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The Duchess Diaries: The Bridal Pleasures Series Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Bridal Pleasures Series

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About the Author

Jillian Hunter is the author of twenty-one critically acclaimed novels, among them the bestselling Boscastle series.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Bridal Pleasures (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451413121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413123
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a delightful read. Funny, sexy and engaging. The theme was creative. The panic of a diary lost that contained such personal observations, make that blatant sexual fantasies, is something any reader could cringe over along with Charlotte. The Duke's slow slide from trapped fiancé to willing bridegroom was a pleasure to observe. I laughed dozens of times at the witty exchanges and the camaraderie between some of the characters who knew each other well and felt free to tease and torment.

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.
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A handsome, rogue, Duke forced to marry a very proper school headmistress. Expect scandal, duel, intrigues, wicked rogues and curious virgins, and family and friends that are just perfect - these are the content of every book in this series (though this series has another name I think it's just an extension of the Boscastle Family series). And having read them already and is familiar with the past characters I found myself skipping pages where past characters recount what I read on past books to get to the present events.
Don't get me wrong the heroine and hero are great. I actually found myself caring what would happen to the heroine (that's why I skipped pages) and her diary. Ms. Hunter made her alive that every up and downs of her life was a fascinating read. I love that she has a very universal fear and for once her unrequited love is not made the center of the story.
The hero is as alive a character as well. Though he started out as a careless rogue, his character's transition was romantically believable. What else to be said other than he is a typical regency hero - rich, playboy, handsome, and marriage shy.
The whole book is a feel good regency read, characters - both main and secondary - are fun to be with and I found myself puzzling Nick's presence. I wonder if he is an up and coming hero. I understand the appearances of past characters but I think I'd rather read about the current hero and heroine's story than recount the past events I already knew. Granted Ms. Hunter does write quite well and deliver the promised Regency atmosphere, I think I will borrow the next book from this author from the library.
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The Duchess Diaries: The Bridal Pleasures Series was a great read. Fans of the series have long awaited Charlotte's story from her first appearance in the Boscastle books. Some of the books in the series, while well written, seemed a little much to take. Harriet made a great secondary character in The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke but her own story, The Wicked Duke Takes a Wife, seemed flat. Jillian Hunter has returned her to were she truly belongs, as comic relief, in a tale true to Charlotte's past as a secondary character and to the Boscastle tradition of scandal and humor.
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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I hate to write bad reviews, but it cannot be helped in this case it is impossible to say many good things about this book... It might be my problem I have been reading so many good novels this past month I cannot even begin to compare with this.
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.
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