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Beauty and the Duke

(Mystical Bliss #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The face he shows the world is not the face she sees. . .

Once, ten years ago, they were young lovers, sharing sinful touches and desperate ecstasy. But he was bound by his promise to wed another. Since that fateful time, Christine Sommers has grown into a headstrong beauty, the kind of woman who thinks nothing of daring travels to the ends of the world. But for all her ach
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ebook, 384 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
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Char
Another winner from Melody---this book is definitely 4 and 1/2 stars. What kept it from being a 5 star is there wasn't quite enough interaction between H/h in the first third of the book and though the dialogue between the two was witty there wasn't quite enough of it. Oh, but Erik could almost (I said, almost) rival Michael from It Must Have Been the Moonlight (who is my all time fav hero). She sure knows how to write a hero. ...more
Elli
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, romance
Had to push & push myself to finish this book -- it kept skirting the DNF line. Female paleontologist is heroine, which gives it another angle, but the writing & storyline didn't work for me. And why oh why would there be fossils in a volcanic complex? Geesh--fails the geonerd test of authenticity. ...more
SY
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a smart heroine but hate long separations. There were Two wives in between her and the hero.
Stephanie
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This untraditional romance starts ten years AFTER our main characters hook up and break up. Wrapped up in an archeological murder mystery, this story explores for what people will sell their souls...in a light, romance-y, happy ending sort of way. It was refreshing to have a leading lady so oblivious to social convention and a hero smart enough to appreciate it. I do wonder, however, how accurate the archeology and paleontology ideas are. Still, all in all, a good read.
Zoe
Read the first 2 chapters, don't really like Christine so I am shelving it to "no thank you". lol ...more
ChristineZ
I skimmed practically the entire book. It seemed to get better at the end, but there was way too much going on. Let me list it in order: an independent female palaeontologist, dinosaur bones, a dangerous Duke who likes to say “fook” instead of the other f work, references to the the affair they had 10 years ago that the main character Christine (!) thought about a lot for the first third of the book and then never referred to again, a school for girls, a magic ring, and an eccentric aunt. They t ...more
Cath
The whole book I had the feeling there were parts of the story missing
Things happenend suddenly or abrupt it seemed. It is possible that's the fault of the translator but it didn't make it an enjoyable read, and that while it had so much potential.
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Wendy
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the relationship between the H & h and loved the story overall. The only downside is that sometimes the disconnect of where the character are situated pulls me out of the story.
Anna
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
May Mostly Romance
หนังสือเล่มนี้เป็นเล่มแรกในชุด Magical Bliss แต่ไม่ต้องคิดอะไรมากนะคะเพราะสิ่งที่เชื่อมแต่ละเล่มเข้าไว้ด้วยกันก็คือ แหวนที่เชื่อกันว่า สามารถมอบสิ่งที่ผู้สวมต้องการมากที่สุดให้ได้ ดังนั้นแม็กซ์จึงไม่แน่ใจว่า เล่มที่สองในชุดจะมีความเกี่ยวข้องกับเล่มนี้มากน้อยเพียงใด อาจจะเป็นเรื่องของตัวละครรองในเล่มนี้ (แต่แม็กซ์ก็ยังไม่เห็นแววใครโดดเด่นชัดเจน แต่อาจจะเป็นน้องสาวพระเอกก็ได้) หรืออาจเป็นเรื่องของคนอื่นไปเลยก็ได้ (เพียงแต่คนนั้นได้แหวนไป)

แต่เห็นพูดเกี่ยวกับแหวนที่ให้พรวิเศษได้ แฟนพารานอมอลก็ไม่ต้อ
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After ten years, Christine is shocked to see the one man that showed her passion and love, but ended their young courtship to marry someone else. Christine, now recently losing her father, has taken over her father's work and over the past ten years has dedicated herself to the work as a Paleontologist. Erik comes to her with a proposal, that there is a marvelous find on his land that she can't resist, since it is part of her dream of being taken seriously as a scientists, however she must agree ...more
Missy
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals
What a sweet and amazing read.

Christine is a pretty, caring and smart woman. She likes to use her brain and gets annoyed when men get upset that a woman is smarter. She has tried to shine to prove her worth but keeps getting passed over for a man! The unfairness of it all! Her career and dreams of a major find are all that is left to her since her love married another all those years ago. She has closed herself off from love.

So you can imagine her shock when she comes face to face with Erik afte
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Sylvain
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it

The face he shows the world is not the face she sees. . . Once, ten years ago, they were young lovers, sharing sinful touches and desperate ecstasy. But he was bound by his promise to wed another. Since that fateful time, Christine Sommers has grown into a headstrong beauty, the kind of woman who thinks nothing of daring travels to the ends of the world. But for all her achievements, Christine has never found anyone who makes her heart race the way Erik Boughton once did. Since that fateful time

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Tracey
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author did a truly outstanding job! Melody Thomas has a remarkable way of writing that keeps me wanting to read more. This was a great romance with a twist of a magic ring, a dragon, a mystery murder, and a beautiful love story. Melody Thomas is definitely a one click buy author! I have several of her books and love all of them!
Mary Vilarino
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book even if the ending petered out somewhat. I liked the interaction between Eric and Christine. The Beast was not such a beast and the beauty was not such a beauty but an independent miss who loved her beast.
Kelly
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It got better about 1/2 through the book. I liked how the MC wasn't a sap and the hero, while dominant in his own way, did everything for the MC even when she didn't know it. It closed up fairly fast after a few of the plot questions were cleared up. ...more
Rynna
boring
Kathy
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovelove love this book
Cassie
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, kindle
this could have easily been a favorite of mine...but something was missing. maybe more details? I cant seem to pin point it, but something or somethings were missing from this story.
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
Not bad at all, would've given it 4 stars with a slightly altered ending. ...more
Isalys
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Brooke
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay story, I just found it difficult to read at some points. I did not get the tension and problems that the main couple supposedly endured.
Sam
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Siti Sarah
Slow and boring book. But still OK to read it.
Christina
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, romance
Loved the palenotology angle and the great, mysterious Scottish castle with secrets.
Carrie Felton
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Good but there are some slow parts. Wouldn't get a four if there weren't so many good quotes and funny scenes ...more
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