Suddenly no longer content to be a wallflower, Sophie gets a stunning make-over and becomes the belle of the ball. But this beauty has secrets of her own. Will she be his salvation or seal his fate? I was browsing my library for an audiobook to listen to on my commute and came across Duke Most Wanted.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun. And if she happens to have a slight.. Well, no one has to know. It would be too much to hope Graham would notice her, but maybe she could find herself a husband after all. Graham is doing his best to live up to his responsibility as the youngest son…. Too bad he has to find a rich bride instead of indulging his sudden feelings toward Sophie.
This was such an unexpected gem. I was in the mood for something light and fun, and this hit the spot. I really enjoyed the banter and chemistry between Graham and Sophie. While it may sound harsh, it actually relieved her mind so much she was able to relax with him and be herself. As for the climax, I have never expected it. It is just shocking. I actually love the rapport between the three cousins, and was wishing there are more scenes engaging the three cousins together.
I enjoyed The Duke Next Door more than this one. May 28, D. Sep 13, Book Binge rated it really liked it Shelves: I was browsing my library for an audiobook to listen to on my commute and came across Duke Most Wanted. I really enjoyed this book.
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It was a lot of fun. And if she happens to have a slight.. Well, no one has to know. It would be too much to hope Graham would notice her, but maybe she could find herself a husband after all. Graham is doing his best to live up to his responsibility as the youngest son…. Too bad he has to find a rich bride instead of indulging his sudden feelings toward Sophie. This was such an unexpected gem. I was in the mood for something light and fun, and this hit the spot.
I really enjoyed the banter and chemistry between Graham and Sophie. While it may sound harsh, it actually relieved her mind so much she was able to relax with him and be herself. Because I felt they had a pretty solid friendship before his father dies, I felt their separation was kind of contrived. It just seemed to land on the page out of nowhere.
I really enjoyed Sophie and Graham. Feb 27, Missy rated it it was ok Shelves: Shorter than the first two books in the series. I wouldn't recommend reading this series out of order.
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Jul 05, Elis Madison rated it liked it Shelves: Sir Hamish Pickering died a couple generations ago, but not before making a ridiculous will. He somehow had scads of money dumb must've paid well in those days , and his will settles twiddle on his female descendants and even less than twiddle on the males—unless… The first female descendant who marries a duke, or marries a guy who eventually becomes a duke, inherits the whole bundle. And if anybody speaks of the terms of the will outside the family, the money goes to pay the fines of smugglers Sir Hamish Pickering died a couple generations ago, but not before making a ridiculous will.
And if anybody speaks of the terms of the will outside the family, the money goes to pay the fines of smugglers. Graham is unlike his father and three older brothers, who love to hang out together, drink, belch, fart and shoot stuff. They line the walls with trophies from their hunts. Which is just as well, cuz as you might expect, within the first ten or so pages, they became the trophies on the wall of a rogue elephant.
Graham is now the D of E. And unfortunately his not-so-ex mistress, Widow Moneybags, is dangling all her favorite assets before his eyes. Meanwhile, the usual villains are still lurking in the shadows, doing their best to prevent anyone or at least anyone other than their favorite from winning the Marry-a-Duke Lottery. I liked Sophie a lot and her backstory really sold it for me, but some of the other elements of the story seemed a little thin.
Passion, intrigue, mystery, and love. You'll find all of these and more in the pages of Duke Most Wanted. Celeste Bradley does a wonderful job at once again bringing to life a set of characters that readers will want to learn more about-- and not just the main characters either.
In fact, as much as I enjoyed seeing Graham and Sophie falling for each other, I think the side story of two of the servants, John and Patricia's love was just as entertaining, if only a bit more brief in length. Althoug Passion, intrigue, mystery, and love. Although the mystery and secrets found in this story did throw me for a bit, I came to terms with them in the end, when the hero and heroine get their happy ever after.
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My only problem was the sudden twist that was thrown into the story with less than 50 pages to go. I won't say what it was, you'll have to read and find out for yourself, but it caught me off guard, and I had a bit of trouble adapting to it for a while. In the end, however, I was able to move on after seeing Graham come to terms with his mistake.
