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Rebellious Desire

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  8,307 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
Before there was Downton Abbey, there was Rebellious this classic Regency romance from bestselling author Julie Garwood, an American heiress must land a titled lord.

Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome—and most arrogant. And of all London’s ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one—Ca
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Pocket Books (first published June 1986)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Another great story by Julie Garwood, and while I really liked it, I didn't love it.

Bradford was one of, if not the most annoying, of all the Garwood heroes. Dare I say, even worse than all of the Highlanders put together.

But it was still a fun read.
2.5 to 3 stars.

Should have really paid attention to the year this book was written (1986!) because dear god, the alpha male hero and the feisty, different yet still sensitive and sweet heroine made me want to throw this book against the wall at some points. In one scene, heroine gets pushed down the stairs and her bodice rips and her hair comes all undone and the FIRST thing the hero does is assume she was with some other man. And in another scene she is accosted by another man at a party (not t
Feb 26, 2016 MelaDWolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I started with reading this book on the beginning of the week. Because I have paperback, and Julie Garwood can make my day, this one was read-on-class-when-bored. I could probably sit down, and read it in few hours, but then what would I do, when I'm bored in school. Trust me, this was first time that I was happy about boring classes.

Julie Garwood can't write bad book. I don't know if there is something in her blood or what, but her books always make me happy.Every book that she wrote
2.8*s really. I read everything Julie Garwood writes, but some of her older books just irritate me. Like this one. I realize that it was a pattern in historicals written in the 80's, to have the female protagonist get walked all over. But after establishing all the strengths of the character, she gets all walked over and just figures she has to take it until the guy comes to his senses. I hate that. And I really hate that the author never has this male lead accept responsibility for his being a ...more
Varied Books
Apr 07, 2017 Varied Books marked it as on-kindle-to-read  ·  review of another edition
4/7/17 sale 1.99.
Chitra *CJ*
So, midway through it I realized this was a Julie Garwood book..And it was a shock.
After being used to the likes of Alec, Ian and Broderick- the bar was set so high that Bradford was a grave disappointment.
I'm all for insta love and obsessive heroes- but being blinded by jealousy, having major trust issues, overbearing, arrogant and asshole are something which makes a hero non alpha and a total dbag.
To be honest, the book frustrated me. I wanted to shake Caroline for giving in every single time,
Jun 06, 2013 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Ms. Garwood that I have read. A blog I read recommended this author, so I found this book, which looked promising to me, at my local library. Honestly, it sat around awhile as I read a couple of amazing books I had been waiting for (talkin’ ‘bout the super talented Tessa Dare here). I was at a place I was ready to read this book and was very excited to do so. I cannot fully express how awful this book is compared to what I usually read. There was no flow, the characters ...more
May 28, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in 2012, when I was reading anything written by Julie Garwood. It's quite good, but I can't rate it a 5. She has other books I give that rating to and unkindly I'm rating it against that group.

An American daughter of an Earl is transported and raised in Boston till her 20th birthday comes home.
Sep 11, 2013 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An early work of Garwood's that I picked up for .99 on Amazon. I'm a little torn about this one. I enjoy her writing style, and the characters she creates feel real. The story arc is good, including the mystery that's part of the plot. The only thing I really disliked are the hero and heroine.

Caroline starts the book as a self confident and assertive woman, who in the opening scene, single-handedly foils a carriage robbery with a combination of daring, quick thinking, and fine shooting. Then she
Michelle K
Mar 21, 2011 Michelle K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read, historical
Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford and Caroline Richmond's book.

I enjoyed Rebelious Desire. I particularly liked how Caroline and Bradford met. The carriage hijack of his friend Brummell was well written and I felt the immediate connection between Bradford and Caroline. I was hoping that Brummell would play a bigger part in the story because it was even more enjoyable when they later met at one of the balls.

The little mystery that was added in the story was a little blan. It wasn't very
Laura V.
Él la aborda sexualmente rozando la violación. La besa, la manosea, aun cuando ella no quiere, y él sigue de todas formas porque quiere tenerla a pesar de sus objeciones. Parece que ella no puede decidir al respecto. Es asqueroso.

"Al advertir que él no parecía dispuesto a detener su tierno asalto, Caroline se alarmó todavía más.

Después de eso, ni valía la pena continuar. Brandford es un personaje bastante desagradable. Lo peor es que yo compré el libro y no pienso terminarlo.

Eso nos deja una en
Jul 20, 2008 Julianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Author
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"3.5 stars" Rebellious Desire was Julie Garwood's second historical romance, and like its predecessor, Gentle Warrior, it was originally published for the Tapestry line of romances. Because of this, the book is a little shorter than her others that she wrote later, and I could see where it was lacking in both character and plot development. I also thought that she still showed signs of the novice writer at this point in her career, so I didn't enjoy this one as much as so
Feb 03, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julie-garwood
Caroline Richmond killed a man at 4 years old. She doesn't remember but for her safety her father sent her to live with his brother in Boston. Now, Caroline has returned to England, determined to find her cousin's fiance and reconnect with her father. On the way to her father's home, Caroline, Charity and Benjamin come across a stranger that has been shot and is being threatened by bandits. Caroline manages to save the stranger by shooting the gun out of the bandits hand. Once the bandits disapp ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I am sincerely disappointed. I love Julie Garwood. I did NOT love this book. To be honest... I don't even remember the main character's names. That being said, while I enjoy a book about a brooding, arrogant male, I was not a fan of the Baron or Earl or whatever he was. He just treated his woman as though she was a 'play thing'. It aggravated me. The girl, again... I can't remember her name... Kate? Lizzie? Whatever... she started the novel as though she was this strong inde ...more
May 11, 2015 Kristal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To quote a friend: "I wish this book had a face, that way I could slap it."

