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In Bed with the Duke - Bercinta dengan Bangsawan (Governess Brides #9)

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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,571 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Pelayan pendamping wanita bangsawan yang pemalu, Emma Chegwidden tidak pernah melanggar aturan masyarakat. Dia sosok cantik yang sangat sopan dan selalu menjaga diri. Sampai suatu malam, ia berlari dan terjatuh ke dalam rengkuhan Reaper yang misterius dan menakutkan-seorang pria yang berkuda di malam hari di wilayah pedesaan yang diselimuti malam berkabut dan menyembunyika ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 2010 by Oak Tree (first published 2010)
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Juliana
Was definitely disappointing - and is no one else bothered by the rape scene between the hero and heroine?

Some of my all-time favorite historical romance books have been written by Christina Dodd - One Kiss From You, Rules of Surrender, Lost in Your Arms, and The Runaway Princess. IN BED WITH THE DUKE started off pretty well and I always love books where the heroine is overlooked, shy, etc. - I thought the fact that Emma had a horrible sense of direction and always got lost was going to add some
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willaful
I’m not fanatical about historical accuracy, but when I run into the word “clone” on the first page of a book set in 1859, I can’t help feeling like nobody involved in creating it really gave a damn. Unfortunately, that surge of indignation was the strongest emotion I felt while reading most of this.

I would have given up on it just a few pages in, but skimming ahead intrigued me--mysterious masked man romance is fun. But since I never did find the overall story or any of the characters very int
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Alice
While I liked the idea of a simple and plain-looking ladies companion catching the eye of a dashing and very wealthy Duke, the story itself was anything but intriguing. The characters lack dept and even the story itself seemed kind of thrown together and rushed. Almost like no love or care was put into the book. Often times I found myself snickering at the character interactions and dialogue because sometimes it seemed...ridiculous. Before you think that I am bashing Dodd's story, I did keep in ...more
Barbara
I enjoyed In Bed With The Duke, although there isn't really a Duke in the story. Michael Durant is the heir to the Duke of Nevitt and has been in Moricadia for two years, missing and presumed dead by his family in England. In reality, he has been imprisoned and tortured by the evil ruler and his henchmen. Miss Emma Chegwidden is in Moricadia as a paid companion to her loathsome employer, Lady Lettice, who belittles her and makes her rub her feet. After an unfortunate occurance involving a small ...more
Donna
Latest installment in the Moracadian books. Liked it fine, but really when you have the despot in your hands, you kill him, period. And why pull in someone obviously related to the contemporary paranormal she's got going? It's unnecessarily disctracting & the pages could've been better used to develop the relationship between Michael & Emma. And where the hell did Micheal's family and Throckmorten come from? Shouldn't Michael have been a little surprised to see them? I know from previous ...more
Rachel Rogers
Readable but ridiculous. Some enjoyable character interactions but the plot was far fetched. If you want something you can completely turn your brain off while reading, this would work.
Joan
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Lillie
It took me about a chapter into this book to realize I had read it a few years ago.

And i just don't know if that's a good thing.


I love Christina Dodd's paranormal romances. They're one of the best and I bought quite a few of them. But I don't think I can say that about her historical romances. They always seem to take a lot of creative liberties and never really "feel" like historical romances. There's no manners, speech, or even etiquette in this book to really classify it as a "historical" any
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Greentea
Actual rating: 2.5 Stars

Don’t let the rating fool you. This is a great read but the reason for my low rating is due to my nit picking. Romance was not up to par and I had issues with the main character. But putting that aside, it was a decent read. It was mixed with corrupt politics that made the setting awesome.

From the beginning, Emma was described as a meek servant. She got my sympathy. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she was fired by her employer. She got into a dangerous situation amidst
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Lisa Kay
I had to lower my rating on this book as I purchased it twice. In otherwords, when I was at the bookstore I didn't remember having bought and read it once. Luckily, B&N exchanged it. It was okay, but it did not reach out and pull me in like some of this wonderful author's other works. Maybe it was just my mood.
Allison
It's been awhile since I read a historical romance, this book reminded me why it was once my favorite genre. It also reminded me why I love Christina Dodd. It was a fun, easy read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot was enjoyable and kept the book moving along. The characters were perfectly written. The good ones were likable, the bad ones were despicable and made you root for the good ones. Emma was a strong main female character who stood up for what she believed in and found a stren ...more
Cheri Champagne
I am unsure how to rate this novel. While I absolutely loved the first half, I despised the second. The relationship between the Reaper and Emma was infectious and enchanting. In the second half, however, the "love" scene between Michael and Emma (the hero and heroine) read more like a rape scene, which both disturbed and disgusted me. Phrases like "I have this right. I take this right." and "I own you" are overly possessive and potentially threatening/menacing. Emma might have been thinking "ye ...more
Gemma
Was reading and enjoying it until I learned that there's rape scene in this book--with the "hero" as the attacker. That's a deal-breaker for me.
Yun Merripen
bosennnnnnn....uda mahal ternyata mengecewakan....
Nancy
Lady’s companion Emma Chegwidden never expected to get caught up in the daring exploits of the notorious outlaw, The Reaper, while sojourning with her employer in a foreign country. But not only does her sensual encounters with the masked man challenge her heart, but she’s drawn to Englishman Michael Durant, under house arrest for political crimes against the country’s brutal regime. Can the two of them survive the coming revolt? Adventure and romance will sweep you away in this exciting tale of ...more
Oleta Blaylock
First I want to note that this story is much darker than any of the previous books. There is a lot of suffering of the people of this country and there is the ongoing torture of prisoners. We learn what happened to Jude’s brother in Morcadia. I also want to point out that there are things that are done in this book that are going to offend some people. I think that we tend to forget that these books are written in a different era and therefore the rules of today’s society don’t necessarily apply ...more
Jessica
As part of my Paperback Project, I try to randomly grab books from the paperback section in my library. It is filled with popular authors, so it gives me a nice and random sampling of things that people want to read, instead of what they feel they should read (aka: The New York Times bestseller list).

