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Scoundrel In My Dreams (Runaway Brides #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  688 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The child is his: Jack, or rather, Lord John Redgrave knows it the instant he glimpses the blue-eyed girl who was abandoned on the steps of his gentleman’s club. Her mother came to his room one dark night more than three years ago—and spurned his proposal the very next day. But when Jack visits Amaryllis Clarke to demand an explanation, he receives the shock of his life. F ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 15th 2010)
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

I had not yet read anything by Celeste Bradley, so when this book arrived in the mail to be read and rated as a 2010 Readers Crown selection, I wasn’t at all sure what to expect. And, because it’s the third book in a trilogy I knew nothing about, I decided that to be fair to the author I’d pick up the first two books, Devil In My Bed and Rogue In My Arms and read them first. As I said, I wasn’t sure what to expect and in the end, truly enjoyed them. And now, having read Scoundrel in my Dreams I
BJ Rose
I decided to give Celeste Bradley another chance when I picked up the trilogy of The Runaway Brides - and I'm glad I did! This series revolves around 3-year-old Melody, a foundling who is left on the doorstep of a gentleman's club; the note attached to her clothing says that the money stopped coming, so it's time for her father to step up and take over. But who's her father?! Only 3 gentlemen in this club are young enough to father any children, so naturally each book in this trilogy covers the ...more

While I enjoyed this book overall, I definitely felt it was the weakest of the three in the series. Personally, I think this story would have been better suited to a novella than a full-length novel, as there were several sections in the book that seemed like they were added just to fill space. My biggest gripe is that there were way too many sex scenes. Don't get me wrong. I fully expect (and appreciate) sex scenes in romance novels. However, there comes a point when
SCOUNDREL IN MY DREAMS by Celeste Bradley is a wonderful historical romance set in 19Th century England. It is the third in The Runaway Brides trilogy, cut can be read as a stand alone.It is well written with depth,details,twists and turns. The first in the series was Devil in My Bed and the second is Rogue in My Arms. It has passion,joy, romance,suspense, a lot of laughing,some crying, adventure, secrets, non stop action,and will capture your heart, especially little three year old Melody. She ...more
Author: Celeste Bradley
First published: 2010
Length: 339 pages
Setting: London, Regency-esque.
Sex: explicit
Hero: Ex-soldier with ptsd. Runs a shipping empire.
Heroine: Younger sister of Jack's ex-fiancee.
Series: Book 3 of 3

"I've always had a weak spot for a good captivity story--but the feminist in me says they're bad for me! So I decided to write a different story, where the person who has the key to the locked door isn't necessarily the one you think it is! People can be locked inside themselves
A fantastic story!

This is the story of the "courtship" (I use this term very loosely) of Lord John (Jack) Redgrave and Laurel Clark. The story is being told to Melody, who was just a child when the "courtship" took place. Now, Melody is 23 and getting ready to get married. Once in awhile, the "present" appears in this story as Melody discusses the past and present with Button (the gentleman telling the story).

It really is a unique way to tell a story (romance) ... loved it!
เลมนีเพิงจะอานจบหลังจากทีอานเลมแรกกับเลมทีสองจบไปนานแลว เริมตนเรืองมารูสึกวามันดึงดูดเราไดมาก คิดวานาจะเปนเลมทีสนุกทีสุดใน 3 เลม แตพออานๆไปแอบเบือนิดหนอย อาจจะดวยเพราะสวนตัวรูสึกวาพระเอกไมจำเปนตองขังนางเอกและเรืองมันนาจะเดินไปในทางอืนบาง แตโดยรวมแลวกถือวาโอเค ในสามเลม เลม 2 สนุกทีสุด(ชอบแนวพจญภัยแลวรักกันดวยแหละ) ...more
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Celeste Bradley writes a love story full of romance and passion. "Scoundrel In My Dreams" is a sizzling read, leaving you hot with excitement! I loved how Jack never gave up on his love for his daughter Melody and her mother Laurel. This aspect of the book warmed my heart, and brought tears of joy to my eyes.

Jack planned on spending his life with the beautiful Amaryillis Clarke after returning home from war. When he arrives, he soon finds that the love of his life has given her heart to another
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Celeste Bradley writes a love story full of romance and passion. "Scoundrel In My Dreams" is a sizzling read, leaving you hot with excitement! I loved how Jack never gave up on his love for his daughter Melody and her mother Laurel. This aspect of the book warmed my heart, and brought tears of joy to my eyes.

Jack planned on spending his life with the beautiful Amaryillis Clarke after returning home from war. When he arrives, he soon finds that the love of his life has given her heart to another
Elis Madison
Lord John Redgrave has returned from war with "issues." The formerly happy-go-lucky guy is a cracked egg, empty shell--however you want to go with it. He went to war to protect his cousin Blakely, heir to the Marquis of Strickland, and came back the heir—in other words Blakely bought the farm. He survived. He's a

His buddies talk him into going to a house party at the Clarke home—before he left, he and Amaryllis Clarke had "an understanding," so his pals reckon she might snap him out of it. One
Darum geht es:
Die dreijährige Melody wurde auf den Treppenstufen von Brown's Gentlemen Club ausgesetzt. An ihrem Mantel eine Notiz, dass die Mutter kein Geld mehr schicke und darum der Vater sich jetzt um das Kind kümmern möge...

Nachdem klar ist, dass weder Aiden de Quincy, Earl of Blankenship noch Sir Colin Lambert der Vater ist, bleibt nur noch der dritte im Bunde. John Redgrave, der Erbe des Marquis of Strickland, genannt Jack.

