Sweet Disorder

Sweet Disorder

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by Rose Lerner
     
 

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Political intrigue could leave his heart the last one standing…alone.

Lively St. Lemeston, Book 1

Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family. For months, he’s lived alone with his depression, blockaded in his

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Political intrigue could leave his heart the last one standing…alone.

Lively St. Lemeston, Book 1

Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family. For months, he’s lived alone with his depression, blockaded in his lodgings.

But with his younger brother desperate to win the local election, Nick has a new set of marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver the beautiful Phoebe Sparks into a politically advantageous marriage.

One marriage was enough for Phoebe. Under her town’s by-laws, though, she owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to simply ignore the unappetizing matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl’s son, she can’t. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe’s last-ditch defense against her sister’s ruin is her vote—and her hand.

Nick and Phoebe soon realize the only match their hearts will accept is the one society will not allow. But as election intrigue turns dark, they’ll have to cast the cruelest vote of all: loyalty…or love.

Warning: Contains elections, confections, and a number of erections.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 01/27/2014
Phoebe Sparks, a widow living in the West Sussex town of Lively St. Lemeston, has strong political opinions and no desire to remarry. Unfortunately, thanks to an ancient law, any man who marries her gets two votes in the town’s upcoming Parliamentary elections. Nick Dymond is ordered by his politically powerful mother, Lady Tassell, to find Phoebe a Whig husband, while charming Reginald Gilchrist pushes her to wed for the good of the Tories. Lerner’s distinctive and likable cast of parents, siblings, reluctant suitors, and political opponents feels integral to the story. The election is small, but the stakes seem large: Lady Tassell will do anything to get her son Tony elected, no matter what it costs Nick, and it genuinely hurts Phoebe to sell out her political convictions, even to help her family. This rich and memorable Regency romance brings its setting and characters perfectly to life. (Mar.)
Library Journal
★ 02/15/2014
Widowed and the happily independent writer of Improving Tales for Young People, Phoebe Sparks is not about to marry again, especially not simply to make someone a "freeman" in time to vote locally in the upcoming parliamentary elections. But then wounded war veteran Nick Dymond shows up at her door, charged by his lady mother with marrying Phoebe off to ensure his brother Tony's election, and Phoebe learns that the reputation of her teenage sister is about to be ruined if Phoebe doesn't wed appropriately. Admirable, complex, immensely likable protagonists are complemented by a diverse cast of beautifully realized secondary characters (a pert, flirty maid and a delightfully starchy valet named Toogood are especially diverting) in a smart, literate, Regency-era tale that bypasses general ton glitter for village drama (and a dash of scandal) and drops readers into a refreshing, insightful mix of family dilemmas, business and political machinations, and social class differences that won't disappoint. VERDICT Graced with sharp, realistic detail, lively wit, wry humor, and a sexy, erotic edge, this well-written story will leave fans anxious for their next visit to Lively St. Lemeston. Lerner (A Lily Among Thorns) lives in the Seattle area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619219731
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Series:
Lively St. Lemeston , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
105,173
File size:
1 MB

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MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Lively St. Lemeston is certainly an appropriate name for the town in Sweet Disorder. There's always something going on in this seemingly sleepy English village! It's election time, and the vote is going to be close. Both sides seem to think that the only way to win is to convince young widow, Phoebe Sparks, to marry one of their supporters and make him a freeman eligible to vote. Will it be the owner of the sweet shop or the miller? The trouble is Phoebe would rather remain single and pursue her career as a children's author. However, circumstances soon make it necessary that she marry one of the men put forth by the Whigs or the Tories in order to gain help for her pregnant sister. Too bad the only man she's really attracted to is Nicholas Dymond, a former soldier back from Spain after being seriously injured and the brother of the Whig candidate. Phoebe and Nick have both been through tragedy and family betrayal. They bond over poetry and the need to confide their fears and secrets in someone. Nick is from the ruling class, while Phoebe is the daughter of a lawyer and now the poor widow of a printer. Everything seems against them, but it is very satisfying to see them falling in love despite it all. I am enjoying this series, which delves into the details of local politics, printing, the poets of the day, the Napoleonic Wars, and confectionery delights.
van65 More than 1 year ago
The book moved slow, I skipped whole pages. I feel bad, but just didn't hold my interest. Author assumed reader would know back ground. Wouldn't recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to more in this series from Rose Lerner.