To Catch a Lady: A Hunt Club Novel

To Catch a Lady: A Hunt Club Novel

by Pamela Labud
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To Catch a Lady: A Hunt Club Novel by Pamela Labud

If you love Mary Balogh and Eloisa James, don’t miss Pamela Labud’s sensuous Hunt Club series! To Catch a Lady introduces four lordly, rakish sportsmen whose bachelor paradise is threatened by a matchmaking aunt—and by the sting of unexpected love.
 
Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, cannot stop his aunt from meddling in his affairs. So rather than let her select a most disagreeable mate, Ashton decides to fire the first volley by holding a ball as a scheme to bag the ideal wife: a deferential girl eager to produce and raise an heir, leaving Ashton to his beloved hunting lodge and titled friends. But when Ashton falls for the one woman who isn’t willing to play his game, all his plans scatter like buckshot. Suddenly, the chase is on!
 
Caroline Hawkins has no interest in marriage. In fact, she has devoted her life to defending women from the indignities visited upon them by their husbands. She only chaperones her beautiful younger sister to Summerton’s ball in the hopes of saving her family from bankruptcy. She certainly doesn’t expect to catch the Duke’s eye . . . nor is she prepared for the heat that rises every time she thinks of his powerful build or his dark, tantalizing gaze. Caroline can run, but she cannot hide—for Ashton has already captured her heart.

Praise for To Catch a Lady

 
To Catch a Lady has all the elements of a great romance, with two characters who have no interest in marrying suddenly finding themselves married—to each other. This is a fun story that made me laugh and sigh.”—Sharon Cullen, author of Sutherland’s Secret

“Pamela Labud takes two strong-willed hearts, an unconventional marriage agreement, and the elitist rules of Regency London and weaves a delightfully sensual romance. I loved this first installment of the Hunt Club series and can’t wait for the next one!”—Maeve Greyson, author of My Tempting Highlander
 
“I enjoyed this author’s writing style and how much emotion she put into the story and the characters.”—The Romance Factor
 
“An enjoyable historical romance with a rocky, roller coaster relationship before a happy ending.”—Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
 
“Pamela Labud started the Hunt Club series on a very positive note with this first installment.”—Ramblings & Musings

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101886991
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Series: Hunt Club , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 124,150
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Pamela Labud is the author of many historical, paranormal, and fantasy romance novels. She also writes sexy historical Western romance stories as Leigh Curtis. Her first print book, Spirited Away, was a finalist for two RITA awards. A nurse of thirty-three years with two grown daughters, she and her husband share their home with their many animal companions.

