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Marriage Contract
     

Marriage Contract

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by Cathy Maxwell
 

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He was a man exiled from society - handsome, unpredictable, and proud. Dark rumours surrounded his name. But Anne Burnett had signed a marriage contract binding her to Aiden Black, the Earl of Tiebauld. And although she'd never met him, she's determined to keep her word and make theirs a marriage in truth. Because a well-bred lady with

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Marriage Contract 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
SaraO More than 1 year ago
Talk about inta-love at its worst! Anne is in love with Aiden after mere days. Days, you should know, that Aiden spent coming up with tasks to force his unwanted-bride back to England. He had her mucking stalls with his favorite prostitute for Pete’s sake! And apparently Anne is so beaten down she’ll accept this man as her love? Seriously? There is so little interaction between the main characters, I think Anne falls in love out of the delirium of exhaustion. The only conversations they have revolve around the “tests” a.k.a “torture” Aiden creates. She falls dead asleep every night without kisses or conversation from the hubby. Yet, I swear to the romance gods, they fall deeply, madly, and passionately in love within 14 days. And for all the rush when it came to emotional attachment, sex itself was (pardon the pun) frustratingly put off. The smuggler scene (which reminds Anne of her father) was a HUGE set back just as the couple was beginning to build a tenuous bond. The fact that they get over this set back just as quickly, culminating in what I’d like to call The Great Afternoon Delight session, is ridiculous. The Great Afternoon Delight includes more sex with a recent virgin than in ANY OTHER romance I’ve EVER read. And I read a lot people. After waiting 3/4 of the book for a physical commitment to underscore all that insta-love I was blown away by too much sex. Loud, obvious sex in the middle of a drama filled crisis situation where everyone can hear them. Odd. And kinda Eww. I so wanted this story to work! Regency England and Jacobite Scotland together in one tale?! Sign me up! Too bad this was such a fail. The love happened way too fast. Felt like there were 3 days between when Anne and Aiden were total strangers to completely in love. We won’t even touch their alternate lifestyle choices…Aiden’s love of dressing the part of medieval Scottish Laird was just odd. The story left me feeling as though everything was unfounded. There was no base through the action of the story or a physical connection. Left the story feeling hollow and confused. Rating: 2/5 Don’t be lured by the promise of a duo of mouth-watering romance eras…the story falls beyond flat. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply thought this was a well written, fun book to read. The story take a few twist and turns that is typically not seen in history romance. The book is also written in a fast pace, without the constant repeating of the same issues/concerns. Both main characters are full of humor, kindness and insight. The secondary characters also came to life, and helped make a multi-level story. I didnt was to put this book down, and ended up finishing it in less then 35 hours!! Pick this book up, its not a waste of your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! It isn't as predictable as most and I like the characters.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Ton considers her two seasons in London as failures because Anne Burnett failed to make a match. Anne set an apparently impossible goal for an orphan like herself: she wanted to marry for love instead of securing her future.

Anne is forced to marry by proxy some obscure Scottish lunatic, Mad Earl Tiebauld, Aidan Black, whose sister arranged the marriage. Anne travels to her new home only to receive a very unfriendly welcome by her spouse, who not only rejects her, but he wants her back in London. However, the English transplant ignores the irritable Scot and soon her actions gain the respect and support of his clan. To her chagrin, Anne also captures Aidan¿s black heart just as she now loves him too, but will he wisely keep her at his side or madly cling to his notion she belongs in England?

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT is an amusing well written Regency romance starring two charming and not so mad (except in love) lead characters. When the story line stays with the main plot the battle of the sexes, it is an absolute delight that will provide fans with a powerfully pleasurable read. However, a political subplot, though cleverly inserted and actually tied back to the prime theme, will feel intrusive because the convincing main tale is so good and so much fun. Cathy Maxwell shows why her historicals are so well received by reviewers and fans with this fabulous Regency novel.

Harriet Klausner

kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Fun and a little different........................................................................ She was sweet but could be a little pushy. She had to be----she had nowhere else to go. He was not a bad guy but was more then a little miffed that his big sister would marry him by proxy to someone and not even bother to consult with him first. Through in some good secondary characters and you have a pretty good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the creative scenarios
ZebraNookReader More than 1 year ago
Fabulous!! This whole series is marvelous. Each had is own story but yet they were linked in a subtle way. Tess, Leah, and Anne each provide a their own meaning of womanhood as they shed their girlish innocent. The story line surrounding each woman and her man is genius and artfully done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book full of passion and romance with an interesting plot i reccomend to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a boring book to read. After reading Judith Mcnaught, July Garwood, Kat Martin, LaVyrle Spencer,Brenda Joyce, you will know what I am talking about. Don't waste you money buying the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I bought more of her books as a result.
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A great combination of an arrainged marriage, some taming of the shrew and a little revolution that make a fine romance
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This is a great blend of history and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok and not one of my favorites. Too unrealistic, how can you fall love when the hero of the story gives you nothing to love?
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