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“First of all, I did not understand why it was titled "Lessons from a Scandalous Bride". There is one scandal, but I didn't see any lesson learned from it. Secondly, this whole book felt modern - dialogue, world view. It was as if modern characters were plunked down into a historical setting....”see full review » see other reviews »
“I thought it was a good idea but the story seemed to drag.”Amy S. Hill wrote this review Sunday, August 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun not terribly great but I did not ban it from the house. Not funny enough to be a keeper.”smog wrote this review Friday, October 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cleo wants to marry a very old man so that she will not have children. Her mother keeps having them and Cleo had buried several. Just as she finds someone Logan comes to London. A Scottish laird in need of a wealthy bride, he woos one of Cleo's friends. After being thrown together, then placed in a compromising position, they marry. Logan is happy, Cleon is not, but they have an "incident" which shows them the way. Grier's book was better.”NjoiReading wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First of all, I did not understand why it was titled "Lessons from a Scandalous Bride". There is one scandal, but I didn't see any lesson learned from it. Secondly, this whole book felt modern - dialogue, world view. It was as if modern characters were plunked down into a historical setting. Then there are the characters - specifically, Cleo and Logan. What a pair! She has a martyr complex that will not quit. She professes to love her mother and 14 siblings and yet it has been a year since she saw them and she just assumes that her raunchy stepfather is taking care of them. Really? Color me not surprised when said step dad shows up demanding more money. But she was.
And then there's Logan. After a couple of antagonistic encounters with Cleo, he switches his pursuit of Lady Libba to Cleo. This was just incredible to me. Then there was the overwhelming, insatiable lust for someone he barely knows abd likes even less.
I was looking forward to the character who supposedly cut some lady's dress open with his knife when she couldn't breath. Instead I got standard hero issue #1 - instant lust and unable to recognize his feelings for heroine. No real substance here at all.
Then there was the elderly Thrumgoodie and Hamilton. That whole section of the book felt out of place. I know that Cleo and Logan would eventually pair up, but instead of a more honest straightforward approach, these characters were thrown in to force Cleo into marrying Logan. This is just so disappointing.
The story was boring, the characters were stultifying, and the resolution felt hurried and cliche. ”
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Reviewed by Ashleigh
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For Cleo Hadley a life in the ton is something that she never dreamed was possible. When you come from a family with less than nothing and a step father that is repulsive to everyone, life is barely worth leading. when a stranger comes to her home and shatters everything she thought she knew about herself, it could just be the best thing that ever happened to her. But the fears of losing herself to a man are something that could just keep her from the man that has wanted her from the first moment their eyes meet. But Logan will only take heer if she can come to him willingly. With a few fumbles and fights along the way Cleo will have to discover herself on the path to winning her husband’s heart.
Lord Logan McKinney just need a wife, preferably one with lots a zeros in her dowry. If only the women of the ton could spark just a bit of interest in him outside of the package they present. Just about ready to give up completely, Logan meets Cleo for the first time and suddenly no other woman matters. Just like the cheesy romance themes it was love at first sight, only this time it is the man falling hard and trying to convince the woman of his feelings. Just how much will Logan endure before even his love is dashed? And can he convince Cleo that not all men are like her step father?
While the beginning of this story was quite dismal, I was glad to see it pick up a bit so that I could see how Logan and Cleo make out in the end. I was a bit leery about ready a second story of a series without having the first story under my belt first but I think it made this one even better. Sophie Jordan is an author that I have read quite a bit of in the past a loved the majority of her works. While I do with that Cleo and Logan were a bit more believable at times I think the emotion was there and it made up for everything else in spades. If you like historical romances and are wanting one with a strong heroine than this is a story, you will want to add to your TBR pile.
“omance. Historical romance. A man pursuing the woman he wants. Sounds like my kind of book. Sophia Jordan delivered just that with her book Lessons from a Scandalous Bride.
A young woman has watched her mother at the hands of her stepfather. The drunken man kept her mother pregnant and watched with uncaring eyes as many of the children died at birth or soon after. When she has to find a husband, she chooses a man who can’t perform his husbandly duties. She has it all planned out until she meets one man that causes her heart and body to explode.
This is not a fast paced story. It’s not a thriller. It’s a romance. The pace is easy going and not too slow. The story is not a complicated plotline. I don’t see how it is meant to be. The author has done an excellent job in keeping the reader going without being too slow, too boring, or anything having the reader put the book down before they finish.
What I love about Ms. Jordan’s writing is the fact she explores the feelings and thoughts of the main characters. The characters are not flat. They are real and complicated. Ms. Jordan’s use of slight humor and bantering between the characters keeps the story moving and is something I love in a story.
There are a few intimate scenes in this book. They are not extremely graphic and can be skipped over but you could easily miss important happenings.
This book was a great read. Perfect for a vacation, a beach read, or a lazy afternoon on the couch. I’ll have to put it on my enjoyable read list.
Note: This book was provided by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review.”