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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

On the eve of the London season, Jane Chance is about to make her entrance into high society. And after a childhood riddled with poverty and hardship, Jane intends to make a good, safe, and sensible marriage. All goes according to plan until a dark, dangerous vagabond helps her rescue a dog.

Zachary Black is all kinds of unsuitable - a former spy, now in disguise, he's wanted for murder. His instructions: to lie low until his name is cleared. But Zach has never followed the rules, and he wants Jane Chance for his own. If that means blazing his way into London society in whatever guise suits him, that's what he'll do.

Jane knows that she shouldn't fall in love with this unreliable if devastatingly attractive rogue. But Zach is determined - and he's a man accustomed to getting what he wants.

©2015 Anne Gracie (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"For fabulous Regency flavor, witty and addictive, you can't go past Anne Gracie." (Stephanie Laurens, best-selling author)

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Pleasant but predictable

Third book in an ongoing series, and in my view the weakest of the series, so far. But it's a pleasant enough post-war romantic mystery, set in London 1817. Contents include one sex scene, minimal violence, minimal swearing.

It was good to see old familiar characters again: Aunt Beatrice and the four Chance sisters, Max, Freddie, the butler Frothby and the footman-cum-bodyguard William. The mutt described in the synopsis played a starring role for a while but then he faded into the background.

THE SPRING BRIDE was pleasant but predictable. The murder charge somehow never felt like an honest theat, and I frequently felt one step ahead of the plot lines. Emotionally I felt little connection to the lead characters.

Still, I'm probably going to read book 4 when it's published — Daisy's story.

I loved Gracie's other series, especially The Perfect Rake and The Perfect Waltz. These two series are similar in many ways, with orphaned or otherwise homeless youth, mangy but loyal animals, "great dame" adoptive aunts, and cast-off servants.

Narrator Alison Larkin was great, but she portrayed the heroine in a somewhat childlike voice, and she needs to learn how to say "laudanum" if she plans to read more historic novels. Also, the quotes at the beginning of each chapter are annoying. They interrupt the flow of the story, in audio format. I skip such assorted quotes when reading, unless they are highly relevant to the plot.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 06-03-15

Another winner by Anne Gracie!

This story is solid, smooth, and well developed. The characters are our co-workers revisited. If you've read the first two, you will enjoy this one a lot. If not, you will become motivated to get the backstory on Jane. No spoilers, just be aware that the publisher's summary is lame, the book is so much more fun than that!
This is the same audio performer as the other two, and while she is quite good, and enhances the character's personalities, sometimes she is a bit too syrupy for my tastes. It is still a good thing that there is the consistency of audio performer.

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Fun through and through

Loved it and the 2 stories before it. Can hardly wait to start the next one.

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Lovely

I’ve listened to the series back to back and they are great books!!!! On to the next one now and will be sad when it’s over.

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Another good listen.

Generally don't like books in a series, but the author gives each in this series a different twist. I may be wrong, but at the end of the wedding processional it should be the bride Jane who "had no eyes for anyone but Zach" rather than "Daisy".


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Loved, loved, loved it!

This third installment of the Chance sisters was every bit as good as the first two. The author has a delightful insight to the human condition. Her characters are rich and complex, charming, honest. I feel like I’ve known them for ages although more than a century separates us.
The reader was perfect, as well. I would highly recommend them to anyone who loves well written romance.

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Loved it!

The third in the series and simply delightful! What a fabulous family of characters. Aunt Beatrice just gets better and better!

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very enjoyable

The narrator is fabulous and the story is sweet. I love this series. Looking forward to next book.

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Google is Your Friend....

Look, just because we enjoy historical romance novels does not mean we are unintelligent. The story is set in 1817. At the end of the book, the bride is walking down the aisle to Mendelssohn's "Wedding March"....which was composed in 1842. OOPS.
This particular book is overly simplistic, cliched and tedious.

However, the other 3 books in the series are enjoyable.

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a bit lacking

compared to the first 2 books I found this one lacking.. might be because the heroine was too young

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  • Julia
  • 07-24-17

Third installement does disappoint

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

After two really nice books, the series has come to a low, but I will not resist listening to the last, where the characters are I think more interesting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Gracie again?

I just admitted I will.

What three words best describe Alison Larkin’s performance?

The narrator should always look up words unknown to her. She mispronounced for example Laudanum and Adieu. How one could not know how to pronounce Adieu is beyond me. Her male voice seem to become worse instead of better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Spring Bride?

The hero supposedly has killed five men in the line of duty, but where in the previous book disapproving parents had quite an impact on the hero, he did not suffer from any post traumatic stress disorder, which was too much! There is not much godness in here, but maybe if one cut the whole murder bit and made it a novella. Then again maybe not.

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy the first two books and will give the fourth a chance.

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