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Product Details

  • Series: Matchmakers
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773084
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Camp's delightful latest regency Matchmakers novel, the unmatched is beautiful 23-year-old Lady Calandra, whose overprotective brother and guardian, the formidable duke of Rochford, has intimidated all comers. When Callie is rescued, at a masked ball, from a drunken partygoer's unwanted advances, her hero turns out to be the mysterious earl of Bromwell, an enemy of Callie's brother. Although Rochford orders Bromwell and Callie to stay away from each other, Callie grabs the reins and enlists the help of matchmaker Lady Francesca Houghston. Francesca is torn, however, because she knows the source of enmity between the two men, which neither will speak of. Meanwhile, Bromwell's twice-married older sister, the Lady Daphne, returns to society and plots to destroy Callie's reputation (because Rochford had refused to marry Daphne years earlier). Camp is firmly at home here, enlivening the romantic quest between her engaging lovers with a set of believable and colorful secondaries. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Candace Camp is the New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including her Willowmere series for Pocket Books—A Lady Never Tells, A Gentleman Always Remembers, and An Affair Without End—as well as A Winter Scandal and A Summer Seduction, the first two books in her Legend of St. Dwynwen trilogy. You can visit Candace and learn more about her books at Candace-Camp.com.

More About the Author

Candace Camp is a NY Times best-selling writer of romance novels. She has also published under the pen names Lisa Gregory, Sharon Stephens, and Kristin James. She was born in Amarillo, Texas and now resides in Austin, Texas. She is the mother of the YA writer Anastasia Hopcus.

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Myrna RottenRomance on November 16, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
*shaking head* HOW can I be the only one to spot such rediculous writing? Writing that makes me laugh at the most innapropriate times! I should not be laughing during sex scenes!

So, first, as usual, since I am not the first (by far) to review this book, I will save the plot recap.

Second, I will say that I agree with the other reviewer that mentioned that the sex scenes were disjointed and seemed thrown in there for the sake of having them. There was also a LOT of repetition in the descriptions. Almost as if the second scene was written first and then when she went back to add the first scene she just cut and pasted and re-worded it.

Thirdly... well, let me just cull some phrases from the book, shall I?

"And when she remembered the way he had kissed her, her loins were flooded again with heat."

"She found it difficult to think of anything but the soft, swollen tingling of her lips or the heavy achy feel of her breasts...or the insistent throbbing deep within her loins."

"Her own body was a stranger to her - her loins throbbing, and a hot damp ache growing between her legs..."

"It geysered up, shooting throughout her body, turning her skin to flame, and settled in a hot, aching mass deep in her abdomen"

"Callie thought of sleeping in one of Brom's shirts, and her loins prickled with desire."

"His body was pulsatingly aware of her hand upon his arm, now burning where it touched."

"Callie quivered beneath his touch, a soft moan escaping her lips."

"With each movement Callie felt desire curl and knot within her, her loins melting, turning her hot and liquid."

"She could feel the moisture gathering between her legs, the tender flesh throbbing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jmh on August 31, 2008
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Camp's Matchmakers series has been great reading from start to finish. While I thoroughly enjoyed "The Wedding Challenge" Callie and Brom's characters were no where near as interesting and as spellbinding as the secondary characters of Rochford and Francesca. As far as romance novels go, it's fairly standard in its plot line. As a youngish heroine, Callie's "impetuousness" grates on the nerves a little, and Brom lacked backbone, but their story was light hearted and easy to love. There were some cute plot twists thrown in, but for the most part I found myself wanting Callie and Brom to get on with it so I could get back to reading about Rochford and Callie. Finally at the end of this novel we get some glimpse into the tension that has been building for the past three books and frankly February can't come soon enough!! I can't wait for "The Courtship Dance" to FINALLY get the Francesca and Rochford story that we have all been waiting for!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Miller on August 27, 2008
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Lady Calandra, age 23, is the sister of a Duke. Beautiful and well dowered, she is much sought after, but she has been in no hurry to accept a suitor. No one had really held her interest until the Earl of Bromwell came along. Although he would appear to be a good match and seems interested in her, the Duke orders his sister to have nothing to do with the man. Uncharacteristically, he refuses to explain his actions and much upset, Lady Calandra goes to stay with her friend Lady Francesca Haughston, the Matchmaker of the series. Lady Haughston does not know that the Duke has forbidden his sister to see the Earl, and under her watch eye, Bromwell begins to court Calandra.

Although the desire between Callie and Bromwell practically sizzles on the paper, all is not well. The Earl has a sister with a grudge against the Duke and he pretends to himself and to her that he is only seeing Calendra to annoy the Duke. He has no idea how much of a troublemaker his sister really is, however.

The plot is a simple one - a romance is building but an impediment must be resolved. The pleasure in reading the story comes from the characters themselves, the growing friendship of Calendra and Francesca, the respect between the Duke and his sister, the essentially honorable nature of the Earl. These are nice people, you want them to be happy. I appreciated the fact that the author has not exaggerated the characters to make an overly dramatic story. The Duke isn't an ogre but a concerned brother. Callie isn't a wild child but someone who carefully weighs her feelings against her brother's wishes and tries to do what is proper. The Earl doesn't set out to ruin Calandra but just to pique her brother.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Young on August 31, 2008
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I really liked this installment of the Matchmakers series. It was well written and thoroughly entertaining. Also it laid the ground work for the next book and left me anxiously waiting to see if Francesca and Rochford get together (I'm sure they will, but I can't wait to see how it unfolds). Anyway this was a really good read that is sure to keep you turning the pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kobrowski on April 26, 2009
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I have been a loyal reader of Candice Camp since she wrote as Lisa Gregory. This book really disappointed me. Yes, all romance books are pretty formula, but at least in previous books, the characters were fleshed out a bit. Callie and Brom had no depth, no life, and unfortunately, as I read the book, I could have cared less. I agree with other readers that there was a lot of repetition. The descriptions of the locations were uninspired and the sex scenes were perfunctory.
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