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Man of My Dreams

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Wildly unpredictable, the most desirable beauty in the land, Megan Penworthy has set her amorous sights on Ambrose St. James , a man she has never met but has every intention of marrying. And no other suitor will satisfy her especially not the common, if uncommonly handsome, horse breeder, Devlin Jefferys.

Posing as lowborn Jefferys to escape a potentially fatal confrontation, Sir Ambrose is enthralled by the brazen, duke-hunting redhead. Without revealing his true identity, he ...

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Overview

Wildly unpredictable, the most desirable beauty in the land, Megan Penworthy has set her amorous sights on Ambrose St. James , a man she has never met but has every intention of marrying. And no other suitor will satisfy her especially not the common, if uncommonly handsome, horse breeder, Devlin Jefferys.

Posing as lowborn Jefferys to escape a potentially fatal confrontation, Sir Ambrose is enthralled by the brazen, duke-hunting redhead. Without revealing his true identity, he vows to seduce and tame her, thereby foiling Megan's plans to marry the man of her dreams. But the notorious rogue never imagined the enchanting schemer would turn out to be the only woman he would ever dream of marrying.

The most desirable beauty in the land sets her amorous sights on Ambrose St. James, Duke of Wrothston. But the redhead finds her single-minded quest derailed by the charms of an uncommonly handsome stable boy--who is really Sir Ambrose in disguise. Over 40 million copies of Lindsey's novels are in print--and all of them have been national bestsellers. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Newport News Daily Press
Johanna Lindsey has a sure touch where historical romance is concerned.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Her books are well paced and well-written, filled with strong characters, humor, interesting plots—and of course, romance.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Joanna Lindsey transports us....We have no choicae but to respond to the humor and the intensity.
Newport News Daily Press
Johanna Lindsey has a sure touch where historical romance is concerned.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Her books are well paced and well-written, filled with strong characters, humor, interesting plots — and of course, romance.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Joanna Lindsey transports us....We have no choicae but to respond to the humor and the intensity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380756261
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 726,659
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

England, 1878

"Just what do you think you're staring at, Tyler Whately?"

Megan Penworthy's tone was unduly sharp, but then she had meant it to be. It was also, along with the look she turned on him, filled with haughty disdain, as if she couldn't abide the fellow. That wasn't true at all. She actually liked the Honorable Tyler Whately.

He was pleasantly handsome, with light blond hair that needed only a minimum of Macassar oil to control it, a trim mustache, and whiskers that weren't so long that they hid the strength of his jaw. His dark green eyes were rather nice, too. And he was not excessively tall, so that a poor girl had to crane her neck to look up at him. Nor was his body intimidating in its slimness, which was not to say he lacked strength. At twenty-seven, he was a young man with excellent prospects, not to mention a rather sizable estate inherited from his mother's side of the family.

Megan had no doubt whatsoever that Tyler would make a fine husband. She might even have set her own cap for him if her best friend, Tiffany Roberts, hadn't confessed soon after they'd met him, that she wanted him.

Those had been Tiffany's exact words. "I want him, Meg." The two girls had always spoken bluntly, at least to each other, and when no one else was around to be shocked by it. But Tiffany had been too excited that day to care if anyone else heard her. "This is truly the one. I've never felt so--so--when he smiled at me, well, the feeling was-damn, I can't describe it, but I swear I was going to faint."

"Probably your corset laced up too tight again," Megan had replied with a teasing grin. "Youknow you need at least a little room to breathe--"

"Oh, stop." Tiffany had laughed. "I'm perfectly serious. What do I do to win him, Meg?"

Just because Megan was the older by five months, she was supposed to have all the answers, but she knew next to nothing about that particular subject, though she was loath to admit it. After all, men fell all over themselves trying to get her attention. It was embarrassIng, especially since she never did anything to attract them. But after -two years of having every eligible male in the neighborhood come calling, she had finally concluded it was simply her looks, even though she had the most unfashionable hair color in the kingdom, an atrocious, gaudy, bright rusty-copper color, the one and only thing she had inherited from her father.

So Megan had drawn on common sense that day and said to her best friend, "Just smile and be yourself, and he won't have a chance."

And he didn't. Within two months of meeting her, the Right Honorable Tyler had been moved to propose to Tiffany. They were to be married on her eighteenth birthday, in a little less than three months. And no simple ceremony for this viscount's son. They would be doing it up grand right at the height of the London Season.

Considering how pleased Megan was for her friend, and what a fine fellow she thought Tyler to be, her churlish question to him should have surprised the affianced couple, whom she was chaperoning on the way to church this bright summer Sunday. It did, in fact, surprise Tyler, for her attitude toward him never ceased first to baffle him, then to irritate him, since he never did anything to cause it. It didn't surprise Tiffany in the least, but then she knew the reason for Megan's behavior.

Tiffany had appreciated it at first, when Megan had set out to make Tyler think she was the veriest bitch, for any young man Tiffany had ever been the least bit interested in had understandably fallen in love with Megan instead. It wasn't that Tiffany wasn't pretty. She was quite pretty; her blond curls and deep blue eyes were in the height of fashion. But pretty didn't stand a chance next to the kind of mesmerizing beauty that Megan had been blessed with. So Megan had set out at the start to make sure that Tyler's interest didn't roam elsewhere, most especially in her direction.

But Megan's rather unorthodox strategy had been going on long enough, that Tyler no longer just flushed and stammered apologies or whatever it was the outspoken Megan had taken offense at. He now fought back, and he was getting rather good at it.

