At the Bride Hunt Ball [NOOK Book]

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To Snare a Bride . . .

To Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, the bonds of marriage are nothing more than shackles. But if he's to remain a lifelong bachelor, that leaves only his younger brother to carry on the family name. Inviting the ton's most eligible ladies to an elegant ball, Gabriel is certain any one of them would be all too eager to become the next duchess and provide an heir—leaving Gabriel to ...

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Overview

To Snare a Bride . . .

To Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, the bonds of marriage are nothing more than shackles. But if he's to remain a lifelong bachelor, that leaves only his younger brother to carry on the family name. Inviting the ton's most eligible ladies to an elegant ball, Gabriel is certain any one of them would be all too eager to become the next duchess and provide an heir—leaving Gabriel to continue his ecstatic pursuit of pleasure.

To Catch a Rogue . . .

Her social-climbing stepmother would give anything to have Madelyn Haywood betrothed to a future duke. But Madelyn believes the brothers Devine to be nothing more than heartless rogues—especially Gabriel, whose rakish reputation precedes him. He is nothing more than a slave to passion, and she will not be conquered by his caresses­—and yet his wicked ways tempt her so . . .

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Editorial Reviews

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Taking a cue from the ubiquitous reality TV shows, Parker sets her debut novel during the English Regency social season, with a farcical scheme by a rakish duke to marry off his younger brother by collecting seven eligible noblewomen at his castle and letting the contest begin. The difficulty arises, of course, when one of his selections, outspoken, independent Madelyn Haywood, balks at the invitation and lets the duke know in no uncertain terms that she's not interested, thus intriguing him no end. A funny, passionate, refreshing tale that pokes fun at the "marriage mart," from a new author with a creative flair. Parker resides in Cleveland.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061732607
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 106,574
  • File size: 830 KB

Meet the Author

At eight years old, Olivia Parker wrote her first romance with a fat red marker. It made one's eyes hurt to read it, but it did have a tortured hero. Since then, she's dedicated her efforts to improving her craft (now using pencils) and divides her time among her love of writing, reading, and relaxing with her family. She currently resides in northern Ohio with her husband, three children, a border collie, and a cockatiel, who eats a worrisome amount of popcorn.

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At the Bride Hunt Ball

Chapter One

"Don't fret, my dear. Perhaps one day you'll blossom into a beauty like my Harriet."

Miss Madelyn Haywood nibbled on her bottom lip as she weighed her choices. She could scream, making a frenzied dash for the French doors in the adjoining room, or she could retain her composure and nod agreeably.

"Ah . . . thank you," Madelyn replied. Politeness won.

"Don't look so forlorn." Lady Beauchamp waved her fan vigorously in a vain attempt to mask a belch. Her aunt's stale breath was a clear indication the woman was good and foxed. "There are still two more cards to be presented, yes? You could be so fortunate. It's said miracles happen all the time." She started to giggle, but a hiccup cut her short.

"Let me assure you I haven't the slightest inclination to receive one." Madelyn lifted her chin and pretended to look about the room.

"Oh dear," Lady Beauchamp exclaimed, closing her fan with a snap. "That's why you're here, why we're all here. What great fun is this! Just think, soon even you could have a chance to be a duchess!" Using her fan, her aunt made a stabbing gesture toward four young ladies chatting excitedly by the foot of a grand staircase. "Look at them . . . smiling like simpletons. If my dear Harriet hadn't just received an invitation to the ball, I'd think they were deliberately flashing their cards so that I might see. What an atrocious display! Such a lack of decorum!"

Madelyn gave a short nod in response. Though anxious to quit her aunt's company, she prayed her association with her father's sister would forestall any strange possibility that eitherof the Devine brothers should come near. Lady Beauchamp had a habit of imbibing large amounts of wine at social functions—really, at any function save breakfast—and people seemed to avert their gazes, deftly avoiding the loud, opinionated woman as if she were a knot of rats.

Madelyn rose on the tips of her slippered feet, hoping to spot her friend amidst the crush of guests. "Aunt Lucinda, do you see Miss Greene?"

"Do you mean to say Miss Charlotte Greene? Good heavens, she's here? However does her mother think her scrawny, milk-and-water miss would ever land an invitation to His Grace's estate? Oh, I pity the girl and her mother for they will certainly walk away this evening disappointed. Charlotte Greene, you say?" Her aunt tossed back her head, bursting into unladylike guffaws.

Incensed, Madelyn opened her mouth to defend her friend when the ostrich plumes tucked inside the folds of her aunt's blue turban tickled the nose of the gentleman standing behind her. He erupted into a sneeze, then glared at the back of the viscountess's head. He was still looking at her thus when her aunt turned around, apparently to see what had collided with her headwear.

