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No Man's Bride (Misadventures in Matrimony) [Kindle Edition]

Shana Galen
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No Man's Plaything . . .

Catherine Fullbright has vowed never to marry. Growing up with a disreputable father, she witnessed male behavior at its very worst. Unfortunately her ambitious parent refuses to marry off Catie's pretty, pliable younger sister until the elder is wed—and his underhanded scheming comes to a head when Catie finds herself standing at the altar with her sister's fiancé.

No Woman's Fool . . .

To achieve his ambitions, Quint Childers, Lord Valentine, needs a wife—some charming, gracious lovely to play the perfect hostess . . . certainly not a brash, stubborn hellion like Catherine Fullbright. Why, then, is he mesmerized by the fiery chit? And when an old man's deception puts Catie in Quint's bed, why does the prospect of their union excite the handsome lord so? Winning the remarkable lady's love will be a trial—she doesn't even like him! Still, is that a glint of desire he sees flashing in those exquisite hazel eyes?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 234 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UOJTXK
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I had a dilemma deciding if I was going to spend the money on this book or one by a different author, I made the wrong choice unfortunately and will admit that this review is being written with me giving up when I'm over halfway through the book, I kept wishing it would get better and it did for 1.5 chapters. What sounded like a fairly interesting premise was was totally spoiled by an unlikable heroine, despite the book opening with a scenario which is fundamentally meant to lay the ground work for the empathy we the reader are meant to feel for her. In fact, i started it 3 times before I was able to vaguely grasp who was whom. Anyway, forward 10yrs, h&h get married, she never wanted to, she's still mentally affected by what happens at the beginning of the book (not rape btw), and won't let him near her but he proves kind and caring, and despite being v near to achieving his lifes ambitions takes her away so she can adjust, whilst away, they indulge in mutual voyeurism, in a pub no less (?!), are aroused and things happen, in the pub, and as their relationship develops over the wk, she eventually submits because he's good and kind and is considerate towards her, then SPOILER ALERT!!!! The next day,he asks that they return to London so he can pursue his career, he has a major rival who's looking good for the job, and gently lets her know that they will have to host a ball,he knows she's nervous around lots of people and can't stand feeling enclosed but assures her he will aid her, she huffs off and is basically a child about it. Read more ›
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Which should I be? Kind or honest? 13 Feb. 2007
By J. Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
After thinking it over, I've decided to be honest. Plenty of other reviewers have been kind, even lavish with their praise.

Miss Catherine Fullbright, a 20 year old drudge in her fathers household who also liked to sleep late?, was such a contridictory character she fairly made my head spin. One minute cowering, shrinking and fearful. The next incredibly bold, daring and willing to anger her father in every way possible. Her split-personality happened so frequently and with such rapidity that it seemed completely unrealistic to me. I understand that this character was abused, I did read the book. But for me, a gradual change in her personality would have been much more realistic. Catherine needed to learn to have strength, learn to believe in herself despite what she was hearing from father, mother and sister. This prolonged verbal and physical abuse would not and could not have been thrown over in a moment but this author made this character do that. I could not believe the rapid change could come about like that. And then to have Catherine shrink back into her former cowering attitude just caused me to be confused. How would she react to the next situation?

The hero, Quint Childers (so named by his parents because he would be the fifth Marquess of Ravenscroft, obviously a ha-ha moment for the author), Earl of Valentine, is a politician and views the entire world through how everything will translate to his career. He didn't strike me as hot or cold, neither strong nor weak, good or bad. I couldn't warm up to him at all and personally don't think the author gave him enough personality to make me care about him or any situation he might find himself in.

The wedding was a farce. How did the family come up with a wedding dress for Catherine? This episode took place on the day Elizabeth was to marry Valentine using all the wedding arrangements already in place. The author had established that all of Catherine's clothes were dull and drab. She was much taller and heavier than Elizabeth so there was no possibility of wearing the dress already made. Were there no guests? No family members present? No best man? No clergyman with eyes in his head? Why did no person notice that both the bride and groom had to be held up (physically held up) to keep them from going to sleep in their drugged state? How was it accomplished that both bride and groom were transported from the church to the home of the groom, taken upstairs, completely disrobed and placed in the same bed? Obviously we as readers are just supposed to accept whatever is written and ask no questions. Sorry, I'm not that gullible.

The three friends of Catherine (Josie, Ashley and Madeleine) are VERY obviously headed for books of their own. It doesn't matter, I will not be reading them. I am almost positive that given the descriptions of each of their personalities in this book I would have just the same reaction to their stories.

