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5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely Adorable
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2014
What a book! Hilarious, adorable, fantastic... I could go on. This is another fabulous traditional Regency Romance by Anita Mills. The writing is solid, the plot fascinating, and the characters are to die for. Alex is as dreamy and delicious a hero as was ever written. Ellen is an endearing heroine who refuses to sit by and let life happen to her. The side characters are fun as well and are well drawn. The plot is somewhat fantastic. The heroine flees her groom on their wedding night by leaping out his window. She lands on the Marquess of Trent who crashed the wedding for some reason and was drunkenly wandering around the garden at this point. She asks him to direct her to a posting house and the completely foxed Lord decides to take her there. Then decides to just take her wherever it is she is going and passes out in the carriage. He wakes up several hours later to discover that he has absconded with the bride and they are heading from London to York to the home of the heroine' s paternal aunt. Hijinx ensue from there. A Truly entertaining read. Absolutely Fantastic. Very very highly recommended for all Regency Romance lovers.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
I enjoyed it very much. Somebody said in a review that the plot was taken from The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer; however, the plot is completely different. I liked it and it was a fun read. I'm glad I bought it!
My mother brought up her 4 daughters on Georgette Heyer's novels in the 1970s, thank God! (such a help with SAT vocab! lol) I later discovered Jane Austen in the library; another lifelong boon.
This book is a thinly disguised copy of Mrs. Heyer's "The Corinthian" in terms of plot. A young lady with marital trouble (or pre-marital, in the case of G.H.) sneaks out a window into the arms of the hero, hijinks ensue, happily ever after, voila! Although this book IS good, there are no possible comparisons to "The Corinthian", with the exception of a nearly identical base plot. I was amazed at some of the similarities, and instantly reminded of G.H.
If you've read Mrs. Heyer's books, you will still enjoy this one. It certainly doesn't follow a true rendition of the way manners, etc, would have been carried out by this caste in this time period, but it's still a fun read. But do treat yourself to Mrs. Heyer. Her books were out of print for a while, and mercifully are available again. Like this book they're all nice and clean (for those of us who are not fans of Ms. Steele type books), witty, and written for pure escapist pleasure. Real life has enough trouble. I like my reading to be less real, thanks!
What happens when you put together a forcibly-wed and until recently, on the shelf, young lady and a rakehell marquess? It was Scandal Bound.
Miss Ellen Marling’s shallow father sold her to the elderly and overweight Baron Basil Brockhaven after a two week introduction/engagement. It was their wedding night and while her new husband was temporarily out of the room, Ellen escaped out the second-story window. She literally fell on top of Trent; the nobleman was very inebriated. And in all the confusion, he made it his mission to save her.
~~~~~ I read on another website that this story was a rip-off of Georgette Heyer’s The Corinthian -I read that romance and gave it 4 stars-. There are similarities but there are also differences. If you are a die-hard fan of hers, avoid this story. But me? I actually liked Scandal Bound more. Just go in with the mindset not to take it too seriously.
The quibbles and snarky banter between Trent and Ellen were wonderful. I enjoyed that there was no insta-lust or insta-love between the protagonists as they maneuvered down country roads. Sadly, the romance lacked an epilogue.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis was a fabulous book, well worth reading.
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2001
Miss Ellen Marling made a most serious mistake when she let her father marry her off to the beastly Baron Basil Brockhaven. Just how immense an error it was became crystal clear to this innocent but independent young lady when she faced the prospect of her wedding night with the loathsome-lord. A leap in the dark from the bedroom window seemed her only sure way of escape. But here again it seemed that she had most grievously erred. Her leap carried her into the hands of the notorious Marquess of Trent, as ravenous in his pursuit of pleasure as he was irresistibly handsome. Ellen had traded a monstrous husband for a masterly rake and knew she could not risk another mistake, the greatest one of all: falling in love... I think it's a wonderful romance
I read this book many years ago and actually wore out my first copy as I re-read it every few years. I bought a new copy a few years ago. This is a wonderful Regency Romance that is clean and wholesome. The hero and heroine are completely likable. Not only is this a very cute love story it has some comedy as well; I laughed out loud several times while reading it. If you like Regency Romances, this is one you want to read.