And Then Comes Marriage Mass Market Paperback – 30 Aug 2013
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Praise for New York Times bestselling author CELESTE BRADLEY 4 1/2 Stars! This funny, charming romance, with its highly sensual edge, is a sure winner.--RT Book Review on AND THEN COMES MARRIAGE 5 Stars! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. They will definitely be on my auto-buy list. --Night Owl Romance on AND THEN COMES MARRIAGE and her previous novels and series. Rogue in My Arms Bradley doesn't disappoint with the second in her Runaway Brides trilogy, which is certain to have readers laughing and crying. Her characters leap off the page, especially little year-old Melody, the precocious heroine, and her three fathers. There's passion, adventure, nonstop action, and secrets that make the pages fly by.--Romantic Times BOOKreviews. When it comes to crafting fairy tale-like, wonderfully escapist historicals, Bradley is unrivaled, and the second addition to her Runaway Brides trilogy cleverly blends madcap adventure and sexy romance.--Booklist. DEVIL IN MY BED. From its unconventional prologue to its superb conclusion, every page of the first in Bradley's Runaway Brides series is perfection and joy. Tinged with humor that never overshadows the poignancy and peopled with remarkable characters (especially the precocious Melody) who will steal your heart, this one's a keeper.--Romantic Times BOOKreviews. Part romantic comedy, part romantic suspense, and wholly entertaining, Devil in My Bed is a delight! Romance Reviews Today --Various
From the Back Cover
"From bestselling author Celeste Bradley comes a rollicking tale of two identical suitors, one ravishing widow, and a wickedly rousing game of rivalry and romance "
TWICE THE TEMPTATION
After years of being a quiet, dutiful wife, the recently widowed Mrs. Miranda Talbot is finally free to do as she pleases. As an attractive woman of independent means, Miranda is suddenly turning heads all around town. When she meets the dashing Mr. Castor Worthington, she is swept away by his passion. Is he too good to be true?
DOUBLE THE DESIRE
Little does Miranda know that there is more to Castor than meets the eye. In fact, he's a twin. Castor's brother, also a confirmed bachelor, takes his romantic pursuits and rivals very seriously. When Castor discovers Miranda is being courted by his own twin, his competitive nature takes over. Who will be the one to win Miranda's hand and heart? The race to say "I do "is about to begin
"Bradley doesn't disappoint Her characters leap off the page."
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I had some qualms with them being heroes. In the previous book, the twins are definitely *not* hero material. They were immature and childish, irresponsible, and pretty much useless. And I loved them then. Because they were funny and I loved the possibility of hijinks. I would've liked to see them get involved in more carnage and hilarity throughout the books. But I also wanted to see them acknowledge their responsibilities and grow into their abilities, to be accomplished and confident inventor heroes. Like maybe Finn from A Lady Never Lies, or maybe Harry from Tempt Me at Twilight, but a bit more fun and naughty, and therefore, more interesting.
Zander would've been better for the next book. Or Orion. But no, the author has decided that the twins will be the heroes in the next book.
And then the author decided to pit them against each other. Twins. Over a woman.
Two people who obviously love each other and share a deep connection turn against each other for a woman for love. I thought, why would you ruin one perfectly good relationship to pursue another? But then, maybe it was worth it. Maybe the love was so encompassing and grand that the hero forsake his other half because he found his better half.
So, I bought the book.
Total waste of money. There was nothing so grand about this love story, nothing encompassing. It was a mess. A mess with useless, sex-crazed and loony airheads, bad punctuation and even badder sex scenes.
Some spoilers ahead.
The hero(es) were just as I expected: totally useless, immature and were very annoying. Even the heroine acknowledged that they treated the world as a play. One of them wanted to be a serious inventor at the beginning of the book (by asking the patronage of the Prince), but then, that plot line dissolved when the hero met the heroine and devoted so much time with wooing her. Wooing is romantic, but wooing AND making sure that you have a good future with the woman you are wooing by clinching the patronage of a Prince is swoon-worthy.
The twins were amusing, like when the heroine met them as twins for the first time and when they were bargaining with Attie (the twins' little sister). However, I would've liked to see that when they are minor, supporting characters who are more for comic relief. But when they are the main characters? Not so much.
The heroine was meh. The only thing that she's pretty memorable for is that she doesn't like dog statuettes. She also supports an orphanage, and, now that I think about it, it was just a convenient device that the author used to establish that the heroine HAD character. Only a few pages, just to show you that she had a not-so-nice childhood and she's a nice person, and not just some starved-for-love-i.e.-sex widow. But most of the time she just waits in her house waiting for her beaus and the occasional non-beau Worthington to visit. Compared to other Bradley heroines, she's...well...useless. (On that point, maybe she and her hero are perfect for each other).
As for the rest of the story, I found the constant interruption of other characters in the story very annoying. And I don't mean they interrupt the wooing. As in they interrupt the whole flow of the story. We have many pages describing Attie's, Button's, and Cabot's thoughts; not very unwelcome, but it just came to the point where you just want to see what's going on in the story and NOT what the characters are thinking about what's happening.
And then there are the exclamation marks. I never thought I would get annoyed over something like a punctuation, but I did. The previous book was guilty of having too many exclamation marks, too, but that one was more bearable. But, in this book, I got fed up. Especially the ones at the end of each chapter. It's like the exclamation marks are saying, "be excited, something good's gonna happen next". I think the author was using them to compensate for the fact that there is too little humor or interest in what's going on. So she tries to elicit a response from the readers, or generate excitement for the next chapter, by putting the exclamation marks in. Or something.
The book just became very unreadable.
As for the sexy scenes...well, I usually like how the author writes these sort of scenes, but for this book, the scenes left me feeling bewildered. I was expecting kink, but the transition from vanilla to kink was so abrupt I got so disoriented. And then I tried to figure out how the kink came about, but I got confused because there were no indication whatsoever in the book that we should expect such kink. So I stopped reading and just went to sleep.
Never opened the book again.
No, the real problem I had with the book was that I did not find the hero all that heroic or noble or interesting. I found that I was rooting for the 'wrong' twin...and then it turned out that I didn't particularly care for him either.
I did love Attie and loved the look inside the Worthington household. They remind me of the family from the play 'You Can't Take it With You,' but I'm a sucker for eccentrics and I like the the mix of comedy and romance.
If you are into Bradley and enjoyed the first book, go ahead and give this one a chance. I wouldn't put it at the top of my wish list, but it's not a bad way to spend a few hours either. If you can take or leave Bradley, don't care for the Worthingtons, or find that consensual spanking squicks you out, pass on this one.