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Alexander (The Wedding Bargain) has a marvelous ear for witty dialogue and creates winning characters. Unfortunately, the plot of this otherwise terrific Regency rides includes twin clich?s: a will with an outrageous stipulation and a hero masquerading as another man (think Scarlet Pimpernel). Widowed Lady Gillian Marley persuades friends to draw up a list of bachelors so she can fulfill the condition of her uncle's will that she marry before her 30th birthday to inherit ?600,000. The money would augment her small income and enable her to fund a home for deserving female artists. Topping the list is the impoverished Earl of Shelbrooke, Richard Shelton, once a rake, now living a double life (he's an oil painter, a shocking calling for an aristocrat), trying to shore up the little that's left of the family fortune and provide dowries for four sisters. Will the earl lower himself for cold, hard cash? Will the lovely Gillian settle for a loveless marriage of convenience? The sex gets hot and heavy before the final answer in this delightful read. (Aug.)
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I really enjoyed this book. I've been reading romance novels for over 15 years now and was fascinated to find something different in this one. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by V. Seaton
This is the second Victoria Alexander book I have read, and I will be reading more in the future. Her writings are witty and warm, and I am so happy when I get to meet my heroes... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Just a Dreamer
Wonderfully warm and entertaining story of two people afraid to fall in love for very different reasons. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002 by Jody L. Schoth
If you've read Georgette Heyer or Amanda Quick you'll be disappointed, as I was. The inconsistencies and the intrusion of modern thinking in a historical romance made it just... Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2001
The plot is rather simple and I will spare you yet another summary of it. The plot is not that original. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2001 by K. Hill
...The story was interesting, quite original and funny. The characters were well developed, especially Richard and I liked the way he refused to marry her just for the money and... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2001 by Fani
A very enjoyable read. It has an interesting twist on the "Heiress" plot, some believable characters, and a lot very witty dialog.Published on June 30 2001 by TooManyHobbies