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Seducing the Duchess

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  591 Ratings  ·  107 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...

Mass Market Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Signet Eclipse (first published September 28th 2010)
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I should have liked this more than I did. It contained a lot of plot elements I find fun in a romance.

The hero marries the heroine for revenge against her brother. Then he proceeds to be a total ass after the wedding night, going back to his mistress and ignoring the heroine. Finally, he decides it's the heroine he really loves and has to try and win her back, a plan which includes abduction.

Fun, right?

Not really. Just too many little quirks that ruined it for me.

First of all, this novel is not
2 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 cons
Apr 19, 2011 boogenhagen rated it it was ok
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Mandi Schreiner
Jul 07, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
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
You know...this COULD'VE worked but then the author decided that, while Phillip had been whoring around for their entire marriage, Charlotte isn't allowed to! We're made to believe she did, but it's a lie and she's remained all nice and near-virginal for him. True love! Everyone gets off completely free except Charlotte, the one person who was the victim in the entire debacle. She loses her entire family because they disown her for marrying Phillip, she's humiliated by Phillip directly right aft ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
I enjoyed Philip and Charlotte's bickering and fighting in the first half of the book but then it got repetitive and annoying in the last half. I was saying, "Just say I love you, kiss and make up already. Enough with the freaking games!"

I liked this book. The poem he wrote for her was beautiful. I did like how they messed with each other, it was very entertaining. This book was a lot funnier, sweeter, and more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

Overall: 3 stars
Recommendation: If you like bic
Nov 21, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2010 Sammy rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2012 Gargoyle rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
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
Blodeuedd Finland
Sep 27, 2011 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2013 Esra rated it it was ok
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...
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2012 HÜLYA rated it liked it
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
Jan 17, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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
Apr 08, 2013 SuperWendy rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 18, 2013 Yumru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm in the minority, but I really like this one. H (Duke) hurt by childhood friends when his best friend elopes with his fiancée. H decides to get revenge by seducing and marrying friend's sister. He makes her fall in love with him, marries and beds her, tells her about his revenge and leaves her (He has a mistress). h decides to cause scandal enough to make him divorce her. He has a hard time groveling because of his pride and his rank (training by grandfather) and makes many mistakes trying to ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Camille rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-regency, 2012
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.
Aug 09, 2012 Nihann~ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Şükürler olsun bittirebildim.
Oct 20, 2013 Feminista marked it as never-to-read
Sexist trope: Unfaithful hero and faithful heroine.

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
Mary Kate
There was something missing in this story.

The premise is intriguing.

Philippe is a Duke. Charlotte's father is a squire, so she's well below Philippe's sight when it comes to marriage.

Except! When her brother runs away with Philippe's fiancé & Philippe gets it in his head to take it out on Charlotte.

Yes, he decides he'll ruin Charlotte's life, by marrying her, to make up for her brother's sins. Because you know, marrying a Duke & becoming a Duchess is just the worst possible thing EVER.
Jul 10, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
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Oct 03, 2011 Lelyana rated it really liked it
Pengaen ngasih 3,5 tapi ga ada...
Maunya sih kaih 5 bintang, tapi di awal di jelasin kalo Phillip ini punya mistress, tapi yg bikin aku masih bisa maafin dia, 6 bulan yang lalu dia udah "dismiss" mistress nya demi mengejar kembali istrinya yg jadi wild.....

Jadi begini cerita nya.....

Phillip sudah sekitar 6 bulan mengikuti dan memata2i istrinya , Charlotte yang berkeliaran kesana kemari, bermalam entah di mana, ketemu dan ngumpul dengan cowok, flirting, gambling..and whoring (?)
Kenapa sih rumah
Wow, what a ride.


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

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



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!


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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 19, 2015 04:50PM  
  • The Rake's Rainbow
  • Once Upon A Scandal
  • The Duchess's Next Husband (Harlequin Historical, #751)
  • Lady of Quality
  • When Angels Fall
  • A Brooding Beauty (Wedded Women Quartet, #1)
  • What the Duke Desires (Billingham Bastards #1)
  • Scandalous by Night (Carlisle Family, #4)
  • Prelude to a Scandal (Scandal, #1)
  • The Way of the Heart
  • A Scarlet Bride
  • Promise Me Tonight (Weston #1)
  • A Little Bit Sinful
  • Seducing the Heiress (Heiress in London, #1)
  • The Coming Home Place
  • The Pleasure Seekers
  • The Marriage Bed (Guilty, #3)
  • Unforgivable
Ashley March has never forgiven Margaret Mitchell for making her fall in love with Scarlett and Rhett in Gone with the Wind and then not giving them a happy ending. She likes to think that she makes up for the injustice done to them with each romance novel she writes. When she isn't telling stories about sexy, headstrong heroes and intelligent, independent heroines, Ashley stays busy chasing after ...more
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