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Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston) [Kindle Edition]

Rose Lerner
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Political intrigue could leave his heart the last one standing…alone.

Lively St. Lemeston, Book 1

Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family. For months, he’s lived alone with his depression, blockaded in his lodgings.

But with his younger brother desperate to win the local election, Nick has a new set of marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver the beautiful Phoebe Sparks into a politically advantageous marriage.

One marriage was enough for Phoebe. Under her town’s by-laws, though, she owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to simply ignore the unappetizing matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl’s son, she can’t. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe’s last-ditch defense against her sister’s ruin is her vote—and her hand.

Nick and Phoebe soon realize the only match their hearts will accept is the one society will not allow. But as election intrigue turns dark, they’ll have to cast the cruelest vote of all: loyalty…or love.

Warning: Contains elections, confections, and a number of erections.

Editorial Reviews


"This rich and memorable Regency romance brings its setting and characters perfectly to life." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Admirable, complex, immensely likable protagonists are complemented by a diverse cast of beautifully realized secondary characters[...A] refreshing, insightful mix of family dilemmas, business and political machinations, and social class differences that won't disappoint." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Lerner weaves an enchanting tale. The repartee between Nick and Phoebe is the icing." (four stars) -Romantic Times Book Reviews

About the Author

Rose Lerner discovered Georgette Heyer when she was thirteen, and wrote her first historical romance a few years later. Her writing has improved since then, but her fascination with all things Regency hasn't changed. When not reading, writing, or researching, she enjoys cooking and marathoning old TV shows. She lives in Seattle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and witty March 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This romance was so much fun, full of great characters and banter that really sparkles. I loved the hero and heroine, Nick and Phoebe, I laughed out loud at some of their lines, and I loved the fact that all of the characters, even the more dislikable ones, have vulnerabilities and complexity to them.

The only thing I was slightly disappointed by was the emotional arc between Nick and his mother. Nick starts the book reacting to his mother with such a strong teenager-style vibe, always leaping to the worst interpretation of everything she says and does and really clinging to his own ideas about how little she cares about him compared to her career. It's obvious to the reader that his mother does love him, for all of her faults, and is trying to show it, but he can't see it. This would be fine as a character issue…except that by the end of the book, Nick has had a moment of clarity when it comes to every other dislikable character, even the one who's done something most unforgivable, and he's been able to feel some compassion in each case for how that unforgivable thing happened (even if he can't bring himself to actually forgive it). He never has that moment with his own mother, though - he ends the book reacting to her in just about the same ways as he began it, which means that that emotional arc between them feels like it falls flat at the end.

However, that is only a side-plot, not the main one, and the main one between Nick and Phoebe is fabulous. I love the issues Phoebe's facing, I love the warmth of how almost every character in the book is treated (including the awful characters!), and it was just such a deliciously funny, fun novel to read. Rose Lerner is one of my very favorite Regency romance authors, and I can't wait to read her next book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on historical fact April 20, 2014
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I like reading historical romance, but this one felt a little ponderous with historical detail. The middle sagged and the ending wrapped up too fast for me. I knew who the father of the baby was right away, and I wondered why no one else in the story suspected. I also thought the heroine was too self-sacrificing. I felt there were less drastic options besides her marrying someone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politics and Passion September 13, 2014
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Format:Kindle Edition
Great tale. I loved the politics - the machinations ring so true.
As do the cross-party romances, the resultant messiness, even the different ways in which people are drawn together - how fabulous are the couple who drool together over lace trims and coat lapels, overcoming a mighty obstacle to find true "lurve"? So much more interesting than the usual wham, bam lust, although Lerner delivers on that very well with this H and h.
The two mothers are flawed control freaks - each in her own way - and therefore interesting.
For the rest, I agree with Moth Ella's review.
Rose Lerner has become an automatic pre-order for me.
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I discovered Georgette Heyer when I was thirteen, and wrote my first historical romance a few years later. My writing has improved since then, but my fascination with all things Regency hasn't changed. When not reading, writing, or researching, I enjoy cooking and marathoning old TV shows. I live in Seattle.

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