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In the Bed of a Duke [Mass Market Paperback]

Cathy Maxwell
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060740582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060740580
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the Bed of a Duke The reprehensible Duke of Colster brought the full weight of the "ton's" fury down upon Charlotte Cameron--simply because she encouraged her sister "not" to marry him. Now, the seductive devil responsible for her social ruin is now close enough to kiss. Original. Full description

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars romantic, passionate with adventurous twists 30 Sep 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
charlotte & philip are confirmed enemies who meet up again on a stormy night on the way scotland. they both end up in grave danger as she helps him when his life is in danger. the chemistry between them is there from the start. the story has so many twist & turns it kept me rivited all the way through. it is one of the few books i have that i wouldnt hesitate to read again. this book is one not to be missed!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars complete waste of time 30 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I wont bother with the synopsis as its all detailed above, but quite honestly the story is rambling, ill defined and lacking an any credibility at all.It is full of Americanisms ( I can live with) and poorly written. The characters lack any depth at all and even the sex isn't up to much. I cant believe this is the same book that I read the other review of. I found this difficult to finish (I always finish books however bad) and skimmed large chunks. The other reviewer says this book is one not to miss - this is one that I will delete from my kindle as I simply do not want it taking up any space.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars storyline was good, even if the romance angle was a bit wanting 29 April 2006
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"In the Bed of a Duke" is the second installment in a trilogy featuring three American sisters who have come to England in order to claim their place in English society (the sisters are all granddaughters of an earl). I haven't read the first book in the trilogy "The Price of Indiscretion" and so cannot say how this second installments compares with the first. However, I have read other Cathy Maxwell novels before and on the whole, I have somewhat mixed feelings about her latest "In the Bed of a Duke." On the one hand, this novel is fast paced and possesses a rather interesting plot-line. On the other hand, however, Ms Maxwell seems to have sacrificed proper character development and a "real" love story in favour of quick action and an almost instantaneous falling in lust/love between her hero and heroine. And I'm not much of a fan of the whole falling in lust/love at first sight scenario.

As the eldest Cameron sister, Charlotte believed that it was her duty to steer her sisters right. And when it became clear to her that sister Miranda was prepared to marry the wealthy and powerful Duke of Colster even though she was in love with someone else ("The Price of Indiscretion"), Charlotte urged her sister to break things off with the Colster. Unfortunately, Charlotte also urged her sister to jilt Colster publicly. Charlotte hadn't realised that in doing so she would be damning her family to scandal so much so that all of society's doors would be closed to them. Now the only way for her to repair things is for her to marry Colster's enemy, Laird MacKenna. Which is why she's off on a journey up north. The last thing Charlotte expected was that she would cross paths with the dreadful Colster, that she would become deeply involved in a mystery involving Colster's family, or that she would find herself perilously attracted to Colster himself...

The plot premise for "In the Bed of a Duke" was a very well done and rather exciting one with almost nonstop action. But, as a result, the slow build to a romance between two characters who, at the start of the book, don't seem to like each other very much, gets lost in the mix. A plot contrivance in the early chapters allows for the couple to indulge in some seamy kisses, and all I could think was that this wasn't very romantic at all. Both Colster and Charlotte fall in lust-love with each other and it just didn't ring true for me. So, even though I enjoyed the entire subplot involving Colster's missing brother and the part Charlotte played in everything, romance-wise, this book could have been better. But I did enjoy "In the Bed of a Duke" and liked both Charlotte and the duke immensely, and so am giving the novel a 3 1/2 to 4 star rating.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mourning the "old" Cathy Maxwell 28 April 2006
By Kathy Kaiser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Where did the old Cathy Maxwell go? She used to be one of the best Regency romance writers in the genre. Her earlier works were so much better than this one. Yes, plot moves along quickly (too quickly, at some points) and the hero and heroine are likeable, but Maxwell's writing has been "dumbed-down." I think that the Avon editors have really done a disservice to Maxwell. Read some of her earlier books to see the way she can really write. I think it's time she switched publishing houses and allowed her creativity and intelligence to shine through again.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars read well, but not exciting. 12 May 2006
By S. Squires - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was really excited for this book to be written, and was left a little disappointed. I had read the other books in this series and thought this would be a great story of conflict and forbidden desire. They were suppose to dislike each other with intensity but that feeling was not well protrayed. In fact they were in each other's arms in the first few chapters. Cathy Maxwell never really explored his relationship with his dead wife enough to explain why he never again planned to wed.

The story wasn't bad but despite the fact that they fell in love so soon in the book, there wasn't much burning romance and desire. Overall it just left me disappointed, Her other works are much better!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm on the fence with this one.... Good? Stinks? 4 July 2006
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Maxwell book. Not bad, but not great either. I agree with some of the other reviews, way too much action in the book and not enough character development. Can someone really go from hate to love in the span of 24hrs? I don't think so, but nevertheless the characters of Phillip and Charolette were very likeable. I just wish Maxwell spent more time with them sparring with eachother instead of melting into eachothers arms almost immediately. That would have made a more interesting story.

The story flows well, but some parts are really never resolved. I'm assuming Maxwell is setting this up for a sequel. Hopefully the sequel will include Constance (last unmarried sister) and maybe Justin (Phillips brother). Justin is by far the best character, funny and direct.

Another problem I had with this book is the writing. I can't put my finger on it, but it seemed slightly lackluster and a bit unpolished, as if this was her first novel. I think I'll try one more by Maxwell to give her the benefit of the doubt, hopefully I'm not dissapointed.

You might want to check out The Devil in Winter by Kleypas and The Viscount Who Loved Me By Quinn for well written regency historicals.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so 29 April 2006
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Cathy Maxwell book I have ever read, so I can't compare it to her others. But, this was just not a very well-written book, IMO. The characters and their relationship was not adequately developed. There was a lot of action going on in the book, maybe too much for the length of the book. The relationship between the main characters ended up seeming almost a subplot - not what I am looking for in a romance novel.
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