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Editorial Reviews


Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master’s touch. (Karen Robards)

“ illicit delight.” (Stephanie Laurens)

“Carlyle’s lusciously rich characterization, inventive plot spiked with danger and unexpected twists, and deliciously dry sense of humor make The Bride Wore Scarlet a near-perfect read.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Carlyle delivers a fast-paced pleasure.” (BookPage)

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Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society.

Anaïs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic—and ruthless—leaders. But Lord Bessett's bold challenge to prove herself worthy of joining his secret all-male society is impossible to resist. So she daringly agrees to travel with the enigmatic nobleman on a dangerous mission to save one of their own—a little girl with a frightening gift.

Soon intrigue swirls about them, drawing them ever closer. And Anaïs quickly realizes that the intimacy of sharing Lord Bessett's bedroom is proving a temptation impossible to resist. As for Bessett himself—well, he might be a soldier sworn to the Society, but he certainly isn't anyone's saint. . . .

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Product Details

  • Series: MacLachlan Family & Friends (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061965760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965760
  • ASIN: 0061965766
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2011
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(3.5 stars) I was torn about the rating to give this book. In many ways it deserves 4 stars, maybe even 4.5. Liz Carlyle is one of the best HR writers around. She has a great way with words, her romances are very satisfying and her love scenes pretty hot. Isn't that what we all want in an HR?

This one starts off very well. Great feisty heroine, Anais de Rohan, handsome but arrogant hero, Geoff, Lord Bessett, beautifully atmospheric set-up, great descriptions of the Thames and the seedier parts of London. And a fun fact about the heroine is that she's Max de Rohan and Catherine Wodeway's daughter, H and h of NO TRUE GENTLEMAN, and the niece of Lord Treyhern and his wife Helene de Severs from BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT. The hero is the son of the H and h of THREE LITTLE SECRETS. (It seems that Carlyle likes to revisit couples and use their offspring as main characters in new books.) These older characters are not part of this book but they are mentioned. Helene de Severs, in particular, had an impact on the life of our hero Lord Bessett during his childhood.

This story has the drawback for me of being part of Carlyle's new paranormal series about the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis and the St. James Society, the English branch of the FAC. I don't enjoy the occult, people with special Gifts, mysterious societies or sects. That's part of what put me off of Gaelen Foley's latest series. However, here the FAC and the Gifts, to a large extent, take a backseat to the romance and the adventure and that's a good thing.

You probably know the plot by now. Anais wants to be initiated into the FAC, of which Bessett is an important member. This is a bit like any female trying to get into an Old Boys' Club.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Countess Chocula VINE VOICE on July 21, 2011
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I haven't read the first book in the series or any other Liz Carlyle book, so I came into this without any idea of what to expect. I found characters that I liked and a general storyline that was pretty good but muddled up with paranormal elements that the author seemed to not know what to do with.

I really liked Anais - she was assertive, even aggressive sometimes and funny. Bessett wasn't as fun, but if you stripped him of his paranormal silliness he would have been a good solid, sexy third rate Bond.

The bare story would have been fine. I liked the idea of the secret society, that they didn't allow women but Anais had trained her whole life to get in and needed to go on this mission with Bessett to prove herself. The villain was perfectly chilling, the victims nice and pitiful and there was some good swordplay and yay! Pirates and scalawags! The problem was the author decided to throw some paranormal elements in there but she didn't seem that committed to them. They felt unfinished, as if she didn't really want to go all the way and make this a full-blown paranormal romance, so she teetered on the edge. Rather than settling for small talents that could be easily used in the storyline like Anais' were, she had to add some huge, amorphous "evil portal sensing" thing that Besset does that gets overly complicated, unable to be defined and puts a pall over the entire book.

I liked a lot of this book and did enjoy reading it, mostly because of Anais and her banter with Besset. If it were possible to give half stars, this would be a 3.5 and I usually round up. I just had a nagging feeling that this was a good historical romance with some nice paranormal elements then for some reason there was a decision to throw even more in there and it just didn't fit.
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Anäis de Rohan has trained for years to be a Guardian of the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis (F.A.C), a secret all-male group housed in the St. James Society. She was told at an early age that this was her duty, and she yearns to fulfill it as she has known nothing else. Anäis was also told who "Mr. Right" would be for her, and she longs to make his acquaintance as well. However, he must meet all of the requirements that her future, foretold by the tarot cards, has revealed. She is slightly discouraged that the F.A.C. has refused her membership based upon her sex, but she doesn't give up so easily. She is a tenacious, impetuous, optimistic young woman who will stop at nothing to see that her fate is fully realized because it was ordained and she does not want to disappoint her great grandmother. Anäis accepts the mission that was offered to her since the F.A.C. will not let her join their Brotherhood as she wishes to do all that she can to help further their cause.

Lord Besset, aka Geoff Archard, has started up the St. James Society to resurrect the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis whose goal is to seek out and protect those who have the "Gift". Geoff, a gentleman who also has the Gift, longs to protect those who can't protect themselves. His latest mission is to extricate a young child who has fallen into the clutches of a villainous fiend whose plans are to use this child's unusual Gift for his evil scheme. Yet the F.A.C. is at a loss for providing a believable partner to assist Geoff in this new mission that is until Anäis is presented as a pledge for their Brotherhood. Geoff agrees to take on Anäis, but with some misgivings as he has been entertaining other thoughts about the strong-willed woman.
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