Author: Celeste Bradley

Guest Review: Wedded Bliss by Celeste Bradley

Posted May 9, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Wedded Bliss by Celeste BradleyReviewer: Tracy
Wedded Bliss by Celeste Bradley
Series: Worthington #5
Published by Berkley Books
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
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As a ship's captain, high-born bastard Morgan Pryce has spent his life sailing away from England. The last thing he needs is a wife. But when he fears that his titled half brother Neville is about to be snared by a gold-digger, Morgan aims to protect Neville by trapping the lovely crook into marriage first. He knows he can't allow himself to believe a word she says. If only she wasn't so convincing .

Determined beauty Bliss Worthington is not terribly fond of finding another man waiting for her at the altar after all, no one tricks a Worthington and gets away with it. Somehow she must persuade her dangerously handsome new husband to grant her an annulment because her heart is set on his brother. Soon the newlyweds must deal with a secret but mutual attraction. Morgan finds himself oddly devastated by her tenderness and braveness. When Neville shows up to rescue her from a loveless marriage, she will have to quickly decide which man is the right one for her...."

Bliss Worthington and Neville, Duke of Camberton, love each other.  Bliss knows that Neville’s uncle is against their relationship so Bliss takes it upon herself to plan a clandestine wedding.  She sent notes to Neville telling him of the plans and headed to the church the night of the wedding.  Unfortunately her notes had been read by Neville’s uncle and not Neville.  The uncle talked Neville’s half-brother, Morgan into taking Neville’s place at the wedding.  He stated that Bliss was a manipulative gold digger and as Morgan loved his brother dearly and would do anything for him, he agreed.

Bliss is obviously heart-broken and distraught when she finds out that she’s married the wrong man.  She tries to talk Morgan into an annulment but he won’t agree.  She does all she can to talk him into it with no luck.  Morgan just wants to consummate the marriage and move on.  His uncle promised him that he would own the ship he’s been sailing for his brother’s fleet and he wants that more than anything.

As time goes on and Morgan gets to know Bliss he finds that she’s not the person that his uncle made her out to be.  He starts to question his uncle and his motives and then starts to realize what he’s done to his brother.  His guilt eats at him but he can’t feel too bad about the marriage as he falls in love with Bliss.

This was a very sweet story that I really enjoyed.  I thought that Bliss was a lovely heroine and I admired her continued strength after everything she’d been through in her life.  She kept her calm and just went on with life as best she could, despite the circumstances.  She never planned on falling for Morgan – she thought she loved Neville!  But as she gets to know Morgan and her feelings grow she realizes that she never truly loved Neville and probably would have been miserable with him.  I loved the way the author wrote Bliss and the dawning realization of her feelings for Morgan – it was done well.

Morgan was the bastard son of a duke but his father had always treated him as a son and not someone he needed to forget about.  He let his sons play together and as such the pair created a bond that Morgan thought was unbreakable.  When he realized the mistake he had made in believing his uncle and marrying Bliss he felt horrible.  The confrontation between Morgan and Neville was awesome and while it turned out well it kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened.

Overall I thought it was a lovely historical romance.  While it’s the fifth book in the series I thought it was a great stand-alone.  This was my first read by Bradley but it definitely won’t be my last.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Review: Desperately Seeking a Duke by Celeste Bradley

Posted April 9, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Desperately Seeking a Duke by Celeste BradleyReviewer: Casee
Desperately Seeking A Duke by Celeste Bradley
Series: Heiress Brides #1
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: March 4th 2008
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 352
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The only way for vicar's daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a duke--just as her late grandfather demanded in his will. But Phoebe, who's still trying to make good after a romantic scandal, also has her two cousins to contend with. They're all competing for the same money, maybe even the same men. ..until Phoebe meets her match in the terribly handsome and charming Rafe Marbrook.

When she receives a marriage proposal from the Marquis of Brookhaven, Phoebe is thrilled to learn that Rafe is headed for dukedom...and accepts his offer. There's only one problem: It's from Rafe's older, less captivating brother, Calder. Now Phoebe finds herself on the verge of yet another scandal as she faces a desperate choice: Marry Calder for his money--or follow her own heart? Each way can only lead to trouble...

I was somewhat disappointed with this book. After reading the The Liars Club Series followed by The Royal Four Series, I had high expectations. Unfortunately it fell short of the mark.

Let me start with the name “Marbrook”. Not that it has anything to really do with the storyline itself, but I don’t like that name. Every time it said Marbrook, I would read it as Marlboro (no, I’m not a smoker). So while that really is just a me being, well, me, it still annoyed the crap out of me.

Never say Phoebe Millbury would choose money over love. Phoebe is a romantic at heart and a sensualist by nature. It should come as no surprise to the reader to learn that at 16, Phoebe ran off with her dance instructor, only to be deserted by him the very next day. Having worked for years to get back in her father’s good graces, Phoebe is determined to be the proper young woman that can make the Vicar proud. To do that, she is determined that she will find a duke to marry, therefore fulfilling the terms of her grandfather’s will and getting his fortune.

What she doesn’t count on is her attraction to Rafe Marlboro. After meeting him at a ball, Phoebe is certain that this is the man for her. When she gets a proposal from Marlboro himself via her aunt and learns he is actually in line for a dukedom, it’s that much sweeter. Unfortunately for Phoebe, she fails to get the first name of the man who has proposed. It’s not until she comes face to face with Brookhaven himself that she realizes what a colossal mistake she’s made. Does she correct it? Of course not. That’d be waaaay too easy.

At this point I started groaning.

This is the story where a rake reforms faster than you can blink. Suddenly he’s found the woman of his dreams and he will do anything to get her. It’s just plain bad luck that said rake is a bastard son. Then of course there’s the fact that the woman in question has just agreed to marry his brother, the legitimate one. The brother that had everything. The brother that has never had to go through what he went through.

Cry me a river.

In the meantime, Phoebe and her entourage move to Brook House (or whatever it’s called) at Brookhaven’s insistence. And it wouldn’t be a complete cluster without a vicious scheming aunt who can see that her slut of a niece wants the bastard son for herself. So she’ll throw them together whenever possible, meanwhile her own step daughter (Phoebe’s cousin) will work her feminine wiles on Brookhaven. She lost the memo from her step daughter that said “I hate your guts.”.

But wait, there’s more.

After all that, you have to throw in two wily solicitors who have suddenly realized that their job of taking care of the grandfather’s money (you remember, the money the granddaughter who marries a duke will get?) will be gone if one of the girls actually marries a duke. What does that mean? That means they have to put together the most ridiculously stupid plan possible. If you think you know what it is, think even more stupid.

Does this all mean that I won’t read the 2nd book? Of course not. I’m reading it right now as a matter of fact.

3 out of 5.


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