- File Size: 6990 KB
- Print Length: 1300 pages
- Publisher: Sprigleaf (January 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FPQHK48
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Scandalous Brides: Four Bestselling Full-Length Regency Novels Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Unforgettable Rouge: This is the second book in Annette Blair's Rouge series, and though I had read the first, I had never bothered to look up any of the others. I am really glad it was included here, and have now had my interest piqued enough to read the rest of them. Blair's writing was charming and funny, and I loved the way that Alex and Bryce found their way back to one another. I especially loved Alex and her crazy schemes to seduce her husband. The scene with the arrows in the attic had me laughing out loud. This book also had a very strong cast of supporting characters that I fell in love with.
A Lady by Chance: This was my least favorite of the bunch. I found Anna and Charles a little immature, and the way they handled situations to be a wee bit tedious. It also bothered me that after a very nasty introduction and Anna manipulating Charles into a marriage neither of them particularly wants, they seem to fall madly in love after consuming said marriage. Despite my reservations about the MC's however, I didn't think this book was a complete loss. The supporting characters managed to save it for me. Especially Morgie and Lydia. In fact I kinda wish they had been the main focus and Charles and Anna had been two characters bumbling around in the background. I also enjoyed the sisters and their quests to find husbands. I have read and enjoyed Cheryl Bolen's books in the past, but this one was a little bit of a miss for me.
Salt Bride: As I mentioned in the beginning of my review, I am a big fan of Lucinda Brant. I love her Roxton series, and was eager to read this one. I may have enjoyed this one even more, which is saying quite a lot, as the Roxton series are some of my favorite historical romances. It did take me a bit to warm up to Salt's character, as he is pretty awful to Jane in the beginning, but once you learn the reason behind it he becomes a much more sympathetic character. As two former lovers who had been torn apart by malevolent forces four years prior to the start of the book, I really enjoyed that they were able to slowly make their way back to each other as they, and the reader gradually learn the full truth of what had happened to them and who was behind it. The conclusion was tense and emotional, and had me on the edge of my seat. Not that it was all doom and gloom, there were quite a few exchanges that had me laughing out loud, and some very tender moments between the hero and heroine. This book had a very strong cast of supporting character's, as well as a truly vile vilainess. This was my favorite of the four, and I definitely recommend it. I'm dying to read the sequel now!
Scandalous Virtue: This was the first time I had read Brenda Hiatt, but this book was so good I've already downloaded a second. I loved this story about a recently reformed scoundrel trying desperately to repair his ruined reputation, and a repressed young widow trying desperately to have a little scandalous fun. Both Jack and Nessa were strong, likeable characters, and I wanted them both to find a way to get what they wanted.
It's too soon for me to give a synopsis, I wouldn't even know how to give a concise description of what all went on. Let me just say that Ms. Brant has written a thoroughly riveting book. It is very well done, with characters that jump off the page (even minor characters are carefully developed), and a plot with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat...or at the very least, screaming at your Kindle (I swear I couldn't help it). The disinformation, the misunderstandings, the misplaced blame, all combine to frustrate the reader beyond anything. And the element of pure evil, in the person of Lady Diana St. John, will have you shaking in your boots. However, you know there will be a HEA, and that the Earl of Salt Hendon and his Lady Jane, will eventually find it. It's all you'll have to hold on to at times. In retrospect, there was just exactly the right amount of angst and, all in all, Salt Bride was an exhilarating and satisfying read.
Oh but wait.... the story isn't finished. There's the little matter of "Salt Redux," the sequel to "Salt Bride." Now that's upsetting. I'm not ready to embark on part two of this saga, for I am quite certain (having had a sneak peek at the prologue) that the tale of terror has not reached a conclusion. I was dead set against buying the sequel, and resisted it for all of 15 minutes. Why do I do these things to myself? Ugh, book 4 of the Scandalous Brides will have to wait.
The good news is that none of this is a prosaic as it sounds. The hero of Salt Bride soon mends his ways, the heroine finds her backbone and becomes very strong and the evil antagonist acts in believable, if slightly disturbing ways. My only real criticism of this novel is that the author seemed too anxious for readers to forgive the Hero by allowing him to mend his ways a little too soon. I would have liked for him to remain cold and aloof a bit longer to add to and maintain the disquieting tension of a deck stacked against the heroine. That said, this novel, when considered alone, still receives 5 stars from me.
Salt Bride is a fully developed, stand-alone novel but there is a sequel, Salt Redux, which I have purchased and is in my reading queue. The other novels in the collection are just okay in my opinion and while there are sequels to some of them I was not sufficiently engaged to purchase and follow up with those. Of course, the authors offer you snippets of other books in their catalogue so there's quite a lot of reading to be done between the covers of the Scandalous Brides collection.
Bottom line: The series is a pretty good collection of Georgian and Regency era romances with some being better than others. Overall, I felt that the collection was worth my time and my money.