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Valerie Bowman , Justine Eyre
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25 Feb 2013 Secret Brides (Book 1)
How to stop a wedding: Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill, has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man-particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled "Secrets of a Wedding Night", knowing it will find its way into his intended's innocent hands...How to seduce a widow: Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son-someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon's new fiancee cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it's his former fiancee Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retraction or prepare to be seduced-to find out how wonderful a wedding night can be...
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; MP3 Una edition (25 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452661308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452661308
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,978,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels (aka Racy Regency Romps!).

Valerie's debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, is the first in the Secret Brides series. Book two, SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE, will be released in March 26, 2013 and SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE will be released in fall 2013. A SECRET PROPOSAL, a related novella, was released 1/1/13.

Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in History from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.

Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, USA, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida, USA with her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or watching Downton Abbey and Hoarders.

Visit Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.

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"Bowman's engaging sense of characterization, gift for creating sexual chemistry, and graceful writing style give her debut romance a splendidly satisfying emotional depth."--"Booklist "on "Secrets of a Wedding Night" (Starred Review!)

"This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom." --"RT Book Reviews"

"Valerie Bowman is an accomplished storyteller. SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT has it all, a clever story line, witty and engaging dialogue and passionate love scenes that ignite the senses."--"Romance Junkies"

"Clever, fun, and fantastic!"--" New York Times" bestselling author Suzanne Enoch

"Secrets of A Wedding Night is the most charming and clever debut I've read in years! With her sparkling dialogue, vivid characters and self-assured writing style, Valerie Bowman has instantly established herself as a romance author with widespread appeal. This engaging and sweetly romantic story is just too delightful to miss."--"New York Times "bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

"Ms. Bowman is quite the tease. How I love a good society scandal. The hero is absolutely yummy!" --Donna MacMeans --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Valerie Bowman has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in History from Smith College. By day, she is a technical writer and editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love. Her work has been nominated for several fiction awards, and her novel "Secrets of a Wedding Night"won first place in two romance writer contests. Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Fleming Island, Florida with her two rascally dogs. Visit her website at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story 20 July 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like stories where two former lovebirds meet again, with its attendant tension and more intense attraction, then you will like 'Secrets of a Wedding Night.' The H/h were clearly well suited, both strong, independent and gorgeous. The writing was also clean and easy to read. However, some of the obstacles on the path to happily ever after in the story weren't convincing. Also I found the heroine's younger sister's antics a bit tedious but, all in all, it was a delightful story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly interesting read. 1 Feb 2013
By MDG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The premiss of this tale is quite well told but, as is sadly all too common, it is let down by careless proof reading and editing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 8 Jan 2013
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An engaging story with two likeable leads, well written and laugh-out -loud funny in places. I am looking forward to the next book in the series
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a repetative load of rubbish! 6 May 2013
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I have tried and tried to get interested in this book but have found it slow moving, boring and repetative.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  73 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars Was this a time-travel piece?...(rant may include spoilers) 3 Oct 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was as if the publisher created a cover, then the author wrote the requisite 3 love scenes based on that picture, then sort of wrote a story around the love scenes.....

I so wanted to love this book. I went through all the steps sure to guarantee a great read....
1. Read the reviews? check... (although I should have been suspicious that there were no low ratings...)
2. Find the synopsis to have potential? check.
3. Download the sample and read it? check.
4. Wait a few days and ponder? check.

But when it came time to read, I knew at about 20% that I had just thrown 8 bucks down the flusher. I kept reading and reading to see if it would work out. At a certain point, you are just resigned- the book cant be redeemed no matter what the author does. Still it kept going, all the way to the point where I felt compelled to write a review....

Here are the issues I had with the book.

1. It is based on a "big misunderstanding" and garnished with "revenge". I hate, hate, hate that combination. Seriously the whole book neither one of them can actually articulate a clear unbiased thought. Anger, jealousy, lust, despondent melancholy, they yo-yo between emotions with nary a care for rational thought.