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To Catch a Lady: A Hunt Club Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed story that doesn't disappoint!
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
This book had a plot that I'd not read before and likable characters that I really enjoyed, who developed into stronger people. I had such hopes for this book. But there were times when I thought, when will they get to their HEA. There was about 1/4th of the book in the middle that could of been edited out. It just got repetitive. Ash and Caroline always figured they'd both be better of alone and never marry. They come together when they both need something from the other. Little do they realize what they need was each other. I loved the plot and their struggles and mostly the ending when they finally realize that they belonged together as a family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I can trust reviews again. Disappointing story line, heroine with great big mood swings and far fetched events. I didnt bother finishing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typos. Typos. Typos. Inconsistent details, especially timelines. Repeated passages, in particular, one passage is repeated verbatim four times. Poorly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, wonderful story line, captivating!!!!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, is forced by his Aunt's meddling to look for a wife. He meets Caroline Hawkins when she asks him to consider her sister. He's attracted to this beautiful woman and decides that she's the one for him. She tells him that she's not interested. Even though sparks fly between them. When they're caught in a compromising situation, the Duke claims her as his bride. Their union is filled with many ups and downs. These two strong-willed individuals desire each other, but are afraid to admit it. I loved their interaction. These two make an amazing couple. I really wanted them to put aside their differences and insecurities and be together. The story is filled with both passion and heartache. Pamela Labud is a new to me author. I enjoyed her writing. Her characters were complex and the plot was intriguing. I'm looking forward to more stories in the Hunt Club series. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Hunt Club series. Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, is determined to undermine his aunt's plan for him to marry. He doesn't want a love match because he saw how it tore apart his parents. Ashton decides to throw a ball and at the end of it will name his bride. They will get married that evening, quickly get an heir and then live their separate lives. Of course things do always go as planned... Caroline Hawkins is trying to get her sister married. She is passed the age of finding herself a good match, so she puts all her energy into her sister. Going so far at to demand to see the Duke to get her sister noticed. Unfortunately her plan backfired...for with her visit the Duke became intrigued with her. At the ball, Caroline and Ashton find themselves alone and end up being compromised. Fate had determined the outcome of the ball. Married in haste, Ashton takes Caroline to his hunting lodge where nothing goes as planned. Can this hasty marriage turn into one of true love? I will say that I enjoyed the beginning of this book, but then it just went down hill... I liked the idea behind the story. The H/H of the story have an attraction to each other and then they get caught in a compromising situation. Caroline had no plans of marrying, so Ashton could have let her reputation be ruined. But instead he steps up and does the right thing. I don't know if it was the writing style or the writing quality that had me skimming over the second half of the book, but it just didn't hold my interest. I will probably give Labud another try. I just hoping that the next one in the series is better than this one... Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining historical read. If Aston Blakely, the Duke of Summerton is going to marry he plans to have a little fun in the process. He doesn’t really care who he marries as long as she can provide the necessary heir and leave he alone to continue with his life as it is now. In walks Caroline wanting him to marry her sister and save her family but now he wants Caroline. This was a good read with TONS of drama, humor and chemistry between Aston and Caroline. Overall the story is good, Caroline was a bit to dramatic for me but I did like the story and I am looking forward to more.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Ashton Blakely, recent Duke of Sommerton, must take a wife. He has decided to thwart his family's effort by holding a lottery for the 20 most eligible girls of the season. While Ashton is planning this event, he is approached by Caroline Hawkins, on behalf of her sister. Ashton's interest is caught by Caroline and after a ill fated seduction on the night of the ball, they are married. Ashton leaves town and forces Caroline to leave her family. They honeymoon in his lodge and are surrounded by animals. Their relationship grows from their, but is overshadowed by the past. How will it end? read and find out. I must agree with other reviewers because this book felt very uneven. I enjoyed a lot of the book including the description of the lodge, the interactions between Ashton and his friends, and Caroline relationship with her sister. But unfortunately I also really disliked a lot of the interactions/dialogue and lack of communication between Ashton and Caroline. This book was easy to get into, but hard to finish. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com.
Elcee More than 1 year ago
To Catch a Lady (A Hunt Club Novel) by Pamela Labud (read for free on NetGalley) When Ashton Blakely, Duke of Summerton, decides to hold a lottery to pick a wife in order to make his aunt happy by siring an heir, Caroline Hawkins decides to enter her sister, Beatrice. Unfortunately, circumstances (being caught in a very compromising position) contrive to force Caro and Ash to marry instead. Ash, preferring not to allow emotion to enter into things, draws up an explicit contract outlining Caroline’s responsibilities and benefits once an heir has been conceived. Caroline feels she has no choice but to go along with it, since among the benefits is Ash’s promise to support her sister and their ailing mother. Miscommunication and misunderstandings thrive between the two in this delightful, well-written and breezy tale, and if it takes quite a while for the two to become reconciled, no matter. The journey has been worthwhile. To Catch a Lady appears to be the first entry in a promising new series by the author.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this one down. How were they going to work out their differences? How strong was their love? Ash was patience, kind, but not as knowledgeable as he thought he was. Caro had her life planned out but did not count on marriage. I loved how they were drawn to each other, how intimate they were when just getting to know each other. Two stubborn people waiting until the last moment to realize what had been handed to them. This was a great story, and I look forward to more from Pamela Labud. I had a chance to read this through Netgalley for an honest review.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
