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  • Author:
    Celeste Bradley
  • ISBN:
    031293968X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0312939687
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    St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (March 4, 2008)
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Desperately Seeking a Duke fulfills all my wants for a delicious reading experience.

Desperately Seeking a Duke fulfills all my wants for a delicious reading experience. However as he courts her, she learns he is not the heir to the dukedom of Brookhaven, but instead the half-brother to the future Duke Calder; who decides to marry Phoebe. She must choose for love or money.

Look for these other books by Celeste Bradley. I’d like to gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of dear friends and family. Without you all I would not be able to face the empty pages. Praise for USA Today bestselling author Celeste Bradley and her previous novels and series. Thank you, Bill Bradley, Darbi Gill, Robyn Holiday, Kim Jacobs, Cheryl Lewallen, Jennifer Smith, Cindy Tharp, Alexis Tharp, Cheryl Zach (aka Nicole Byrd), and, always and forever, Mia and the Banana.

The story focuses on Phoebe, who accepted a written proposal from Lord Brookhaven, heir to the Duke of Brookmoor, by mistake

The story focuses on Phoebe, who accepted a written proposal from Lord Brookhaven, heir to the Duke of Brookmoor, by mistake. Eventually, she broke the engagement and married his half brother, Rafe, instead. The dialogue features the f-word and is offensive, even when it’s supposedly done for the sake of realism. Although some authors may find it challenging at times to make the.

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You can listen to the full audiobook Desperately Seeking A Duke for free at audibay  . Book 1 in the Heiress Brides series. The only way for vicar's daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a dukejust as her late grandfather demanded in his will. But Phoebe, who's still trying to make good after a romantic scandal, also has her two cousins to contend with. They're all competing for the same money, maybe even the same men. until Phoebe meets her match in the terribly handsome and charming Rafe Marbrook.

The 1st book of the Heiress Brides Only a Duke will do. The only way for vicar's daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a duke . Desperately Seeking a Duke. The 1st book of the Heiress Brides. The only way for vicar's daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a duke-just as her late grandfather demanded in his will. Only a Duke will do. The only way for vicar’s daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a duke–just as her late grandfather demanded in his will. But Phoebe, who’s still trying to make good after a romantic scandal, also has her two cousins to contend with.

Desperately Seeking a Duke. He lay in his bed, looking like a prunish child in the vast borrowed nightshirt. His head was bandaged and his face bruised, but he’d fared no worse than a serious concussion. His head was bandaged and his face bruised, but he’d fared no worse than a serious concussion assured her worriedly. We didn’t go far, but we was set upon as soon as we’d turned the bend and lost the light of the carriage lanterns. Phoebe patted Afton’s hand. You couldn’t have known. And his lordship and I came away well enough. You bore the worst of it, I fear.

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The only way for vicar's daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a duke―just as her late grandfather demanded in his will. But Phoebe, who's still trying to make good after a romantic scandal, also has her two cousins to contend with. They're all competing for the same money, maybe even the same men. ..until Phoebe meets her match in the terribly handsome and charming Rafe Marbrook.

When she receives a marriage proposal from the Marquis of Brookhaven, Phoebe is thrilled to learn that Rafe is headed for dukedom…and accepts his offer. There's only one problem: It's from Rafe's older, less captivating brother, Calder. Now Phoebe finds herself on the verge of yet another scandal as she faces a desperate choice: Marry Calder for his money―or follow her own heart? Each way can only lead to trouble…


Galanjov
This book was entertaining enough, but it wasn't that great. I really disliked the use of modern lingo - it was jarring to hear Rafe talk about rockets.

Also, once the heroine realized the big mistake she made, she really ought to have corrected it immediately. It really didn't speak highly of her character.

Don't think I'll complete the series.
Winn
Good series
Dead Samurai
Awesome series, I love Celeste Bradley!
Watikalate
Phoebe Millbury and her two cousins, Deidre and Sophie were in contention for a fabulous inheritance, from their deceased grandfather Hamish Pickering - only if one of them were the first to snag a duke as a husband. After a scandalous incident in her earlier years, Phoebe was as anxious as the others but secretly desired to please her cold and distant father, "the vicar". However, in trying to project herself as an innocent debutante, Phoebe was tempted beyond measure by the devilishly charming and oh, so handsome rake Rafe Marbrook. With one look Rafe set fire to Phoebe's imagination, before they even touched at the first ball she attended.

