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Seducing the Duchess

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  467 ratings  ·  96 reviews
It was just another scandalous night...

Gambling. Carousing. Flirting. Charlotte, Duchess of Rutherford, will do anything to create a scandal large enough to force her husband to finally petition for a divorce. Once madly in love with Philip, she is now determined to escape from their less than civil marriage and the reminders of his betrayal.

Until he stole her away...

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Mass Market Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Signet Eclipse (first published September 28th 2010)
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Catherine
Review originally posted at Fiction Vixen.

I have to be upfront and say that I am not this book’s target audience. I didn’t know this until I started reading, but within the first 16 pages it was glaringly apparent. I hate reading about cheaters. If I hear a book has infidelity I’ve learned to just skip it. Otherwise I usually spend the whole book pissed off. It is a rare day when I believe in the relationship after they’ve cheated on one another. It has happened a time or two though, I have to a
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Shawna
2 ½ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This one is rather hard to rate. I can't quite give it full 3 stars because I didn't care at all for the H/h, nor did I ever feel invested in their emotions or relationship. The constant "love/hate/love/hate" bickering seemed repetitive and was somewhat exhausting, especially since I never actually felt the "love" between them. I honestly wasn't that interested in the outcome of all their drama.

But the writing showed a lot of promise, so I'll definitely con
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Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: Truly, she had quite a talent for swearing. He had never known his head resembled a horse’s testicle. Rather a fascinating comparison, that.

Philip Burgess, the Duke of Rutherford has been pining for and trying seduce his wife for the past six months. Having been married three years to Charlotte, you would think he wouldn’t have to win back the woman he married. But, Philip didn’t marry for love, he married for revenge. After Charlotte’s brother stole away Philip’s fiancé, all Phi
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Boogenhagen
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Lisa
This is the debut novel by Ashley March and while I did not love it, she seems to be a promising new author to keep an eye on. This story follows Philip Burgress, Duke of Rutherford, and his journey to get his wife, Charlotte, back. Philip and Charlotte were childhood playmates along with Charlottes brother Ethan and Joanna, a nearby neighbor. Philip was groomed to be a duke and with that all that that entails...being ruthless, cold and unfeeling. Joanna was destined to be his bride against her ...more
Sammy
I was very dissapointed with this one. After reading some good reviews and the blurb, I thought this sounded pretty interesting. So I went straight over to amazon and downloaded it. UGH....let's just say the good reviews weren't very accurate imo. It stared off good but halfway thru it got repetative and I started to get bored. The H/H just kept going back in forth and it drove me crazy after awhile. I didn't really connect to either of them. In the end I was happy it was over and that's not a p ...more
Gargoyle
Genel olarak kitabı beğendim eğlenceliydi. Ama o hödük dük beni sinir etti.3 sene karısını görmezden geldi (kafasına taş mı düştü ne yaptı anlamadım orayıda) sonra karısına aşık oldu. Hele birde karısına büyük marifetmiş gibi 6 aydır metresime gitmiyorum senin için terkettim onu demezmi, sanki düğünün ertesi günü karısını metresi için terketmemiş gibi.. Tam zopalıktı. Charlotte az bile yaptı ona :D
Bookaholics
Seducing the Duchess (The Bridal Pleasures) by Ashley March
Historical Romance - Oct. 5th, 2010
5 stars

I often rate how much I enjoy a book by how emotionally involved I was with the 2 main characters. I was dazzled by this author’s story about a Duke who is determined to woo his Duchess even if she fights him at every opportunity! This fresh story was a fun and moving book that readers will love.

Charlotte, Duchess of Rutherford was young and naïve when she was seduced by her husband, Phillip wh
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Esra
Kitabın konusu diğer hist.lere göre değişikti, güzeldi de aslında ama nedense okurken pek hoşlanamadım ben.. Sırf bitirebilmek için zorladım kendimi, neyse ki son 30 sayfanın falan yardımı oldu baya... Kadın beni çıldırttı davranışlarıyla, adama da ayrı sinir oldum koskoca dük ne hallere düştü diye... Neyse kitap çok şükür bitti.. Yazarın başka bir kitabını okurmuyum bilmiyorum zaman gösterecek...
Blodeuedd Finland
I liked this one because it was different from the usual HR books that I read. And that first chapter where she is kidnapped by her husband was just great. But their love story is a messy one, and a sad one.

