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Why is the notorious Duke of Blackstone ruining Mary's well-laid plans to marry his brother, the handsome Viscount Wetherly? Every time she turns a corner, he is there—tantalizing her, teasing her. Mary knows she must make an advantageous marriage, but surely Blackstone is the wrong man for her.
Isn' Why is the notorious Duke of Blackstone ruining Mary's well-laid plans to marry his brother, the handsome Viscount Wetherly? Isn't he? Blackstone is not about to let his brother become bewitched by some wily blueblood pretender. But until she came along, no woman has ever resisted his smooth, well-practiced seductions. Could it be that he's actually fallen in love with this infuriating chit?
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Royle Sisters 1. Mary Royle , Rogan Wetherly. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about How to Seduce a Duke , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 16, Lois rated it did not like it. What I learned: it's not interesting to read a book that has cardboard secondary characters, poorly developed interaction between the scantily developed main characters, and a not-really-interesting possibility that the triplets might be royalty.
So what if they are--unclear how much of a difference it would make in their lives if these girls turn out to be the illegit daughters of a prince. The book reads more like an outline. Oct 22, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance , books-read , historical-romance. This was a fun book to read. Mary and her two sisters have come to London from Cornwall after the death of their father. While going through his papers they discovered that there is a mystery attached to their births.
They feel that if they can talk to their father's friends, maybe they can discover the truth. The story that they hear stuns them - that they may be the illegitimate daughters of the Prince of Wales. Their father's friends are determined to help them find the truth, at the same tim This was a fun book to read. Their father's friends are determined to help them find the truth, at the same time launching them in society. Mary is the oldest of the triplets and the most practical.
Though they have been left good dowries and enough money to live comfortably, she keeps a tight hold on the pursestrings, worried about what might happen to them in the future.
She is determined to find a husband for herself, and seeing the handsome Viscount Wetherly in the park several times, has decided that she is in love with him. She just needs to find a way to meet him. The book opens with a funny scene of Mary, having convinced her sisters to help her, disguised as a marble statue in the garden next door.
The Viscount is a guest at a party there, and Mary wants the chance to learn more about him. Unfortunately, he is there with his rakish brother, Blackstone. An encounter between the statue and Blackstone results in a slapped face for him and a missed opportunity for her.
A subsequent, more acceptable meeting, has Blackstone recognizing Mary and believing the worst of her. Blackstone is very protective of his younger brother, especially now that he has a title and wealth of his own, plus the reputation of a war hero.
Wetherly has said he is ready to find a wife and has settled on a woman he has seen in the park but not yet met. Blackstone is very cynical about women, thanks to his father marrying a woman who was only after his money and title, His opinion hasn't improved after seeing the way women of the ton pursue men. When he discovers that Wetherly's eye has settled on Mary, and that she's looking right back, he is determined to interfere. He sees Mary as out for what she can get.
There are sparks between Blackstone and Mary from the very beginning. He is determined to keep her away from his brother by whatever means necessary, and Mary is equally determined to have her chance with him. Blackstone indulges in some pretty deceptive ways to ensure that Mary spends time with him, ways that Mary discovers and reacts furiously to.
He finds himself thoroughly enjoying flirting with her, making outrageous comments and getting her wound up. He doesn't understand how he can be attracted to the type of woman he thinks she is, but he can't deny that he is. At the same time, Mary discovers that she is spending far more time thinking about Blackstone than his brother. She's getting a lot of enjoyment out of trying to figure out how to wreck his plans and get her way.
When a few too many glasses of wine cause her to lose her inhibitions, her actions really give Blackstone the wrong idea.
It isn't until it's too late that he realizes just how wrong, and that he needs to do the right thing. At this point, the attempts that each makes to get the better of the other just add to the confusion between them. Interference from one of her father's friends adds to it.
By the time everything is sorted out, Blackstone realizes that not only has he judged Mary unfairly, he has fallen for her. The question becomes one of being able to convince her.
Mary realizes that it was Blackstone who had had her heart all along, but can she trust him when he says he cares? I loved all the interactions between them, as they fought their attraction. I occasionally got a bit frustrated with Blackstone's judgmental attitude, but the way it would come back to bite him was always satisfying. The story behind the girls' birth was really interesting.
There are some things they discover through the book that seem to corroborate what they were told, but they are still looking for definitive proof. I enjoyed their father's friends, the Old Rakes club. Sometimes I wasn't sure whether they were more help or hindrance, but they certainly helped keep things interesting. Lady Upperton was also quite a character. One lead that they found appeared to lead nowhere, until something that happens at the very end of the book.
I'll be interested to see how it all works out in the later books. View all 4 comments. Jul 13, Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A forgettable read with a ridicilous plot. About three triplets who are out to find the truth about their birth and who their father is.
They seemed to be under the delusion if that they could prove that the prince regent was their father they would be set for life.
Er come again? Let me remind you that its supposed to be the 19th century. Being born outside marriage pretty much meant that you were considered a bit apart from polite society. I doubt the prince regent would go "Capital!
Three basta A forgettable read with a ridicilous plot. Three bastard daughters! Mar 03, Jennifer rated it did not like it.
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