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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312995229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312995225
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As romance fans would expect from the star-studded lineup in this collection, each Regency-era novella features a high level of sensuality, but the short format of these pieces allows little room for romantic development. In the contributions from Dodd ("The Lady and the Tiger") and LaFoy ("The Proposition"), the heroines fall too quickly into bed with their respective heroes. Although the characters are likable enough, the stories lack the strong emotional core found in the authors' longer works. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had here. In Laurens's "Melting Ice," for example, the heroine finds herself in the awkward position of having unknowingly invited herself to an orgy, and in Bradley's "Wedding Knight," a bride becomes enmeshed in a mistaken-identity fiasco complete with blackmail and throwing knives. While this collection doesn't approach the heights any of these authors have achieved individually, it's consistent in tone and quality. Ardent fans of Dodd and Laurens, however, will be disappointed to note that these two authors' entries have been previously published.
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Review

Christina Dodd
"Nobody writes historical romance better." -Kristen Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

"Christina Dodd keeps getting better and better!" -Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author

Stephanie Laurens
"I'll buy anything with her name on it." -Linda Howard, New York Times bestselling author

"Laurens gifts readers with a highly sensual romance and wonderful storytelling. Add a hint of danger and sizzling passion, and readers are in for one wild ride-air conditioning required!" -Romantic Times on All About Passion

Celeste Bradley
"Funny and touching...totally entertaining."
--Julia Quinn, New York Times bestselling author on The Pretender

"A witty and delectable combination of superbly crafted characters and an intrigue-steeped plot in which Bradley beautifully manipulates the sinfully sensual yet delicately romantic relationship between Agatha and Simon into an irresistible and supremely satisfying love story."--Booklist (starred) on The Pretender

Leslie LaFoy
"Leslie LaFoy is intelligent, sexy fun."
--Kasey Michaels, New York Times bestselling author

"Romance, emotion, marvelous characters-no one does it better than Leslie LaFoy!"
--Maggie Osborne, award-winning author of Shotgun Wedding on The Perfect Seduction

More About the Author

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Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they've found, "an absolute thrill ride of a book!"

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Customer Reviews

Also, I think that too many authors fail to properly finish their stories.
Annie
The writing was excellent, really, really unusually good, and there was a good storyline, plus character development, there as well.
a-wish-upon-a-star
I will be reading more stories by these two "new to me" authors, as well as Ms. Dodd and Ms. Laurens.
Janice Hougland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Lady and the Tiger' by Christina Dodd. In 1813, Laura Haver obsesses over who killed her brother, first secretary to Lord Keith Leighton. Clues take her to a smuggler's cove where she poses as Keith's wife not knowing that her "husband" is there seeking the identity of who murdered his employee.
"Melting Ice" by Stephanie Laurens. After a decade in India, Dyan St. Laurent Dare comes home when his brother died making him a duke and quickly wants Lady Fiona Winston-Ryder as his wife because he loves her. A debauched gala gives him the opportunity to serve as her gallant rescuer and hopefully forever lover.
"Wedding Knight" by Celeste Bradley. In 1813 Alfred Knight avoids scandal so no one can point the finger that he is just like his mother, which leads to his agreeing to wed Betina Trapp who wants nothing to do with him. Betina persuades her twin Kitty to take her place temporarily as Alfred's fiancée. Kitty falls in love but she fears he will drop her once the subsequent scandal erupts that the switch will cause.
"Proposition" by Leslie LaFoy. In 1877 Lord Rennick St. James knows that the clock is ticking against him as the woman he always loved Julia Hamilton is engaged to someone else. Just back in England, he has four days to seduce the widow into marrying him or face cold self imposed exile again.
These four nineteenth century historical romances are fine novellas that fans will appreciate because the lead couple in each case seems genuine as they star in a scandalous fun frolic.
Harriet Klausner
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on September 17, 2004
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The heroine, Laura Haver, in Christina Dodd's The Lady and the Tiger is out to avenge the death of her brother. She sets out on her own investigative mission and enters into a fabricated marriage to get to her target. What she does not anticipate is the unbridled passion that develops between them.

In Melting Ice by Stephanie Laurens, childhood sweethearts Dyan St. Laurent and Lady Fiona have found each other and the love they lost in a most uncommon place, an orgy! Despite their odd meeting they clear up all misconceptions that have kept them separated for years and rekindle the fire between them.

Alfred Knight, in Celeste Bradley's Wedding Knight, has lived his entire life trying to avoid scandal. Little does he know he will marry directly into it when he chooses his bride to be. She is nothing she appears to be, but everything he needs.

Julia Hamilton, a recent widow, is now engaged to be married in three days, but a secret love has returned and intends to seduce her and make her his wife. Leslie LaFoy's The Proposition keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who will Julia choose.

Not one for romance, I found myself enjoying the four tales of love, lust and deceit. These ladies know their craft and have converted me into a fan of romantic fiction.

Reviewed by Aiesha Flowers

of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ace Reader on April 30, 2012
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I very much enjoyed "My Scandalous Bride". Celeste Bradley is the only author I had ever read before out of this showcased group of author's. I enjoy her "LIAR'S CLUB" book series, and most, but not all of "THE ROYAL FOUR" book series. Her short story in this book did not disappoint. It's called "WEDDING KNIGHT" ~ 4 stars. It was great!
Leslie LaFoy who is a totally unknown new author to me intrigued and entertained me thoroughly with her passionate story called, "THE PROPOSITION" ~ 4 stars.
Stephanie Laurens, "MELTING ICE" ~ 4 1/2, is an amazingly written, delicious story and my favorite of the group. Last but not least is Christina Dodd's steamy and fun, "THE LADY AND THE TIGER" ~ 4 stars.
I enjoyed each and every one of these talented author's stories. They were all entertaining and did a great job showcasing their work. I appreciate the chance to read four new author's inside one book.
I happily recommended "My Scandalous Bride". It's a keeper! Enjoy!

Grade: B
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica Beltrami-Carter on December 28, 2012
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Three of my favorite author(esses) in a four lovely novelettes. (Leslie LaFoy has become one to have in mind next time I make my list for the Web booksellers.)
I humbly recommend reading this collection: each one of the novelettes is fun, is historically well referenced and agile in plot developing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sara on April 22, 2012
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Make sure to check this out. She is one of my favorite top romance writers.
Wonderful book, with characters you wish you could get to know.
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By Alisa Jenkins on April 23, 2014
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I thought this book was just ok. It didnt make my heart race or anything like that. this for me was a one time read
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