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The Wedding Bargain (Effingtons #1)

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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,104 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, couldn't believe his ears-or his eyes. Before him stood beautiful, unattainable Pandora Effington, the town's most scandalous beauty, and the fiery heiress was making him a most tantalizing offer. If he wanted to take Pandora's hand in marriage, he had to play a game of her devising-and he had no intention of losing. Most of London's e ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1999)
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Dija
I tried. I sincerely did. But really, could this story possibly be any more unoriginal and predictable?

So, let's make a list of all the clichés I've encountered so far:

1. Heroine = spinster.
2. Hero = rake/rogue/scoundrel.
3. Heroine = virgin.
4. Heroine has the most annoying habit of repeating everything Hero says, like a fuckin' parrot.

5. Hero has served in the military.
6. Heroine is determined to not let Hero get the best of her. Which basically means she makes long speeches about how much
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
This one’s for Madu’s Birthday! Yes, it’s a birthday read! Hurray!!!!

I’m sorry I’ll f*ck this one up Madu. I tried to like it but… I didn’t O_O

So the question of the day is: what is The Wedding Bargain about? Even an idiot can answer this question. Yes, it’s about a freakin’ wedding bargain. However, let me tell you the story in a better way. Behold the dialogue!
Max: I love you Pandora, you’re the hottest girl out there. Let’s get married!

Pandora: No Max, you’re an idiot, and I hate you. I want
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LibraryLass
4 1/2 stars for this one. What a great read. This is not my first Victoria Alexander but it is the first in this series for me. I am so looking forward to the next one (Yahoo I have them all!!). It is not an in-depth bodice-ripper. It is a nice light, funny romantic read.

Don't go looking for the deep and meaningfuls in this story cos you simply won't find it. But oh what a refreshing change to just simply have 2 people attracted to each other fall in love with a bit of the usual mis-steps along
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Julianna
Apr 29, 2015 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighthearted Regency Romance
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The Wedding Bargain is a fun, light-hearted, Regency romp that turned out to be a pretty entertaining read. The hero has a reputation as “a rake, a rogue, a scoundrel, and a beast.” The heroine has caught his eye, and knowing that he must marry soon to produce an heir, he's determined to do whatever it takes to have her. She has been dubbed the Hellion of Grosvenor Square, and while it's not a title she's entirely earned, she is a very spirited young lady who refuses to m
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Denise

Very cute story and a nice start to a series. I really liked the characters in this one, they were both
strong willed and determined but both were confused about their feelings of love. It was one of those
books that was easy to breeze right through. Lots of funny moments that brought a silly grin to my face
and plenty of sigh worthy moments that just sizzled. It was an enjoyable read, but not one that stood
out as something I would think about for a long.
Sharyn
So this book came out in 1999 and I probably read it then, but it was on my shelf and it turns out I had 1 and 4. So I got 2 from the library and ordered 3 from Amazon. Here is the review of The Wedding Bargain number 1 in the Effington series that is now up to 11!! Pandora is in her 7th season and believes she doesn't want to marry. She is rich and independent and the Effingtons are well known eccentrics. But she hasn't met anyone like the Earl of Trent, who is ready to marry and wants to marry ...more
C
I know I've read it, just don't remember any plot details. Actually, many of Victoria Alexander's books are like that: entertaining but not memorable. I would still probably read most any of her books, and might re-read them also (since they're not memorable).
Elaine
No matter how much I tried I just couldn't really like this book. It was predictable and boring. And it dragged on a lot.

The hero and heroine were both annoying. Pandora was selfish, self absorbed, self important and way too prideful. It got very tedious to read about her. Max was very shallow in my opinion. He had some potential to become an interesting character but sadly it was thrown away.

I gave the two stars because the book itself was not poorly written. It just wasn't what I expected and
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Judy
This is the first book I have read by Victoria. I seen she had 11 books on the same family and I so enjoy Johanna Lindsey that I thought they may be as enjoyable. And I was right.

The story takes place in the early 1800's England. Pandora Effington is known as the Hellion of Grosvenor Square. Pandora considers Maximillian Trent a rake, rogue, scoundrel and beast.

She has arranged to meet with him to see why he is leading her closest friend on, instead he turns it around to why she should be his mi
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An Odd1
Chapter titles #1 "Opening Gambit" Spring 1818 to #24 "The Spoils of Victory" deserve a Table of Contents to enjoy. Pandora Effington 24, her seventh season p42 early dubbed Hellion of Grosvenor Square by rejected suitor Viscount Lord Lawrence Bolton wagers "a rake, a rogue, and a scoundrel" p5 Maximillian Wells, Earl of Trent her hand for the Twelve Labors of Hercules, amid persiflage teasing banter and repartée. Her protegé Cynthia Weatherly 21, fourth season, asserts herself in defense of her ...more
Trang Nguyen
This was an okay read for me. A couple of times I laughed, a few times I rolled my eyes and at other times I thought can these two be any more stubborn? There was no real emotional connection I felt toward the two characters. To me it almost felt as if it were ALL a game to both Max and Pandora.

