- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (May 16, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312995229
- ISBN-13: 978-0312995225
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Scandalous Bride Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
As romance fans would expect from the star-studded lineup in this collection, each Regency-era novella features a high level of sensuality, but the short format of these pieces allows little room for romantic development. In the contributions from Dodd ("The Lady and the Tiger") and LaFoy ("The Proposition"), the heroines fall too quickly into bed with their respective heroes. Although the characters are likable enough, the stories lack the strong emotional core found in the authors' longer works. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had here. In Laurens's "Melting Ice," for example, the heroine finds herself in the awkward position of having unknowingly invited herself to an orgy, and in Bradley's "Wedding Knight," a bride becomes enmeshed in a mistaken-identity fiasco complete with blackmail and throwing knives. While this collection doesn't approach the heights any of these authors have achieved individually, it's consistent in tone and quality. Ardent fans of Dodd and Laurens, however, will be disappointed to note that these two authors' entries have been previously published.
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"Nobody writes historical romance better." -Kristen Hannah, New York Times bestselling author
"Christina Dodd keeps getting better and better!" -Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author
"I'll buy anything with her name on it." -Linda Howard, New York Times bestselling author
"Laurens gifts readers with a highly sensual romance and wonderful storytelling. Add a hint of danger and sizzling passion, and readers are in for one wild ride-air conditioning required!" -Romantic Times on All About Passion
"Funny and touching...totally entertaining."
--Julia Quinn, New York Times bestselling author on The Pretender
"A witty and delectable combination of superbly crafted characters and an intrigue-steeped plot in which Bradley beautifully manipulates the sinfully sensual yet delicately romantic relationship between Agatha and Simon into an irresistible and supremely satisfying love story."--Booklist (starred) on The Pretender
"Leslie LaFoy is intelligent, sexy fun."
--Kasey Michaels, New York Times bestselling author
"Romance, emotion, marvelous characters-no one does it better than Leslie LaFoy!"
--Maggie Osborne, award-winning author of Shotgun Wedding on The Perfect Seduction
Top customer reviews
I humbly recommend reading this collection: each one of the novelettes is fun, is historically well referenced and agile in plot developing.
Leslie LaFoy who is a totally unknown new author to me intrigued and entertained me thoroughly with her passionate story called, "THE PROPOSITION" ~ 4 stars.
Stephanie Laurens, "MELTING ICE" ~ 4 1/2, is an amazingly written, delicious story and my favorite of the group. Last but not least is Christina Dodd's steamy and fun, "THE LADY AND THE TIGER" ~ 4 stars.
I enjoyed each and every one of these talented author's stories. They were all entertaining and did a great job showcasing their work. I appreciate the chance to read four new author's inside one book.
I happily recommended "My Scandalous Bride". It's a keeper! Enjoy!
"Melting Ice" by Stephanie Laurens. After a decade in India, Dyan St. Laurent Dare comes home when his brother died making him a duke and quickly wants Lady Fiona Winston-Ryder as his wife because he loves her. A debauched gala gives him the opportunity to serve as her gallant rescuer and hopefully forever lover.
"Wedding Knight" by Celeste Bradley. In 1813 Alfred Knight avoids scandal so no one can point the finger that he is just like his mother, which leads to his agreeing to wed Betina Trapp who wants nothing to do with him. Betina persuades her twin Kitty to take her place temporarily as Alfred's fiancée. Kitty falls in love but she fears he will drop her once the subsequent scandal erupts that the switch will cause.
"Proposition" by Leslie LaFoy. In 1877 Lord Rennick St. James knows that the clock is ticking against him as the woman he always loved Julia Hamilton is engaged to someone else. Just back in England, he has four days to seduce the widow into marrying him or face cold self imposed exile again.
These four nineteenth century historical romances are fine novellas that fans will appreciate because the lead couple in each case seems genuine as they star in a scandalous fun frolic.
In Melting Ice by Stephanie Laurens, childhood sweethearts Dyan St. Laurent and Lady Fiona have found each other and the love they lost in a most uncommon place, an orgy! Despite their odd meeting they clear up all misconceptions that have kept them separated for years and rekindle the fire between them.
Alfred Knight, in Celeste Bradley's Wedding Knight, has lived his entire life trying to avoid scandal. Little does he know he will marry directly into it when he chooses his bride to be. She is nothing she appears to be, but everything he needs.
Julia Hamilton, a recent widow, is now engaged to be married in three days, but a secret love has returned and intends to seduce her and make her his wife. Leslie LaFoy's The Proposition keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who will Julia choose.
Not one for romance, I found myself enjoying the four tales of love, lust and deceit. These ladies know their craft and have converted me into a fan of romantic fiction.
Reviewed by Aiesha Flowers
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers