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I ve given this a B at AAR.Christine Merrill joins forces with three other Harlequin Historical authors to bring us a new series of four books under the title The Society of Wicked Gentlemen The gentlemen in question are a group of friends of differing backgrounds who met at university and who now jointly own a rather scandalous and extremely popular club at which members of the ton can freely indulge their vices, whether their preference is for strong drink, high stakes gaming, sexual pec I ve given this a B at AAR.Christine Merrill joins forces with three other Harlequin Historical authors to bring us a new series of four books under the title The Society of Wicked Gentlemen The gentlemen in question are a group of friends of differing backgrounds who met at university and who now jointly own a rather scandalous and extremely popular club at which members of the ton can freely indulge their vices, whether their preference is for strong drink, high stakes gaming, sexual peccadillos or a mixture of all three.Mr formerly Major Frederick Challenger, was, before he went to war, quite as ready as any of the club s clientele to indulge in those very same vices Coming from a family whose name is a byword for scandal, Fred s way of dealing with the fact that his parents and siblings were known for their many excesses, affairs and public embarrassments was to out debauch them all with his wild ways and scandalous behaviour But now that s all changed A veteran of Waterloo, Fred discovered he preferred the organisation of military life to hedonism and he has turned his life around to become a sober, uptight and somewhat joyless businessman who now regards the sort of organised debauchery to be found at Vitium et Virtus Vice and Virtue as something almost mind numbingly dull.Georgiana Knight s stepmother is absolutely desperate to get her step daughter married off and out of her home, and is constantly pressuring her to accept the suit of Sir Nash Bowles, a relative of hers whom Georgiana very much dislikes When Georgiana s maid tells her that Bowles has a reputation worse than any rake, she decides she has to take steps to avoid marrying a lecher and comes up with a rather silly, it has to be said plan to expose his unsavoury activities by going to the notorious club of which he is a member, seeing what goes on for herself and then telling her father why she doesn t want to marry him It s only when she finds herself in the middle of a darkened room surrounded by men eager to bid for the opportunity to deflower her that Georgiana realises her scheme might not have been such a good one after all.When a masked but clearly furious man outbids everyone, disperses the crowd and then literally carries her out of the room, Georgiana doesn t quite know whether to be afraid or annoyed It s only when he reveals his identity that she decides on annoyed ever since Frederick Challenger refused an introduction to her one evening at Almack s she s had the feeling he s forever finding fault with her.Frederick is similarly irritated to discover the identity of his purchase Ever since he overheard her stepmother describing him to Georgiana as eligible and rich, he has retreated behind a wall of ice and done his best to avoid her Each time he has seen her, she is doing something outside the bounds of propriety, and given the reputation owned by his family, the last thing he needs is to be associated with a woman who can t seem to abide by the rules of society An association is, however, unavoidable when Sir Nash Bowles insists that he will ensure word gets around about Georgiana s appearance at the club unless she marries him, leaving Frederick no alternative but to offer for her himself He might not like the woman, but condemning her to a life with a pervert like Bowles is something he cannot bring himself to do.Georgina recognises that she s trapped between a rock and a hard place Frederick Challenger wouldn t have been her husband of choice, but he s most definitely the lesser of two evils and she agrees to marry him after he makes it clear that theirs will be a marriage in name only and that they will live separate lives When Georgiana greets this idea enthusiastically, Fred can t help but be just a little put out and wonders what on earth he s doing, depriving himself of the only benefit he could gain from their union Georgiana is lovely, vivacious and he s strongly attracted to her, yet no matter how many times his friends tell him how lucky he is to have found such a beautiful, clever and delightful bride, and that she s just the person to pull him out of the funk he s been in since he returned from the Peninsula, all he sees is the potential for disaster and indiscretion.It would be easy to see Fred simply as a stiff necked, over starched prig who is intent on maintaining the double standards so prevalent at the time the book is set Because of this, it s easy to understand why a woman like Georgiana who has spent the last several years listening to the endless criticisms of