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The School for Brides
     

The School for Brides

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by Cheryl Ann Smith
 

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Miss Eva Black spent her life concealing her mother's past as a courtesan. Now a spinster, her beauty hidden away under a dour disguise, Eva spends her days schooling courtesans to be suitable wives. But one vengeful duke does not appreciate Eva turning his mistress into a lady. He plans to seduce Eva into becoming what she detests: a courtesan. But he doesn't

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Miss Eva Black spent her life concealing her mother's past as a courtesan. Now a spinster, her beauty hidden away under a dour disguise, Eva spends her days schooling courtesans to be suitable wives. But one vengeful duke does not appreciate Eva turning his mistress into a lady. He plans to seduce Eva into becoming what she detests: a courtesan. But he doesn't expect her to be a woman of such beauty and so many secrets.

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Publishers Weekly
Smith's lively debut is chockablock with plot twists. Frowzy, pseudonymous Miss Eva Black runs a school and sanctuary for courtesans who wish to retire from carnal service. Part yenta and part Henry Higgins, Eva teaches the young women proper manners and matches them with eligible suitors. Her scheme is a success until Nicholas Drake, duke of Stanfield, shows up demanding the return of his favorite concubine and threatening to use all his wealth and power to destroy Eva. With her school, her secrets, and her principles at stake, Eva must grudgingly bend to his indecorous demand that she take his mistress's place. Naturally Nicholas cannot anticipate what a wildcat he has loosed, nor can Eva know how easily she will succumb to his charms. Historical details are few, but there's plenty of passion and intrigue. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425240502
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
A School For Brides Romance Series , #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cheryl Ann Smith became hooked on historical romance at age fourteen when she first discovered the appeal of handsome heroes in waistcoats and breeches. Once she decided to write her own novel, she quickly discovered a new passion and now writes sexy Regency romances full time. Cheryl lives in Michigan with her family and an assortment of pets. Her other School for Brides titles include A Convenient BrideThe Scarlet Bride; and a novella, The Bride Who Fell in Love with Her Husband.

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The School for Brides 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Cheryl Ann Smith is an interesting historical romance set in Regency England. It is well written with depth and detail.The characters are charming,witty,demanding,strong willed,feisty,sexy and all around a great cast that will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Eva Black has spent her life concealing her mother's past as a courtesan and her father's secret.He fathered a bastard child twenty some years ago. Eva disguises herself,does not go to balls or social events,stays close to home and runs a school for ex-courtesan's.Eva intends to give them a other way of life and a husband they can count on.She is a courtesan matchmaker of sorts. Nicholas,the Duke of Stanfield,is sexy handsome,a man to reckon with when crossed and unfortunately or maybe not Eva has crossed him.She has helped his ex courtesan found happiness in anther's arms,married,left the England for America and is with her husband's child.Nicholas is furious and decides to found out all and everything he can about Eva and he does.So he seeks his revenge,Eva will become is her mistress/courtesan or he will call in all her mother's debts, and improvise them.Eva can't have that,she has been protecting her mother since her father's untimely death. What Nicholas does not expect is to become so attracted to Eva she becomes a distraction and he to Eva also.Eva becomes something she despires, to protect her family,and her school for courtesan's.She will become Nicholas' courtesan for a while anyway.When they get caught up in the disappear ace of one of Eva's courtesan's,together they must learn that they are deeply in love.Although,Eva refuses Nicholas' marriage proposal,Nicholas decides she will accept one way or another.For to him she is no mistress or courtesan but his true love.Their mothers becomes involved and everyone knows when the mothers are involved there is no stopping them.This is a funny,cute,quick read full of witty banter,serious issues,sacrifice, family,secrets,sweet sensuality,romance and of course the power of true love.A great historical romance read with a twist. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Berkley Sensation,a division of the Penguin Group,USA,Inc. and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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