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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

What should you do when Mr. Right Now turns into Mr. Right?

When you have a "gift" that no one understands you might want to pretend it does not exist. For Anaïs de Rohan she embraces it and wants to make her Nonna proud of her. She learns the tricks of the trade that would gain her access to the all-male club known as The St....
When you have a "gift" that no one understands you might want to pretend it does not exist. For Anaïs de Rohan she embraces it and wants to make her Nonna proud of her. She learns the tricks of the trade that would gain her access to the all-male club known as The St. James Society where she could converse among others gifted as she is.

This group being the men that they are decides not to be interested in extending her a club membership but they do have another function she can give them. They have Lord Geoffrey Bessett to be her husband and have them as a couple protect a child with a greater gift than any have ever seen. The darkness that surrounds her is strong and someone is trying very hard to take control of it for nefarious plots against King and country. The plan was uncomplicated and would have gone off smoothly but with Anaïs there is no way that is going to happen. She will pretend to be Geoff's bride but she is going to run the show her way and when her decision is made that he may be more than just a pretend groom no one is more surprised than she to find that passion does indeed run through her veins not just an urge for adventure.

Both of them believe in fate and that a greater power is controlling their destiny but what if just this once Geoff and Anaïs make their own decisions. So much of their lives has been about the right path and hiding their "gift" but with each other they can just be themselves knowing the other will love them warts and all. It would have gone off as an uncomplicated feat if not for the evil that is living across the street and the job they are supposed to be doing and really trying to handle if they can just stop handling each other.

This book is complicated, detailed, and just fabulous so do not blink or you will miss something important. It challenges you to not only pay attention to every twist and turn but makes sure you find yourself completely fascinated with the intricacy of the storyline and the characters.

posted by The_Reading_Reviewer on June 6, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

5 out of 10 stars

The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle
Release Date: July 26th, 2011
Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Page Count: 375
Source: ARC from Carolyn at Romance Novel News

Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intr...
The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle
Release Date: July 26th, 2011
Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Page Count: 375
Source: ARC from Carolyn at Romance Novel News

Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society.

Anaïs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic -- and ruthless -- leaders. But Lord Bessett's bold challenge to prove herself worthy of joining his secret all-male society is impossible to resist. So she daringly agrees to travel with the enigmatic nobleman on a dangerous mission to save one of their own -- a little girl with a frightening gift.

Soon intrigue swirls about them, drawing them ever closer. And Anaïs quickly realizes that the intimacy of sharing Lord Bessett's bedroom is proving a temptation impossible to resist. As for Bessett himself -- well, he might be a soldier sworn to the Society, but he certainly isn't anyone's saint...

What Stephanie Thinks: This regency novel with a paranormal twist brims with witty and sexy character banter I love. The romance isn't routine, and has me rooting for it to continue, while the characters are full of life and personality. For some odd reason, however, I couldn't get into it.

The storyline is frustratingly complicated and the prose is elaborate. Carlyle may be an advanced writer, but she doesn't have a way with words; it's really difficult to follow much of the plot. I found myself trudging through a lot of the excess text, and even snoozing at some points. The story itself sounded really great: Anaïs de Rohan uses her inherited gift and utilizes Lord Bessett's special gift to help a woman in dangerous peril, as well as her small daughter who possesses a power greater than one has ever known. But it is written in a way that I just don't find interesting.

At least the sex scenes are hot. The relationship between Anaïs and Geoff Bessett, however, ends up exactly the way I imagined, so there isn't anything new to it. It's really sweet how Anaïs confides in him that she is waiting for her Mr. Right, and in the end, he turns out to be her Mr. Right, though. Romances as timeless as theirs makes my heart sigh.

I really, really wanted to like this book. The characters are strong and the romance steaming. But the biggest problem is that I didn't -- and I still don't -- know what the main conflict of the novel was. And I'm not too enthusiastic about rereading to find out; it's not worth the trouble. I am able to make out a basic storyline (as one thing this story doesn't lack, is detail), but as a whole, the entire concept of the Fraternitas society -- which is the secret coven Anaïs attempts to join -- confuses me. Therefore, I don't recommend this book at all; books like these are ones that strengthen my disfavor towards historical romances.

The one thing I can't take my mind off is how The Bride Wore Scarlet (a scarlet dress isn't even mentioned in the book...?) aptly inspires every girl that sometimes, your prince won't arrive into your life promptly on his noble steed; sometimes, your prince was there for you all along.

posted by TheStephanieLoves on July 26, 2011

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    Very disappointing. I couldn't wait to read this book since we w

    Very disappointing. I couldn't wait to read this book since we were introduced to Geoff in an earlier book but it was a real downer. I just knew there was a lot that Liz Carlyle would do with the son of Merrick and the nephew of that rascal Alesdair but she didn't Geoff was rather boring and I can't believe the vivacious Anais fell in love with him. was so looking forward to hearing an update on Merrick but nothing. If was so boring, I turned page after page, after page. It took the longest to get little Giselle from that "evil" uncle but I really didn't think the uncle was very scary or the situation. There is a third on in this trilogy but I don't care to read it.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    why is a paperback book cheaper

    just saw this book at Walmart for 5.99 in paperback but to get a digital book it cost more !!! wow something wrong here i think we are getting ripped off

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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