Desperately Seeking a Duke (Heiress Brides Series #1)

Desperately Seeking a Duke (Heiress Brides Series #1)

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by Celeste Bradley, Susan Ericksen
     
 

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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

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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. 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.

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School Library Journal

When their grandfather's will stipulates that the first one to marry a duke will inherit his fortune, cousins Phoebe, Deirdre, and Sophie suddenly find themselves competing for the elusive prize. Scandal-averse vicar's daughter Phoebe Milbury is the first to find love-but not with a duke. It is Rafe Marbrook, bastard brother of the Marquis of Brookhaven, who has claimed her heart. Yet in a strange twist of fate, she ends up engaged to the Marquis and must make some difficult decisions. Light, enjoyable, and romantic, this story nicely sets the stage for the two novels that follow. Told in consecutively released books (The Duke Next Door, Apr.; So I Married a Duke, May), the fairy tale-inspired "Heiress Brides" trilogy ably interweaves the cousins' stories and will appeal to readers who enjoyed Bradley's (Seducing the Spy) "Liars' Club" and "Royal Four" series.


—Kristin Ramsdell

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From the Publisher
"[A] humorous romp of marriage mayhem that's a love-and-laughter treat, tinged with heated sensuality and tenderness. This winning combination ensures Bradley's Heiress Brides series will climb the bestseller charts." —RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781494500344
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/20/2014
Series:
Heiress Brides Series , #1
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ericksen, an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has recorded many audiobooks, including Naked in Death by J. D. Robb.

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Desperately Seeking a Duke 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt get through it...waste of money.
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BANGLEDANGLES More than 1 year ago
This is book number one in a trilogy about three girls who are in a race to marry a Duke in order to gain their grandfather's inheritance. Phoebe meets Lord Raphael Marbrook at a ball and is instantly attracted to him. He also feels the attraction and decides that night to court her for marriage. He points Phoebe out to his half brother Calder Marbrook, Marquis of Brookhaven. Calder decides he likes Phoebe as well so the next morning he sends a note offering her marriage. Phoebe thinks the note is from Lord Raphael and so she accepts. When she realizes that she has agreed to marry the wrong brother she cannot get out of the promise. But the heat between Lord Raphael and Phoebe does not go away. They try to fight it and do the right thing but they can't help themselves. Lord Raphael throws himself at Phoebe's feet at the wedding begging her to marry him instead. But is he too late? A lovely story and a great trilogy. Read all three.
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I have read several books by this author and have been very pleased. This was a major disappointment. It was completely outlandish and totally unbelievable. I love romance books and believe in fairytale loves but this was frustratingly ridiculous and the writing was no where near the quality I've come to expect from Ms. Bradley.
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numberonegrandma More than 1 year ago
I bought the three book series and it was worth the money and worth the wait for it to come in the mail from Barnes and Noble. I have also read the Liar's Club series and the Royal Four series by the same author. Both are great. It was reading these series that made me look for other books by Celeste Bradley. I would recommend all of these series for reading. Just make sure you read the liar's club before you read the royal four, I made that mistake.
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