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Something About Emmaline (Bachelor Chronicles #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,592 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, is a gentleman to be envied. He lives a rakish life of well-celebrated ease and contentment and has one person to thank for his perfectly ordered existence—his dearest wife, Emmaline. She never complains about his mistresses or his penchant for late nights out. His friends are envious, but they don't know the truth—Emmaline doesn't exist. ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1997)
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I had to edit my review after all, to add that this was certainly worth of 3 stars. I think people without searching too much for realism and looking for something light and fun will enjoy this. I however, am looking for more emotional plots in my romances, even the fun ones, and this was too superficial to satisfy me.

So, this was not a bad read; it was as the tips above the rating stars say, an 'ok' read. Nice, entertaining but really there was no depth at all. Nothing, nada, rien. It read like
This has gotten mixed reviews, but I decided to take a chance on it. I am so glad I did, because I really liked the book. It was light, frothy and alot of fun. Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick has life made, he is foot-loose and fancy free. He has a wife, Emmaline, but she has nothing to say about his sweet life. He has the Ton's sympathy for his sickly wife and has for the last five years. There is only one little bitty fly in the oitment...there is no Baroness Sedgewick. Alex and his friend J ...more
If I had to sum this book in one word, it would be amusing. The entire book is littered with gimmicks and coincidences, but it was a fun ride.

Alexander, our hero, creates himself a wife so that he doesn't have to marry. What he didn't expect that he would actually have a living, breathing embodiment of a wife. Especially one as attractive and inventive as the wife impersonator he has living in his house. Emmaline has had a hard life and has decided to provide for herself by impersonating members
Kesinlikle eğlenceli bir kitaptı. Bu kadar komik ve entrikalı - tabi güzel entrikalar olabileceği aklıma gelmemişti. Ahh o son sayfalar varya küçük dilimi yutmama sebep olucaktı :D O nasıl bir şeydi hala anlayabilmiş değilim. Neyse sonuç olarak kitabı beğendim. Ve söylemeden geçemicem Emmaline sana hayran kaldım anacım :D
Jan 28, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: regency fans who can stomach a contrived ending
Recommended to Dolly by: Alana
This book was such fun. It took an impossible situation and made it work. What I enjoyed most was the hero's development. He simultaneously became self-aware and realized that being with the woman he loved was more important than upholding the strictures of society.

And then the ending went and ruined all that lovely development. Yep, in true genre fashion, the ending wrapped everything up in a pretty and implausible bow. I had a tough time stomaching it. How much better it would have been if the
2,5 Kitabı okurken ne kadar sıkıldım tarif dahi edemem. Hatta öyle bir zaman geldi ki of dedim bu kitap hala bitmiyor! Puanım tamamen yazara verildi. Ben konusu itibariyle daha keyifli bir şeyler bekliyordum. Mektubumu aldın mı? kitabı fena değildi, ama bu işkenceydi. Büyük hayal kırıklığı..
Emmaline is simply adorable. Alex, Baron Sedgwick is nonplussed when the imaginary bride he made up to get all the matchmaking mamas and his grandmother off his back, becomes a reality! Emmaline turns up in his London townhouse, posing as his countess and against all common sense, he goes along with it and becomes "besotted" with her! She is a great character and I loved this book! It was a pleasure to see how the two of them work things out and fall in love. Many mad-cap moments as Emmaline cha ...more
uzun zamandır bu kitabı okumak istiyordum kısmet yeni yılaymış.
çok eğlenceli, hele sonuna kesinlikle bayıldım. Sanki bir tiyatral komediyi izliyor gibiydim.
yazarın serisi çok beğeniyorum tavsiye ederim.
First paragraph: “My last meal,” Lord John Tremont bemoaned as he tucked his knife and fork into the thick cut of beef before him. “But at least it is a fine one.”

“I suppose it helps that I am paying for all that, eh, Jack?” his best friend, Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, commented dryly.

A fun, quirky historical romance that needs a large dose of suspension-of-belief to enjoy, "Something About Emmaline" will tickle your fancy if you let it.

The story begins with two gentlemen friends recount
Sara ♥
It was my first Elizabeth Boyle book, and it was pretty dang good! I probably would have given it 5 stars if the ending hadn't been so ridiculously perfect. And I mean that in a there's-no-freaking-way-anything-like-that-would-ever-happen/that's-waaaaaaaay-past-coincidence type of way. It was completely unbelieveable. Not that any historical romance novels are ever believeable, but whatever. Technicalities. It was too much.

Cute book though! I REALLY liked it! Hilarious premise--Alex making up a
A Bachelor trying desperately to avoid the marriage market decides to fool the ton by inventing a wife! His problems are all solved with the invention of Emmaline, a frail sickly wife who resides mostly in the countryside (apart from when he himself is in the countryside and of course then is in London). Problems arise when he returns home to his house in London to find... Emmaline?

A rather amusing little story (that takes a bit of time to get into at the beginning) and provided a few truly ente
Oh Bother This expression is my favorite of this book (gave me so many LOL reading moments) and has affirmed that I'm gonna continue reading the Bachelor Chronicles series. I was trying to find a nice and fun romance and granted that this is the first book I've read from Elizabeth Boyle, it just lured me in from the first page and I finished the book within half a day:D.

I have read many historical romance by various authors, but there are few books I remember where I liked both the main protagon
This is a fun read, but you have to go into it with the right mind and put up with a lot along the way.

Personality inconsistencies: I'm never leaving, and you cannot make me, but wait now it's the next paragraph & I've decided to leave because you say to. I cannot trust you, but I fully trust you. (and let's not discuss the fact neither SHOULD trust the other since they both met under massive lies, which isn't even covered, but OK it's fiction and it's light, so let's just keep rolling with
Judy Goodnight
Light and frothy fun!