2. Characters act in modern ways with consequence and historical facts are ignored or manipulated to further the plot(kissing and throwing women over a shoulder on a ballroom floor in front of half the ton? Does the author not understand the all consuming obsession that gentlemen of the time had with "honor" and "code of conduct"? unchaperoned young ladies? he never notices that her clothes are basically in tatters, never suspicious at her sudden change of heart? unaccompanied, unmarried women visiting gentleman's home late at night ? virgins having liaisons with no moral qualms or second thoughts? utterly unrealistic. Northumberland "a few hours" from London. ..People thinking that a trip to Scotland had been made in 2 days? it goes on and on.)
Possibly, I could have forgiven this if the storyline had been compelling, but it was a cycle of a weak story being weakened by mistakes so simple a history neophyte could pick them out.

The worst part of books like this (and some recent movie remakes-I am talking to you 2010 P&P) is not the historical gaffes, but that people forget that people's brains worked differently in the past. Remember authors, representing history is not just about cravats, stays ,barouches and playing piquet. It is also about the social mores and values of the day. We are talking about a time when "virtue" was worshiped and self-control and restraint were the central values of the times. At the very least the characters should pretend to show some concern about how they would be perceived!!

3. Characters with all the vast maturity and selflessness of a young child. (I was going to say adolescent, but didn't want to insult them)I don't think they were in love, because I don't think either of them was capable of loving anything but the reflection in the mirror...

4. Great writing and great plot potential totally wasted.......like that time I made a pie---but forgot to take it out of the oven until the smoke alarm went off. It was really a shame, though, because the author's style has potential.The main issue was the way characters actions, motivations and dialogue are way oversimplified. Possibly this book suffered in contrast with the last one I read, it was a Mary Balogh, and she really deeply explores the complex facets of each characters emotions.

5. Meaningless sex. There are love scenes, which could have been hot, if either of the characters had feelings. The emotions and motivations of the leads are handled clumsily, and at best provoke skepticism in this reader (a woman, virgin, 1800's, thinking "you disrespect me, have betrayed me, and I basically hate you, but I see your chest so now I will seduce you and then walk away." Even modern women are hard pressed to objectify sex to that degree, which is demonstrated by the popularity of this genre.)

I could go on and on in my disappointment, but my husband is telling me that sleep, food and showers should take precedence over my anger at a book. So I bid you sweet readers adieu....
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut novel 25 Sep 2012
By Kat B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was lucky enough to be able to read an ARC of this book.
I was immediately drawn into the story of down-on-her luck Lily and her former love, Devon. The once madly-in-love couple parted ways 5 years earlier, both feeling betrayed by the other. They are brought together again when Devon's new fiance cries off their engagement after reading a pamphlet purporting to provide the *real truth about wedding nights, rumored to have been written by now-widowed Lily.
The story was well thought out and creates emotional ties for the reader to the characters in the story. I love a book that makes me feel enough to cry or laugh out loud; this book did both.
Liy and Devon were both flawed but likeable characters who I was rooting for through the story. The interactions between all the characters was witty and quick.
There were some secondary characters I'm hoping to see make appearances again in future books. (Hint: Can Medford get some love?)
This was a book I couldn't put down, which is rare for me these days. I highly recommend it as a fun and well written read.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of a Wedding Night~ 30 Sep 2012
By Lisa Wolff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a very engaging, delightful debut! Five years ago Lily and Devon fell in love and were determined to be together until Lily believed Devon left her and, in turn, Devon thought Lily left him for a wealthy earl and had led him on a merry chase. Now widowed and penniless, Lily sees an announcement for Devon and his newly betrothed wealthy heiress, Lily decides to pen a scandalous pamphlet that scares off Devon's fiancee. Knowing Lily is behind this act, Devon confronts her and tells her he will show her a true wedding night, as surely her husband failed. However, Lily is hiding a little secret and she is determined to resist Devon...or maybe she should seduce him? What follows is a sexy battle of wills that keeps getting wrenches thrown into it--a bet, Lily's sister, Devon's gambling and the refusal of either party to tell the truth of their current situations and their shared past.

