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No Marriage of Convenience (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Nov 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380815346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380815340
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Earl of Ashlin is willing to enter a marriage of convenience to save his family from financial disaster, but one kiss from his beautiful bride-to-be convinces him he should pursue love as well. Original.

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Mason St Clair, the new earl of Ashlin needs a rich wife (he is broke) but falls for actress Riley Fontaine but someone is trying to kill her!
From the start of the book you know that really she is a titled lady. Plus its obvious who would be trying to kill her.
Amazingly enough although she is an actress she is 'pure' and he is celebate.
I think that the other characters - his nieces, cousin, and friends etc are the best bit and make it worth a read. If you have not read any of Elizabeth Boyles books then try a different one first because they are so much better.
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lord ashlin and riley fontaine cross paths when a debt needs to be repayed and through various events they fall in love but their pride gets in the way so they wont admit it to each other. lord ashlin has a cousin and 3 nieces that he is determined to get married and out of his house. this adds up to very entertaining read although it would have been nice to have seen the individual stories told but maybe the story in your imagination is more fun.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x969cb12c) out of 5 stars The earl has to marry an heiress for his family's sake. 26 Nov. 2000
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No matter how hard he tries to make ends meet, Mason St. Clair can't see any way out of his financial difficulties that doesn't involve marrying an heiress. His father and older brother before him devastated the estate with their mistresses and frivolities; now it was up to Mason--the Oxford college professor--to sacrifice himself to save the family honor. But it isn't until he meets Riley Fontaine, an actress of questionable reputation, that he realizes just how much a sacrifice it will be.
Riley's theatre troupe owes the earl a large sum of money, and she's prepared to pay part of it back by working with his three out-of-control nieces in order to prepare them for marriage. (The idea of hiring an actress to train young women is an unlikely scenario in this period, but I'm willing to suspend belief because this book is just SO MUCH FUN!)
Mason's courtship of the heiress goes rather slowly, because he finds himself constantly distracted by the beautiful, seductive, and talented Madame Fontaine. He discovers that not only is she not what she seems, but it appears that someone is trying to kill her. At this point, the heiress thing gets put on the back burner as Mason determinedly installs her in his home for protection while he sets about trying to discover the killer.
Riley never thought she would fall for a college professor, but after the fact, she can't bear the thought of losing him to the heiress. She herself went through some very tough times after being abandoned by her mother and sold on the streets of Paris, but somehow she always found a way to survive without selling herself or her integrity. But Mason has to put the family honor first...or does he?
A truly riveting read for any fan of historical romance...especially if you like a touch of humor applied liberally to the sexual tension. The final scene had me choking with laughter. If only every book were as entertaining as this one!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96a01b94) out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read this year!! 4 Oct. 2000
By Tammy Torres - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of romance novels that contain humor.So it was a real treat to discover Elizabeth Boyle.I can't say enough about this novel, it made me laugh out loud (more than once)and even brought a tear to my eye.The characters are wonderful,I absolutely loved the hero's cousin Felicity,she's a riot!!!As a matter of fact I liked all the secondary characters.Mason and Riley's story will warm your heart as well as tickle your funny bone.I hated to see the end.Well now i'm just going to have to buy all of Elizabeth Boyle's previous books and wait patiently for her next.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b0f480) out of 5 stars I guarantee you won't be able to put this one down! 6 Dec. 2000
By GillyScott - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up Ms. Boyle's newest book, NO MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE, when I had a little time, thinking I would just read a chapter. One chapter became two. Two became four. Soon I was halfway through and so engrossed I couldn't put it down. Mason and Riley were a dynamic duo and I found myself laughing out loud as I read their adventures. Don't miss this wonderful love story. Or believe me, you'll regret it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x969cb564) out of 5 stars Charming 4 1/2 stars book 17 Aug. 2002
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I would have given this 5 stars except that the beginning was slow, and I almost put the book aside and stop reading it. But since I read Ms. Boyle's latest book and loved it, I figured I would try to read at least 100 pages before tossing it aside, and the next thing I knew I was so caught up in the story, I couldn't put it down! Give the book a chance, it is a charming read!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98305fc0) out of 5 stars Good read 10 Sept. 2000
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In 1798 Mason St. Clair, the new Earl of Ashlin knows he should not speak unkindly of the dead. However, the amount and types of debt his predecessor, his older brother Freddie, managed to accumulate simply stuns Mason. Adding to his discomfit, is his three ungainly nieces who he needs to find mates for without giving them dowries.

Actress Madame Riley Fontaine arrives to allegedly pay off a debt that Mason never heard of in his life. To Riley's chagrin and shock, the studious Mason reads the contract instead of ogling her body as she expected. The debt owed the estate by Riley would pay for the three nieces' debut. Instead, his Cousin Felicity works a deal in which Riley trains the nieces into becoming the diamonds of the season. As Riley and Mason work together and begin considering a marriage of convenience, they fall in love. However, she remains a financially strapped actress with a mysterious past and he is an aristocrat facing bankruptcy.

NO MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE is an entertaining Regency romance filled with an assortment of odd, but endearing characters (and a villain). The brazen story line is amusing yet filled with tender feelings that touch the audience. Elizabeth Boyle's witty tale will provide much delight to sub-genre readers.

Harriet Klausner
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