- 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: #889,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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:
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great anthology. I would recommend it to any lovers of historical romances.Published 4 months ago by Brittany Mason
This was a great book. The price was right and the delivery was fast.
Although I love reading on my kindle, it was good hold a book in my hand.
I picked up this book at BigLots for 2 bucks and it was money well spent...and more!!! I gave 5 stars to L. Kleypas' and L. Sands' stories.. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by Felicity
I collect Christmas romances so I'm always looking for those warm, snowy stories to get me into the proper seasony mood. Read morePublished on November 25, 2007 by j.m.s
I loved the final story by Lyndsay Sands. It was funny, witty, and quite a cute story. Don't expect steamy love scenes. Everything is very low key and hinted upon. Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Lilre1
I always have high expectations with Kleypas and she didn't disappoint. Kleypas' story was by far the best of the four. Read morePublished on February 3, 2007 by H. Lee