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THE BRIDE PRICE
ANNE MALLORY
ISBN#: 978-0-06-157913-4
October 2008
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$5.99
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Caroline lives quietly in her parents’ cottage. At a young age, she ran off with a young man of questionable character and only Lord Cheevers’ intervention saved her reputation with a less than happy marriage. Now widowed, she wants a quiet life.

Sebastien Deville is the natural son of a duke. He lives by his wits and with an allowance from his sire, but wants a home, preferably the one he grew up in. That house, along with a title and income are within his grasp.

The King and seven of his cohorts from his youth have devised a contest to marry off Earl Cheevers’ daughter Sarah. A series of contests will determine the winner. He will receive a new title, estates, power, and the hand of the earl’s daughter. Sebastien is determined to win, even distracted by another one of the earl’s relatives. Others are equally determined to win by any means at their disposal.

Sebastien is a rogue of the first order and Caroline has been burned by his kind before, but still can not resist him. The author takes this conflict and the romantic tension between the two main characters and sets them on fire. The attraction and love scenes between the two are scorchingly hot. The contest itself will hold your interest with the machinations and byplay between the sons both younger and illegitimate. It is fun to see what each will do to win and the results. Caroline is definitely more than she seems, attracted to Deville and wanting the respect of the village matrons. Sarah’s romance with the mysterious William Manning is an interesting subplot. The ending of the book is more than I expected and very well done.

Maura
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