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Lady Diana Fordham spent 10 years waiting for the marquis of Templeton ("Temple") to express an interest in her. Now in an attempt to get him to finally drop the fashionable, foppish charade he has presented to society for years and become the hero she knows he truly is, Diana allows herself to be abducted by the notorious Viscount Cordell. Both personal and professional reasons send Temple in pursuit of Diana, who has also become the target of several penniless noblemen with hopes of catching the spinster heiress themselves. With orders to steal the bride to-be and see that she is wed for her own safety to any suitable man, Temple never expected he would wind up wanting to marry the exasperating yet all too tempting Diana himself! Humor and passion were never more expertly entwined. Boyle cleverly matches up a tart-tongued, brilliantly resourceful heroine with an honorable, sinfully seductive hero, and then deftly sifts a dash of dangerous intrigue, wonderfully unique secondary characters, and a generous measure of wicked wit into this sweetly romantic, deliciously sensual love story. John Charles
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Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and has won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and her always-growing collection of yarn. Readers can visit her at www.elizabethboyle.com, or follow her own adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  www.avonromance.com www.facebook.com/avonromance 

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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Romantic Treasure
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380820900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380820900
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed the story and really liked Diana and Temple, both- but EB was wrong in making the time line soooo long - why not 3 or 5 years instead of 9 to 10?

This was the first EB for me to read and I definitely enjoyed her talent. I am sorry that I didn't know to read One Night of Passion first, though - but didn't find it a stumbling block for me. I was able to follow the story and get into the characters well enough. Lady Diana Fordham lost her heart to Marquis of Templeton (Temple for short) a long time ago. She had hope he would notice but he never seemed to come around. At one time she decided to move on and marry his cousin only to withdraw her agreement for engagment. Her heart wasn't in it. Now ten years later Diana sets up her own elopement with a scandrel of the Ton and everyone is shocked. Her father offers her hand in marriage to the first man that is able to bring her back. Temple has no design to go get her until his secret employer orders him to go get her and see that she is married as soon as possible. He leaves with no plans on being the one that she marries. Boy, is he fooled! Things get to hopping! Temple discovers that the French are after Diana with plans of their own, Diana's fiance is murdered, and Temple is accused of doing it. Oh... the story gets even better. In the middle of all that is going on, Diana forces Temple to admit his love for her. I think my favorite part is when Diana shows up at a Masquarade Ball dressed as a greek goddess only wearing the sheer curtains from Temple's rented room drapped over her naked body and a face mask. Boy, that caused a stir! ha, ha!!! A good read with romance and excitment to keep the story going.
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I just finished Stealing the Bride and loved it!! What a fun book! I absolutely loved Temple and Diana and thought they were the best characters I've read in a long time. The plot line was humorous and kept the reader guessing page after page. This book gave me a really enjoyable few days, when I didn't get any work done, because I wanted to keep reading! :-)
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I adored the charming, scene-stealing Marquis of Templeton (Temple) from Elizabeth Boyle's previous book, ONE NIGHT OF PASSION, and couldn't wait to see who would be the lady to win his heart. Little did I know that lady would be Diana Fordham, a 29-year old hellion who had once been engaged to Temple's cousin, Colin.
In STEALING THE BRIDE, we find out that Temple and Diana are star-crossed lovers who might have had their own happy-ever-after years ago if not for the manipulations of Temple's rigid grandfather. Now Temple is a man with a secret--no mere society fop whose greatest skill is tying an elegant cravat, the outwardly affable Temple is actually a skilled spy for the Crown. When Lady Diana is reported kidnapped and suspected to be on her way to Gretna Green to wed, Temple is assigned to see her brought home . . . and married at once to the first available man he can find. Temple is certain that man will not be him, but Diana has other plans.
A delightful battle of wills and desires ensues, made all the more enjoyable by an ongoing chase by Napoleon's cronies that sends the pair into hiding and on the run across England. A wonderful romance with many surprising twists and turns, STEALING THE BRIDE is a 5-star keeper!
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England 1809 - At twenty-nine years old Lady Diana Fordham is known by the ton as an eccentric spinster with no chance of marrying - a bit long in the tooth in spite of a very ample dowry. Beautiful, intelligent, and patient, Diana knows what she wants and has waited long enough! The man who broke her heart ten years ago had just run out of time and now Diana was ready to launch an elaborate plan to storm his defenses and bring him to task! She devises a plan to make it appear that she has been kidnapped by the worst sort of rake she could find - knowing in her heart that Temple would come to rescue her. Her father, Lord Fordham, raises the alarm that she has been abducted and announces that whoever rescues her will be the man Diana will marry her - and so the race was on!
The Marquis of Templeton, known as the "Temple", appears as an `idiot fop' to most observers. He has used this ruse to disguise his true identity as a very courageous and effective spy. The Foreign Office assigns him the task of rescuing the chit and see her married to one of two suitors that have asked for her hand in marriage. Temple would rather not have to do this as the less time spent in Diana's company the better. He has always secretly been in love with Diana but through some very convoluted logic (it's a guy thing), born of stubbornness and rebellion, has distanced himself from her - convinced that he would place her in danger. Unfortunately, danger has caught up with Diana, in the form of, and from a source that no one would have suspected as Temple and the `heiress bride stealers' race on to Gretna Green.
STEALING THE BRIDE should steal the hearts of most Regency romance readers.
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Like others I waited patiently for "Temple's" story to arrive. I am 3/4th of the way through this book and It is one of the worse books I've ever read. The story line is ridiculous. A beautiful heiress sits idly by for 10 yrs waiting for a man who kissed her once to realize he loves her. In the meantime she plots to force him to come to her aid by dating 3 "loser" candidates for her hand. The hero is an English spy superhero, incognito of course, but can't see through her plots and isn't bright enough to manage his own life!! He's also unable to control any of her staged outragious. Pure drivel. My biggest regret is that I kept reading this book, waiting for it to get better. That was a lost cause. It seemed that Temple's story would be an awesome one. Big missed opportunity here, miss boyle.
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