A Reluctant Bride

A Reluctant Bride

by Jess Michaels


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When the Jasper Kincaid, the Earl of Harcourt, offered to marry one of the infamous Shelley triplets, he was doing it for the dowry to refill his depleted coffers, not for anything so silly as love. But when he realizes it is Thomasina Shelley masquerading as his fiancée at their final engagement ball, not his true intended, a desire for her that he has been ignoring sparks. And when it becomes clear her sister has run away with another, an opportunity arises for a marriage with a much deeper connection.

Thomasina’s feelings for Jasper have never been appropriate and she doubted the prudence of pretending to be his even for just one night. Once she’s caught, everything escalates so quickly. Suddenly she’s going to marry this stern, fascinating man who is not particularly pleased at her perfidy. Add to that her worry about where her wayward sister has gone and it’s a recipe for both passion…and disaster.

As the two slowly grow closer, Jasper realizes his former fiancée’s disappearance may have more to do with his own past than he originally realized. And the longer he keeps that from Thomasina, the more painful it will be when the truth comes out. Can they let each other close enough to fight together against the dangers right around the corner? And will they survive to meet the future they could have if they do?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947770232
Publisher: Passionate Pen LLC
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Series: Shelley Sisters , #1
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 207,829
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff, Vanilla Coke Zero, anything coconut, cheese, fluffy cats, smooth cats, any cats, many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans. She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and lives in the heart of Dallas, TX where she's trying to eat all the amazing food in the city.

When she's not obsessively checking her steps on Fitbit or trying out new flavors of Greek yogurt, she writes historical romances with smoking hot alpha males and sassy ladies who do anything but wait to get what they want. She has written for numerous publishers and is now fully indie and loving every moment of it (well, almost every moment).