As he flipped the reins sharply at the highstepping bay that was pulling the open carriage away from Tiffany's home, where he had picked up both girls, he remarked without looking at Megan again, "Why, I was staring at nothing at all, Miss Penworthy. Absolutely nothing."

Tiffany stiffened. Tyler had never been quite that cruel in a comeback before. Megan, she saw, took his reply to heart, blushing furiously and turning away so he wouldn't see that his barb had hurt.

Tiffany couldn't blame Tyler. There was just so much nastiness a man could take without getting nasty in return. No, it was Tiffany's fault for not putting a stop to Megan's scheme long before now. The reason she hadn't was that small kernel of doubt she still harbored that if Tyler ever saw Megan as she really was, he would become just as smitten as all the other men who were treated to one of her smiles.

But enough was enough. She was sure that Tyler loved her. And if she couldn't hold him by now, then she didn't deserve him, or more to the point, he didn't deserve her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2009

    I love this book!!

    This was my first Johanna Lindsey book and it was the one that got me into reading all her books. I absolutely love it. It's romantic, thrilling, sexy, and so funny. If you have never read one of her books before I recommend you to read this one. I have almost all her books now and I think I will keep reading her until the very last one and even then I'll just read them over again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic romantic story/fairy tale.

    Surprising delight. Classic romantic story - spirited tale of strong wills' attraction to one another despite the individuals' misgivings. Throw in mistaken identity, best friends, and battles of wits and you have yourself an addition to your permanent library.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2009

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    Stunning !!!

    I have read a lot of Johanna's books and this one was definitely one of my favorites!! I loved the characters !! A MUST read !!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2014

    A must read.

    Another great book by mrs. Lindsey. I only wish it had an epilogue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    ABSOLUTELY CHARMING

    Enjoyed reading this and will save it to read again. One of my favorites by this author. Romance doesn't have to be 100% realistic just romantic and imaginative. This truly was such a novel. LORRAINE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    To kenzie

    Pppplllllleeeeeaaaassssssssssseeee contuinue your story!!!!!!
    Oh and im have ing a writing contest at snow all results . Entrr plz. And could u advertise it too?


    U need to write more!!



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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Kenzie

    Hi!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Rules fo Dreamworld

    1. No fighting. You have to be in the combat arena. 2. You will have Xp.Levels. Gaining levels get you fame strength and stuff. 3. To have a house or an area go to next res to request it. I will give you permission or tell you tat its taken.4. res 3 is a map of Dreamworld. 5.No inappropriate comments like IT ad things like that. 6. GOOD GRAMMAR.! Seriously. Just try. 7. When you make your bio,you have to put ZEBRA ZTRIPES! At the end. To prove you read this. 8. NO GODDMODDING!!! There will be ways to get health bonuses and loot. ZEBRA ZTRIPES! Have fun!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Love the works of Johanna Linsey. Great historical romance

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Another JL great!

    She just can't write poorly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    AM

    I find it difficult to recommend this book. It's not one of her best; but Ms. Lindsey is a great author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Love johanna lindey

    When i was younger i started reading JL. Of all the books i read this was my favorite. Gives the hot romance a new twist into an erotic fantasy. I was never able to find it before. This one is going in my wish list and cant wait to get it and ead it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Pretty good

    I liked it but the last 100 pages were all kind of the same drawn out conclusion. Wish they could have stopped fighting and had a nice romance for longer than 3 pages! But kept me laughing and smiling. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Ok

    Ok book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

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    Ludicrous

    Ugh. Where do I start? OK, first off, the premise is ridiculous: a duke in Victoria's England caught in a scandal needs to lay low for a while. So he hides on a local squire's estate as a stable boy? And brings blood stock with him to make it look like they're starting a stud farm? You know, there's this thing called the English Channel--it separates Britain from the Continent. I'd think that's where an English duke would go into hiding until things calmed down--where he could do so in style and not bedded in a stable. But then he wouldn't be where he can force a kiss on the squire's beautiful and marriageable daughter, and then when he doesn't approve of something she does, spank her as punishment. Which is where I left this book on page 204.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Loved it.

    A really, really great book, with funny, sexy, spoilt hero and heroine battling it off constantly. I loved Megan - a lot of the time she comes across as shallow but there's a strength to her. Still, I wish they didn't keep going back to how incomparably beautiful Megan is and how incomparably handsome Devlin is, because in the real world everyone doesn't automatically go for the same thing looks-wise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    Sexy

    this book was really good, I read it in one day, Devlin is the man of my dreams. Really well written and just sexy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    My First and Favorite

    This was my first Lindsey to pick up, and it has remained my favorite, and I've read almost all of her work. I read everything from vampire to lindsey to western to the classics, and this is one of my most favorite books that I read over again as the mood strikes. I just fall in love with Devlin each time I read it, and Megan is a true joy to read. The diologue and innuendos are hilariously sexy and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Worth Reading Twice

    I adore this book. Two more spoiled characters have never been created but they are the main attraction. Megan and Devilin are beautiful, spoiled, and absolutely adorable, not to mention hillarious. This book just trips from one funny moment to the next. I just don't see how anyone could get through this without smiling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    sexy and full of action

    This is by far my favorite of Lindsey's books! Devlin and Megan are one of the most engaging couples you'll ever read about. They are two of the most spirited characters ever. Devlin just seems too sexy for words and the same goes for Megan. Their bickering is funny as heck! I've read this book over three times and each time takes me one night to finish. You can't ever put it down! Loved this and you should definitely read this one.

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