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The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Liz Carlyle
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Intriguing…engaging…an illicit delight”
--Stephanie Laurens

“Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master’s touch.”
--Karen Robards

Beneath the elegant façade of Victorian high society, the rules of danger and desire are the only rules that apply for the mysterious men of the St James Society. New York Times bestseller Liz Carlyle carries readers deep into this realm of intrigue and passion once more in her breathtaking historical romance sizzler, The Bride Wore Pearls. The third book in her sexy, compelling, action-packed series, The Bride Wore Pearls is a scorching story of a very proper lady who flees her home in a far corner of the British Empire, entrusting her safety and her heart to a dangerous outlaw in Victorian London. Amanda Quick and Gaelen Foley fans will most certainly be enthralled.


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    From the Back Cover

    Beneath the elegant façade of Victorian high society, the mysterious men of the St. James Society play only by rules of danger and desire.

    Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazonby, has survived scandal and disgrace, even evading the Queen’s justice at the end of a hangman’s rope. Now he’s about to gamble everything on something far more dangerous—desire.

    An exotic and elegant beauty, Lady Anisha Stafford fled her native India to seek refuge within London’s secretive St. James Society. But accepting protection from someone called a cold-hearted killer is a double-edged sword . . . especially when he’s the most intriguing man Anisha has ever laid eyes upon.

    In a world where treachery abounds, no one can be trusted—and no true passion can be denied. Together, these two tempestuous souls will risk their lives for a love that could redeem them . . . or destroy everything they hold dear.

    About the Author

    A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.


    Product Details

    • File Size: 869 KB
    • Print Length: 432 pages
    • Publisher: Avon (July 31, 2012)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007679RDG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Small Let Down Keeps It From Perfection August 4, 2012
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I love Liz Carlyle. She has a wonderful lyrical way of writing prose that makes even the most dense and heavy subjects seem light. From the moment I picked up The Devil to Pay, she's never disappointed me. That being said, I felt niggling details in this work that kept it from being five stars. The best thing about Carlyle's work is that it's a self-contained universe. No book exists in a vacuum. Her first characters, introduced in My False Heart, were featured in one of her most recent works, Wicked All Day. The hero and heroine in The Bride Wore Scarlet were children of former heroes and heroines. Few authors continue this kind of universe the way that Carlyle does with such flawlessness, and manage to weave in new characters. Yet, for the first time here, she stumbles, and it costs this book the last star.

    The leads in this book are wonderful, just as I thought they would be in the first two books in the series. Rance and Anisha are complex, damaged and emerge at the end better for the trials. Anisha is a strong heroine, willing to pursue her own future without Rance if he's not willing to step up, and Rance is willing to give her up because he thinks he's not good enough. Until it's time to actually do that. Rance's tortured past is completely on display here, his obsession with restoring his name and honor ring true as well as his desire to keep his promise to Ruthveyn about protecting Anisha.

    I liked seeing characters from past books show up-Benedict and Frederica, particularly as they hold a special place in my heart. I also was glad to see that Anaïs played such a strong supporting role, that her part in Anisha's past almost betrothal was not forgotten. The actual mystery behind Rance's framing for murder was interesting and well done, as well.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok August 14, 2012
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Liz Carlyle's newest book was ok, but I really didn't get into the story. Rance and Anisha made a cute couple but they ho hummed around about how he or she wasn't good enough. It seems the story didn't flow in accord with the author earlier books. Maybe she needs to try something different and give readers a new set of characters instead of using the same family circle.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story and characters August 2, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I've been waiting for Lazonby's story and it didn't disappoint! I won't go into the whole story line since you can read it on other reviews. Just the highlights...
    This story is the third book of a series about a unique group of men (and now women) who have some sort of supernatural gifts (like esp...etc..) but this aspect of the story is only a minor thing and these particular characters gifts were so muted that it didn't really affect the story much. Besides the love story, there is the whole story line of Lazonby trying to clear his name of murder. He had already been exhonerated by the courts, but public opinion still labeled him guilty. Usually I skim through the "mystery" storylines of books and focus on the love story part, but this one caught my attention and Ms. Carlyle did a great job of making it fresh. There is also that "situation" with Jack Coldwater that happens in the first book in the series (and is told again here, so you don't necessarily have to read the first one,). It was disturbing and intriguing and I couldn't wait for the explanation of it (You'll have to read and find out if there is one ;-))

