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Product Details

  • Series: Heiress Brides
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031293968X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939687
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Let yourself be seduced!”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“Everything her readers crave: wit, deliciously sensual romance...laced with intrigue and danger.”—Booklist (on the Bradley’s Liar’s Club series)

From the Back Cover

The first novel in a brand-new series about three young women looking for love—and upward mobility—from USA Today bestselling author Celeste Bradley

ONLY A DUKE WILL DO.

The only way for vicar’s daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a duke—just as her late grandfather demanded in his will. But Phoebe, who’s still  trying to make good after a romantic scandal, also has her two cousins to contend with. They’re all competing for the same money, maybe even the same men. ..until Phoebe meets her match in the terribly handsome and charming Rafe Marbrook.

BUT WILL IT BE “I DO”—OR ADIEU?

When she receives a marriage proposal from the Marquis of Brookhaven, Phoebe is thrilled to learn that Rafe is headed for dukedom…and accepts his offer. There’s only one problem: It’s from Rafe’s older, less captivating brother, Calder. Now Phoebe finds herself on the verge of yet another scandal as she faces a desperate choice: Marry Calder for his money—or follow her own heart? Each way can only lead to trouble…

“Everything her readers crave: wit, deliciously sensual romance...laced with intrigue and danger.”—Booklist (on the Bradley’s Liar’s Club series)


More About the Author

Hi, my name is Celeste Bradley and I write "brain chocolate." That is, I write fun and sexy escapism is for hardworking women everywhere. We deserve a little man-candy, too!

Reviewers like to say I write about misfit heroines getting the man of their dreams. Maybe that's true, but don't we all feel like misfits sometimes? Even if the rest of the world thinks we have all our balls in the air, aren't we juggling like mad on the inside, desperately trying not to drop one?

I'm the kind of woman who never truly has a clean house (not all at once!), who can't seem to have Christmas projects finished by Dec 25, who is stunned by how fast weeds can take over a perfectly well-behaved garden, who is mystified by high-altitude baking rules, who doesn't quite get the kids to the dentist appointment on time...well, you get the picture. Rather than having all my ducklings in a row, I just try to make sure none of the rotten little rebels are playing in the middle of the street!

I love this manic, scattered life I lead. I love to write, craft, garden, bake and mother, even if I don't always do it all perfectly. I love living in the Southwest, with its big sky and vast desert views. I love venturing out of my quiet life to meet readers and other writers, and then I love to come back to my haven, full of ideas and renewed passion and creativity.

Maybe one of those times I'll meet you!

Hugs,
and thanks for reading!

Celeste

Customer Reviews

5 star - 1 nighter for me! =)
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There are so many things in this book that are just wrong.
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I love historical romance and I love Celeste Bradley.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lucia A. Rodriguez on June 5, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's an entertaining book, but I didn't like it as much as the other author's series (Liar's Club & Royal Four).
The plot sounds interesting, although not very original: three cousins (vicar's daughter Phoebe, beautiful Deirdre and plain and shy Sophie), are trying to catch a Duke to win their grandfather's money. Other important characters are Lady Tessa, mean step-mother to Deirdre; Calder, the Duke; Rafe, Calder's half-brother and a rake; and the vicar.
The problem is that the story is not very well developed and neither very convincing.

Phoebe and Rafe meet one night in a ball and supposedly they fall in love. Although I "believe" in some way in love at first sight, it doesn't seem convincing in this book.
From that point, the book follows a very basic outline:
Step 1 (done): main characters met and fall in love. No matter that we're in the first 2-3 chapters.
Step 2: Big Misunderstanding (or Mistake in this case) --with lots of problems associated-- to complicate the couple's road to love (I almost sounded poetic, lol), in the next chapter (5 or so). What happens? Calder proposes to Phoebe, and she agrees, thinking it comes from Rafe. She doesn't cry off because she doesn't want to disappoint her father after running off with her dancing master ten years ago.
Step 3: to solve the problems caused by the BM, with an angry and hurt Rafe, a very indecisive Phoebe, and Calder, which I disliked a lot.
Step 4: problems solved and happily ever after.
And intertwined, we have a romance between Calder's butler and an Irish maid.