The very next morning her Aunt informed her that she had received a proposal of marriage from a Marbrook, the Marquess who would soon be a Duke. As her aunt repeated the long titled gentleman's name, the only name registering in Phoebe's confused mind was that of Marbrook and her acceptance was immediate. However, what she soon discovered was that she had just agreed to become the bride of Rafe Marbrook's older legitimate brother Calder.

*** First of all, after reading other reviews I don't think the people who say Phoebe's acceptance of a mistaken proposal was as ludicrous as it sounds without examining Phoebe's motivation. Why didn't she just admit the mistaken identity? As the author pointed out, for the most part, Phoebe had lived her life without love and warmth from her father "the Vicar". She had made a disastrous mistake as a young teenager and this was the first time she had gained her fathers admiration, why he'd even smiled at her. The `vicar' had actually told her she'd made him proud! No matter that her heart was breaking, Phoebe simply could not deny her father's happiness and his long sought after approval.

Rafe could not believe that his half-brother had gone ahead and snapped Phoebe up before he'd had a chance to even pay her a morning call. Rafe knew his half brother Calder to be an efficient, cold, methodical and immovable man, but other than pointing Phoebe out from across a ballroom, Calder had not even spoken to her. And so, once more Calder had gotten the prize leaving Rafe standing empty at the gate. The author laid the groundwork with Rafe's emotional feelings of inadequacy and losing to his brother once more.

The author used Phoebe's self deprecating humorous dialogs to herself as well as entertaining antics throughout the story that often proved to be to be uproariously funny. Into this fun filled mélange of supporting characters the readers get glimpses of the other two cousins, Deidre - a concoction of beautiful sophistication; and Sophie, tall, plain, slender and studious whose personalities are hinted at and can only invite the readers to look forward to their stories. There is also a sliver of what I suspect is an interesting little side romance going on with the stately butler.

Bottom line: Celeste Bradley delivers a funny laugh out loud Regency filled with sensual romantic trysts, engaging characters, warmth, and laughter.

Marilyn Rondeau, for [...]
Meri
Vicar's daughter Phoebe Millbury has a chance to inherit a fortune. There is one catch, Phoebe must be the first of her cousins to marry a duke. Not only must Phoebe compete with her cousins to marry a duke, Phoebe has a romantic scandal in her past. Then Phoebe meets Rafe Marbrook.

When Phoebe receives a marriage proposal from the Marquis of Brookhaven, she happily accepts. Not only is Phoebe madly attracted to Rafe, as Marquis, he is next in line to the dukedom. Then Phoebe learns that the Marquis of Brookhaven isn't Rafe but his older brother.

I love historical romance and I love Celeste Bradley. The heroes make my eyes cross and the heroines make me long to walk a day in their slippers!

Desperately Seeking a Duke fulfills all my wants for a delicious reading experience. Sumptuous romance, clever dialogue and a battle for riches make Desperately Seeking a Duke a delight!

Annmarie
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Karg
In 1815 their late grandfather Sir Hamish Pickering, disappointed in his daughters not marrying up, placed a stipulation in his will that has his grandchildren jumping. The first of the trio to marry a duke inherits his fortune.

The competing cousins (the rustic vicar's daughter Phoebe, the elegant Deirdre and the too tall Sophie) begin their respective quest; if White's took a book the bets would be overwhelmingly on Deirdre. Phoebe plans to go through the motions of her London season, but refuses to truly participate until she meets Rafe Marbrook, who to her shock seems interested in her. However as he courts her, she learns he is not the heir to the dukedom of Brookhaven, but instead the half-brother to the future Duke Calder; who decides to marry Phoebe. She must choose for love or money.

This amusing take on the Regency marriage go round will have readers laughing out loud with the antics of the first Heiress Bride who must choose between the brother she loves and the brother Sir Hamish would select for her. Adding to the fun is the heroine's ethics that do not allow her to tell the Marbrooks the truth about the will as she does not want to harm her cousins' chances (coming in the next couple of months). Celeste Bradley continues her level of historical excellence (see the Royal Four spy romances) with this entertaining charmer.

Harriet Klausner