her stepmother would resent his attempts to dictate her behaviour and insist that she behave as a pattern card of propriety Yet through it all, he is somehow a sympathetic character, especially when his family circumstances are taken into account He s the only responsible adult in his family and desperately wants to make sure that his younger siblings don t fall into the same patterns of behaviour as their elders Because of this, he imposes a higher standard upon himself and by extension, his wife and has encased himself in a prison of his own making and become a victim of his own inflexibility.So often in this sort of story spirited heroine meets starchy hero the heroine is childish and deliberately contrary, getting herself into stupid scrapes because she ignores good advice and is generally a pain in the arse That isn t the case here, and I really appreciated Ms Merrill s presentation of Georgiana as thoroughly likeable and not at all TSTL She does make mistakes, but they are either the result of ignorance such as when she goes shopping with Fred s sister in law without knowing he wouldn t have wanted it or because of a situation created as a result of her stepmother s dislike of her Much of the time, Fred and Georgiana s battle of wits is lively and amusing and the attraction between them is strong and well developed so that by the time they finally hit the sheets, the sexual tension is so thick it could be cut with a knife The addition of the physical dimension to their married life quickly dissipates a lot of the strain that has existed between them and they finally start to develop a better understanding of each other.I enjoyed the book, although a couple of flaws have affected my final grade Firstly, Fred s unbending attitude towards Georgiana goes on for perhaps a bit too long, and it starts to seem that every time they reach a kind of understanding, something happens to push them back to square one After a while this got frustrating and ultimately it leads to the second flaw in that the story is somewhat unbalanced The final chapters and ending are very rushed, and I can t help wishing that the author had spenttime on the resolution to the couple s difficulties and their ILY moments, and less on setting up the conflict, which is very well established by the half way point and didn t need to be hammered home to quite such an extent.With those reservations expressed, however, A Convenient Bride for the Soldier is entertaining and the two central characters are engaging and well written I m happy to give it a qualified recommendation Georgiana is horrified when her father and step mother give her the ultimatum She must marry her step mother s cousin It s time she wed and they don t see why she s rejecting him But Georgiana has heard horrible things about him and decides to enter a pleasure house to catch him in the act Little does she know that he wants her for her dowry just as much as he wants her for other,horrifying things But her plans go awry and Captain Challenger rushes to the rescue The outcome is not wh Georgiana is horrified when her father and step mother give her the ultimatum She must marry her step mother s cousin It s time she wed and they don t see why she s rejecting him But Georgiana has heard horrible things about him and decides to enter a pleasure house to catch him in the act Little does she know that he wants her for her dowry just as much as he wants her for other,horrifying things But her plans go awry and Captain Challenger rushes to the rescue The outcome is not what either wanted But they must make the best of it and move forward.I love regency fiction so picked this book hoping it was all about romance and intrigue It was, but there seemed to be missing the usual element from the typical regency romance that I enjoy That isn t to say it wasn t a fun book, it just didn t really fit my style The author did a great job of creating tension and angst But the chemistry between the two was slightly off to me The majority of the book was focused on their relationship, or lack of it, and Mr Challenger s business issues I would have preferred less angst and fighting andconnections So overall, this was a nice story to read, but it didn t really fit with what I was hoping it would be.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley All thoughts expressed are my own These characters are salty as hell with each other, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it Full review to come if I remember P Good book Georgiana is a young woman trapped in a no win situation She doesn t get along with her stepmother, who wants her married off and out of the house Unfortunately, her only suitor is a relative of her stepmother s, one who hides an unsavory reputation under a veneer of respectability George thinks that her only option is to get the proof of Nash s activities and denounce him to her father She comes up with a plan to sneak into a gentlemen s club and use herself as bait to catch him Good book Georgiana is a young woman trapped in a no win situation She doesn t