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Product Details

  • Series: Heiress Brides
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939694
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Bradley tells an involved, sexy story. If you haven’t yet read a Bradley novel, let yourself be seduced by the mistress of the genre!”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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


From the Back Cover

A stunning new novel about a woman looking for love and nobility from the USA Today bestselling author of Desperately Seeking a Duke 


The dangerously beautiful Deirdre Cantor is determined to inherit her grandfather’s vast fortune. All she needs is to marry a duke…and be the first granddaughter to walk down the aisle. After all, she has always dreamed of becoming a member of the haute ton. So when the proper Calder Marbrook, the Marquis of Brookhaven and future Duke of Brookmoor, is abandoned at the altar, Deirdre makes it her business to become his wife—in spite of the whispers about his past.


Soon Deirdre’s visions of a lavish existence with the handsome Calder are shattered when she learns his shocking secret. Feeling betrayed, Deirdre seeks revenge by playing a perilous and seductive game of cat and mouse with her husband that threatens to drive them both to the heights of passion. She will not surrender to him, no matter how great her desire. But at what cost?  Calder is determined to keep his secret under lock and key—and to make his stunning wife his in every way that matters. Even if it means winning her heart all over again…

“Bradley tells an involved, sexy story. If you haven’t yet read a Bradley novel, let yourself be seduced by the mistress of the genre!”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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!

and thanks for reading!


Customer Reviews

I found it to be incredibly boring.
G. Heyburn
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Duke Next Door" and hope if you read the first book in this trilogy and were disappointed (as was I) you'll give Ms. Bradley another chance.
L. Harrell
There was very little chemistry between Calder and Deirdre.
MJ Ficke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bronwyn VINE VOICE on April 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am giving this novel three stars based on that guide that we get from Amazon. Like my title says, this book was ..okay.

The first book in the series, shows the multi faceted Diedre. First we see her cold and calculating like her step mama Lady Tessa, then as the book goes on, we see that she has her own agenda, and is not the spoiled princess that she appears to be.

The Duke Next Door, now gives us the full picture of her character and her finding love. Except I don't think she got it with Calder. Now hear me out- Diedre was a wonderfully written character. Her sailor mouth and conspiracies with Calder's daughter (Lady Margeret)were hilarious and poignant. And the revalations we get about her childhood with Lady Tessa certainly added depth. I was very happy when Lady Tessa gets her setdown to the end!

Now why do I say this book is okay? I feel the bond between Dee and Lady Margaret, but her relationship with Calder left me underwhelmed.

(Please Celeste fans, don't stone me with unhelpfuls!)

Calder is your typical aristocrat of the dense variety. It didn't strike him as rather rude that his bride found out about his daughter after they got married and he bungles all of his initial interactions with her. Deidre's response is to wage a 'war' on to make him realise that she and Lady Margeret want to be in life (actively).

His response to this 'assault'and their subsequent interactions make up the latter part of the book. I'm trying not give away plot details, however Calder continues on in his aloof denseness, still comparing Dee's actions to that of his late wife. This all climaxes with a very dangerous situation, and thankfully we see Calder shedding his hauter and rather self righteous attitude and fighting for his wife.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. DETWILER on May 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book last weekend and I actually had to go back and check facts because this book was so very forgettable. My first quibble was that it was fairly boring. Dee is determined to get back at her husband for keeping a big secret from her, but her scenes of revenge get old very quickly. Just when it looked like something was going to happen romance wise, she would get mad at him and huff off. This behavior was very tiresome and I had a hard time finishing this book.
There are very few love scenes in this book and that is a problem. In a good book, well written sexual tension can keep a book rolling along without a lot of romantic action, but this book wasn't that. It became downright plodding after a while. The characters were sort of wooden, especially Calder, and I found Dee wearing on my nerves. There are too many good books out there to waste my time on frustrating books like this one.
I usually like Celeste Bradley but this series hasn't been a good one for me so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Heyburn on October 9, 2008
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This is the second Celeste Bradley book that I have read and it will be the last. I thought perhaps this series needed a bit of warming into, so I continued on after reading the very silly, boring and disappointing first entry (Desperately Seeking A Duke). Big mistake.

The Duke Next Door has absolutely nothing going for it. I found it to be incredibly boring. There was no romance, no heat and really no plot. The heroine was annoying, shallow, not very likable and not well drawn. The hero was just blah. Midway through the book the hero for the third and last book in this series was introduced. Nothing that was written about him enticed me into continuing with this series.

Once again we have a glowing back cover description that makes one wonder if whoever wrote it actually read the book or was perhaps giving into a bout of wishful thinking.

The reader is led to believe that our hero had some huge secret that was responsible for him being so cold, unfeeling and absolutely miserable to his new bride. The secret, once revealed didn't live up to it's billing and was in truth a non-event. Add the silly sub-plot of the two idiots responsible for maintaining the Pickering trust and the boring miserable excuse for an anti-hero that was supposed to provide a bit of intrigue and you have a recipe for disaster.

I totally gave up on this one and by three quarters through the book, was skimming and skipping whole pages of this yawner.

Maybe it's time for authors to release books more slowly and get back to basics. I can't be the only one growing tired of cookie cutter regency romances where one simply has to change the names to protect the guilty. The reading public isn't stupid and quality is worth waiting for.

Bottom line, save your money and skip this whole series. I am going to save even more by skipping this author entirely in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diana Moon on May 7, 2008
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I could tell that CB is a good writer, but this was not a great book. The main problem was the hero. He was wooden, dull and unlikeable. It seemed the heroine fell in love with him at sight as a teenager and then never grew out of her infatuation. She certainly wouldn't fall in love with him for any of his actions.

The best chemistry was between the heroine and the step-daughter. There were many laughs in the book, but they all felt forced rather than organic. (such as the adventures at the climax of the book - at the tavern and on the road) I could tell the writer was saying, "hmmm. let's make them laugh here. that's rather cute or funny."

I'm going to try to give some of her other books a try. This was a fun, mindless read but nothing great.
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