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The Bartered Bride by Anne Weale released on Jul 24, 1998 is available now for purchase.


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  1. 4 out of 5

    Naksed

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The "hero" of this story is a banker who likes to collect all sorts of things, real estate, antiques, works of art, and now he wants to add a socialite wife of convenience to his collection. Not creepy at all, right? It gets better. Hero proposes to the heroine by handing her a scrapbook with pictures of all the possessions he has accumulated over the years. Guess whose picture is on the last page??? Yup, this is getting less and less creepy. Hero's bargain is that he is going to pay all her father' The "hero" of this story is a banker who likes to collect all sorts of things, real estate, antiques, works of art, and now he wants to add a socialite wife of convenience to his collection. Not creepy at all, right? It gets better. Hero proposes to the heroine by handing her a scrapbook with pictures of all the possessions he has accumulated over the years. Guess whose picture is on the last page??? Yup, this is getting less and less creepy. Hero's bargain is that he is going to pay all her father's debts and ensure she and her widowed mom will continue to enjoy the lavish lifestyle they are accustomed to. In exchange, heroine will keep his bed warm and dutifully churn out heirs to preserve hero's long, illustrious line of English merchant bankers. Heroine puts up the required protestations before caving in pretty quickly. She convinces herself she would never have let herself be bought like a cheap trinket if it weren't for saving her poor, frail mother. The old dear apparently is all set to suffer a nervous breakdown if she is evicted from their stately manor home, particularly the garden she has lovingly grown for decades, because she doesn't have any friends, and the only things she talks to are her plants. LOL Rich people problems! On their honeymoon, hero is absolutely furious that the heroine turns out to be a virgin. He wanted a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom and he has no time to train a virgin for Pete'sake. This basic asshole decides to change hotels and order a double room with two twin beds for the rest of their honeymoon because he is so horrified at her "deception" and the prospect of deflowering a virgin. LMAO. As he looks at his wife's long legs clad in tiny shorts and hiking boots, he reminisces about the short-term affair he had with a sexy French climber on a previous vacation, before she regretfully had to go back to her job. Such class... They go on like this until the horny self-sacrificing heroine finally ends up seducing him. Fortunately for hero, his virgin wife turns out to be one of those women with a natural aptitude for sex. Jackpot! (And totally believable). Now that the bedroom business is all set, time to turn to the emotional side of their marriage. Lucky for heroine, watching her husband dangle precariously while climbing a rock cliff helps to make up her mind so she doesn't have to think too hard or too long. She luuuuurves him!!! However, she is tortured by the BRAND NEW PIECE OF INFORMATION that this is a marriage of convenience only and the hero will never reciprocate her love, cause he thinks of her only slightly as sexier than his Civil War-era stamp collection. So our heroine runs away.... All the way... Far, far away... to his grandmother's house. Not hers, his. He comes thundering after her and she decides to hide in the pantry where lo and behold! She eavesdrop his confession to his grandmother that he is in love with her too. Egads! Heroine burst out of her hiding place and they have a tearful reunion. But wait, there's more! Hero has had another epiphany simultaneous to the one where he realized he was in luuuuuurve with his bought, formerly virgin and currently Sex Goddess wife of convenience. He wants to quit the banking business and become a full time professional climber. Heroine is eager to follow him to the ends of the earth in his pursuit of his dream, since she has no ambitions, interests or dreams of her own. Blech :(