Why is then their story such a mess? Well Phillip whispered words of love and got her to marry him. Everything was perfect, their wedding night was perfect, until next morning when he told he he had only used her for revenge and he packed up and left her to go to his mistress. Poor Charlotte
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Jenn
This is one of a very few books I have ever read more than once, and I loved it even more the second time around.

This was a lovely novel. I enjoyed the lyrical play of words and though it had more inner monologue than I usually like it was handled so well that it didn't annoy. That sounds bad but it isn't.

I really liked to read their thoughts often, as they were always fresh, it wasn't a constant reminder of how horrible the situation was as is so common with inner monologue..(got it, bad, OK s
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Contessina
Bilmelisiniz ki karşınızdaki tâze bir yazar . Kendisi Ashley March adıyla başladığı yazı hayâtına şu sıralar Elise Rome adıyla devâm etmekte ve Lisa Kleypas , Teresa Medeiros , Margaret Mitchell gibi isimlerin etkisinde kaldığını belirtse de benim nazarımda bu yazarın dilinde herhangi başka bir yazarın etkisi mevcut değil ki bu da kayda değer bir başarı .

Geçmişi Unut (Seducing the Duchess ) , kedisini inciten kocası Rutherford Dükü Philip Burgess'ten intikam alıp onu incitmek, küçük düşürmek
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Historical Romance Books
“Seducing the Duchess ” by Ashley March

What would you do to try and capture your wife's heart once again? Would you send her flowers, write her a poem, or what about going as far as kidnapping her in front of society's upper class? That is exactly what the Duke of Rutherford does. He kidnaps his wife back to win her love. The Duke of Rutherford realizes that his only true love is his wife Charlotte and not his mistresses. He broke her heart by telling her on their first night of their marriage
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HÜLYA
Geçmişi Unut-Ashley March

İlk başta konu çok güzeldi bunu belirtmeden geçemiyeceğim..Yazarın tarzını biraz Sherry Thomas'a benzettim..Bu benzetmemde ki sebep ise yazarın Anlaşmalı Evlilik romanın ile konusu oldukça benzeşiyordu..Ama onun kadar usta henüz olamamış..Yeni bir yazar orjinal adı Düşes Seducing 'ın goodreads puanı 5/3,66 hikaye ben 166'cı sayfaya geldiğimde henüz tam oturmamıştı..Çok güzel bir konu yakalanmış ama ne yazık ki heba edilmiş..Bazı yerlerde gereksiz ayrıntılar hikayenin en
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RomanceNovelNews.com
Review by C.M. Lessard for Romance Novel News

The Duke of Rutherford wants his wayward wife back. After three years of neglect and cruelty, Philip has decided to woo his wife Charlotte and revive their marriage. But it won’t be easy.

While Philip had set his wife aside in favor of his mistress, Charlotte has been living a separate life, coquetting and carousing with other men. She hopes her scandalous behavior will make Philip petition for a divorce - but he kidnaps her instead.

Philip takes her t
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RomReader
22yo duchess can’t believe her estranged husband of 3 years would show any interest in her now. The day after what she thought was a love-matched wedding Hero coldly informed her that he married her only to seek revenge against her brother and then left her for his mistress. Heroine has tried her best to push him to grant the divorce she wants by acting scandalously. Hero realized that he wanted his wife after all 6 months ago and tried to woo her but to no avail. So he kidnaps her to their coun ...more
ѕєяєηιтι
Bir arkadaşım tavsiye etti kitabı bende bi heyecan başladım ama bi türlü içine giremedim kitabın güzeldi aslında ama daha güzelde olabilirdi atlaya atlaya okuma isteği yarattı bende fazlamı ayrıntı vardı ne

Dükümüz kızmızın abisinden intikam almak için kızımızla ilgiliyor ve evleniyor(abisi nişanlısını ayartmış evlilikte olmamış) kızımızla evleniyor ilk geceden sonrada kıza gerçeği söyleyip metresine gidiyor kızımızı kendi haline bırakıyor 3 yıl sonra aklı başına geliyor adamımızın kızımızı sevdi
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Mary Kathryn
The only reason why I read this book was because I had to judge it. Otherwise it is not a book that I would have bought or even given a second glace to in the book store. So I picked it up knowing that I would hate it and ended up falling in love with Philip and Charlotte.

The book started off after Charlotte and Philip had already been married for three years. But this was not like most of the books that I have read where they are so in love and everything works out great. Let me say this I HATE
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SuperWendy
The reading slump is dead. Long live the reading slump!

