To Marry the Duke

To Marry the Duke

by Julianne MacLean
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To Marry the Duke 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel by Julianne MacLean I bought via B & N. I really enjoyed the book ¿To Marry The Duke¿. I didn¿t know what to expect with this new author as she has a limited history ¿ only 2 or 3 contemporary novels before this one. Fortunately, I was really pleased once I was done with the story. I liked that this story was grounded in historical facts ¿ there was a period in time ¿ late 1800¿s to early 1900¿s ¿ when nouveaux riche American girls went abroad to Europe to land themselves husbands with titles ¿ Duke, Earl, Marquis, Viscount, Baron etc. to give their family necessary clout back home. That was the only way the old rich would accept them. This book used this history to create a story line between the American Sophia and distinguished British Duke James Langdon. I liked that the main character Sophia was not only beautiful, educated and rich but, more importantly, she was warm, friendly, enjoyable, funny and comfortable with who she was as a person. Her parents and siblings were solid people and that helped round her out as well. James on the other hand came with a family of secrets and coldness that only one such as Sophia could thaw over time. James and Sophia saw in one another things they desperately wanted ¿ acceptance, love, passion and security ¿ and only through time and effort would they get there. It took some serious effort and events to get James and some of his family to warm up but, once they did it was worth it. Although there were times you felt like smacking James along the side of the head to wake up....you definitely could understand his need to stand back and stay aloof as he made his reasons clear ¿ it made sense when often it does not in stories. The author made you understand the man so, you didn¿t dislike him for his distance. Sophia never ran away and bolted as so many heroines do in tough times¿..instead she took what she was given and fought for more. Her beauty of spirit shined through all the time. Very appealing. The love scenes were tasteful, the banter back and forth solid and the story line flowed nicely. No odd love scenes or trivial monologues. The side characters of Sophia¿s sisters and mother and James sister, mother and friend all helped to round out an interesting cast. This author is very talented with the pen and really wove a warm and dynamic story line. This book was memorable. I recommend you buy it, read it and keep. I plan to buy other stories by this author too. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
MY FIRST BOOK FROM THIS AUTHOR AND WELL WORTH IT. SOPHIA IS A STRONG AMERICAN IN LONDON SOMETHING THE TON CAN'T FATHOM OR CONDONE. LOVE WINS OUT AND THE PATH THERE IS QUITE INTERESTING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To Marry the Duke is a scintillating, sensual story about a devishly handsome damaged hero with the potential to be either very good or very bad. When he meets the beautiful American heiress who has set her sights on him, he's driven to depths of passion and despair beyond his wildest dreams. This is a wonderfully paced, tightly packed story that pulls you in and won't let go. With excellent writing, wonderfully descriptive scenes and a potent sensual story, Ms. MacLean's writing gets better and better with each new book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Julianne MacLean on her Avon debut. I stood about as much of a chance of resisting the 'Dangerous Duke' as Sophie did, it seems. And Sophie herself was a memorable heroine and one I rooted for wholeheartedly. Thanks for keeping me up late with a fabulous read, not to mention leaving me anticipating the other sisters' stories....
Guest More than 1 year ago
No wonder this book is selling like hotcakes! TO MARRY THE DUKE is fabulous! My eyes are red and gritty from reading too long - I just could not put it down! The sexual awareness sizzles between the beautiful American heiress, Sophia, and her impoverished English duke, James, throughout their courtship. But the real love story begins once they return from their honeymoon. Can the warm-hearted, generous Sophia break through her husband's frosty aristocratic reserve to find true love? Or did he really marry her for her dowry? An emotional and deeply satisfying read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1881 at the urging of her mother nouveau riche American heiress Sophia Wilson comes to London to marry a title. Sophia hates shopping for a spouse as she has rejected proposals back home because she wants to marry for love. She believes she may have found her love when she meets the ¿unacceptable Duke¿ James Langdon.

Needing money, James is also attracted to Sophia, so he courts her. However, he vows to himself to never fall in love with her for fear he would become as out of control and abusive as his father was. James and Sophia marry and share a wonderful honeymoon. However when they reach his estate, James turns into a prim and proper aristocrat, who deserts his wife when he is not mistreating her with cold scorn. Still Sophia thinks she can reach her spouse that she loves.

When the tale focuses on the lead characters¿ relationship, even with James¿ incredulous alteration from avoidance to near worship, fans obtain a strong late Victorian romance. When the story line switches to continental suspense, it loses some of its ¿American invasion¿ momentum. In her debut, Julianne MacLean keeps her plot fresh due to the antics of the dysfunctional Langdon family that bewilder the heroine.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not good. Another adversarial relationship until the last chapter. Disappointing.
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Highly Recommend!!!!
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This story was very boring. Same old same old story line. The man doesn't want love and fights it. The woman finally makes him discover whats been there all along. This was the first book I read by her. This is definitely the last. The characters weren't very likeable. Just overall disappointing.
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