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A vow to remain unwed ​and a bargain designed to find her a husband. What could possibly go wrong? Elsie and her two best friends made a childhood vow to never marry. But when Elsie begins her first season in London, her mother presents her with an irresistible bargain: if she says yes to each and every man’s invitations and still remains unattached by the end of the season, A vow to remain unwed ​and a bargain designed to find her a husband. What could possibly go wrong? Elsie and her two best friends made a childhood vow to never marry. But when Elsie begins her first season in London, her mother presents her with an irresistible bargain: if she says yes to each and every man’s invitations and still remains unattached by the end of the season, she will receive her inheritance and become a free woman. She is thrown into the spotlight by increasing attention in the newspaper gossip articles, and keeping her end of the bargain seems impossible—especially when her best friend’s tyrant of a brother, Lord Cameron, begins to make advances that Elsie literally cannot refuse. The gossip grows increasingly malicious, leaving destroyed reputations and broken homes in its wake, and Elsie can’t seem to escape its focus. But it’s her own blossoming feelings for Lord Cameron that pose the greater threat. If she can’t keep him out of her heart, she’s sure to compromise the bargain, break her vow, and lose her one shot at freedom for good.


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A vow to remain unwed ​and a bargain designed to find her a husband. What could possibly go wrong? Elsie and her two best friends made a childhood vow to never marry. But when Elsie begins her first season in London, her mother presents her with an irresistible bargain: if she says yes to each and every man’s invitations and still remains unattached by the end of the season, A vow to remain unwed ​and a bargain designed to find her a husband. What could possibly go wrong? Elsie and her two best friends made a childhood vow to never marry. But when Elsie begins her first season in London, her mother presents her with an irresistible bargain: if she says yes to each and every man’s invitations and still remains unattached by the end of the season, she will receive her inheritance and become a free woman. She is thrown into the spotlight by increasing attention in the newspaper gossip articles, and keeping her end of the bargain seems impossible—especially when her best friend’s tyrant of a brother, Lord Cameron, begins to make advances that Elsie literally cannot refuse. The gossip grows increasingly malicious, leaving destroyed reputations and broken homes in its wake, and Elsie can’t seem to escape its focus. But it’s her own blossoming feelings for Lord Cameron that pose the greater threat. If she can’t keep him out of her heart, she’s sure to compromise the bargain, break her vow, and lose her one shot at freedom for good.

30 review for Love in the Bargain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I am such a sucker for a good regency romance. Seriously I might have an addiction. I wonder if the same author wrote a contemporary book if I would like it as much....hum. Anyway this was a great read. The author knows her regency time period. This is the first thing I have read of her's and I am impressed. The romance didn't even start till 30% and I was still hooked. These three girls, but especially Elsie just wrapped themselves around me and I wanted to hear there story. It was very well do I am such a sucker for a good regency romance. Seriously I might have an addiction. I wonder if the same author wrote a contemporary book if I would like it as much....hum. Anyway this was a great read. The author knows her regency time period. This is the first thing I have read of her's and I am impressed. The romance didn't even start till 30% and I was still hooked. These three girls, but especially Elsie just wrapped themselves around me and I wanted to hear there story. It was very well done and very satisfying:}

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The setup is intriguing: a young woman and her friends vow not to marry in the hopes that they can maintain some form of control over their own lives in a Regency where women have few rights and give all of them up to their husbands. In full awareness of her vow Elsie's mother makes her a deal she can't refuse: say yes to all invitations for a whole season, and if at the end of the season she hasn't formed an attachment to a man, then she can have her inheritance and her independence. But it's f The setup is intriguing: a young woman and her friends vow not to marry in the hopes that they can maintain some form of control over their own lives in a Regency where women have few rights and give all of them up to their husbands. In full awareness of her vow Elsie's mother makes her a deal she can't refuse: say yes to all invitations for a whole season, and if at the end of the season she hasn't formed an attachment to a man, then she can have her inheritance and her independence. But it's far from an easy challenge, with attention from one of her friend's brothers, an increasingly nasty gossip campaign about her in the newspapers and her friends faltering. The setup dragged me to this. A central premise that if fulfilled would go against the whole idea of a romance novel and with male characters all around that deeply justify Elsie's vow in the first place, I was intrigued to see how it could possibly turn out satisfactorily. Unfortunately, there's a simple answer to that: it can't. The male lead is an arse that gets away with far too much without consequences. Elsie's family are abominable and never receive a comeuppance, and the friends that Elsie suffers through so much for don't turn out to be honest with her at all. It's a great and fascinating start, but ends in an unsatisfying mess.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Echols

    Enjoyed This Romance I enjoyed this romance about one of three women who had made a pact while young schoolgirls to remain unmarried in order to not lose the power to govern their own lives to men. Well-written characters and plot twists kept the story interesting. I enjoyed the ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    She vows no man ..... Angst angst angst His touch ..... Angst angst angst. and more ..... Angst angst angst. Happily ever after. Simple pleasant Fun. 2 Nice Stars. TTS Listen. 100% Clean.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Enjoyable regency romance with a super cute storyline! I am looking forward to seeing what this new author writes in the future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    In this light-hearted read, Elsie barters with her parents for her financial freedom. She's made a pact with her girlhood friends to stay single but, in order for her to do so, her parents require her to have one Season in London. She's not allowed to say "no" to any invitations. Elsie tries a few different ideas to lessen her attractiveness to others. Her failures are amusing, to say the least. I've read a couple of books now by Kasey and she has a great way with a story's flow. I appreciate her In this light-hearted read, Elsie barters with her parents for her financial freedom. She's made a pact with her girlhood friends to stay single but, in order for her to do so, her parents require her to have one Season in London. She's not allowed to say "no" to any invitations. Elsie tries a few different ideas to lessen her attractiveness to others. Her failures are amusing, to say the least. I've read a couple of books now by Kasey and she has a great way with a story's flow. I appreciate her pace and tone.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deon

