The Duke Buys a Bride (Rogue Files Series #3)

The Duke Buys a Bride (Rogue Files Series #3)

by Sophie Jordan
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The Duke Buys a Bride (Rogue Files Series #3) by Sophie Jordan

A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

 

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

 

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062463654
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Series: Rogue Files Series , #3
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 618
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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The Duke Buys a Bride (Rogue Files Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Great story, as you can expect from JORDAN. Another great read, you won't be disappointed.
gaele 21 days ago
A clever premise to rectify (and perhaps provide opportunity) for Alyse, a young woman who has been living, in name only, as a wife to a man, receiving protection and shelter. But, he’s now found a woman he loves and wishes to marry, yet he can’t leave Alyse without protection, or simply divorce her. Enter the ‘wife auction’, a formerly real thing in which men could “trade in” the old, seeing them settled and relocated, before making a new start. A bit extreme, but it’s been arranged that Alyse’s friend will be the bid winner, and Alyse gets her wish – freedom and self-direction. But the friend doesn’t show up, the crowd is full of unsavory men, and nothing is quite working out to plan. Including one very grumpy, hungover duke - who finds the men disgusting and too like his late father, unworthy of respect and the young woman now up for bid. His chivalry takes hold and he purchases her, instantly making it clear that he wants nothing from her – but he’s willing to see her delivered into her new life. Only problem – she has few actual options, no money and only dreams. Marcus, Duke of Autenberry left London to escape gossip and issues with both his stepmother and best friend’s wife. The typical broody, angsty male, he’s drowning his emotions in drink. That is, until Alyse. From the moment of his impulsive purchase, to recognizing that he now has a wife to care for, even if he’s got no intention of actually being a husband, he offers her a job and a place to live in his northern estate. What follows is a road-trip story- with the two learning one another as Marcus continued to try and deny his feelings and work through his many issues without giving Alyse a chance. She’s bold and embracing both this new adventure and the sense of freedom she’s finding in the travel and opportunities Marcus isn’t like others she’s met – he’s protective and gallant, if grumpy and removed, all a huge difference from her worries as her plan fell apart. I so wanted this to be a story to not forget: I’ve had a bit of an up and down experience with this series, and this book was no exception. Alyse was, by far, the better developed and presented character, and her personality and quiet confidence as she worked out what could happen next was engaging. Marcus was far too closed off and determined to keep all his cards close to his chest- he’s finding Alyse attractive, but is determined to not follow in the footsteps of others who used power, position and title to bend others to his will. But his wife’s openness and solidly apparent compassion and sense of fun keep him coming back for more: more of her time, more of her presence. And just when their strained relationship reaches the breaking point, and decisions must be made: he makes just the right moves to make her his. And the quick resolution after a plot that felt stalled and a character, in Marcus, that completely shut everyone down only to slowly come to his senses just didn’t really keep me caring about him or the conclusion. A nice moment to check in with a couple from earlier in the series, and some intrigue with the wife auction just weren’t enough to overcome the dragging plot or the odd inclusions of date confusion and modern speech didn’t fit or truly date the story. Not my favorite by this author, but a pure guilty pleasure that is a solid beach read. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:
beckymmoe 14 days ago
Loved this one! The premise was definitely unique--heroine, who was handfasted (I guess? I don't think they actually used that term, but she definitely wasn't a traditional wife for the seven years she raised his children and ran his house) to a much older man is sold at an auction when the old guy decides it's time to move on with a widow his own age instead (now that Alyse has done all the heavy lifting, of course). The childhood friend who's supposed to come for her instead books it out of town at dawn, and a duke who's passing through (after waking up face-first in horse dung!) manages to swoop in just in time to prevent the lecherous tanner from buying her for 16 pounds. Essentially this is a road trip romance, as Alyse and Marcus spend most of the book traveling through Scotland to get to his Scottish property, where he's never been and where he tells Alyse she can be his housekeeper. He wants to brood in silence, she feels conversation will make the time pass faster. (Anything's better than the tanner, she reasons, but at the same time she's constantly planning ahead for some way to gain future freedom.) Naturally there's all kinds of forced proximity issues, an illness, an abduction, family drama, and a recalcitrant mule to add drama. His stodgy stuffiness is nicely counterbalanced by her feistiness, and their back-and-forth is what really makes the book. This is the third in the series, but worked just fine as a standalone. The couple from book one make an appearance and Marcus complains at one point to Alyse about the couple in book two, but you don't have to have already read their stories to understand the underlying issues--Alyse doesn't know them either, so Marcus gives her the pertinent deets. (Word bookstore's Kiss Club had the audio of book two, The Scandal of It All , on sale this month, so I snapped it up ASAP. And book 1 was on my TBR the second I realized it was a historical romance version of While You Were Sleeping...) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
