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The Duke Next Door (Heiress Brides #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,302 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
The dangerously beautiful Deirdre Cantor is determined to inherit her grandfather’s vast fortune. All she needs is to marry a duke…and be the first granddaughter to walk down the aisle. After all, she has always dreamed of becoming a member of the haute ton. So when the proper Calder Marbrook, the Marquis of Brookhaven and future Duke of Brookmoor, is abandoned at the alta ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Fani *loves angst*
Simplistic but highly entertaining. I always like marriage of convenience plots so it was easy for me to like this one as well. The characters, especially Calder's, are not described in depth and some scenes, like when he fondled her publicly in the staircase, are over the top, but I liked the result nonetheless. Light but with just a touch of angst to add some interest in the mix, it was fast paced and very enjoyable. I think I may have liked it more than the first one, but certainly Celeste Br ...more
Amber Gray
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
[close] The dangerously beautiful Deirdre Cantor is determined to inherit her grandfather's vast fortune. All she needs is to marry a duke...and be the first granddaughter to walk down the aisle. After all, she has always dreamed of becoming a member of the haute ton.

So when the proper Calder Marbrook, the Marquis of Brookhaven and future Duke of Brookmoor, is abandoned at the altar, Deirdre makes it her business to become his wife--in spite of the whispers about his past.

Soon Deirdre's vision
The Duke Next Door
3 Stars

Deidre Cantor has adored Calder Marbrook from afar for years and finally seizes the opportunity to marry him when her cousin Phoebe leaves him at the alter. But Calder has a secret that may just destroy his marriage before it has even begun...

Cute romance but could have done without the silly misunderstandings.

Deidre and Calder have a smoldering chemistry and their sex scenes are intense and erotic. Unfortunately, the problems begin when they open their mou
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Sarai by: Katie(babs)
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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stella yip
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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it's nice to see how the duke is being warmed up by his wife because he is such a cold person. oh well, you couldn't blame him, right? after all, his first wife is dead, fiancee had run away with his younger brother, it'll make anyone to become cold and distant from the others. he was so hurt from the woman that keep leaving him that he become more guarded with his heart. therefore, it's good that the heroine can break through his guard and can manage to love him as well. not many people can do ...more
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book after I saw that it had managed only about a 3.5 or so cumulative rating. Well, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed reading it. It had humor, love, spice and sizzle and not too many annoying devices found in so many historical romances. I think this author is underappreciated and hope that she will one day be "discovered" by some of my friends here who enjoy this genre.
Mary Vilarino
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

The second book of "The Heiress Brides" was an excellent read. I kept wanting to know what challenges Deidre sent Calder's way. I was enchanted with how she let herself develop and be less afraid. I was especially charmed with Lady Margaret and her fighting spirit. This is a book to keep.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Deirdre Cantor and Calder Marbrook are sensual and exciting. The chase scene is well worth the read. I missed reading the first one in this series, and I keep putting it off because Calder is rejected in it. He was a man in need of someone to really love him. He is almost a "cave man" at times.
A delicious Regency read!! Engaging characters and an entertaining plot line. Nice amount of steam to keep the story popping!

I love a lively historical with all the pomp and circumstance! Really enjoyable read!

A fun series.
D.W. Nichols
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Segundo de la trilogía las Herederas. Para mí, el mejor de los tres, gracias al personaje masculino. Ese Calder, tan cortado e inseguro, escondiéndose detrás de una personalidad déspota cuando en realidad, es la manera que tiene de disimular que no tiene ni puta idea de qué hacer con su mujer.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, I can't wait to see Sophie get her HEA, and hopefully the Butler/Lady's Maid romance starts, and is good!
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like this book very much. Loved little Meggie, she was adorably hilarious.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leído en Abril 2011

Estuvo entretenido... y me gustó!!
Estance Moriarty
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: really-good-read
This was simply delightful !
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This author uses imprecise language and I don't like it. For example, a male character in the book uses the word "inclined," when wishing he could smooth things over (he said he was not "inclined" to do so). Inclined has two meanings; a wish or desire to do something, or a tendency to do something. The man was thinking he did not have the skill or practice at smoothing things over. However, the use of the word "inclined" just felt like nails on a chalkboard because I typically read "inclined" as ...more
Nunca me he considerado fanática de la novela romántica pero también es cierto que he decidido este año ampliar mis horizontes y bueno que este libro ha caído a mis manos y le di una oportunidad y la verdad es que no me arrepiento en lo mínimo.