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I really liked this one. I found the writing fresh and unpretentious. The characters are pretty likable, with realistic viewpoints. For her young age, Francesca has a very good head on her shoulders. She’s a very grounded young woman, and she’s no pushover. I like that she can and does stand up to Reid, who has a very forceful personality. I appreciated getting Reid’s viewpoint in this story. He thought he had things all figured out. It’s funny that Francesca knows herself better than he does him I really liked this one. I found the writing fresh and unpretentious. The characters are pretty likable, with realistic viewpoints. For her young age, Francesca has a very good head on her shoulders. She’s a very grounded young woman, and she’s no pushover. I like that she can and does stand up to Reid, who has a very forceful personality. I appreciated getting Reid’s viewpoint in this story. He thought he had things all figured out. It’s funny that Francesca knows herself better than he does himself, even though he’s more than ten years older than her. She’s comfortable with who she is, and doesn’t need to put on facades or to live up to what other’s expectations of her were. Granted, Reid had a lot more responsibility on his shoulders at a younger age. However, Francesca’s life wasn’t without its bumps, despite being the daughter of a rich businessman. Her father wasn’t a good father and certainly wasn’t a good husband, despite the outward appearances of being a generous man. He was a cheater, and the whole family knew it. It probably was part of why Francesca was sexually circumspect, although I believe she used her devotion/crush on Julian, the chauffeur’s son as an excuse. Deep down, I don’t think that was really her style, even though she didn’t think of herself as an old-fashioned girl. Only one thing bugged me about this book: (view spoiler)[ Reid was pretty mean and unreasonable when he found out Francesca was a virgin. I mean, really? Are you that upset that your wife didn’t sleep around? In his words, he wasn’t looking forward to teaching her the sexual ropes. He wasn’t very nice about it, either. I think that Francesca handled it pretty well, taking his immaturity about that in stride. I think Reid needed to get over himself, and he did, with Francesca’s coaxing, thankfully. (hide spoiler)] A WTH moment was for me when he expected Francesca to sleep with him in his stuffy grandmother’s house before they were married. I think that would kill any girl’s libido, but that’s just me. In many ways, Reid was such a guy, for a banker type. But it turns out that he’s a lot more than that. I like the way hints are dropped about Reid being more than just a stuffy businessman throughout the story. Francesca and the reader come to a conclusion that Reid is more than he appears to be, and we turn out to be right. I’m not sure I’ve read a lot of Anne Weale, but I forsee reading more of her books in my future. I found this book definitely worth my time. She’s a good writer. Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The story reviews itself: Expecting him to be a middle-aged toad, Francesca was surprised when the man who rose from behind the large orderly desk was a tall, dark thirtysomething, not precisely handsome but undeniably personable. Reid "You're in trouble, I hear." Francesca "Why did you send for me?" Important to note: Her dirtbag father was in a financial mess and then he unexpectedly died leaving his family in debt. Reid "I need a wife. You need financial support. I had you checked out, very discr The story reviews itself: Expecting him to be a middle-aged toad, Francesca was surprised when the man who rose from behind the large orderly desk was a tall, dark thirtysomething, not precisely handsome but undeniably personable. Reid "You're in trouble, I hear." Francesca "Why did you send for me?" Important to note: Her dirtbag father was in a financial mess and then he unexpectedly died leaving his family in debt. Reid "I need a wife. You need financial support. I had you checked out, very discreetly, by a private detective. If you agree to marry me, your mother won't have to move and you won't have to worry about her future. I'll take care of that." Francesca refused. ...the next evening, after showing up on her doorstep, unannounced: Reid "I'll call you in the morning. After you've slept on the idea, you may find it more appealing." Francesca "Thanks for the warning. I'll take the phone off the hook." They live in Harlequin-land and get married. He expects sex and she is a virgin but she failed to tell him this. And she believes she loves her childhood friend even though the guy was clueless and married someone else. Have I moved into HPlandia yet? I promised myself I wouldn't write any spoilers though I am chomping at the bit to do so. Because of my decision, I feel I can't rate the story and I won't go overboard on my tags. If you love HP romances, read the story and then let me know what you think of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    seton

    Genre: category romance Sensuality: PG Tags: older man (12 yrs), virgin h, MOC, the Pyrenees

  5. 4 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    Contract—one wife! Reid Kennard is a ruthless financier used to buying and selling stocks, shares and priceless artifacts. But now Reid has his eye on a very different acquisition—Francesca Turner. Left destitute by her father's recent death, Francesca had walked into Reid's bank looking to extend her overdraft rather than for a marriage proposal! As Fran needs money and Reid needs a wife, he proposes the perfect barter: he'll rescue her and her family if she'll agree to marry him! But in this mar Contract—one wife! Reid Kennard is a ruthless financier used to buying and selling stocks, shares and priceless artifacts. But now Reid has his eye on a very different acquisition—Francesca Turner. Left destitute by her father's recent death, Francesca had walked into Reid's bank looking to extend her overdraft rather than for a marriage proposal! As Fran needs money and Reid needs a wife, he proposes the perfect barter: he'll rescue her and her family if she'll agree to marry him! But in this marriage of convenience can Fran ever be anything more than a bartered bride?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    OK but a little boring.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Nutting

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna

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    Delana

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taylijane

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nan Comargue

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Murray

  14. 4 out of 5

    Floqueta

  15. 4 out of 5

    Irina B

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria Pedersen

  17. 5 out of 5

    carol jeffries

  18. 5 out of 5

    MissKitty

  19. 5 out of 5

    Frances Gray Tomordy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue Mapp Harper

  21. 4 out of 5

    priyadarshini

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nikinkira

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eddy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Bizzanelli

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ranjna

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anissa Resti

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elena

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beeg Panda

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Una Proposición Sorprendente

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