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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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four-stars

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

four-stars


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Guest Review: When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley

Posted September 17, 2013 by Natalia S in Reviews | 3 Comments

When She Said I DoNatalia’s review of When She Said I Do (Worthington #1) by Celeste Bradley.

Angel’s Sin

Caught in a rainstorm, Miss Calliope Worthington takes shelter in a seemingly abandoned mansion. But when she finds a string of pearls in a dusty chest, she is caught red-handed by the house’s reclusive owner—Mr. Ren Porter—a fiery demon of a man who demands that Callie pay for the necklace…with her innocence.

Devil’s Bargain

When he first lays eyes on the beautiful trespasser, Ren mistakes her for an angel. But when he realizes Callie is a thief, he strikes a bargain she cannot refuse. She must take his hand in marriage and pay him back in full: one night of passion for each stolen pearl. But when Callie surrenders to his desires—night after wicked night—he awakens something deep inside of her. Something powerful and passionate. Like a fairy tale come true, the monster she married has become the man she loves…when she said I do

Calliope Worthington, also known as Cali is the eldest daughter of the Worthington clan. Her family is on some kind of road trip when they get stranded in the middle of a brutal storm. Soaking wet and hungry, they all take refuge in a seemingly empty house. After Cali insures that her family is fed and watered, she takes it upon herself to go exploring the mansion.

Ren porter is a lost soul. Embittered by his life, he stays stinking drunk most days, and is content to wallow in his own self-pity, until he hears the singing. He follows the voice he hears, finding Cali trying on a strand of pearls in one of his rooms. Immediately enthralled by her, he strikes a bargain with her. She must wed him, and earn back every pearl night by night. Only then will he allow her to go back to her family.

This Book had the potential to be a 5 star read. It had all the ideas I love. The first book in a series about a British family, historical romance, and of course a theme similar to one of my favorite Disney movies, Beauty and the beast. However, I’m sad to say that it just didn’t do it for me.

First off, the gaps. I felt so incomplete at times while reading this, that I actually went back pages just to make sure that I wasn’t missing something. Especially in the beginning. I felt that the book skipped around too much and too fast. One minute I’d be digesting one scene while the next thrust in to another. If I hadn’t had the actual book in my hands I almost would wonder if I had a defective copy.

Then, there were the characters. As I said, the idea was great. Personally I love series like this. I’m an avid fan of Lisa Kleyper’s Hathaway’s and wall flowers series, so of course when I picked up this book I was ecstatic that I had found another group of characters I could come to love. Except, I still don’t know any of them. For some reason, to me the characters were all one dimensional. I just couldn’t connect or relate to them in any way. I could relate to the idea of who they were supposed to be, but none of them ever became real people in my head. The two protagonists Cali and ren were definitely more real than the others, but I feel that separately and together they could’ve been more fleshed out.

I understood that the Author was trying to portray Cali as tired of being the constant caretaker of her boisterous family, hence trying to build a life of her own, but I didn’t truly connect with that aspect of her personality until the end. By that point, too many things were going on at the same time for me to appreciate it.

I thought Ren was a little bit unrealistic. Surely if you hate everything about life, are waiting to die, and are drowning in your own self-pity, your personality would be more bitter than his was. In my experience, when people are as bitter as he is supposed to be they are not nice to anyone. Why was he never mean, then? Also, what was the deal with the mystery? It was resolved sure, but it seemed to be thrown in there just to add something extra and with not much thought at all.

The only time I ever seemed to connect with this book was during the Love scenes. I have to say those were quite good. They were real, emotional, and well written. Cali and Ren obviously had some great chemistry in that arena. It just makes me sad that I couldn’t find it anywhere else. They never really had a true conversation that I can recall. There wasn’t any bantering, funny moments and even fighting as couples often have. It seemed to me that they just fell in to instant lust with one another, eventually fell in love, but I can’t tell you how they got there.

