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Lucy Monroe
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30 Sep 2008
An inconvenient proposal. Ian MacKay, Laird of Graenfrae, has no use for love or marriage. However, his stepfather's will mandates that marriage is what he must have.to an Englishwoman. A sensible man, Ian develops a list of requirements in a wife: Plain, moderately dowered, older and practical. He thinks he has found the perfect candidate in Lady Annabelle. Labeled The Ordinary her first season, Annabelle longs for a man who will see her as beautiful and love her as her father loved her mother. When she meets Ian, she thinks she has at last found that man. Until his proposal, in which he has the audacity to list his "requirements." She refuses his proposal. He informs her that she will marry him at the end of the season. The battle of wills is on.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd (30 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599987740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599987743
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award winning author Lucy Monroe published her first book in September of 2003. Since then she has sold more than 50 books to four publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England. Her highly charged, sensual stories touch on the realities of life while giving the reader a fantasy story not easily forgotten. Whether it's a passionate Harlequin Presents, a sexy single title for Kensington or a steamy historical or paranormal for Berkley or Samhain, Lucy's books transport her readers to a special place where the heart rules and love conquers all. Known for her emotional depth, snappy dialogue, solid plotting and dry wit, Monroe's stories have found their way into readers' hearts and their keeper shelves.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & witty 22 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
Synopsis
An inconvenient proposal.

Ian MacKay, Laird of Graenfrae, has no use for love or marriage. However, his stepfather's will mandates that marriage is what he must have...to an Englishwoman.

A sensible man, Ian develops a list of requirements in a wife: Plain, moderately dowered, older and practical. He thinks he has found the perfect candidate in Lady Annabelle.

Labeled The Ordinary her first season, Annabelle longs for a man who will see her as beautiful and love her as her father loved her mother. When she meets Ian, she thinks she has at last found that man. Until his proposal, in which he has the audacity to list his "requirements."

She refuses his proposal. He informs her that she will marry him at the end of the season.

The battle of wills is on.

My review
The book is really funny with some twist which inc blackmail, kidnapping. The H/H are well suited. He thinks she is practical and as she is 24, he thinks she is desperate to marry. He wants a plain, practical wife and slowly he realises that he is so wrong about her. She is not impressed with his proposal as he realises that she wants to be courted and so sets about doing so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Will the real Lucy Monroe please stand up? 8 Jan 2009
By Maria
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well what a surprise this book was. I have read all of Lucy Monroe's contemporary books and have enjoyed them enormously so was anxious to read her latest. I am sorely disappointed to admit that I did not enjoy this book at all.

I don't expect perfect historical accuracy but this was marked, much beyond the typical inappropriate language. The heroine thought and acted like a modern day girl and sometimes I wanted to shake her; at one point I was shouting at the book as she acted in such an incredibly stupid manner (I have never done that before!). The story was silly and laboured.

Although I haven't read any other historical books by Lucy Monroe, I know that she has written many. I cannot believe that these books have been written by the same author as this. I can only conclude that she is now much more suited to modern day stories and people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light and frothy. 28 Jan 2011
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Very well written. I enjoy reading Ms Monroe historical romance. It might be a bit too light for serious reader of 'Historical Romance' , it might seem too modern to them.But I enjoy the heroine spirit, she is someone that I feel go and take life and not let her become a victim. And the hero turn out to be an understanding human being and saw the real person in the heroine.Though he has a temper but it only comes into play only because of the fear that the heroine might be in danger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 4 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
In order to help his people Ian Mckay, the Laird of Graenfrae must marry an englishwoman. Going to London Ian meets Lady Annabelle and Ian thinks that she would the perfect wife cause she is plain, moderately dowered, older adn practical.But Lady Annabelle is not what she seems and she may not all of Ian's needs. But Ian wants her and he willing fight the forces that want to make sure that Ian does not have her.
"Annabelle's Courtship" is the first book by Lucy Monroe and I really liked it. I thought that Annebelle was a great character. She was strong and willing to stand up for what she believe in. I also thought that while in the beginning Ian was kind of a jerk and the end he truly care about Annbelle and was willing to fight in the end for her. Overall "Annabelle's Courtship" is a good book and should not be missed by any fan of regency romance.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this? 4 July 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading this book, supposedly written by Lucy Monroe. Honestly, it really doesn't seem like she wrote it. But I checked, and it's the same author who writes for Harlequin. I'm not sure if it was the subject or the time period that made the difference this time, but this book was really poorly written...kind of like a high school senior or college freshman wrote it. (Apologies to all the excellent high school- and college-age writers out there. The tendency to apply age to the quality of writing is leftover from my English teacher days). The actual storyline wasn't bad, but it dragged. She could have chopped out about 100 pages of it and turned it into a regular-length Signet (or whatever other publisher you want) Regency. There were also a TON of typographical errors. I don't know if those are Ms. Monroe's fault or her publisher's fault. Either way, it's a poor reflection on her...that she has a careless publisher and/or she doesn't have the intelligence to notice her mistakes. Example: The heroine describes her own behavior as "wonton". Really? The heroine was behaving like Chinese take-out? There were so many errors like this, but that's not the only problem...the writing itself (the mechanics, flow, and word choice) didn't seem well done either. For example, during a love scene, Ms. Monroe describes the heroine exploring the "plains" of her husband's back. Wow, he must be a really large guy if you need to use the word "plains" (huge, flat areas of land!) rather than "planes" (angled shapes); "planes" being the word used every other time in this situation. It just didn't seem like it was written by the same Lucy Monroe who has written several books I've really enjoyed, like "Hired: The Sheikh's Secretary Mistress." Maybe the historical thing just doesn't work for Ms. Monroe. I don't know what the problem was with this book, but whatever it was, I hope she figures it out and fixes it, because if she continues to write this way, I certainly will no longer purchase her books. Ugh.

