- Hardcover: 381 pages
- Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (23 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597223077
- ISBN-13: 978-1597223072
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.9 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,322,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In the Bed of a Duke (Wheeler Hardcover) Hardcover – Large Print, 23 Aug 2006
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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.
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!
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.