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Blackthorne's Bride (Misadventures in Matrimony) [Kindle Edition]

Shana Galen
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For better or for worse

Tired of being wooed for her dowry, Lady Madeleine Castleigh has given up on finding true love. But on her way to elope with a boring but honorable philanthropist, her carriage is seized by a nobleman on the run. Maddie is alarmed, especially when she catches sight of Jack Martingale, Marquess of Blackthorne, exactly the sort of wickedly attractive man she's sworn to avoid.

Chased by a powerful duke with revenge on his mind and a private army in tow, Jack has no choice but to confiscate Madeleine's carriage. He promises to take his leave once they arrive at the wedding in Gretna Green, but he doesn't count on his growing desire for the blue-eyed beauty. When the unexpected appearance of Maddie's father and the mistakes of a drunken priest alter everyone's plans, Maddie is furious—until she discovers that Blackthorne's kisses arouse a passion in her she'd long ago stopped praying for.


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Tired of being pursued for her dowry, Lady Madeleine Castleigh decides to elope with a boring but honorable philanthropist, but the path to Gretna Green takes an unexpected turn when her carriage is hijacked by Jack Martingale, Marquess of Blackthorne, a wickedly attractive nobleman being pursued by a powerful and vengeful duke with a private army

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W9393E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit her website at www.shanagalen.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The only thing that gentleman seem to see when they look upon Lady Madeline Castleigh is her big fat dowry. Really! They can't even tell her the color of her eyes! And you think that these men would allow her to continue her extensive charitable work after marriage? Most definitely not! So she must take matters into her own hands. Her choice? A bookish and dull gentleman with the same affection for her charities will do nicely thank you. Well Daddy wouldn't approve but so it goes. Then just as they begin their journey to Gretna Green, CRASH! A new man literally explodes onto the scene -directly into the carriage! Well by jiminy! No one is going to keep Maddie from getting married! Just who does this uninvited handsome scoundrel think his is?! A Marquess? THE Jack Martingale? Oh she's heard stories about him! And what exactly is he running away from anyway? Well she doesn't want to know! Maddie's not the adventuresome sort. So, he can take his gorgeous self and all his troubles right back out of the carriage! Yes he can!

This is the third in the Misadventures in Matrimony series and by far the most action packed and humorous. I don't think that I've ever read so much action in a historical romance. Unfortunately, I think the story (specifically the evolution of characters) suffers because of this. Too many things are going on and way too fast. If you skip one page you just might miss an entire scene. I did love the funny parts though. Some were down right hilarious, such as the wedding ceremony in Scotland. Others were ridiculous. There's plenty of steamy love scenes (yay!) but I thought that the H/H initial attraction wasn't developed enough (boo!). Ultimately I did enjoy the book especially for a change of pace from dark and emotional reads.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Madcap dash into matrimony leaves heroine........with the wrong? man 31 Oct. 2007
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The only thing that gentleman seem to see when they look upon Lady Madeline Castleigh is her big fat dowry. Really! They can't even tell her the color of her eyes! And you think that these men would allow her to continue her extensive charitable work after marriage? Most definitely not! So she must take matters into her own hands. Her choice? A bookish and dull gentleman with the same affection for her charities will do nicely thank you. Well Daddy wouldn't approve but so it goes. Then just as they begin their journey to Gretna Green, CRASH! A new man literally explodes onto the scene -directly into the carriage! Well by jiminy! No one is going to keep Maddie from getting married! Just who does this uninvited handsome scoundrel think his is?! A Marquess? THE Jack Martingale? Oh she's heard stories about him! And what exactly is he running away from anyway? Well she doesn't want to know! Maddie's not the adventuresome sort. So, he can take his gorgeous self and all his troubles right back out of the carriage! Yes he can!

This is the third in the Misadventures in Matrimony series and by far the most action packed and humorous. I don't think that I've ever read so much action in a historical romance. Unfortunately, I think the story (specifically the evolution of characters) suffers because of this. Too many things are going on and way too fast. If you skip one page you just might miss an entire scene. I did love the funny parts though. Some were down right hilarious, such as the wedding ceremony in Scotland. Others were ridiculous. There's plenty of steamy love scenes (yay!) but I thought that the H/H initial attraction wasn't developed enough (boo!). Ultimately I did enjoy the book especially for a change of pace from dark and emotional reads. A good fluffy and funny historical romance if thats what your in the mood for.

