Woo'd in Haste

Woo'd in Haste

by Sabrina Darby

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Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets … him.

For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother.

Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062304483
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Series: The Taming Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 236,711
File size: 632 KB

About the Author

Sabrina Darby has been reading romance novels since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. She started writing romance the day after her wedding, when she woke up with the idea for a Regency. She resides in Southern California with her husband and son.

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Woo'd in Haste 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
A lovely and elegant novella, the first in the new Taming series, by Sabrina Darby, one of my favorite historical romance authors. The title and its companion volume, Wed at Leisure, take its inspiration from William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. While I am an English major, I do not know of all the possible allusions that Shakespeare aficionados may enjoy discovering. Surprisingly, unlike Darby’s other works, there is no full sex scene, but several very sensual ones in her trademark spare style that creates intense emotion. This is not a complaint in the least, merely an observation. Darby’s writing is so rich that I almost didn’t notice it was absent. Bianca Mansfield is waiting. She’s also very restless and agitated. She loves the outdoors, books—indeed, this novella is generously sprinkled with many literary and popular culture references, a joy to any classic book lover—and her youngest brother, Thomas. She has no control whatsoever over her life but, then again, what woman in early nineteenth century England did? I didn’t like Bianca’s sister, Kate, at all and I see she is the heroine of the second novella in this series. But I love to read how authors can create sympathetic characters out of less than ideal ones. Kate here reminds me of Elizabeth Elliot, Anne’s spoiled and shrewish sister from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Bianca’s father and stepmother refuse to let Bianca have her own London Season debut because a) her elder sister, Kate, did not make a match in her first Season and b) Kate herself decreed it; until Kate marries, they will not permit Bianca to be officially “out” in society. So she’s nineteen, and waiting, stuck in the countryside, languishing at home while Kate travels with their stepmother to town, Bath, and Brighton, flitting from one happy social event to another. Bianca has had enough. She’s ready to embrace life. Now.  “‘Women have far less freedom than men, regardless of their place in society. And I less than many.’” (p34) Luc is Viscount Asquith, heir to an earldom, but in disguise as Mr. Dore, a tutor to Bianca’s brother, Thomas. The disguise is not his idea but, when his incorrigible friend, Reggie, blurts it out to Bianca’s father upon introduction, Luc feels he has no choice but to play along.  Luc discovers that, as practically a servant, he can move around the household almost unnoticed, except by Bianca. She’s only too aware of him and, of course, terribly attracted to him. It’s interesting that Luc cannot rely on his title to win Bianca’s heart. He has only himself to show off. A challenge indeed to a lady who must wed within her social class. Believing Luc to be a servant challenges her assumptions about love. I really enjoy the courtship of sorts between Bianca and Luc, especially when they’re out fishing. Luc learns more about Bianca’s likes and dislikes from Thomas as well as from these outdoor dates. Things come to a head at a house party when Kate returns to Watersham. The final scene is wonderful and unexpected and ties in very nicely with the opening scene. Memorable moments: "Of course, he would have to fall in love with a woman enamored of the outdoors. In the morning." (p31) “She could feel his presence the way a summer storm lay on one’s skin. Wild and thrilling and full of expectation.” (p63) A sweet, sexy, and fun treat.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 star read but I do wish it was longer. Poor Bianca Mansfield must wait for her Season because her sister, Kate, insists she have hers first. So while Kate and her stepmother enjoy all that London has to offer, Bianca patiently waits all the while worrying she may never have her chance - that is until she meets the charming Lucian. When Lucian Dorlingsley first spies Bianca, he falls head over heels in love with her but quickly discovers that she’s not allowed suitors yet. Desperate to get to know her, his friend Reggie sets up a plan that will allow him to get close to the darling girl. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face but also sweet, intelligent, and the woman for him. Only now, he must figure out a way to get past the stipulation that Kate is to marry first and overcome the outcome of Bianca learning of his manipulation to get close to her. Just as in TAMING OF THE SHREW, Bianca is the sweet sister. Through her eyes, we witness the spoiled, tantrum throwing, self-centered personality of Kate and consequently, the fear that if Kate continues to be such a shrew, she’ll never marry and then Bianca will never have her chance even though she’s falling madly in love with someone that realistically would not be acceptable by her family’s standards. I loved the premise of this story but wish it had been longer. I would love to have discovered more about the relationship between the sisters, and their stepmother, which could give us insight into why the turmoil exists. Sometimes, backstory is needed otherwise, we just feel as if a part of the book has been pulled out only giving us a taste of what could’ve been a fabulous story. For a lazy afternoon, or some relaxing reading time, I do recommend WOO’D IN HASTE, book one in the Taming series by Sabrina Darby but still can’t help but desire this to be a longer, more detailed, and in-depth story because I just feel it’s missing so much. ***won an ebook copy in a giveaway but sharing my honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Sabrina Darby's writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author. I was surprised to find it was only 180 pages plus excerpts from other books. The story was interesting. The male was a gentleman and the female was not shy. the romance was good but of course the story is short. I don't like short stories, but this one was pretty good.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
As a short story it did not stand on its own as much as teased on behalf of the upcoming novel. Still the heroine was interesting and made this a worthwhile read.
CleverGirl1 More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise, Taming of the Shrew + historical romance. Poor Bianca is stuck at home in the country with her father and little brother while her big sister Kate, the villain in Bianca's story, is keeping her from the joys and excitement of a season, from marrying, having a family until Kate is wed. Unbeknownst to her Lucian Dorlingsley has fallen in love with her and is determined to marry her, so determined that in order to get close to her that he'll give up the trappings of the ton and pretend to be a tutor. I liked Lucian, he's a good-hearted man and a very determined man. I enjoyed seeing how Bianca changed through the story, how she started to take control of her life, the little bit of control a woman could in those times, to stop caring about what people think of her and grabbing on to the happiness she has found. I did find the ending a bit jarring and think to really enjoy the story, to better understand the strife between the sisters, you definitely need to read the next book, Wed at Leisure, Kate's story. Disclosure: Ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Drastic times called for drastic measures. A spur of the moment decision and a lie by omission landed Lucian in the path of the woman he wanted, but Bianca’s sister’s selfish decree kept them apart. Despite the circumstances though, their love grew and flourished until honoring Kate’s demand was no longer doable. Throughout the story, I kept wondering what motivated Kate’s selfishness. The chasm between the sisters was undeniable, but why? What had Bianca done to earn such treatment from her sister? Why didn’t their father put his foot down and treat them as equals? The answers are not given in this book. Lucian and Bianca get their happy ending but it rides in on the back of accusations and angry words. If their ending had come on a softer note, I would’ve been disappointed because the irritation, frustration, and anger Bianca felt toward her sister and father only increased throughout the story. The longer she realized how close she was to “happily ever after”, the more she realized she would have to take drastic steps to get it. She did, and it was worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cira stomped into the forest...she went into the cave that held the demons and once they jumped at her she let out a war cry and leaped back...reached into her combat boot pockets and brought out two nasty looking knifes, "No mas le senyors!" ('No more you gentle men!') And lunged at them...slicing at them...