There are many, many more instances which I could use as examples but if you have read this far I'm sure you get my drift. On the side of kindness, it is not absolutely the worst book I've ever read.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Better or Worse? 25 Sept. 2006
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Its not often that you read a book where both the hero and heroine are duped into a marriage. That's exactly what this books about. Quint definitely didn't want to marry the head-strong, but at the same time, extremely wary and shy around strangers, plain Catherine. Its political suicide for him. He needed a wife to razzle and dazzle his political contemporaries with her wit and charm in order to further his career. Catherine, on the other hand, never wanted to marry, period. She's afraid to be under any man's thumb, especially someone who maybe similar to her brutal and tyranical father. But now they are stuck and so the rest of the story explores their growing relationship.

This is my first Galen and I liked it. The only negatives that prevent me from giving it five stars is Quints character at the begining and the love scenes. It took Quint way too long to figure out that Catherine is not a scheming liar and accept her shortcomings. The loves scenes were good, but came a little late in the book for me, should have been more of them too. I like to see a bit more sparks here and there, but kudos to the author for the pub scene -that was memorable!

So if you like Kleypas or Jeffries, try this one out. Its definitely enjoyable and worth a read.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly and childish 2 Feb. 2007
By Mrs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has to be one of the silliest stories, I have bought and read, as an adult. Apart from the sexual scenes of the marital get together, this is a tale more for an impressionable teenager to read. A young teenager., certainly not any adult woman. It starts with a girl child, being ill treated by her Father and younger sister. No reason, other than jealousy is ever given. This continues into adulthood, where our heroine is the Cinderella of the Family. Then a Prince Charming arrives,(Lord Valentine???) and although engaged to the younger daughter, is tricked by the Father into marrying our Cinderella. I have no idea why. Our Cinderella turns from being downtrodden, into a real, hard Shrew. She gives poor Prince Charming a terrible time. He of course, smiles through it all, as he wants to be a Politician, and needs her by his side. All these people are of the Aristocratic World of the 1800's. Not the 1800's I have ever read about either. We get a little political life thrown in, towards the end. Which includes brawlng and the throwing of Punch bowls, and then more fist fighting between Cinderella and her sister, all at THE important event of the book. Namely, The Ball with 400 guests, where the Prime Minister is supposedly to invite our hero to join his staff. In a sentence of two words UTTER RUBBISH. UTTER RUBBISH
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Romance! 25 Sept. 2006
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Fullbright vows she will never marry when she grows up because she has learned the hard way that a woman is nothing more than a punching bag for a man's anger. So when years later her sister makes a match with Quint Childers, Lord Valentine her father decides that Catherine needs to marry first. This second son is not going to break the rules. Before the younger daughter could marry...the older on must. But Catherine decides instead of marrying she will simply break up the engagement of her little sister. There was no tender emotions involved in the match...it was for social and political reasons. But instead of breaking them up...Catherine finds herself marrying Quint. She is ill prepared for what her future holds and doesn't know if she can trust the kind and loving way her new husband treats her. Can this marriage actually work...and will these two people find a happy ending?

Catherine and Quint were wonderfully crafted characters. Ms. Galen has treated the concept of spousal and child abuse fairly...making it an critical part of the telling of this story. She has gone a long way showing how growing up in this kind of environment actually forms the ideas and thought processes of the survivor. Quint is a perfect hero in the way he deals with his damaged bride. Despite the serious background Catherine has to deal with...this is first and foremost a romance and readers will not be disappointed. This appears to be the first in a new series by Galen and I can't wait to read the rest of the stories she plans on writing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting Regency romance 2 Sept. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Fullbright has learned how nasty men can be having spent time locked in a closet by her abusive father when she was a preadolescent; she also observed males behaving like hedonistic pigs as she saw first hand how her scandalous father treated women. Thus as a child she and her three female cousins vowed to never marry.

By 1811, Catherine's father needs his two daughters married off, but feels the eldest must wed first. Catie refuses though her younger sister Elizabeth is as always compliant, obedient, and nasty but also engaged to Lord Valentine. Dad gives Catie until tonight's ball to choose a mate or he will find her one. She and her cousins plot to stop Lizzie's nuptials, but her father trumps her. Catie marries Lord Valentine, Quint Childers; angering her sibling and making her new husband wonder when this wildcat hellion will destroy his political career as he planned on the compliant one as his wife. Still he enjoys her spirit, her caring about the welfare of others and that she seems to genuinely love him like he does her. However, he must persuade her to trust him as not all men demand strict obedience supported by punishment.

This is an interesting Regency romance starring a young woman who learns as a child the excesses of dominating males and takes that lesson to adulthood as she has vowed to remain a spinster. Quint is a patient protagonist who reassesses his ambitions once he finds the wrong wife in his bed; he gives Catie time to adapt, but fears she will never overcome the abuse. Fans of deep character driven historical tales will appreciate Shana Galen's strong tale.

Harriet Klausner
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