Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Duke in My Bed by Amelia Grey Blog Tour

From bestselling author Amelia Grey comes a wickedly romantic tale of one reckless bachelor, five unwed sisters, and a wildly unconventional game of love…


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…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars in total.
5 stars for Bray.
5 stars for the sisters
3 stars for Louisa.
5 stars for certain parts of the storyline, while a lower rating for others.

This is going to be a jumbled up mess of a review, so I apologize in advance.

I'm not entirely sure how to review The Duke in My Bed, to be honest. I don't want to go into a long book-report-style review, as I don't want to ruin the book for those who are reading the review prior to purchase, as I often do.

I'll start with what I absolutely adored. The book pulled every emotion out of me: happy, sad, grief, hope, but mainly frustration. I laughed a few times and got choked up just as often. For me to feel the gamut of emotions, this is a sign of a fantastic book written by an incredible author. Not often do I find myself where if someone were to watch me read, I'd have a myriad of expressions cross my face.

The main premise of the story was engaging and darling. The beginning was absolutely heart-wrenching, as was the conversation between the H/h about said events. By far, the best parts of the book were when Bray and the children were on scene together, bantering and driving each other up a wall.

What I wasn't too fond of with the story was the heroine. 1/2 the time I was her biggest fan, and the other half I was confused to where she went and who was left in her place. (Bray never deviated from character) It was another case of the lady doth protest too much. Her inner monologue belied her actions at one point, majorly so. For Prim and Proper to act as she did, and then not really give it a second thought, or a first for that matter, was beyond odd. The book dragged at the end while we waited for the heroine to get where we all knew where we're going, both the reader and the cast of characters. So it was frustrating, like 'okay, let's hurry up, then.'

As I said, I'm having a difficult time reviewing this book. Mainly because I'm on the fence between raving about it and complaining about it. There were parts I absolutely LOVED, while others frustrated me to no end. One such was repetitive/redundant inner monologue. Whether in the male or female narration, it was the same thoughts scrolling through their heads for several chapters in a row, subjecting the reader to a repeat, even though it was a different character. It was just a different flavor of angst, but the same 'issue', if that makes any sense. So I believe this is what was giving me difficulty as it slowed the pacing.

Another note, but not anything that reflected in my rating, the editing. I noticed minor errors that were only slightly pulling me from the story, but when I was struggling to read through the inner monologue I stated above, it made it that much more difficult to stay engaged with the read. It was to be expected from an uncorrected proof. I struggled but I understood missing words, jumbled up sentences, and double words (it was more than usual, though)

(I said this didn't impact my rating, but it did impact my enjoyment, entertainment, and how engaged I was with the book. So perhaps it did effect my rating) When I was totally engrossed, right at the HEA ending, there were some of the strangest errors I've ever read, completely yanking me from the story. Where I had to sit, stumped, trying to decipher an entire sentence, that no matter how hard I tried...

Didn't she from that mom that she was in his home he women's set huge.

Would I recommend this book: Yes, to historical romance lovers who like the sweeter side of romance while experiencing a roller coaster ride of emotions. But only read the final copy.
Would I read more by this author: Yes. I am looking forward to the next in the series, curious to note the direction of the story, and hoping to hear more from the Prim children, as they were a delight to read.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen. She’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.

Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

With more than twenty-five books published, she is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award. She’s also won the Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill Awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia’s books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.

Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Duke in My Bed (The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #1) by Amelia Grey to read and review for this tour.

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