    Lazonby is not your typical hero. He's a little messed up from all he's lived through and he frequently get's high on Absinthe. My only complaint is that it took a little too long for him to finally give into to his feelings for Anisha. You know he has them, but he made a promise to her brother he wouldn't touch her and he wants to clear his name, also. It didn't seem to matter that Anisha is a widow & mother and NOT an innocent and practically begged him to sleep with her. He was dogged and determined not to give in.

    Anisha is very likable. She was raised in India and is half Indian, so she is not your typical English miss.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book with some great characters August 1, 2012
    By AnneB
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I have been reading a lot of long, serious books lately so it was great to take a break from those and read something fun. I liked this book from the very beginning when the two main characters, Anisha and Rance, meet for the first time. There is great chemistry between them right away and I loved reading about their adventures together.

    Anisha finds herself coming to London with her two young sons after the death of her husband. She leaves her home in India to make a new life for the boys in England with the help of her brother. A lot of time is spent in the book with Anisha trying to find her way in London society while still holding on to her beliefs and customs from India. I enjoyed reading about Anisha a lot, she was a strong capable woman who went after what she wanted while never forgetting her responsibility to her family.

    Rance Lazonby was a great character as well. At the beginning I thought he was rather thoughtless and lazy but he was not these things at all. He suffered greatly from wrongs in the past and with the help of Anisha he works to clear his name and make a new life for himself.

    There is a lot going on in this book with Rance and Anisha falling in love, Anisha trying to blend into society, and the two lovers trying to solve the mystery of who framed Rance all of those years ago. It made for an exciting read that moved quickly. This is a romance story with a depth that I was surprised by and it made it a much better book to read. I think any historical romance reader will enjoy this one.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good reading.
    Published 3 months ago by Alison Kennedy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book!
    I really enjoyed this story very much. I loved Anisha and Lord Lazonby. What a great couple with great chemistry, and some good steamy sex scenes. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Tracy T
    4.0 out of 5 stars Variable: good writing vs questionable plot
    Well-written in style, but there were plot elements that disturbed me. I prefer reality-based fiction, not science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by reader
    5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for next books
    i enjoy this author and her books . i just wait for the next one. i love to read more from her.
    Published 12 months ago by Teresa
    4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
    I did enjoy this book but having read the story of Royden Napier first, the story wasn't as much of a mystery. Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Zzrole
    3.0 out of 5 stars ...romance suffers, while the elaborate plot continues....
    After three years of having this blog and many, MANY reviews under my belt now, I find that for me, the hardest reviews to write are those of the books written by the authors I... Read more
    Published 18 months ago by bookworm2bookworm
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride Wore Pearls
    Carlyle is a wonderful writer and she does it with such elegance of prose. It was the first time I ordered her books and I will order others.
    Published 21 months ago by Sandra Masters
    1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, it was bad
    Anisha, why are you so lovely and yet so boring? And Rance, for all that he was supposed to be some scoundrel, was a lot like my Grandpa in his post-stroke years. Read more
    Published on March 22, 2013 by Anagram
    2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish it.
    I almost always finish every book I start, but I didn't finish this one. The context of the story was so elaborate that the first third of the book was mostly an explanation of... Read more
    Published on March 20, 2013 by svmarcin
    4.0 out of 5 stars The bride wore pearls
    The plot and setting were different which added to the pace of the story. The characters were well developed, believable and gave a feeling of reality. Read more
    Published on March 16, 2013 by Miriam Meade
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    More About the Author

    During her frequent travels to London, Liz always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.



    When Liz isn't living in the 19th century, she resides in Cary, North Carolina with her husband, a corporate attorney, and their four very fine felines.

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