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No Man's Bride Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006

4.1 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Shana Galen is a former public school teacher in Houston, Texas. Newly married, Shana lives with her husband and two cats. She writes almost full time, which requires daily trips to the mall because shopping is the only activity that really allows her to think. (That's her story, and she's sticking to it!)

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006112494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061124945
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judy Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
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After thinking it over, I've decided to be honest. Plenty of other reviewers have been kind, even lavish with their praise.

Miss Catherine Fullbright, a 20 year old drudge in her fathers household who also liked to sleep late?, was such a contridictory character she fairly made my head spin. One minute cowering, shrinking and fearful. The next incredibly bold, daring and willing to anger her father in every way possible. Her split-personality happened so frequently and with such rapidity that it seemed completely unrealistic to me. I understand that this character was abused, I did read the book. But for me, a gradual change in her personality would have been much more realistic. Catherine needed to learn to have strength, learn to believe in herself despite what she was hearing from father, mother and sister. This prolonged verbal and physical abuse would not and could not have been thrown over in a moment but this author made this character do that. I could not believe the rapid change could come about like that. And then to have Catherine shrink back into her former cowering attitude just caused me to be confused. How would she react to the next situation?

The hero, Quint Childers (so named by his parents because he would be the fifth Marquess of Ravenscroft, obviously a ha-ha moment for the author), Earl of Valentine, is a politician and views the entire world through how everything will translate to his career. He didn't strike me as hot or cold, neither strong nor weak, good or bad. I couldn't warm up to him at all and personally don't think the author gave him enough personality to make me care about him or any situation he might find himself in.

The wedding was a farce. How did the family come up with a wedding dress for Catherine?
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This has to be one of the silliest stories, I have bought and read, as an adult. Apart from the sexual scenes of the marital get together, this is a tale more for an impressionable teenager to read. A young teenager., certainly not any adult woman. It starts with a girl child, being ill treated by her Father and younger sister. No reason, other than jealousy is ever given. This continues into adulthood, where our heroine is the Cinderella of the Family. Then a Prince Charming arrives,(Lord Valentine???) and although engaged to the younger daughter, is tricked by the Father into marrying our Cinderella. I have no idea why. Our Cinderella turns from being downtrodden, into a real, hard Shrew. She gives poor Prince Charming a terrible time. He of course, smiles through it all, as he wants to be a Politician, and needs her by his side. All these people are of the Aristocratic World of the 1800's. Not the 1800's I have ever read about either. We get a little political life thrown in, towards the end. Which includes brawlng and the throwing of Punch bowls, and then more fist fighting between Cinderella and her sister, all at THE important event of the book. Namely, The Ball with 400 guests, where the Prime Minister is supposedly to invite our hero to join his staff. In a sentence of two words UTTER RUBBISH. UTTER RUBBISH
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After finishing A Man For All Season's, I decided to read more of Shana Galen's work. This was the first one I read. I immediately read the rest of the series and started the next. So good! Catherine is treated horribly by her father and forced to marry a man who thinks he is marrying her sister. They work it out and fall in love for a happy ending. I loved it. Not as tame as most historic romance and I couldn't wait to start the next book.
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Its not often that you read a book where both the hero and heroine are duped into a marriage. That's exactly what this books about. Quint definitely didn't want to marry the head-strong, but at the same time, extremely wary and shy around strangers, plain Catherine. Its political suicide for him. He needed a wife to razzle and dazzle his political contemporaries with her wit and charm in order to further his career. Catherine, on the other hand, never wanted to marry, period. She's afraid to be under any man's thumb, especially someone who maybe similar to her brutal and tyranical father. But now they are stuck and so the rest of the story explores their growing relationship.

This is my first Galen and I liked it. The only negatives that prevent me from giving it five stars is Quints character at the begining and the love scenes. It took Quint way too long to figure out that Catherine is not a scheming liar and accept her shortcomings. The loves scenes were good, but came a little late in the book for me, should have been more of them too. I like to see a bit more sparks here and there, but kudos to the author for the pub scene -that was memorable!

So if you like Kleypas or Jeffries, try this one out. Its definitely enjoyable and worth a read.
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This was a beautiful story of finding love in the most unexpected ways. Catherine had endured years of abuse at the hands of her father and the ultimate betrayal when he married her off. She is torn between her dislike of men and the growing attraction to her husband. Quint was betrothed to Catherine's sister and was shocked at what had transpired on his wedding day. Torn between his political aspirations and the feelings he was developing for his wife Quint had some tough decisions to make. The author did a great job of telling their story in the period. I enjoyed Catherine and her cousins and the trouble they found themselves in. It was a beautiful story of love between two people who never expected to find that love. Very enjoyable read. Highly recommend
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