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The Duke Buys a Bride

(The Rogue Files #3)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,694 ratings  ·  318 reviews
A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Avon
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
You’re a witch,” he muttered. “From the moment I saw you, I’ve been doing things entirely out of my character.”

After the way things left off with Marcus in The Scandal of It All, I was more than a little eager to get my hands on his book to see just how this man will redeem himself. While a lot of his behavior shows him to be almost a spoiled and entitled brat at times, still waters run deep, and you just know there's something underneath the appearance that he initially gives
h o l l i s
The entire mess made him uncomfortable. He did not like to think of himself as a procurer of humans. Even if pity and altruism had motivated him.

THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE was my least favourite of The Rogue Files so far. What starts out as an interesting concept -- a wife auction and the passing Duke who buys the girl to save her from embarrassment or worse -- kinda.. floundered. This might have also been made worse by some strangely modern phrasing infused throughout the dialogue but there just was
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating for now is 2.5.

I found the characters to be okay, but not much depth. Story's pacing and development was average, at best.

Review to come closer to publication.
Ivy H
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Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Marcus Weatherton, Duke of Autenberry, buys Alyse Bell at a bride auction and offers her a position as his housekeeper. They travel north together, grind up on each other, and fall into LURVE.


2. Marcus has half a bushel of angst that ends up getting dropped by the final chapters without any actual development and it's just silly and obviously a placeholder because a straight-forward hero...doesn't work? I guess? So add in daddy-issues and half-brother issues
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Now I’m reminded why I Don’t usually buy Sophie jordan’s Books. This one was meh. The premise was interesting enough to try out and the sample started out with promise. Duke wakes up face down in horse shit. Girl getting sold on auction block... what’s not to like?

And then it went downhill from there. There no real exploration of why the Duke is running away, no real depth and insight into his past. The girl Is also meh. Aside from the duke being “beautiful” and th girl having generous bosom, no
Lover of Romance
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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The Duke Buys A Bride is the third book in the Rogue Files series by Sophie Jordan. This story was one I was highly anticipating, first off the cover is what really drew me to it and the title was so tempting I just knew I had to have this and I was so excite

Not too bad. Similar to book 2 (The Scandal of It All), I don't think the H/h (Marcus and Alyse) truly got to know each other before they professed their love for one another (even though they were in each other's company for a week or so).

I was hoping to see Marcus make up with his half-brother Struan (hero from book 1 While the Duke Was Sleeping) in this book, but, unfortunately, that didn't happen. What a loss of opportunity for the author.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars

I really enjoyed the story and where the characters ended up. Our heroine was so awesome. She was dealt awful cards and I loved her fighting back. I did enjoy reading her character.

Okay, while this book had a really good storyline and characters, I felt that it lacked emotion. I couldn't connect to the characters and I felt so distant from the story. I really enjoyed the events of the story but I couldn't see myself in it. I couldn't find one part of it that allowed me to connect.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan is book Three in The Rogue Files. This is the story of Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry and Alyse Bell. I have read the previous books (and Loved them!) but feel this is easily a standalone book if you want to do so.
Alyse lost her parents when she was young and her father had made a agreement with his friend who had several children but no longer a wife to take in his daughter, Alyse. So to fill that promise she 'married' him and helped raised his kids. Now
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
I feel a tiny bit mean for only giving the three stars. The story just did not captivate me. I stayed kind of outside, and had to force myself to finish it. I am afraid what worked against it was me reading a different book with a similar storyline at the same time. And I liked the other one better.
I had to abandon this book at chapter 15. It just wasn’t capturing my interest. I liked the premise for it and the story line but something about this author’s writing is just boring. I have tried a few other books by her and nothing really stands out. It’s sad because her books all have good story lines.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
There’s something about this series that keeps me reading.

I liked Alyse and Marcus well enough. She’s smart and underestimated. He’s stoic and has no idea he’s actually a marshmallow inside. There are a few other characters, but no one really stands out. Of course it was cute seeing Poppy and Struan.

Plot wise it was okay. There’s a lot of traveling and those scenes were not used for them to have any sort of conversation. The push and pull and lack of communication was at an all time high and th
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
While The Duke Was Sleeping, the first book in this series, was okay-ish. I hoped The Duke Buys a Bride (aka When The Duke Woke The Hell Up) would be more to my taste. Alas. The premise of the bride auction is interesting, but it's definitely wasted on this book. Same as with the first book, it was wallpaper all around. Sophie Jordan's historicals just seem to be not my cup of tea. ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marcus and Alyse

Worth the wait! I loved this slow burn marriage not marriage love story. The powerful arrogant Duke has finally met his match.

Sophie Jordan portrayed the arcane custom of wife selling in such vivid detail. The shame, the humiliation and utter powerlessness of a woman was so real.

