Loving Lady Marcia

Loving Lady Marcia

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Loving Lady Marcia by Kieran Kramer, Alison Larkin

Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family's wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is-until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan . . . and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia's past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she's become. Marcia, too, is surprised-by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why-why-must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia's rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow-when they know that it's much more than a hunch . . . ?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452610887
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Series: House of Brady Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kieran Kramer is the USA Today bestselling author of two historical romance series: the Impossible Bachelors series and the House of Brady series. She is a two-time finalist for the coveted RITA Award, and Loving Lady Marcia was a Library Journal Book Expo 2012 Editors' Pick.

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Alison Larkin is a classically trained actress who has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theatre and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her unusually wide range of voices can be heard in award-winning audiobooks, cartoons, and movies.

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Loving Lady Marcia 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
acade More than 1 year ago
Loving Lady Marcia was my first book by Kieran Kramer and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from her! It took me a little bit of time to get into the flow of her writing style but once I did I found myself completely engrossed in Marcia and Duncan's story. I love the whole enemies to lovers theme and when couples have a bit of a history together so I really enjoyed their tale. Add in some family drama and head strong characters and it was a fun little read.  She looked away, and he pulled her chin back around with a gentle finger.  "You should be kissed," he said. "Every day. By a man who adores you." Duncan was hands down my favorite thing. I absolutely adored this man. He's a hero you can't help but fall for and one you'd be a fool not to want in your life. He does what he thinks is right, proper society and their opinions be damned. Especially when it comes to raising his young son who was illegitimate. I loved every second of their time together. There's a little more to their story that just melted my heart and had me falling even more in love with Duncan. Whew. He's good. Marcia was a little harder to warm up to because of her young age but she was still a delightful heroine. Determined and focused on what she wants, caring and compassionate and every once in a while a bit wild. Yeah, I liked her just fine.  There's a nice chemistry between Duncan and Marcia and it was rather entertaining to watch them figuring out their lives and falling in love. Things weren't as steamy as I usually prefer but it's a nice solid enjoyable romance.  If you watched the Brady Bunch growing up you might notice some subtle little glimmers of the show since it inspired the House of Brady series. A blended family, similar slightly tweaked names(ex-Cynthia, Janice), a couple familiar scenes, etc. I loved looking for all the little similarities. There were some sugary sweet moments just like in the show but all in all it really worked for me and made me smile.  If you like sweet and heart-touching stories I'd definitely recommend hunting down a copy of Loving Lady Marcia.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Ms. Kramer pens "Loving Lady Marcia" with strong characters in this well written, amazing historical romance that basically centers around the TV show, "The Brady Bunch". I was pleasantly surprised in that it just hooked me from beginning to end....a truly fun read. Highly recommended for everyone who enjoys a good historical romance and of course "The Brady Bunch". This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
What a charming romance novel. It's kind of a cross between the movie "Sabrina" and a regency romance novel. I absolutely loved it. The changes in the characters was so "real" and totally believable since everyone knows or knows of someone who has gone through something that resulted in a similar change. I was totally picturing people I knew while I was reading. I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.
vickieann More than 1 year ago
At the risk of aging myself, I grew up on the Brady bunch and I love that Kieran is writing this series! Ok, admit it, you just said “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” LOL. So, onto the book... Duncan is a wonderful man, he has to take over as earl at such a young age and do clean up and repair after is father and brother. I felt bad for him because of that situation, it the way he works so hard to make the world a better place by be a fixer just makes him all the more wonderful. It doesn't hurt that he is hot and smexy either. Duncan is always so kind and wonderful to Marcia even when she is not reciprocating,*sigh* such a gentleman. Marcia is a wonderfully strong character which is always a win with me. I love a story where the woman is as strong as the male lead. Just imagine the drive and intelligence required in that era to become a head mistress. I can under stand her grudge against Duncan, due to the issue with her brother, It is only human. Don’t even get me started on Finn who is Duncan’s brother, the one word that comes to mind is "Rouge". Now you need to read it to find out why *grin*. I am looking forward the rest of the House of Brady series. Ok, everybody sing! “There’s a story of a lovely lady who was bringing up 3 very lovely girls….” In a nut shell, I LOVED this book and I'm so excited to have Kieran doing her online tour with I.O. Book tours. Be sure to check out all the stops and leave comments. This is not your typical historical romance, its better!