I just wish this part had been developed a bit more, since we didn't really get to see how he came to realize what he did wrong, and so quickly forgave Sophie I liked Duke Most Wanted much more than I did the previous novel in the series, The Duke Next Door, and I think the main reason for that being so lies in the heroine of the book. Sophie was much easier to connect with than Deidre, whose blonde looks and slightly stuck up and shallow attitude annoyed me.
Unlike her cousins Deidre and Phoebe, Sophie was not the most stunningly beautiful woman in Society, and Graham was able to see from the very beginning that her beauty was more than skin deep, though she wasn't unsightly by any means. Because of this, Sophie was more of a strong- willed heroine, one that changed much in the book from the shy and timid girl in the beginning to the fiery lady who brazenly waltzes in on Graham and his ex-lover, quickly snatching off Lady C's wig and smartly taking her down a few pegs with her witty remarks.
Although this particular scene helped Graham to realize his true feelings about Sophie, for me the reader, it provided evidence that the heroine was not just another bubbly bimbo, but one that knows what she wants, and will stop at nothing to get it, even when Society would love to crush her dreams. The great thing about this book is you could see the connection between the characters, especially Graham and Sophie, and more importantly, you could actually see them falling in love.
From just being "friends" at the beginning of this book to doing the well known dance around their feelings for each other, to finally saying "I love you" to one another. It didn't seem rushed or unbelievable, it simply felt like true love between them. Duke Most Wanted provides not only the right amount of romance and passion between the main characters, but side ones as well, along with a few witty and sarcastic remarks to keep the story going.
Add in the slight mystery around the heroine, and the secrets she's been hiding all these years, and you're in for a very delightful read! Jun 14, Rachel Rogers rated it liked it. Yet another series where I start at the end. I won't be pursuing the rest of the trilogy. I really liked the initial premise of this book.
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Some Spoilers The story begins with the flash to Sir Pickering's will, detailing that since none of his daughters married a duke, he leaves his 15, pounds in a trust for which ever grand or great grand-daughter does marry a man in this station. If no one does then it goes to charity. Enter Sophie, the clumsy, boo Yet another series where I start at the end.
Enter Sophie, the clumsy, bookish, plain, tall, plainly spoken final girl in the family and Graham, the 4th son of a Duke, a charming handsome rogueish wastrel who has spent his life separating himself from his hunting, louts of a father and brothers.
Review: Duke Most Wanted by Celeste Bradley
Sophie and Graham have developed an honest friendship, mainly when Graham is too bored with the Ton and he returns to spend fresh time with Sophie. Then Graham's father and 3 brothers are killed by a maddened bull elephant I kid you not and Graham is suddenly elevated to His Grace. His family has also run through all of their money, borrowed from the wrong people and let the estate and its grounds and people to fall into extreme disrepair.
Thus Graham has to find a rich wife and soon. All good to this point. Sophie sets her cap at Graham upon realizing he's casting her aside as not rich. With help from Lementeur, the modiste who makes people, she transforms the clutz into a graceful lady of mystery. In the end, the subplots really detracted from what could be a simple ugly duckling or Cinderella story. Three stars since the end tied everything up so nicely, but my irritation with Wolfe really almost ruined that.
I debated on giving it a higher score but there was one little thing that was central to this book yet came out of nowhere. Ok, the previous two books were about cousins. There were three cousins. Their mothers were sisters. Sometimes, if the gene pool is mixed enough, siblings don't look precisely alike but these sisters had a Scottish father.
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The cousins didn't look alike. Ok, I can sort of understand that but As his hunt for a bride begins, Sophie realizes that she isn't even in the running. Suddenly no longer content to be a wallflower, Sophie gets a stunning make-over and becomes the belle of the ball. Lots of heads are turning But this beauty has secrets of her own. Will she be his salvation or seal his fate? She never thought to marry let alone set her sights on a duke until Graham Cavendish, the only man she has ever felt comfortable