georgia1 22 days ago
An enchanting story full of unexpected twist and turns. Up on the auction block to be sold off as a wife, Alyse Bell expects her friend to rescue her. Unfortunately he does not show up but Marcus Weatherton, the Duke of Autenberry does. Marcus, just waking up from a night of imbibing too much and sees Alyse being auctioned off and in a moment of valor, buys her. Little does he know in saving her from the other men around, he has bought a wife. With Alyse having no were to go, Marcus takes her home to treat her as his housekeeper. Sound interesting? Well, it is that and more. As the two interact and get to know each other, a lot of emotions come into play. Can Marcus come to love Alyse and she him? Be prepared to fall in love with these two well written characters and for the wonderful prose that pulls the story together. There is a good backstory for each of them that explains a lot. Although part of a series, this can be read as a standalone. Lori Dykes
Suze-Lavender 23 days ago
Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, needs a break from his friends and family and has left London to travel to his property in Scotland. It's a long way and one of his stops is in Collie-Ben, a village he’d rather forget as quickly as he can. Marcus wakes up in the gaol, smelling horribly, with a sore head and a lot less money. When he’s about to leave the village he sees a crowd on the market square. People have gathered en masse for an auction. When Marcus finds out what or rather who is being auctioned he’s appalled. He wants to rescue an innocent woman from a dreadful fate, becoming an abusive man’s slave, and buys her. He’s a Duke, so the woman can’t be his wife, but what should he do with her instead? Alyse was supposed to get married to her childhood sweetheart, but he never came to the auction. Now Marcus has taken her away from Collie-Ben instead. She doesn’t know who he is, but when she finds out more about his background she understands that marriage isn’t in the cards for them. How can she find freedom? Marcus acts distant and cold, but is he really this unfriendly or is it just a facade? Can he handle his fierce new bride and what will happen once they reach their destination, will they part ways or will they stay together? The Duke Buys a Bride is a captivating romantic story. I was impressed by Alyse’s strength. She doesn’t back down from a challenge and her fierceness is amazing. She stands her ground, even though she has no money and nowhere to go. I loved that she doesn’t show any weakness and admired her vibrant spirit. She’s a perfect match for Marcus. He could use someone in his life who sets him straight and makes him see reason. He’s a proud man with a good heart. He has many grievances and Alyse’s pureness is the healing balm he needs. I loved their chemistry and their fabulous banter. It's clear from the start there could be something very special between them and I flew through the pages of their fascinating story. Sophie Jordan has a wonderful mesmerizing writing style and I loved the original idea behind The Duke Buys a Bride. I could easily picture Alyse and Marcus’s journey through the cold Scotland and loved every single one of their adventures. Their trip is definitely eventful and entertaining. I like it when a story grabs me from beginning to end and The Duke Buys a Bride certainly falls into that category. It’s a terrific thrilling story filled with surprising twists and turns and fantastic attraction. The main characters are quite a match and that makes the story incredibly interesting. I highly recommend this dynamic story with sparks that fly off the pages.
book_junkee 23 days ago
There’s something about this series that keeps me reading. I liked Alyse and Marcus well enough. She’s smart and underestimated. He’s stoic and has no idea he’s actually a marshmallow inside. There are a few other characters, but no one really stands out. Of course it was cute seeing Poppy and Struan. Plot wise it was okay. There’s a lot of traveling and those scenes were not used for them to have any sort of conversation. The push and pull and lack of communication was at an all time high and that’s what bums me out. There is so much potential between Alyse and Marcus, but it’s wasted. Overall, I liked it, but was also disappointed. I really liked the characters and wish they could have been given a better chance than the repetitiveness this story had. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
MoniqueD 23 days ago
