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Rules of Engagement (Warner Forever) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Caskie
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We, the undersigned, confined to spinsterhood through no fault of our own, hereby declare to guide our beloved niece Eliza Merriweather through the upcoming season and secure for her one, if not several, offers of marriage. We vow to consult the magnificent handbook Rules Of Engagement and follow its advice to the letter.

Our mission will be difficult, for Eliza is a very independent-minded young woman and a worthy adversary. Already she has hatched a scheme of her own and persuaded Magnus MacKinnon, possessor of mesmerizing silver eyes and a shockingly sexy brogue, to play the role of attentive suitor. But with our help, it is only a matter of time before their "pretend" affections blossom into the real thing.

And so we pledge to remain steadfast and to accept nothing less than complete victory: our dearest Eliza walking hand in hand down the aisle with Magnus MacKinnon.

With true hearts and strong purpose,
The Ladies Letitia and Viola Featherton

(88,000 words)


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Eliza Merriweather has no intention of giving up her plans to study art in Italy for a husband, but her two great aunts, Letitia and Viola, are determined that their spinster lot in life will not befall their grandniece. Then Eliza meets Magnus MacKinnon, Lord Somerton, and sees the perfect solution to her dilemma. If Magnus will agree to pretend to court Eliza, thus distracting her lavender-loving, matchmaking great aunts, Eliza will help Magnus by compiling a list of potential wealthy brides, since Magnus must snare a rich woman if he is to save his family's estates. But Eliza couldn't have imagined that her two very determined great aunts would mistake a book of military strategy for a textbook on how to get engaged, or that she would fall in love with Magnus. With its delightfully original and beautifully matched protagonists, surfeit of amusing supporting characters, and clever, tartly humorous writing, Caskie's debut romance is witty and wonderful. John Charles
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Review

"A delightful debut!" -- Julia Quinn, NY Times best selling author

"A smart and sparkling romance that quite simply captivates. Make room on the keeper shelves!" 4 1/2 Stars--Top Pick! -- Kathe Robin, Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine

"Her writing sparkles with wit and humor." -- Cathy Maxwell, NY Times best selling author

"Rules of Engagement is clever, frothy and funny--an enthralling read!" -- Eloisa James, USA Today best selling author

"This debut by new author Ms. Caskie was an excellent read-extremely funny and very romantic. I'll definitely read it again." -- Tammie Ard, Reviewer, The Best Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446614238
  • Publisher: Forever Yours (November 15, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001J2UVKW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unengaged. July 12, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book mostly because of the quantity of good reviews I read here (you'd think I'd have learned by now) and elsewhere. Let's just say I was greatly disappointed.
Eliza Merriweather is a Regency English artist whose only dream is to go to Italy and study with the masters there. Hampered by the fact that she was born into a fairly good family and has two younger sisters along with two matchmaking great-aunts who are her guardians, Eliza is forced to endure one Season before she can run off to follow her dream. Though they know of her plans, her aunts, armed with their father's military strategy guide, are convinced they can find husbands for both Eliza and her debutante sister Grace.
Magnus MacKinnon, the Earl of Somerton, younger son of a dissolute Scottish lord has just inherited the family title after the death of his equally dissolute elder brother. Magnus, having been in the military prior to becoming the earl, is unprepared to deal with the enormous financial burdens he inherited and, having made what looks to be a very poor investment with his remaining funds, is faced with marrying money or losing everything. He meets the decidedly penniless Eliza shortly after she's committed a huge faux pas during her presentation.
This book is yet another unoriginal attempt to cash in on the appeal of humorous Historical Regency romances. From the first few pages with the dotty, matchmaking aunts and the too precocious heroine I could see disaster looming. This could have been a great story, if told the right way. There could have been believable problems with better portrayals of the protagonists. "Rules of Engagement" just doesn't doesn't deliver on its possibilities.
Eliza is an artist. Or so it seems.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I am sooo glad I got it from the library July 1, 2004
By Alena
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I put this book on my library list because of all the wonderful reviews on amazon. After getting into the book a bit I was shocked at how much I disliked it. I returned to amazon write this review to see that a few people share my opinion - good because I didn't know how I was going to be the lone negative reviewer! At times this book is rediculas. I literally had to force myself to finish it. "How to Marry a Marquis" by Julia Quinn used a similar situation where a woman used a "rule book" to woo a man, but Quinn is such a fantastic author that it worked. Lisa Kleypas writes of lawless Lily and even though you cannot think that it would work in Regency England propriety-wise - the love story is too good to be ruined by such things. Not so much passion here!!
Firstly, this plot has been done just too many times in romance that it is rediculas for a debut author to be using it. Some more experienced authors have pulled it off because they add a lot to the characters or have a real ability to make the reader "feel" the romance-but Caskie cannot pull it off. Maybe with a little more experience she might be great. I have a few friends who think that romance is the same old story over and over again with cookie cutter characters. Unfortunately this book feeds right into that misconception

