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  1. says:

    With Spoilers This regency has a forced moc plot but with a little twist The H a captain on leave from Spain ends up hurting and scarring the h on the face while curricle racing with a friend Her fickle fiancé dumps her as he cannot bear to look at her ruined face and her brother decides that if it can be ‘an eye for an eye’ it sure can be ‘a husband for a husband’ too The H a dedicated career soldier and a misogynist who has no intention of ever marrying offers for her not because the h’s brother challenges his honor but because it’s something his vampy sister warns him against This H had some serious woman issues The h is as pure as driven snow in thoughts heart and body of courseThe bad people are as immoral self seeking and lacking in anything good as the people of those infamous mythological cities of yore The level of immorality and promiscuity suggested is unbelievable your sisters have brought their husbands their lovers their lovers' wives their husbands' mistresses their husbands' mistresses' husbands—The H is rigid and judgmental and a doubting Thomas of the worst kind He thinks all women are duplicitous and depraved who fool men Men of course are the faithful incorruptible babes in the woodThe tone is vague and distant and apart from when telling about the debauchery and evil deeds of the bad people the reader is told of things rather than shown The hH barely spend time together for most of the book as he's off several times to teach the Corsican upstart a lesson and do not really connect even when they are together It’s also has the problem of keeping the blacks and whites too stark and undiluted Since this is my first book by this author I don’t know if this is her usual styleBut still a good formulaic read The servants her neighbours and her young cousin make up for the lack of warmth with their fairytale ish dedication to the h The exchange of letters is also a good touch

  2. says:

    While it's no standout for innovation in traditional regencies it's absolutely perfect as what it is a light fun marriage of convenience story with enough wit and drama to stay entertaining from start to finishArmy Captain Darius St John is just about to pull even in a carriage race down a narrow country lane when he has to suddenly swerve at the last second to avoid a child in the road As he does so a woman dashes in front of him and yanks the boy clear of the road Everyone survives the accident although the woman is injured by flying debris in the ensuing collision between the curricles and is left with a jagged scar down her faceElizabeth Gainsborough was the shining belle of the London Season and set to marry an eually sought after gentleman at the end of the summer When she notices how he can no longer bear to look at her marred face she calls off the engagement unwilling to marry a man who's disturbed by her appearance Though she's content to retire to her family's country estate and be a doting aunt her brother thinks otherwise and sets off to demand Darius substitute himself for the dismissed fianceSo like I said this book wins no awards for innovation It's your standard marriage of convenience plot There's the awkward wedding night though this book is fade to black in the bedroom the surprising appearance of mutual affection the misunderstanding that sets them back and the climactic event that brings them back together Even in 1991 this was old hatBut I mean so what? The characters are all a satisfying mix of motives uirks and other traits that it's still a fun trip The flirtatious banter between Beth and Darius sparkles as much as their mixed signals rankles They both make mistakes but they do it in ways that are true to their characters so it's suspenseful rather than exasperating You know they'll work it out but you want to stick around and see how if only to see them giggle to each other about how wrong they'd beenThe only complaints I have for this fun story would be with the uncomplicated supporting characters The antagonists in particular were too clearly written as bad people The dismissed suitor selfish cousin and slutty dowager duchess were almost cartoonish in their actions They'd have been much satisfying and effective characters if there had been ambiguity in their behavior and motivationsFor a fun light regency this is a joy to read So long as you're not expecting a groundbreaking sort of experience there's a lot to like here

  3. says:

    I liked the heroine but can’t say same for the hero The Hero was an honest loyal and honorable person in every way but one thing about him really pissed me off I can understand his viewing about women and the reason behind it but that doesn’t give him THE ACCESSES to judge every single woman He thinks every woman is a hypocrite and cynical but what about man? Surely not all men are good?The writing style is good The side characters and subplots are also good enoughOverall It was ok

  4. says:

    375 stars

  5. says:

    45I really enjoyed this one I thought it was really well written and it flowed nicely I normally don’t like too many POVs but in this case I thought it was handled well I liked all the secondary characters and thought it was fun to see things from different perspectives The reason for Elizabeth and Darius to marry was different then I was expecting I thought they had good chemistry when they were together that is Elizabeth was a very likable heroine She is so sweet and understanding I do wish she would have confronted Darius a little Darius was also likable but so closed off to Elizabeth He was also uick to think the worst which was highly aggravating While I really enjoyed the story there were a few things I would have changed For one I would have liked time spent with Elizabeth and Darius I would have liked their conversations to be a bit meaningful Another thing Elizabeth was always saying she wanted to break down his walls but we never really get to see her do it Even though they are married early in the story they spend very little time together I felt like that took away from their story I still really enjoyed the overall story and will definitely be looking for books by Charlotte Dolan Content Clean PG Since they are married there are marital relations but it’s all behind closed doors and somewhat vague Also the D word is used a lotSimilar Books You May Enjoy

