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A Scarlet Bride: A Southern Historical Romance [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia McDaniel
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Scarlet Woman and a Handsome Rake

How Do You Seduce A Woman Who Mistrusts All men? 

Alexandra Thurston wants revenge. Revenge on the husband who accused her of infidelity and divorced her, tainting her as a scarlet woman. She vows to reclaim her good name and never marry again. But her father wants grandchildren, heirs to his banking fortune and is determined to find her a husband.  He has no luck until she finds herself caught in a compromising position with the handsome plantation owner, Connor Manning.  

Connor Manning loves only one thing, his southern plantation and he’s desperate to save River Bend from the tax man. Desperate enough to agree to marry Alexandra for cold hard cash never dreaming that this spirited woman would ensnare his heart, leaving him yearning for a marriage more than in name only--knowing their marriage is based on a terrible betrayal.   

 “I love books like this one. The Old South, especially South Carolina, is rich in history. I enjoyed the book and hope to see more of the Old South in romance books.” 

“I enjoyed this book so much that I have read it three times. Each time I read it seemed even better.”

 “A true book that takes you back to a time where women were not first class citizens. It seems very correct of the time frame and is a delight to read. You can actually feel the pain of Alexander and Connor. You will find yourself cheering for this couple as scandal comes a calling once again.”

 “I loved this book! The story was great and the characters' relationship was emotional Towards the end I was in times......loved the ending!.”

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Virtual Bookseller (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G25V6S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge, a Rogue and Romance... Fun! January 26, 2000
By Lindy
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Alexandra had a terrible first marriage. Her cheating husband accused her of adultery and divorced her so he could marry his lover. Five years after the scandal, Alexandra moves to South Carolina with her aunt and uncle to start rebuilding her life. But no way is she getting married again! She's got big plans for revenge against the ex who ruined her life.
Her scheming father has something else in mind. He wants her to produce an heir to his banking empire, instead...
Enter our rougish hero, Conner Manning, who will do just about anything for the money to save his plantation from destruction, including compromising Alexandra and forcing her into marriage. But Conner, the county's biggest rake, has also made a bet with bud William that he'll have icy Alexandra in his bed within a month. Marriage seemed like the perfect solution when Alexandra's father came with his proposition: Money for marriage, even more for a baby.
These two strong characters clash, even during their intense attraction. Alexandra has to choose between revenge and love, while Conner has to learn what love even means. This was a page-turning read I recommend to all!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Love Story! January 26, 2000
By A Customer
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Scarlet Bride is a beautiful love story that proves love is sweeter than revenge and more precious than gold. Conner (the hero) was a wonderful combination of a southern gentlmen and a rake. If I couldn't have him in real life, I'm glad Alex (the heroine) captured his heart in Ms. McDaniel's rendition of the majestic old South.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Both a great story and cautionary tale about how men should treat young ladies and the damage that lies and misunderstangings can do to individuals in relationships; it also cautions about overbearing parential involvement. This story needs to be incorporated into every "Sex Ed. Class" (which should be far more than an anatomical study of male and female organs and their use). Least you think it a psychology 101 text, it isn't...the characters are well developed, as are the descriptions of important real estate, and the furnishings that make a house, a home. All the details add to the effectiveness of the story. This story is worth every bit of FIVE STARS, IMHO!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy, breezy read April 18, 2012
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Married off at a young age to a wealthy banker, who subsequently divorced her on false accusations of adultery, Alexandra Thurston is a woman bent on revenge. After five years abroad, she's come to Charleston to stay with her favorite aunt, but since she's branded as an adulteress she's shunned by polite society. That doesn't stop plantation owner and notorious womanizer Connor Manning from admiring her beauty, and he makes a bet that he'll be able to charm Alexandra into his bed. Alexandra is focused on revenge against her ex-husband, but Connor's charms eventually start breaking down those barriers, and things get even more complicated when Alexandra's wealthy father pays a visit and decides it's time get his daughter wedded, bedded and pregnant with an heir and he thinks Connor just might be the man for the job.

"For a woman of easy virtue, he had met more resistance from her than a spinster Sunday school teacher."