*semi spoiler*

I have to mention what irritated me the most (and hence the three star rating) is the treatment of the secondary romance. Actually I'm not even sure it is a romance. Ashley and Lord Nicholas (hero's brother) seem to set sparks off each other and I don't mean the good kind. There is some previous history between these two which is referred to, but the reader never finds any of this out. It seems like a hate-you-but-I-really-love-you type thing going on here. There are times when they go literally missing for pages in the book and then pop up again. I was really looking forward to reading about them, but that never happened. I felt totally gypped! And Ashley not getting a HEA ending? That's sad and odd. Galen gives the impression that the series is over. I feel like the rug was pulled out from right under me. What?!? No sequel with Ash and Nicholas? What the heck was going on during their absent times? Grrr! I wanted to know. OK, taking a chill pill right now.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Romp... 4 Mar. 2008
By Jody Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe it was all the dreary other historicals I have read of late, but I found this book and author to be an utter delight. There were many twists and turns and at times maybe too many, but I read romance to escape and be entertained for a the few hours it takes to go on the author's journey and I had a great time with this book. This was a welcome diversion with funny situations and pratfalls by an endearing hero and a kooky heroine. It is my hope that the secondary characters will show up again in their own story as they were very strong here but didn't over power the main protagonists. This isn't a deep drama but a fun romp and should be enjoyed just for that alone. Though this is my first by this author I will sure to be searching out her back list as I like her voice and style which is so reader friendly without being condescending to her readers. Deserves all five stars for the humor alone!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN and Fast Paced Road-Romance! 26 Feb. 2008
By Irene M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fiancés, villains and bears, Oh-My!

Throw in...2 battling brothers, 2 clashing cousins and 1 sensible suitor on a mad-dash carriage ride to the Scottish border; all the while being pursued by a furious father with a shoot first, ask questions later attitude, and a dastardly Duke out for blood...And you'll have a good idea of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties facing the hero and heroine of Shana Galen's newest book, BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE.

This charmingly written and pleasingly madcap road-romance is the third book in Ms. Galen's highly entertaining Adventures in Matrimony series which includes--book #1, No Man's Bride and book #2, Good Groom Hunting (Misadventures in Matrimony)--but works very well as a stand alone novel.

The story takes the unadventurous heroine, the lovely Lady Madeleine Fullbright, the handsome and brash hero Jack Martingale (Marquess of Blackthorne), a diverse cast of supporting characters--and the reader--on one of the most fast paced, comical and delightfully unconventional elopements to Gretna Green that I have ever read.

Ms. Galen created an action packed ROMANTIC COMEDY that completely met--and exceeded--all of my expectations. Her story captured my attention from the beginning and happily kept me the turning pages, eager to find out just what she had in store for her characters around every bend. Also, their zany escapades and witty dialogue amused me to no end, but I never felt the author went overboard on the comedy. In fact, I felt Ms. Galen deftly blended the darker elements of the plot in with the humor, romance, and a fine amount of sexual tension.

And I really liked both of the main characters--yeah, THEY had a few flaws, but don't we all. <G> However, I thought their characterizations were compelling and very well developed. I thought Maddie was a very sympathetic character and never felt she came across as a spoiled little rich girl. She was good and kindhearted with strong protective instincts. And was always willing to reach out to help those hurt or in need--be it human or animal--which sometimes leads her to rush headlong into trouble and dangerous situations. Still, there was a charming innocence about her character that I found endearing. Maddie's fairly young now--only 18--and maybe a little naïve, and somewhat impulsive, but I think she has all the makings of a compassionate, generous, strong and confident woman. And I believe she's just the mate Jacks needs.