And I agree with the reviewer that said that the Scottish spelling/pronunciation of Ian's words made him seem kind of dumb, despite the fact that I think Scottish accents are really hot. I've read a ton of Regencies that feature Scottish heroes, and there's a way to make it clear that there's an accent/dialect without reverting to spelling everything out like Monroe does in this book. For one thing, it's inconsistent. His family doesn't talk that way.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extra special story 17 Nov 2008
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Annabelle's Courtship by Lucy Monroe is a delightfully funny and sensual story.

Laird Ian Mackay is in need of a wife. In order to inherit much needed funds for his estate, he must marry an Englishwoman. Ian has a few requirements, she must be plain, modestly dowered, older and practical. Ian sets off to London to find a wife.

Lady Annabelle is enthralled with the Scottish Laird from their first meeting. But after hearing his list of requirements her reaction to Ian dims. Still there is something about Ian that draws her everytime she sees him. Annabelle has her heart set on marrying for love, but Ian's ardent pursuit has her holding out for his heart.

Ian sets out to woo the woman he wants. He was burned before so he holds his heart in safe keeping. Annabelle is like no other he has ever know and she is chipping away at the wall around his heart. When Annabelle's life is in danger Ian will protect her at all costs.

Annabelle's Courtship is an absolute treat. Annabelle and Ian's courtship is filled with humor, romance and all out sensuality. They will make you laugh and sigh with pleasure. Lucy Monroe writes such delightful stories. Each one is a keeper for me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flatline...someone wake me up!!!! 1 Mar 2009
By Denise Whitcome - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have truly loved some of Lucy Monroe's past work. Pregnancy of Passion is probably my favorite. But something has happened to her writing in the past couple of years. Either she is taking some really bad advice from someone or she is a bit burnt out. This story was a sweet little story with no real conflict, angst, or drama. I had to force myself to finish it. I will keep my eyes open in the future for the return of Lucy Monroe!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ian--Too many flaws 9 Jan 2009
By denak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I reserved this book at the library in late September and finally got it yesterday, so my expectations were high by the time I got it.

Unfortunately, I can't say that I enjoyed the book and for only one reason.

The way Ms. Monroe wrote Ian's dialogue made him sound like an idiot. I know she was going for realism with all of his "dinna" and "no" instead of "not" etc, but really it just made him sound ignorant.
For a character that attended an English boarding school, he showed a remarkable lack of understanding for the rules of the "ton" and ability to speak the English language. Even the bad guy's helper spoke better English and he was suppose to be a low-life.
It really did interfere with the enjoyement of the story. Plus, the character's explosive temper really just grew tiring.
There really did just seem as if there was no rhyme or reason to this character which is a shame because the rest of the characters were believable.
I just think Ms. Monroe dropped the ball with this character and that was a shame because it is a good story if you can overlook the flaws in the main male character.

Dena
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more 11 Feb 2010
By N. Vas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As another writer stated, being Lucy Monroe, more was expected. It fell flat in my opinion. It did not convey passion and intrigue. It was so bland that it was all I could do to finish it, and then discard. Getting a book commits me to becoming obligated to read. Often times this is a pleasure to look forward to after kids and home is quiet for the evening. But when it drags and has no umpft to it, it really becomes a chore. This was a chore, and a let down. Get from library if necessary to read, but don't bother buying.
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