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I generally liked this book. It was a different set up than the usual historical, and I like Marian and her sisters. But the love connection between the main characters felt rushed, and I also never felt like the loss of Marian's freedom was really handled. The Duke took away her choice from her and she had some fleeting anger, but it just seemed to disappear. Also, and this is just me being picky probably, but omg, this author loves the words "eschew" and "artless". It got on my nerves how many times those words were used, and I just read the sample of her next book in the back and eschew was used twice. The ending just seemed rushed to me, and there should have been more time and depth to their feelings and the giant life changes involved.
This book is lacking depth when it comes to the two main characters. I feel like their relationship started with lust and it stayed within those base instincts. The characters were very likable, but lacked growth. They were from passion to passionately in love and I feel like there was a lot that could of happened in the middle to build up to that point. It would of been nice to find out more about the Hero as well. That would of helped with his character development. All in all I would still recommend the read.
This well-written book reads like fairy tale—impoverished but brave heroine, check; handsome hero with secrets, check (OK, a duke instead of a king but who’s quibbling?); brutish ogre craving fair maiden, check; even an approximation of a fairy godmother. And most of the sex is—funny. Amusing. Sometimes snickerable. The book is quick light reading, a respite from Literary Endeavors or Doom-and-gloom. Or the current news. It’s a lovely little vacation that you won’t have to think about at three in the morning.
I always know to expect heart and lots of heat from Sophie Jordan’s books, and The Duke’s Stolen Bride did not disappoint! The fear and strain of the poverty that Marian was trying to pull her family out of felt so real, and the inexorable pull between Marian and Nate as they helplessly grew closer squeezed my heart as if I were part of it. This story felt like magic to me, intimately real with true vulnerability in Nate and all of Marian’s strength in fighting for a life in which she chooses for herself. Their passion is electric, and I love how naturally it turned into something deeper. I wish I could read this book for the first time again!
Marian is desperate. Since her father's death there has been very little money to support her sisters and her brother. The only thing she has to sell is herself, but she needs to learn the art of seduction to become a mistress and find a rich benefactor. The only man in the village to teach her is the depraved duke. Only once the lessons begin the objective starts to change. A totally delightful, funny romance with a few on the edge moments. A definite 5 STARS read.
I am a huge fan of Sophie Jordan. Her style is always efficient to deliver a good story with a strong heroine. This book is no exception to the rule. Marian is a doctor’s daughter and former governess. After her father’s death, she finds herself quite destitute and yet responsible for her two sisters and young brother. In the face of adversity Marian does her best to preserve her freedom and indépendance while striking a deal with the Depraved Duke. In the end, Marian and Warrington may end up with more than they bargain for. A quick read. With the satisfaction coming from a heroine choosing her fate and still finding love.
Sophie is a go to author for me. I waited a while before reading this one because honestly I was stuck in my contemporary world but this book reminded me why I love historical romances so much. Also reminded me I think I was born in the wrong era. Nate is so hard on himself and I think he thought he was unlovable. Marion on the other hand loved her family and had more love to give. She would and did anything for her family. They were perfect for each other.
This reads like the author started four different plot lines and mashed them together and no follow up. I'm absolutely baffled by this bad madlib of a book. I have so many questions such I cannot begin to ask them. No.
I loved how they both met in an unusual way and then they rescue each other from the sad situation that they were in. She from a situation not of her own making, and the Duke from a situation he felt he didn't want to get out of. Till they both met their match and soulmates.