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The Bargain Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2014
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"All the makings of a great Regency romance."
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Alan has been summoned by the prince to investigate a haunting going on in his home. The ghost in question is a recently deceased actress. During a ball when they expect the ghost to show, Ariel, also attends. Even though she has no status she got in because they were not asking for invitations. She's there because the "ghost" was her mother.
They are thrown together and strike a bargain that she will help him investigate by getting him access to her mother's former acting partners. He will help her find out what happened to her mother on the day of her suicide.
From then on its pretty good until about 50% with a very anticlimactic end to the ghost problem.
The book seemed to stray from its purpose so much! She was helping all of Alan's brothers with their relationships...a lot. We had a meddling mother who sends servants to spy on Ariel which goes nowhere. We are never told what information is given or even hear from Alan's mother ever again. Tracking down her mom's final moments before her suicide. Never found out why she did it even though that was what she wanted. I am assuming it's because of her past. Long lost fathers who manages to get them to marry when two pages ago it was a no-go.
They both literally interrupt each other so much it's ridiculous (and annoying) and this seems to be the only way the conflicts start. So much of this book was so far fetched that I just couldn't suspend reality enough.
And then there's a ghost problem again. But it's different this time with a different (villian).
What I did like was our H's very science obsessed mind trying to figure out what was wrong with him. Being that love doesn't exist and all ( takes all the way until the end).
Would I recommend? I'm sorry but no. Not even at the free price I got it for.
There are the typical Regency misunderstandings, attractions, and difficult situations but I found the characters fresh and fun. This is an enjoyable, clean Regency read and I recommend it to anyone looking for a few hours of escapism.
Sir Alan is the sixth son of a Duke. He is a “man of science” who has been called to Carlton House because the Prince is being haunted by the ghost of Bess Harding. Alan has been given the task of getting rid of the ghost. He does not believe in ghosts and thinks this entire task is beneath his notice. But, if the Prince calls, a subject comes.
Ariel and Alan agree that they will work together to solve the mystery of who is haunting the Prince of England.
Ariel has never had much of a family and Alan has too much family. Ariel is all about emotion because that is what she learned from her mother. Alan believes that science is complete and he does not need emotion.
The plot is entertaining as well as informative. The reasons for the haunting and the methods used in the haunting are interesting. There is also an emphasis on the values that society placed on human lives. Not everyone was created equal and certainly not everyone was of value to society.
Along the way, personal stories appear. Alan's brothers are in need of some help with their lives and Ariel is just the person to offer help. All her help is based on what she learned from the theater. But, the brothers decide that they will do whatever works.
Ariel and Alan find it difficult to understand the thought processes of the other. There is an attraction but at times it seems to interfere with the investigation. Both of these people are bright, funny and likable.
The secondary characters add a great deal to the story. Alan's brothers are funny without even trying. There is a strong sense of family in Alan's family. It is one of the nicer aspects of the story. It is also one of the reasons Ariel falls into helping the family so easily, she enjoys this sense of family.
Ms Ashford is a talented author who writes well developed characters and plots which hold the interest of the reader. I enjoy her books and hope many other readers will.
The hero is charged to stop a "ghost" haunting the residence of the Prince Regent. Our hero is the son of a Duke, with several older brothers. He does scientific research on light at Oxford, until the ghost of a former lover of the Prince Regent starts haunting royal parties. Our heroine is the daughter of the ghost, who is still at school when she receives notice of her mother's death. She goes to London to settle her mother's affairs and to find out why she died.
Since our hero wants to stop the ghost and our heroine wants to find out why her mother died, the two join forces, and of course, fall in love. The hero's brothers become involved, as well as their former nanny. Plot twists abound, and the various side characters are delightful, but the developing relationship between the two main characters is the focal point and Ms. Ashford does not disappoint in how she leads to the happy ending.
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and all of the characters, each very diverse.