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The Rogue's Bride [Mass Market Paperback]

Leslie Lafoy


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Oct. 31 2006
Tristan Townsend has come home to London to assume his duties as the Marquis of Lockwood after all the men in his family have died. Desperate to rid himself of the "Lockwood curse" and restore his family's honor, marriage is the furthest thing from Tristan's mind…until he lays eyes on an enchanting stranger and vows to make her his…  

Lady Simone Turnbridge--beautiful, bold, and with a scandalous past--is not eager to be some wealthy man's bride. Some men want her hand in marriage; others merely want her in their beds. She mocks them all with a twinkle in her eye, knowing not one of them can tame her… 
 
Tristan will do anything to have Simone in his bed and his ring on her finger. Simone, who has sworn to let no man control her, is held in thrall by her fascination with this forbidden Lockwood. But it's too late to walk away now--when the promise of  passion is so wanton, wicked, and thoroughly wonderful….

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312347715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312347710
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,508,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Leslie LaFoy delivers wonderful, witty characters and breathless romance."
--Celeste Bradley, USA Today bestselling author
 
"Leslie LaFoy is intelligent, sexy, fun."
--Kasey Michaels, New York Times bestselling author
 
"The lures of Lafoy's writing are not just great characters, fantastic storytelling, and heightened sexual tension, but also the subtle ways she plays on your emotions so that you are completely invested in the book. No reader…can ignore the deep and intense emotions that emanate from the pages of this masterful romance."
--Romantic Times (4-1/2 stars, Top Pick)
 
 "Leslie LaFoy delivers wonderful, witty characters, and breathless romance."
--Celeste Bradley, author of The Charmer

From the Back Cover

A WAYWARD ROGUE
Tristan Townsend has come home to London to assume his duties as the Marquis of Lockwood after all the men in his family have died. Desperate to rid himself of the "Lockwood curse" and restore his family's honor, marriage is the furthest thing from Tristan's mind…until he lays eyes on an enchanting stranger and vows to make her his… 
 A willful womanLady Simone Turnbridge--beautiful, bold, and with a scandalous past--is not eager to be some wealthy man's bride. Some men want her hand in marriage; others merely want her in their beds. She mocks them all with a twinkle in her eye, knowing not one of them can tame her…
 
A WILD DESIRe
Tristan will do anything to have Simone in his bed and his ring on her finger. Simone, who has sworn to let no man control her, is held in thrall by her fascination with this forbidden Lockwood. But it's too late to walk away now--when the promise of  passion is so wanton, wicked, and thoroughly wonderful….
 
"LESLIE LAFOY IS INTELLIGENT, SEXY, FUN."
--Kasey Michaels, New York Times bestselling author

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rogue's Bride Dec 18 2006
By L. L. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Simone Turnbridge may have come from the street, but she could care less what society thinks about it-or anything she does now, for that matter. She does care, though, about Emmaline Townsend, whose overbearing mother doesn't help Emmaline's withdrawn nature, so she agrees to help her socially.

Tristan Townsend has suddenly inherited the title (Duke of Steadman) after the death of not just his father, but his brother as well. When he returns from his shipping empire in America, rumors that his brother and father died under suspicious circumstances soon reach his ears, and he determines to investigate.

He finds Simone a definite distraction, and when she braves a fire to help with a rescue, he's impressed with her courage and character as well. The story has rather a slow start, and never quite gets around to the action hinted at by Tristan's investigation into the murder of his family until late in the book, when it places both Tristan and Simone in danger.

Though Tristan soon has Simone reconsidering her `no marriage' vow, the love affair between the two principles is warm, but not overly steamy, though their characters are interesting enough to keep the reader reading. The relationship never seems to quite attain the hoped for depth to be a deeply satisfying read, but the story is a moderately pleasant and comfortable read, perhaps best enjoyed on a cold day with a cup of hot chocolate to hand.

