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My Lady Rival (Signet Eclipse) [Mass Market Paperback]

Ashley March
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236609
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After spending countless hours memorizing both traditional and simplified Chinese characters, perfecting her tones, and practicing her speaking with any Chinese native she could find, Ashley successfully graduated with a degree in Mandarin Chinese. Then she discovered writing romances was as much fun as reading them, and her Chinese capabilities have never been the same. When she isn't writing, Ashley stays busy chasing around her two young daughters, attempting to do housework, and hiking in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wife's book. 21 Mar 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my wife, she said it is a very good read and would recommend the book it like a bit of spice with your romance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a story 21 Feb 2013
By Constantreader - Published on
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Alex Laurie & Willa Stratton are business rivals who are after a revolutionary dying process developed by an aristocrat. Half the book is them at various social engagements trying to find the man, in order to get him to sell them the process. They trade insults, while there is an obvious underlying chemistry between them. There's no romance, or even much indication of any affection. Not much happens except meaningless one-upmanship. By the time the two of them get together, the book is almost finished. Even then, there's no real romance - just a quick physical encounter. Finally getting together takes the whole book, and it's not worth the time it takes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story.. missing chapter or two (possible spoilers) 8 May 2012
By jhinva - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a good book that was almost a great book. Even falling short of great, it's an enjoyable read.

The plot and characters are interesting. The hero, Alex Laurie is well written. He's likeable, but imperfect. He has an interesting family (widowed mother and sisters) who could have played a bigger role in the story. The heroine, Willa Stratton could also have been better developed. Her motivations seem inconsistent at times, with some important facts not being shared until the end of the story. Her family is back in America and they are referenced but don't participate in the story.

The story moves along well in most places, with good dialogue. The plot is fine as it is, with a few stalls and starts. There is a masquerade ball at the start that covers 2 chapters. It is intersting, but most of the prominent characters disappear quickly in the story. Toward the end of the book there are two points where the plot jumps ahead and chapters seem to be missing.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book 8 April 2013
By nojati - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent book, made me feel the spark between the two rivals. When i saw the rating for the book i was not expecting a good read. I was surprised at how good the book was, this book is a gem and quite under rated.
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 Stars - Decent but could have been longer 18 Aug 2012
By The Season - Published on
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Keep your friends close, but your enemy's closer...

For Alexander Laurie this is a bit of problem since the enemy in question is the one woman who turned him on his heels with a kiss two years prior. He's supposed to be focused on getting the special Madonna's dye that will propel his business into an elite status. Instead he's focused on the gorgeous woman flitting around ballrooms and becoming a ton sensation.

Enter Willa Stratton... her father and Alex's were once partners, but went separate ways. The die has been cast ever since, and Willa is more than willing to rise to the challenge. She's stolen investors, dye secrets, and even kisses. What Willa didn't expect is that someone would steal from her in return; especially her heart.

This novella was good, and I found March's delve into the dye making industry of the times very interesting. Characters Alex and Willa are a wonderful bundle of tension and passion waiting to burst. The secondary lineup of characters is also inspiring and I wonder if March will release any more stories involving these two families. I thought Alex was the perfect brother with an ultimate sense of duty. He pretends to be ruthless and really he's not. Willa on the other hand is known for being ruthless and she believes that she can continue that trend if it means getting her enough leverage against her father. But as she gets closer and closer to Alex, it appears she's not able to be as ruthless as she desires. Passions flare, promises are broken (along with a few doors), and by the end of it I was wondering if these two could make it work; without bringing scandal and gossip crashing at their door.

My problems with the story exist with major plot points being completely abandoned before resolution, as both Willa and Alex forget about the dye and move onto other dye business. There was also some confusion for me with Willa and Alex abandoning the rich, aristocratic quarry for holy matrimony. Also these 2 spend a large amount of time with each other, alone, there was surprisingly no scandal involved (hard to believe).

Overall the story is decent, but I felt this was one that could have afforded to be longer and at least have a bit more clarity when it came to overall plot. Willa and Alex are fun to read, with banter being the order of the day, and that was probably the most enjoyable part of the story for me. If you like March's previous work then you may enjoy this read.

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This review was originally posted on The Season site (theseasonforromance dot com)
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1.0 out of 5 stars stinks 10 Feb 2013
By alexandra - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I just could not get in to it. The writing style was good but the character's just put me to sleep. maybe next time.
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