In Bed with the Duke (Governess Brides Series #8)

In Bed with the Duke (Governess Brides Series #8)

by Christina Dodd

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ISBN-13: 9781101185513
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Series: Governess Brides Series , #8
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 111,589
File size: 378 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christina Dodd is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Washington with her husband and two dogs.

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In Bed with the Duke (Governess Brides Series #8) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
That our heroine EMMA CHEGWIDDEN was sent to the kingdom of Moricadia by the Royal Governesses Agency, the hero is MICHAEL DURANT and other familiar names triggered my memory to look back to 2005's My Fair Temptress where I found them, along with kernels of ideas that formed this book. Moricadia is now ruled by the evil de Guignards: Prince Sandre, brother Rickie and cousin Jean-Pierre. Michael who was believed dead in Temptress has been imprisoned by Sandre in a dungeon for 2 years under suspicion of aiding the rebels, and after having been almost-hanged there many times without revealing anything, he's now under house arrest at night and moves freely among the ton by day. Emma, she of a woefully poor sense of direction, is companion to Lady Lettice who treats her miserably. Michael meets Emily when he guides her return to the ballroom where everyone is betting she won't find her way back. The talk of the evening is all about THE REAPER, a ghostly figure on a white horse revered by the impoverished and superstitious Moricadians. Who is the Reaper? Emily is saved by him, later tends his wounds then rides as the Reaper, and falls in love. Prince Sandre is determined to avenge his brother's hanging death (the Reaper's doing) and marry Emma; Michael is equally determined to prevent this. His indispensable, very injured-by-torture valet RAUL LAWRENCE is perhaps the lost, true King Reynaldo.
bklvr16 More than 1 year ago
This is my first Christina Dodd book and I really enjoyed it. Emma Chegwidden is the companion to a very demanding, very nasty woman who tosses her out when Emma hands her a damp handkerchief that contains a frog. As Emma makes her way down a darkend mountain road, she encounters the mysterious and dangerous Reaper, a man who rides the countryside by night, hiding his identity behind a mask. The hero in this story, Michael Durant is the long lost heir to the Duke of Nevitt and he comes across at first as a very frightened man. He is being held prisoner by the evil Prince Sandre of Moricadia because the Prince (whose family usurped the throne from the rightful Prince many years ago)thinks Michael knows who the Reaper truly is. The return of the Reaper is one of the signs that the true heir to the throne is alive and will return to reclaim his country. Emma falls in love with the Reaper even though she never sees his face. Michael falls in love with Emma, who even though she starts out as a timid, mouse of a companion turns into a woman of great courage. There is murder and mayhem in this story -- one frightened woman is warned to stay away from high places by a gypsy and eventually meets her end by being tossed off a cliff. The evil Prince gets his comeuppance in a most unusual way. This book made me laugh out loud many times and the romance was great.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1849 in Moricadia Michael Durant seeks revenge so as the missing heir to the Duke of Nevitt, he chooses a different way than the aristocracy would expect to enact his goal of justice. He becomes the grim Reaper riding at night while going after those who caused injustice. Lady's companion Emma Chegwidden is unfairly fired from her position. She is in deep trouble until the Reaper rescues her. However, though he knows he must walk away from her, Michael cannot as he wants her. However, Michael especially gets involved with Emma when the malevolent Prince Sandre chooses her as his regardless of how she might feel. This is an action-packed Victorian Era romance that takes place on the continent. The story line is fast-paced throughout as the Reaper brings havoc to the Moricadian aristocracy. Christina Dodd is at her best with this return to the Governess bride saga (See My Fair Temptress, My Favorite Bride and Lost in Your Arms) as no reader will ever think of roast pig the same way. Harriet Klausner
reesa00 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In this book Dodd seemed to merge her Governess series with her creation of new European kingdoms (like in the books about Sereminia). Overall it just felt really dated. Maybe if I had read this book 10 years ago, it would have worked but just not now. A lot of situations the hero and heroine found themselves they were able to overcome too easily and some situations seemed simple but were never fully explained why they were stuck. Why did the hero never ask his family for help and how did they not know he was safe earlier? If all these English travelers are visiting, someone had to know...Overall, overly simplistic at times, confusing at others and just disappointing.
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How many of these comments were written by PR persons?!?! Your average bookworm does NOT write like that.....
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Maybe 2 1/2 stars, if I were feeling more generous... It was okay. Parts I really liked, but throughout a lot of it Emma acted like such a ninny I just wanted to smack her upside the head. The ending was amusing, but not terribly believable. Altogether it was okay, but so far I like Dodd's contemporary stories better than her historicals. This was my first, though, so I'll give another one or two a try before saying for sure.
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