    I read this on #KindleUnlimited

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sonya Wasden

    Elsie was about to experience her first season as a debutante in England. Her friends, Freya and Rosie were also in London for their first season. These girls had made a pact when they were twelve years old and away at school together. They would never let a man control them so that meant they would never marry. They had all experienced either men who were controlling, tyrannical or just uninterested in them and their lives so they didn’t see the need to have a man in their life. They had all wa Elsie was about to experience her first season as a debutante in England. Her friends, Freya and Rosie were also in London for their first season. These girls had made a pact when they were twelve years old and away at school together. They would never let a man control them so that meant they would never marry. They had all experienced either men who were controlling, tyrannical or just uninterested in them and their lives so they didn’t see the need to have a man in their life. They had all watched their own mothers experience disappointment when their husbands had been less than involved, except to dictate behaviors or actions. Their aim was to get through their first season with as little disruption to their lives as possible. Unfortunately they each experienced something to thwart their efforts. Elsie had made a deal with her parents that if she never refused a man a dance, a walk, a ride, or a visit, then at the end of her season, if she was not affected by any man, she would be given her entire dowry and could live in whatever manner she pleased. That seemed like the best possible outcome for her but as her season proceeded, the gossip seemed to dog her at every turn. It seemed as if someone was out to ruin her before she even made her debut. Each girl experienced something that seemed devastating toward the end of their first season. It seemed, at times, that their friendship would not endure the trials they faced and that their trust of one another was waning. This was a wonderful debut by a new author. I felt that the characters were well developed and the story was interesting and engaging. I also appreciated the fact that there was no vulgarity or foul language. It was a clean read with a happy ending. Definitely my type of story. I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I had previously one other book by this author which was a lovely introduction to her writing style but this story took me on a journey which kept me intrigued & guessing the whole way. Whilst it is a romance, it is a sweet, clean read - I also like that there is an element of intrigue in this story & look forward to the next in the series! I can highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys clean Regency Era novels (which are my personal favourites), that have happ I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I had previously one other book by this author which was a lovely introduction to her writing style but this story took me on a journey which kept me intrigued & guessing the whole way. Whilst it is a romance, it is a sweet, clean read - I also like that there is an element of intrigue in this story & look forward to the next in the series! I can highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys clean Regency Era novels (which are my personal favourites), that have happy endings but also a few twists & turns along the way to make it that much more interesting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    The book opens with three young girls making a pact never marry. Fast forward to six years later, and the heroine of the novel, Elsie, is poised to have her first season at the age of eighteen. Her parents know of the pact, and of course, they don't approve. So her mother makes a bargain with her: if she agrees to fully participate in this season and not dissuade suitors, her parents will allow the release of her dowry if she genuinely does not have a bit of interest in one of the men who will p The book opens with three young girls making a pact never marry. Fast forward to six years later, and the heroine of the novel, Elsie, is poised to have her first season at the age of eighteen. Her parents know of the pact, and of course, they don't approve. So her mother makes a bargain with her: if she agrees to fully participate in this season and not dissuade suitors, her parents will allow the release of her dowry if she genuinely does not have a bit of interest in one of the men who will pursue her. This is definitely a different kind of Regency tale. It follows the three young women who initially made the pact during their first season. Elsie’s parent’s bargain has unintended consequences. Near the end of the book, Elsie realizes that she has been lied to by several people. To those who regularly read Regency, it was fascinating to really “see” the ins-and-outs of the gossip sheets and their impact on reputations and lives. Quite often this is hinted at in a Regency novel, but this book addresses this aspect of society head-on. I wasn't wild about Lord Cameron, whom I believe is meant to be the hero. But he acts in ways beyond unkind, and I had a hard time getting past that to be able to relate to him. I certainly didn't believe that he loves her. The end of the book seemed to come out of nowhere. I won't go into details, of course. The whole book was just kind of odd—and I realize now, feels a bit pointless—and in the end, left me feeling unsatisfied with the story. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review. Read my other reviews at https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    4.5 rounded to 5 stars. I received an ARC for free and am voluntarily leaving a review. I have a new favorite author! I have lately been in the mood to read books where women aim to go outside the societal norms of their time. With the book, Love in the Bargain, I was not disappointed! I laughed, I cried and I cheered! Three childhood friends, Freya, Elsie and Rosalyn, made a vow at a young age to be independent and put themselves first before anyone else. The goal was to be their own person and 4.5 rounded to 5 stars. I received an ARC for free and am voluntarily leaving a review. I have a new favorite author! I have lately been in the mood to read books where women aim to go outside the societal norms of their time. With the book, Love in the Bargain, I was not disappointed! I laughed, I cried and I cheered! Three childhood friends, Freya, Elsie and Rosalyn, made a vow at a young age to be independent and put themselves first before anyone else. The goal was to be their own person and not marry someone who would control them for the rest of their lives. Years later, they are very unhappy when their parents force them to have a season. There are so many different things I loved about this book. Some of the characters I adored, especially the character Cameron. (I think he would rival Jane Austen’s heroes. 😊 ) I would love to see the story from his POV. I also adored another character who made an appearance in the book too. There were times I liked Elsie’s parents and other times I wanted to shake them! I feel her mother would rival Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice! There were some minor issues with the book. There were typographical errors, such as “Are you are you,” which will hopefully be corrected once the book goes through final proofreading. Also, I thought the ending could have been a little longer. It seemed slightly abrupt and I couldn’t help but wish for more. Since so much happened in the first book of the series, I am curious how the rest of the series will progress, especially since a lot was revealed already. I would recommend this to fans of Jane Austen.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Meh is the best word to describe this book for me. I read this on unlimited kindle. Elsie and her friends made a vow to remain unmarried and gain their own independence at 12 years old. When it’s time for their first season, Elsie’s mother strikes up a bargain that if she says yes to every invitation from a male during the whole season then she would gain her dowry and wanted freedom. Can she and her reputation survive the season especially with Lord Carmone learns her secret? First, I was expect Meh is the best word to describe this book for me. I read this on unlimited kindle. Elsie and her friends made a vow to remain unmarried and gain their own independence at 12 years old. When it’s time for their first season, Elsie’s mother strikes up a bargain that if she says yes to every invitation from a male during the whole season then she would gain her dowry and wanted freedom. Can she and her reputation survive the season especially with Lord Carmone learns her secret? First, I was expecting the guy to find out about the bargain a lot sooner in the book. Second, he didn’t do much with it, which the about the book made it sound he courted her a lot more. I felt the characters weren’t developed well. The couple that ends up together felt dry. How it ended ... was confusing. *Spoiler* Her aunt was behind all the ideas of the book and articles. Freya (one of her friends) had a family secret come out in public because of the book giving gossip of people private lives. She was staying at Elsie’s aunt house at the end .... WHY? The aunt confessed to Elsie about the articles and book and wasn’t sorry about it. Then at the end, Elsie was acting she did nothing. Sorry, done ranting. I was hooked from the beginning. Overall I expected more in the relationships. More ... in general. There are many questions I have. I wish had Rosie story from this season because of her life and what happens. It is clean.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I have become quite the fan of Kasey’s books this year. Her three newest books have become some of my favorites—they’re written so well and you can’t help but love the characters. I didn’t love this book as much as I loved her newest books. The opening scene is really great: a “society of deserving females,” vowing never to marry so they would be granted the freedom they never saw their mothers have is golden. But I found I got confused by the girls when they were older. Rosalind getting angry a I have become quite the fan of Kasey’s books this year. Her three newest books have become some of my favorites—they’re written so well and you can’t help but love the characters. I didn’t love this book as much as I loved her newest books. The opening scene is really great: a “society of deserving females,” vowing never to marry so they would be granted the freedom they never saw their mothers have is golden. But I found I got confused by the girls when they were older. Rosalind getting angry at Freya, to do more than Freya was doing, was perhaps the most confusing. I didn’t understand ever. I also struggled to understand the deal with Lord Cameron. I didn’t really like him much. Honestly, I think if some things could have smoothed out more I would have liked it better. Some of the character & relationship development could have been clearer and stronger, and a plot point or two could have been cleared up. Anyway, it’s not bad but not my favorite. I’ll still read the rest in the series. As I said, Kasey has become one of my favorite authors and I’m excited to watch her develop as an author through the rest of this series. AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Read by Mary Sarah: I do not want to be mean, but this narrator actually made me crazy. Even listening at 1.5x speed she was just annoying.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiffani

    I really liked this one. I loved Elsie's strength of character. She had opportunities to sully someone's name or snub them and chose not to, even though they didn't do her the same favor. She had the maturity to realize that she didn't know their side of the story and chose to forgive. She was the glue that held her friendships together despite various trials. And I loved that despite how perfect she sounds from my descriptions, she really struggled internally to exhibit that grace. She even enc I really liked this one. I loved Elsie's strength of character. She had opportunities to sully someone's name or snub them and chose not to, even though they didn't do her the same favor. She had the maturity to realize that she didn't know their side of the story and chose to forgive. She was the glue that held her friendships together despite various trials. And I loved that despite how perfect she sounds from my descriptions, she really struggled internally to exhibit that grace. She even encountered a situation where she almost didn't forgive someone and came to discover the joy and healing that comes from forgiving. Anyway, she's my favorite character so far in this series besides Eleanor in book 3 (Though how was Elsie her parents' daughter?? The apple fell far from the tree in a good way.) I loved the following messages in this book: 1. Friendship is worth the effort to keep it 2. Connection helps us get through difficulties 3. Extending forgiveness heals and brings joy 4. Sincere love in marriage protects autonomy and brings happiness I highly recommend this one. (The reader hasn't bothered me since I listened to book 2. Was I just in a critical funk??)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Three friends while at Miss Smythe school for girls made a pact as bwst friends to never let a man control them amd have thier independence. Elise, Rosalyn , and Freya that day made the pact of the sisterhood of deserving females. Some years later they all are forced to have a season. Elise mother makes a pact with her to het her independence but she must go to all balls and recove her callers. While doing this she becomes the spotlight for the gossip column in the paper. While mad about the atte Three friends while at Miss Smythe school for girls made a pact as bwst friends to never let a man control them amd have thier independence. Elise, Rosalyn , and Freya that day made the pact of the sisterhood of deserving females. Some years later they all are forced to have a season. Elise mother makes a pact with her to het her independence but she must go to all balls and recove her callers. While doing this she becomes the spotlight for the gossip column in the paper. While mad about the attention Lord Cameron Rosalyn's brother seems to court Elise.when she finally realized her feeling for him a secret comes that might keep them apart. Which invloves a mysterious writer of a book alomg woth the gossip column . Will Elise allow herself to let her pact go or will she succumb to love which she never believed exsisted Sweet book . i really enjoyed watching these friends mature and possibly accept love. Well written and a page turner! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather W

