The Bride Wore Pearls

The Bride Wore Pearls

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by Liz Carlyle
     
 

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Beneath the elegant façade of Victorian high society, the mysterious men of the St. James Society play only by rules of danger and desire.

Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazonby, has survived scandal and disgrace, even evading the Queen’s justice at the end of a hangman’s rope. Now he’s about to gamble everything on something far more dangerous&

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Beneath the elegant façade of Victorian high society, the mysterious men of the St. James Society play only by rules of danger and desire.

Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazonby, has survived scandal and disgrace, even evading the Queen’s justice at the end of a hangman’s rope. Now he’s about to gamble everything on something far more dangerous—desire.

An exotic and elegant beauty, Lady Anisha Stafford fled her native India to seek refuge within London’s secretive St. James Society. But accepting protection from someone called a cold-hearted killer is a double-edged sword . . . especially when he’s the most intriguing man Anisha has ever laid eyes upon.

In a world where treachery abounds, no one can be trusted—and no true passion can be denied. Together, these two tempestuous souls will risk their lives for a love that could redeem them . . . or destroy everything they hold dear.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Carlyle’s delightful third and final Fraternitas romance (after The Bride Wore Scarlet) paints Victorian society with sensual undertones. Lady Anisha Stafford, a “mixed-blood army widow” with two young sons, leaves India for England, the country that was her husband’s home. Anisha develops a deep affection for Rance Welham, earl of Lazonby, a colleague of her brother’s who has been accused of murder. Rance desires Anisha but is intent on clearing his name, worrying that his association with Anisha will ruin her reputation as a respectable widow. Their mutual attraction is based upon a deep admiration for one another, and fueled by Anisha’s quick wit and charm. Sizzling love scenes are tastefully written, revealing the allure of love, not merely lust. As Anisha and Rance hunt the real killer, suspense and romance entwine to create an engaging read. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061965777
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
788,366
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.

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The Bride Wore Pearls 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to read a liz carlyle book after a long hiatus. The characters are captivating and this story may have some of the most beautiful, tender love scenes of any book. The mystery portion was impossible to guess until the last moment, and I usually figure those out early on. The urgency of clearing Rance' s name seems to drag about two thirds of the way through because we don't actually witness the consequences of his convictions. There is a little mysticism in this series, but it fits the theme of the world a bit on the outside of society and doesn't seem forced. Generally I a.m NOT a fan of paranormal stories. All in all, a very enjoyable book. You will not regret buying it. Just wish it were lendable!
BekahSC More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Rance's story since One Touch of Scandal. There was a scene in that book that was quite electric between Rance and Jack Coldwater where I wondered what Liz Carlyle intended. Well, as it turns out, not quite what I imagined. Rance is a man determined to uncover a conspiracy that had him tried (and HUNG!) for murder, shredding his reputation and destroying his family. He's on a mission, and nothing is allowed to get in the way, not even the beautiful sister of his friend Ruthveyn who clearly has her eye on him. Despite his obvious attraction to her, it's a long way before he'll admit to his feelings, in part because he feels unworthy. Anisha has to help show he's wrong. Despite my eagerness for this book, I struggled with it. Much of the story dragged, and his protests about not being good enough started to become repetitive. I also had difficulty figuring out the timeline since it overlapped the events of the two previous books. Also, where was Ruthveyn? I figured he and Grace would appear at some point. It was just a little odd. I'm intrigued with Ned Quartmaine and with Royden Napier, one of whom I'm hoping will be the hero in Carlyle's next book.
1historygirl More than 1 year ago
Liz Carlyle never disappoints.  Lovely romance with a twist, as always.  Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring. I usually enjoy her books, but this was a big disappointment. I found the characters to be overwrought, not likeable, and rather ridiculous. The whole drama of the book was overdone, unbelievable, and ultimately, boring. Hopefully, her next book will be back to her usual, fun standards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too repetitive
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Boring yet overly dramatic, where the story and mystery dragged on and on in a wishy washy fashion. It took me forever to finish the book where the only redeeming feature was the chemistry between the leads.
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