Shauni More than 1 year ago
Loving Lady Marcia was a wonderful book full of tongue in cheek humor and a great story. Ms Kramer managed to take one of today's societies favorite cultural images and transpose it into regency England. What a great mind. I loved that Kieran did this. Throughout the book there were witty reminders of the Brady Bunch and yet we never got lost in the comparisons. It was a wicked way to show us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. That family is family no matter when and that the ties that create a family are not always those of blood. As a matter of fact with her subtle wit she proved it over and over again. First with the Brady clan, a true family created as we all know by two parents coming together and loving the others children. Then again, she proved it with the dissension in the hero's family. Brothers, yet not family. Lady Marcia has a secret, at 15 she fell in love and succumbed to that love, to the disreputable Finn.. While she was mature for 15 she was still just a child and had no clue as to how to deal with him. When he left her, blaming his older brother she was convinced her future was now forever changed and she chose to remain at her school and eventually become the headmistress. When, spite, envy and just a little greed gets her fired she is once again set adrift. This time she has to learn to lean on her family and yes on the horrible brother of the "wonderful" Finn. The one who ruined her chance at love the first time. As the story continues we, of course, are shown just how lacking in honor her beloved Finn is. Marcia has to let go of childish memories and learn just what it really is that makes a man. Duncan, Earl of Chadwick.. a man born to clean up his brother's messes. All he wants it to have the family he dreams of. A brother he can relate to, a friend. And yet he is saddled with a spoilt child who does what he wants to whomever he wants and expects Duncan to clean it up. When Duncan meets Marcia years after escorting her to a family wedding in Ireland, he realizes that she is a bright and shining light in a dismal world and he falls hard. Only she wants nothing to do with him and he has no idea why. When he finally realizes what Finn had done to her, he in true hero fashion runs to the rescue. Watching these two fall for each other, scale their obstacles and learn that their love can create the family they so desire is a joy. I completely enjoyed this book. Ms Kramer has a great grasp on what makes people tick. Her villains are people that we know.. people we still see in society.. the fickle self-centered vain individuals who just want more. These are not hamfasted, heavy theatrical characters rather ones each of us can understand and relate to. The secondary characters offer up a teasing taste of what the rest of the series is going to offer us. I for one can't wait to see how Ms Kramer places the rest of the Brady family into her world..
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Source: From publisher, via Innovative Online Book Tours for review I've heard so much about Kieran Kramer, and how amazing she is, so when I picked up Loving Lady Marcia, which is in every way a classic regency romance (not my favorite genre usually, but read on), I had pretty high expectations. "This better be good," I thought to myself. I even suspected I might be that one person who didn't like Kramer. But alas, I was, as with the book, delighted with her. Loving Lady Marcia is the first installment in the House of Brady series, which, if you haven't figured out by now, is a historically romantic parody of The Brady Bunch. I LOVE that show, call me old-fashioned, so when I first connected all the names (we are introduced to Marcia's lovely sisters, Janice and Cynthia Brady — isn't that adorable?) I was absolutely thrilled. While the setting is 1819 England, the situation is very relatable and seems 'contemporary'. Five years ago, beautiful, innocent, fifteen-year-old Marcia gave everything to Finn, the boy she knew as soon as she met eyes with, would be the love of her life. Everything. She thought they had a love that nothing else could surpass, that is, until one day he abruptly left for America by his aloof brother, Duncan's, orders. Marcia was devastated, so she swore off men and decided to become a headmistress at a girls' school — the only other position in her life she had ever felt so passionate about. I love love loved this book. Marcia's heartbreak is so realistic and so distressing, but at the time of her novel, she's such a strong, dazzling character that I so admire. Her main love interests, Finn and Duncan, come to life within the pages as well. Finn is someone that I, like Marcia, immediately fell for, but grew to distrust and dislike by the book's end, as Kramer would have wanted. Duncan was harder to grow on, but eventually I saw him as the man of substance, the man truly after a woman's heart, so I fell in love with him too. Kramer is excellent at breathing life into each of her characters, even the minor ones, and getting to know them was such a ride. The chemistry is steamy, the banter, witty and warm and wry. The dialogue is highly realistic and the situations just perfect. I smiled at every one of Marcia and Duncan's interactions — they are just so meant to be! Their taboo relationship composed of nighttime rendezvous, fateful and completely lucky bumping-intos, and very very naughty activities involving Duncan's skilled fingers, set the pages on fire. Above all, the emotional turmoil and suffering portrayed in Loving Lady Marcia is what makes it such a special romance novel. Loss of innocence, and even worse, loss of trust, is conveyed thoroughly and painfully, but in the end, its resurgence is what fuels the heart. I look forward to the next books in the House of Brady series... how could I resist Janice and Cynthia's stories? Definitely definitely recommend this one to all lovers of humorous, but still deeply resonant romance stories (even if, like me, you're not particularly fond of historicals!). Thanks to Kramer's smooth and cheeky style, I not once, felt like I was trudging through this book. I guarantee you won't either.
