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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable addition to the series, 28 Feb 2008
josie82 (Fife, Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bedding the Heiress (Mass Market Paperback)
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. Francesca and Justin's story was central although there was so much anticipation of the next book and the underlying action/plot line that runs through all the books, that the romance almost took a back seat. And compared to previous books by Cathy Maxwell, this book lacked a lot of emotional oomph. And I found myself increasingly frustrated with various Americanisms that crept into the text and inaccuracies such as spelling Scotch whisky with an 'e'. This didn't affect my rating of the book but it was annoying none the less.

Having said all that - this book was still miles better than many others in the same genre. It was upbeat, interesting, a definite page-turner and if nothing else it has made me really look forward to the next book in the series. If you're a fan of Cathy Maxwell and are keeping up with this series then this is a book I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rated by mrs be who loves cathy maxwells books, 24 May 2011
P. barton (LONDON) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good romance, but lacks action and drama....31/2 stars, 3 May 2008
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This review is from: Bedding the Heiress (Mass Market Paperback)
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!
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