Secondly, it is very lop sided where propriety is concerned. They talk about inpropriety in certain aspects of things and totally neglect it in more logical areas. The heroine, Eliza, walks around handing our cards to young men that say "thank you for not calling" to keep them away. I didn't get the humor in it at all really. I am not one to judge a book about inpropriety when they do not bring it up so often.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like a story that makes you laugh, then this is the book for you. We have 16 women in our book group ranging in ages from 19 to 73 and we all just loved it. We put it on our list for best romance of the year. The bookstore where we meet posts our recommendations each month and other readers use our list when choosing books.
This book is a lot like Julia Quinn's books and just as funny. Sometimes more! The hero is a sexy Scotsman named Magnus, who has a great sense of humor and knows what he wants in a woman. That woman is Eliza. She's a very intelligent and clever artist who has her heart set on going to Italy to train as an apprentice with master artists. Marriage is not in her plans but it is the number one goal of her two old aunts, Viola and Letitia, who decide they need to get serious about marrying Eliza off. They turn to their father's old book Rules of Engagement. But the book isn't about getting engaged to be married like the aunts believe, it's full of military strategies. Eliza soon realizes her aunts mistake, but doesn't want to hurt their feelings since they are so thrilled with their matchmaking plans. So she uses a strategy of her own and asked an earl new to London to pose as her suitor so her aunts will stop using military strategies on her from the war manual. In exchange she will help him find a bride with a large dowry, which he needs to save his home Somerton Hall. I don't want to give it all away, since there are a lot of very funny parts and twists. One part that made a few of us cry too.
We recommend this book to anyone who wants a moving romance plus a lot of laughs. Most of us read the book in two nights and not just because we were meeting on Thursday!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche regency romance
Mmkay, right of the bat I have a problem. I wasn't aware any self-respecting Scotsman said "Dash it all". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Whiskey in the Jar
2.0 out of 5 stars no text to speech
i just sat down to listen to this and found no text to speech
how very disappointing
thank goodness the rest of the series i will be able to hear
Published 12 months ago by K. Merric
5.0 out of 5 stars rules of engagement
I love all Kathryn Caskie's books. I have most of her books in paper back.and will purchase as ebooks when I can afford them .
Published 24 months ago by hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This was humor, romance, sensuality, and good writing blended into a great story! Perfectly written, everything so in place, nothing wrong, wonderful characters - except Grace;... Read more
Published on January 4, 2011 by Not Telling
2.0 out of 5 stars Cardboard Regency
You know when someone has a good joke and doesn't expand upon it and just tries to stretch this same joke as long as they can til it stopped being funny, oh about twenty minuted... Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by seton
3.0 out of 5 stars I would pass...
Rules of Engagement by Kathryn Caskie is the standard on again off again historical romance novel. It has a few humorous moments but over all a quick easy read.
Published on September 26, 2006 by cb
5.0 out of 5 stars A light read with lots of humor
I rarely laugh so much with a romance novel. The book reads like a Summer comedy with an over-the-top cast of characters. Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by Deborah Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars On a second reading, still superb!
I was so taken aback by some of the caustic reviews and vitriolic virtual ink posted regarding Kathryn Caskie's RULES OF ENGAGEMENT -- a book I'd previously read and thoroughly... Read more
Published on May 18, 2005 by Anita Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Mayhem
I never write reviews, but I came to this page because I wanted to know what the next book by the author was. Read more
Published on April 25, 2005 by Lydia Bergen
1.0 out of 5 stars surprised how much I disliked it
I might be more charitable if this book hadn't been advertised as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Read more
Published on April 19, 2005 by Brenda Tolleson
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Kathryn Caskie is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the hilariously clever Regency-set romances. She lives outside of Washington, DC with her family, two cats, Borders Collies and a Chihuahua with a Napoleon complex.

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