Where's the love story, the romance? Difficult answer. Phoebe and Rafe, although they made a good couple, spent most of the story separated (but very much in love, yeees), so the love story it's not believable.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tams on June 12, 2008
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The hero and heroine fall in love at first site, and then have to face obstacles to being together before they finally get their HEA.

I think it is very hard to pull off a love at first site book, because falling in love is one of the best parts of a romance for me. If the hero and heroine are already there at the end of chapter one then a lot of that magic can be lost.

One of the problems for me with this book is that inital meeting and falling in love just didn't seem to have the fireworks necessary to make the couple fall in love the way they did.

Second there is no more interaction between the couple til nearly page 100. I like lots of interaction between my leads.

Overall I found this book to be only average.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 15, 2008
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In 1815 their late grandfather Sir Hamish Pickering, disappointed in his daughters not marrying up, placed a stipulation in his will that has his grandchildren jumping. The first of the trio to marry a duke inherits his fortune.

The competing cousins (the rustic vicar's daughter Phoebe, the elegant Deirdre and the too tall Sophie) begin their respective quest; if White's took a book the bets would be overwhelmingly on Deirdre. Phoebe plans to go through the motions of her London season, but refuses to truly participate until she meets Rafe Marbrook, who to her shock seems interested in her. However as he courts her, she learns he is not the heir to the dukedom of Brookhaven, but instead the half-brother to the future Duke Calder; who decides to marry Phoebe. She must choose for love or money.

This amusing take on the Regency marriage go round will have readers laughing out loud with the antics of the first Heiress Bride who must choose between the brother she loves and the brother Sir Hamish would select for her. Adding to the fun is the heroine's ethics that do not allow her to tell the Marbrooks the truth about the will as she does not want to harm her cousins' chances (coming in the next couple of months). Celeste Bradley continues her level of historical excellence (see the Royal Four spy romances) with this entertaining charmer.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mae Country on June 2, 2008
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This book was entertaining enough, but it wasn't that great. I really disliked the use of modern lingo - it was jarring to hear Rafe talk about rockets.

Also, once the heroine realized the big mistake she made, she really ought to have corrected it immediately. It really didn't speak highly of her character.

Don't think I'll complete the series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on May 2, 2008
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Phoebe is on a quest; she and her cousins are racing against each other to marry a Duke and gain an inheritance left by their grandfather. Phoebe notices Rafe's manly bum as he is dancing and finds his form and face quite breathtaking.

Rafe spies Phoebe and within a few minutes he decides she is the one for him. He points Phoebe out to his legitimate brother Calder who is soon to be a Duke which proves to be a mistake because Calder has decided that Phoebe is the one for him too. Calder makes a calim only to antagonize and hurt his brother. It was really really hard to like Calder.

Phoebe receives a proposal the day after meeting Rafe and is convinced that he is the one proposing and instantly says yes. She is dismayed to discover that it is Calder who is the legitimate brother and reluctantly agrees to wed him.

Phoebe is controlled by others. Her father desperately wants the match with Calder and Phoebe does not want to disappoint him again as she did when she ran off with her dancing master ten years earlier.

Rafe however is distraught. He must bear stoically the upcoming nuptials and wonders if he will ever get over Phoebe. He desperately wants this engagement to end. Not only does he want Phoebe to cry off, but several others do also and their machinations come to play in this novel.

Rafe is a great hero. Celeste Bradley does a wonderful job of letting the reader feel his emotions. His background is less that respectable but he is trying to reform. He really steals the show. Phoebe though is only an okay heroine. She lacks a backbone throughout much of the novel. When she finally sees the light, she and Rafe are quite the steamy couple, but this occurs late in the story and, for me, there just was not a lot of quality time these two spent together to convince me that they were madly in love. It seemed as if Phoebe spent most of her time with Calder rather than her true love Rafe.
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