get along with her stepmother, who wants her married off and out of the house Unfortunately, her only suitor is a relative of her stepmother s, one who hides an unsavory reputation under a veneer of respectability George thinks that her only option is to get the proof of Nash s activities and denounce him to her father She comes up with a plan to sneak into a gentlemen s club and use herself as bait to catch him Instead, she is caught by one of the owners, and to save her reputation has to marry him.Fred and his friends started the club after they were done with university as a way to indulge their wild behavior It was great when they were younger, but Fred saw a different side of life during the war and the debaucheries of the club no longer appeal When he spotted George in the club and saw who was after her, he had to intervene He did not realize who he d rescued until she was unmasked.Fred and George have a history, and not a pleasant one She had run afoul of him when her stepmother was overheard commenting on his suitability as a mate He has made her disdain for her plain ever since, even though she hadn t done anything herself Also, her stepmother s constant criticism has sometimes caused her to rebel in ways that can be seen as inappropriate, further irritating Fred Neither was at all happy to be forced into marriage, and agree to a marriage in name only and living separate lives George looks forward to the freedom allowed a married woman and isn t at all happy when Fred lays down a long list of rules for her to follow to avoid any hint of scandal George isn t about to go from one prison to another.I will say that it took me a little while to warm up to both George and Fred I thought George was a bit too headstrong, which didn t mix well with her naivet She didn t think through to the problems that could arise from her plan to stop Sir Nash While I understood her problems with her stepmother, who was a real witch of a woman, there were times George might have been smarter just to play along However, by the time the wedding came, I was looking forward to seeing what kind of havoc she would inflict on Fred to get him to loosen up Fred gave the initial impression of being a snob and a prig, which seemed incongruous with his profession as the owner of a scandalous gentlemen s club His attitude becameunderstandable when his family circumstances are explained Though in his early life he reacted to their scandalous behavior by trying to outdo them, after the war he changed his life around in an attempt to provide a better example for his younger siblings Unfortunately, he goes overboard and makes life miserable for himself and those around him.After the wedding, the fun really picked up Fred is determined to keep George under control and she is equally determined to be herself Under it all is a chemistry that neither can deny, but don t want to admit George is spirited but doesn t purposely go against Fred s wishes She just wants him to realize that she isn t the immature child he thinks she is She was a little nervous about the shopping trip with her sister in law, but the woman is family, so she thought it would be fine Fred s reaction to her dress and his actions at the ball that night made her feel wonderful His fury over the source of the dress was excessive considering those actions I loved his confusion at her willingness to leave London, since he thought it was a punishment and she was looking forward to it I enjoyed seeing Fred s battle with himself as he tried to reconcile his attraction and fascination with her and his certainty that she was a disaster waiting to happen I loved seeing the attraction between them build and enjoyed when they finally gave in to it The closeness brought on by their physical connection also gives them a chance to get to know and understand each other better George finds herself wanting a real marriage and feels that they are well on the way to having that However, Fred is still haunted by his fears and makes a decision that drives George away I ached for her and how her attempt to be fully a part of Fred s life instead broke her heart I liked her inner strength as she dealt with her pain I loved the scene on Bond Street and the eye opening effect it had on Fred His big moment at the end was funny, sweet and hopeful for a new beginning.I liked meeting the other partners in the club also, and look forward to their stories I liked their support of Fred at his wedding, even though they questioned what he was doing I loved Oliver s chat with Fred a few days later, the change in his feelings about the marriage and what brought it about It had me laughing out loud, especially Fred s reaction I also liked Jake He seems to be as haunted as Fred I liked how he tried to make Fred see that George was what he needed to bring him back to life I was intrigued by their comments about their other partner, the missing and possibly dead Nick I suspect that we will be learningabout him as the series goes on Bought for Ten Thousand Pounds Ex soldier Frederick Challenger may own a share