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  • Mass Market Paperback: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (22 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439145245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439145241
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,355,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grewup in the south of England. She was trained as a social worker and, after moving with her husbandand three children to New Jersey, pursued her careerin psychiatric social work. She started writingafter she relocated her family to Washington, D.C.Her other Avon Books romances include The Eagle and the Dove, Silver Nights, and Bold Destiny. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I agree, this book was a very disappointing effort from the usually wonderfully well-written Jane Feather. The plot was non-existent and what little there was, was not credulous or believeable. The title has nothing at all to do with what happens in the story - you would think it would indicate that the couple in question get married in the first couple of chapters of the book, then spend the rest of it working out their differences and falling in love. But they don't actually get married until the end of the book so there was very little that was "rushed" about it after 450 pages of (I hate to say it about an author I usually love so much) drivel. Not even the sex was good to make it a bit more interesting!
I really hope that the next two books in this series are not as disappointing as this one, otherwise it's going to be known as the Bloody Awful Brides.
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This is a great story, and though I do agree that it is a little fanciful I don't particularly look for realism in this type of fiction.

Clarissa makes a feisty and courageous heroine. Willing to sacrifice anything to find and rescue her brother. The story explores the growing relationship between Clarissa and the Earl and her desperate search for her brother Frances.

I would call this novel a romance but also one with plenty of adventure as well. I really engaged with the character of Clarissa and couldn't put down this book. Apart from the story itself the author has clearly meticulously researched the period which for me enriched the novel and made it even more interesting. There are some sex scenes but tastefully handled, which is something I prefer.

I know others have given this book poor reviews and of course not everyone will like it. But if you are a fan of historical fiction and enjoy authors such as Georgette Heyer then I think you will enjoy this more modern take on this genre.
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This is a great story, and though I do agree that it is a little fanciful I don't particularly look for realism in this type of fiction.

Clarissa makes a feisty and courageous heroine. Willing to sacrifice anything to find and rescue her brother. The story explores the growing relationship between Clarissa and the Earl and her desperate search for her brother Frances.

I would call this novel a romance but also one with plenty of adventure as well. I really engaged with the character of Clarissa and couldn't put down this book. Apart from the story itself the author has clearly meticulously researched the period which for me enriched the novel and made it even more interesting. There are some sex scenes but tastefully handled, which is something I prefer.

I know others have given this book poor reviews and of course not everyone will like it. But if you are a fan of historical fiction and enjoy authors such as Georgette Heyer then I think you will enjoy this more modern take on this genre.
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I really like Jane Feather as an author and as I am an avid reader, I have probably read all of her books. I was very disappointed in this book. It was juvenile - any teenager could have written it and it was also very boring. No depth of character at all.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8bb0f6fc) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba4015c) out of 5 stars Strong resourceful heroine, handsome hero, dastardly villain.... 21 Jun. 2010
By Julia Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Feather has a very intriguing premise (three brothers must all marry and redeem "fallen" women to inherit a vast fortune, which they desperately need) and a clever, resourceful heroine in Clarissa, but although I liked the hero, Jasper (the Earl of Blackwater) his "voice" was uneven. At times he was the suave, debonair man-about-town, up to every trick and trap. At others, he's supposedly a strong, caring man falling in love, against his better judgment, with a woman he starts out thinking is an avaricious prostitute--despite her perfect drawing room manners, ladylike way of speaking and demure clothing. It is only his hurt feelings at her lack of trust in him that keep him from continuing to press her to confide in him, as she frantically searches London of the late 1700's (beautiful clothing descriptions) for her 10-year old brother, Francis. The little boy had been taken from their quiet country home by his guardian, the wicked uncle, and then abandoned in London's notorious East End to die from neglect and deprivation, so the uncle could inherit the boy's fortune. The descriptions of the City of London were very colorful and detailed, greatly adding to my enjoyment of the story. There are also a host of lively secondary characters to add even more color, including the brothel madame who rented innocence Clarissa a room, the evil uncle's henchman who always insisted on being paid first before he'd follow orders, and lastly (but far from least) Clarissa's little brother, though he was unevenly drawn at times, too. First he kept the faith that his big sister would find and rescue him, but then he completely despairs when they're both imperiled, only to suddenly tackle a grown man who threatens to harm his sister. Overall, though, it was an delightful, action-packed story.

I am definitely looking forward to reading (soon, I hope) about what happened with Jasper's twin younger brothers, Sebastian and Peregrine. While staunchly loyal to their older brother, they are two strong and independent men, who look alike but have very different personalities as evident from their first scene. Teasingly, there are intriguing hints scattered throughout Jasper and Clarissa's story about how the younger brothers' searches for qualified "fallen" women to marry are progressing. Can't wait to read more about both.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba401b0) out of 5 stars Great beginning for new trilogy 19 Mar. 2011
By Hopeless romantic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The premise of this trilogy is that the three nephews to Viscount Bradley, in order to inherit his wealth upon his death, must find and marry a woman who is in a situation "injurious to her immortal soul". Having been a man in his youth that was the family outcast, he wishes to inflict revenge on those same family members that shunned him. While Uncle Bradley is not the type of relative I'd like in my family tree, his three nephews are likable. Since the story centers around them, the plot is easier to swallow.