La historia se centra en Deirdre y Calder, la primera necesita un prometido que sea duque para poder heredar la fortuna de su familia y si a eso le agregamos que ha estado enamorada de Calder desde que lo conoció hace varios años, no se le hizo difícil dec
Elis Madison
Sir Hamish Pickering died a couple generations ago, but not before making a ridiculous will. He somehow had scads of money (dumb must've paid well in those days), and his will settles twiddle on his female descendants and even less than twiddle on the males—unless…

The first female descendant who marries a duke, or marries a guy who eventually becomes a duke, inherits the whole bundle. And if anybody speaks of the terms of the will outside the family, the money goes to pay the fines of smugglers
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am a big Celeste Bradley fan so it pains me to give a middling review to one of her books, but what's a girl to do? This book seems like it was written by two people or by one writer who started it, put it in a drawer, and finished up 10 years later.

The first half of the book is largely boring and frequently repetitive. It also provides us with a wildly unappealing hero. Calder is boring, taciturn, dismissive, condescending, and downright mean. He is also verbally abusive to his young child a
Diah Didi
Actually, it had my favorite themes, marriage of convenience (not so sure I can call that since Dee was in love with Calder years before) and the s-a-m thing.
I do love Dee for her brave act (purposing, or offering herself to Calder). And I do love Calder, too. Di sini berasa rasa kesepiannya dia, terutama ketika dia membandingkan dirinya dengan Rafe, sodaranya, yang jauh lebih luwes. Belum lagi fakta bahwa orang2x melihatnya sebagai duke yang selalu ditinggal perempuan.
Istri pertamanya meningg
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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Aubrey Brown
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I found this book at a dollar store. Not a good sign to begin with. I read on the cover it was a best seller. I thought I would give it a shot for a buck. Now I wished I hadn't. There is zero chemistry between the main characters. The Heroin acts like a child, that leads me to believe she is a stalking maniac. The Hero is a jackass, there is no redeeming quality about him. He treats his brand-new bride just like a child, and it borders on incestuous. He threatens to take away her new dresses and ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
3. Eh, could have done without the lovelorn idiot. The H/h had enough on their plates breaking down mutual walls without his presence, even if it did provide a convenient excuse for the H to act all out of character, curse like a sailor and be heroic instead of the stick. On the other hand, if it weren't for the idiot, the H would never have doubted the h in the first place, etc.

And I still don't know what makes the H tick. He's all built up in self-superiority I guess. But why? No - really. Are
Lillian Bittle
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A sweet, touching romance of Regency time era.
Limau Nipis
I am delighted to find this author when I am browsing for another pick on historical romance genres.

And what a wonderful find I had! This book is delightful, witty, charming and funny.

I love the instant chemistry and the constant bickering between the hero, Calder and the heroine, Deirdre. Deidre has been known to love Calder from the start, secretly hoping to marry him someday, after he was divorced, and blatantly proposed to Calder, who amazingly, accepted on the spot. It is funny on how Deidr
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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May 30, 2008 rated it liked it
So, this old fart still has two granddaughters in the running for his vast fortune, if one of them manages to marry a duke, and there’s a duke’s heir still available. So the beautiful, sophisticated cousin who’s been raised by her truly awful stepmother—who is chaperoning all the cousins—goes to the heir and makes him a proposal he can’t refuse. He lost a wife years ago when she was running away from him and her carriage overturned. Now another fiancée would rather marry his bastard brother. The ...more
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
What the hell happened to Calder in this book? He seemed so put together and confident in the first book, but he is a weenie in this book that can't talk to Diedre without "accidentally" sounding like an a-hole, and he is entirely too distracted by womens breasts. So annoying. Diedre has apparently loved Calder since the age of 16, but after the wedding, you would never know it by the way they constantly fight. These two clearly belong in the "too stupid to live" category. Too much time was spen ...more
Cik Aini
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cik Aini by: Limau Nipis
This is the first book that I read from this author since my sister recommended this to me. I may not sing praises for this author when there's explosion of historical romance genre in the market but I applauded her effort. I'd been romantic novel sucker especially when I grew up reading Judith McNaught.

The story started off with Diedre, the ambitious woman set to marry the marquess when his marriage to her cousin is cancelled. I found the book such a light read but I don't realise when actually
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok

I liked this book...but not until the second half. haha. It was just a little slower moving and disjointed for me than the first in the series. Once the halfway mark hit, however, then it picked up a little. I didn't like Deidre or Calder in the first book when I was introduced to them as a reader. She was too stuck up and he was too boring. So, I wasn't sure if I would like their tale at all. And their romance was just eh. The only reason I gave it a 2.5, was for Patricia and Fortescue. I re
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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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