I don’t believe I’ll go on to read the next books in this series. Although the idea and potential are great, I wasn’t left with even a little curiosity as to where the rest of the family will end up. I think that if we took the wonderful emotion and connection found in the love scenes and added them to the rest of the book, then we would truly have had a 5 star read.

Grade: 2 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press.  You can purchase it here or here in e-format.  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Review: Devil in My Bed by Celeste Bradley

Posted October 6, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments


Casee‘s review of Devil in My Bed (The Runaway Brides, Book 1) by Celeste Bradley

Could a disgraceful lie

The three-year-old girl sitting on the steps of Brown’s Club for Distinguished Gentlemen insists that one of its members is her papa. Aidan de Quincy feels obligated to help the wee thing, even though she certainly isn’t his—or is she? To find answers, Aidan must first track down the lovely widow he swore to forget when their passionate affair came to a painful end. It doesn’t help that Madeleine Chandler is as sensual and enticing as ever…

lead to a heavenly reunion?

For three years, Madeleine had dreamed of seeing Aidan on her doorstep. The secret that once forced her to leave him now compels her to pretend that this sweet child is hers—a lie Aidan will surely never forgive. Yet the contented days and exquisite nights that follow are worth the heartbreak she knows must come. The truth will out—and when it does, there will be the devil to pay…

My friend ErIn was the person that first introduced me to Celeste Bradley. It’s rare occurrence for someone to recommend a book to me rather than the other way around. So I was happy to give it a shot. I read The Pretender and there was no looking back. I’ve since read everything Celeste Bradley book and always look forward to her new releases.

I wasn’t too crazy at the beginning of this book. Aidan seemed much too “weak” for my taste. He easily fell in love with Maddie and was crushed when she wouldn’t marry him. After that he turned into a hard and bitter man, a more relate-able hero. He was forced to grow up fast and that made him a far better hero than he would have been.

It’s been three years since Aidan left Madeleine. When a three year old girl is dropped off on the doorstep of Brown’s Club with a note stating that her daddy is a member, Aidan doesn’t put two and two together. When he does, he is horrified that Madeleine might have had a child that she didn’t tell him about. Not only that, but she apparently abandoned their child as well. Aidan decides he’s not about to stand for it and goes to Madeleine to demand an explanation.

Madeleine is in the process of leaving England when Aidan shows up on her doorstep. She’s always regretted that she had to send Aidan away, but it was necessary. It’s even more necessary for her to get away now. He doesn’t even give her a chance to deny that she ever mothered his child before he drags her to Brown’s and shows her the little girl. Quite suddenly Madeleine finds the answer to her prayers. She’s safe until she can catch the next ship out of London. The only problem with that is that she has to pretend to be a mother, something she is certain will hurt the little girl in the end.

Through his new jaded eyes, Aidan is now able to see how he wronged Madeleine all those years ago. He loved her for what she did for him. He never really got to know who she was. Their time at Brown’s gives him the chance to discover the true Maddie. It also gives him time to figure out how to convince Maddie to marry him. They have to marry, if not for the sake of their daughter.

The husband coming back from the dead was a bit predictable, but it did add something to the story. I also found the character of Melody (the little girl) very well written. Too often, I’ll read a book that has a three or four year old and they aren’t depicted very well. It definitely has the potential to take me out of the story. That wasn’t the case here.

I liked Devil in My Bed and I think the series has potential. It just didn’t meet my expectations.

3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Book Watch: Devil in My Bed by Celeste Bradley.