of London s most secret gentlemen s club, but he has long since stopped sampling its delightsuntil a beautiful woman auctions her innocenceGeorgiana Knight s plan had been to lure in a villain, but instead she s trapped the devil himself And now, to protect her reputation, she must marry him But if Frederick has hopes of taming this temptress, he ll have to think againThe Society of Wicked Gentlemen The hour is late and the stakes are high [Ebook] ➢ Paid Boyfriend By kimpyvon – Lavons.co.uk but he has long since stopped sampling its delightsuntil a beautiful woman auctions her innocenceGeorgiana Knight s plan had been to lure in a villain [Ebook] ➧ Pro PHP XML and Web Services ➭ Robert Richards – Lavons.co.uk but instead she s trapped the devil himself And now [Read] ➬ Lyrics of Life Author Abraham Messler Quick – Lavons.co.uk to protect her reputation ❮Read❯ ➹ Wahhabism ➼ Author Hamid Algar – Lavons.co.uk she must marry him But if Frederick has hopes of taming this temptress ❴Read❵ ➵ Mon Premier Meurtre Author Leena Lehtolainen – Lavons.co.uk he ll have to think againThe Society of Wicked Gentlemen The hour is late and the stakes are high Thanks go to the publisher and Net Galley for the opportunity to read A Convenient Bride for the Soldier This is the first book I have read by Ms Merrill, and I enjoyed the story It did take me time to warm up to the characters, but the plot kept me engaged until I grew to like them I was very glad they found their happy ending.The pacing is nice and steady, and I enjoyed the secondary characters a great deal I will definitely look for other books in the series The romance between Georgian Thanks go to the publisher and Net Galley for the opportunity to read A Convenient Bride for the Soldier This is the first book I have read by Ms Merrill, and I enjoyed the story It did take me time to warm up to the characters, but the plot kept me engaged until I grew to like them I was very glad they found their happy ending.The pacing is nice and steady, and I enjoyed the secondary characters a great deal I will definitely look for other books in the series The romance between Georgianna and Frederick was very satisfying If you enjoy a story with an intriguing plot and engaging characters, the you will enjoy A Convenient Bride for the Soldier Happy reading A Convenient Bride for the Soldier is the first book in The Society of Wicked Gentlemen series by Christine Merrill.Georgiana Knight is being pushed towards marrying her step mother s cousin who is only after her dowry, and is everything no woman would want in a man In order to show her father that the man is perverted she means to catch him out in an infamous club where anything goes Her attempts go horribly wrong when not only does she not catch him out, he catches her at her game, and the o A Convenient Bride for the Soldier is the first book in The Society of Wicked Gentlemen series by Christine Merrill.Georgiana Knight is being pushed towards marrying her step mother s cousin who is only after her dowry, and is everything no woman would want in a man In order to show her father that the man is perverted she means to catch him out in an infamous club where anything goes Her attempts go horribly wrong when not only does she not catch him out, he catches her at her game, and the only way she can save face is to be rescued by the club s owner.Frederick Challenger is that owner, and inadvertently he is the one that caused Georgiana s plan to backfire A gentleman through and through he feels honour bound to rescue her, and does it the only way he can, by saying that they are betrothed and then of course having to propose and marry her afterwards.There is a huge physical attraction between Fred and Georgiana, but his demands that she be everything that is prim and proper goes against the grain She s been under her step mother s thumb for so long, she needs to be able to have a little freedom now Can she prove to him that there is a middle ground where one can live a little without bringing scandal down around their heads This story was very much a romance and nice to read I definitely enjoyed Fred and Georgiana s story, but I think a sub plot or two would have been a bonus, and it could have had a bitdrama Georgiana s step mother could have had a much bigger part with her evil ways, and I would have loved to see the response her father had when he finds out something that his wife has done It s the detail like that which I find can really add to a story On the plus side there were some lovely laugh out loud moments and the perfect ending with a novel way of declaring love I will definitely be reading the following books in the series, but do hope they are a littleexciting.