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Posted April 16, 2002
Pat Waddell has written another intricately detailed, wonderfully rich historical romance. The unusual San Francisco setting is complemented by multi-faceted, fascinating characters. The romance will sweep you away as Clare finds herself thoroughly swept away by passion and attraction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2002
A Gentleman's Bargain is a truly good read. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting, the colorful characters, and the plot. Not the same old thing here - lots of surprises that keep you turning the page and wondering if Claire Aldrich will be able to turn a make believe romance into a real one. San Francisco, Chinatown, a charming grandmother, and the unexpected make this a worthwhile read. I recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2002
A Gentleman's Bargain is an excellent read. The author has used strong characters, well-written sensuality, and a hint of mystery to make San Francisco shine in the late 1880's. The hero and heroine will keep you smiling all the way to the end, and the secondary characters are surprisingly strong, adding a sparkle to the book. I like this book very much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2001
In 1887 San Francisco, Claire Aldrich finds herself running short of funds. After her elderly employer passed away in Cincinnati, Claire ventured to San Francisco to find her brother, Donald, her only living relative. A twist of fate brings Claire to the Landauer Hotel where she seeks to find employment. But the part owner of the hotel, banker Garrett Monroe, meets Claire and finds her the perfect solution to his dilemma. <br><br> With his grandmother¿s failing heart, Garrett feels a duty to succumb to her pressure to get married. If Claire will agree to pose as his fiancé, he will hire a private investigator to locate her missing brother. Having no desire to marry, Garrett is surprised at the feelings that Claire seems to awaken in him. While she is staying with his grandmother at his home on Nob Hill, Garrett finds it difficult to stay away from her and decides that he would like to make her his mistress when their charade is concluded. But Claire will be no man¿s mistress, even as she fights not to be swayed by Garrett¿s powers of seduction. <br><br> While the attraction and subsequent love scenes between Garrett and Claire are both passionate and steamy, the characters lack the depth that would catapult this read above the ordinary. Garrett is portrayed as the typical male hero, tall, dark, rich, and handsome and chock full of arrogance. And Claire is the naïve, yet feisty virgin. Though many superior novels contain characters of this ilk, the personalities in outstanding romances are so complex and many-layered thereby turning the read from run of the mill to sublime. Overall, though, Ms. Waddell¿s latest is a pleasing read with a touch of mystery and suspense as the novel draws to its conclusion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2001
A GENTLEMAN'S BARGAIN is a superb look into historical San Francisco. Clarie Aldrich finds herself in a strange city with no friends and no idea of where to start searching for her brother. Forced to seeked employment to keep from being evicted from her boarding house, she by chance meets one of the city's most eligible bachelors. Garret Monroe has his own set of problems, one a lovely, well-mannered lady could solve. When Garrett proposes a solution, Clarie finds herself saying 'yes.' Their arrangement soon become more than business, but the waters get even muddy when her brother if finally located. I found Ms. Waddell's book a delightful read. The history is interesting, the characters compelling, and the romance warm and uplifting. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2001
A GENTLEMAN'S BARGAIN is an excellent read. The story is fast-paced, the romance sizzles, and the plot takes an unexpected twist that surprises but satisfies. I found the characters compelling and realistic. Garrett Monroe and Claire Aldrich make an exciting pair. I'm sure you'll enjoy this story and this new author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.