To sum it up: Max is infatuated with Pandora and Pandora may like Max a tiny bit. When Max ask for her hand in marriage she flatly turns him down. Instead a wager is placed between them, a test, Max must
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Julie
This series has been on my TBR list forever, but for some reason I could not get into this romance. I had such trouble keeping track of what was going on, the characters weren't all that interesting to me and I almost didn't finish it. I didn't sympathize with the heroine at all, I thought she was petulant and childish to continue with the bargain while insisting she didn't want to get married to Trent! Yes, it was clever how he managed to complete the twelve tasks of Hercules, but I found it fr ...more
Madu
What's bad in a typical plot- the man being the scoundrel and the woman the virgin? That's the beauty in a HR, the fact that an author can create something good out of a simple main idea that is old...The same thing can be applied to why we keep watching new versions that appear in the film industry about fairytales or about old books-it's the same story, the other elements are different
I liked it...It wasn't the greatest HR I have ever read but not the worst...There were some things that were"m
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Krishna *needs a pink katana*
A cute, fun read to bank on when you want to wind down. Marks for humour and absurd situations. We all need aunts like those.
~Leslie~
I'm currently in love with Victoria Alexander novels. Yes, they are cliched, but her characters and her dialogue and the way she handles the storylines are so enjoyable and just plain fun. I end up smiling at the end, which is exactly why I read historical romance novels. This one is a twist on the "determined never to marry" young woman vs. "the rake, scoundrel with a heart" who decides she is the right one for him. The side characters are interesting and well developed and events that follow m ...more
Maura
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Stacy
I really enjoyed this book but I was more interested in Cynthia and Laurie than I was in Max and Pandora. Pandora got on my nerves, and Max wasn't very interesting.
Laura
Meh...I liked the matching of spirits, but too often I thought the hero was trying to crush the heroine's spirit.
Judy
This was witty, light and fun. I liked it, it put a smile on my face.
Duca Blueheart
Romanian review:

Transportându-ne înapoi în trecut în lumina balurilor somptuoase și extravagante ale Angliei anului 1818, întâlnim o mulțime de personaje fascinante care îmbină frumusețea și bogăția clasei nobilimii cu trecutul scris în vestigiile Anticității.

Pandora Effington și Maxmilian Wells sunt protagoniștii poveștii și de asemenea cei mai râvniți tineri de pe piața matrimonială. Încăpățânați din fire, cei doi au refuzat căsătoria din motive mai mult sau mai puțin romantice.

Descoperind lum
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Becca
Ok, this book was not fun to read. I tried to enjoy it for 130 pages, but then I decided there are too many books out there waiting to be read to waste time with this one. Victoria Alexander books have a love/hate impact on me. I either adore them and keep them in my shelf forever or I cannot finish them. I think it has to do with the characters. Some of Alexander's characters are too self absorbed to love. That was the case here.

Pandora was a self important, selfish, bored debutante, and I didn
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Priyanka
The first ever book I've read of Victoria Alexander and I totally loved it!

I liked the heroine: Pandora, right from the start. I have always liked a challenging woman who kept the men on their toes. Pandora is replica of a hellion and though her character seems cliché; its very much likeable and entertaining.

"Hercules' prize was merely immortality. Mine" his gaze trapped hers, his voice intense, "is you."
Lord Trent/Max, as pandora describes him, is a rake, rogue, scoundrel, lets not forget:
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Gisela
Overall this is a fun book. The hero was very clever in dealing with the Herculean tasks the heroine gave him. However I had a few problems with the book.

-The beggining - What an awful way to begin the book! It's like starting mid-chapter, you don't know who these people are nor what are they talking about.

The heroine - I'm wondering what was it that Pandora wanted to tell Max. And why on earth would she want to meet a stranger in the middle of the night? She wants to marrry for love and avoid
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Celina
I didn't like how the book started and that might put people off but the story gets better. Of course, I missed the usual struggle of the hero with his troubling past and wonderful present but it's just such a fun read that i have forgiven all those little things.

Another book where the heroine got to punch the hero! Lovely!

It was so, so much fun to read how Max accomplished all his tasks. Especially the geese! God, that was priceless. I can imagine such a handsome earl who suddenly looked 100% c
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Josephina
I've read this book before, though it's been a long time, and I remembered enjoying it thoroughly. So when I stumbled across it again recently, I thought I'd see how it stood up to a re-read. It was every bit as enjoyable the second time as I remember it being the first.

The premise of the book is definitely one of the more original premises I've come across. That is, doing some sort of "test" to prove oneself in a romance novel is probably not entirely unheard of, but the author was very clever
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Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Un bacio che segnava la fine di una partita giocata fra un demonio e un eroe e segnava anche la fine di un patto stretto fra un marito e una moglie. O segnava forse… soltanto il principio"

Patto di nozze è il delizioso volume che apre la serie degli Effington, una famiglia numerosa ed eccentrica. Pandora Effington ha due amorevoli e ricchi genitori e non sente certo il bisogno di un marito. Arrivata alla sua settima stagione, e alla "veneranda" età di 24anni si è guadagnata l'appellativo di Demo
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Dawn
This is the first book I can remember reading by this author. And I enjoyed it more than I expected. It's about a game, a contest really. Pandora, whose parents are experts and researchers on Ancient Greece (hence her name), approached Lord Max, an Earl. She is well into her 7th season and has no desire to marry for any reason other than love. She is quite spirited and independent. She has been concerned that Max's attentions toward her best friend, Cynthia, will end up hurting Cynthia's feeling ...more
Karen  (EarthAngel2911)
I had this e-book on hold through the library so when it was available, I had just finished with the other books I was reading and thought, "Why not?" It was definitely a light read and pretty enjoyable, despite the fact that I wanted to throttle the stubborn Pandora Effington. I like Max, so he made up for it, even though he was "a rake, a rogue, a scoundrel, and a beast." ;-)

This story is set in the early 1800's when women are supposed to marry before they become old maids at the ripe ol' age
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Gail
I like Victoria Alexander--enjoy her voice, her plots and ways of building a story. I liked this one, but I didn't love it, and it's all because of the very ending. The story is based on a competition, and somewhere in the middle of it, the hero realizes that if he wins, he will humiliate the heroine. So he concedes. The story seems to be on its way to a negotiated compromise which will keep everyone happy, and all of a sudden, the hero figures out the heroine's secret, and proceeds to manipulat ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,
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Other Books in the Series

Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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