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book Miniseries The Society of Wicked Gentlemen Miniseries The Society of Wicked Gentlemen Recieved fromm Mills and Boon Insiders in return for an honest review Naughtiness 4 Im so thrilled that I reviewed this title, it s been a while since I ve read one of Christine books and I am never going to wait that long again and I definitely have catching up to do as life got in the way for a while I ve adored many of Christine titles in the past and will most definitely be reading a lotAs always I never give spoilers as it s unfair to the author aswell as potential readers aswell as Recieved fromm Mills and Boon Insiders in return for an honest review Naughtiness 4 Im so thrilled that I reviewed this title, it s been a while since I ve read one of Christine books and I am never going to wait that long again and I definitely have catching up to do as life got in the way for a while I ve adored many of Christine titles in the past and will most definitely be reading a lotAs always I never give spoilers as it s unfair to the author aswell as potential readers aswell as that the blurb on the back gives a few teasers away without me doing so However I will say that I most definitely loved this book, it takes you on a journey most definitely, it captivates and pulls you in then tune everything else out Reading the story I ve felt emotions on the characters behalf have also laughed with them and wept been excited and enraged and I loved every moment Any who love historical romance with a side of naughtiness and giggles will love this book, it can be read as a stand alone but has 3 adding to it shortly by some of Christines fellow authors, also amazing writers and I garuntee will be collecting them all as I m eager for the next definitely Thank you dear Lady Christine for writing this awesome book and thank you to Insiders for offering to let me read it xxxx Georgiana Knight is being pushed to marry her stepmother s cousin Nash Bowles but she learns from her maid that he s not all he seems So she plans to lure Bowles by visiting a secret club, but instead she s trapped the devil himself Ex soldier Frederick Challenger may own a share of London s most secret gentlemen s club, but he has long since stopped sampling its delights until a beautiful woman auctions her innocence.However all good plans go awry now George must marry Fred to protect her r Georgiana Knight is being pushed to marry her stepmother s cousin Nash Bowles but she learns from her maid that he s not all he seems So she plans to lure Bowles by visiting a secret club, but instead she s trapped the devil himself Ex soldier Frederick Challenger may own a share of London s most secret gentlemen s club, but he has long since stopped sampling its delights until a beautiful woman auctions her innocence.However all good plans go awry now George must marry Fred to protect her reputation Fred thinks to send George to the country they can live separate livesA very enjoyable read, George has been criticised for so long by her stepmother Marietta that she wants to be free to be herself but Fred has lots of rules that he wants her to abide by Fred is so dour rigid until he marries Gorge she begins to worm her way into his life The attraction between the pair is obvious from the start but it takes time before they act upon it This was a straight forward story I loved the way Fred finally declared himself The verbal spats were very entertaining added lots of humour to the book I would have liked to have seen how George s father dealt with his wife over the letters feel this would have added to the story Overall a well written delightful book, I look forward to reading the other books in the seriesMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read A Convenient Bride for the Soldier


About the Author: Christine Merrill

Christine Merrill has wanted to be an author for as long as she can remember But one thing stood in her way touch typing.Six weeks spent on an IBM Selectric in her Sopho year of high school proved that she would never be able to produce one readable page of manuscript, much less several hundred.Twenty years passed, and she found ways to pass the time marrying her high school sweetheart having two sons and taking an assortment of jobs in professional theater costume shops, including a miserable year and a half spent styling wigs for a certain hamburger selling clown who shall remain nameless, since I don t want to incur the wrath of a major American corporation and a couple of weeks working on a TV movie with one of the sexiest men alive whose name I m happy to drop Mark Harmon.During that time, someone invented word processing, and a reliable spell checker.Christine returned to her childhood dream, only to discover that there wasto the whole writing thing than accurate typing The next years were spent learning to tell stories that people might want to read, and trying to find someone who wanted to buy them Her chance came when she won the RWA s Golden Heart Competition for unpublished manuscripts The winning story, soon to be known as THE INCONVENIENT DUCHESS, was bought by the contest judges, the delightful editors at Mills Boon, in Richmond, Surrey.Christine is now busy writing her fifth book, and isthan slightly jealous that her manuscripts get to visit England, while she stays home in Wisconsin


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