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The Inconvenient Duchess (The Radwells #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  4,446 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews
Dear Cici and Father,
I have come to Devon and married a duke. And I'm more tired and hungry than I have ever been in my life. Please let me come home.

Compromised and wedded on the same day, Lady Miranda was fast finding married life not to her taste. A decaying manor and a secretive husband were hardly the stuff of girlish dreams. Yet every time she looked at dark, broodin
Paperback, 297 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
When you marry a person, you marry their family, bad and good. Both Miranda and Marcus take their share of family baggage into their marriage. Miranda's family is not good ton at all, with some quite shocking scandal in their background, and Marcus' family is full of ugly secrets and betrayal. Honestly, this book has some dark aspects to it. Marcus' brother was a real piece of work. He starts trying to destroy Marcus and Miranda's marriage from the beginning, and Miranda is naive to his schemes, ...more
Sep 21, 2013 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Speed review: I loved this.

The more I read of this, the more I was surprised this was published under a Harlequin line. If you're expecting a sweet regency with a cliched misunderstanding for the plot, you're in for a ride. This is a dark, sensual, forceful read and I had a tremendously hard time putting it down. The characters have secrets, all of them, and are so intertwined that at times you almost want to give the author thunderous applause at how deftly she wove this story together.
Tammy Walton Grant
I frigging LOVED this book. I'm sorry, I can't think of any other way to put it.

I was trolling my kindle for something to read the other night when I happened upon the title. As I remembered exactly nothing about the book (other than that I really liked it) I figured what the heck and re-read it.

Now I'm gonna gush.

I love Christine Merrill's writing. An author of some wit, her books are infused with a sense of it, both in the prose and in her characterizations. Not all authors have this, and wh
Jan 05, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
I got this free from Amazon.

Thanks to my mother, I am a sucker for Harlequin books. This one did not disappoint me. Merrill did a great job in creating great characters. Miranda, the female lead was the best. Usually the male lead is the favorite (duh) but she was such a great person. Funny and strong she had what it took to take over a household.
At first I thought there were words being misspelled but then I recognized the author must be from the UK. LOL
I thought the story was creative. It was
Miranda Davis
Jan 04, 2014 Miranda Davis rated it it was amazing
What a bunch of party poopers. That, or I am completely out of touch. Having suffered through a few prize Regency romance stinkers recently, this was thoroughly entertaining from the get go. The dialogue is terrific, witty, and well-differentiated. The descriptions vivid and clear. Even the minor characters are given concise, hilarious treatment. The story is deftly told by a talented author. Very entertaining.

A droll, dry-humored, deeply cynical TDH hero and a wonderful, intelligent if water-l
Sep 05, 2012 Dorlana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars - I downloaded this ebook for Free. I’m not a, “I start reading a book and have to finish it,” type of reader. I can stop anywhere, and I do. One paragraph, a couple of pages, a couple of chapters, half way through the book – so I go through a lot of books (especially a lot of free ones I put on my Kindle) without reviewing them because I think it might not be fair to review something I didn’t finish. But here I am, finally with a finished book to review.

I think "The Inconvenient Du
This is the new free read at , and it wasn't bad at all. I really liked the hero, who had been heartbroken and betrayed 10 years ago, and was so gruff and bitter and angry, but was a very kind and romantic soul under all that. He was really rather sweet. I also liked the heroine who was a take-charge no nonsense kind of woman, who was a bit naive, but didn't fall for the hero at first sight.

I didn't like the villainness of the villain though. St. John, the brother of the hero, w
Jul 21, 2013 Miss rated it liked it
I wanted to give this book a better rating, but i felt so many contradictions, from not being able to put it down, to wanting to hurl it across the room, that i had to settle for 3 stars. I loved the author's style, it is light, but very descriptive, it got me involved with the characters, which were all too flawed and human. There is where my problem with this book lies: for the first time while reading this type of book i felt conflicted, i loved the hero, he was wonderful underneath the gruff ...more
Dec 07, 2013 ShoSho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
It was an easy read ,but it kept my mind occupied even after I had to put it aside for the night , I just wanted to keep reading.I really liked H/H . There was a scene in it that reminded me of Whitney, My Love. It wasn't as bad as that scene though!
There was a bit of mis-communication in there(which I absolutely hate when it becomes the main focus in books) but was solved fast.
The heroine was in distress but wasn't a damsel, I don't know how else to say this. she was strong and norma
Lady Jaye
3.5 stars, rounded up.

