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Product Details

  • Series: Secret Brides Volume 1 (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250008956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250008954
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* That dratted pamphlet is ruining Devon Morgan’s life. Immediately after his fiancée, Amelia Templeton, receives a copy of the anonymously written “Secrets of a Wedding Night,” she cancels their engagement. And she is not the only one reading it. The pamphlet is all the rage in London, and the publisher can hardly keep up with the demand from ladies who wish to know more about what to expect from their husbands. Although the widowed Lily Andrews, Countess of Merrill, claims to know nothing about it, Devon knows that she’s the author of the scandalous tract. What’s more, Devon intends on convincing Lily, who just so happens to have jilted Devon several years earlier, to issue a retraction. Seducing the lovely widow will not only achieve Devon’s goal of ridding society of the infamous booklet but will also provide him with the opportunity to show Lily exactly what she missed out on by not marrying him in the first place. RWA Golden Heart nominee Bowman’s engaging sense of characterization, gift for creating sexual chemistry, and graceful writing style give her debut romance a splendidly satisfying emotional depth. --John Charles


"Bowman’s engaging sense of characterization, gift for creating sexual chemistry, and graceful writing style give her debut romance a splendidly satisfying emotional depth."--Booklist on Secrets of a Wedding Night (Starred Review!)

"This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom." --RT Book Reviews

"Valerie Bowman is an accomplished storyteller. SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT has it all, a clever story line, witty and engaging dialogue and passionate love scenes that ignite the senses."--Romance Junkies

"Clever, fun, and fantastic!"— New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch


"Secrets of A Wedding Night is the most charming and clever debut I've read in years!  With her sparkling dialogue, vivid characters and self-assured writing style, Valerie Bowman has instantly established herself as a romance author with widespread appeal.  This engaging and sweetly romantic story is just too delightful to miss."—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas


“Ms. Bowman is quite the tease.  How I love a good society scandal.  The hero is absolutely yummy!”—Donna MacMeans

More About the Author

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie's debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, is the first in the Secret Brides series. Book two, SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE, was released March 26, 2013 and SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE was released Oct 1, 2013. A SECRET PROPOSAL, a related novella, was released 1/1/13. A Secret Affair was released 7/1/2013. The final story in the Secret Brides series, It Happened Under the Mistletoe, A Christmas Novella, was released 10/29/2013.

She is hard at work on a new series based on famous romp plays. The Playful Brides series consists of The Unexpected Duchess (May 2014), The Accidental Countess (November 2014), and The Unlikely Lady (May 2015) with three more planned.

Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.

Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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Customer Reviews

I could identify with the heroine and loved the hero.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2012
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It was as if the publisher created a cover, then the author wrote the requisite 3 love scenes based on that picture, then sort of wrote a story around the love scenes.....

I so wanted to love this book. I went through all the steps sure to guarantee a great read....
1. Read the reviews? check... (although I should have been suspicious that there were no low ratings...)
2. Find the synopsis to have potential? check.
3. Download the sample and read it? check.
4. Wait a few days and ponder? check.

But when it came time to read, I knew at about 20% that I had just thrown 8 bucks down the flusher. I kept reading and reading to see if it would work out. At a certain point, you are just resigned- the book cant be redeemed no matter what the author does. Still it kept going, all the way to the point where I felt compelled to write a review....

Here are the issues I had with the book.

1. It is based on a "big misunderstanding" and garnished with "revenge". I hate, hate, hate that combination. Seriously the whole book neither one of them can actually articulate a clear unbiased thought. Anger, jealousy, lust, despondent melancholy, they yo-yo between emotions with nary a care for rational thought.

