Playful Brides

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 142 ratings

The Unexpected Duchess Publisher's Summary

Lady Lucy Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors, but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help, she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon...but it turns out that he's made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she's had in ages. Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she'll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And the spoils of this war just may be true love.

©2014 Valerie Bowman (P)2014 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • The Unexpected Duchess

    • Playful Brides, Book 1
    • By: Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    Lady Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors, but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help, she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say...but it turns out that he's made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she's had in ages.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Could not deal with the reader

    • By Malena on 07-19-14

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • The Accidental Countess

    • Playful Brides, Book 2
    • By: Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate, and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out, will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, light and enjoyable

    • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 12-06-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • The Unlikely Lady

    • Playful Brides, Book 3
    • By: Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Certain that no man wants a bluestocking for a wife, Miss Jane Lowndes is careful to wield her books and her spectacles as weapons against matrimony. Convincing her ambitious mama that she's content to stay a spinster is easier said than done, however. It's a good thing that Jane is not above a bit of manufactured scandal if it will keep her from the altar and the argumentative, contrary Lord Garrett Upton....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable story.

    • By Tracy T on 12-15-17

    Regular price: $27.99