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In the Bed of a Duke

(Cameron Sisters #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,333 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The distressed traveler Charlotte Cameron encounters on a rainy Scottish night is absolutely the worst man she could have invited into her carriage! It is Phillip Maddox, the reprehensible Duke of Colster, who brought the full weight of the ton's fury down upon her--simply because Charlotte encouraged her sister not to wed the powerful peer. And now the seductive devil res ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 25th 2006)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
This book was okay. It wasn't great but it wasn't bad. I didn't really like Phillip. It bugged me that he didn't want to marry Charlotte. That he had sex with her and ruined her on purpose, but then he wanted to make her a mistress. Even after he fell in love with her and he knew he wouldn't be Duke anymore he still didn't ask her to marry him but was just going to use her as a mistress. That is super disrespectful and showed he had no honor. I did like Charlotte but I wish she would have marrie ...more
Niranjana Jagadeesan
A wonderful story. I really enjoyed it. It was refreshing to meet a pair of twins that were so unlike each other. That was different, original. Even the heroine wasn't annoying as they usually turn out to be. Charlotte was strong and did not cry or make a fuss at every single trifle. In fact, she actually took control of dire situations more than once. If I had any complaint it would be that they fell in love all too quickly for my tastes. There wasn't much development involved, especially consi ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-at-all
The tension between the hero and heroine was so off for me. The book started off with them absolutely hating each other, which is fine... but once they unknowingly got into the same traveling coach headed thru Scotland, the game changed. They go from glaring and ignoring each other and by page 37 it all went down the toilet for me. He asked her why she was traveling to Scotland, and she refused to answer him. His reaction? He figured that if he literally jumped across the carriage to land on her ...more
So you know those books you've already read, that you've forgotten you've read until you are about 1/3 or halfway through the actual book and you're sitting there thinking, "this seems so familiar" but it takes you another page or two to realize OHMYGOD. I'VE READ THIS ALREADY?

Yes. This book was it. I like Cathy Maxwell, I really do but for the second time, this book didn't grab my attention (Hence the reason it took me all the way up until the fight in the middle to realize I have read it befor
Lady Darcie Guenon
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: Cameron Sisters #1
Charlotte Cameron is an American trying to fit into London. After helping her sister Miranda jilt the Duke of Colster for husband Charlotte has been putting up with insane things and she isn't going to let the Duke of Colster treat her family the way he has anymore. Set out on to scotland to met the Dukes enemy Charlotte hopes that this man will be able to help her with her little problem little does she know the Duke is also on his way to Scotland to meet the same person.
Phillip Maddox, the Duk
This book did not know what it was trying to be: a historical fiction romance or adventure or all at the same time. That is the feeling I got from it. It was enjoyable although it felt short. It has lots of major plots which required more development and page count. Moreover, the ideas behind those plot points were really good. Maybe it was the small page count or their execution.
I know this book is part of a series, and I basically started in the middle of it. Thus, the two main characters mig
Quite the beginning with Charlotte and Phillip meeting on the road to Scotland; a lot of intensity between these two characters right off the bat.
I found myself secretly cheering on Charlotte's lack of "proper" manners toward Phillip the Duke (the American in me) .
Oh yes Charlotte does my American heart proud when the MacKenna's want to attack Phillip. Charlotte takes one man out, and helps shoot another while she calmly tells Phillip to run "and this time don't diddle around" hahaha
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it! Love it! Great author! My favorite book of hers. Love the main characters! In 1807 London, Duke Phillip Maddox blames Charlotte Cameron for her sister, his fiancée, jilting him at their betrothal ball. However, he learns that his older twin brother Justin, who died in childbirth, actually is alive. He was kidnapped by Laird MacKenna and was raised in the Highlands. Philip needs to know the truth.------ Charlotte travels by coach in a storm to see MacKenna who she met when he introduced ...more
Lover of Romance
Charlotte Cameron, heads up to Scotland, to visit Laird McKenna, whom if she marries him is a way to repair the damage done to her family by letting her sister marry the man that she loved. After her and her sisters came to England, she convinced her sister (whom after being practically engaged to a peer) to marry a man she had loved for many years. So Charlotte, knowing that she and her sisters might be shunned from society, decided that the happiness of her sister was more important. Now trave ...more
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Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is a DNF. I didn't like the lack of build between the hero and heroine before they hopped into the sack. It was too soon in their relationship, and also, the characters weren't entering into an equal relationship. There were overtones of power and control, and not the consensual kind that are prevalent in other romances. I left off when there is a kidnapping brewing, and well, I don't really care what happens to the characters in this book or how the kidnappers are foiled. Therefore, it is ...more
3 stars - London, 1807 / Adult Historical Romance

I didn't know it was a part of series. So, am I going to grab others? Well, that depends. Anyway, it was a nice plot and I especially liked the climatic scene (read the book if you want to know what scene is that. Not gonna tell, I'm very lazy at the moment to spoil the fun). I never liked insta-love but well, it's Romancelandia, what would you expect? Read on your own peril.
Loved everything about this book. I enjoyed reading it. Philip is the kind of a guy who will always do whats right even if it wasnt in his own benefit. He is so much like Charlote and that why they are a perfect match. Also, who couldnt fall in love with twins ??? Justin and Philip are so much alike even though they didnt know about each other but recently.
Great book.
Cindy III
So I own this book and it happened to fit with a reading challenge I am doing. I had another book that also fit, but this one got my attention almost from the start. However, there were things that I didn't care for or like. Still before I go into that I'd say I liked it enough despite those things to give it 3 stars.

