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A Wicked Pursuit: Breconridge Brothers Book 1 by [Bradford, Isabella]
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'Wickedly entertaining' (Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author)

A delectable tale, WHEN THE DUCHESS SAID YES . . . is a witty, passionate historical romance . . . The characters are engaging and complex while the story is filled with plenty of humor, clever banter, sexy situations, romance and love, making this a story you will remember long after the last page is read and the book is closed (Romance Junkies)

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The first novel in Isabella Bradford's wickedly witty and sensationally passionate Breconridge Brothers series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1678 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.5 stars

This book came to me at just the right moment. You see, I felt in desperate need to read more historical romance books after finishing The Luckiest Lady in London .

Historically wise, this book is very accurate and there is lots to learn from it. It is quite obvious the author, Isabella Bradford, paid great attention as well as research.

The whole story of Harry's recovery was very realistic and I appreciated that, as well as the way Harry and Goose fell in love. Even if, at times, I felt like he didn't deserve her.

This is a good brain candy to pass the afternoon. However, I'd like to point out that this book's fort point is also it's weakest. You see, Harry's recovery is the hardest thing that happens there, the longest one. I dare say the conflict is all about Harry's recovery and his feelings toward the fact that his leg will never be the same.

Even though that is all nice and good. I'm sad to admit that, well, this book lacks in any other conflict.

Yes, Goose's and Harry's relationship has some ups and downs. But each one of them is solved within a few paragraphs…5 pages top!

On the one hand, one might say their relationship is so solid it's good. And it is the little challenges in life that are the real test.

On the other hand, one might claim that many times you read romance book to see a relationship evovlving. Including some uncertainty.

It is a good book, but it lacked in drama and scandal so very much so that I felt a little disappointed. Had it been funnier, or more witty I probably wouldn't care. But it wasn't.

I would recommend it for rainy days, I think, when you want a stress free brain candy that will make you lips curve into a smile and forget you had a bad day.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8dd86480) out of 5 stars 81 reviews
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dd94240) out of 5 stars A light and sweet read 3 Mar. 2014
By Lisa in NY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book starts off well with Harry following Julia to her father's country estate with the intention of proposing. Before he can ask for her hand, the two take a ride together and Harry gets thrown from his horse and injures his leg. Julia, the spoiled and delicate woman that she is, can't stand the thought or the sight of Harry injured so she runs off to London. It's her sister, Augusta "Gus", that nurses Harry back to health. While they are constantly in each other's company, their feelings for each other grow and cannot be denied.

I loved reading about the health practices of this era; I feel that Isabella Bradford did her homework here. The majority of this book is spent with Harry in bed recovering with Gus by his side. This could be a very tedious plot, but Ms. Bradford kept things moving with visitors, musicians, etc. It was just enough to keep my interest, but this was a fine line where I expect some will disagree.

This isn't the type of romance that I typically go for, I prefer something with some intrigue, suspense or conflict. A Wicked Pursuit has none of that. It's a light and sweet read. Harry and Gus confess their love in the last third, and from there, things did get a bit dull for me. A lot of I Love You's as they eventually reacclimate back into London's society. At this point, it was hard not to start skimming.

My thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review A Wicked Pursuit.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dd94294) out of 5 stars In which the Hero is a Pompous Ass 3 Nov. 2015
By Reecee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
He acted like a spoiled brat by rudely inviting guests for HIS entertainment without consulting his hostess, belittled the heroine's role as manager of the house and demanded that she drop everything and attend to his needs because ~cue tantrum~ "she promised". This happens more than once by the way.
He constantly refers to his charm and how his smiles have ladies falling all over themselves for his attentions....ugh....just a huge jackass and definitely not worthy of the heroine's affection. I've rarely encountered a character that I've disliked more.
The author's writing is not bad but the hero ruined this book for me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dd946cc) out of 5 stars A delectably pleasurable read! 25 Feb. 2014
By eyes.2c - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I just really enjoyed A Wicked Pursuit.
I found myself smiling at some little absurdity and outright chuckling at others.
Of course my heart was wounded when Gus's (that's Miss Augusta Wetherby) heart was wounded, and at moments both cross and understanding of Harry (Charles Neville Fitzroy, fourth Earl of Hargreave).
Harry is actually pursuing Gus's more beautiful half sister, Miss Julia Wetherby.
When Harry is badly injured in a riding accident at the Wetherby's country home, and sister Julia hies off to London unable to face the thought of the dashing Harry an invalid, Gus is the one who nurses Harry through this traumatic time. Actually Julia can't bear the possibility of being saddled with a cripple.
Harry is such a petulant roguish character with the heart of gold and Gus is the level headed enchanting Cinderella who comes to believe in them and herself.
Mind you Harry is also something of a spoiled brat at times, but we forgive him, as we are meant to. He can be very charming and persuasive.
And of course we meet a pride of careless relations and overbearing ones.
A Wicked Pursuit is just the thing for a leisurely, not too complicated reading time, a worthy novel to languish over on a cosy afternoon, or evening, or really whenever.
But most of all what Wicked is, is a plain old-fashioned completely delectable love story!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dd94a98) out of 5 stars A must read historical! 25 Feb. 2014
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**Provided a copy by NetGalley for an honest review***

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I absolutely loved it. I have to say, Harry & Gus are my new favorite couple. Their story was so special and really touches my heart. The strength that both of the characters show is amazing. I loved that we got to meet both of the families as well since they were so important to both of the main characters. The supporting characters were very well written, they were whole but didn't take over the story. Julia and her drama were even put in the proper place and I was so glad to see how the relationship between Julia and Gus played out. I would recommend this book VERY highly to any fan of historical romances.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dd94b7c) out of 5 stars Indulgent Hero Nursed by Pragmatic Heroine 8 Jun. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This light and charming read by Isabella Bradford wins points for overall likability.

Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy, comes to the country to seek the hand of Lady Julia, a teasing, beautiful blonde that he has decided will make the perfect bride. His plans go awry and he finds himself terribly injured and stranded in the country house with Julia's family - but not Julia. His would-be betrothed can't handle seeing her sweetheart as a potential cripple and she, and her father, flee to entertaining London. Which means leaving Harry in the hands of capable sister Lady Augusta, known as "Gus" to those who love her.

Their love story follows. Overall it was a nice, fairly vanilla story - with a believable friendship forming between Harry and Gus. There isn't much plot to this story, besides Harry healing and the story lost my interest a little on that note. There wasn't enough action or interaction to keep my total interest, but because I liked the concept, I read it to the last page.

Very rarely in romances do I disagree with the love match. In this romance I didn't "mind" that Harry chose Gus - after all, she showed true loyalty and strength by sticking with him through hard times. BUT I felt that was the only reason Harry loved Gus. It was a case of Nightingale Syndrome, and it felt like he would get bored with her once he was a whole man again.

Interestingly, I felt that Julia and Harry were actually a better match - Julia being the the vapid, silly sister that preferred fun and happiness to actually dealing with her rich suitor's real-life trauma. It was obvious she was in it for the money (but come on, it's not like HE was in it for the love... lol), but she seemed to like Harry well enough without that. Harry's personality was similar to Julia's, which was somewhat laughable. He was spoiled and selfish and easily bored - going to extremes to divert himself by overrunning Gus' home with a string trio brought from London (three Italian musicians!) and all types of other nonsense, disregarding Gus' space/time/money to suit himself. He doesn't ask and he isn't polite about. He's demanding with Gus constantly and orders her about, but didn't come across alpha... not my favorite. Whiny beta man!

I kept thinking that with Harry being so indulgent, demanding, forceful, easily distracted, wanting of luxuries and insensitive to those around him, he would actually make a better match to the silly Julia. In fact, I had a lovely daydream in which Harry gets better and has gained character and goes after Julia, angrier than spit at her rejection, and makes her his - forcing her to mature. HA!! Now that would be an entertaining read!

Overall it was a cute and light read - but I wouldn't reread it.

Reads in one day. Light/awkward love scenes.
For you if you like: Injured hero, heroine nurses hero, wallflower sister, Cinderella heroine, ugly duckling heroine, hero thinks he loves one but finds another.
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