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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Loved it!

    Made me laugh out loud as well as almost shed a few tears. A gret read as well as a great writer! Will be lookkng fof more of her books! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    The third book in the Scandalous Brides series by Suzanne Enoch.

    The third book in the Scandalous Brides series by Suzanne Enoch.
    Sophia White is the illegitimate daughter of a duke who, while he never cared for her growing up, is enraged that she works at the Tantalus Club, because it sullies his legitimate children’s reputation. He arranges to marry her off to a stern vicar, far, far away from him. If she does not comply, he will close the Tantalus Club, thus putting her good friends out of work, many of them educated women like herself with nowhere else to go. The Tantalus Club is her family and she will do whatever she must to spare them this fate.
    Before she submits to her fate in life, however, she wants to enjoy one last holiday of freedom with her good friend, Camille. So she accepts a holiday house party invitation from Adam Baswich, the Duke of Greaves, whose kind efforts helped Camille and Keating Blackwood in the second book in the series.
    Sophia is a strong and lovely heroine. She is good-natured and practical, she makes the best of things, appreciates all the luxurious comforts of life while at Greaves Park, and makes sure to express gratitude for anyone who shows her a kindness. Above all else, she has a kind generous heart and she doesn’t let bullying get to her. She feels that worrying is simply a waste of time and she doesn’t care what others think of her as her birth is not her fault. Brava.
    “When there was nothing to be done, worrying simply took up space she could use for making pleasant memories.” (p137)
    When Sophia unexpectedly finds herself the only guest at Greaves Park during a snowstorm due to a fallen bridge, Adam thinks she will be an easy target for a possible mistress. To his surprise, she declines. However, they do become lovers but she refuses to commit to a trap that will make her beholden to him. It is simply mutual pleasure on equal ground. But then they also become friends.
    Adam finds Sophia refreshing, engaging, funny, and sexy. She speaks her mind. She’s also used to everyone being treated the same, no matter what their station in life.
    Adam must marry—as decreed by his father—by the age of thirty, which is bearing down on him within two months. This holiday party at Greaves Park is to make a match, however reluctantly he wants to do it. His angry sister, Eustace, has a son she hopes will inherit and has no faith in Adam to fulfill his promise and keep the dukedom from a poor reputation. She feels he’s just like their father, a heartless womanizer. Adam struggles to be a better man than his father; Eustace doesn’t believe he has it in him. But Sophia does.
    While Eustace is a very angry woman, I almost felt sorry for her at times and could understand her feelings, however poorly expressed. Women in families of wealth and privilege had little rights. Yes, she is privileged and lives in great comfort and wealth, but she can do nothing to repair the damaged reputation of her aristocratic family. The family destiny is completely out of her hands.
    Adam and Sophia become friends as well as lovers. That is the common theme among all the heroes and heroines in the Scandalous Brides series and those relationships make the best marriages. Sophia has many friends and Adam learns who his true friends are. He has never had a lover who he can also call a friend.
    “His sprite, who refused diamonds because the bauble would bring her attention and more trouble than its sale would alleviate. His heart, who wore trousers with the same joy she did the most elegant and expensive gowns in the north of England. His peace, who’d soothes his soul as no one else had ever been able to do before.” (p246)
    I love Adam’s servants and how they rally around Sophia, which makes for some very comical and endearing moments. They also support him, much to his surprise.
    Keating and Camille (Taming an Impossible Rogue) and Oliver and Diane (A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes) appear toward the end of the story. Their kindness and support to Sophia and, later, Adam, is lovely to read. And who would expect Lady Caroline Emry to be so mature and sophisticated? There’s a story I’d love to read.
    “‘A killer and a runaway bride aren’t precisely going to be invited to Almack’s.’” (p153)
    Memorable moments:
    "She didn’t wish to be saved. She wished to be left alone." (p62)
    ”’I think the merits of domesticity aren’t appreciated enough by those who are accustomed to it.’” (p72)
    The proposal scene is one of the most romantic I have read in awhile. I look forward to reading the fourth book in this series, as well as its prequel novella.

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

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    Enjoyed this book and all of her books.

    Enjoyed this book and all of her books.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    You won't be disappointed!

    I truly enjoyed the unfolding of this romance. Of course, the end was predictable but the story had some unusual twists and turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

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