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review 2013-08-30 00:00
When You Wish Upon a Duke - Isabella Bradford

Not bad, just boring. The conflicts were lukewarm and I never felt that the characters really earned their HEA. The characters themselves were so-so, again, not bad, just there. That's the crux of the problem, at least most bad books have something that engages my emotions, even if it's rage. This book never engaged any emotion in me at all. Oh well, clearly not for me. Moving on.

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review 2012-11-04 00:00
When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters)
When You Wish Upon a Duke - Isabella Bradford Arranged marriage stories are one of the staples of Historical Romances, yet I’ve never been the biggest fan of them. Yes, the circumstances of the romance are the same as any plot type, with two strangers coming together and falling in love. However, when the marriage is an absolute for the couple then I sometimes get the feeling that they aren’t so much falling in Love but falling into a companionship with benefits. From my personal library I can probably name a handful of arranged marriage books where I really believed the main characters fell in love and I’m happy to say that When You Wish Upon a Duke will be joining that list.

What was wonderful about both Lady Charlotte Wylder and Lord Marchbourne was that they were both open to the idea of finding love within the match. One of the cutest parts of the book was March’s attempt to stage a chance meeting with Charlotte at his country estate and being completely undone when he finds her up a tree. Without the pretense of a formal introduction and being in such an unusual situation allows them to just be themselves for a moment in time. The attraction that comes across in just that small scene was a perfect start for the relationship. That same attraction becomes heated during their first kiss, with Charlotte experiencing lust and desire for the first time and March’s passionate nature escaping the tight bonds of his propriety.

For the full review, please go to http://thewindowseat13.blogspot.com/2012/09/isabella-bradford-when-you-wish-upon.html
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review 2012-10-17 00:00
When You Wish Upon a Duke - Isabella Bradford A surprising lack of drama/conflict but still enjoyable. Charlotte was great (her rescue plot was a bit silly, but brave) but I'm not sure if March is worthy of her. He still has some opening up to do. Detailed review to come.
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review 2012-10-12 00:00
When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters Series #1)
When You Wish Upon a Duke - Isabella Bradford This one was just kind of... there. I kept thinking it was set in Regency time until a queue, hoops or powder was mentioned. I really didn't get the sense of being in 1760. Just a bit blah to me, including the love scenes. Just didn't get any emotion out of this one.
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review 2012-10-07 00:00
When You Wish Upon a Duke - Isabella Bradford When You WIsh Upon a Duke has a very natural, although anti climatic, story romance readers will appreciate.

The lack of a proposed obstacle in the beginning of this novel doesn’t necessary mean that our perfect pair won’t be facing some issues later on. It seems like a realistic point of view to see how marriage doesn’t mean happily ever after. I truly admire when an author focuses on how the characters react to such a big transformation in their lives. There were a lot of clichés in this story, but I gave it a chance to see how their marriage would work out.

At first I though the issue might be the heroine who wants to be “alpha” or an old school hero, but I was wrong. I enjoyed how fluid the plot developed. Isabella Bradford had opportunities to show more depth when it comes to the characters, and the overly detailed scenes almost crossed the line of “TMI”. I expect her next books to be very promising.

It doesn’t leave the door open for the next book in the series, so you might read it as a standalone without feeling guilty for not reading the rest of the series. The introduction for the next heroines were brief but didn’t make me eager to read their stories.

Overall it’s a soft, charming and sweet book, with the problematic focused on the characters, their love and relationship.

Full review: http://reading-romances.com/review-when-you-wish-upon-a-duke-by-isabella-bradford/
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