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A Reluctant Bride 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
stanhope3234 4 days ago
What a wonderful book to a new series. Thomasina is the perfect match to Jasper. She sees him for the true man he is. Jasper sees the light that shines in Thomasina that is different then the other triplets. Only there mother was ever able to tell them apart. I can not wait for the next book.
Lcwilsom 3 months ago
This is the first in Jess Michaels new series centered around the Shelley triplets. The story begins with the wildest of the sisters Anne engaged to Jasper, Earl of Harcourt. We learn early on she doesn’t want the match and persuades Thomasina, the quietest of the sisters, to take her place at her engagement ball. Mayhem ensues when we discover Jasper knows right away the sisters have switched and Anne disappears into the night. Surprisingly Thomasina and Jasper marry. Throughout the hunt for Anne, the two newlyweds come to know each other and past hurts and secrets come to light. Ultimately they find love and we are set up well for the next installment of the series. Great read, if you love regency I recommend you give this series a try.
Historical_Romance_Lover 3 months ago
Jasper has agreed to marry one of the Shelley sisters (triplets) because he needs the money that will come with the marriage. He really doesn't care which one. The girls' father chooses Anne as his betrothed. But the night of their engagement ball, her sister Thomasina shows up in her place pretending to be Anne. For some reason, he doesn't understand, he can tell Thomasina apart from her sisters, but not the other two. He doesn't know why Thomasina is pretending to be her sister, but he goes along with it. When Anne goes missing, Jasper finds himself engaged to Thomasina instead. While Anne didn't inspire any feelings inside him, Thomasina inspires too many... Thomasina was instantly attracted to Jasper upon meeting him and was sorely disappointed when her father chose Anne to be his attended. Since that night, she has been trying to hide her feelings from one and all. Right before her sister's engagement ball, Anne asks her to be her for the night. She wanted one more night to herself before marrying. But later that night, Thomasina learns that her sister has run off. When her father decides to marry her off to Jasper, she realizes that she doesn't have to hide her desire anymore. But can their marriage become more than just one of convenience? I really enjoyed Jasper and Thomasina's story!! I felt so sorry for Thomasina to have to watch her sister marry the man that she was attracted to, but then that all changed. I loved watching these two come together and find their HEA! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!!
Sunshine1006 3 months ago
Jasper, the Earl of Harcourt, needs to marry to help put money in his estates that his father and brother had squandered and he is willing to marry one of the Shelley triplets. He doesn't care which one, her father can pick her out. Their father picks Anne, but she is missing at the engagement ball. Where is she? Thomasina Shelley pretends to be Anne so no one will be embarrassed. Feelings develop between Thomasina and Jasper. She has always liked him. Where is Anne and has she run away with someone else or been kidnapped? You will have to read this great book. I received this book from Net Galley and the Publisher for a honest review. Just waiting for the story of the next triplets. . Steamy love scenes
AmyHi 4 months ago
The first in a trilogy about the Shelley triplets. Thomasina falls in love with her sister’s fiancé, Jasper. I found Thomasina a bit too nice and understanding of Jasper’s fear of love. Both Thomasina’s father and Jasper’s mother are portrayed as cold mean individuals. I thought the story dragged on towards the end with Jasper and Thomasina declaring their love for each other over and over and over. The tension over the missing sister could have been greater to lead up to the next book in the series. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
georgia1 4 months ago
Summer 1812 I know when I pick up a book by Jess Michaels I will immerse myself in a wonderful story and she never fails! As a side note, if you have not listened to one of her audibles, you don't know what you are missing! The Shelley Triplets, yes three sisters that are really different in nature and their father was ready to get them married off. Anne was the one who loved fun and town, Julianna was the level one, calm and kept the peace, while Thomasina thought she was just boring, always the one to do the right thing, the good girl. When Jasper, Lord Harcourt asked their father for one of the girl's hands in marriage, he told their father to pick. Can you just imagine? Interchangeable? Not in the least. But Anne was chosen who seemed the least similar in temperament and Thomasina developed feelings for him and this is their story. Fate seems to step in and Anne elopes with one of Jasper's wastrel brother's friends who demands something from Jasper before he will return her to the family. He turns to Thomasina to stand in Anne's place and marry him! A tangled web with a mystery, secrets, wonderful characters and an attraction that cannot be denied although some will try! Great start to a new series! Wonderful! Lori D
ViperSpaulding 4 months ago
Thrilling start to an amazing series! Thomasina is tricked into impersonating her sister, Anne; an event which leads to drastic changes of fortune for all involved. The slow dance that she and Jasper execute as they get to know each other while they search for the missing Anne is exquisitely detailed, with deeply emotional characterizations and no small emphasis on their intense physical connection. As a mother of identical twin girls, let me just say how very important it is that the hero can distinguish between the sisters. The significance of the fact that he instantly recognizes Thomasina even when she's pretending to be Anne cannot be overemphasized. When I discussed that scene with one of my daughters, she confirmed that that one issue is an absolute must. The author delicately and respectfully deals with a lot of the issues unique to siblings that are multiples, especially those who are identical in appearance. That alone makes this book special, and well worth reading. Jasper soon finds that the root cause of all the trouble they're facing lies with his late brother, and he must dig deep into his own complex family history to find a workable solution. I absolutely adored the way Thomasina partnered with him throughout all the ups and downs, showing him a future that he had never dared to imagine. Jasper and Thomasina's romance concludes with a very satisfying HEA, while the overarching mystery surrounding Anne's disappearance is left for the next book to explore. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
CathyGeha 4 months ago
A Reluctant Bride by Jess Michaels The Shelley Sisters #1 Being one of the Shelley triplets has not been easy for Thomasina, Anne and Juliana. They were considered freaks and treated so by family and society. The same face on all three but definitely not the same as Anne is outgoing and the life of the party, Juliana needs to fix things and Thomasina wants to help and comfort. Since nobody can tell them apart it is no big deal for Thomasina to step into Anne’s shoes for a night and dance with the man she fell hard for when he was introduced as Anne’s intended...even though Anne did not want him. And...that is just the beginning of the tale of the Shelley sisters… What I liked: * Thomasina – all heart, giving and comfort putting herself last – she really loves Jasper but she also has spirit and a temper. * Jasper – perhaps damaged by his childhood but a good man who is surprised by the connection he feels for Thomasina – and HOT indeed he is with his new wife. * Wondering about Juliana and Anne – I am eager to find out who they really are and what men they will end up with. * The story – it drew me in and made me feel for the triplets and for Jasper and all they managed to survive while growing up. * The mystery still unresolved – What is the treasure and why is it so important? Will they find it and if so when? * The relationship between Thomasina and Jasper * The connection between the triplets What I did not like: * The father of the Shelley triplets – a man I who was more interested in himself than his family. * Anne’s thoughtless action – although it did work out well for Thomasina * Having to wait to find out what will happen next. Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Pokeybooboo 4 months ago
I was sad to see the end of the Jess Michaels novella series The Scandal Sheet, so I was thrilled to find out she had a new series coming out...and there would be a full-length book! Squeeeeeee! A Reluctant Bride is the first book in that new series, The Shelley Sisters. The Earl of Harcourt, Jasper Kincaid, needs to refill his coffers to replace all that was whittled away by the prior earls, his father and half brother, both notorious wastrels. He is set to wed Anne Shelley, one of the identical Shelley triplets, whose father basically sold her for the prestige of his daughter marrying an earl. Anne has no wish to marry Jasper, and she begs biddable sister Thomasina to pretend to be Anne at a ball so she can have some time to herself. After all, no one can tell the triplets apart...or so they believe. Thomasina agrees, having had feelings for Jasper since they first met. Jasper knows that Thomasina is pretending to be Anne, but he says nothing. When it is discovered that Anne has run off with another man, Thomasina agrees to marry Jasper instead. It soon appears that Anne may be in danger, and Jasper feels that an incident in his family's past may have something to do with it. Though I loved this book, one thing drove me nuts, making it necessary to give this book 4 stars instead of 5. The secrets Jasper kept from Thomasina about Anne's disappearance and his family's possible involvement seemed silly to me; they didn't reflect on his character, and the sweet Thomasina would no doubt have told him so. However, the rest of the story was great. At first Thomasina seemed like a bit of a doormat, and I loved seeing her grow a spine of steel and standing up to Jasper. Jasper was a great hero; emotionally wounded, he tried to do right by his estate and tenants. Though he had no intention of falling in love with Thomasina and told her so, you know how that is going to turn out! I loved seeing both of them grow emotionally. And since Ms. Michaels is a queen of historical sensual romance, you can imagine how hot sexy times turn out! I can't wait until the next installment...what troubles has Anne gotten into by running away? I am most eager to find out! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.