In Bed with a Stranger
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In Bed with a Stranger

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by Mary Wine
     
 

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An Imperfect Match

Brodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan's future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He's never met her, but what matter? She'll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more.

Anne Copper looks just like her noble

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An Imperfect Match

Brodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan's future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He's never met her, but what matter? She'll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more.

Anne Copper looks just like her noble half-sister, but she was born illegitimate, and can never forget it. The best she can hope for is to stay a serving girl in her own father's house. But when Lady Mary finds herself betrothed to a Scot, it seems there's a use for Anne after all . . .

The woman who arrives in Alcaon is not what Brodick expects, and the passion that grows between them promises far more than a marriage of convenience. When fate draws two together, it may take more than a noblewoman's plot to part them . . .

"My kind of historical!. . .sweeps you into the time period without taking a thing away from delightful characters and a charming romance. . .definitely a must-read." --Heather Graham

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ISBN-13:
9780758234636
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Pages:
370
Sales rank:
952,651
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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In Bed with a Stranger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
From Back: Brodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan's future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He's never met her, but what matter? She'll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more. Anne Cooper resembles her noble half sister, but was born illegitimate, and can never forget it. The best she can hope for is to stay a serving girl in her own father's house. But when Lady Mary finds herself betrothed to a Scot, it seems there's a use for Anne after all... The woman who arrives in Alcaon is not what Brodick expects, and the passion that grows between them promises far more than a marriage of convenience. When fate draws two together, it may take more than a noblewoman's plot to part them... This was a great book! I loved all the characters, even those of the evil Countess of Warwickshire and Mary. I have to say the Earl of Warwickshire really had the balls to keep his mistress in the same house as his wife. This is was a plot that I've seen over and over again, but Ms Wine did an excellent job with. Sexually explicit but will done. I would highly recommend this book for anyone to read. I hope Ms. Wine has a series planned, because most of the characters deserve a book of their own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first novel by Mary wine and i definetly enjoyed the twists and turns with the characters plights. Wish there were more sex scenes. But, she gave you a real perspective of how romance could develope in those times. will buy more of her novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story writing, but i despise adultry and even though the wife was mean in the book, i had sympathy for her turning into such a harpy considering she had to put up with her husbands mistress and their children under her very roof. Didn't like this book very much because of that storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brodick McJames needs an English wife. Living in Scotland on land that borders the Earl of Warwickshire's property, Brodick secures the Earl's daughter as his bride and they are married by proxy. Arriving to retrieve his wife and take her to his home, Brodick is surprised by her lack of English airs and the fact that she isn't complaining. He is further surprised by her passionate responses to him. Maybe this marriage won't be so bad after all. Anne Copper is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire. Her sire is not around very often due to courtly business so when he is gone, Anne's status is relegated to that of a servant in her own home. Her father's wife is vindictive and abusive, and the fact that Anne resembles her half sister infuriates her to the point of madness. It is during one such episode when her father is gone that the news of his contracting a marriage for his legitimate daughter is announced. Anne's half sister is distraught, and so is her mother - that's when the cruel woman comes up with a plan to save her daughter and sacrifice her husband's by-blow. Anne is to travel as Brodick's wife and become pregnant. If she doesn't, her father's wife will turn her mother out of the castle with nothing but the clothes on her back. Anne refuses to allow her mother to be cast aside and so agrees to this plan. After all, how hard will it be to play at being a wife in a marriage of convenience, right? IN BED WITH A STRANGER is the epitome of why historical romances are my favorite genre to read. Mary Wine has thoroughly captured the Scottish way of life in such a way that I can picture the scenes in my mind. Scottish warriors abound, and Brodick McJames should have been nicknamed, "Brodick McDreamy." His treatment of Anne was honest and, while not timid, he definitely took his time to make her feel every single facet of their love making. He treated her as if he cherished her, even knowing that something was not the way it should be. He showed her unconditional respect and love. Anne never expected to be treated so honorably by her `husband' and fought her feelings for him as hard as she could. Brodick was just too enticing and Anne adored him. The situation with her deception weighed heavily on Anne's mind, not because she was deceiving her husband but because she was lying to the man she loved more than anything. Scottish highlands, kilts, rugged and virile warriors - there is nothing about IN BED WITH A STRANGER that I didn't like. Just to be sure, I went back and read it a second time. Mary Wine's first Brava release is sure to be a hit - I highly recommend IN BED WITH A STRANGER. It is simply extraordinary.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
If your are a fan of Mary Wine, you will love this book. Lots of passion between Brodick and Mary. They fall in love and nothing can tear them apart. I love this author for her style of writing! You will enjoy every minute with this charming and wonderful romance!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1602, twenty-four years old Anne Cooper is the daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, but born on the wrong side of the sheets. She lives with the family, but is treated no better than a servant by his wife Philipa and daughter Mary at Warwick Castle. ----------- In Scotland, Brodick McJames worries about his clan collapsing so to prevent that he needs a special wife, a daughter of a powerful England lord. He chooses Mary sight unseen as the offspring of an Earl, but the spoiled woman rejects being married to a barbarian. Instead she orders her half sister Anne to pretend to be Mary and marry the brute. Anne arrives at Broderick's home Alcaon and quickly becomes a favorite of his clan with her kind ways. She and the laird are attracted to one another from the onset; and she proves a worthy partner. When the Warwickshire females realize Anne's switch they vow to kill Brodrick's wife and replace her with Mary.----------- With homage to Cinderella, Mary Wine provides a wonderful early seventeenth century romance starring two likable caring lead protagonists and two avarice merciless villainesses. Fans will root for Anne while hissing at the legitimate Warwick females whose odious antics make for a strong tale.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi Squekes a tinykit. My name is Hollykit meows the ginger she-cat. Her black flecks and green eyes made her look like a holly berry was on her. This is my brother Oakkit she meowed. The light brown and dark brown tom shrunk away.
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Yes
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Her belly looked swollen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eats hemlock and falls to the ground. Sorry but this clan is inactive.
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I have to go. Bbt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Icepaw was still sleeping next to Galepaw...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fine. But if we hear from you or your clan again, I will not stop. Ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name enderheart Pelt color jet black Eye color blue And great hunter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why did you start a seperate Clan also wouldn't you name be Fiercestar aince you are the leader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Run around.
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Loved the book. One of her better ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a romantic story! Handsome brave hero! Yum yum! In love from beginning with heroine!
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Love MW's writing!!! Loved the main characters. Highly recommend!