Madelyn stifled a small grin, satisfied the gentleman managed to give her aunt a scornful glare, encapsulating all of what Madelyn needed to say in defense of her dear friend.

The stout woman slurred her apology, then promptly excused herself from Madelyn's company with a swish of her skirts. She watched her aunt wander directly into the very crowd of young women she'd just admonished—no doubt to find some other young lady to perk up.

After a brief inspection of the room's occupants, Madelyn located her stepmother, arms linked with Lady Beauchamp's Harriet. She made a wide arc around the pair as she passed, putting scores of guests between them. She felt her stepmother's arctic glare prickling the back of her head as she slipped into the adjoining room.

In the ballroom, she was about to give up hope of ever finding her friend when she spotted Charlotte, executing her best impression of a tea rose on the hand-painted Chinese wallpaper at her back. As Madelyn made her way through the sea of people, talk of the duke and his brother rippled around her.

" . . . such a scandalous way to find a wife for the presumptive heir, don't you agree? All those innocent ladies locked away with the Devine men for a fortnight . . . "

" . . . very clever of the old Wolf, wish I thought of it first . . . "

" . . . strange he isn't taking a bride himself and wants his brother to carry on the family line . . . "

" . . . I say, it's damned unfair. He's likely to choose only the best of the lot for his brother, leaving only the seasoned nags for us to pick from . . . "

Seasoned nags? She turned and gave the man who uttered that particular phrase a good glare.

This being her fourth season, Madelyn thought she could pen a novel cataloging the names of all the crafty rakes and pompous heirs she'd come across. Naturally, at the top of her list of insufferable men would be the Brothers Devine.

Arrogance and wickedness never before blended to form such tempting packages. For in the heart of every romantic female of the ton lurked the secret desire to spark the interest of one of the proud Devines. Of course, it helped that they were members of one the wealthiest, most ancient lineages in all of England. With Lord Tristan's wicked recklessness, and the Duke of Wolverest's brooding arrogance, eager mamas looking to marry off their hopeful debutantes rallied to the challenge. Unfortunately for them, the Devines' questionable pursuits didn't include virgins or marriage. Until now.

However, Madelyn was no fool. She could well imagine the brothers held this ball for some darker purpose. She knew men like them well—the sort who gave little more care to a woman's heart than they did the roast pheasant they had enjoyed for dinner. Lord Rothbury was one, and her stepmother had ordered her to accept it along with the earl's proposal last season. Madelyn had flatly refused. She had been locked in the wine cellar for a day as punishment. It would have been longer had their butler quit sampling the Haywoods' stock of spirits as he had promised.

At the Bride Hunt Ball. Copyright © by Olivia Parker. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    What a fun romp!!!

    Sexy, fun, engaging! You will enjoy this highly unusal house party from beginning to end. Hero and Heroine are fabulous together! Lots of witty banter, sexual tension and incredibly funny situations. A great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Wounderful

    I loved this book the first time I read and the last three times I read it. If I want to read a book and have something to laugh about this is the book that I pick out. I have all of Olivia Parkers books and I love all of them, but this one is the best so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    I suck

    Sometimes, I buy a book and don't read it for ages. Then when I get around to it, I wish I had not been so idiotic. This book was fun, sweet, and just lovely. Should have picked it up sooner. Will have to buy the next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    I don't usually write book reviews but with this book I'll make

    I don't usually write book reviews but with this book I'll make an exception. I took a chance and bought this book and I have to say I'm glad I did. I really loved this book. I enjoyed how the relationship between the characters evolved. I loved when Madelyn and Gabriel waltzed and how significant it was for both characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Good book

    I really liked this book. It was a good love story. Both lead characters are great. I would recommend it be the first book you read by this author as it is first in the series.

    Overall...a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Loved it!

    Absolutely loved this booke. I could not put it down! It was full of emotions. Could not get enough. I cannot wait until Parker's next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Great Read!

    Funny, romantic and fast paced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Fun and easy read

    I actually read this book after reading the second in the series, which I liked more. Nonetheless, I enjoyed The Bride Hunt Ball and found it entertaining. I'm not sure if I'll read the third book in the series. I'm more interested in Tristan's story.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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    Good Read

    Worth the read. Pleasant way to spend the afternoon with an entertaining story.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    This debut novel is a lighthearted romance between perfectionist Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest and the impetuous, scapegrace Madelyn Haywood.

