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The Wedding Bargain [Mass Market Paperback]

Victoria Alexander
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (22 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380806290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380806294
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, couldn't believe his ears-or his eyes. Before him stood beautiful, unattainable Pandora Effington, the town's most scandalous beauty, and the fiery heiress was making him a most tantalizing offer. If he wanted to take Pandora's hand in marriage, he had to play

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A witty and humorous battle of the sexes 29 April 2003
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"The Wedding Bargain" is an entertaining historical romance set in Regency England.Lady Pandora Effington is the ton's most scandalous unmarried young beauty with dozens of broken hearts in her wake. She is too spoilt and independent and she wants to marry only if a special hero comes along who would do anything for her love. Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent is a dashing red-blooded aristocrat who decides that the beautiful passionate Pandora with her delectable body is just the woman he wants to make his wife. He thinks he is irresistible and challenges Pandora to give him a test to prove her his worth. Pandora is attracted to the handsome rake but she is a proud woman and she doesn't want to become his trophy. She gives him a ridiculous test, a test which a mortal man wouldn't survive "The twelve labours of Hercules".Max is shocked by the test but he is just as head-strong and proud as Pandora and he vows to win. Their battle of the sexes is brilliantly delivered and delightfully shown by the author. Max and Pandora are two intelligent, witty. stubborn and very self-possessed people. They passionately fight for every little step in their scandalous game, which of course is in the centre of attention of the gossiping ton. The behaviour of Pandora's extended family and their mutual friends is humorous and entertaining. Max's efforts for winning the wager are clever, funny and vastly ridiculous. Their encounters happen in the most unbelievable places and they keep the reader captivated by their antics. I enjoyed the style, in which the author makes the leading couple fall in love. It happens suddenly when they least except it and in a simple manner.
THE WEDDING BARGAIN is a lighthearted Regency romp vastly entertaining the audience with its fast-paced storyline, witty dialogues and passionate battle of the sexes. I recommend it to historical romance readers who like to escape from their daily routine with an undemanding book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointing 14 May 2002
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The first book that I read of Victoria Alexander was "The Prince' s Bride", and it was very funny, so I try another of her books. But "The Wedding Bargain" was a total disappointing, and soooo boring! I don't belive a female like Pandora in this period. Nobody can break so many rules of this stric society and be respectable, although her grandfather was a duque. And calling her parents by their given name, for God's sake!! I know the Regency in romantic books is a bit... fantastic, but in my opinion, at least should be credible.
And I do not have words to speak of the main theme, the 12 labors of Hercules... Brrrrrrr....
Try another book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars normal story line 23 Dec 2012
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Just a normal story & easy to read. It wasn't an exciting book nor story really & at times felt I'd read something similar before
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deal is a Deal. Isn't it? 31 Aug 2001
By Tiffany Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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Pandora Effington has been given the title "Hellion of Grosvenor Square" because her behavior is always skipping on the thin line between properity and scandle. She is a VERY stubborn 24 year old in her 7th season, and laughs at the thought of marriage; esp a marriage without love.
Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, is just as stobborn as Pandora and know what he wants. He has finally decieded to marry. The woman who fits all of his requirements is the ever beautiful Pandora and he wants HER. But instead of accepting his suit like any other girl would do, she refuses and instead makes a bargain with him. If Max passes any one test of her choosing, she will marry him. However is Max fails, Pandora is allowed to pick Max's bride for him.
Victoria Alexander has done a wonderful job with this entire book! It was incredibly captivating and it kept my attention the entire way through! I think what impressed me most was how I could see the two characters fall in love with each other. Most authors don't show as much detail and this one did, but I am very happy with the way she did it! So yes I rate this 5 stars because it earned every star!!!!!
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh and original regency romance 12 Dec 1999
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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After seven or eight seasons (depends on who is counting), twenty-four-year-old Lady Pandora Effington appears headed to a life of spinsterhood. Independently wealthy, Pandora has been the leading debutante for years, but refuses to wed for anything short of love. Thus, she is dubbed the Hellion.

