The Bed and the Bachelor

The Bed and the Bachelor

by Tracy Anne Warren

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Bed and the Bachelor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Being devoted to her father and brothers should have helped Sebastianne Dumont but instead Sebastianne must become a deceitful, horrid spy to save her brothers from one man's cruelty and exposing her brother's to the torture of war. Sebastianne becomes Annie Greenway and finds herself in the employ of Lord Drake Byron a kind, eccentric man of science who does not deserve what she must do - seduce him and steal his secrets. The work Drake is doing will help England and it is Annie's job to steal it and put it into the hands of the French to do just the opposite. Drake would never suspect the sweet, caring woman working as his housekeeper as anything more than a beautiful distraction. Drake is mesmerized by the sway of her hips, the intoxicating scent of her hair and looks for any chance to be near her never suspecting she wants the same thing from him but for the opposite reason. He knew better than to hire a woman that he wanted to see lying upon the sheets of his bed instead of changing them but this time Drake listened to his heart and he hopes his desire for her will not do him in, but fears it just might because one night will never be enough with Annie. Drake knows math, facts and figures and the way around a chalk board but has no real idea what a relationship might be like and while he has mistresses it is never enough. He sees his brothers in married life and wonders about what woman could make him desert his work and abandon good thought for the brush of her lips against his. This wanting for an all consuming love and female warmth that overrides everything sensible thought is a foreign emotion but one Drake is beginning to think possible with Annie. Annie try as she might to not do the awful deed she must moves forward with securing the sacred information at the expense of a lifetime of true happiness for herself. Annie has found herself in love with a man she cannot ever have and should not even consider thinking about romantically yet she continually does. While Annie may not be a good spy, she is however a creative one and knows the steps to get a copy of the key made that will give her the treasure. With quiet steps and eager determination she secures her objective while losing everything she desires at the same time. Funny thing though Drake is not so easily duped and never one to just let go and move on, especially when he discovers what Annie has done and retribution must be provided. He is going to move forward and get Annie back regardless of whatever barriers keep her from him even going into the lion's den known as France, the evil empire to an Englishman to get her back into his life and sharing his bed. Luck is not always on his side but this time he will make his own and write the future he wants not one that is supposed to be. With every book in the Byron Family series my thought is always "can the next book top this one". Well the answer is always YES and yes and yes again. Tracy Anne Warren knows how to write characters that are as complicated as they are fascinating and Drake and Sebastianne "Annie" are over the top fabulous. The storyline is believable and the draw to do right by family is heart wrenching to read but so fascinating as it unfolds and you feel the love that draw these two together may also be the one that will tear them apart.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Drake Byron developed codes to help the British conceal secrets from Napoleon's spies. Currently he works on breaking a French code to assist the war effort. In 1813 when his housekeeper abruptly leaves, Drake hires twenty-nine year old Widow Anne Greenway to replace her. However, Anne is actually an undercover French mathematician Sebastianne Dumont who has been forced to spy on Drake to protect her family. Rather quickly Anne and Drake are attracted to one another. While pressure mounts on her to betray her employer and her heart in order to save her father and siblings, Anne knows what she must do; when she does act, Drake knows what he must do. The latest Byrons of Braebourne historical romance (see Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed) features the most unique of the "bad" brood as "mad" intellect Drake (even his mom fears he will blow himself up one day) stars with his female genius counterpart. The espionage romantic Regency story line is fast-paced, contains a few surprising twists, and is supported by the energetic eccentric notorious Byrons; anyone think the French have a chance against this crowd? Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story...I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series! I hope Warren continues with the remains Byron siblings.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
The fifth title in the series on the Bryon family focuses on the family scholar and genius, Drake. Drake's work on codes for the British government has come to the attention of the French and they place a spy in his household to steal the code. As Drake's new housekeeper Anne Greenway intends to stay in the household only a few weeks, but the task turns out to be more difficult than anticipated. The longer she stays at Drake's, the more attracted she is to the intelligent, considerate master of the house. The couple share some passionate nights, but Anne inevitably has to betray Drake and return to her family. When Drake discovers the betrayal he does not hesitant to follow, but will he turn her over to the English or follow his heart? This is a definite read for fans of the Bryon series and Regency spy romances.
reesa00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely not a strong point in the series. I usually love the bookish, intellectual hero but he was one dimensional in this book. However, the heroine was more of a disappointment. Because she was engaged in stealing from the hero and pretending to be someone else, I never felt like they really connected and I never connected with the romance. I would normally give this less than 3 stars but I enjoyed the family and the characters who visited from earlier books.
bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website:RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:The above blurb says it all, so I will not burden you with my own synopsis. However, I have to start this review with telling you that I have every book Ms. Warren has written, and while her Mistress series is still on my TBR pile, I¿ve made sure to read her current Byrons of Braebourne series.It all started with TEMPTED BY HIS KISS and Cade Byron¿s story, which was just so very, very good. Jack Byron¿s story came next in SEDUCED BY HIS TOUCH, followed by AT THE DUKE'S PLEASURE; both were just as good as the first.But now we come to the one that's greatly disappointed me. WICKED DELIGHTS OF A BRIDAL BED was their sister Mallory¿s story, and now THE BED AND THE BACHELOR, which is Drake¿s story, was just not what I expected and hoped to finish this series with. Mallory¿s story was, in one word, tedious. It moved very slowly, but the worst thing was that I just never warmed up to Mallory.In this story I find myself not liking either Sebastianne or Drake. As a matter of fact, I almost didn¿t recognize him. In the previous books he seemed more human, more likable, and sort of a dull, but still interesting, fellow. In this book he felt and acted more of a rake. But what turned me off was the way Sebastianne went about getting the job done. I never recovered after that. I¿m sorry to say, it just didn¿t do much for me. It left me cold and disappointed.If you are a Ms. Warren fan like I am, you¿ll not want to miss the end of this series. But be warned¿you might be disappointed. If you¿ve never read her before, please try her Trap trilogy first. They really are very well written and very entertaining.Melanie
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