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Duncan's Bride (Patterson-Cannon Family #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,603 Ratings  ·  209 Reviews
Reese wanted a wife. Someone to have children with, someone to help rebuild his ranch, someone uncomplicated, and very different from his first wife, the woman who'd destroyed his life. Now he had Madelyn--sophisticated, citified, willing to herd cattle, keep house and start a family. The only thing she asked for in return was love--one thing Reese couldn't guarantee.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Lisa Kay
May, 2012 Update
Read this last May and had to read it again for 2012! Loved it! With all the recordings of less-than-desirable books from the 80's & 90's, why can't they put this one on audio?

Five full stars! It has been 21 years since I last read Duncan’s Bride and it is still holds up to the ravishes of time and my fickle changes in reading material. I love Linda Howard at her best and I found her here in this quick-read of a Silhouette Intimate Moments publication. Ms. Howard has the
Jun 01, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Did a re-read... think it might drop a half star for me. He was a bit of a jerk. She was a bit too naive! Still a good read though. But my reading tastes have definitely changed over the years.


I love anything by Linda. Serious, Gruff Hero who eventually succumbs to the love of a good woman. Need to get more of her older stuff out on Kindle. Thanks Jenna for the book.

I'm so glad I read this book! I was thisclose in returning it to the library, thinking it might not be as good as I hoped for. I don't even know why I thought that, but it was excellent. Reece Duncan is a Montana rancher hard on finances and time. He'd been burned before by an ex-wife determined to wreck him and bankrupt his ranch. Not again. This time, Reece was going to advertise for a woman built to withstand labour and the expectations of living on a ranch. So what if he doesn't lov
Oct 13, 2013 Crista rated it it was amazing
Linda Howard is legendary in the romance genre, and this may be one of her finest. I recently reread it to see if it would live up to my fond memories and I am pleased to say, if anything, it surpassed them.

Reese Duncan is the quintessential Howard hero......... strong alpha, stubborn, sexy, and prideful. However, Duncan's Bride stands out to me NOT because of the hero, but because of the heroine. Madelyn is everything that I love my heroines to be. She has a ton of class, heart, devotion, work
KNOCKED OUT!This is a 5++++++++++++++ rating book.Absolutely wonderful awesome heart warming emotional read.Loved Reese-Maddie both are cute adorable caring strong intelligent characters,Reese is a man full of integrity and his ranch is his pride and when that pride was attacked and half snatched he was filled with bitterness but Maddie came into his life and completely healed him though it took some time but he did came to his senses

Reese-Maddie's are now on my top 10 favourite couples shelf,i
Bark's Book Nonsense
Oct 06, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Duncan's Bride is sexy, sassy, a real page turner, it's all the things I've come to expect from Linda Howard.

Reese Duncan wants a wife but not for love or any of those sappy reasons. He has a strong sex drive, he wants children and a strong woman willing to help him rebuild his ranch. In the heroine's words he wants a brood mare. He's been burned by his ex-wife who wasn't willing to rough it out as a ranch wife and took half of everything he owned in the divorce settlement, leaving him nearly ba
I have to hand it to Linda Howard with this one. How she managed to write a modern day mail-order bride romance between a sophisticated New York City girl and an old-fashioned, rugged, Montana rancher and turn it into a plausible, hot as freaking hell, un-put-down-able story, I'll never know, but she did. As someone who seldom likes what she writes, I bought it all and I loved every single word of it. Now why can't she write every book like this?
Jan 04, 2013 Europa rated it it was amazing
Home means many things to many people. To Madelyn, it represented something she longed for-- a husband and family. She wanted those things so much she was willing to take a huge risk in answering to the newspaper ad of a Montana rancher looking for a wife.

Reese Duncan was lonely; he wanted a wife and family, but not an emotional involvement that goes along with it because of the nasty divorce that he went thru a few years back which made him and his ranch financially ruined. It made him hard and
Mar 06, 2011 Gigi rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the message about carrying emotional baggage from one relationship to the other. Reese was an alpha male in every sense of the word. Maddie was a strong and intelligent woman who made Reese really think about whether or not he was willing to lose her. I loved Maddie's character and I actually liked Reese's character also. It was nice to watch their passionate love story unfold before your very eyes. I've already re-read this book twice in a span of 2 days.
I really like this book. I love the mail order bride theme. The characterization of both the hero and the heroine are very full and complete. LH is a prime example of showing not telling. By the actions and words of the characters you know who they are. Reece is embittered and needs Maddie to help him live again. Maddie is a very different character. I love the way she seems to stroll through life while really getting a lot of stuff done. Her calm nonchalant character is very different from most ...more
Great classic, contemporary mail-order-bride story!