    While in boarding school, three girls make a pact to become strong independent women and to never marry someone since the husband always has control of his wife. Fast forward to the time when Elsie has to be presented to society. Her parents know and disapprove of the pact but Elsie's mother declares that as long as Elsie accepts all invitations, she does not have to marry unless she wants to and she will receive her inheritance and become independent. Can Elsie trust her mother to hold her end While in boarding school, three girls make a pact to become strong independent women and to never marry someone since the husband always has control of his wife. Fast forward to the time when Elsie has to be presented to society. Her parents know and disapprove of the pact but Elsie's mother declares that as long as Elsie accepts all invitations, she does not have to marry unless she wants to and she will receive her inheritance and become independent. Can Elsie trust her mother to hold her end of the bargain? Will Elsie find someone who will make her forget about the pact? This was an interesting book and showed just how the gossip papers could totally ruin someone in society, even if they are innocent. There are good characters in this book, some of whom you both like and dislike, depending on what they have done at the time in the story. I will be very interested to read the other books in this series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Thornell

    This book was well-written and well-researched and captured my attention throughout. It was a different side of regency England than you usually see in sweet romance. The fact that women were at the whim of the men in their lives was not sugar-coated at all. The characters were very realistic--they had flaws, feelings, and relatable actions. The book is written in first person and only from the heroine's perspective, which was very well done, but I often wished I could hear from Lord Cameron and This book was well-written and well-researched and captured my attention throughout. It was a different side of regency England than you usually see in sweet romance. The fact that women were at the whim of the men in their lives was not sugar-coated at all. The characters were very realistic--they had flaws, feelings, and relatable actions. The book is written in first person and only from the heroine's perspective, which was very well done, but I often wished I could hear from Lord Cameron and get a glimpse into his thoughts to better understand him. There were SO many secrets/rumors/gossip sprinkled throughout the story that sometimes I was so confused and it made me feel like I was back in high school and the last person to know what was going on haha! That made the book more intriguing but also a little more frustrating! I'd rather not have been in the dark on Everything. However, it was very well done and the ending was cute and sweet!

  18. 5 out of 5

    AnnaMay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I seemed to not be able to 'get into' this story in a way that made me smile big and feel my heart grow in happiness. It rubbed me the wrong way, I guess. Maybe it made me uncomfortable because it was more real and messy. I'm unsure. I liked the individual characters, but I didn't like how surface everything seemed: It was like everyone was flitting about in their superficial ways. I guess that's what the ton was like, though. My favorite moments were when Elsie would say something true and genu I seemed to not be able to 'get into' this story in a way that made me smile big and feel my heart grow in happiness. It rubbed me the wrong way, I guess. Maybe it made me uncomfortable because it was more real and messy. I'm unsure. I liked the individual characters, but I didn't like how surface everything seemed: It was like everyone was flitting about in their superficial ways. I guess that's what the ton was like, though. My favorite moments were when Elsie would say something true and genuine and Cameron would gaze at her knowingly. I wish there could have been more between them without it wrapping up so fast. I wasn't able to really feel the emotion in their 2nd kiss. I think the writing was of a quality that I'd be willing to read the next 2 books and see if I liked them more. I'm sad I didn't really rave about this one. It could have just been my mood or something. :/

  19. 4 out of 5

    ⭐Richelle

    3.5⭐⭐⭐ Rounded up This was a new to me author. I was intrigued by the premise of the story, 3 young schoolgirls make a pact to never marry. Fast forward 6 years, and things are definitely not as their younger selves had imagined. Sticking to that pact was going to be much harder than any of them thought. I very much enjoyed this story. Elsie's mother could give Mrs. Bennett a run for obnoxious behavior. This book is written from a first person perspective, and as such, I felt like we really didn't 3.5⭐⭐⭐ Rounded up This was a new to me author. I was intrigued by the premise of the story, 3 young schoolgirls make a pact to never marry. Fast forward 6 years, and things are definitely not as their younger selves had imagined. Sticking to that pact was going to be much harder than any of them thought. I very much enjoyed this story. Elsie's mother could give Mrs. Bennett a run for obnoxious behavior. This book is written from a first person perspective, and as such, I felt like we really didn't get to know much about Lord Cameron. I really would have liked more of him in the story, and less of Elsie's all men are bad tripe. Overall, I did enjoy the story and planning to read the next in the series. Romance - Sweet and Clean Language - None (I'll apologize in advance if "the devil you say!" offends you) Violence - None