I thought the romance between Jasper and Clarissa was handled well. They both possessed intelligence and likable traits. The two other nephews have small roles but enough of their character is revealed to have me looking forward to the next two books and their own adventures.

I am surprised that I was the first person to give this book a '5' and didn't read any of their reviews before writing mine. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters and writing. I've read several of Ms. Feather's other books and she has improved with time. I would recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba405e8) out of 5 stars A fun read 23 July 2010
By Natasha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All I can say is that most of the negative reviews for this imaginative, take me to another world book, are very cynical. If you want reality try the dozens of non-fiction books sold here on Amazon. I was an avid reader of Ms. Feather's books up to 2002 since I had to narrow down my huge collection for my new home. However, without reading the reviews I purchased this book and was delighted to read a story that was not mellow dramatic or sappy. I am not going into details since the 4 star reviews already written have hit the mark.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba409b4) out of 5 stars Can't believe this is Jane Feather 22 July 2010
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was a big fan of Jane Feather before this book. I really, really enjoyed Jane Feather's Bride Hunt triology, and picked this one up with high hopes. Boy were those hopes crushed. What a ridiculous premise: the rich uncle only willing to leave his wealth to his 3 nephews if they each rescue a prostitute. If the men are worth writing a book about, they should be able to come up with a better plan than that. What mindless idiots to follow the asinine directives of a mean old man.

And don't get me started on the heroine. She created her own problems. There was no reasonable reason she couldn't have gone to her father's friends to help her find her brother, rather than run to London by herself, rent a room in whorehouse, and pretend to be a prostitute. Doesn't sound like a smart girl.

But of course she only does that so she can have the hero's help in finding her brother. But of course she's too idiotic to mention that to him, so she doesn't get that help.

I could go on, but to sum up: ridiculous plot, unlikable characters, big disappointment. I have never before felt the need to warn others of a bad book, but I think it's because Feather set the bar so high for me in her other books. Just can't believe this is the same author.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba40a98) out of 5 stars Predictable plot with exasperating hero and heroine. 25 Jun. 2010
By OLT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
(2.5 stars) I toyed with the idea of giving this 2 stars but decided to be generous. If you are a long-time (very long) reader of romances like I am, this book will not impress you very much. Jane Feather, in the past, has written some romances that I've enjoyed, but those had a bit more meat to them than this slight story, albeit a 451-page slight story. It's set in Georgian times, but this is not important to the plot, as it could just as easily have taken place at any time in the first half of the 19th century. The characters are many. Some secondary ones are interesting even though not multi-dimensional. It's the hero and heroine that I find least appealing and especially exasperating and since this is a romance, for me that's a huge drawback.

Hero Jasper Sullivan, Earl of Blackwater, and his two younger twin brothers haven't much disposable income and need to inherit their uncle Lord Bradley's money. As other reviewers and the book blurb tell you, to inherit they all three will need to rescue a "fallen" woman by marrying her. This in itself bothers me because Jasper came into the title (unfortunately with the debts of his late father) at the age of twelve. What has he been doing for money all this time since? He dresses and lives relatively well. I calculate this is maybe 15-18 years of survival with debts. Couldn't he have come up with ways to make some money in this period of time, instead of just hoping for a windfall inheritance from a wealthy uncle?

Then we have our heroine Clarissa Astley, daughter of a country squire, recently orphaned and with her and her brother Francis' inheritance in the hands of evil uncle Luke until she comes of age in 10 months. Luke, as guardian, takes her brother away to London to "educate". Clarissa fears for her brother's life and sets out after them to rescue Francis. In London, H and H meet. He mistakes her for a "fallen" woman and propositions her. She agrees to his proposition, thinking it will help her in her plans to rescue Francis. Naturally, because this is a book and needs to have a certain number of pages, we have a Big Failure to Communicate between H and H. Clarissa does not confide who she is or what she is doing to Jasper. Jasper knows she has big secrets and is annoyed and hurt that she won't confide in him.

So there's my problem. I found the hero to be immature and self-centered and the heroine to be TSTL. She could have enlisted the aid of her late father's friends Lawyer Danforth and Doctor Alsop at the very beginning but has some unreasonable (to me) reason for not doing so. She should have confided her problems to Jasper. And Jasper, instead of nursing his hurt feelings and at times acting cold and aloof, could have helped her to feel more comfortable with him and asked her in a better way to reveal what was going on.

Feather's writing is good enough and she throws in some interesting side descriptions of 1761 London, but this book, as a romance, did not work for me.
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