There are times when Reese will make you want to smack him, but other times he's so swoonworthy. I love how protective he is.

He has a huge chip on his shoulder because of his ex taking him to the cleaners and some of the things he says to Maddie are infuriating, but she gives as good as she gets and figures out just how to handle him.

The parts about ranch life were interesting and sad at times. The blizzard made me sad for the poor animals.

Grade B

I enjoyed this over-the-top contemporary romance with the alpha-male Reece and superwoman Maddie. I loved the banter, especially when they did the "top this strange fact" game. Of course, Reece was an idiot, and Maddie was likeable, but not very believable. I mean, how many people who've never done it can pluck and butcher a chicken without help or instruction? And she happens to be a stellar cook of good old fashioned farm food, mends, cleans and...wait for it.... scraps and paints
5 bullheaded stars

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Reading a book like this is what reminding me how much I love romance in the first place.
One stubborn hero and a real strong heroine are a perfect recipe for an interesting plot.

My first book from Linda Howard and she has already become my favorite author.
Off to the next book in the series.
This is an old style Harlequin that was originally published back in the late 80's early 90's. Although the Hero could be a bit of a pig at times I still liked him, and I really liked the heroine who had a bit of grit and refused to take a lot of his behaviour and stood up for herself.
Sweet, sensual and romantic from the first page to the last. When you need to read an uplifting story, this is the book to choose. Excellent!!!
After his first wife took half of everything he owned in the divorce, it took Reese Duncan several years to build his ranch back up. Now he is thinking about getting married again and decides the easiest method would be to advertise for a bride. He wants a woman who is the opposite of his first wife. She must be willing to help out on the ranch and give him children. Madelyn Patterson is intrigued when she reads the ad. She is a city girl who is bored with her life and knows nothing about workin ...more
Linda Howard has always been a favorite. I’ve read everything she’s written and I can honestly say there are very few I didn’t absolutely love.

Duncan’s Bride is no exception.

G. Reese Duncan made a huge mistake when he married a city girl he thought he loved, and paid dearly for the mistake when she divorced him and took half of everything he had. Since then he’s been trying to rebuild his Montana cattle ranch. He decides he needs a wife, but doesn’t want any messy affairs of the heart, so he pla
Diah Didi
** spoiler alert **
Baca ini karena direkomen Veeta, dan penasaran karna dia penasaran pengen banget punya ini, sampe selalu cari ke mana-mana. Katanya Reese Duncan ini perpaduan antara Chase (Texas!Chase-nya Sandra Brown) dan Rome (Sarah's Child-nya Linda Howard). Langsung penasaran, mengingat keduanya adalah hero favorit saya.
Di awal cerita, saya merasa Reese ini orang yang sangat praktis, dingin dan perhitungan. Setelah apa yang dia alami dengan mantan istrinya, nggak heran juga sih kalo dia
May 09, 2015 fleurette rated it really liked it
Until now I mostly read romantic suspenses by Linda Howard and rather enjoyed them, this was one of my first plain contemporaries. And it was so much better than I expected. I though because it's a mail-order bride western romance it will be really old school with some naive heroine and possessive, alpha hero. I was totally wrong. When I once started reading this book I couldn't stop.

Although there was a motive of love at the first sight which I usually don't like, it didn't bother me this time
Jun 24, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim and I'm definitely glad I did. Reese was just alpha enough for my liking. Not a complete 'you're mine and that's how it's going to be because I'm the man' alpha. I get tired of that in my romances so it's nice to find one that isn't overwhelming.

For me, though, it was Madelyn who was the 'star'. She was sweet and kind without being saccharine. Stubborn and willful without being overbearing. In a word, perfect. At least as far as my tastes go.

I'd definitely reread thi
Dec 27, 2015 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it it was amazing
It wasn't great, but it was very enjoyable. I loved the characters. I had a hard time putting down the book.

Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: about five. Setting: current day ranch in Montana. Copyright: 1990. Genre: contemporary romance.
Nov 10, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing
I still reread this one regularly-I just love the grittiness of it, the way they painfully come to care about each other and how Maddy brings Rhys to his knees by the end of the book.
May 01, 2016 Veronika rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to start reading this book!
I love Linda Howard's writing style and I love reading books with arranged marriages/Mail Order Brides. So Duncan's Bride was a win-win.

