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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Reasons for Marriage" and two short stories
This collection of regency romances consists of two short stories by Kasey Michaels and Delilah Marvelle, and one full length novel by Stephanie Laurens which had previously been published as "The Reasons for Marriage" and as part of several other collections.

So be aware that if you already have, "The Reasons for Marriage" either in the stand-alone edition, or...
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a swizz
By far the longest story in this book is by Stephanie Laurens, generally not a bad thing. However, the story here is 'The reasons for marriage' which was published as a standalone novel some years ago. Had this been noted in the description then I would never have purchased the book as I already have novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a swizz, 4 Jun 2012
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By far the longest story in this book is by Stephanie Laurens, generally not a bad thing. However, the story here is 'The reasons for marriage' which was published as a standalone novel some years ago. Had this been noted in the description then I would never have purchased the book as I already have novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Reasons for Marriage" and two short stories, 31 Aug 2012
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This collection of regency romances consists of two short stories by Kasey Michaels and Delilah Marvelle, and one full length novel by Stephanie Laurens which had previously been published as "The Reasons for Marriage" and as part of several other collections.

So be aware that if you already have, "The Reasons for Marriage" either in the stand-alone edition, or as part of "Rogues' Reform: The Reasons for Marriage, a Lady of Expectations, an Unwilling Conquest," or "A Season for Marriage (STP - Mills & Boon lead)," you already have two-thirds of this book.

The other third consists of "The Wedding Party" by Kasey Michaels and "Unlaced" by Delilah Marvelle.

Well before she created the Cynster family and their friends and relatives, Stephanie Laurens wrote a trilogy of Regency romance novels about three siblings from the Lester family, Lenore, Jack, and Harry.

This main story in this volume is the first book in that trilogy, which consists of

1) This novel, "The Reasons for Marriage" (Lenore),
2) A Lady of Expectations (Jack), and
3) An Unwilling Conquest (Harry).

There is a fourth book in the Lester series. One of the supporting characters in these novels is Lord Philip Ruthven, and Miss Laurens subsequently wrote a romance for him, entitled A Comfortable Wife, which is my favourite in the series.

Because "The Reasons for Marriage" was written well before the Cynster, Bastion Club, and Black Cobra books, it is much closer in form to the traditional regency romance story. Consequently it is somewhat more innocent in tone: to be specific, there is rather less detailed description of lovemaking between the hero and heroine than most of Stephanie Lauren's more recent books.

Nor had Miss Laurens yet developed the plot which she has re-used with minor variations in 80% of her recent books. "The Reasons for Marriage" does not follow that template, though it contains hints from which you can see how the author developed it.

The hero of "The reasons for marriage" is the Duke of Eversleigh, who despite being a handsome man of high status and wealth who can be very charming when he wants to be, does not appear to be a great prospect as a romantic hero. He is extremely arrogant, an arch rake, does not suffer fools gladly, and up to the start of the book has been a confirmed batchelor. However, his brother has just died, which means that he will now have to marry to secure the future of the Dukedom. Having seduced a great many other men's wives, the Duke is determined to find a woman who will be faithful to him, and absolutely does not want to marry some hen-witted teenage deb.

Having decided that he wants to marry an intelligent lady of the ton with impeccable morals, experience of running a household, and whose company he has not already decided he cannot stand, he has very few candidates to choose from. In fact there appears to be only one candidate who perfectly fits the bill: Lady Lenore Lester, a virtual recluse who runs Lester Hall for her father and brothers.

Lenore Lester has long abandoned any thought of marriage and become adept at avoiding the attentions, not always honorable, of her brother's and father's guests at Lester Hall. It comes as rather a shock when no less a personage than a duke sees through her deliberately frumpish appearance and begins courting her. But are his reasons for marriage the ones she would share?

Overall this is a reasonably entertaining novel.

Of the other two romances in the book, "The Wedding Party" by Kasey Michaels is an entertaining short story of young love, while "Unlaced" by Delilah Marvelle is perhaps rather deeper and has what might be described as a more spicy ending. Both are entertaining.

If you are into Regency Romances and have not already read "The Reasons for marriage" you are likely to enjoy this collection. If you do already have that one however, you may be like the other reviewer who found it a bit of a swizz to buy the whole book for two short stories.
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