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Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enemies turned lovers

The Cameron sisters left the young United States to come to England with hopes of finding husbands . Miranda jilted Phillip Maddox aka Lord Colester with help of her eldest sister Charlotte. One cold rainy night in Scotland these two enemies are forced together by fate. They tables turn and find themselves on an adventure of finding themselves and reliving life. Can they get over their past and new secrets to have a life together or go thier own ways. Great book!
Jacqueline Seewald
Charlotte Cameron is an American who has brought her two younger sisters to England to improve their station in life. Her younger sister Miranda has jilted the Duke of Colster. He holds Charlotte responsible. The two meet on the road to the Highlands and a hot romance ensues. There is lots of action and a complexity to the plot which includes the Duke's long lost twin brother. If you like Regency romance, this will be an enjoyable read.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
Sweet story, H and h have a history, causing them to each other, as she helped her sister to jilt him, publicly. He's now caught up in another possible scandal, somehow she's get's involved, and before she blinks he's ruined her. He realises he likes her a lot but he couldn't marry her, so plans to make her his mistress. I really enjoyed their adventure, and the writing flowed well. Good fun.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maxwell-cathy
This book was a relief to find that the Duke of Colster, a jerk in the previous book, met his match and redeemed himself. Even though he was ruthless in many ways, he showed himself to be a true gentleman by finding his lost, OLDER brother, at the risk of his own life and the loss of a title.
Bobbie  Whited
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if I've read a romance novel where the main characters fall in bed together as quickly as Charlotte and Phillip but I do appreciate that this gives more scenes with them doing the dirty tango.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.
Elis Madison
In the first book in this series, (don't read this if you haven't read the first book) (view spoiler) As a result, the two remaining Cameron sisters, not to mention Miranda's lover's business partner, are shunned. They're all more or less ruined by the vindictive bastid.

Char has decided to bite the bullet and accept the advances of a Scottish laird who hates Colster
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
Very well written story.
Started out kinda slow, but the more you read the more you get sucked into the story.
Phillip starts out in the story as an a$$, but he changes a little. He is still arrogant, but not as much as an a$$.
Charlotte, she has some serious issues. She wants to fit in with the ton, but she has really no clue about going about it. She disregards most of the "rules" of the ton. Then she tries to side with someone who she has a common enemy with and that all goes to hell.
Trudy Miner
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American Charlotte Cameron and the Duke of Colster are enemies after she got her sister to publicly jilt him at a ball. Now Charlotte has accepted an invitation to the Scottish Highlands because she's considered bad Ton and not accepted anywhere. On the way there, a terrible storm struck and her carriage was almost run off road. The carriage stopped to pick up a distressed passenger and when he climbed inside, he turned out to be no other than Phillip Maddox, Duke of Closter! He had received a m ...more
Lori T-m
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good, but it had a lot of filler and then it [the filler] was never resolved. The disappointment for me was that the end was rushed and abrupt. It ended good (a feel-good ending to the romance part between the duke and the lady) but all of the filler (a feud between two lands and a feud between two brothers who just recently found out they were brothers, and so on..) just fell to the wayside. The feuds took up so much in the book that I found myself wanting to see how THAT part end ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at page 47

I get that Phillip hates Charlotte at the beginning of this book (or at least seriously despises her) but the first time they're together in a closed carriage he physically assaults her choking her (to the point where she thought he was going to kill her!) and then sexually assualts her by going straight from choking her to kissing her and groping her. What. The. Hell.
When she finally gets him off of her, he's rude and unapologetic and then goes to sleep in front of her, unaffecte
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The relationship grew fast but it was very well established. Charolotte and Philiip were both enjoyabe characters and more than once I found myself laughing at their banter. It was interesting seeing Phillip who wasn't used to adventure start to let lose a little bit. Even better was the moments between him and Justin. Enjoying Philip as much as I did I found myself drawn to Justin as well. I can't wait to read his story. All in all a great love story with some advent ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I read this out of sequence so not as enjoyable as if I hadn't read the last book already. Based on her previos novels, I was also expecting a little bit more from this storyline. There was so much build up in the first story to the characters extreme dislike for each other that I was expecting a lot of drama. And, I was left disappointed. Instead, they were in each other's arms within the first chapter.
I've discovered that in romance, and historical romance in particular, there's a thin line between seduction and HOLY FUCK DUDE behaviour. The hero in this story leapt that hurdle and then the next one of "do you really have be THAT much of a dumbass?" and then the last hurdle of the "I guess since you're such an douchebag you'll have to make a GRAND GESTURE." The writing was good though, so I think I'll read more by her.
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.

Other books in the series

Cameron Sisters (5 books)
  • Temptation of a Proper Governess (Cameron Sisters, #1)
  • The Price of Indiscretion (Cameron Sisters, #2)
  • Bedding the Heiress (Cameron Sisters, #4)
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