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I really wanted to like this book. I'm a HUGE Brady Bunch fan and thought it was a clever idea. But this book is really bad. It isn't even the story - which is pretty bad - but the writing is really bad. And, I'm so sorry to say that. The characters are weak. The story is weak. I never put a book down. I always finish it. This was such a struggle. I'm so glad I read one before I bought them 'all' as I was excited to see the series. I will not make the excuse to read any more of them. It's that bad.
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The Brady Bunch? Really? Why? I grew up watching the tv show. The football/nose scene was very dramtic. The scene in this book was Not! The whole book was kind of flat and boring
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DaleneH More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book as I love historical romance. At the very beginning of the book, I was was completely taken in. The story was very intriguing and had me at the edge of the seat. It had a great introduction to the characters and the set-up was very well done. However, once the story continued, about halfway I felt as if the story just continued. There weren’t a lot of high and low points. I would definitely give 5 stars to the first third to half of the book, and 3 stars to the rest of the book. I did enjoy the story and Lady Marcia was a great character. I loved her spunk and admired her for how she handled her problems. In the beginning I really liked Finn, however, by the end of the book I was completely turned off. I guess if I were Marcia, I would have definitely fallen for him. I also did not love Duncan in the beginning. I completely thought he was arrogant and I was turned off. I don’t know that I was really converted to liking him by the end of the book, but thought he had integrity and things would work out for everyone.
blueEC More than 1 year ago
This should have been a 4 star review if Lady Marcia had not been a selfish bubble head. Towards the end I wanted to reach into the pages and slap her silly.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
If the fact that the heroine's name is Marcia and her father's title has Brady in it has you thinking this is going to be a cheesy take off of some Brady Bunch episode, you'd be wrong. Sure, there are some similarities between the TV Brady's and those in the book, but there is no comparing the TV Marcia with the strong and independent Lady Marcia Sherwood. Lady Marcia Sherwood and Duncan Lattimore, the Earl of Chadwick, meet as he and his brother, Finn, escort Marcia to Ireland. Finn is fun loving, entertaining and attentive to Marcia, while Duncan is standoffish and pensive on their journey. While Marcia and Finn haven't a care in the world, Duncan contemplates his newly obtained title and what he is going to do to restore the Earldom. So it's no surprise Marcia and Finn strike up an immediate friendship which soon turns into something more, including devastating heartbreak. Duncan and Marcia lives took a decidedly different paths after that fateful trip to Ireland. Marcia took the only course she thought she could after what happened with Finn and became the Headmistress of the school she attended. She's sworn off romantic entanglements for the security of caring for "her girls". But what she really lost that summer was the belief that someone could want her the way her stepfather wants/loves her mother. When she was tossed so easily aside, she figured no one would ever want her. To save herself any grief, she decided to close herself off at the school. But Duncan opened her eyes and showed her that she could be loved for who she was, which included her ideals and aspirations. Duncan is a fixer. He tried to protect his mother from his father's infidelities, tried to help Finn grow up and become a better man, and tried to make a home full of love for his son, Joe, himself and his servants. He craved the love of those he felt close to and longed to have anyone of those he held dear tell him they loved him in return. Duncan had to learn he couldn't fix everyone or fix a situation for those he cared for. He had to let go of those that truly didn't deserve his affection and focus on those that did and realize they would love him even if he or they failed. Duncan and Marcia didn't have the easiest path to their HEA. Their demons were their own worst enemy, but in the end the discovered their relationship worked much better when the words were said rather than hoping someone understood their actions. A wonderful start to the House of Brady series. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this is supposed to be under 2.99?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy Ms Kiernan' s books and look forward to reading them. I bought this book with high expectations. I started to read this book and realized that the main character, Marcia, and several other characters in this book are named and modeled after the TV show the "Brady Bunch". Another character is named after the show's producer Sherwood Schwartz. I couldn't get beyond the character references to the TV show and stopped reading this story. I'm sorry, but don't waste your money on this book! Also, had the sample included more story pages, rather than reviews of other books, etc, I would have realized this and never wasted my money!!