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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843951028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843951028
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Hom on June 11, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First, I must say, it is extremely difficult to review an anthology. Usually, there are only 1 or 2 stories worth reading, and it's hard to rate a book because of this fact. Secondly, it must be very hard for an author to write a story that pulls the reader in, has likeable characters, and carries a good plot within 100 or so pages. However, a good author can accomplish this. This anthology is no different. Kleypas and Sands deliver with their stories, the other two authors are mediocre at best. Get this book at a garage sale, or check it out at the library. It is not worth the listed retail price because of the weakness of Cach and Dain's stories.

Kleypas - "I Will" - Lord Drake, a ne'er-do-well aristocrat, finds himself disinherited from his dying father's will. He gets the title and the lands, but not the money. He must convince (blackmail) respectable Miss Caroline Hargreaves to pretend a sham courtship, fooling his father into believing he has given up his dissolute lifestyle. Kleypas' characters are likeable, especially Caroline. Drake makes a good reformed rake, and the evil character is truly evil.

Cach - "Puddings, Pastries, and Thou" - Vivian Ambrose is a poor spinster, dependent on whichever relative needs her services. When her great-aunt, who treated Vivian as a lowly unpaid servant, dies, she is passed onto her distant cousins, the Twitchens. The Twitchens spoiled daughter, Penelope, immediately takes a dislike to Vivian, thinking Vivian will cause a pall to her first Season. However, this unlikely pair form a truce and agree that Vivian must be married off before Penelope's London season. Penelope has in mind Richard Brent, who has a scandalous past, making him ineligible for marriagable young ladies.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on March 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've said it before, I really do not like anthologies, but Look at these authors, two of my very favorites! Lisa Kleypas and Lynsay Sands! They were the two that made me buy the book and the other two were surprise bonuses!
I loved the dialog with Lisa Kleypas! I cannot tell you but the comment from Lord Andrew when he was told that he looked like an 'unmade bed' had me on the floor - you have to read the story to hear his outrageous answer - pure delight!
Lynsay Sands certainly did not disappoint either. The mischief she causes while trying to get her father to stop drinking and gambling before losing everything they owned - priceless.
Lisa Cach and Claudia Dain's offerings were every bit as delightful.
I must say this book should be at the top of everyone's list for just the pure enjoyment of full outrageous belly laughs!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lighthouse Ann on January 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I pick up an anthology featuring favorite romance novelists, like Lisa Kleypas, I'm just looking for some quick entertainment. Just make me smile for an hour or two.

4 stars for Lisa Kleypas - Her story starring Logan Scott's(Because You're Mine) younger brother - a dissolute alcoholic, albeit a good-looking one. Andrew, heir to a rich title, tries to convince his mean, grousing old father that he can manage the lands and wealth of the title by engaging in a courtship with a prim and proper spinster. Of course, neither Andrew nor his pretend love thought they would actually come to like each other...

5 stars - Our heroine is trying to stop her father from his drinking and gambling before he puts her whole family in the poor house. She figures her best bet is to catch her father at his favorite gambling establishment and stop him one way or another. Unfortunately, the owner of said gambling establishment does not let gently bred women in the door. Well, not willingly, but, if they sneak in some how, maybe a kiss or three. Lynsay Sands is new for me, but, this was by far the most fun, the most entertaining, the most joyful story. I may have to go read everything she has ever written. She reminds me of Julia Quinn, but with a drier sense of humor.

The middle two stories are forgettable. Lisa Cach's was downright boring. Get this book from your library. You won't want to keep it. Just read the first and last stories for some quick enjoyable romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Stabler on October 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Out of the four stories in this anthology, the only one that makes it worth buying is Lisa Kleypas's story, "I Wish". She manages a wonderfully emotional story within the confines of a novella.

Lyndsay Sands's story has a great premise, and starts out well, but fades by the end. It's almost as if it were longer and she was forced to edit it down to the point that the ending seemed abrupt and unsupported.

The Lisa Cach and Claudia Dain stories were ok, but not memorable. In addition, Dain's story contains a flashback scene involving "pitchcapping", imagery which some readers may find disturbing .

Individually, my ratings for the stories are:

Kleypas: *****

Cach: ***1/2

Dain: **1/2

Sands: ***
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By retroredux VINE VOICE on December 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
like most anthologies there are some gems as well as a few hunks of coal:) My breakdown:

Lisa Kleypas-great story, neat to see what happens to Logan's dissolute brother Andrew. Well written and super steamy-the books worth buying for this story alone-5 stars.

Lisa Cach-also a very good, sweet but spicy story. I loved the heroine's constant hunger-that is finally fulfilled by having someone love her. 4 stars.

Claudia Dain-in my opinion, the worst of the bunch-didn't finish it. In a word, the heroine is a brat! what could have been great-a family of 10 brothers and one sister-just ended up annoying. 2 stars.

Lynsey Sands-another 5 star story. Sweet, very funny and romantic.

All in all, well worth the time if you like anthologies or these authors. 3.5 stars.
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