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A Merry Chase (Sonnet Books) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671775251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671775254
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,618,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2000
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This book was fun to read; you never knew exactly what the next chapter would bring! I enjoyed the two main characters as they tried to outwit one another; in fact, Malvey had the reader so enthralled that the reader tried to outwit the characters too! This book is very enjoyable to read and any lover of a good romance will love this book too.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A MERRY CHASE By Victoria Malvey 29 Mar. 2000
By Carol Carter - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One afternoon while spending time with his friends at White's, their gentleman's club, a lively discussion took place. Van Cleef's friends were complaining about the time and effort it took to woo their future wives and were astounded when Royce told them to use the same logic they would in a fox hunt. Laughing, his friends proposed a wager: they would name the future bride and he had to come to scratch in a limited time or lose the bet. When he heard the lady's name he was to win - Laurel Simmons - he almost choked, but she was a beauty, had the right background, and it was time to marry and 'get an heir'. He decided this would sweeten the challenge and....would you believe it....He accepted the wager and 'The Chase' was on.
Laurel Simmons had decided she would never again give her heart to any man as she had to that low-down Archie Devens. The love of her life jilted her when he came into an unexpected inheritance and she knew then he was only marrying her for her dowry. But, when the handsome Lord Van Cleef began seeking her out she was flattered and began to fall under his spell. After all, wasn't he the most handsome, as well as richest, bachelor sought out today...
In fact, he was getting along so well that his friends decided to slow the process down and made arrangements for Lady Laurel to overhear their conversation and discussed the 'wager' in her hearing. She was quite upset, but this strong woman decided she would just turn the tables on him. She told the biggest gossips around that Royce Van Cleef had decided on a bride but would not give her name. Now, the plot thickens and the fun really begins as every Mamma has their daughter in front of Royce at every appearance, plus the woman he had been dating just knew it was she. The funny thing about this is that the more stumbling blocks Laurel creates the more interested Royce is. She is such a challenge and not the insipid type of women he had been previously seeking. He begins to have serious pangs of jealousy when his best friend Stephen begins to squire Laurel around town. He has an 'attitude adjustment' and falls in love with Laurel and earnestly wants her for his wife. Victoria Malvey has penned a regency romance that is light and fun. The plot of the story is the chase and her humor and wit come to the front in this tale. While A MERRY CHASE has a touch of intrigue, the story focuses more on the interplay between the hero and heroine. I was reminded of the Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn type of banter between these two main characters. I highly recommend this one to make you laugh and put you in a light mood. I only hope Ms. Malvey is working on Stephen's story to delight readers once again.
Carol Carter
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A delightful romp 5 April 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1816 at Whites, Lord Royce Van Cleef debates with some friends the logic behind courting and marrying a woman. While his friends argue that logic is not part of the process, Van Cleef likens the chase to that of a foxhunt. His companions challenge Royce to prove his method by chasing down and wedding Lady Laurel Simmons, who has announced she will never marry after being unceremoniously dropped by her former fiancé when his fortunes changed three years ago. Though he thinks love is bogus, Royce accepts the wager because he needs an heir anyway.

Royce begins to study his quarry and his pursuit of the unattainable starts to make progress when Laurel learns about the bet. As they fall in love, Laurel changes the rules of the game in an attempt to checkmate her persistent suitor.

Though A MERRY CHASE is a by the book Regency romance, readers of historical love stories of any era will fully enjoy this jocular tale. The story line is entertaining due to the intelligent cast. The lead couple is a witty, humorous duo battling for the upper hand in the game of love. The support ensemble provides a feel for the era and motivates the two stars into action and reaction even as they observe the foxhunt twist into a bullfight. The enchanting Victoria Malvey makes Regency romance novels fun to read.

Harriet Klausner
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Delicious and delightfully funny from start to finish! 18 May 2000
By Leslie Tramposch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is by far Ms. Malvey's best book yet. The hero and heroine are well matched for spirit and wits. I couldn't put it down or stop laughing!
Royce van Cleef, Earl of Tewkbury, if extremely gifted. He is handsome, charming, and very, very least at games of chance. Blissfully unattached he observes his friends' awkward attempts to woo their beloveds with great amuzement. He compares winning a mate to a fox hunt and advised studied observation as the obvious tactic for a successful campaign.
Is it any wonder that his friends want to take him down a peg. Knowing their cocky friend can't resist a sure thing they propose a wager. Royce must woo and win a woman of their chosing using his own technique. Royce hadn't considered marriage but he must produce an heir sooner or later, so he gamely accepts. He is wise enough to stipulate that the lady of choice must meet his criteria for an acceptable partner. He is greatly relieved that the woman they choose is Lady Laurel Simmons. She is lovely and well suited to his title. There is just one catch.
Lady Laurel has no use for men whatsoever. She'd been jilted once in favor of a minor inheritance and is determined never to risk her heart again. Neither the friends nor Laurel had counted on Royce's considerable charm. When it appears he is winning all too easily, his friends up the ante by "accidentally" tiping Laurel's best friend off to the wager.
Horrified at being duped a second time Laurel doesn't get mad, she gets even! Laurel spreads the word about the wager throughout the ton, omitting the name of the lady involved. Poor Royce finds himself inundated with hopeful debutants. In fact everyone seems to view him as the catch of the season. Everyone but the one he wants.
The moves and counter moves are hilarious, until Royce realizes that this is no longer a game. All to late he finds that he has more to lose than a simple wager. If he doesn't find a way to make amends he will lose the only woman he has ever loved. Now Royce must persue Laurel in ernest. But can he ever regain her trust?
Complications include the mechanizations of Royce's mother who opposes the match, the return of Laurel's faithless fiance', and a scorned debutante bent on revenge. The story concludes in a dramatic manner as befits this amusing tale.
Ms. Malvey gets better and better. I highly recommend this delightful Regency romp.
Leslie Tramposch ~ UReviewIT
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Better titled: "How NOT to Win a Woman!" 29 April 2000
By Joyously Retired Teacher - Published on
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Royce Van Cleef scoffs at his friends for being wimps in their dealings with women and courtship. HE himself would never go about winning a woman in such a hamhanded manner! One should simply go about the business in a logical manner and not let emotions cloud the issue. The conversation results in a wager: Royce will use his system of logic to court and win a woman of his friends' choosing. The woman they choose--Lady Laurel Simmons--is beautiful and charming and fit in every way to become a earl's wife...except that she has vowed never to marry!
Lady Laurel's previous experience with a fortune hunter has hardened her heart against the entire male sex. But even her disillusioned heart begins to melt when confronted with the handsome Lord Tewkbury's charm and persistence...until she learns about the wager and realizes that he is just another lying deceiver. That's when she ups the ante and begins a scheme of her own to bring down the over-confident earl.
The plotting pair become so engrossed in their romantic fencing match that they almost don't realize that they have fallen in love in spite of all of their precautions...until a serious of malevolent incidents threaten Laurel's life and it becomes obvious that someone is trying to forestall a match between them.
An enthralling tale of unexpected love that at the same time touches the reader's heart and tickles her favorite kind of historical romance!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing! Much too overrated. 31 Dec. 2000
By Avid Reader - Published on
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I bought this book and others by new authors based on the reviews on Amazon. I am really disappointed with this one. Am I reading a different book? I find the story boring and the characters bland. It took me on and off a week to struggle through it.I don't mean to be discouraging but if it's a matter of taste, then I'd better stick to Mary Balogh, Joan Wolf, Elizabeth Mansfield, Stephanie Laurens, Judith McNaught, Paula Marshall, Johanna Lindsey , Brenda Joyce and Elizabeth Lowell ...etc.
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