I enjoy romance and can usually give the author a great deal of artistic license. However, I can't read too many of them or I start to dislike their ridiculous penchant for gilding every lily and p
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Nunung
Don't judge the book by its title... kesan yang kudapat setelah membaca buku ini.
Buku ke-8 dalam seri Governess bride ini tidak bercerita tentang geverness, melainkan Lady Companion, yang kebetulan lulusan Governess Academy. Gambaran awal membaca judulnya In bed with the Duke, jauh berbeda dengan alur cerita. Bed scene hanya aspek kecil yang baru muncul di pertengahan cerita. bahkan tanpa bed scene, cerita ini akan tetap sama.
Pemilihan judul ini menimbulkan tanya, mengapa tidak memberi judul D
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Readitnweep
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Ryann Murphy
Seriously, how can you not be attracted to a romance with such a title?


Historical romances are not usually my first choice of romance novels. However, this one drew me in from the start! Endearing Emma Chegwidden escapes one bad situation (serving as companion for evil woman) for another (jobless in foreign land) in this suspenseful tale. Emma is turned out to wander the countryside when suddenly the masked "Reaper" appears. The next thing she knows, she is waking up in elegant house and offered
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Fanny Roswita Ria
Utk karya yang ini gw bilang "lumayan" lah, ada bagian yg buat gw trs tertarik utk baca& ada jg bagian yg buat gw longkapin ke halaman berikutnya. Agak tidak nyambung antara judul dan latar belakang cerita, sama sinopsisnya juga rada "meleng" yah menurut gw.

Hero digambarkan pada sinopsisnya itu sinis, kejam, berbahaya padahal dari awal cerita sampai habis yang tergambar cuman sinis doang, bahkan yang kejam&berbahaya itu Sandre; Jean-Paul; sama Rickie. Kalo Emma sendiri diawal cerita terg
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Antica
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Tina
La Dodd comes highly recommended by one of my favorite authors, Karen Hawkins, so I try to grab her books when I see them in the used bookstores. They look like your run-of-the-mill historical romances, but I assure you that this book exceeded my expectations.

Miss Emma Chegwidden (there's a mouthful) is a demure and unassuming companion to one of the most horrid and spoiled grande dames of current society, one Lady Lettice. Emma's job is primarily to remain at the beck and call of this unattract
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Sylvie
Why is it that English are presented of high morals against all other foreigners? If I remember right wasn't the Prime rate manipulated at the initiative of English banks? Not very imaginative of the author also this country in the Pyrenees at the doors of the French who dared cut off their King's head; it might almost make us think of... well... Andorra maybe?! The final is strange with our 6 heroes simply walking out while guards ignore them because "no one would dare question a duke" though t ...more
Jen
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Mem
Emma Chegwidden thought that taking a position as companion to Lady Lettice Surtees would be an adventure, and she couldn’t have been more right. Soon after starting her new job, Emma found herself summarily dismissed by her penny-pinching harridan of an employer and left to wander hopelessly lost through the forests of Moricadia. Things go from bad to worse when Emma runs smack into the “Reaper,” the ghostly rider who haunts the countryside. With absolutely no idea how she arrived, Emma wakes u ...more
penelopewanders
Fun tale from the Governess Brides series. I think I haven't read this in order at all (and to judge by the trailer/excerpt at the end of the book, the next one shouldn't actually be next but before this one).. but I am missing a few. Set in an imaginary kingdom in the Pyrenees (Andorra?), some interestingly complex characters make this a good and entertaining read.
Patria
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Kristine
Fun historical romance. Emma is fun and English to her core. She has brains and beauty which of course she I'd unaware of at first. Michael is an interesting character. Tortured, literally, but good and noble. A pretty typical Dodd story but that's why I liked it so much.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 10, 2015 07:33AM  
  • The Virgin's Secret
  • The Secret Duke (Malloren, #10)
  • The Reckless Bride (Black Cobra Quartet, #4)
  • Provocative in Pearls (The Rarest Blooms #2)
  • Rushed to the Altar (Blackwater Brides #1)
  • Royal's Bride (Bride's Trilogy, #1)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior (Adventurers’ Club #2)
  • Wicked All Day (Lorimer Family & Clan Cameron #5)
  • To Tame a Dangerous Lord (Courtship Wars, #5)
  • At the Duke's Pleasure (The Byrons of Braebourne, #3)
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Christina's 2015 List of Stories:
— A PIRATE'S WIFE FOR ME: A new, full-length, Governess Brides historical (out now)
— THE RELATIVES: A new Virtue Falls Short Story (out now)
— VIRTUE FALLS in paperback (June 30)
— THAT SCANDALOUS EVENING reprint (June 30)
— OBSESSION FALLS: A new, full-length Virtue Falls novel (Sept 8)

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“I intend to marry Michael, and squander all his money and run his life, and make sure he never again consorts with wicked women or gambles with licentious men. I promise I will henpeck him until he has no life beyond what I allow him, and when we die, I will lie in his arms through all eternity.” 9 likes
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