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The Duke Buys a Bride

(The Rogue Files #3)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,811 ratings  ·  217 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
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Avon
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl 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 off.

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
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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Starr (AKA Bam Bam) 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,
Lover of Romance
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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
Suze Lavender
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
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 ...more
Megan Lyons
I work in a bookstore, and love reading the titles and backs of romance novels. They are so over the top, and I have this habit of being drawn to the ones with the most ridiculous premises. This was one of those finds, but it was not as much fun as I was hoping for. I wanted their to be more humor, but it was a lot more somber than I was expecting. The build up of tension between the love interests was weirdly uneven, and the whole thing just felt a bit unsatisfying. There was also this weird ...more
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
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
Lori D
An enchanting story full of unexpected twist and turns. Up on the auction block to be sold off as a wife, Alyse Bell expects her friend to rescue her. Unfortunately he does not show up but Marcus Weatherton, the Duke of Autenberry does. Marcus, just waking up from a night of imbibing too much and sees Alyse being auctioned off and in a moment of valor, buys her. Little does he know in saving her from the other men around, he has bought a wife. With Alyse having no were to go, Marcus takes her ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Duke Buys a Bride was unexpected in some interesting ways, but, once again for this series, while entertained, I did not get the shippy feels.

The meet cute here almost had me wanting to DNF, but the story doesn't unfold at all the way you'd expect from the opening. That holds true throughout, with some sort of problematic classic romance element happening but then not going the way it would have back then. Have a couple of examples:

- At the outset, the heroine is sold off in a wife auction.
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
This bride up for auction had a plan in place. She was not expecting to be purchased by the wealthy stranger. She was not expecting to become his bride. She was not ready for all the things that were about to happen to her life. I not sure if by intention or happenstance but this one was fun and funny for me all at the same time. Watching Marcus and Alyse interact was just fun. I enjoy this lighthearted read and made a fantastic afternoon of getting from England to Scotland and unraveling two ...more
Sandra R
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and read it in one day without wanting to put it down. Well written with a really steamy, slow burn romance set in Scotland in the 1800's. I assume it's the Victorian era because there was mention of trains. I liked that this author knew it would take one or two weeks to get to the highlands from the lowlands on horseback. As usual I read number three of this series before one and two. Sigh... There were no spoilers for the other two books in this one, except of course ...more
I'm a bit put out that there wasn't more depth to Marcus's redemption story, and this read more like a novella/filler novel than another book in The Rogue Files. Admittedly, I haven't read The Scandal of It All (not my trope), however I have it on good authority (my mother) it was quite steamy and delicious. While The Duke Was Sleeping however is one of my faves, so a disappointing way to end a series.

The pacing here was off, and you didn't really feel vested in Marcus, or even Alyse, though she
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the concept and that they had to travel together for awhile and that it gave them time to get to know each other.
I didn't like that our Hero wasn't honest about who he was and what he wanted from our Heroine and our Heroine didn't talk about her concerns regarding what was going to happen to them either.
While there really wasn't a big foil or danger, so the entire story revolved around their inability to tell each other what they wanted.
It ended up being annoying and made the book
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero buys heroine at a wife auction? Color me curious. I wish I could say that I loved this book but there were a few things that were problematic for me. The heroine’s attitude when they reach Scotland. The hero’s attitude every time there was a little action between him and the heroine. Little things that just chipping away. In the end, I liked it okay.
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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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The Rogue Files (6 books)
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  • The Duke's Stolen Bride (The Rogue Files, #5)
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