Jack Martingale is intelligent, virile, proud and arrogant, with a tendency to be a bit callous and somewhat domineering, but he is after all, a Marquess. And he's definitely an Alpha Hero, though absolutely not the abusive type. Jack shows the world a hard, tough exterior, but that just hides his insecurities. He's burdened with self-doubt and guilt-ridden by an incident that happened in his childhood. And though he feels the need to protect his loved ones, he's actually afraid he'll fail them. Jack falls into my reluctant hero category...because he's one of those men who are much more decent and honorable than they think they are, or for some reason want the world to know. I liked his character quite a bit.

Another reason this book works so well for me is that I've always enjoyed reading road-romance type stories--as the long journey really allows the author to show how the attraction, desire and passion between the characters develops. In this case it gave Maddie and Jack ample time to get to know each other, as well as, providing many opportunities for extremely intimate moments out of Regency society's strict and watchful eye. WELL DONE Ms. Galen!

If asked to choose, I'd say BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE was my favorite book of the series, though I did enjoy ALL three books immensely. I'll definitely be looking forward to more from this very talented author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Funny thing happened on the way to the wedding 23 Feb. 2008
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first half of this book was a bit tedious and I skimmed through it quickly. How many times can a coach be stopped because of bandits, bad, guys, broken axles, and gun brandishing fathers. Said coach is on its way to Gretna Green carrying Lady Madeline, the heroine of the adventure, her fiancé , Mr. Dover, and her cousin, Ashley. Lady Madeline is just so tired of all her marriage proposals that she has decided to marry Mr. Dover, a man who shares her interest in charity work.

Lord Jack, Marques of Blackthorne jumps into the carriage as they are headed out of London. He is running from an evil Duke. He and his brother kind of waylay the carriage and they accompany this trio to Gretna Green. As stated earlier, there are lots of people dogging them and Maddy and Jack are thrown together quite a lot. Jack thinks she is beautiful but does not want to risk having his heart broken.

Ashley's father catches up with them and somehow Jack finds himself engaged to Ashley. So now there will be two weddings in Gretna Green, however Jack really is attracted to Maddy and vise versa. After many perils they arrive in Scotland but somehow, the cousins marry the wrong men. Jack is thrilled to be married to Maddy and secretly she is happy Jack is her groom.

The book settles into a soothing, nice romance after their marriage. The reader finally gets an opportunity to see both of these people's character. Maddy is very sweet and idealistic. Jack is decisive and indulgent. He gives into Maddy's charity projects against his own judgment. These moments are sweet. I wish the whole book had been filled with moments like these instead of the mad dash across England. One or two mishaps are one thing but I lost count of how many times a problem arose on the way to Scotland.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing Regency romance 28 Oct. 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1801 London, the four preadolescent female cousins vowed to never marry. They form the Spinster's Club.

Ten years later, two of the members have had "Misadventures in Matrimony (see NO MAN'S BRIDE and GOOD GROOM'S HUNTING). A third one Madeleine, tired of insincere proposals, plans to run away with scholarly Conlon Dover, a father of two. However, the fourth member, still unmarried Ashley jumps into the coach with them. Dover tells Madeleine they need a chaperone anyway; she asks why since they are eloping.

At a café, Marques John Martingale quietly drinks coffee when his brother Nicholas arrives. Nick explains that he humiliated Duke Bleven by calling him a rapist at a party. Bleven sent thugs after Nick, who explains that he also quoted Jack as calling Bleven an asshole. A moment later Bleven and his armed thugs arrive. Jack and Nick flee. As Ashley, Madeleine and Dover are leaving, Jack with his nose bloodied and clothing stained by coffee dives into their coach. Nick replaces the coachman and drives. Jack is instantly attracted to Madeleine who demands he take them to Gretna Green; Jack says no. Madeleine is attracted to the roguish Jack, who steps out of the coach only to find Ashley's dad has caught them. Nick jumps her dad. Jack insists he must marry Ashley as they jump back into the coach and flee for Gretna Green with two dads, Bleven accompanied by his thugs, and who knows who else in pursuit.

This amusing Regency romance will have fans in stitches as the runaways land in one predicament after another. The lead couple is a nice pairing while her cousin and his brother provide strong support once the audience understands their bickering started from meeting one another prior to this romp. Although the villain is dispatched too easily; making the climax too fast and weak, readers will appreciate this hilarious historical.

Harriet Klausner
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