12 January 2015

The Duke in My Bed by Amelia Grey


As a notorious member of the Heirs’ Club, Bray Drakestone can’t resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues—especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn. Bray is forced to agree to marry one of his challenger’s five sisters—sight unseen. Now gamblers all over London are placing bets on whether Bray will actually go through with it…


Miss Louisa Prim, the eldest sister, doesn’t care a whit what the reckless rogue at the Heirs’ Club promised her brother—she has no intention of marrying the future Duke of Drakestone. Bray, however, sees her rejection as another challenge. He bets that the fiery Miss Prim will not only agree to marry him, she will propose to him! With four sisters behind her, Louisa knows she can’t lose. But why does her opponent have to be a divinely handsome scoundrel? And so sweetly, irresistibly seductive…
I have fond memories of reading Regency romances when I was a girl, which was why I asked to review this book. Either they’ve changed tremendously in the years, or my tastes have changed. Either way, I found The Duke in My Bed predictable and dull. Neither Bray nor Louisa were characters I could root for.
Bray’s personality, to me, wasn’t very deep. I just never ‘knew’ him. Louisa was one of the hard-headed heroines who refused to even obey civil propriety for her own sense of pique. I read an ARC that said it was in a pre-edited state and could change, and I do hope that is true. There were several muddled sentences and one sentence that made absolutely no sense.
But I think it’s just not my type of book and if a reader enjoys Regency romances, that they would probably like it – if they also enjoy a bevy of loud, obnoxious sisters that come with Miss Louisa Prim.
I must now wonder if my reading choices have changed so much that if I went back and read a Barbara Cartland romance, if I would be just as bored. ‘Twould be a shame and as such, I will not do so. It would be a disgrace to ruin such fond memories. 


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