I have read almost 200 historical romances now and this was by far the worst of the lot. Not only was the writing atrocious but the plot was paper thin. As if those that wasn't reason enough for me to dislike this book there was also the two lead characters who were just plain unlikeable. I thought the heroine would be interesting as we open up with her as a pistol toting badass but somewhere between chapter 1 and 2 she
The historical inaccuracies. The insta-lust. The character inconsistency. The OH NO SHIT THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES SISTERS. The Boundaries McTrampler, "I don't care what you want", "allow me to stalk your ass" hero.

The last is what did it for me. NOT ENOUGH NOAP for that guy.

Also the fact that in ONE THIRD of the book, all that had happened was the above. Mystery plot? Nah. Melodrama? OH YES.

Look. I know it's cheap. Skip it anyway.
Caroline Richmond was raised in America by her aunt and uncle. Now she has returned to England and is on her way to see her father after so many years of separation. She encounters the Duke of Bradford after she rescues a man whose carriage was stopped by robbers. Later they meet again while attending a ball.

Like many of Ms Garwood's novels, the story is filled with delightful banter and a wonderful cast of characters and put together in an enjoyable and entertaining manner.
I loved the beginning, but disliked the ending, because Jered was an idiot. One of the worst Garwood heroes. The only Garwood historical I liked less than this one is The Wedding, because Conner was dense.
Apr 03, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
This book was so poorly written that I couldn't bring myself to finish it.
Can not believe i once liked this book...........
Bradford is the world's biggest asshole and Caroline loses her backbone after the first 15 pages.
No just no!
Price drop. $1.99. 4/7/17.

Re-read October 24, 2014.
Re-read January 11, 2016.
Danette Steward
Sep 22, 2010 Danette Steward rated it really liked it
Shelves: garwood-julie
Another great read by Garwood!!
I like how strong and independent Caroline was at the beginning. Someone who wouldn't be easy to manage and control and stand up for herself. Until Bradford.

I like almost all JG's hero since they're alpha that fit my criteria but this one takes exception.

I. Can't. Stand. Him!

I don't know why she didn't choose Milford instead since they get alone so well and he understood her better.

Bradford was a jerk without valid reason. His trust issues has no depth to it and the end was way too rushed.

I ski
May 14, 2017 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I've read too many Julie Garwood books, but this seems like a copy of her other works. The recycled storyline and characters were very boring. Perhaps because it's a very old book (if you consider 20 years as a lifetime passed). I do believe it would be a sweet afternoon read though, if of course you don't mind repeated cliches and storylines.
Love Butterfly
May 27, 2017 Love Butterfly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy reading this story. I think hero seems more human than any other characters in this book.
Jan 15, 2017 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trust. Such a simple word yet filled with so much emotions. Trust does not come easy with the Duke Braxton. - Jered. Along comes Caroline who was sent fir safe reasons to the colonies to live. She returns after 14 years upon her fathers request. Braxton/Caroline, struggle over trust issues, yet find love too. Gate being a spoiler, yet if you enjoy historical romance this one will please to your tastes. Beautifully written and a pleasure to read.
Aku gak bisa kasih 4 bintang buku yg satu ini..sedih banget...
Kedua karakter hero/heroine nya sama2 keras kepala dan terlalu bertahan sama prinsip mereka sendiri, sombong dan gak satupun mau minta maaf, atau mengalah....
Ini juga bikin buku ini agak berat ngangkat nya, baca nya terseret2. [image error]

Belom lagi di pertengahan cerita,aku rasanya pengen getok hero nya karena ada gosip Bradford selingkuh di luar perkawinan...hmpfft...
Karena penasaran apa sebenarnya yg terjadi, aku terusin sampe beg
El libro comienza con una marcada tragedia que afectará a las circunstancias vitales de varios personajes y moldeará la personalidad de Caroline. Ella vivía en las Colonias inglesas de Norteamérica con sus tíos hasta que su padre, conde de Braxton y residente en Inglaterra, la reclama a su lado. No lleva ni dos días allí cuando experimenta un claro ejemplo del aire civilizado y seguro de Inglaterra y conoce a el duque de Bradford. Con solo verse dejarán huella el uno en el otro y estarán destina ...more
Mamita ❥ bewitched by 'dem heartbreakers
Returning to England after being raised in the colonies, Caroline Richmond's first act upon landing on British soil is coming to the rescue of a dandy who has been set upon by thugs. She does not hesitate to shoot the bandits and in doing so attracted the attention of Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford. Caroline is understandably overwhelmed by Jered's sheer masculinity and aura but she nevertheless doesn’t hesitate to level him with her pistol and threaten to shoot his horse. Having mist ...more
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With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa
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