This looonnnngggg road trip novel worked for me on all levels. I felt the couple's growing closeness over time. It felt real and authentic. Alyse Bell was sensible even though she was in possession of
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First time ive read from this author but it was recommended by other authors i love! So i gave it a try and i really liked it. I mean ima sucker for historical romance. Also i was so into this book i would forget to blink and my eyes would start burning lol oops? Oh Marcus hes like what kind of sick place is this that they allowed wives to be bought like an object. I loved their banter and how he would get annoyed when she kept tryna make conversation lol also i didnt read the other books before ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book as the Marcus and Alyse journeyed through Scotland. I will admit that I wondered how Marcus would go as he was such a toffee nose hahaha
but he has honour and cares just doesn't show the caring often.
Alyse was lovely. She just wanted to go to London to find a library. She was dealt a rotten deal in life and my heart broke for her but she was strong and fierce.
I can't wait to read Clara's book next!
Kelly Elliott
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Sophie Jordan! I'm loving this series! ...more
Favorite Quote: “I always sleep naked.”
“Not with me you don’t.”
“As this was the first time we slept together, I did not realize we had established protocol.”

Alyse Bell was sold into marriage when her father gave her to a friend in the hopes she would be protected after he passed away. Having reached her maturity, she is ready to start her future with her best friend who promised to come back and take her away. Only, he never arrives and her “husband” arranges for the auction to continue so he ca
A clever premise to rectify (and perhaps provide opportunity) for Alyse, a young woman who has been living, in name only, as a wife to a man, receiving protection and shelter. But, he’s now found a woman he loves and wishes to marry, yet he can’t leave Alyse without protection, or simply divorce her. Enter the ‘wife auction’, a formerly real thing in which men could “trade in” the old, seeing them settled and relocated, before making a new start. A bit extreme, but it’s been arranged that Alyse’ ...more

After running away from his family (like a spoiled brat), Marcus is not having a good time. He's travelling on his way to his estate in the Scottish highlands and after a heavy night of drinking, wakes up to find himself face-down in a pile of manure in a small Scottish town. Taking this as the wake-up call he needs, Marcus is determined to get to his estate as soon as possible when he comes across an auction in the town square. A wife auction. Marcus is appall
Suze Lavender
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, needs a break from his friends and family and has left London to travel to his property in Scotland. It's a long way and one of his stops is in Collie-Ben, a village he’d rather forget as quickly as he can. Marcus wakes up in the gaol, smelling horribly, with a sore head and a lot less money. When he’s about to leave the village he sees a crowd on the market square. People have gathered en masse for an auction. When Marcus finds out what or rather who is being auc ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was super fluffy. Follows my favourite troupe of woman being sold off in an auction only to be rescued by a man who wants nothing to do with her but because of close proximity they get to know each other super well in MANY ways. Too bad the characters weren't as developed. Not much about their back stories or why they were who they were. Not much drama or conflict. They just snuggle a lot in cabins and they're sweet. Overall, still loved it. The ending was too fast though lol but I'm t ...more
Samantha W.
2.5 rounded up, because I would like to read the next book in the series.

I kind of liked the characters here, yes it was weird that he literally purchased his "wife" but... this at the end just because they claimed to be wed in Scotland they were? I'd be honestly interested if the selling of a wife is a real thing that happened?

Overall, this book was fine. I felt like the characters were engaging, but the story wasn't really. I'll probably read at least the next one, but if it's a 2/2.5 I'll pr
Amy~My Book Obsession~
It was really good. They were able to get to know each better while they were traveling.
Andrea AKA Catsos Person
Notes to self:

1) Caveat: Proceed with caution, this is an Avon title Published in 2018 (Argh!)
2) Only Paid $1.99 in case this is just unpalatable as everything else
3) Drwan to the “bride auction” theme, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased!
Ashley Nicole
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable light read - don’t look too far into it

This might be a 3.5 popped up to a 4 for awesome narration!

I did enjoy listening to this book for the most part. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the bride sale but then the story dragged around the middle. The repetition of “you are not my wife” became a bit tiresome, is it any wonder that Alyse began to believe it?

I enjoyed the road trip aspect of the book but I expected a bit more excitement from the journey but I got more “driving through Kansas”
3.5 stars rounded down bc of pacing issues I had

Overview: I honestly just picked this book up because the cover caught my attention, but it was a fun roadtrip book with awesome character development! There are a lot of tropes that I really enjoy in this one, and all in all I would recommend this to historical romance lovers drawn to chance encounters and unique premises. I know I was!

Writing: While the blurb really got me intrigued, I think my main issue was the pacing of the romantic progressio
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
So I have actually heard of this practice before, the Bride Auctions were a practice that could circumvent getting a divorce which was nearly impossible back in the day.

I was also excited to see Autenberry redeemed and possibly catch a glimpse of Struen and Poppy again. However, one thing I am coming to learn about Sophie Jordan is that she likes to take a very long time in her build ups. I don't have a problem with that. I like a good build up. However, than I like a few more pages enjoying the
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years

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