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Posted August 22, 2014
Posted August 3, 2014
Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride by Christi Caldwell
Scandalous Seasons Book One
The Marquess of Drake has gone out of the way to avoid his betrothal agreement. Angry at having his life set for him, he’d taken control of what he could. Joining in the war to escape only ended him returning scarred and a different man than he was.
Emmaline Fitzhugh wanted love and her own home. She was betrothed since the young age of five. While other young debutantes could enjoy the Season, she was stuck in the corner with the wallflowers. Even after her betrothed returned from war, he still hasn’t claimed her. So she takes things into her own hands.
It’s a tough road for these two with Drake’s post-war issues and both of them being betrothed so young and not having a choice in their future. And Emmaline hoping for love as well. Looking forward to reading the next books in this series. I loved the characters and the storyline.
Posted January 19, 2014
Wow! What a beautiful story this was. This is my first book from this author and it certainly won't be my last. I love a romance that actually tells a story and connects you to the characters. "Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride" is one of those books. I cared so much about the two main characters in this book that I found myself literally crying at a few scenes and really rooting for these two to find their happily ever after. I will most definitely be reading the next book in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2014
Enthralled, Entranced, Completely overwhelmed (happily). I loved this story.
his book is about a young woman who has been betrothed to her guy for 15 years and she takes step to bring him up to scratch. From the first page you are brought into Emmaline’s world and she is no meek and mild miss. This young lady is a force of nature and when she wants something she makes a plan and goes for it. I would say she has gumption! Emmaline is the daughter of a duke, now sister to a duke and engaged to marquess who will one day be a duke. You can see the theme here, she is surrounded by dukes. However, she does not let her ducal life get in the way of what she wants. She comes up with a plan of her own to snatch her prince charming, Lord Drake. What she doesn’t know is how the road to snatching him will change her life.
Lord Drake is a hero, well, everyone in England sees him as one but he cannot even make it through a 24 hour period without the scary memories of war. He is everything a dark man harboring painful secrets would be. Of course, to the outside world he is mysterious rogue that no one can tame but not a solider emotionally wounded from the scenes of the battlefield. Talk about breaking your heart! When Emmaline starts to put herself in the same place’s as Drake he will learn that maybe this fierce, intelligent, kind-hearted woman will be his salvation but will his realization be too late? I’m just sayin’ maybe he should have put a ring on it. Ms. Caldwell writes beautifully and has a flow for description like a master poet. “Kensington Garden never ceased to stun her with its vital beauty. With the pale pink of the spotted orchid, the effervescent hue of the violet bluebells interspersed with the lilac-white of the cuckoo-flower; it was like its own kaleidoscope of nature’s beauty.” It was a fun emotional love story that has you giggling in one chapter and your heart weeping in the next. Watch out for Emmaline’s bff Sophie, as she is a scene stealer (I read she is getting her own book!!). There are many wonderful things happening in this book that will keep you hooked. I loved every bit of it. This was simply a great read and I would recommend it for anyone that enjoys a romance with laughter and heartbreaking moments and a happy ending.
Posted February 8, 2014
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