The Earl of Trent, Maximillian Wells is known as a rake and a beast among other names. He has vowed to also marry for love and plans to stay faithful to his wife. He chooses Pandora, who will never bore him. However, she rejects his proposal that sounded more like a horse breeding to her. She demands a hero like Achilles. He demands a test to prove he is her hero. She gives him the twelve tasks of Hercules to accomplish. If he fails in even one, he must marry a woman of her choosing. If he succeeds, she must marry him.

THE WEDDING BARGAIN is a satirical, yet sensual, but definitely enjoyable Regency romance that pokes fun at the marriage mart. The story line never lets up as Max toils through the "Herculean" tasks to win the hand of his Dora. The lead couple is a delight due to their constant battling and the support cast, especially their mutual best friends, adds depth to the plot. Victoria Alexander has written a triumphant romp that will elate fans of historical romance regardless of era preference.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah the games woman play 13 Jun 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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While I generally don't like to see women play games to win a man, Pandora's character begins her games in a way that is engaging and entertaining. There does come a point at which you just want to say, oh give it up already.... but just as you say that, the heroine herself begins to question the game as well! Great timing, witty dialogue
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but not necessarily a keeper 23 Mar 2001
By Dr W. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first started to read this book I was very pleased to realise that Pandora was the cousin of Gillian, the heroine of The Husband List. Pandora and Max were encountered briefly as minor characters in THL.
Pandora, the unconventional daughter of even more unconventional parents, had been dubbed The Hellion of Grosvenor Square by a rejected suitor some years earlier. Six seasons later she is still unmarried. Max, the Earl of Trent, wants her, however, but she refuses to have him. Attracted though she is to him, she tells him that she really wants a hero. What she doesn't tell him is that she wants her marriage to be an enduring love match, as her parents' marriage is.
Max challenges her to set him a test; if he passes, she marries him, and if he doesn't, she can name his bride. Pandora responds by setting him the Twelve Labours of Hercules. Max, clearly an ingenious man, interprets the labours in very much contempory terms, aided and abetted by various of Pandora's family and her best friend, all of whom want her to marry Max. She in turn enlists the aid of Max's best friend (the twit!) to help her defeat Max.
Oh, and Cynthia - Pandora's friend - and Laurie, Max's friend, are a great pair of secondary characters.
Much of the book, including the various lengths to which Max goes to succeed in his tasks, is very amsuing. There are also some wonderful sensual scenes. But where the book falls down for me is towards the end, when the miscommunications seem to get more and more forced. We know that Max and Pandora love each other. They've known they were in love for quite some time. Max knows that she needs to hear him tell her he loves her. Pandora knows that it's not fair expecting Max to confess his love for her when she's never told him that she requires love from a husband... what more do they need??! I was shaking my head at what actually happened before we got a resolution.
Alexander falls down on the manners and customs of the period, too; I don't mind suspending disbelief a little in this regard now and again, but she has her main characters, and their friends, closeted together far too frequently. Cynthia and Pandora visiting Max (separately) in his London house would simply not have been permitted; even if the ladies had been bold enough, the servants would have been outraged and Max would - if he was a gentleman, which he appears to be - have refused to see either of them without a chaperone. Neither even brought a maid with them; young ladies didn't go anywhere without at least a maid.
So... fun, frothy, a little frustrating, and not to be taken too seriously!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book to read 20 May 2000
By "shell30" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Victoria Alexander book that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her books. The by-play between Pandora Effington and Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent is wonderful. The fact that Pandora refuses to marry for anything other than love irritates Max, especially considering the passion that flares between them. Max, however, is not prepared to give up, and with a little help from Pandora's family will even follow Pandora's 'Twelve Labours of Hercules' to win her. A very funny and very enjoyable book to read. I look forward to reading many more of VA's books
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