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The Wedding Chase: A Loveswept Classic Romance [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Kelley
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Book Description

What happens when a bride ends up with the wrong groom? In Rebecca Kelley’s witty, passionate tale of romance, sparks fly between an eligible lady who doesn’t trust her desires and the roguish suitor determined to prove her wrong.
 
Wolfgang Hardwicke, the Earl of Northcliffe, is up to no good, as usual. He doesn’t know why he comes to the aid of a drunken gambler. He certainly isn’t expecting to be rewarded with a glimpse of the gambler’s exquisite sister—and yet one glimpse is not enough. So Wolfgang is absolutely thrilled to see her again, lighting up a dull party as she plays piano. But to win this glorious musician’s hand, the notorious rake will have to change her tune—fast.
 
Miss Grizelda Fleetwood has no interest in romance—she’s only marrying to save her family from financial ruin. That is, if she can find a suitable match before the unprincipled and relentless Earl of Northcliffe ruins her reputation. Unlike her not-so-secret admirer, Zel is an unabashed do-gooder with a soft spot for those in need. But if Zel is too generous with Wolfgang, she might find herself walking down the aisle with the one man she never expected—a husband she loves with all her heart.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Back to You, Morgan’s Woman, and A Case for Romance.


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The woman who sells herself to salvage a profligate male relative is a well-worn plot. But romance newcomer Kelley gives her Regency a new twist with her clever depiction of her heroine, an almost six-foot-tall spinster. Grizelda Fleetwood is looking for someone very rich who will keep her brother out of debtor's prison, and someone aged and very pliable who won't try to control her. Wolfgang Hardwicke, the Earl of Northcliffe, is neither old nor mildmannered and plans to make the prim and proper do-gooder change her mind. There's a clever musical leitmotifAZel shares in the "curse of Mozart" as her second name is Amadea, and each chapter has a telling musical title (Scherzo, Vivace, Duet etc.)Aand both characters are wryly cultivated, making them funny counterpoints to their philistine set. Kelley's style is cheery, clever and fastpaced, and the dialogue truly seems like a meeting of sharp minds. More real historical ambience would make it perfect, but romance readers can still anticipate an amusing read.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Grizelda Fleetwood is entering the London marriage mart through no wish of her own. Determined to save her family from financial ruin, she calls upon her wits to try to make a suitable marriage that will give her the needed funds while retaining her freedom. Wolfgang Hardwicke, the Earl of Northcliffe, spots Grizelda as she is playing the piano at a social gathering. Although usually never one to consort with innocents, Hardwicke sets his sights on Grizelda for a playful game of cat and mouse. Too late, he realizes that games can sometimes back fire. While intrigued by Hardwicke's attentions, Grizelda is not interested in merely a sexual dalliance. But will she be able to avoid the careful traps with her reputation unscathed? Or will she take a chance and lose her heart in a chase that just might lead to a wedding?With fiery characters and up-beat writing, Ms. Kelley has turned out a debut novel that leaves readers begging for more! Humor, intrigue and even a dose of frustration combine to make this one a book to savor. Even the sub-characters are interesting. Unexpected twists of danger catch us by surprise in the end. And the struggle between Wolfgang and Grizelda only gets hotter as the book progresses. Bravo, Ms. Kelley for bringing new life to romance through such an invigorating tale! Amy Wilson -- Copyright © 050198 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (June 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062OCOQG
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Read August 3, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I eagerly await the next one. It has some good one liners that make you laugh and that is what I like about a lot of new authors. A lot of the authors like Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Amanda Quick are losing the plot, their new books are not as good as the old ones, which is unfortunate. So we are forced to hunt the shelves for new blood. To all the new authors, please do not give up, keep them comming.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Wedding Chase is worth the reading chase! July 13, 1999
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This book was lyrical and oh so fun! I couldn't put it down and ended up reading the entire book in two days! I cannot wait until Rebecca Kelley comes out with her next book. The characters in the Wedding Chase are a hoot and you find yourself cringing and chuckling for them, not to mention falling in love with them! FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful May 25, 1998
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Wolfgang Hardwicke, the Earl of Northcliffe, is not known for coming to the rescue of stupid young bucks. Instead his reputation is along the lines of being one of aristocratic England's leading rakes and ne'er do wells. So how Wolfgang got involved in the affairs of drunken Robin Fleetwood even he doesn't know. Still, he rescues the lad from a beating and takes him home. His reward for his out of character altruism is a glimpse of Robin's sister, Grizelda in her nightware.
Though Zel prefers to never marry because she does not want to be owned by a male, she knows that she has no choice due to her weak sibling and father. Zel is their only hope to stay out of debtor's prison so she plans to marry the a wealthy but extremely weak nobleman. However, Zel and Wolfgang fall in love with each other, an emotion neither wants at this time.
Rebecca Kelley proves that she belongs at the top rung of Regency romance writers with her fine work, THE WEDDING CHASE. Zel and Wolfgang make a musical couple, who will provide much joy to fans of the sub-genre. The secondary players cause much of the problems confronting the lead pair and help make for an intriguing story line, albeit that remains tucked neatly inside the limits of the sub-genre. In spite of that, fans will realize that Ms. Kelley is a gifted author, heading to the top.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 Star read! September 5, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This non typical read was very well done. It had and intelligent story line and characters that left you laughing. Enjoyable from the first page to the last. The only bad thing about this book was the turning of the last page, it left me wanting for more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slapstick Comedy October 2, 1999
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The book starts out well enough, but became tiresome about a quarter of the way through. Although the plot is clever and lively at the start, "Wolfgang's" constant !!! use of bizarre oaths (e.g., "Satan's small clothes," "By Satan's Pointed Tail," "Lucifer's Cloven Hoof" - to name but a few) really became annoying after a while and got in the way of the story. Also, Lord Melboure's dialog written to demonstrate his exagerated lisp (which at times was difficult to decipher) also interrupted the flow of the story. Last but not least, the silly bedroom scene on the inevitable wedding night (I skipped ahead), complete with a jealous cat and Irish Wolfhound, was a bit much to believe.
I notice that other readers really liked this book, so perhaps I was looking for something different. Nonetheless, I prefer to like the main characters and found that difficult in this case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and moving November 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The chase is aptly named and leaves the reader hanging on to each turn. I really enjoyed the interaction and reaction of the characters.
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