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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reissue edition (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402277202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402277207
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading an Ashford novel borders on the euphoric as it tosses delight upon delight!  ... A creative and inventive vehicle with a refreshing look at London's Carlton House set. --Romance Communications

...a scintillating Regency adventure filled with supernatural happenings and dark and dangerous action. ...the storyline is immensely enjoyable -- Affaire de Coeur

If, as I do, you love historicals set in the Regency era, filled with great wit, funny family relations, and a beta hero to die for, you will simply want to devour this book. - Romance Reader    theromancereader.com/ashford-bargain.html

charmingly written, by a deft hand -- RT Book Reviews   rtbookreviews.com/book-review/bargain-1

From the Publisher

"Jane Ashford is an exceptional talent."
--Rendezvous

Praise for Jane Ashford's The Marriage Wager:

"Exceptional characters and beautifully crafted historical details ensure a delightful read for Judith McNaught and Mary Balogh fans."
--Publishers Weekly

"Sparkles with wonderful dialogue, witty scenes and just the right touch of humor, adventure and repartee."
--Romantic Times

"An emotionally poignant historical romance that will thrill readers of the genre, particularly fans of Julie Garwood."
--Affaire de Coeur

"A riveting, emotional romance that will garner a place of prominence on anyone's keeper shelf."
--Rendezvous

"All the makings of a great Regency romance."
--The Atlanta Journal

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Allegra on February 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I admit it. Although I ordinarily review scifi, I also read alot of mystery and romance, particularly romantic mysteries. Jane Ashford is not Jane Austen but this regency romance is a charmer that I have reread a number of times! I loved all the characters, particularly the hero's brothers, who are desperately in need of romantic assistance. The youthful urges and emotions of the principals underminine their best resolves to keep their relationship on a professional level and they are only fooling themselves. The heroine's backstory and the real basis for the mystery are tragic but this provides a weight to the novel that is needed: "The Bargain" might float away without it. All in all, one of my favorite romances...Ashford's other novels don't compare although "Charmed and Dangerous" comes close.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By annette.rachlin@lzr.com on September 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've read this book twice and it is a definate keeper. Ashoford has a way with humor, with her observations of the "ton" and men's attitudes towards women's abilities. I thought the sexual tension between the main characters was great...and the story was different from the usual
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Marble on May 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This should've been a great Regency historical. The hero, Lord Alan, is a scientist instead of a Regency dandy. The heroine, Ariel, is trying to find out if her mother's ghost is really haunting the Regent's parties.
However, Lord Alan is so caught up in the sciences that he can't appreciate simple things in life, such as the theater. Everything has to be logical. I have a degree in biology, and I've *never* met a scientist like that.
Even worse, Lord Alan treats Ariel quite arrogantly at first. He assumes that because she's a woman, she must be interested only in trivial things. Not a *logical* attitude for someone whose mother was a pioneer in the education of women!
Over the time, the chip slides off his shoulder. But the first half of this novel was spoiled by his attitude. Only Ariel and the mystery kept me reading. Jane Ashford must be a good writer to keep me reading, even when the hero thinks all women are vapid -- so maybe I'll read one of her future movels.
Anne M. Marble Reviewer, All About Romance
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BarkLessWagMore (Horror After Dark Crew Member) on December 29, 1997
Format: Paperback
THE BARGAIN starts out great, it's funny, sexy and has an intriguing premise. Because he has a serious scientific mind, the hero's services have been requested to find the culprits behind a very annoying ghost. Ariel is also determined to unmask the ghost because it has been rumored it may be her recently deceased Mom's spirit and she wants to find out the truth behind her Mom's death. It's not long before these two bump into each other, get locked in a cupboard together, experience all kinds of new tingly feelings and decide that two heads are better than one and join together to complete their investigation. Even though THE BARGAIN did have it's humorous moments, and the heroine was very likable, the plot moved too slow and it was not an emotional read for me.
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Format: Paperback
I gave this two and a half stars. Three stars to me is a book worth reading but not worth re-reading.

There are several problems with this book. One is the hero, who throughout the book continues to believe that women have no thought processes worth the name. The best we get is that by the end of the book he considers that three women he knows are the exception that proves the rule. For a scientist, he is amazingly stupid in terms of prejudice and not learning by observation.

There are loose ends and inconsistencies. The heroine has been left "just enough to live on," but owns a giant emerald. A boy is going to apparently hang for committing a justified murder. A secondary female character is apparently going to go through life hiding from her partner that she was involved in criminal activities.

The hero tells the heroine that because London believes she is his mistress, men will feel that they can force their way into her house and rape her. Has anyone even encountered another Regency where the mistress of a noble was that vulnerable?

On the positive side, the hero's brothers are well-drawn and funny.

There is a lot of potential in this book, it just didn't make it past the problems.
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More About the Author

Jane Ashford has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Spain, as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.

Her website is www.janeashford.com and her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Ashford/154028944714495?ref=hl

She is part of the Casablanca Authors Blog. http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/


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