"Wanted: a wife for able-bodied rancher."

Reese Duncan has a ranch, he works sixteen hours a day and has no time to search for a wife. So he puts and ad in the local newspaper. That's how everything starts.

Reese is arrogant, stubborn, sexy and honest.

But he is not looking for love. He just wants a wife who hel
Okay, crazy me, but I actually enjoyed this romance.

Reese Duncan was crushed by his first marriage. His ex-wife took him for everything. It had taken seven long years to see his Montana ranch run in the black. Now he needed more: a wife and children in that order, but he IS NOT looking for love.

Maddie Patterson has special memories of her grandmother's place. Nature, horses, and a country life are something she wants again. So she replied to an ad, in a place she had never been, to a man she kn
Jan 07, 2013 justmeri_an rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf
- You know that feeling when you know that something's absolutely bad for you and still you can't help but have that? Duncan felt like that about Madelyn. He was jaded and disillusioned from his first marriage that he was so bent on finding someone totally opposite his ex-wife. Unfortunately for him, he thinks Madelyn is like his ex.

For Madelyn--she KNEW that they were meant to be. She just had to be patient with Reese and make him realize that he could trust and love her.

I really admired Madel
May 16, 2013 Megha rated it it was amazing
This book has been my favourite forever.

Reese Gideon Duncan. Madelyn Patterson. I just cannot get enough of them. I dont even know how many times ive read them and i never ever get bored.

Reese the tough-arrogant-hardened by life guy meets his match in Madelyn the smart-sassy-rise-up-to-the-occasion-when-required and let her man have his moments and know when to bring him to his knees girl.

i love their little game of trivia. i love their fights. i love their understanding. i love their support o
I liked the premise, that a modern day mail order bride could actually work. I believe in lust and chemistry so Reese and Madelyn first reactions are as if they bumped into each other at a bar. Maybe I would have had several visits before I married the man... I'm just saying, he was a bit of an ass and what Madelyn does to teach him a lesson is spot on. Now I get he has reservations about getting his feet wet again since his last wife took him to the cleaners... and yet the prenuptial deal shoul ...more
Ivana Azap
Feb 16, 2016 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing
Reece Duncan is a Montana rancher hard on finances and time. He'd been burned before by an ex-wife determined to wreck him and bankrupt his ranch. Not again. Reese Duncan wants a wife but not for love or any of those sappy reasons. He has a strong sex drive, he wants children and a strong woman willing to help him rebuild his ranch. In the heroine's words he wants a brood mare. He's been burned by his ex-wife who wasn't willing to rough it out as a ranch wife and took half of everything he owned ...more
Chantal Main
To be honest I did like this book but I did not looooove it. The heroine was just about the most amazing woman putting up with his bullshit. Not only does he treat her horrible but he starts off And for the Most part is a crapy lover. That's a first for me cause normally they are at least good in bed. Sorry about my strong language here, but When he got out the lube for their first night together I could tell I was not going to like their intimacy. Which was for the most part consisted of her lo ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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“I'll tell you what's wrong!" he roared, "I'm trying to quit smoking!" Then he strode angrily to the truck, leaving her standing there.

She blinked her eyes, and slowly a smile stretched her lips. She strolled to the truck and got in. "So, are you homicidal or merely as irritable as a wounded buffalo?"

"About halfway in between," he said through clenched teeth.

"Anything I can do to help?"

His eyes were narrow and intense. "It isn't just the cigarettes. Take off your panties and lock your legs around me, and I'll show you.”
“amusement in her eyes and had to grin.
"How are you feeling?" he asked, his voice dropping to a low, intimate tone that excluded everyone else in the cafe and made several women draw in their

Her mouth quirked in that self-amusement that made him want to grab her to him.

"This isn't one of my good days. The only thing holding me together is static cling."

"Come home with me, and I'll take care of you."
She looked him in the eye and said quietly, "Give me one good reason why I should."

Right there in front of God and most of Crook, Montana, he drew in a deep breath and took the gamble of a lifetime, his words plain and heard by all, because no one was making even the pretense of not listening.

"Because I love you."

Maddie blinked, and to his surprise he saw her eyes glitter with tears. Before he could start forward, however, her smile broke through like sunshine through a cloud bank. She didn't take the time to go around the counter; she climbed on top of it and slid off on the other side.

"It's about time," she said as she went into his arms.”
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