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To Wed a Scandalous Spy (Royal Four) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Feb 2005
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The Pretender"Totally entertaining."--New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn "An engaging, lusty tale, full of adventure and loaded with charm."--Gaelen Foley, USA Today bestselling author of Lord of Ice "Bursting with adventure and sizzling, Bradley certainly knows how to combine engaging characters with excitement, sensuality, and a strong plot."-Booklist (starred) "Bursting with adventure and sizzling passion to satisfy the most daring reader."--Romantic Times "A charming heroine and a dashing spy hero make The Pretender a riveting read...entertained me thoroughly from beginning to end."--Sabrina Jeffries, USA Today bestselling author of After the Abduction The Impostor"Bradley carefully layers deception upon deception, keeping the intrigue level high and the tone bright...Readers will race through this delightful comedy of errors and eagerly anticipate the next installment."-Publishers Weekly "With delicious characters and a delectable plot, Bradley delivers another enticing read brimming with the mayhem and madness that come with falling in love when you least expect it. The devilishly funny double identities, witty dialogue and clever twists will captivate."-Romantic Times (Top Pick) "Don't miss this second book of the Liar's Club series. With humor, passion and mystery, it's absolutely delightful in every way! I can't wait for the next one." -Old Book Barn and Gazette The Spy "Only a clever wordsmith can make this complex, suspenseful tale work so perfectly. Bradley pulls us into the wonderful world of the Liar's Club and gives us a nonstop read brimming with puzzle after puzzle...delicious characters and a delectable plot, Bradley delivers another enticing read."-Romantic Times par"With its wonderfully witty writing, superbly matched protagonists, and intrigue-steeped plot, the third of Bradley's Liars Club historicals is every bit as much fun as The Pretender and The I
About the Author
Celeste Bradley is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Scoundrel in My Dreams," "Desperately Seeking a Duke," and the Royal Four and Liars Club series, among many others. Prior to giving writing a try, Celeste was a professional artist. Believing that storytelling is as much of an art form, she applies those skills to writing. She is a two-time RITA Nominee and winner of the prestigious Historical Storyteller of the Year from "Romantic Times Book Reviews." Mother of two teen divas, Southern-born Celeste lives in the Southwest. Her hobbies include gardening, jewelry making and collage. She feels very strongly that literacy can change lives.
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Lovely, and quirky Willa Trent was an orphan, raised by a small village, who want nothing but the best for their girl. So when she drags home the unconscious man she accidentally hit with a slingshot, they arrange a hasty marriage. Armed with a groggy husband and a new future, Willa's pie-eyed optimism has no limits...until she discovers the secret, dangerous world of Nathaniel Stonewell, Earl of Reardon, a.k.a "Lord Treason"...
This is when the story really begins...
I thought the characters to be quirky, funny, sweet, broody and very entertaining. There have been numerous times when i have found myself laughing out loud...just one bit of advice though - it might be better to read the Liars series first before you start to read the royal four, although it isnt a neccessity...however it does makes it easier to understand nathianels story, and the history behind "Lord treason".
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Willa is an orphan raised by locals in a small rural community. She is a jinx. Accidents happen to boys who get too close to her. She uses a slingshot to shoot a rock and misses her target. Instead she hits a hornets' nest causing Nathaniel to fall off his horse and be knocked unconscious. She rolls Nathaniel away from the hornets and stays with him while waiting for the hornets to calm down. She accidentally falls asleep. The two of them sleep all night. Nathaniel does the honorable thing and offers to marry her because she is ruined by spending the night with him. The locals love her but are happy to have someone else take responsibility for the jinx. They prepare a hasty wedding. Then the couple leave for Nathaniel's home in London.
Nathaniel is an earl and is part of a secret spy group (the Royal Four Club) working for the monarchy and prime minister. Nathaniel infiltrated an enemy group and has been labeled a traitor by society. People throw mud at him and shun him. He needs to keep up the traitor cover until certain bad guys have been caught. Although most people believe he is a traitor, Willa doesn't believe it.
This is the first book in the "Royal Four Club" series.
After Willa marries Nathaniel, there were only about two jinx episodes. I wanted to see more jinxing happen. The characters were almost too nice. There were none of my pet peeves which is good, but I would have liked more meat to the story. The plot needed to be fleshed out. I wanted to know more about Ren, Willa's parents, a certain book, and the bad guys.
Story length: 368 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 6. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 23. Setting: 1813 England. Copyright: 2005. Genre: regency romance.