Valerie Bowman is now on my auto-buy list with this debut and I am already anxious for the next two books which will feature her sister and then the man who becomes her dear friend (he is very proper and I can't wait to see him fall). The main reason I don't bump this up to a five star read is the fact Lily and Devon just can not talk to each other. It is always frustrating to me as a reader when the couple don't just clear the air and move on, yet I know for the story it needed to be held in for quite some time so its a hard balance. Lily is smart, protective, kind, loyal and has some spunk that flairs up after being called predictable. Devon is sexy (yum), confident, strong and stubborn and together they make a very sexy, fun couple. I did find it a bit odd that we did not see anything that was written in the pamphlet. Usually when a scandalous bit of gossip is written, we as the reader get to see some of that but it wasn't a big deal, just different :) So while parts of the story frustrated me just a tad, the writing and pacing was excellent. I loved all the characters and I am looking forward to catching up with them again. I loved the chemistry between Lily and Devon and Devon certainly delivers on his promise about showing Lily a proper wedding night! Overall, a splendid debut full of wit, emotion, heat and love. 4 1/2 stars
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a delight 26 Sep 2012
By Ramblings From This Chick Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was an utter delight. From the first page to the last, Miz Bowman caught my attention and I just could not stop reading. I loved her voice and the way she developed her characters. I loved the way Lily and Devon interacted with one another. There was just so much sparks and passion brewing between them, and when they finally came together it was explosive and I loved ever moment of it.

Five years ago both Lily and Devon were in love and had planned to marry, but as with most romance novels a wrench was thrown into their plans and they never made it down the aisle. Each is under the impression the other stood them up for various reasons. Devon believes Lily didn't love him and was only concerned with gaining a title and a fortune. While Lily was sent a letter saying that Devon was crying off. Neither has spoken to one another in the five years that have passed and they both have tried their hardest to ignore the other.

Five long years have passed and Lily is now a widow. Left penniless by her late husband she has very strong views on marriage. When she comes across the engagement announcement of her former love Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton she knows she must take action. She decides to anonymously write and distribute a pamphlet to warn of young ladies about the Secrets of a Wedding Night.

When Devon's fiancee' calls off their engagement after reading the pamphlet he is enraged. He immediately sets off to find the author of the pamphlet to make them write a retraction. Imagine his surprise when he when finds out that the author is none other than the woman who jilted him five years earlier, Lily. Devon is enraged and when Lily scoffs at the idea of writing a retraction Devon issues a challenge, either write a retraction or be prepared to be seduced.

I loved watching these two together. From the first moment they are on the page together you get a real sense of their emotions for one another. Yes they are both hurt, but both still feel so strongly for one another. I loved seeing them both interact together and I kept turning the pages so enraptured with what was going on. Both characters have a lot of baggage and past issues that they had to work through in order to finally be together and I found that when they finally do achieve their HEA it was well worth the wait.

Secrets of a Wedding Night is very good and I definitely can't wait to read more from Miz Bowman.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love & Laughter...what more could you want? 27 Sep 2012
By Wendy L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Secrets of a Wedding Night is my favorite type of story: a reunion romance set in the glittering world of Regency London.

Recently widowed Lily has a young sister, a charming dog and two hapless servants all in her care. Broke and struggling, she refuses to give into despair or let anyone know her means are so thinly stretched. She writes a pamphlet warning young women about the horrors that await them in the marriage bed. The pamphlet becomes a sensation and brings her both the satisfaction of ending her first love's engagement and some much needed money to help her through her sister's season.

Lily's first-love Devon reacts in rage, vowing to seduce Lily if she does not write a retraction. He believes Lily purposefully abandoned him on the night of their elopement five years ago and he cannot countenance the fact she is also responsible for his fiancée's cold refusal. He will make her pay...one sizzling kiss at a time.

I sighed, laughed out loud and bit my lip in worry as I followed Lily and Devon through a wonderfully woven web of secrets, lies, sensuality and, ultimately, redemption. The Author's wit and humor are a rare find. I highly recommend Secrets and look forward to more of Valerie Bowman's titles.
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