2. Characters act in modern ways with consequence and historical facts are ignored or manipulated to further the plot(kissing and throwing women over a shoulder on a ballroom floor in front of half the ton? Does the author not understand the all consuming obsession that gentlemen of the time had with "honor" and "code of conduct"? unchaperoned young ladies? he never notices that her clothes are basically in tatters, never suspicious at her sudden change of heart? unaccompanied, unmarried women visiting gentleman's home late at night ?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kat B on September 25, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was lucky enough to be able to read an ARC of this book.
I was immediately drawn into the story of down-on-her luck Lily and her former love, Devon. The once madly-in-love couple parted ways 5 years earlier, both feeling betrayed by the other. They are brought together again when Devon's new fiance cries off their engagement after reading a pamphlet purporting to provide the *real truth about wedding nights, rumored to have been written by now-widowed Lily.
The story was well thought out and creates emotional ties for the reader to the characters in the story. I love a book that makes me feel enough to cry or laugh out loud; this book did both.
Liy and Devon were both flawed but likeable characters who I was rooting for through the story. The interactions between all the characters was witty and quick.
There were some secondary characters I'm hoping to see make appearances again in future books. (Hint: Can Medford get some love?)
This was a book I couldn't put down, which is rare for me these days. I highly recommend it as a fun and well written read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wolff on September 29, 2012
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This was a very engaging, delightful debut! Five years ago Lily and Devon fell in love and were determined to be together until Lily believed Devon left her and, in turn, Devon thought Lily left him for a wealthy earl and had led him on a merry chase. Now widowed and penniless, Lily sees an announcement for Devon and his newly betrothed wealthy heiress, Lily decides to pen a scandalous pamphlet that scares off Devon's fiancee. Knowing Lily is behind this act, Devon confronts her and tells her he will show her a true wedding night, as surely her husband failed. However, Lily is hiding a little secret and she is determined to resist Devon...or maybe she should seduce him? What follows is a sexy battle of wills that keeps getting wrenches thrown into it--a bet, Lily's sister, Devon's gambling and the refusal of either party to tell the truth of their current situations and their shared past.

Valerie Bowman is now on my auto-buy list with this debut and I am already anxious for the next two books which will feature her sister and then the man who becomes her dear friend (he is very proper and I can't wait to see him fall). The main reason I don't bump this up to a five star read is the fact Lily and Devon just can not talk to each other. It is always frustrating to me as a reader when the couple don't just clear the air and move on, yet I know for the story it needed to be held in for quite some time so its a hard balance. Lily is smart, protective, kind, loyal and has some spunk that flairs up after being called predictable. Devon is sexy (yum), confident, strong and stubborn and together they make a very sexy, fun couple. I did find it a bit odd that we did not see anything that was written in the pamphlet.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ramblings From This Chick Blog on September 25, 2012
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This book was an utter delight. From the first page to the last, Miz Bowman caught my attention and I just could not stop reading. I loved her voice and the way she developed her characters. I loved the way Lily and Devon interacted with one another. There was just so much sparks and passion brewing between them, and when they finally came together it was explosive and I loved ever moment of it.

Five years ago both Lily and Devon were in love and had planned to marry, but as with most romance novels a wrench was thrown into their plans and they never made it down the aisle. Each is under the impression the other stood them up for various reasons. Devon believes Lily didn't love him and was only concerned with gaining a title and a fortune. While Lily was sent a letter saying that Devon was crying off. Neither has spoken to one another in the five years that have passed and they both have tried their hardest to ignore the other.

Five long years have passed and Lily is now a widow. Left penniless by her late husband she has very strong views on marriage. When she comes across the engagement announcement of her former love Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton she knows she must take action. She decides to anonymously write and distribute a pamphlet to warn of young ladies about the Secrets of a Wedding Night.

When Devon's fiancee' calls off their engagement after reading the pamphlet he is enraged. He immediately sets off to find the author of the pamphlet to make them write a retraction. Imagine his surprise when he when finds out that the author is none other than the woman who jilted him five years earlier, Lily. Devon is enraged and when Lily scoffs at the idea of writing a retraction Devon issues a challenge, either write a retraction or be prepared to be seduced.
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