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[To Marry the Duke] [by: Julianne MacLean] (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. August 2003

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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of twenty historical romances, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her recent release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was an Amazon bestseller. She is a three-time RITA finalist, and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers' Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical of 2005. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter, and she is a dedicated member of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada.


"My dear sister Clara, " London society is so much more complicated than I could ever have known! Every night is a different ball or assembly, and a different swirl of glittering jewels and rustling gowns. Though I fear I am making social blunders left and right I am having some measure of success in my (or rather, Mother's) objective. Mother is beside herself with glee at the attentions I have been receiving from a few gentlemen she finds supremely suitable as husband material. But my dearest sister, it is so hard for me to even look at any gentleman but a certain duke, who, if I may confess, makes my heart beat so that I fear it can be seen across a ballroom. He is James Langdon, the Duke of Wentworth, and though I may sound dramatic, he makes me feel as no man ever has before. But I must push these feelings away. I sometimes hear whispers about his dark past, and he is quietly called the Dangerous Duke. Oh Clara! I am secretly overjoyed that he may love me, and at the same time terrified of his attentions. I have waited so long for my true love, and now I must resist him to protect my heart. If only I knew how to proceed... "Your devoted sister, Sophia "

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Eh...this one just didn't do it for me. 7. April 2004
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The heroine is supposed to be a feisty American. She is certainly headstrong and tough in the beginning. But after she marries the hero, she becomes this wet noodle. She apologizes for things that HE did wrong and simpers in his presence. Not my idea of a tough American gal.
The heroine basically begs for sex from this guy knowing he doesn't love her. She is just the epitome of a woman with no self-respect.
The hero is so emotionally detached that it is hard to even like him a little. He finally comes around in the end, but by that time you dislike him so much you don't care anymore.
The subplot about the Madame from France was silly, but I guess the story needed some spice.
Definitely not my favorite, but I guess it was okay.
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Sensuous, lush and interesting 19. Juni 2003
Von baltimore0502 - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you've read Edith Wharton's "The Buccaneers" or seen the TV version on Masterpiece Theater this story will be familiar territory. During the late Victorian era the aristocracy was in danger of decline from lack of cash. The traditional estate farming system no longer profitable and investing and making money being vile and common, marrying for money (somehow not vile and common) was the preferred way to keep up their estates and lifestyles. Into this world came many American heiresses whose families were nouveau riche having made boatloads of money (before there was such a thing as income taxes!) investing and in manufacturing, making the most of the Industrial Age. Winston Churchill's mother was one such heiress from Virginia. Marrying a title was a way of gaining acceptance from the older American money and gaining the regard of the likes of the famed Mrs. Astor.
Sophia Wilson's father is a self-made man and incredibly wealthy, but her grandparents were entirely common. A titled husband of the British aristocracy would elevate the family in New York society, but Sophia longs to marry for love. When she meets James Langdon, the Duke of Wentworth, she wonders if she can have both. He's handsome and charming but also has an aura of danger about him that makes Sophia wary. She knows that word of her hefty dowry has gotten out and worries about James' motives. But he must be sincere - the way he looks at her and kisses her surely must be for real, yes it must be love!
James had no immediate interest in marrying, but Sophia is truly beautiful and unique and has many admirers clamoring for her attention (if not for her money). It won't be long before someone snatches her up and, being a duke, he surely would jump to the top of her list - if he was interested that is. But he finds to his surprise that he is, indeed interested, and the money would come in handy as there are many repairs needed on his Yorkshire estate. He decides to pursue her and marry her as a strictly business arrangement - he'll get his much-needed infusion of cash and she'll get her title. But he'll have to charm and woo her first, which causes him some measure of unease, for he has no intention of loving her and unleashing the strong passions and reckless emotions he inherited from his abusive father. He's worked too long and hard to control that aspect of his nature. But he finds himself extremely attracted to her and wants her so badly he can barely wait for the wedding night. What's gotten into him? It wasn't supposed to be like this - this was to be strictly business!
And so they marry and share a wonderful honeymoon in Italy, but once home in Yorkshire, James turns as chilly as the weather. And his mother is no help at all having never approved of the marriage. These people seem so cold and emotionless, so unlike her own warm, and close family that she is missing dreadfully. Sophia feels completely out of her element and must face the awful truth - is her marriage a sham? Did James marry her for her money? But no, she couldn't have been so wrong about him, couldn't have made the biggest mistake of her life. Though heartbroken, she refuses to be beaten down and is determined to be a duchess he can be proud of and, just maybe, in the process thaw that cold heart and get back the man she fell in love with!
I found James' character believable in that cool, repressed British way, but some might find Sophia a little too perfect. And Ms MacLean creates a very palpable sensual chemistry between them. Pet peeve - the color of James' eyes goes from green on page 6 "His green eyes were catlike . . ." to blue on page 335 "His piercing, blue-eyed gaze met hers. . ." Hey, pick a color and go with it! That aside this is an enjoyable and recommended read!
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A good debut 12. Juni 2003
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf
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In 1881 at the urging of her mother nouveau riche American heiress Sophia Wilson comes to London to marry a title. Sophia hates shopping for a spouse as she has rejected proposals back home because she wants to marry for love. She believes she may have found her love when she meets the "unacceptable Duke" James Langdon.
Needing money, James is also attracted to Sophia, so he courts her. However, he vows to himself to never fall in love with her for fear he would become as out of control and abusive as his father was. James and Sophia marry and share a wonderful honeymoon. However when they reach his estate, James turns into a prim and proper aristocrat, who deserts his wife when he is not mistreating her with cold scorn. Still Sophia thinks she can reach her spouse that she loves.
When the tale focuses on the lead characters' relationship, even with James' incredulous alteration from avoidance to near worship, fans obtain a strong late Victorian romance. When the story line switches to continental suspense, it loses some of its "American invasion" momentum. In her debut, Julianne MacLean keeps her plot fresh due to the antics of the dysfunctional Langdon family that bewilder the heroine.
Harriet Klausner
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The Worse Hero I've Read In a Looooong Time.... 24. Dezember 2010
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My main issue with this book is how a strong h gets turned into a weak character with no self worth. It started when James (H) told Sophia (h) that he married her for her money, oh and to have sex with her. She of course was crushed because he had courted her in manner that suggests that he indeed loved her. He is unbelievably cold and cruel to her. Not only does he tell her that he married her primarily for the money but he also tells her that he does not love her and never will. After all that, the h is overcome with tears and the H tries to kiss her and "make love" to her. The h pushes him away and returns to her room. I was SO proud of her!!! After that encounter she resolves to find strength within herself to not leave and make the best out of her situation. Up until now, I am furious with the H but I'm enthusiastically reading waiting in anticipation to see what the H is going to do to win the h back. Instead he leaves for London without letting her know for two weeks. During his absence Sophia learns that her friend and James history was something they both had lied about. After that I knew that the strong Sophia character I loved would give James hell for his lies and cruelty. Right? Wrong. The first time James seeks her out, he is his old charming self (he is anytime he wants to have sex with her). And she, of course, does so without a second thought. I didn't get why this was different from when he wanted to have sex with her after telling her he didn't love her and that he married her for her money. Now it's ok? Such inconsistencies in the book were also annoying. The author didn't even keep the H eye color straight! Equally as annoying was when the book stated that by James asking her "are you willing" that he was letting her know that he was "her servant." WHAT? The relationship is still under HIS terms. He manipulated and schemed to get what he wanted out of her without giving her anything the one thing she asked of him and HE is HER servant. WHAT!!!???? By this time I am furious that she would still welcome him with open legs after the way he treated her. The real kicker was when SHE apologizes to HIM for being upset about his cruel, manipulative behavior. AHH!!! I was irate! The author explains it away as she was trying to get him to talk but, really? For the life of me, I don't know why authors feel that taking a h self worth and making her into the doormat for the H is romantic. It is not, it's infuriating. Of course in the end, Sophia wins all her adversaries over and James realizes that he loves her, blah, blah, blah. By this time I could have cared less about these characters. It was too little and too late, especially for the H.

