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The Duchess Diaries (Bridal Pleasures) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Feb 2012
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Jillian Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five critically acclaimed novels, among them the bestselling Boscastle Affairs Series and the Bridal Pleasures Series. She has received several awards, including the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three daughters.
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What I liked a lot:
The lead characters. Charlotte was endearing and the Duke was enticing. Both found the other irresistible and strangely enough both turned out to have both characteristics. The Duke had a much softer side than anyone expected and Charlotte was an unexpected siren.
The diary as a major plot point. One that not only brought the lead couple together; but was connected to so many other characters.
The spicy encounters were well written; although I would have enjoyed a bit more of that and a bit less of the endless parade of secondary characters...
Therefore, what I didn't like as much:
There were more characters running around in this novel than any I've read since `War and Peace'. The former beau and the dual added nothing to the story. The daughter was treated as an afterthought who, in my opinion, should have made an appearance as soon as they began planning a wedding.
This book reminded me again that unmarried, attractive dukes appear to have been available by the hundreds in Regency England. If I counted up the number of dukes who appear in romance novels they would outnumber the working class. England currently has only twenty-three dukes. At any given time in history at least half of the dukes would either be married or grandfather material. Someone evidently believes that the word DUKE sells books. Maybe it does but it's becoming a little trite.
On the up side this book is well written, the story is catching, you see: damsel in distress loses her journal and powerful, handsome, alpha male DUKE comes to her rescue.
The thing is, some things didn't make much sense. I mean, I can underestand Charlotte fantasizing about the duke, and I can see her writing about it, the thing I don't get is WHAT ON EARTH makes her so attractive to every possible male EVER. I mean, come on she is not described as a beauty and she does not come across as witty... it pains me to say that that fact ruined the book for me.
Bottom line is: I could not finish this book, it is sooo much of the same old cliches of romance novels in a bad way.
Overall I found the book to be well written and for the most part interesting, but a bit confusing and boring at times. The story seemed to switch to various sub-plots involving people I was not sure were significant to the story.
If you've read the series and liked it so far, you probably will like this addition to the overall storyline as you probably will understand more of the sub-plots than I did.
If you haven't read this series (like me) and are looking for an easy (but maybe a bit muddled) read you may enjoy the book - but perhaps when the price is lower.
If the idea of many sub-plots (some of which follow an overall series), a mild mystery and some somewhat heated but not over the top (in my opinion anyway) love scenes holds no interest for you, then I'd say skip it as you may become more frustrated than entertained.
Charlotte and her Duke make a great couple. Charlotte could have been a real "milk and water miss" but Hunter used the secondary plots (rookery thief and the diary, Audrey and the Bow Street Runner, etc) to flesh out the story. My only complaint is a minor one. The wait for the wedding seemed a bit contrived considering the speed at which the other scandal ridden Boscastles were "bedded and wedded."
I waded through the last several books to get back to the core characters of the series and I even paid the full $7.99 to get it on my Kindle instead of waiting a day or so to get it cheaper at my local Walmart. I was not disappointed.
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