fortune to whichever of his grand-daughters or great-grand-daughters is first to marry a Duke, or a man who becomes a duke.

The terms of the will provide for the money to be given away if none of the girls in the family manage to become a duchess within three generations. Not wanting this to happen, Deirdre's stepmother proposes to bring out all three cousins and try to find husbands for them. The terms of the will also require that candidates to inherit the money must keep those terms secret. So if one of the cousins should be chasing a Duke who desperately needs money, she can't tell him that he can get some by marrying her (or one of her cousins) before another Duke does.

The first book in the series, DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE (The Heiress Brides), told the story of Phoebe, who accepted a proposal from Calder Marbrook, Marquis of Brookhaven and heir to the Duke of Brookmoor - but then broke the engagement and married his half brother instead.

The second book, THE DUKE NEXT DOOR (The Heiress Brides) told the story of Deirdre, who quickly seized the opportunity to snap up Lord Brookhaven after her cousin Phoebe jilted him: but Deirdre found that making a happy marriage took a bit longer than organising the wedding, especially when her new husband turned out to have a rather significant surprise for her ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Read 28 Sep 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading all of Celeste Bradley's Liar's Club and Royal Four books i was looking forward to this new series. Unfortunately I was disapointed by this lack lustre attempt. The characters were wooden and flat, they lacked any type of sparkle that the earlier books had. I bought this and when I read it felt cheated. If you want a good read then check out miss Bradley's earlier books they are excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it until an unexpected development spoiled the ending 15 May 2008
By Marsha Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Regency romances are my guilty pleasure and this one started out well. The characters were interesting and the writing was good. The least physically attractive of three cousins competing for an inheritance by being the first to marry a Duke, Sophie had given up on making an advantageous marriage and had decided to enjoy the one Season she was ever likely to have. She struck up an unlikely friendship with Graham, her chaperone's young, handsome male cousin but ever realistic, did not expect romance. He enjoys her intelligence and wit and their time together is a welcome break from the ton activities he is often immersed in. Then Graham unexpectedly becomes a Duke and inherits crushing debt along with the title. He seeks a marriage of convenience to an heiress -- which could be Sophie if they marry quickly -- but she can't tell him of the inheritance. The two struggle with their feelings for each other and their responsibilities.

Sophie is a person of character and that is the key to why the reader likes her and hopes for her happiness. Suddenly, there is an astonishing revelation in the book for which there has been no real foreshadowing; the author doesn't play fair with her readers. This new information calls Sophie's character into question and it ruined the book for me. I felt like I didn't know Sophie after all and felt resentment that the 'story' I'd been following wasn't the real story at all. The book would have been much, much better without this revelation. I would have liked to have seen it replaced with some chapters about the two of them making a marriage work and rebuilding the Duke's estate.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for a few misgivings. 3 May 2008
By LindsayS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I finished reading this book today, and on one hand, I really loved it. I thought the writing was fantastic and the relationship between the main characters was great, but I wasn't so sure about the ending. There were subtle hints throughout the story about her background that I thought were really confusing until the truth came out. In my mind, I thought the twist at the end was completely unnecessary and a bit too dramatic. What's worse, is that it made the main character a lot less likable. She went from being totally grounded and interesting to this unpractical risk taker. There were also secondary characters that were too unimportant to have been given their own separate stories. This is just my opinion. I don't want it to stop people from reading the book, because I thought it was really entertaining and a lot better than the other Regency books i've read lately. All in all, it think it's worth investing in the money and the time to read it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plot twist spoiled the book 28 May 2008
By Story Time - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a reader of historical romances for the past 25 years, I have never been so let down by what started as a good book. The characters were engaging, though immature, but I was enjoying the story...until the plot twist. What was the purpose? Why let us 'get to know' the heroine, and then throw us a ridiculous curveball? I will never waste my time or money on this author again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars: a wonderfully romantic read in spite of the unexpected twist... 27 May 2008
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In my reading experience, usually the last installment in a trilogy or series is not always the best. The best is generally the first where the concept and characters are the freshest. Not in this case though. Celeste Bradley's The Heiress Brides ends on a particularly high note with "Duke Most Wanted" and is, in my opinion, the best installment of the three.

Of the three Pickering cousins, Sophie Blake, who everyone considered plain beyond redemption and so unmarriageable, was the only cousin who had come to London not to find a duke and so win her grandfather's bequest, but in order to escape the drudgery of her life with her demanding and peevish mother in Acton. And now that her beautiful cousin, Deirdre, has married the Duke of Brookmoor's elder son, bookish and intellectual Sophie feels that she is free to enjoy herself reading books, translating and spending time with the one gentleman she has lost her heart to, Lord Graham Cavendish. Handsome, charming, almost penniless and a womaniser, Graham doesn't see Sophie as a romantic prospect but as a good friend he can relax and have conversation with. And Sophie is almost content to let things remain as they are. That is until Graham's father and his elder brothers unexpectedly die, and Graham finds himself the new penniless Duke of Edencourt. Now, Graham must marry for money or else loose his lands and his home. Can Sophie allow Graham to marry another, or will she decide to finally compete for Graham's love and attention?

I enjoyed "Duke Most Wanted" quite a bit. Like a few of the other reviewers, I didn't think think that the plot twist was necessary. This novel really hinges on the strong and winning character of Sophie Blake. I thoroughly enjoyed all the scenes between Sophie and Graham, they were filled with wit, humour and sexual tension that was quite delicious. Did the unexpected plot twist, darkly hinted at throughout the novel, do the novel irretrievable harm? I don't think so; but I do think that it might have been a much stronger read without it (as well as the inevitable last few chapters when character from the previous two books turn up to tie things up neatly -- and really I could have done without the reappearance of Calder's precocious child, Meggie). All in all, however, "Duke Most Wanted" was an enjoyable and rather wonderfully romantic read. Both Sophie and Graham were wonderful romantic leads, with a story worthy of them. Definitely worth recommending.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series. 12 May 2008
By Jill-the-Ripper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just finished this book, and while I admit that the twist near the end was disconcerting, I preferred it over the other two in this series.
Graham has a depth that the other two male characters lacked.
He also lacked the incredible growing male member that I found to be ridiculous in the first two books.
Sophie had a realistic attitude which I found refreshing.
I liked the fact that she was considered to be the ugly ducking of the heiress trio, and could readily identify with her.
I was also pleased to read more of the story about Fortesque and Patricia.
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