I did have my issues with this book, but I still enjoyed it immensely. Snappy dialogue, a heroine who fights back (instead of hiding out in the country, doing charity work with orphans etc.), and the angst! The glorious, glorious angst!

What didn't work so well? The vague setting/time period, a hero who professes his love but I'm not quite sure how he got there, and characters who are both manipulative a-holes.

Still, I really enjoyed. Plus i
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Claudine
I got roped in by the hype reviews I found the story to be only OK for me for a debut, I will give Ashley March another try with her next release before I make a decision if I will continue reading this author. It could have been any number of factors that influenced my decision on the book at the time I read Seducing the Dutchess, there was something that just didn't figure right with the story to me, so maybe with the second book the light may come on and I will have "I get it" moment and it ...more
Yumru
Güzel bir hikayeydi akıcı ve yer yer eğlenceli yer yer sinirlerinizi zıplatan:)Bazen bayan karaktere hakveriyoruz bazende erkek karaktere.Başlarda bu nasıl bir kitap diyorsunuz çünkü şimdiye kadar okuduğumuz çoğu kitaptan farklı, bize göre ters düşecek şeylerle karşılaşıyorsunuz ama ilerledikçe bazı şeyler yerine oturuyor ve aslında bambaşka şeyler yaşandığını anladıkça kitaba kapılıyorsunuz.

Yazarı takip edeceğim ve birkez daha şunu anladımki bu hikayeyi bir çok kişi beğenmemişti ama bende tam t
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Camille
I don't know if it was the mood I was in or if this was simply one of the worst books I've read. I don't want to be cruel, but damn, this book was agony to read and it just went on and on even though we knew there was going to HEA. Ugh, I was so angry, I just started reading the dialog because I could care less what was going on in the minds of these characters. This book has really put me off the regency romances for a while... I just can't do this again. Yeah, that bad folks.
Nesli
Sevdiği adam tarafından hayal kırıklığına uğrayan bir kadın, Charlotte. Düğün gecesinin ertesi günü, kocası tarafından bir kenara fırlatılıyor ve görmezden geliniyor.
Phillip Burgess, 9.Rutherford Dükü Saygıdeğer Ekselansları, Charlotte'un sadakatsiz kocası. Öyle ki adam, kendisine ihanet eden insanlardan intikam almak için soğukkanlılıkla masum bir kadını kullanıyor. Ve evli geçirdikleri 2,5 yıl boyunca bundan zerre pişmanlık duymuyor. Bir sabah uyandığında ise her şey farklı geliyor, karısı gö
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Nihawmi
Şükürler olsun bittirebildim.
Jamie
I review for www.theseasonforromance.com

Rating: 7.5
Heat: 3

Ashley March’s debut Seducing the Duchess is filled with witty repartee, heart aching emotion and, of course, seduction.

After marrying the man she loved, Charlotte is betrayed by her husband, Philip, Duke of Rutherford. He never loved her, she was just a pawn used for revenge. Instead of sitting and crying for her husband, she decides to do anything that will create enough scandal so he will divorce her.

Philip has other idea all togeth
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Karen
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LWB Marissa
Most lingering quote:

“It was a clever wager. And a very foolish one, to tempt her indifference and her discipline.” “I seem to remember we were supposed to swim together,” Philip called from the edge of the pond. “No, I merely said it would be a swim in the nude.” --- “I never said I would join you.” He gave her a rueful grin over his shoulder, then planted his foot in the water. “”

Seducing The Duchess in brief:

The ninth Duke of Rutherford, Philip Burgess, married Charlotte to take revenge on Ch
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Moriah
Wow, what a ride.

Pros:

1. An interesting premise that takes up where normal romance novels just leave off.

2. Characters that aren't entirely lily white and pure.

3. ANGST
4. ANGST
5. MOAR ANGST!!!!

Cons:

1. Inability to tell what time period this was until Austen was mentioned 75% of the way through the book.

2. The romance was immature from the beginning, so there was no basis for proclamations of "love."

3. Jarring use of anachronistic words.

4. Reasons!

****

My normal priorities for how I rate a book:
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Xanti
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Eli Yanti
So happy i give my self to try to read this book because there is only one word i could say that "love". yes i love this book and agreed with my friend that i love the writing style of the author - ashley.

I just can't hate the hero even he is so stupid to decide his self of revenge and doing a worse thing through the heroine but in the end he make me just adored him so much.

What a great ashley on creating this wonderful story.

This story is about the hero - Phillip who was determined to do a reve
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