Posted July 19, 2009 by Rowena in Promotions | 3 Comments

The three-year-old girl sitting on the steps of Brown’s Club for Distinguished Gentlemen insists that one of its members is her papa. Aidan de Quincy feels obligated to help the wee thing, even though she certainly isn’t his—or is she? To find answers, Aidan must first track down the lovely widow he swore to forget when their passionate affair came to a painful end. It doesn’t help that Madeleine Chandler is as sensual and enticing as ever…

For three years, Madeleine had dreamed of seeing Aidan on her doorstep. The secret that once forced her to leave him now compels her to pretend that this sweet child is hers—a lie Aidan will surely never forgive. Yet the contented days and exquisite nights that follow are worth the heartbreak she knows must come. The truth will out—and when it does, there will be the devil to pay…

I haven’t read any Celeste Bradley but this caught my eye so I thought I’d share with all of you readers out there that this is another book in the Runaway Brides series by Celeste Bradley. The blurb totally caught my eye so I’m very curious. It’s coming out on August 4, 2009 so be there or be square!

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can pre-order it here.


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Review: Duke Most Wanted by Celeste Bradley

Posted May 13, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Book description:

Sophie Blake’s grandfather willed his fortune to the first of his granddaughters to marry a duke. Since her cousin, Deirdre, will seal the deal any day now, the quiet, bookish Sophie can sit back and enjoy her time with the only man she truly adores: Graham. No matter that the part charmer, part scoundrel has absolutely no designs on her! Sophie is content to engage Graham in lively conversation, beat him at cards. . .and probe at the darkness hiding behind his rakish smile.

Then Graham unexpectedly gains a title, an estate in near ruins and a mountain of debt. If there is any chance of survival he must find a rich wife—quickly. As his hunt for a bride begins, Sophie realizes that she isn’t even in the running. Suddenly no longer content to be a wallflower, Sophie gets a stunning make-over and becomes the belle of the ball. Lots of heads are turning…including Graham’s. But this beauty has secrets of her own. Will she be his salvation or seal his fate?

This is the third and final installment in The Heiress Bride series.

Sophie Blake is the cousin who never considered that she would have a chance at the Pinkering fortune. Accepting herself for who she knows she is, Sophie doesn’t even consider trying to find a duke to marry. Actually, she doesn’t consider finding anyone to marry at all. All she wants to do is enjoy London, enjoy her books, and enjoy her newest friend. The awkwardness that Sophie usually feels around men is absent when she is with Graham. Lord Graham Cavendish was brutally honest when he told Sophie that he could never be attracted to someone as plain as her. While that would sound downright mean to some people actually helped Sophie overcome her natural shyness and enjoy the company of a man for the first time in her life. It’s not Graham’s fault that her feeling develop into more. She decides to keep quiet, promising herself that she will do nothing to risk losing her friendship with Graham.

That all changes when Graham’s father and his heirs all die while in Africa. Suddenly Graham is the Duke of Endecourt and he has to find a rich woman to marry, the sooner the better. According to her grandfather’s will, Sophie can’t tell Graham that she stands to inherit a fortune. What she can do is shed her plain persona and become a woman that Graham will sit up and take notice of.

As for Graham, he’s suddenly seeing Sophie in a new light. Of course it happens after he couldn’t possibly do anything about it. Unlike his father and brothers before him, Graham is determined that he is going to put Endecourt and its’ people above his own wants. That means pursuing Sophie is out of the question.

I liked this book the most out of the three. There’s a twist that I didn’t see coming toward the end, but I can’t spoil it. I actually thought I read it wrong and had to go back to re-read it. It was almost thrown in as an afterthought which was either awful or brilliant. There was one thing that I didn’t like about this book. At the end, Tessa (the evil stepmother/aunt) turned a new leaf. It was laughable. This woman was the most viperous, vicious, vindictive character you can imagine. And at the end she apologized to Sophie for her atrocious behavior? That seems bad enough by itself, but it’s the why of it that makes it worse. She finally found a man that won’t put up with her crap. After how this character was written, I wanted her to get thrown out on her bum by all three of them women. If not that, at least shunned by society. Something to make up for how awful she was in all three books. Alas, it didn’t happen and the blood thirsty part of me was left wanting.

Overall, readers of this series should enjoy this third and final installment.

4 out of 5.

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in ebook format.

Desperately Seeking a Duke The Duke Next Door Duke Most Wanted


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