It was a nice story, and one that I enjoyed despite myself. The heroine and the hero were not TSTL per se, but that makes it even more annoying, when perfectly sensible people act like doofuses. It made the conflicts seem contrived. Even so, the story was well-executed.

Unfortunately, while I liked the main couple of this book very much, I am not inclined to go looking for the other books in the series, especially since the idiot brother is the hero of book 2. But book 1 w
Aug 07, 2012 Madu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
It was so boring!
I know that historicals usually have the same structure, but the author has to make up this with the writing.
I repeat, it bored me to death!
Dec 31, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
Miranda is gently born but after her father gambles their money away, she works as a maid. The woman who raised her fears that she's growing up too pretty, and so blackmails an old schoolfriend into inviting her as a guest to the ducal house. Because Miranda arrives late in the evening, without a maid, her reputation is compromised. The duke feels constrained to marry her, but leaves the next day to investigate her claims to gentility. Miranda is left in a dusty old mansion with the duke's ...more
It was a good read. The story's a bit darling. I liked the characters. I found their personalities quite unique. The story's about two strangers who had unpleasant pasts, gotten into forced marriage, and they're hoping to find contentment, happiness and love in each other through their marriage.

Marcus is a true people person despite his brooding. He's actually really nice and kind. He's a keeper and quite an excellent lover. Miranda is just so innocent and serene that made to my liking. Men like
Gayle Francis Moffet
A charming read about two stubborn people falling in love after a hurried marriage marred by the fact that there are multiple sexually-based physical altercations (not rape) against the female protagonist, and a series of rapes in the background of a secondary character. There is, currently, a growing discussion about how much realism should be in books meant as escapism. I am firmly on the side of "as little as possible." There are plenty of books that handle the topics of sexually-based ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Tinsoni rated it really liked it
The only problem I found in this book was the lack of deep emotional connection between Marcus and Miranda. This was not the story of earth shattering or forbidden love. It was more like a sweet story of 2 individuals who fond themselves in matrimony and try to make the best of it. Marcus is the kind of hero who would fall in love with anyone he married for he wants marital bliss and respects the institution of marriage...but he has been unlucky in the past, so he gets lucky this time because ...more
Nickie Kuhn
Oct 18, 2012 Nickie Kuhn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like books that make me feel things other than gushy mushy love. This one was great for that. This one got me so angry at one point that I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room. It's wasn't anger at the writer or the writing style, but at a character! I wanted to throttle her! It's a good thing the hero in this tale has a mostly level head (well, at least he is able to think things through properly AFTER he loses his temper and he isn't afraid to apologize).

I went through this book super
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Marcus Radwell, Duke of Haughleigh, gave a promise to his mother before she died and now he cannot turn the soaked and alone Lady Miranda Grey away. She was unlucky (or lucky enough) to be seen by the vicar and his wife when she first came to the village, so the duke was obliged to marry her.

Miranda Grey is more real than most heroines I've read. She has her weaknesses and she makes mistakes trusting people she shouldn't. Now that could be either a good thing if you want to read about characters
Aug 27, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
When Miranda Grey shows up on his doorstep, soaked by the rain, with a letter indicating an invitation from the late Dowager Duchess, Marcus Radwell, Duke of Haughleigh cannot turn her away. Since the vicar and his wife had met her on her way, and due to a death bed promise to his mother to consider the marriage, he was obliged to marry her to save her reputation. I usually enjoy a marriage of convenience story, and this one was entertaining. I liked Miranda, brought down by circumstances but ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Aug 11, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathie (katmom) by: Silverana
Shelves: free-downloads
This was free, and it would have been worth $$$.

Miranda and Marcus...they really did need each other. It bugged me, like it bothered him, that his wicked mother brought them together. I really hated his brother, St. John...ugh.

At one point, in the library, I wasn't sure what was going on. St. John? Marcus? Did she know?

But otherwise, this was charming, an easy read...and I'm going looking for more of this author's books.

