The Pursuit of Marriage (Effington Family & Friends Series)

The Pursuit of Marriage (Effington Family & Friends Series)

by Victoria Alexander
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The Pursuit of Marriage 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a few books by Ms. Alexander this past year, including ¿When We Meet Again¿(good), ¿The Marriage Bargain¿ (excellent), ¿The Husband List¿ (not bad) and ¿The Lady in Question¿ (pretty good). All of her books are entertaining, lively and contain great dialogue and banter. I never purchase her books for sexy love scenes or wildly adventurous hero¿s and heroines. Rather¿I buy them as I know I¿ll always get a novel that contains a solid plot line, interesting and charismatic lead characters and a worthy ending. Although I would not consider this one of my favorite books of all time, it was interesting reading about Cassie since I had just finished The Lady in Question ¿ which was about Delia ¿ the other twin. I got a kick out of this story and how Cassie and Reggie meet ¿ tell one another boldly that they are not right for the other ¿ yet¿cannot get away for the irresistible attraction they feel for one another. The story develops as Reggie and Cassie bet that they can find the correct mate for the other ¿ Lord Perfect for Cassie and Miss Wonderful for Reggie. The story takes twists and turns as they seek out the right mate for each other, yet secretly believe they have found that in each other. I liked that all the side characters ¿ Reggie¿s best friend Marcus, Cassie¿s sister and brothers and both of their mothers are all involved on the side in bringing these two together yet¿they don¿t know it. I liked the twist in that Reggie was always falling in love with the gals (instead of being the usual sexy and moody male lead who loves and leaves them all) yet¿they never returned his feelings as he declared himself too soon. He was the Casanova of his time. He reformed himself for Cassie and it was a delight to see him develop as a person and realize that real love is deeper and more true than he has ever experienced before. Cassie in turn gets off her lofty perch looking for the perfect man and realizes the ones with some slight flaws and odd quirks can simply be the most interesting and appealing in the end. Perfection is not all it¿s cut out to be. Reggie is perfection without being perfect she finds out. I get a kick out of the Ladies Society for The Betterment of The Future of Great Britian ¿ a batch of mothers and grandmothers desperate for their young sons and daughters to get hitched instead of staying single too long. They want children and they will make sure it happens!!! So far¿they made three love matches happen locally and hope Cassie and Reggie will be number four! Stand by to see if it works! Oh..the fun never ends when it involves an Effington gal. Pick this one up¿you are bound to enjoy the beginning, middle and ending of this story. Happy reading!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a light and fun read you will enjoy this book. It was a simple and not very complicated story, the only complications you will find with this story is that you will not want to put it down. For anyone who likes a good lighthearted story and simply would like to take a break from the normal heavy stories typical of the regency period, you should be able to appreciate this one. I finished all of this story in one sitting,I could not put it down it was hilarious and very entertaining. The humorous way they battled with words,the confusion of thoughts on Cassandra's part and the butting of heads between the two character's of Reggie and Cassandra were extremely amusing. simply put I loved it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's obvious that the idea behind this storyline was a good one but the author ever really delivered on a great premise. It ended up being one of those train wreck books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always wondered what would happen to Cassandra Effington ever since I read the prequel, The Lady In Question, and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed! Absolutely wonderful! It had me laughing the whole time I was reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Victoria Alexander that I've read and it certainly won't be my last - particularly if this is any indication of how entertaining the rest of her Effington series is. I liked both Cassie and Reggie, and found their banter to be witty and charming. This book had me laughing out loud and cheering them on. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a witty, light-hearted romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
STORY WAS BORING AND THE CHARACTERS BORING THEREFORE A DOUBLY BORING BOOK. IF I MAKE IT THROUGH 3/4TH OF THE BOOK I USUALLY FINISH IT BUT I WAS UNABLE TO DO SO IN THIS CASE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read every one of Victoria Alexander's novels, I absolutely loved this one. My favourite character has always been that of Lord Berkley. He has always been the quiet romantic one who falls in and out of love easily. Until the day he came across Cassandra Effington. The 'Infameous Lord Berkley' and the 'Eccentric Miss Effington' make for a very interesting and also very comical pair. In the end, it would seem that 'Lord Perfect' and 'Miss Wonderful' really did find eachother. I couldn't wait for this novel to come out. I couldn't put it down. This novel has it all. To quote Stephanie Laurens, 'Victoria Alexander delivers on all accounts.' The introduction of new characters in this story pave the way for many more novels to be written by Victoria Alexander, and I for one cannot wait to read the next one. Bravo, simply outstanding!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read only a few chapters I find it absolutely smashing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is Spring, 1821. 'The Ladies Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain' are at it again! In the last novel (titled 'The Lady In Question') the ladies' attentions were on Lady Delia Effington and Viscount Tony St. Stephens. Now the ladies direct their attentions to Delia's twin sister, Cassandra. ..................... Miss Cassandra 'Cassie' Effington has a talent for the refurbishment and redecoration of houses. There are no prospects of marriage in her future due, not to her business, but the fact that she dreams of Lord Perfect. Only a God could possibly meet all her expectations. However, even if Cassie was to lower her standards, she would never consider someone like Viscount Reginald 'Reggie' Berkley. Cassie has no desire to tame a rogue and Reggie's reputation has become 'infamous'. .................... Reggie's reputation is mainly word-of-mouth. His friends worked for almost a year to make Reggie's past sound dangerous. It was to keep ladies at bay. Instead, it only managed to keep the one lady at bay that he wishes to get closer to, Cassie. ...................... Then Reggie's mother seems to suddenly be on her death bed. As a last wish, if she cannot see Reggie wed, she would at least like to see him get prepared for marriage. Since it is easier to get forgiveness than permission, she hires Cassie to redecorate several rooms. And since she is way too ill to be out of bed, Reggie is to spend a lot of time with Cassie helping her. ...................... Cassie and Reggie begin on the wrong foot, but eventually become friends. As friends, they make a wager. Cassie would try to find Reggie his 'Miss Wonderful'. Reggie would try to find Cassie's 'Lord Perfect'. Reggie enters the bet knowing he will turn down every lady Cassie find for him and he would introduce Cassie ONLY to men he is sure she will turn down. Because he intends to be her Lord Perfect! ..................... ***** How I love those scheming mothers! This tale is as good as the first, if not more so. Author Victoria Alexander seems to be getting better with each book she writes. The characters are life-like and I found it very easy to care for them. The more I read, the more I realized that this author has a devious side. Readers cannot help but enjoy the stories that Victoria Alexander comes up with. Pick up a copy of this novel and see for yourself. *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never have I read a more boring book. I had to reward myself If I read more than a few pages at a time--this from someone known to read a 400 page book in 4 hours. The dialogue was pages and pages of boring-the characters were deadly boring-romance nearly non-exsistent. Don't even know what else to say except if you don't want to take sleeping pills-try this book it will put you to sleep quickly. Oh yes--the drawings of the main characters inside the book made the characters laughable-certainly not the description given in the book.