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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, is looking for love outside the bounds of polite society.
Yet Stephanie Gray, a former governess, has recently come into money and is eager for a proper match with a well-born man. Get A Copy. Paperback , Signet Regency Romance , pages. Published September 1st by Signet first published More Details Original Title. Stapleton-Downes 6. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 11, Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance , steamy. A lot of this story was people talking past each other. And that usually drives me up a wall. It didn't here, and that's a tribute to Balogh being able to present her characters so strongly that you understand and sympathize even when you want them to behave differently i. The thing is that Alistair and Stephanie are not only fundamentally different, but have fundamentally different backgrounds and expectations.
Add initial experiences that they interpret differently and yo A lot of this story was people talking past each other. Add initial experiences that they interpret differently and you have a world of mixed signals and bad assumptions to get past. Helping me along was how very much I loved Alistair. His actions in the beginning that get him into the mess are ignoble, but not unkind and he does the right thing in the end.
And I so feel his frustration in trying to understand Stephanie when he simply doesn't have the framework to do so. This is cemented in the last chapters when he has the unmitigated courage to open himself up completely to her review and judgement and does so without reservation—putting ultimate power over his fate in her hands.
For a Duke and fundamentally reserved person to start with, this is an incredibly brave thing to do and I found that powerful. And that he does it solely to save his marriage and the potential for respect and affection with no promises or guarantees just won my heart completely. And I loved Stephanie from the beginning too.
She's so sincere and determined to do the right thing. I was engaged by her feeling so obliged to Alistair that she lets that bind her to twisting herself into the image of what she thinks she has to be. Her determination to become "the perfect duchess" provides a lot of the conflict for the story.
And a lot of the heartbreak headed for the couple. That imbalance of her changing herself to meet her idea of his expectations persists for a long time and could have become tedious beyond all reason. I admit I clung rather desperately to the genre expectations of a happy ending because it got a bit bleak with both of them misunderstanding each other and perfectly reasonably so.
I wondered how Balogh would reconcile it and I really enjoyed seeing how it played out. I have to admit that the five stars comes on the strength of the last chapters, once they are married and Alistair and Stephanie finally start moving towards emotional reconciliation. It was painful getting there, but the payoff was heartrendingly pure and I was absolutely delighted to see them coming together, finally. Emotional vulnerability and reconciling expectations and freedom and compromise and joining to be more than you are apart all resonated deeply with me and provided a happily ever after I could believe would last and provide both characters deep satisfaction the rest of their lives.
Man I loved that. A note about Steamy : There are two full-blown explicit sex scenes and a few passingly described, putting this in the middle of my steam tolerance.
I particularly liked how Balogh handled sexual intimacy, actually, and how it was a factor, but only a minor one for two people who had so much ground to make up. I liked that sex didn't heal all, but also that it was nevertheless a factor in their coming together, if that makes sense. View all 4 comments. Sep 26, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: regency-romance , series , a-slice-of-life , anger-with-confusion , common-sense-heroine , an-elephant-in-the-room , chewing-gum-for-the-mind , moments-of-angst , s-period-of-history , highs-and-lows.
Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, was bored with his life. All of his friends, along with his sisters and brother, had married in recent years and had children. At thirty-four years of age, he had his title, wealth and possessions but little else. He was returning to London after being entertained by those same friends when he saw a young woman walking on the side of the road. Because of the disinterest he was feeli Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, was bored with his life.
Because of the disinterest he was feeling, he had his coachmen stop and he offered her a ride. Miss Stephanie Gray knew it was wrong. But she had little money and was hungry. She could not afford to stay at an inn and she was very tired. She had nervously slept last night for only a few minutes at a time on the side of the road. So she accepted the gentleman's offer to take her to the next village.
When they first met, little did Bridgwater and Miss Gray know how their lives would come together. He was entertained while he listened to her talk. After his initial kindness, he thought she had formed a ruse and was going to offer her his protection as his mistress. But she proved him to be out of line and so, instead, he asked her to become his wife. Miss Gray knew that it was wrong but circumstances forced her to accept his offer. The newness of their relationship, the gap in how they were raised and what each was expected to bring to the marriage caused issues with communication.
At times it was heart wrenching. The weeks before the wedding were filled with angst and minor misunderstandings. The time afterward was bittersweet. Alistair wanted, no, needed Stephanie to love him but he had never been taught how to show affection. How to reveal his feelings. For Stephanie's sake, he was willing to learn.
But was it too late? Jul 08, Aneca rated it really liked it Shelves: trad-regency , read-in The Plumed Bonnet is part of a series that starts with Dark Angel. I have read the previous books some time ago and I never wrote the reviews but reading this one actually made me want to go back and revisit those soon.
In the beginning of this story we find Stephanie Gray walking along the road in a very colourful hat and destitute. When the Duke of Bridgewater's carriage comes along he sees a lady of easy virtue who might help him pass a few comfortable hours and he offers her a ride. Stephanie is naturally grateful and tells him the story of how she ended up like that and who she is. The story sounds so fantastic that Bridgewater believes it to be made up just to gain his interest. Amused he plays along and they both spend a night in an Inn albeit in separate rooms.
When Bridgewater realises she was telling the truth he feels duty bound to offer for her because he knows he has compromised her. Stephanie accepts as she feels she has no option she has to marry to receive her inheritance and she does admire the Duke very much for what she feels was a good deed towards her. But the easy communication between the two is now at an end. Stephanie feels like a country bumpkin next to Bridgewater's family and despite being coached in her new duties by the dowager Duchess she feels she may never be sophisticated enough to fulfill her new duties, and Bridgewater realises he wants a true marriage between them but seems unable to express his feelings in a way she understands them.
On their wedding day he decides to be truthful and tell her what he really thought about her when they met. This makes Stephanie realise that he also has flaws; the man she thought had been so kind to her simply thought she was a trollop.
While this causes her some pain it was also a much needed conversation to clear the air between them.
With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again. Then one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true. Now is the time for a second chance. And while even true love comes with a risk, who are two dreamers to Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings.
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