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marie Bourgery

    Rosalynn convinced Elsie and Freya to make a pact to never marry when they were twelve. But despite constantly reminding them to honor this pact, Rosalynn was secretly involved in a romance. Rosalynn’s brother Lord Cameron was not a nice man focusing the gossip in the paper on Elsie, and thus ruining her reputation. She forgave him too easily. Also Elsie shouldn’t have accepted her mother’s word that she would be given her dowry if she was agreeable and still unattached at the end of the season Rosalynn convinced Elsie and Freya to make a pact to never marry when they were twelve. But despite constantly reminding them to honor this pact, Rosalynn was secretly involved in a romance. Rosalynn’s brother Lord Cameron was not a nice man focusing the gossip in the paper on Elsie, and thus ruining her reputation. She forgave him too easily. Also Elsie shouldn’t have accepted her mother’s word that she would be given her dowry if she was agreeable and still unattached at the end of the season without verifying it with her father. I liked the sweet little terrier Coco that Elsie rescued. It seemed like Freya’s fate was undecided at the end of the book, so maybe her romance will appear in a future book? There was plenty of humor, some of if malicious, in this clean historical romance.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    It is interesting what a twelve year could possibly think that marriage was so horrible that it was to be avoided at all cost. When Freya, Rosalynn and Elsie made the pact to become respected spinsters and live out their lives together in a cottage it all seemed reasonable. Considering the different types of relationships each had with their parents it was easy to see why they were put off of marriage. At eighteen and facing their first season, the girls went through trying times in their relati It is interesting what a twelve year could possibly think that marriage was so horrible that it was to be avoided at all cost. When Freya, Rosalynn and Elsie made the pact to become respected spinsters and live out their lives together in a cottage it all seemed reasonable. Considering the different types of relationships each had with their parents it was easy to see why they were put off of marriage. At eighteen and facing their first season, the girls went through trying times in their relationships with each other and with men. This an okay read. When I read the subtitle of the book "Women of Worth" I definitely expected more substance to the story. This is a coming of age story and again it is just okay.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Elsie is surrounded by people she can’t trust. Someone close to her is tattling to the scandal rags. Her father has gambled away their entire fortune. And her manipulative controlling mother, who forced her into a bargain where she’s gambling her entire future, didn’t have any intention of following through. Even her aunt, seemingly her only source of strength, Is a gossip monger. Long ago, Elsie and her two best friends made a pact that they would never surrender their power to a man; they would Elsie is surrounded by people she can’t trust. Someone close to her is tattling to the scandal rags. Her father has gambled away their entire fortune. And her manipulative controlling mother, who forced her into a bargain where she’s gambling her entire future, didn’t have any intention of following through. Even her aunt, seemingly her only source of strength, Is a gossip monger. Long ago, Elsie and her two best friends made a pact that they would never surrender their power to a man; they would never marry. Now, as the three debutantes fight off societies advances and try to make a life for themselves, they must constantly fight the very people who are supposed to love them in order to stay true to their personal ideals.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MoonGarden

    Just fell short of what it could be I don't usually write 3 star reviews, but I just didn't feel like I could give this one more. It wasn't bad, in fact, 3 is supposed to be "I like it", I guess the main issue I have is the writing style. It felt more like an oral history than the type of novel I'm used to reading. I really didn't feel like I knew the characters at all, just what they said and did. I did enjoy the insight into the gossip articles that were prevalent in London society, however, th Just fell short of what it could be I don't usually write 3 star reviews, but I just didn't feel like I could give this one more. It wasn't bad, in fact, 3 is supposed to be "I like it", I guess the main issue I have is the writing style. It felt more like an oral history than the type of novel I'm used to reading. I really didn't feel like I knew the characters at all, just what they said and did. I did enjoy the insight into the gossip articles that were prevalent in London society, however, that was not enough to carry the whole story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    I feel some conflict with this book. I enjoyed reading it at least 4 stars worth but as I pondered the story after the fact I found enough flaws that I am not quite sure why I found it so enjoyable. Maybe because I really did like Elsie. But I was confused by her friend's behaviors and not fully convinced of the romance elements. Her parents didn't seem so bad initially but in the end I had no respect for them, especially her father. And I lost respect for the eccentric aunt as well. By the end I feel some conflict with this book. I enjoyed reading it at least 4 stars worth but as I pondered the story after the fact I found enough flaws that I am not quite sure why I found it so enjoyable. Maybe because I really did like Elsie. But I was confused by her friend's behaviors and not fully convinced of the romance elements. Her parents didn't seem so bad initially but in the end I had no respect for them, especially her father. And I lost respect for the eccentric aunt as well. By the end of the book Elsie really was the only character I truly liked. Yet I still enjoyed reading it. So I will look to read the next in the series. No sex, language or violence