Kaum begegnet Jack der kleinen Melody zum ersten Mal, erkennt er i
Karen  Boruff
This book could have been much bette than it was. When the plot seemed to stall, the author thru in sex....which added nothing and only filled space. This is the first book I have ever read by this author. I really didn't like her style at all. I will not look for her again. The characters weren't well developed and what was presented just made me want to smack them.
Karen Wilson
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Wow, no. The entire novel is about the hero kidnapping and locking the heroine in the attic. The character development was not so good that my mind ever stopped going "THIS IS SO WRONG" and "DIE IN A FIRE". Blah. I need a shower now to clean myself from this screwiness.
This was one good story. The characters, plot, and writing were well done. I only have two small gripes about it, however; there were plenty of subplots going on with all the different characters, but since they were all charming and entertaining, it wasn't too much of a distraction. I did have a problem with Jack imprisoning Lauren for most of the book, but I can see how it was integral to the story. Emotions were high; I could feel the intensity of Jack's and Lauren's pain and pleasure when th ...more
Erin H
Mar 29, 2012 Erin H rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: rpo
Jack was the perfect hero for the last book in this series. Thinking that his child Melody belonged to his former fiancée when it was really Laurel's made the book an enjoyable read. I really liked the flashbacks between Laurel and Jack when he was engaged to her sister. I liked how you can tell that Jack already loved Laurel but didn't realize until the end. It was a sweet read and the cuteness of Melody made it so much better. I really liked Laurel as the heroine because despite all the horrib ...more
Bonnie Munden

All 3 of these books were wonderful. I couldn't put them down!!!! 5 stars all the way. humor, romance, love and tears!!
Good fast read. 2.5/3 stars but with lovely side characters. Especially the head of the staff Wibbly-force.
This is the third book in Celeste Bradley's "Runaway Brides" series, and my favorite of the trilogy. Lord Jack Redgrave is dealing with what could be described as post-traumatic stress syndrome after the horrors of war, but seeing little Melody and recognizing in her his ex-fiancée, Amaryllis, starts the healing process. However, after confronting Amaryllis, he soon discovers he had found comfort in the arms of Amaryllis's little sister, Laurel.

This book was a lovely wrap-up of the series, with
What a fantastic conclusion to the Runaway Brides series. There's something so haunting about Jack that you can't help but love him. And Laurel is the perfect woman for him. I love that all the characters were maintained throughout the 3 books and carried through and giving Baliwick a chance to find love himself at the end was awesome. And to conclude with Melody's own happy ever after was wonderful. Too bad there isn't an epilogue (at least none that I know of!) that shows us a glimpse of Melod ...more
Skipped a bit here and there
After reading the previous two books of the series I really thought that this book would be spectacular or at least better than the others. The build it was there...the end result not so much. Jack and Lauren were great characters but halfway through the book, I couldn't deal with their bullcrap. There's only so much whinning and complaining about the injustice of "it all" that I could take. Oh why does this happen? Great characters the end of it all it was just okay.

Was an okay read for me. Didn't feel the love for these two. The dreams were a little OTT in that she was an English young lady and some of the things she came up with just didn't work for me. Thought the sex scenes seemed pushed at us instead of flowing with the characters. The writing was okay and will read more of CB's books. Liked the ones I have read so far. Will recommend this book for a quick, light read.
So each book in the series was better than the last. I fully expected each book to be roughly the same plot with different characters, but I was very pleasantly surprised to find this book a completely different plot from the ones before. In this final book of the runaway brides trilogy, Jack finds Melody's mother and, as it turns out, his true love from years ago that he never even knew he had.
I feel as if I have read the first book in the trilogy, just by reading all of the references that occurred in this book. This book in the trilogy was a bit more graphic with the love scenes compared to the second book. I did enjoy the book. It was a quick read that I finished in less than 24 hours and still had a good night's sleep. I do enjoy Celeste Bradley's style of writing.
a very unique way of telling the story of jack and laurel. it started as button narrating to melody (jack and laurel's daughter), who's to be married to evan (childhood friend), about the love story of her parents. even though i havn't read the first book, i have somehow gotten the gist of how they became friends. i loved every character and the everything about the story.
Jennifer Mcpherson
love the series but not the end ...since Lady Lambert and Lady Madeline was mentioned so frequently in Jack and Laurel's story we should at least have a conclusion of their lives.....Also Baliwick and Fiona would have been an added bonus if they were at Melody wedding ...with more info on Evan and Melody's love than the day dreaming foolish addons...
Not a bad book, just not one of Bradley's best. Why she has to put such graphic sex in it I have no idea. It only takes away from the actual story, plus they are so long and drawn out I feel like saying Just get it over with! The story had a lot of boring parts too like the author was just filling up space, What a letdown.
Ellen W-S
I am so glad I took the time to finish this series. Love little Melody, didn't love all the locking up in the attic but I enjoyed Jack and Laurel's history and misunderstandings. Series tied up in a nice neat bow but wonder did any of them have any more children thru the years ? Thoroughly enjoyed this series!
Oct 15, 2010 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
I think you really need to read the other books in the series before reading this one. There were many allusions that I didnt get because this was the first book in the series that I read. There was also just enough to ruin reading the other two books. So, I don't think I will read the prequels.
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Celeste Bradley is the author of Fallen, which was nominated for a RITA in 2002, and The Pretender, the first book in the Liars series. According to Bradley, the best thing about writing is that she finally gets to use the brain full of trivia she's collected over a lifetime of living in eight states, residing in over twenty homes, and changing her major five times. "It was research for my writing ...more
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Runaway Brides (3 books)
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