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Seducing the Duchess
     

Seducing the Duchess

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by Ashley March
 

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Love and marriage don't have to be strangers...

Gambling. Carousing. Flirting. Charlotte, Duchess of Rutherford, will do anything to escape her painful marriage and force her husband to divorce her. But when Phillip, Duke of Rutherford, promises a divorce if Charlotte will help him become a better husband for another woman, she wonders if she really

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Love and marriage don't have to be strangers...

Gambling. Carousing. Flirting. Charlotte, Duchess of Rutherford, will do anything to escape her painful marriage and force her husband to divorce her. But when Phillip, Duke of Rutherford, promises a divorce if Charlotte will help him become a better husband for another woman, she wonders if she really wants to lose him...

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"With its addictive combination of richly nuanced characters, elegant writing spiced with a soupton of wicked wit, and abundance of sizzling sexual chemistry, March's exceptional debut is literary gold."
-Booklist, 9/15/10

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451232366
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,149,821
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"With its addictive combination of richly nuanced characters, elegant writing spiced with a soupton of wicked wit, and abundance of sizzling sexual chemistry, March's exceptional debut is literary gold."
-Booklist, 9/15/10

Meet the Author

A native of Texas, Ashley March currently resides in Denver with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. Although she once dreamed of going to China to use her degree in Mandarin Chinese, she found a greater passion in writing historical romance.

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Seducing the Duchess 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it had more romance and and epiloge..but was good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In most Victorian Romance novels, there is always the scorned maiden, wife, or lover and the vile, deceitful duke, lord , or Marquis. If its written right its the story in between the first act of maliciousness to the last act of Happily Ever After. We all want to have that and seek out different scenarios in hopes that we find our own Happily Ever After. I loved this book from front to back. I am especially proud of the writer for her bravery to throw her creativity out to the wolves and still stay on top. Its easy to read a book, but harder to write one. Awesome job Ash i am very proud of this piece of work.
theoldlday More than 1 year ago
An unusual story -- not the typical summer romance. Details well done, ending predictable (he gets the girl) but the winding story kept this reader wondering.
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Gin_Darcy More than 1 year ago
i gave this 2 stars because of the Duke. halfway through the book, i was hoping for the Phillip to divorce Charlotte... that would have been a better ending for the Duchess. she deserved to be alone!!!!
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Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
Ok, so this is mostly my fault. I don't normally read historicals but this one had really good reviews both on B&N and some of the book review blogs that I read. After reading the first chapter at the book store, I decided I would give it a try because in the first chapter a lot of exciting things happen. Unfortunately, I felt like thats where all the excitment left off. The rest of the story was somewhat predictable and blah. It's probably just not my thing so I gave it a three because it probably doesn't deserve a one since I chose the wrong type of romance novel to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are engaging; the writing is witty and fun, and this has one of the best opening chapters of any romance novel I've ever seen. Set aside a couple of hours of "you time," and enjoy this engaging romp through the lives of the ton in Victorian England. Worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a good story, and this one was great. I read it in just a few hours because I couldn't put it down. The characters didn't just leap off the page, they galloped. I think the best part was how funny some of the scenes and interaction were. Philip and Charlotte's antics actually had me laughing out loud more than a few times. But the central idea, of a marriage being recoverable and love being rekindled I think it is a great one in our present world. I just found out that this was a debut, so I can't wait to read her other stuff when it comes out! Hurry up Miss March and give us some more!!
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Romance_Novel_News More than 1 year ago
The Duke of Rutherford wants his wayward wife back. After three years of neglect and cruelty, Philip has decided to woo his wife Charlotte and revive their marriage. But it won't be easy. While Philip had set his wife aside in favor of his mistress, Charlotte has been living a separate life, coquetting and carousing with other men. She hopes her scandalous behavior will make Philip petition for a divorce - but he kidnaps her instead. Philip takes her to their country estate, far from the distractions of London, to carry out his plan, however, Charlotte is not easily swayed. Philip eventually agrees to a divorce in three months time if Charlotte would agree to help him find a more suitable wife. He also asks her to instruct him on becoming an ideal husband for his next wife. "Seducing the Duchess" is a compelling read by Ashley March, who provides a second chance for a couple in a dismal and destructive marriage. Philip is a remorseful antihero who seduced and married the innocent Charlotte in a plan of revenge against her brother. After consummating the marriage on their wedding night, Philip broke Charlotte's heart by revealing that he only pretended to love her. Readers would no doubt despise Philip if it were not for his redemptive pursuit. He admits to his failings and bad behavior, which is partially attributed to a strict upbringing by his merciless grandfather. March does leave a few loose ends. Charlotte's brother Ethan, who is the initial object of Philip's revenge, never makes an appearance, and there is no reconciliation between Charlotte and her estranged parents, who disowned her after she married Philip against their wishes. March's best moments are the enticing debates that pit man against wife as they campaign to get the upper hand. Just when the reader thinks one of them is in the lead, the other unexpectedly turns the tables. "Seducing the Duchess" will undoubtedly appeal to all fans of historical romance.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Lady Charlotte married Duke Rutherford, she did so because she loved him as she had most of her young life. However, Lord Phillip married her to destroy her brother. Her love for her husband quickly turned to hate and she wants out of their marriage. To propel her spouse to request a divorce, Charlotte has become both a flirt and gambler. Phillip who desires his wife though that was not in his master plan for vengeance offers Charlotte what she most desires. He will obtain a divorce if she mentors him on becoming a better husband to his second wife who he is currently courting. She reluctantly agrees though she is unsure why she hesitates. As she teaches her husband to care, Charlotte realizes she still loves the rat while he knows he loves his wife. This is an entertaining second chance historical romance due to the relationship between the lead couple. His betrayal cut out her heart so as he falls in love with his wife, Rutherford becomes desperate to win her back while Charlotte becomes confused by her feelings. Sub-genre fans will relish this strong tale of love and hate and love. Harriet Klausner