This is book one in the "Hunt Club )" series. Our hero Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, is tired of his aunt ruling his life.. and now the Aunt has taken to heart that he needs to marry. Ashton decided to counter attack but throwing a house party with everyone full knowledge that he plans to pick a lady there to marry. Ashton thinks he can find a business type arrangement where one he produced an heir he can just leave his wife to raise their son. Our heroine, Caroline Hawkins feels that her sister would make a good match for Ashton. Which would also help to have her sister married and that way Caroline can considerate on their sick mother. Caroline feels she is fully on the 'shelf' and doe not wish to be married. But once Ashton and Caroline meet they feel an attraction they are having a hard time fighting. This starts their great story of how them became together and what they had to overcome. I really enjoyed this book and hope that you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in return for my honest feedback. This is a new author for me and I was looking forward to reading this book. I was all over the place on this book -- some places were a 1-star and others were a 5-star, so I averaged them out to a 3 or more to the point, I'd do a 3.5. There were many points in the book that caused me to chuckle. For instance, in the beginning the hero, Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton is meeting with his friends (who I assume will be featured in other books in the series) at his hunting lodge. He outlines his plan for him/them to outwit his aunt's plans to get him/them wed. He has a unique solution for himself -- he'll thwart her by holding a lottery to choose his bride. Things, of course, don't exactly go as planned. The heroine, Caroline Hawkins has no interest in marriage (imagine that). However, she and her family (sister and invalid mother) are in dire straits. So, Caroline decides to see that Ashton meets her beautiful (perfect of course) sister so he'll choose her for his bride. Things go awry and he ends up with Caroline because he was already attracted to her. There isn't some big plot of evil or anything in this book -- and that it fine; It is a story about two imperfect people working their way through marriage and into love. There are a number of funny scenes involving animals. For instance, Caroline wakes up on her first morning at the Duke's hunting lodge to find the bedroom inhabited by a goat and a deer -- soon to be followed by a couple of hunters. Things like that are interwoven through the book and are funny and well done. My least favorite part was toward the end -- Ashton's reactions were so over the top as to be ridiculous given the 'secret' from his past that had made him so against love and marriage. Just turned me off totally. It could have been done differently and been just fine. This was the part that took the book from a 4-5 star rating down to a 3. I did enjoy the book and am glad I read it. I'll even look forward to seeing the second book in the series to see how that is done.
JoRead More than 1 year ago
It was a fast paced, charming story that focused more in the romance than in the historical aspect of the times. And for once that was a good thing. There was plenty to like (and dislike) about Ashton and Caroline as individuals and that gave them a relatable side. I also liked the way the sexual tension was handled; the author expertly maneuvered around the subject making it sound sensual yet controlled, passionate yet full of love. The story began a little silly and there were times I wanted to jump in and slap the heroine as she sounded dismally hostile. I get that she had plenty of reasons to be against marriage and what was coming her way but the way she was trying to argue her way out of it was what put me off. However as the story progressed and the relationship between Ashton and Caroline took off, the story had more fluidity and even the second characters had more relevance in the story. Towards the end it had a feel of "I love you but I can't let you know" that may at times drive me up the wall but given the circumstances of their "arrangement" it was understandable up to a point so I'm willing to overlook their reserves since they eventually got to their HEA. This was my first read by this author but will definitely not be my last. 4 stars. ** I received a copy of this story by Netgally in exchange for an honest review ** - Note: This story contains explicit sexual content that may not suitable for some readers. Please be kind and do not rate this story based solely on the sex factor.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
To Catch a Lady the first book in Pamela Labud's Hunt Club series leads her hero and hero on a rocky road to find love. A strong physical draw sets the stage for the leads in this work to do everything possible to not submit to their attraction and embark on a game of emotional catch and release. With a war of words and eccentric supporting cast this story had some hilarious and heartbreaking moments. This novel was a nice way to spend an afternoon and share in the triumph of love. *I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I am a regular reader of romance. Enjoy reading contemporary and historical but my personal preference has always been historical. The spectacular parties where anything can happen, the chance of finding adventure and romance around every corner. The breathtaking characters that are shrouded in mystery or desperation. I just loved it. I received an ARC of To Catch a Lady in exchange for an honest review. Caroline is the type of character I love to read about. She is not worried about what her peers think of her but, she wants to make a difference in the world. Ashton is a charmer that has the looks, title and the obligations of a nobleman but prefers a more carefree existence. The makeup of this story reminded me so much of the Catherine Maxwell stories I used to read as a teen. Ashton and Caroline's transformation into a couple was a little bit frustration, a little wicked but a whole lot of marvelous.