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The Duchess Diaries: The Bridal Pleasures Series Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book on recommendation from one of my patrons at work. It was a pretty good book that held my attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Brown
The story was so so for me. Definitely a one time read. The book came in a condition as described by seller.Published 6 months ago by Lala B
Really enjoyed this book, looking forward to reading more from Jillian Hunter.Published 23 months ago by James Merideth Jr
I like the story, but the end is kind of wrong. From the wedding day it jumps to Harriet at the streets.Published on May 27, 2014 by Sophia Camejo
This story is still a favourite of mine and I reread it again because I love the way our rakish H is unwittingly reformed by our gentle h. Both of them are such likable characters. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Sandy Milan
For fans of the Boscastle family, The Duchess Diaries does not disappoint. It contained all of Jillian Hunter's trademark wit that I loved reading in her previous books, and I... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Jenx6
Jillian Hunter delivers another great story featuring the Boscastle family! Excellent as always! Storyline is intriguing and romantic! Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Jamey