In the end, the author fails to redeem the H who is just an emotional handicapped fortune hunter with little redeeming qualities. There is of course more to the story but because I could not get over the way the h and H relationship developed, the rest of the book was ruined for me. I have not read a book where I hated the "Hero" as much as this book in a long time. He is just a jerk. Which is fine, I like reading stories where the characters have huge faults then realize their shortcomings and change in a manner that wins the reader over. That never happened with this book. I feel he made amends with his family but never with the h. In all fairness, if a weak, doormat h doesn't bother you, you might like this book. However, if you want to read a great book about an American heiress, with a strong H and h, I would recommend Lisa Kleypas wallflower series.
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This is What Romance Is All About... 21. Dezember 2005
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This is the first novel by Julianne MacLean I have read. I really enjoyed the book "To Marry The Duke". I didn't know what to expect with this new author as she has a limited history - only 2 or 3 contemporary novels before this one. Fortunately, I was really pleased once I was done with the story. I wanted to give 5 stars but, I really try to hold off and only give that many stars to the absolute best stories I have ever read (that's probably 25 books out of thousands I have read over the years). I want the stars to mean something so, a solid four stars will go to Ms. MacLean in this book.

I liked that this story was grounded in historical facts - there was a period in time - late 1800's to early 1900's - when nouveaux riche American girls went abroad to Europe to land themselves husbands with titles - Duke, Earl, Marquis, Viscount, Baron etc. to give their family necessary clout back home. That was the only way the old rich would accept them.

This book used this history to create a story line between the American Sophia and distinguished British Duke James Langdon. I liked that the main character Sophia was not only beautiful, educated and rich but, more importantly, she was warm, friendly, enjoyable, funny and comfortable with who she was as a person. Her parents and siblings were solid people and that helped round her out as well. James on the other hand came with a family of secrets and coldness that only one such as Sophia could thaw over time.

James and Sophia saw in one another things they desperately wanted - acceptance, love, passion and security - and only through time and effort would they get there. It took some serious effort and events to get James and some of his family to warm up but, once they did it was worth it. Although there were times you felt like smacking James along the side of the head to wake definitely could understand his need to stand back and stay aloof as he made his reasons clear - it made sense when often it does not in stories. The author made you understand the man so, you didn't dislike him for his distance.

Sophia never ran away and bolted as so many heroines do in tough times.....instead she took what she was given and fought for more. Her beauty of spirit shined through all the time. Very appealing.

The love scenes were tasteful, the banter back and forth solid and the story line flowed nicely. No odd love scenes, trivial monologues or silly plot developments to stop the momentum the author gained from the beginning of the book. Good!

The side characters of Sophia's sisters and mother and James sister, mother and friend all helped to round out an interesting cast. The author added these people to spice up the story line not to detract from the main hero and heroine and it worked.

This author is very talented with the pen and really wove a warm and dynamic story line. This book was memorable I must admit. I recommend you buy it, read it and keep it in your library as one of the good ones. I plan to buy other stories by this author soon! Happy reading!
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