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Every once in awhile you get a book that you have a hard time putting it down and when you finish reading you wanting to start it all over again. If you like Jane Austen I think you will like this book. I’m not comparing it to any Jane Austen book, because no one writes like Jane Austen; but it comes close. Some might have problems with how quick some are to forgive. The struggle is there, a love hate relationship. I know I’m not doing this book justice I don’t like giving anything away in my rev Every once in awhile you get a book that you have a hard time putting it down and when you finish reading you wanting to start it all over again. If you like Jane Austen I think you will like this book. I’m not comparing it to any Jane Austen book, because no one writes like Jane Austen; but it comes close. Some might have problems with how quick some are to forgive. The struggle is there, a love hate relationship. I know I’m not doing this book justice I don’t like giving anything away in my reviews. Would recommend. This is one I will read again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    This had me thinking a bit of Georgette Heyer. This new author definitely has her own style and is not a copycat. Georgette Heyer is queen but I found myself seeing their similarities. We were not told how the characters felt but shown. The romances and twists were subtle and not on the nose or overly flowery. It held a few surprises for me I didn't see. I lost all productivity and sleep so I could finish the story. I enjoyed the story staying clean and with the feel of the era. I will definitel This had me thinking a bit of Georgette Heyer. This new author definitely has her own style and is not a copycat. Georgette Heyer is queen but I found myself seeing their similarities. We were not told how the characters felt but shown. The romances and twists were subtle and not on the nose or overly flowery. It held a few surprises for me I didn't see. I lost all productivity and sleep so I could finish the story. I enjoyed the story staying clean and with the feel of the era. I will definitely read this whole series!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teri Ruscak

    Elise and Lord Cameron Love in the Bargain Kasey Stockton Elise made a bargain to never marry, with her best friends when she was young. Her mother made her a bargain-accept every gentlemen's offer during her season, and if the end-of-season she remains unmarried, she gets her inheritance and will be a free woman. That is so irresistible! However her best friend's brother Lord Cameron makes it hard for her to say no to anything. She can't resist him! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprou Elise and Lord Cameron Love in the Bargain Kasey Stockton Elise made a bargain to never marry, with her best friends when she was young. Her mother made her a bargain-accept every gentlemen's offer during her season, and if the end-of-season she remains unmarried, she gets her inheritance and will be a free woman. That is so irresistible! However her best friend's brother Lord Cameron makes it hard for her to say no to anything. She can't resist him! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I thought the premise was unique and intriguing, but the execution was drab. The protagonist was wishy washy and it was difficult to understand why she felt the way she did about anything. She hated her parents but loved them in the next sentence. She hates men and swears off marriage, but is sooo worried about her reputation. If she wants to take her inheritance and be a spinster, why would she care what society thought of her? None of the story really felt real and the incongruous storytelling I thought the premise was unique and intriguing, but the execution was drab. The protagonist was wishy washy and it was difficult to understand why she felt the way she did about anything. She hated her parents but loved them in the next sentence. She hates men and swears off marriage, but is sooo worried about her reputation. If she wants to take her inheritance and be a spinster, why would she care what society thought of her? None of the story really felt real and the incongruous storytelling didn't make me want to spend any more time with this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A new series called Women of Worth a story I enjoyed reading. Three childhood friends make a pact to not let a man rule their life's and to never marry. What happens when one of the three women falls in love after making a bargain with her mother that would see her get her inheritance and become a free woman? I enjoyed getting the answer to that question. I will be looking for the next book to come out. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Quinn Fforde

    I love historical romances, and this one had a great set-up. I was really excited to see what would happen. And then nothing did. We spent a lot of time reading about who was not speaking to whom. The best parts of the plot happened off the page. Cameron is a vague and shadowy figure that Elsie magically comes to love. Elsie did not mature much during the course of the story. I was disappointed, but I am going to try Freya's story.

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