Thursday, June 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #40

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

Duke Most Wanted by Celeste Bradley, published April 2008

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?

Duke Most Wanted is the third book in Celeste Bradley's The Heiress Brides series and it is my favourite book of that series. I particularly like how Graham goes from sidekick/best guy friend to leading man/love interest. I can still remember how Graham struggled with the change in his fortune and status --

Sophie has always been infatuated with Grant, but he only ever saw her as a friend. Her status also changes when she undergoes a "Cinderella" transformation.

In my heart, this is one of Celeste Bradley's best-written books and one of her best series. (I also really, really love her Runaway Brides series).

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Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading for their picks for Throwback Thursday.^_^

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)


  1. Great pick for the week. I have adored this author, but I have yet to read this one. Definitely going to have to try this one soon, sounds fabulous.

  2. This was my favorite of the series as well. I don't remember much of the first two, but this one was memorable because of Graham and Sophie. I'll have to find a copy and re-read this sometime.

  3. This sounds awesome! I love it when a side kick/best friend turns hero and leading man!

  4. Sounds interesting! I love books about secondary characters in previous series that get their own HEA!



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