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About the Author

Catherine Gayle has been an avid reader of romance novels (and almost anything else she can legally get her hands on) for as long as she can remember. Her mother might say it started in the womb. When she is not writing or reading, she can often be found buried beneath her sleeping cat or chasing the Nephew Monster. She's a reality TV junkie, a hockey addict, and experimental cook.

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  • File Size: 4805 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (April 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XR01DC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance. She's a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster's next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By CHB74 on June 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
...and that our "hero and heroine" had been done away with in the first few pages. :)

Honestly, I'm not all that picky when it comes to historicals. I've read hundreds this year (I know, I know...I need a life!), and I've liked or even loved a surprisingly high percentage of them. I wasn't even that deterred by the negative reviews, as amusing and well written as they were. That's because most of them cited the horribly unlikable characters as their primary reason for disliking this book, and I have a higher tolerance for unlikable characters than most. Flatly 'perfect' characters bore and annoy me beyond reason. I actually think making the H and/or h unlikable can make a book far more humorous and compelling while giving us a satisfying character arc in which the H and/or h authentically evolves by the end of the novel. (The problem with some of the eye-rollingly perfect heroes and heroines we get in certain novels is that there's no room for growth or change because they're already so absurdly flawless!)

So I opened this book feeling hopeful and ready to give it a chance to earn a spot on my Kindle's keeper shelf...only to discover within the first few pages that, if anything, some of the negative reviews actually understated its abject awfulness! The writing style, subjective as I realize this is, struck me as uncomfortably amateurish. The pacing was beyond erratic and just plain odd. And the characters were actually far worse than I'd feared, living down to the very lowest expectations. As others have noted, the "hero" is drunk in the vast majority of his scenes---think Nic Cage in Leaving Las Vegas---and a nasty boor even during his rare moments of sobriety.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2012
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This is the story of Aurora, a selfish acting debutante who loves to write fantastical stories in her journal, and Quin, a reckless acting rake. Quin's grandfather, Lord Rotheby, insists he find a suitable wife and settle down to produce heirs or risk being disinherited. Lord Rotheby is tired of Quin's wild behavior and is trying to tame him into becoming responsible.

Although she had yet met him, Aurora had written some scandalous stories involving Quin and herself. While out in the park one afternoon she loses her journal. Who should find it but Quin. After reading her entries he decides she will do quite nicely as his bride. Later, Quin meets her at a ball and completely debauches her reputation with an extreme smoldering kiss right in the middle of the ballroom with all eyes of the fashionable ton watching the event. With no choice but to wed him in order to salvage her reputation, Aurora accepts his offer to become his bride.

Scandal seems to follow Aurora with every move she makes. Of course with Aurora being the unpredictable little miss that she is, the wedding doesn't happen without a hitch. Read the story to find out how these two ended up together after Aurora tries to jilt Quin at the altar.

Why the title? Well throughout the book I noticed the author had Aurora using "Oh, dear good Lord" quite a bit. It was her favored expression that conveyed different emotions in each situation she found new, interesting or distressing. She used it in fear, shock, surprise, pleasure, pain, and discomfort. It really was cute to read how the phrase was used differently each time.

I would highly recommend this book. It's a much different romance than most other regencies I've read. This one is a keeper.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Colliemo on August 10, 2012
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The premise for this book was good. The plot sounded intriguing. It was very hard to get through. This type book makes me wonder about the chain of editors it went through- and still was published.
The hero is a self-absorbed jackass. A backstory is introduced toward the end of the book but by then I didn't care why he was such a jerk. The heroine was much too brazen for a sheltered girl from that age in time. Scene after scene didn't ring true. Something so scandalous happens that they have to leave London & retire to the country, and yet every invitation to their house party is accepted. Wouldn't happen. The villain isn't properly dealt with- almost seems an after thought and their names are never cleared. Everything just seems to end ok. Poof- no more problems. Irritating and maddening. And the sex scenes go on soooo loonggg- I found myself yada yada yada'ing my way through them. I won't read this author again.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on April 17, 2012
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I just have to write a review to get the rating down on this book, and maybe save some poor soul's money. Mine are unfortunately lost.

Lord Quinton has to marry to avoid being disinherited, so he is looking for a lady desperate enough to have him. And desperate she must be as he is an immature drunk with a seriously bad personality and no redeeming features. So when he finds Lady Aurora's journal and realizes he can bribe her into marrying him, he is obviously happy. Still, he decides to compromise her in a ballroom to achieve his goal. Lucky for him, she is stupid enough to want him in spite of everything because he looks like a pirate.

I could write pages on why I don't like this book but basically it comes down to this: the characters are childish and stupid, the humor is contrived and the plot... Well, I'm 50% in and not sure there is one. At this point, they are married and have nothing to do with each other except at night. Quinton is determined to keep her at bay, and Aurora is really bored because she only has a household to look after and a house to redecorate, and she has no one to talk to at all... Before she was married, she lived with her father, and actually left the house. This never occurs to her now. To be fair, she is actually so self-centered that it is very believable that she would expect to world to come to her.

In this genre, it is always useful to lower one's expectations and standards before trying a new author. I find, that I do not have standards this low. In two minutes, I am deleting this book. Buy something else.
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