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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.

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Overview

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...

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"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!" —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410408846
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/3/2008
  • Series: Heiress Brides Series , #2
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Celeste Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of Scoundrel in My DreamsDesperately Seeking a Duke, and the Royal Four and Liars Club series, among many others. Prior to giving writing a try, Celeste was a professional artist. Believing that storytelling is as much of an art form, she applies those skills to writing. She is a two-time RITA Nominee and winner of the prestigious Historical Storyteller of the Year from Romantic Times Book Reviews. Mother of two teen divas, Southern-born Celeste lives in the Southwest. Her hobbies include gardening, jewelry making and collage. She feels very strongly that literacy can change lives.

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The Duke Next Door
By Bradley, Celeste St. Martin's Paperbacks

Copyright © 2008 Bradley, Celeste
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312939694


Prologue
Once upon a time, a rich, grumpy old man sat down with quill and paper and changed the lives of his female descendants forever. . . .
“I, Sir Hamish Pickering, being of sound mind but ailing body, do make my last will and testament.
“I’ve climbed as high as a man can, despite having twice the brains, wisdom and fortitude of the layabout aristocracy. Yet, a woman can wed as high as her looks will let her, up to a duchess if she may.
“There, my own daughters have failed me miserably. Morag and Finella, I spent money on you so that you could marry higher but you weren’t up to snuff. You expected the world to be handed to you. If any female of this family wants another farthing of my money, she’d best set herself to earn it.
“Therefore, I declare that the entirety of my fortune be kept back from my useless daughters and be held in trust for the granddaughter or great-granddaughter who weds a duke of England or weds a man who then becomes a duke through inheritance, at which time the trust will be released to her and only her.
“If she has any sisters or female cousins who fail, they may each have a lifetime income of fifteen pounds a year. If she has any brothers or male cousins, though the family does tend to run to daughters, more’s the pity, they will receivefive pounds apiece, for that’s all I had in my pocket when I came to London. Any Scotsman worth his haggis can turn five pounds into five hundred in a few years’ time.
“A set amount will be given each girl as she makes her debut in Society, for gowns and whatnot.
“Should three generations of Pickering girls fail, I wash me hands of the lot of you. The entire fifteen thousand pounds will go to pay the fines and hardships of those who defy the excise man to export that fine Scots whisky which has been my only solace in this family of dolts. If your poor sainted mother could only see you now.
Signed,Sir Hamish PickeringWitnesses,B.R. Stickley, A.M. WolfeSolicitor’s firm of Stickley & Wolfe” 
So reads the will of Sir Pickering. Now his granddaughters Phoebe, Deirdre and Sophie have come to London to try their hand at winning the prize.
Phoebe, the kind-hearted vicar’s daughter with a past, has already lost—and won. By choosing the penniless bastard half-brother of the man who could have been her duke, she walked away from the Pickering fortune with a smile. Rafe, her once rakish, now devoted, husband, has taken her away on their honeymoon—a gift from Rafe’s jilted brother, the Marquis of Brookhaven. Their future is bright with love, if not with gold.
Now only the beautiful, Society-bred Deirdre and the plain, bookish Sophie remain in the game. The Marquis of Brookhaven, soon to be the Duke of Brookmoor, is still up for grabs . . . but not for long, if Miss Deirdre Cantor has anything to say about it.  Copyright © 2008 by Celeste Bradley. All rights reserved.


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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Must Read Trilogy

    This is book number two in a trilogy about three girls who are trying to marry a Duke in order to gain their grandfather's inheritance. In this book, Deidre is the oldest of the three girls. Her stepsister, Phoebe was engaged to Calder Marbrook, Marquis of Brookhaven but left him at the alter. Deidre has been in love with Calder since the first time she saw him on his way to his wife's funeral. She asks Calder to marry her and he agrees. On the day of the wedding, Deidre comes home to find that Calder has a 6 year old daughter and he has brought her home for Deidre to raise. This starts their marriage on the wrong foot and it takes almost losing Deidre to convince Calder that he loves her. I love this trilogy. It is so worth reading all three.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

    Pretty good.

    I liked this book. I loved how Calder was constantly putting his foot in his mouth, it was funny. I liked Deidre's straightforwardness and strong will. Meggie's character was cute and hilarious. I rated this 3 stars because the ending seemed very rushed and didn't really fit in with the rest of the story, the "public house" scene while somewhat funny, was ridiculous and didn't do anything for the story. I also felt that there were a lot of loose ends that weren't tied up, I hope they'll be addressed in the 3rd book, but they really should have been finished in this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Certainly not desperate

    I will admit that I haven't been able to finish Desperately Seeking a Duke but having bought both it and Duke Next Door, when I wasn't sure I wanted to read about how one brother deliberately provokes another and the girl caught in between [ it was a little too co-sanguinous for me] I moved on to this book instead. I thought the little I'd read of Deidre was interesting so I decided to read her book first. Imagine my surprise on realising that the hero of her book was none other than the 'spiteful' brother of Desperate. The author really manages a feat in helping you to not forget the wrongs of the past, while allowing you to understand the character's motivations. I thought this was well written and that the author really developed her characters well. I never felt like she tried to make either of them other than they were and it was interesting to discover what had made each of them the way they were. Definitely worth reading...and maybe one day I will finish book 1 in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    Strong Follow-up to Desperately Seeking a Duke. Very Satisfying

    The Duke Next Door is a decent follow up to Desperately Seeking a Duke. I loved the first book soooo much and this one held up reasonably well against such a strong predecessor. Diedre and Calder had alot of emotional problems in their path to happiness. An abusive stepmother, an unfaithful wife, and a delightfully mischievous nine year old. Bradley does an amazing job of weaving the character's fears into the story with an easy smoothness that accentuates just how much Diedre and Calder truly need each other. Although, the POV of the story changes from Diedre to Calder kind of roughly at times. But really that is my only complaint with this book. It's sweet and funny. Both Diedre and Calder are believably troubled and have a wonderful journey along the way to self improvement.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an entertaining often amusing historical

    In 1815 their late grandfather Sir Hamish Pickering, disappointed in his daughters not marrying up, placed a stipulation in his will that has his three granddaughters jumping. The first of the trio to marry a duke inherits his fortune. The competing cousins started with the rustic vicar's daughter Phoebe, the elegant Deirdre and the too tall Sophie, but Phoebe is no longer a contender having fallen in love with a duke¿s brother (see DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE).-------------- Deirdre hones in on ducal heir, ¿The Beast of Brookhaven¿ widow Calder Marbrook known for women jilting him at the altar like Phoebe just did. Deirdre tells Calder the truth just not the whole truth as she figures that is her best chance of winning Calder agrees to marry her. Soon afterward, Deirdre meets her new spouse¿s young child Lady Margaret that she did not know existed the stepdaughter from hell who does not want a new mama. Upset that her Beast was less than honest with her as he concealed his offspring for her, she wants out, but Calder wants Deidre as they play a sexual game of check and checkmate with one another.---------------- The second Heiress Brides¿ Regency romance is an entertaining often amusing historical. Deirdre is a terrific lead character as she wants the title to inherit the fortune, but wants love to come with her duke. She feels that is not asking too much although she reconsiders after meeting Meggie whether the money is worth it. Readers will appreciate their gender war enflamed by their love for one another and the brat.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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