  6. says:

    I liked the initial premise very much that the hero proposes from a sense of guilt and that this is explicit from the start That should set up an intriguing Does he love me or is it just guilt talking? situation Unfortunately that potential is not really exploredThere were some very nice touches though in the hero's sharing with his men the Letters from Home the attitude of the servants in the Big House and some gorgeously bitchy sisters The hero is Strong and Silent and since he doesn't say much and what he does say is often curt it's very hard to understand him His actions at the start of the book cause the heroine to be badly injured but we don't see him ever apologise to her The heroine writes to him constantly while they are apart but it doesn't ever seem to cross his mind to write back When his neglect is pointed out to him he still doesn't provide any explanation for it He jumps to conclusions on the flimsiest evidence even when the evidence isn't really evident and conseuently treats the heroine badly His eventual redemption is unconvincingSo that all makes it difficult to emphathise much with the heroine who has fallen in love with a really not very nice man By 34 of the book they have spent just two weeks together most of it in the company of family with little one to one conversation I found myself rooting for her to put down the bitchy sisters call the hero out on his appalling behaviour do Something to assert herself other than view spoilersteal a baby and conceal it from her husband hide spoiler

  7. says:

    I didnt care for this at all I never made it through the whole bookthere was just something so bland and off about the whole bookSomething else that annoyed me was the author cutting to scenesThe hero is carrying the heroine to her home to get her helpthen in the next paragraph some time has passed The heroine is waiting for her fiancee to come visit herThen cut to the heroine telling her brother yep my fiancee was here and broke the engagement because he cant stand to look at my faceIt was like the author was to go to the effort and write those scenesIsnt there an useful rule for writing? How does it go again? Oh yesshow dont tellAnd the hero was too arrogant He was a bit too casual about crashing his curricle and nearly killing a small childheroine was trying to rescue itThen the heroines younger brother gets it in his head that since the heroi say hah was responsible for his sister scarred face leading to her believe no one will want to marry a woman like thatthe brother decides to call on the hero guyHe is essentially made fun off and sent awayWhen I read the blurb I thought it sounded interesting but the characters were so one dimensional I couldnt finish itI wouldnt recommend this at all I

  8. says:

    It is one of those plots that you either are going to like or hate I liked it because I understand the realities of the regency time period If you want the heroine to act and think like someone in our modern time you might want to stick with unrealistic modern regency books there are everywhere If you don't want to hear about the promiscuity in marriages during that era then you are deluding yourself they were part of their culture view spoilerJust to be clear the main characters do not cheat hide spoiler

  9. says:

    I simply love this book The plot moves along at a good pace and the dialogue is fantastic I really feel for Elizabeth who is such a sweet character even if she is a bit uiet Darius is a great character who shows growth even while being a consistent figure There are times I want to hit him over the head but so does the heroine so I count that as a good thing Their romance is sweet and a good roller coaster Side characters are colorful and fun and really flush out the storyline as they add in their own plot twists It keeps you guessing what will happen next and how it will all work out All in all a fun romance with some good laughs and perhaps a few tears as you root for true love to prevailwwwcleanromancereviewscom

  10. says:

    This is the second of Ms Dolan's books I've read She does a decent job of creating situations where it could get too adult for me but never crosses that line Several times I prepared myself to cringe or put the book down or feel exasperation with stupid characters but each time she navigated the machinations of her characters with skill so no one got too hurt The characters are likable the setting and manners authentic Her nasty women are really really nasty This is a good read but I'd still recommend the audience be a little older 17 and up

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The Substitute Bridegroom Elizabeth Goldsborough is the happiest of young ladies set to wed the most handsome gentleman in town Then shockingly all is stripped from her when an accidental encounter with an arrogant captain leaves her with no choice but to marry a man she despises From the author of The Black Widow A Regency romance reissue

  • Paperback
  • 223 pages
  • The Substitute Bridegroom
  • Charlotte Louise Dolan
  • English
  • 26 March 2015
  • 9780451168917

About the Author: Charlotte Louise Dolan

Charlotte Louise Dolan earned a bachelors degree from Eastern Illinois University and a masters degree in German from Middlebury College She has lived throughout the United States and in Germany the Soviet Union Canada Taiwan and Austria A bookworm since the age of four she fell in love with Regency England when she read her first Georgette Heyer book Besides writing she has worked as a h