    Madelyn is at the bride hunt week at the Wolverest estate only to protect her friend Charlotte from the Duke's younger brother, and Gabriel is there only to host. But the minute they clap eyes on one another all resolutions fade. Sharp descriptions of the frivolities of the females, the contrivances of the chaperones, and the flirtations of the males of the ton. Funny, romantic, and very enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    A Regency version of The Bachelor

    I always get excited to read a debut author -- a new talent, a fresh voice. And as a fan of reality TV, I was especially intrigued by Olivia Parker's At the Bride Hunt Ball as it has been called 'a Regency version of The Bachelor'. ******* Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, has no plans to marry. He expects nothing less than perfection in a wife and since such a lady doesn't exist, he is resigned to let his brother's future heir carry on the title. So, he comes up with a plan to host a Bride Hunt Ball in order to find a bride for his brother, Lord Tristan. During a dinner party hosted by the duke and his sister, Lady Rosalind, seven prospective brides are chosen and invited to stay a fortnight at Wolverest Castle in Yorkshire. While there, each young lady will do her best to win Lord Tristan's heart. One of the chosen seven is Miss Madelyn Haywood, who wants no part of the Bride Hunt Ball. She even goes to great lengths to avoid getting that coveted-by-many invitation by running away from the duke's solicitor. From a balcony above the garden, Gabriel spies the chase and takes it upon himself to mange the situation. However, when he approaches her hiding spot, Madelyn makes plain her feelings by plunking him in the forehead with a lemon. ******* Madelyn is a delightful heroine. She's clumsy and impulsive, but also practical and sensible. Despite being in her fourth season, she isn't opposed to marriage in general, just marriage to men who could care less for a woman's heart. Men like the Devine brothers. Men like Lord Rothbury, whose proposal she turned down the year before. Her fervent wish is to move back to her beloved childhood home in Yorkshire, Willowbrooke, and perhaps someday marry a nice man. She is eventually convinced to attend the ball when her stepmother promises her that if she at least makes a valiant effort to win Lord Tristan, or better yet, the duke, that she can have Willowbrooke. When Madelyn finds out that her dearest friend, Charlotte (who has been in love with Lord Tristan for years), is also one of the chosen ladies, she makes it her mission to protect her friend's heart. ******* Gabriel is a hero you grow to love. At the beginning, he's stubborn and arrogant and has his reasons for being so. He has no designs to marry because he witnessed how unhappy his mother was in her very one-sided marriage to his father. During the two weeks of the competition, he plans to make himself scarce, but cannot seem to resist the inelegant and outspoken Madelyn. Especially when they cross paths so frequently. And it is through his interactions with her that his armor starts to crack and his true character shines through. ******* I enjoyed this book very much. It's light-hearted and sexy and filled with lots of witty dialogue. I found myself laughing out loud many times, especially during a particular scene brought on by Madelyn's clumsiness that involves a bee and a lily pond. It has plenty of sexual tension, including a sexy archery lesson. One of my favorite parts of the book was a very touching scene in which Gabriel and Madelyn share a private waltz. The secondary characters of Charlotte, Tristan, Rosalind and Rothbury are very likable characters that only add depth and humor to the story. And now I'm curious if one or all of them will have their own story one day! The only problem I had with the book was within the love scenes. The point of view switched so often that sometimes I had to read back a bit to figure out whose head I was in. But this certainly won't keep me from purchasing Ms. Parker's future books. ******* At the Bride Hunt Ball is a fun, witty Regency romp that is, at times, very reminiscent of an early Julia Quinn. I recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    debut author knows what the readers want!!

    One of the best books to date I have read. Highly reccomended. Witty, charming, just an awesome read!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    amusing Regency romance

    The Duke of Wolverset Gabriel Devine believes marriage means shackles he vows to never become incarcerated. However, he also knows the family needs the heir and the spare. His game plan is to find a wife for his brother Tristan. To achieve this, Wolverset invites twenty contenders that he pares down to seven eligible ladies and their escorts to his country estate to compete for the privilege of becoming his sister-in-law.-------------- Although her mother forced her to join the contest, Madelyn Haywood rejects both siblings as heartless cads. However her outspoken manner and ability to rip his skin catches Gabriel¿s attention her clumsiness unlike the other six adds to her allure. Finally her tone when she says not interested in marriage makes him reconsider his wants. As the pair falls into a passionate scandal, Gabriel thinks a life sentence with Madelyn is perfect.--------------- This amusing Regency romance hooks the audience from the moment that Madelyn and her friend Charlotte arrive as ¿forced¿ by their respective families to be unwilling contestants for the not so Devine prize. Fans will relish this humorous wink at the Ton as Gabriel finds he enjoys the banter with Madelyn. Olivia Parker provides an entertaining tale and hopefully more groom and bride hunts will follow.----------- Harriet Klausner

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