Reviewed by Lee M

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandalous Sexy Read! Dec 16 2006
By Beverly Romance Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mix together a handsome, sexy rogue and a willful, sensual, beauty and you are bound to have scandal. And while scandal is the main theme of this book, scandal has never been so enjoyable. The reason being is that Leslie LaFoy has the talent for developing a well-researched and written story blended with passion that has you riveted to the pages. Tristan Townsend has been in America for years creating a very successful, lucrative, shipping empire. Just as his latest lover is to walk down the aisle to marry another man, he sits down at this desk to find three letters. The first is from his step-mother stating his father and eldest brother have passed in an accident. The second is from his second brother stating he doesn't want to be the next Marquis and is depressed about it. The third is notification that his brother has died, his body found floating in the Thames, and Tristan is now the next Marquis of Lockwood. He arrives in England to find a mess of the family fortune and a mother-in-law he is highly suspicious of, as it seems she took out insurance policies on the heirs that have passed on. Amongst this upheaval and mystery he attends a ball and sets his sights on a vision of loveliness, Lady Simone Turnbridge. The beautiful Simone, under the care and ward of her sister's husband, the Duke of Ryland, has lived under the veil of scandal herself, as her mother was a former protitute and Simone lived her early years as a street urchin. She is trying her best for the love of her family to complete a season without trying to break too many ton rules. She meets and befriends Tristan's sister, Emily, at the ball and just as Tristan finishes watching this lovely vision with his sister and wants to make his way across the room to meet her, a fire breaks out in the mansion and all must flee, but not until he grabs Simone, cuts her skirts off to use as a rope to lower them out of the burning mansion, and smacks her with a kiss Simone feels is enough to have been the cause of the fire in the mansion. The sparks fly between these two after that meeting and Tristan and Simone's sensual natures are such that they can't seem to stop thinking and wanting to be with each other. Simone's friendship with Emily is the perfect excuse to keep seeing each other. Eventually they have a passionate evening and are caught the following morning. Tristan realizes the evening spent with Simone was nothing like he has ever experienced and he wants Simone and is eager to meet with Drayton, the Duke of Ryland to discuss Simone's future. But as the meeting progresses, Triston realizes he is not only next in line for the title, but also for murder and does not want Simone involved. Drayton agrees and demands Tristan stay away from Simone. Simone and Tristan are both confused and heartbroken, but passion cannot be denied between these two and as much as they try, they simply cannot keep from lusting for each other. Lust and passion lead to love and a surprise ending as to who the real villian is, which make this a book hard to put down. The Rogue's Bride is an enjoyable, witty, and passionate read with a good story beneath all the fun and romp.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing late Victorian romance Nov. 17 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
He never expected to become the Duke of Steadman, but with the sudden deaths of his father and his brother the heir, in 1886 the spare Tristen Townsend inherits the title. The shipping magnate heads to England from his American base of operations as soon as he can, stunned by the news. He quickly hears rumors that both deaths are suspicious so he decides to learn whether his relatives were murdered and if yes why.

Former street urchin Lady Simone Turnbridge is unable to follow the correct behavior expected by the Ton, and more important she could not less what others say. However, she feels for her reticent friend Emmaline Townsend and agrees to help her with high society especially the girl's martinet mother. Already attracted to Simone, Tristen admires her courage as she bravely helps with a rescue during a fire. As they fall love, his need to uncover the truth about his late relatives' deaths lead both Simone and Tristen into danger.

The unparalleled Simone makes this late Victorian romance a terrific refreshing tale (just watch out for that's second hand smoke). Tristen recognizes how delightfully brave and unique Simone is while she finds the American shipping magnate fascinating to the point of relooking her declaration to never marry. The suspense comes late, but no one will care as this couple enchantingly carries this superb historical with their love for one another.

Harriet Klausner
3.0 out of 5 stars Witty, but something's missing Aug. 9 2007
By BJ Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The upper-story ballroom explodes into flame, Tristan and his friend Noland make a rope from the skirts they've cut off Simone and Tristan's sister Emmy, and they escape. After stealing a fiery kiss at the window before sliding down to safety, Tristan tells himself that Simone is 'an interesting woman'.

A thrilling beginning, and we haven't even reached page 30. However, something keeps this from being a great story. Simone is a more cultured version of the guttersnipe rescued in the first Ryland book, and her skills (such as knife-throwing) are well-used. Tristan comes with a wicked stepmother and danger lurking all around, but I didn't feel it; it was too easy to put the book down for a day or two.
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