I found it by stalking Rabea.
3 1\2

A delightful read, as long as things like accuracy, plausibility and the like don't bother you. Brain candy, maybe, but of the better kind. No wimps, no damsel in distress (even if she is). An acceptable "villain"

cEe beE
A bit melodramatic and saccharine. Tolerable, I suppose.
Rating: 3.5 stars.

This ebook was free on Amazon. I thought I'd risk reading it, suspecting the content would not be clean. I was right. The first three quarters of the book were clean apart from a few sexual references. The last quarter had a couple of graphic sex scenes, which is a pity, because it spoilt in my opinion, an otherwise really good story. If the sexual content was omitted, I'd rate this book a full five stars.

I loved this book's story line. There was humour, mystery, irony and roma
Ana T.
May 12, 2013 Ana T. rated it liked it
I get daily newsletters with Kindle freebies and occasionally I find myself tempted to try a new author just because the blurb or the cover seemed interesting. This cover didn't do anything for me but the blurb sounded intriguing and I thought I would give it a try.

Sadly the story didn't quite work for me but I do get how it might work for others because if you can suspend your disbelief of some things and stop worrying about others this may just be an entertaining light read. I'll start with th
Jul 25, 2013 Oleander rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, freebies

The heroine was an absolute soldier. Whatever she was faced with, she would summon her courage and handle it. Her first two weeks of marriage were a type of boot camp. It was nice to see her version of female empowerment in the Regency era. She had a lot on her plate and she handled it with efficiency and without complaint. It was fun when she took charge of the household and confronted the staff.
The hero played spin-the-wheel between being a really nice guy and an utter a##hole. These opposi
Feb 07, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: brain-junk-food
This is what I would consider to be "junk food" for the brain. You know it isn't good for you, it doesn't take look to consume and yet you read it anyway.

It wasn't a bad little read. It took me roughly 3 hours to read, it was a delight to go into, since my last read was a monster of a fantasy book. The characters were nicely done, not superbly done, but nicely. There was a lot of bantering back and forth. Way too much apologizing...every page it seemed someone was saying sorry... it was annoyin
Carrie Kellenberger
Starving and destitute, Lady Miranda is forced to visit the decrepit and crumbling manor of Marcus, a heartbroken lord that has lived on his own for the past 10 years. Arriving late at night with no escort, Marcus is forced to marry Miranda in order to save her honor.

Being from a questionable background, Marcus immediately leaves Miranda at home to inquire into her background, and he discovers some startling information about her. Meanwhile, back at the manor, Miranda has taken charge of the ho
This is not a book without problems, but I ended up enjoying the hero/herione's characters and relationship enough that it definitely warrants a 3 - 3.5 star rating.

This is more along the lines of the marriage of convenience/forced marriage story I'm looking for (no instalove!), but I wish the majority of the first half of the book hadn't involved the hero and heroine in completely different places while the heroine bonded with his lying villain brother. There were fewer rough spots in the secon
Feb 10, 2014 LaFleurBleue rated it liked it
I did not expect much, as usually Harlequin Historical disappoint me.
This book, though not perfect, did not. The premises and the overall plot was rather good, some miscommunication, errors of appreciation not surprising in a couple who got married without knowing and trusting each other, some bad villains trying to pull the strings. Both hero and heroine seemed realistic enough, were rather consistent in their behavior - however they did not have as much depth as I might I liked but they were
Nov 10, 2012 Greymalkin rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was not a particularly swoon-worthly romance but I really loved that the characters actually talked to each other. So often the "deep dark secret" thing gets dragged out far past believability. I liked that once they started trusting each other, they actually *trusted* each other. They told their secrets. They asked for help. They worked together. GASP! How novel. How unfortunately rare. I also enjoyed that even though she loved his kisses, she was also turned on and thrilled by other ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Poonam rated it it was amazing
I got this from free Amazon kindle.Initially I hesitated to read this because I wasn't sure whether it would be interesting as it is an historical Romance book. After thinking too much I gave up and started to read to see whether its cool or not.

To my surprise I was hooked on from the start to the end , wanting to know so much ,what happens now etc... I like the characters Miranda and Marcus . I love all such moments between them and almost laughed when Miranda criticized his attitude and his Ma
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Six weeks spent on an IBM Selectric in her Sophomore year of high school proved that she would never be able to produce one readable page of manuscript, much less several hundred.

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