Now how to rate this book - I liked it, liked the main characters and they did have a good spark of chemistry going and really had a hard time putting it down. That said, despite a good story there were enough issues with the reading experience that I really can't rate it higher. There were more steamy kisses than sex scenes, but when the sex was there (twice, I think), it was a wee bit on the cheesy side, and a bit OTT for my tastes (YMMV). There was also a bit of repetition/redundancy in some of the prose that wore thin by the end, I got a bit weary of hearing all about the Louis XV furniture at Connor's plantation, plus Alexandra's breasts were crushed against Connor's chest one too many times.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I think I enjoyed my root canal better April 24, 2012
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I'm sorry, but this story was completely horrible. I don't know that I've ever read anything as difficult and annoying to trudge through as this book.

Alexandra, the heroine of the story, is a vengeful whiney brat throughout the book. Her husband divorced her because he wanted to be with the woman he was having an affair with instead. In order to obtain the divorce he had to prove Alexandra was an adultress. This totally ruins her reputation, and she is bent on getting back at him by writing a tell all book.

Connor, the hero of the story, is a womanizing rake about town. He makes a bet with his best friend he can get Alexandra to sleep with him. Connor had been in love once before, but the woman he thought he would marry ended up marrying his former best friend. I say former best friend because Connor ends up sleeping with his friend's fiance and getting caught. Connor is a big winner, I say sarcastically.

Alexandra's father is a big control freak. He doesn't care about his daughter except for what she can do for him. What he wants from her is an heir to his banking fortune. He meets Connor and makes him an offer of major money if he will marry Alexandra and get her pregnant.

Alexandra is cold and unlikeable as a heroine. She never thaws. Not one time did she ever become a sympathetic character I could relate to at all. It was also extremely tiring and nerve grating annoying how often the author would mention the book Alexandra was writing. I can't tell you how many times "Hester's Revenge" was mentioned. I stopped counting after my eyes glazed over in boredom. The author made so many references to "The Scarlet Letter" that it was just pathetic. This book was in no way anywhere near the caliber of that classic, and it was insulting she even tried.

I'm deleting this awful book from my Kindle. It was so bad I couldn't even finish it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provocing
This is the sixth novel I have read,written by Ms McDaniel. It brought back several memories from my own rake type existence. It really substantiated the need for being. Read more
Published 14 days ago by elktracker
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the descriptive writing made the family alive
Enjoyable series. Love the descriptive writing made the family alive. Could see similarities in family personalitie to my own family. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Blegh
Couldn't even finish this book and that's rare. If I had to read one more line about the lady's bosoms .... Gahhh
Published 5 months ago by KMC
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story, has some issues. Some spoliers!!!!!!!!
Not a bad story. Yes, the words Hester's Revenge was too repetitive and the trust, well , you could see why if you read the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 months ago by STEPHANIE
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Horrible plot. Horrible unlikable characters. Badly in need of an editor. Very disappointed in this book. Glad it was free.
Published 11 months ago by BookLuv
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scarlet Bride
This is a very good book. It's a nice romantic story and is well written. The only bad thing is the editing. Words run together and some are misspelled.
Published 11 months ago by Pat Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific..
I think this book was just wonderful! Loved Connor and Alexandra. I love anything about plantation life. Just an all-around great story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Trish R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I really enjoyed the story. I loved the heroine and the hero actually said "I'm sorry" and "I was wrong"! Hoping for a sequel with Suzanne's story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Texas Daughter
5.0 out of 5 stars A scarlet letter
A true book that takes you back to a time where women were not first class citizens. It seems very correct of the time frame and is a delight to read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tina Edgar
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More About the Author

Sylvia McDaniel is a best-selling, award-winning author of western historical romance and contemporary romance novels. Known for her sweet, funny, family-oriented romances, Sylvia is the author of The Burnett Brides a historical western series, The Cuvier Widows, a Louisiana historical series, Lipstick and Lead, a western historical series and several short contemporary romances.

Former President of the Dallas Area Romance Authors, a member of the Romance Writers of America®, and a member of Novelists Inc, her novel, A Hero's Heart was a 1996 Golden Heart Finalist. Several other books have placed or won in the San Antonio Romance Authors Contest, LERA Contest, and she was a Golden Network Finalist.

Married for nearly twenty years to her best friend, they have one dachshund that is Queen Supreme Dog in the house and a good-looking, grown son who thinks there's no place like home. She loves gardening, hiking, shopping, knitting and football (Cowboys and Bronco's fan), but not necessarily in that order.

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