Alyse Bell was frantic: due to unforeseeable circumstances, she finds herself at a wife auction, and her friend Yardley, who was supposed to buy her – and her freedom – never showed up. She can hardly breathe, imagining her future husband will be one of the drooling men in front of her. Marcus Weatherton, the Duke of Autenberry, had imbibed a bit too much and ended up in gaol. The morning after, the masses gathered on the town market place slow him down; they are watching women being auctioned off. Marcus might not be perfect, but this makes his blood boil. He will buy Alyse and save her from those men, who remind him too much of his father, then send her off on her merry way. Which is nowhere, because Alyse has no one to go to, and no money to go to London, where she hopes to be free at last. I could not resist the premise– wife auctions were once a real thing – and I am thrilled that THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE lives up to its potential. Sophie Jordan works her magic, and weaves a grand romance around those two wonderful characters faced with an impossible situation. The story was nothing like I expected, a few plot twists (happily) stunned me, and I was positively elated that Marcus was such a gentleman, in spite of his cool demeanour. Alyse might have been in distress, far from being weak, she looked at the situation calmly, and did nothing rash. The romance builds slowly, and when Alyse and Marcus finally come together, their passion unleashes an inferno. While characters from the two previous books appear and/or are mentioned, THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE can easily be read as a standalone. Sometimes it’s small details that contribute to make a story irresistible, and here it’s a mule, and it made me love Alyse even more. There are books that you savour and devour, and THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE is one of those!
MoniqueD 23 days ago
Alyse Bell was frantic: due to unforeseeable circumstances, she finds herself at a wife auction, and her friend Yardley, who was supposed to buy her – and her freedom – never showed up. She can hardly breathe, imagining her future husband will be one of the drooling men in front of her. Marcus Weatherton, the Duke of Autenberry, had imbibed a bit too much and ended up in gaol. The morning after, the masses gathered on the town market place slow him down; they are watching women being auctioned off. Marcus might not be perfect, but this makes his blood boil. He will buy Alyse and save her from those men, who remind him too much of his father, then send her off on her merry way. Which is nowhere, because Alyse has no one to go to, and no money to go to London, where she hopes to be free at last. I could not resist the premise– wife auctions were once a real thing – and I am thrilled that THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE lives up to its potential. Sophie Jordan works her magic, and weaves a grand romance around those two wonderful characters faced with an impossible situation. The story was nothing like I expected, a few plot twists (happily) stunned me, and I was positively elated that Marcus was such a gentleman, in spite of his cool demeanour. Alyse might have been in distress, far from being weak, she looked at the situation calmly, and did nothing rash. The romance builds slowly, and when Alyse and Marcus finally come together, their passion unleashes an inferno. While characters from the two previous books appear and/or are mentioned, THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE can easily be read as a standalone. Sometimes it’s small details that contribute to make a story irresistible, and here it’s a mule, and it made me love Alyse even more. There are books that you savour and devour, and THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE is one of those!
MoniqueD 23 days ago
Alyse Bell was frantic: due to unforeseeable circumstances, she finds herself at a wife auction, and her friend Yardley, who was supposed to buy her – and her freedom – never showed up. She can hardly breathe, imagining her future husband will be one of the drooling men in front of her. Marcus Weatherton, the Duke of Autenberry, had imbibed a bit too much and ended up in gaol. The morning after, the masses gathered on the town market place slow him down; they are watching women being auctioned off. Marcus might not be perfect, but this makes his blood boil. He will buy Alyse and save her from those men, who remind him too much of his father, then send her off on her merry way. Which is nowhere, because Alyse has no one to go to, and no money to go to London, where she hopes to be free at last. I could not resist the premise– wife auctions were once a real thing – and I am thrilled that THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE lives up to its potential. Sophie Jordan works her magic, and weaves a grand romance around those two wonderful characters faced with an impossible situation. The story was nothing like I expected, a few plot twists (happily) stunned me, and I was positively elated that Marcus was such a gentleman, in spite of his cool demeanour. Alyse might have been in distress, far from being weak, she looked at the situation calmly, and did nothing rash. The romance builds slowly, and when Alyse and Marcus finally come together, their passion unleashes an inferno. While characters from the two previous books appear and/or are mentioned, THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE can easily be read as a standalone. Sometimes it’s small details that contribute to make a story irresistible, and here it’s a mule, and it made me love Alyse even more. There are books that you savour and devour, and THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE is one of those!