I love the take on "The Importance of Being Earnest". Instead of inventing a friend named Bunbury, our hero, Alex, invents a wife, Emmaline, who is conveniently never where our hero is. The twist in this plot, of course, is that Emmaline, or some woman claiming to be Emmaline, shows up at the hero's London townhouse, begins to redecorate the house, gather herself a wardrobe, and go out into society.

Several reviewrs have panned the ending for being contrived. However, just a
The -nearly- instalove thing made it very difficult for me to believe in the love story ; it felt more like basic instalust (good instalust though, the steam between the MC was real). The characters were very likeable, but I found most of the plot silly if not absurd and the resolution was REALLY over the top, like in a XIXth century serial... Or in a good parody ? I kind of lack second degree humour these days, thus I can't tell, maybe I would have appreciated the book more if I'd have read it ...more
Ok, but not great. A really delightful conwoman heroine in a novel sillier than she deserves.

For me the cadence of the prose was off. I kept re-arranging the sentences in my mind to make it sound right. But I was willing to put up with that as I liked the very original plot.

However, what could have been a 4-star book for me became a 3-star book when I found out (view spoiler). I'm quite adept at suspending my disbelief for fiction. For me, though, this twist went a
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3.5 Sterne

Was war das für ein Ende!? Unrealistischer geht es doch eigentlich gar nicht mehr, so viele glückliche Zufälle kann es gar nicht geben! Das war einfach so abgedreht, dass es schon wieder witzig war.

Es war unterhaltsam, aber auch nicht mehr. Weder fesseln, noch sonderlich spannend. Es gab besonders am Ende ein paar Überraschungen, dafür wenig Charakterentwicklung und die Liebesgeschichte war mir auch etwas zu unrealistisch, undramatisch und unromantisch.

Ich mochte die Idee hinter der Ge
Very different story line. Loved the H/h. Resolution was a bit coincidental, unbelievable but didn't make me love the story any less.

3rd reread: I love the way throughout the story it says, "There was something about Emmaline..." and occasionally, "There was something about Sedgewick...." Still don't love the coincidence that he happened to make up a story and an individual who just happened to fit that story, happens into the role of the fictional person. But this H, who is perceived as dull an
Rachna R
I enjoyed 75% of this SO MUCH that I paused to come on Goodreads and update my status just to drive-by mention how much I was loving this. And I'm still v happy I read this - it's charming and lively without sounding put-on and fake and stilted, and I loved the characters. Alex and his "dullness" and how much the people who've known him acknowledge his increasing likability was a favourite, because a) it's really nice to see a man being the somewhat plain one? not cantankerous and Dark and Evil ...more
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4 stars. I read it first as a manga and I was curious as to see how they differ. How the main characters appeared in the manga stuck with me though so no imagination necessary as to how they looked. :P

Hmm.. It was an okay read. Loved the premise of the story. Enjoyed some scenes and loved the twist at the end. It was a little dragging though at the middle. I liked the hero but I can't say the same for the heroine. :( She's just too annoying for me. Gah.

This did not made it to my favorite shelf b
Okay, when you read a book like this...romantic, fluffy Regency aren't looking for great character development or even a plot that makes sense and is believable. Cause, why would you? You want fluff! Seeking something other than pleasure from such a book is like hoping that ice cream sundaes with extra whipped cream are going to help you lose weight.

So..yes, I deeply enjoyed this. The main characters are fully diverting and not sappy in the least. The sex scenes are erotic (he has a
Elizabeth Boyle'in yayınlanan ilk kitabı Mektubumu Aldın mı? Onu daha çok beğenmiştim.Ama Evcilik Oyunu da kötü bir kitap değil..Eğlendirici bir kitap ama kitabın başlarından ortalrına kadar pek de isteyerek okuyamadım..Kadın kahramanımızın arkadaşının doğum olayına kadar açıkçası epeyce sıkıldım..Doğum da arkadaşının hayatını kurtardığı sahneden sonra kitap güzelleşti..Sonrası ise su gibi aktı.sabırla oknursa keyif verici bir kitap.. Alex'in evllilik baskısından sonra karşısına dikilen Emmaline ...more
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
5/10: Finished the book and it was above average.

Long & not as captivating as the Rhymes series. I did skip passages to make it to the end & found the plot not as convincing as it could have been. Three stars because I do enjoy the author's writing style, but this book just wasn't a winner for me.

Wonderful read, in the beginning we find that Alex has invented a wife to keep the match making mamas away. Imagine his surprise when while in the country he discovers that a woman has taken over his town house and stepped in to the shoes of 'his wife'. It's all he can do to keep his lies from coming back to bite him and in spite of his efforts he finds that this 'Emmaline' will not be cowed into the perfect image that he has created for his imaginary wife; Though she may end up being the perfec ...more
This was really really cute, and I loved the comedy element (was looking for a bit o'comedy lately) although it could have been even funnier! :)
Glad I checked this author, will read further installments as well.
This is the first in the series. I have been bouncing around in.
Emmaline (we never learn her real name). Is a con artist. Redemable in that she only takes what if freely offered from those who can afford it. i.e. food, shelter, a few pounds.

Alex is a Dull, Dull man who creates a fake wife to avoid marriage.

What a wicked web we weave when first we practice to decieve. Lies compound. They fall in love yadda yadda yadda. happily ever after.

Like: Emmaline is no shrinking violet. She is funny and s
It was fine, a bunch of fluff, until the very end, when it became incredibly stupid. I'm surprised that the book didn't come with its own bow, it was all so neatly tied at the end. Yechhhhh.
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Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.
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